Doris J. Rapp, M.D.

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Dr. Doris J. Rapp M.D.



Bipolar Illness can Be Linked to Common Food Ingredients.





Did you see the Program on 20/20 the evening of

They discussed Bipolar Illness in children. It is obvious to those who know how to recognize children, who have allergies, that that could certainly be a part or all of these children's problems.

Those who watched were left with the impression that psychiatric help and drugs were the answer for some of the children, but not all of them.  Maybe, if the child was really a challenge, institutionalization was what was needed.

Could this powerhouse on television have missed something? A local Phoenix station interviewed a mother with an extremely aggressive son and found the answer in the refrigerator. Red dyes, as Dr. Feingold stated in the 70's and I said in the 80's, triggered this boy's reaction.  There are hundreds of thousands of parents who have seen their children become wild and uncontrollable from a highly colored beverage or cereal. When what you read is not what you see in every day life, it means you might want to find out who paid for the study. If there could be a vested interest, look more carefully at the details of the study.

Some of the affected children on the television show had dark eye circles, red ears or cheeks.  As shown on the program, these problems often start in infancy and the terrible twos and go on and on - sometimes through life unless the cause is found.

If the cause is a food, dust, mold, or pollen, the reaction occurs about 10 to 60 minutes after exposure. If the reaction is due to a chemical odor (perfume, disinfectant, a pesticide) the response can be immediate and devastating.

Many are diagnosed as ADHD or ADD. They can attack parents with bats, knives, bottles, sticks, and anything else that is handy. I have seen parents who had bite marks up and down their arms. I have seen parents run from their three-year-old child.  Many are afraid of their children and constantly fearful that the phone will ring with one more complaint. Most of these children look allergic and if you can find and eliminate the cause, they stop having difficulty. Sure, the insurance will pay for activity-modifying drugs, but these don't always help and sometime they must be stopped. Sometimes they cause even more serious side effects. The answer is to pay attention to what was eaten, touched or smelled ju
st prior to the attack.

Visit: If you want to be safe, start to read the fine print on what you buy. Why not purchase your body products at health food stores. You have a better chance of using less toxic and dangerous products. 


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