Elizabeth Seymour, MD, MS, BS, FAAFP
Elizabeth Seymour, MD is a family and functional medicine physician who joined the staff of the Environmental Health Center in 2015. She learned, witnessed, employed and experienced the techniques and knowledge of Dr. Rea as together they examined patients.
Dr. Seymour earned her B.S. in Biology at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She earned an M.S. in Health Services Administration at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, and her medical degree at St. Matthews University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, British West Indies. Her Postdoctoral Training was with Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as an Intern in Family Medicine from July 2006 – June 2007 and as a resident in Family Medicine from July 2007 – June 2009.
She is vitally involved in the community serving as Board Chair for the Denton Area Teacher’s Credit Union, as President of the Denton County Medical Society, and as a board member of Medical City Denton Hospital. She has served on the Committee to Keep Denton Beautiful and on the Texas Dept. of Insurance Advisory Committee for the Standard Request Form for Prior Authorization of Medical Care or Health Care Services. She also was the Chairperson on the Health Care innovation Challenge Grant Review, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Since 2009 Dr. Seymour has been a Rotary Member, Denton, TX.
Her community service has seen her serve as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, and as a Stephens County Science Fair Judge. She served on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Denton ISD, Secondary Schools subcommittee. She was a volunteer assisting in the Integris Oral, Breast, and Prostate Cancer Screening. She has also been an Emergency Room Volunteer for the Denton Regional Medical Center.
She was appointed to serve on Leadership America in 2018. From July 2016 to May 2017 she served on the Texas Medical Association, Leadership College. She was appointed to serve from March 2012 to February 2014 on the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, National Conference of Special Constituencies (NSCS), and as an International Medical Graduate Delegate. From May 2012 – May 2014 she was appointed to serve as a Delegate to the Texas Medical Association’s Council on Practice Management Services. She was appointed to the Leadership Texas Class of 2014, and from 2013 – 2014 she served on Leadership North Texas Class V. From 2012 through 2014 she served on the Leadership Denton Class 2013. In 2010 – 2011 she was appointed to serve on the Duncan Class VX as a Graduate.
Dr. Seymour along with Long, R., and Mold, J. has published in the Evidence-Based Practice, volume 13.1 (January 20010):4 the article “Osteoarthritis of the knee: Who is most likely to benefit from intraarticular corticosteroid injections, and for how long?”
She is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, Pan American Allergy Society, the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, The Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and the Denton County Medical Society.
Dr. Seymour is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Seymour’s current lectures/interviews include:
- EMF Conference 2019, Scotts Valley, CA. “Complex Patients – Environmental Health Center – Dallas, September 6-8, 2019.
- American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The Roots of Toxicity: When Environmental Chemicals Hurt Our Health. Dallas, TX, March 5-7, 2020.
- Interview on Simply Shemane’s Killer House Documentary with Shemane Nugent, June 30, 2020.
Differential Diagnosis of Complex Cases
Differential diagnosis was a term used to describe the process of differentiating between two or more conditions which share similar signs and symptoms. With EMF patients, there are a multitude of symptoms and it can be difficult to obtain a true diagnosis, thus making these cases extremely complicated. One must take into account that the nervous system transmits signals between different parts of the body and is essentially the body's electrical wiring. EMF exposure can affect the electrical signals and transmission of information to the rest of the body. Neurological symptoms such as burning, tingling, numbness, pins/needles sensation, shooting, fire-like, and electrical shocks are common complaints. As we dive deeper into the neurological dysfunction, patients can also experience autonomic nervous system dysfunction. Just to name a few, these symptoms may include sweating, palpitations, changes in digestion, and blood pressure fluctuations. This leads most patients to have common diagnoses including anxiety, arrhythmias, IBS, POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome), and hypertension. It isn’t until after a patient’s environment is evaluated and assessed for EMF exposure, that a provider can pull many indicators together to obtain a diagnosis of EMF sensitivity, and recommend appropriate therapies to treat the EMF patient.
Friday 29 January 2021
Differential Diagnosis of Complex Cases