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Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Call Paperback – October, 2003

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Dr. Doris Rapp is a New York Times Best-selling author of Is This Your Child. She is Board certified in Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergies.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Environmental Research Foundation (October 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880509083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880509081
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
Author Doris J. Rapp, M.D. is Board Certified in Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergies. In her book "Our Toxic World" she shares her knowledge of how everyday toxins in our environment affect us. The reality is that chemicals are everywhere in our lives and it is nearly impossible to completely escape them. It would surprise most people to find that these chemicals not only affect our physical health but also our actions, behavior (aggression, fatigue, hyperactivity, etc.), fertility, and even our memory. Through this book Doris Rapp rings the alarm about how pesticides and chemicals have become major factors in chronic illnesses of all kinds.
Of course the book is not just about all the problems of toxins but also includes sound advice on how to choose safer products and protect yourself. She also dedicates several chapters to discussing wildlife research data and lab data. While this is interesting information to a point, she includes so much detail and so many examples that it starts to read like a research paper instead of a book for the general public.
I did like her summarizing statement that we are creating stronger more chemically-resistant pests and weeds and weaker, more unhealthy humans. In addition to the toxins she also discusses genetic engineering and the potential health problems it may cause. If you are concerned about the toxic environment and how it may be affecting your health you will be hard pressed to find a more informative, better-documented book than "Our Toxic World".
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S V SWAMY on April 25, 2005
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"Our Toxic World - A Wake Up Call" by Dr.Doris J.Rapp, M.D., is a detailed account of the serious health challenges posed by increasing pollution of our air, water and thus the food chain. In a little more than 510 pages, Dr.Rapp, a Board Certified Doctor of Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics and Allergies, deals in detail with the various effects of many chemical pollutants that are now common in most of the developed countries, especially, the USA.

Chapter 1 titled, "Chemicals and Pesticides Can Hurt You and Those You Love" lays the groundwork for the whole book. The next Chapter, "How Can You Tell If Chemicals Hurt You?" describes the symptoms of illnesses set off by chemicals. The next chapter deals with methods of prevention to exposure and other actions to be taken after exposure. Chapter 4 explores in detail, whether the chemicals can affect the behavior, activity and learning etc. of children. Chapter 5 deals with a very important aspect of pollution, namely the effect on sex, including feminisation, masculinisation, infertility etc., in animals and humans.

Chapters 6 to 10 study the extent of the contamination, what one can do to minimise the effects, the ineffectiveness of the present governmental efforts in USA etc. Then follows a summary of the entire book and some useful Appendices.

One may or may not agree with the alarmist approach of Dr.Rapp, but there is no doubt that environmental health has become a major area for further research. If you or your loved ones, friends etc. are suffering from severe allergies and other vague illnesses, it may be useful to check out whether any of the common pollutants could be the reason.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Kaayla T. Daniel on June 14, 2005
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In this comprehensive book Dr. Doris Rapp brings the full spectrum of multiple chemical sensitivities into public awareness, warning us that chemicals and pesticides adversely affect children's behavior, learning and development and are contributing to -- or causing -- the epidemic of allergies, infertility, birth defects, thyroid disorders, cancer and autoimmune disease. In addition, she warns of the growing threat of genetically modified foods, growth hormones and food irradiation. What's most remarkable though is that she employs a common-sense style that leaves readers feeling empowered and not just overwhelmed. With the gift of a wise pediatrician who has counseled clients for years, Dr. Doris offers practical advice, including how to know when toxic chemicals have harmed us, what to do about them, when to try healing protocols, how to find a non-toxic home, school or workplace, why to buy organic foods, even why parents should NEVER choose soy formula for their infants. This book is more than a wakeup call; its a fount of lifesaving information.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Victor on July 17, 2005
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As a naturopath who works with many allergic and environmentally sensitive patients, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. In great depth, Dr. Rapp talks about the multiple factors that are causing so much ill health and suffering in our toxic world. Readers will find the author to be kind, compassionate and practical with "nuts and bolts" tips. She was a pioneer in this field and in this book shows she is at the top of her game. I hope she'll do a cookbook next as so many of the existing allergy cookbooks contain so much poor information, Dr. Rapp has a great website [...].
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James Jewett on February 4, 2006
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When I first read the title, my first thought is "I know this, I've heard it before".

That is how I felt. Until I read the book. What an eye opener!

I happen to be one who rarely gets sick, and recovers quickly when I do. I also tend to opt for a healthier life style. However, there is a family history of cancer.

In reading this book, I realized that there is even more that I need to be doing to protect myself and my family. Dr. Rapp has done a considerable amount of research and shares her findings with the reader. Research references are listed at the end of each chapter for those wanting to learn even more.

If you own a home you need to read this book. If you rent a home or apartment, you need to know the information in this book. If you golf or live near a golf course, this book is for you. If you have children or grandchildren in school, consider reading this book.
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