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Symptoms and Causes
Understanding Environmental Sensitivity


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Doris 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 & Environmental Allergies...
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 or school?
  * Did you purchase a new mattress, carpet, furnace, and furniture?
  * Did you paint or pesticide your home?
  * Did you remodel or repair something in your home?
  * Was there an upset in your health (an infection or   operation), life, home, family?

 The "Big Five" will give you answers.
1. WATCH: behavior
When there is a characteristic change in how you or your child feel, act, or behave.
2. WATCH: appearance
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
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 is affected.
4. WATCH: handwriting
your handwriting or drawing is altered, your nervous system and brain have been affected.
5. WATCH: breathing
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.     (For more about "Big Five" see chapter 3 "Is This Your Child" )

  Always think in terms of what was eaten, touched, or smelled just prior to the onset of any significant medical, emotional, or learning or memory problem.

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


  Most foods 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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Food & Environmental Allergies...

Most 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

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