What is Nutritional and Environmental Medicine?

Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (NEM) is concerned with the interaction of nutritional and environmental factors with human biochemistry and physiology, and the resulting physiological and psychological symptoms and pathology. NEM is evidence-based, drawing on the latest biomedical and genetic science and research to develop new treatment approaches to illness and disease, for primary prevention and to promote optimal health and well-being.

Nutritional deficiencies, imbalances, or the presence of environmental toxins in the body can result in cellular dysfunction, illness or disease. Treatment is aimed at correcting underlying causes as well as providing symptomatic relief. This may involve removal of certain foods from the diet or toxins from the patient’s environment, or prescription of supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids where diet and lifestyle alone cannot rectify physiological imbalances.

What diseases and conditions can be treated using Nutritional & Environmental Medicine?

Almost all diseases and disease states have a nutritional component and are therefore amenable in part at least to this approach.

What modalities are practised by ACNEM doctors?

The College trains doctors in the use of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. However, many of our doctors are trained in a range of other modalities, taught by other colleges; e.g. acupuncture, herbal medicine, etc.

What remedies are used by ACNEM doctors?

ACNEM doctors use a large range of remedies, suited to the patient and the symptoms they are treating.

Why don't all doctors practice Nutritional Medicine?

Unfortunately most medical schools devote very little time to teaching the relationship between nutrition and health, despite the overwhelming evidence of the importance of nutrition in maintaining health and fighting disease. ACNEM’s mission is to establish Nutritional and Environmental Medicine as central to medical practice.

Where can I find doctors trained by ACNEM?

ACNEM operates a referral service through which patients and practitioners can obtain details of appropriate doctors trained by the College.