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Is This Your Child's World?: How You Can Fix the Schools and Homes That Are Making Your Children Sick Paperback – August 4, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553378678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553378672
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal

Rapp, a board-certified pediatrician with additional certifications in pediatric allergy and environmental medicine, has written this book to help parents and teachers recognize environmental illnesses and to outline steps for action in combating them. The first section describes environmentally caused illnesses and why they may be occurring. The other four sections concern sick schools and outline ways to deal with these problems. Examples of illnesses and possible treatments are included throughout the book. Two of the sections have an introductory overview, which would have benefited the other sections. The book is extensively footnoted, and there are several sections at the end-additional reading, organizations, suppliers, and so on-that readers will find helpful. It is unclear, however, whether these are appendixes. Rapp includes references to and information from another of her books, Is This Your Child? Discovering and Treating Unrecognized Allergies (Morrow, 1991). Recommended for large consumer health collections.
Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Five years ago, pediatric allergist Rapp offered parents helpful (if sometimes controversial) advice on how to recognize and respond to childhood allergies in Is This Your Child? Her new book shifts its focus to the environments--schools, public buildings, residences--in which children may be exposed to substances that can cause headaches, mood swings, and even learning disabilities. Some readers may feel Rapp overstates children's potential sensitivity to trace elements in foods, beverages, and water and to lead, light, electromagnetic energy, radon, asbestos, carpets, and common chemicals. Still, even parents who take Rapp's more emphatic warnings with a grain of salt will find plenty of useful information here on subjects such as the common symptoms of allergic reactions or the range of tests and treatments to be considered for each type of sensitivity. Written as "a wake-up call, leading to a serious attempt to curtail the spread" of environmental illness, the book provides useful information most parents would otherwise have difficulty locating. Mary Carroll --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Doris J. Rapp, MD currently resides and consults part time as a doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. Rapp is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy, and Environmental Medicine and is also a homeopath. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus) at the State University of New York in Buffalo. Dr. Rapp had a traditional allergy practice for 18 years and then, after learning about environmental medicine in 1975, she began to incorporate the principles of this form of "green" medicine in her pediatric allergy practice. Dr. Rapp is a past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and author of many books including the New York Time's bestseller Is This Your Child?. Dr. Rapp has produced many videos demonstrating the dramatic physical and behavioral changes in both children and adults that can be produced using a more precise method of allergy testing called Provocation/Neutralization. This surprisingly informative diagnostic testing and treatment method often relieves symptoms in just a few minutes and can dramatically demonstrate specific cause and effect health relationships. Dr. Rapp is passionate about helping allergic children and their families overcome learning, behavioral, activity and medical symptoms. She strives to find answers that use fast, easy and inexpensive methods such as diet, avoidance, air and water purifiers, exercise, nutrients, natural detoxification and simple, healthy lifestyle changes.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book that details how environmental hazards along with food allergies affect children. It analyzes schools and homes to inform people of the chemicals, paint, carpeting, spices, etc. cause symptoms of Learning Disabilities or behavior problems. The chapters in this book are broken down specifically to help you target your concerns. I loved the pictoral and writing samples given in this book. As a special educator, I found this book extremely helpful in my school building and with my own family. I recommend this to anyone with concerns about their children or students.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Jewett on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Dr. Rapp hits another home run with this work. If you have school age children who have experienced behavioral problems at school, then you want to read this book.

This book also gives the reader suggestions on things that can be changed at home, with diet and nutrition to improve your child's well being.

Don't be surprised if school officials try to discredit this work. After all, "traditional thinking", while outdated, has prevailed for years. We gave a copy of the book to the school principle, who promised to read it. The other "experts" simply pushed the book away and changed the topic.

We have shared this information with others, and have a "loaner copy" that we are sharing with other parents in our school system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Soccerfan VINE VOICE on July 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book when a family member was having trouble with chemical sensitivities. I personally didn't find it very helpful. It focuses too much on changing you child's environment which isn't all that practical when kids spend a large part of their time at school, day care, friend's houses, etc. What really helped us was diet changes, so the person with the chemical sensitivities could be around cleaning fluids, old books, car fumes, etc. and detoxify these substance like a normal person. While reducing chemicals in our home was helpful, what really helped my relative was cleaning up his diet so he could be in places with carpets, scented candles, cleaning solution fumes, etc. without getting headaches. He just needed to have the proper vitamins and minerals in his body to detoxify these substances, especially magnesium and zinc, which are involved in a number of detoxification processes.

Instead of this book I would recommend Sherry Roger's books on toxicity and chemical sensitivities. They are more diet focused, something you can control instead of trying to change all of your child's surroundings, which is pretty much impossible for children who are not home schooled and have any kind of social life.

Our schools and homes aren't making all children sick and chemically sensitive, they are making some children sick and chemically sensitive. Nutrient levels may well be one of the reasons some kids get sick and some don't given the same exposure to chemical laden environments.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ChemFreeMom on March 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is incredible and I have given a copy to my son's principal. We had already incorporated a lot of her suggestions based on appointments with our Environmental Physician. Her book was instrumental in helping me replace cleaners in my son's classroom. Also, her other book, Our Toxic World is worth reading as well. We have seen some wonderful changes for the entire family by changing cleaners, eliminating pesticides, and identifying triggers for us. This should be required reading material for school administrators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melaleucamom on June 28, 2011
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Never outdated, because our toxic world is getting more and more toxic. Dr. Rapp has set the bar in challenging our government, schools, and all mighty industries to take a look at what chemical toxins are doing to our bodies. Will we listen? Will we take action? Will we stop fighting for our health and the health of our children when administrators turn a deaf ear? You do have the power to detox your own environment, educate fellow parents and encourage your schools. Read this book and share it with others...to save and improve the quality of lives around you.
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