Is This Your Child

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These are the major symptoms of potentially unrecognized allergies. Does your child suffer from any of the following?

• Allergic Nose Rub • Eye Circles • Red Ears • Red Cheeks • Eye Wrinkles • Aggression • Lack of Alertness • Mottled Tongue •

In this breakthrough book, Dr. Doris Rapp offers a simple yet effective approach to handling "problem" children. Is This Your Child? shows parents how to identify the common foods, ...

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These are the major symptoms of potentially unrecognized allergies. Does your child suffer from any of the following?

• Allergic Nose Rub • Eye Circles • Red Ears • Red Cheeks • Eye Wrinkles • Aggression • Lack of Alertness • Mottled Tongue •

In this breakthrough book, Dr. Doris Rapp offers a simple yet effective approach to handling "problem" children. Is This Your Child? shows parents how to identify the common foods, chemicals, or common allergic substances that could be the culprits that cause some children or adults to feel unwell or act inappropriately. If your child is always sick, hyperactive, a slow learner, or cranky, the first question you should ask is not "What drug should be prescribed?" or "What have I done wrong as a parent?" Instead, find out the cause.

Dr. Rapp gives sensible suggestions about how these reactions to foods and environmental factors can be recognized, prevented, and treated. With this information, many affected children should feel, act, behave, and learn better. If you can detect unsuspected environmental illness in your child—or yourself—you can change your lives so you're more content, happy, and free of illness.

Clues to allergies in various age groups; diets & other ways of helping; treatment options.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688119072
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st Quill ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 276,448
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Doris J. Rapp, M.D., F.A.A.A., F.A.A.P., is a board-certified environmental medical specialist and pediatric allergist for children. She is clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is the founder of the Practical Allergy Foundation in Buffalo and is the past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

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Chapter One

How Many People
Have Allergies?

In 1950, it was thought, about 14 percent of the U.S. population had allergies. The 1985 estimates say that this number may have risen to about 33 percent, or 75 million Americans. All of these figures may be low estimates. For example, physicians interested in environmental medicine estimate that the number of children and adults who have food allergies or sensitivities exceeds 75 percent. They detect and confirm food allergies using short, informative diets and newer variations of traditional allergy skin testing.

If one parent has allergies, one out of every four of his or her offspring will have some form of this problem. If both parents have typical allergies, about 60 percent, or two out of three, of their children will tend to develop allergies. It is most unusual, however, to have more than one exquisitely sensitive child in the same family.

Does Your Child Have Allergies?

Many parents already know that someone in their family is unwell because of hay fever, asthma, hives, or eczema. These are the typical, major accepted forms of allergy.

There are other areas of the body that can be affected by allergies, however. Unfortunately these are not always recognized, suspected, or even agreed upon. Parents may be told repeatedly by their physicians that their children's complaints could not possibly be an allergy. Yet the parents' observations are often entirely valid.

Many adults are totally unaware that some of their children's or their own medical or emotional complaints could be solely due to an allergy. They often attribute chronic congestion,stuffiness, or throat clearing to a chronic sinus problem, but they don't go one step farther to ask why the sinuses are always infected. They attribute their persistent cough to a postnasal drip but never ask why they always have a postnasal drip. Sudden irritability and mood changes, as well as fatigue, are sometimes erroneously attributed solely to the stresses of daily family life or to challenging situations at school or work, when they are in reality unusual manifestations of allergy.

Adopted Children

An inordinate number of allergic children appear to have been adopted. This seems to be particularly true for environmentally ill children. Maybe this is related to the prenatal attitude and health care of the mother. Maybe sometimes the infant cried so much because of an undetected milk allergy that the mother was overwhelmed and placed the infant for adoption. We simply don't know.

What Is an Allergy?

Surprisingly there is much confusion at the present time about the definition because the word allergy does not represent the same thing to all physicians. There are two distinctly divergent differences of opinion.

The original definition referred simply to any adverse reaction to a substance that does not bother most other individuals. The majority of people, for example, do not develop illness after they are exposed to dust, molds, pets, freshly cut grass, or after eating certain foods. In contrast allergic individuals commonly develop hay fever, asthma, hives, eczema, or intestinal symptoms from these types of exposures. The tentative diagnosis of allergy was originally based mainly upon the patient's history and physical examination, which suggested allergy. For example, if someone's nose repeatedly and suddenly became watery and itchy while cutting the grass, it was diagnosed as hay fever due to grass pollen.

In 1925, however, allergy was redefined, and the scope of what could be called an allergy became strictly limited. The majority of traditional allergists currently accept three basic concepts in relation to what is or is not an allergy:

  • An allergy must affect only specified areas of the body.
  • The source of an allergy must be due to established and acceptable causes.
  • An allergy must be scientifically confirmed by certain accepted immunological tests.

This restricted definition may have to be updated and liberalized, however. There simply are too many children and adults who do not fit into the current restricted traditional definition of allergy. When too many individuals are the exception, the rules may need to be changed.

Let us examine each concept in a bit of detail.

Areas of the Body That Can Be Affected by Allergy

Many traditional allergy specialists believe that allergies can only affect limited and specific parts of the body. The nose, eyes, lungs, skin, and intestines are accepted areas. They strongly doubt, however, that a slice of bread, for example, could cause a toddler suddenly to be unable to walk or that a peanut butter sandwich could cause a child to fall asleep in school. They would not believe that the brain functions of children could be influenced by a food or other environmental factors, for example dust or mold, in such a way that the children would develop hyperactivity or behavior or learning problems. Articles published over forty years ago, however, as well as recent publications, indicate that a wide variety of medical complaints, including overactivity, fatigue, bed-wetting, inappropriate behavior, and even epilepsy, in some children, may be due to allergies.1 Specialists in environmental medicine believe it is possible that any area of the body can be affected by an allergy or a food or chemical sensitivity. Substances called chemical mediators are released during allergic reactions and travel all over the body, not just to "accepted" areas such as the lungs or nose.

Substances or Exposures That Can Cause Allergy

Traditional allergists believe that only certain specific substances or exposures can cause an allergy. They recognize that dust (mites), molds, pollen, pets, feathers, and a few foods cause hay fever or asthma, but they would strongly doubt that these same items could cause behavior, personality, activity, or learning problems. Most allergists would scoff at the idea that the latter problems or a wide range of typical medical illnesses could be caused by a wide range of foods or by chemical odors.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: How Can You Use This Book to Help Your Child? 7
Acknowledgments 11
Tables and Charts 17
Author's Note: My Change From a Traditional to an Expanded Concept of Allergy 19
Glossary 21
Part 1 What Is an Allergy?
Chapter 1 How Many People Have Allergies? 33
Chapter 2 Typical Allergies 45
Chapter 3 How to Recognize Unsuspected Allergies 65
Part 2 General Clues to Allergy in Various Age Groups
Chapter 4 Infant Allergies 99
Chapter 5 Toddler Allergies 122
Chapter 6 Child Allergies 132
Chapter 7 Adolescent Allergies 142
Part 3 How Can You Detect and Help Your Child's Allergies Quickly?
Chapter 8 Diets That Help Quickly 157
Chapter 9 Record-Keeping Made Easy and Effective 194
Chapter 10 What Else Can You Do? 212
Chapter 11 Allergies Due to Factors Inside Your Home or Child's School 228
Chapter 12 Allergies Due to Factors Outside Your Home 253
Chapter 13 More About Chemical Pollution 262
Part 4 Specific Problems Often Not Recognized as Allergy
Chapter 14 Is Your Child Always Sick? 321
Chapter 15 Hyperactivity Is a Mixed Bag 327
Chapter 16 Tourette's Syndrome Overlaps With ATFS and ADD 342
Chapter 17 Is Ritalin Necessary? 351
Chapter 18 Aggression in Children Due to Allergy 367
Chapter 19 Is Your Child Really Slow, or Could It Be Due to Allergy? 380
Chapter 20 Fatigue, Headaches, Tics, Seizures--Could They Sometimes Be Due to Allergy? 394
Chapter 21 Delinquency--Does It Start Early in Allergic Children? 412
Chapter 22 Could Allergy and Suicide Be Related? 423
Chapter 23 The Yeast, Candida, or Monilia Controversy 439
Part 5 Treatment Requiring the Expertise of Others
Chapter 24 The Practical Rotary Diet 457
Chapter 25 Allergy Extract Testing and Therapy 481
Chapter 26 Drug Therapy 511
Chapter 27 Nutrition and Vitamins 530
Chapter 28 Counseling and Psychotherapy 553
Appendix A Food Sources of Some Allergenic Substances 563
Appendix B Aids to Keep You Ecologically Healthy 574
Appendix C Audiocassettes and Videotapes About Environmental Medicine 582
Appendix D Specialists in Environmental Medicine 585
Appendix E Additional Histories 587
Bibliography 602
Index 616
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Life altering read!

    I was in an intense struggle with my child on a daily basis with simply no hope. This author opened my eyes to what was going on with my son. I have seen very real changes in my entire family's life because of this book and it's reccomendations. Buy it, no questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2003

    Don't medicate your child until you've read this book!

    'Is This Your Child' is a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide on detecting hidden allergies and sensitivities that may be changing your child's (or your own) personality. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you MUST read this book before treating with medications. Using readily accessible techniques like elimination diets and simple observation, parents can learn which foods, chemicals, or 'typical' allergens like pollens turn their children into hyperactive, aggressive, spaced-out, bed-wetting little monsters who are nothing like the 'real' person hidden beneath all those allergic symptoms. This is an essential volume for any parent of a child who is behaviorally challenged.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2003

    Amazing book, miracles do exist,

    When my six year old was about 14 months old she started a downward spiral and nobody seem to have any answers. I was told it could be autism or tourette's or ADHD. She would not speak, only grunt, scream and throw herself to the ground. She never slept through the night and had many night terrors. I just happened by this book by chance. I immediately took my daughter off all dairy products. She started getting better very quickly, within weeks family, friends and her daycare provider were commenting on what happened to her. She started talking and calling everyone by name which she had never done before. I did the rotation diet and found several other things she was allergic to. Today she is at the top of her class and can now have dairy products. I still watch her diet carefully, everything in moderation. I often wonder where we would be without the help of this book. Get this book now, don't hesitate, your child can't wait. Note: The rotation diet may seem like a hassle but is so worth it. A couple of months of sacrifice to help your child's whole life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2002

    Yes, Mom, your kid can be helped!

    I wish I had known about Dr. Rapp's book when my child first started acting hyperactive. It took me three years and numerous doctors to figure out she was extremely allergic to milk because she had an 'unusual' reaction to it. Trust yourselves, Mothers. If there is something 'not right' with your kid, do not let a doctor patronize you into giving up. Your child can be helped! Thank you Dr. Rapp for laying out the truth for us Moms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    If your child has been diagnosed with ADHA or ADD this book is well worth reading.

    I have a step-son that had been diagnosed at 7 with ADHA and immeadiately put on Ritalin. After 3 1/2 years of Special Education classes and 40 mg./day of Ritalin with no results, I was given this book by another Mother that had been through the same problem with her daugther. After reading this book I realized that other options exsisted for my step-son. We took him to a special allergy doctor and was found to have numerous allergies to several different foods which caused hyperactivity. Since he was put on a diet, off the foods he was allergic to, and 3 drops of antigen drops under his tongue daily, he IS a different child. He has caught up with his 8th grade class and is a well behaved and an A and B student. ALL BECAUSE SOMEONE READ A BOOK. I hope it can help a child you know.Good Luck!!

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