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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

British Society for Ecological Medicine

The British Society for Ecological Medicine (BSEM) is the major professional group dealing with ecological medicine in the United Kingdom. Its origins began with the British Society for Allergy and Environmental Medicine (BSAEM), which was founded in 1983 as a doctors group for discussion of the role of allergy and environment in chronic illness. The following year, the British Society for Nutritional Medicine (BSNM) started with the aim of promoting applications of nutrition in clinical medicine.

Ecological medicine takes a similar approach to orthomolecular medicine for the prevention and treatment of disease. While orthomolecular medicine focuses more specifically on nutrition, ecological medicine covers a broader range of clinical factors.

In 1993, the BSAEM and the BSNM merged to form the British Society for Allergy, Environmental and Nutritional Medicine (BSAENM). This merger reflected the similar philosophy of the two medical societies. In 2005, the society changed its name to the British Society for Ecological Medicine to accommodate the wider objective of including all the environmental factors that affect the practice of modern medicine.


The official journal of the society and the associated societies in the USA and Australia is the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine.

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