Doris J. Rapp, M.D.








Dr. Doris J. Rapp M.D.




If you could not tolerate milk formulas or breast milk as an infant, regardless of your present age, there is a good possibility that milk and dairy continue to be a problem. This is especially true if you love all dairies, or hate milk but love cheese or ice cream.

Foods that caused symptoms when a person was young often cause problems later in that person's life but in a different way or in a different part of your body. For example, cow's milk or dairy often cause colic and ear infections in infancy, tantrums in toddler hood, hyperactivity, bed wetting after the age of 5 years, asthma and nose allergies in childhood, and constipation, arthritis, and bowel complaints in adults.

* Think of foods as the cause if you have intestinal symptoms, which occur shortly after eating or drinking. If your symptoms occur prior to eating, think of hypoglycemia.

* Your five favorite or highly craved foods or beverages are the ones that are most apt to cause symptoms if you have a food allergy. In adults, coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco in adults can be the sole cause of chronic illness.

* If you remove a problem food from your diet, it is typical for your symptoms to become worse for two or three days before you improve. This is why food sensitivities are called addictions.
If you tend to feel best is you eat one meal, late in the day, you might have food sensitivities. This means your reactions occur at night and they will not interfere with your daytime routine.

* The foods women crave premenstrual are frequently major offenders. Do you hide chocolate to prevent panic? If you do, YOU PROBABLY HAVE A CHOCOLATE SENSITIVITY!

Many who have food allergies are not absorbing and metabolizing their foods properly. Digestive enzymes can be helpful.  Nutrients, if they are absorbed, can also help.

* The food you taste when you belch is the one to which you are sensitive. If your abdomen is too large, after you eat, think of what you ate. Similarly gas, belching, or rectal gas is clues that your gut is unhappy. If it your abdomen is too large all the time, sure, you can just be fat but maybe the cause is a yeast overgrowth in the gut and body due to the use of too many antibiotics. You also might have parasites. Check with your doctor and read some of the books that discuss this topic.


Inside Your Home:

* You feel worse when you are home and better when you travel. You are typically ill within hours after you arrive back home.

* You know you're worse in some way in certain parts of your home, work, or school area.

* You are routinely worse in the morning than you were the evening before. This points to a problem in the bedroom.

Outside Your Home:

* You feel worse when you are outside, especially on windy days when the pollen count is high. This can recur each year at almost the same time for a week or two. Think of pollen allergy as the cause.

* You feel worse whenever it is damp and rainy outside. Think of mold allergy. (Also watch out for moldy foods, such as mushrooms.)

* You feel worse when there is pollution outside due to factory fumes. Lawn truck pesticide spraying, roof tarring, street asphalting, or house painting. You feel worse near tollbooths or in heavy traffic.

* You feel worse when there is a thunderstorm or when using a computer. Think of electromagnetic energy.


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