J. Rapp, MD. F.A.A.A., F.A.A.P.-
In my experience, eating disorders and alcoholism can be related
to allergies. Frequently, eating disorders are food addictions. When
you have food sensitivity, there is a certain phase of it that makes
you really crave that food. And if you happen to be addicted to
wheat or baked goods, you can never get enough of them, with the result
being that you become obese. For example, men who are addicted to
corn may drink a lot of beer and they can become alcoholics. They're
sensitive to and addicted to the beer, but it's the corn or sometimes
some other component in the beer that is causing the problem. Sometimes,
if grains are a problem, they can feel "drunk" after eating
cereal or baked goods.
If You Suspect Food &
FIRST: Think of any significant changes in your life just prior to
the time when your symptoms began.
* Was it a pollen season?
* Had you just moved or started a new job
* Did you purchase a new mattress, carpet,
furnace, and furniture?
* Did you paint or pesticide your home?
* Did you remodel or repair something in
* Was there an upset in your health (an infection
or operation), life, home, family?
The "Big Five" will give you answers.
1. WATCH: behavior
there is a characteristic change in how you or your child feel, act,
2. WATCH: appearance
When there is a characteristic warning change in how you look. The
red earlobes, dark eye circles, nose rubbing, throat clearing, wiggly
legs are all typical clues that say watch out. It is about to begin!
3. WATCH: pulse
If your pulse
becomes irregular or too fast after a chemical or allergenic exposure,
your entire body is in an alarm state because your blood vessel circulation
or heart has been affected. In others, it is the blood pressure that
4. WATCH: handwriting
If your handwriting
or drawing is altered, your nervous system and brain have been affected.
5. WATCH: breathing
If your breathing becomes more difficult
or your Peak Flow Meter (PFM)* reading drops, this indicates your lungs
have been affected by some exposure. A PFM is a plastic tube with a
gauge on it that moves when you blow into the tube so you can measure
how easily you breathe air from your lungs.
about "Big Five" see chapter 3 "Is
This Your Child" )
think in terms of what was eaten, touched, or smelled just prior to
the onset of any significant medical, emotional, or learning or memory
Most environmental or allergy symptoms
are due to:
Something inside your home, school, or work area
* Something outside your home, school,
or work area
* Foods or beverage
* Chemical exposures
THIS IS A VERY KEY POINT:
and inside or outside contacts cause symptoms within an hour. Some delayed
food and mold symptoms can occur in 8 to 24 hours after an exposure.
This makes it more difficult to readily see cause and effect, relationships
associated with the onset of eczema, bed-wetting, mouth ulcers, colitis
or bowel disturbances, and arthritis, for example. Simply knowing this,
however, will greatly help you pinpoint even these culprits. Chemicals,
however, are more apt to cause illness within seconds to minute
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& Environmental Allergies...
people recognize itchy eyes, runny noses and hives as allergies. These
are typically accepted forms of allergy. However, there is another
form that is not easily, recognized, suspected or even agreed upon.
It can affect any part of your body from inability to concentrate, fatigue,
inability to fall asleep, joint pains, bedwetting, ear-infections (check
that milk intake!), asthma (check that milk, dust mites and the family
cat!) etc. to ADHD. Any food can cause allergies, even healthy ones
like apples and pears. Some of the biggest culprits are cow's milk,
wheat, and artificial colorings. Some common environmental allergens
are dust mites, molds, cigarette smoke.
"Is This Your
Child" by Dr. DorisRapp is an EXCELLENT book about
food allergies, including information on supplementation's for ADD-ADHD.
"After hearing her
speak and hearing the testimonials from other mothers, I
knew this was the doctor our son needed."- Joanne R. Scavone, Getzville, NY