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Is This Your Child? [Paperback]

M.D. Rapp Doris
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Book Description

September 15, 1992


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.

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About 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688119077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688119072
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,552 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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206 of 208 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing! December 31, 2001
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Rapp, a Pediatric Allergist MD focuses on "brain allergy" in this book. This 600+ page book may seem daunting but it is not hard to read and you can pick and choose the chapters that you are interested in and that apply to your situation. It is also easy to skim for basic information at first and then if you need to delve into detail you can go back and read each word and section that applies to you.
Black and white photographs, paragraphical text, case studies, and lists are the ways that Rapp describes the various maladies that are caused by brain allergies. There are easy to reference lists and separate chapters on how allergies manifest in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.
After the discussion of the allergy symptoms Rapp moves on to how to detect the food culprit and how to confirm via testing with provocation/neutralization (P/N) testing. This testing entails a pinprick for up to 40 times in one session PER FOOD, administered by the physician. Rapp discusses the single and multiple food elimination diet, and the rotary diet. She gives you all the information you need to know to implement these plans but advises you seek the council of a physician. Rapp explains that she prepares a diluted solution of allergy extract serum that the parent can administer to the child to reduce the affect of the allergic reaction (mixed up by the doctor and sold to the patient). Rapp also gives instructions for using an alkali nonprescription item to stop the allergic reaction once it has begun.
Hypoglycemia is also discussed briefly and how sometimes the patient may have hypoglycemia-only, allergies-only, or both hypoglycemia and allergies together.
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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book, but not just for children November 22, 1999
By A Customer
This book was recommended to me when my physician suspected that food allergies were causing my depression and stomach problems. I read the book and was astounded at the evidence here and how well it is presented. The title of the book implies that it is just for diagnosing children, but every person can benefit by it. Just think of all the adult behaviors that might be caused by food allergies -- violence, depression, isolation, anxiety, giddiness, exhaustion, and so on. It is a sad commentary that the medical community doesn't give much credence to food allergies, as I have found in wandering from specialist to specialist. When my allergies were discovered and I avoided the food, my depression cleared in six months. What a fantastic cure, and so simple and inexpensive -- just the cost of this book and the IGG blood test.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for "good parents" at the end of their rope! September 29, 1999
By A Customer
This book contained information that greatly improved my families quality of life! Doris Rapp gives you the information to recognize unsuspecting allergies by being your own detective. She shows how a good record keeper can pinpoint a specific reaction caused by a specific allergen. She also alerts her readers about how unsuspecting behavoir problems,constant sicknesses,bed wetting,hyperactivity,and headaches could be the result of undiagnosed allergies.I liked the way Dr. Rapp enforces that no one knows your child better than his or her parents and that you should trust that "gut" feeling. I feel that she supplies the reader with enough resources to be able to identify an allergy and to possibly be able to control it.This book has also enabled my family to lead more healthy, happy and productive lives! If this book is helpful, one will want to read Dr. Rapp's other books on allergies.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars buy this book December 8, 2006
A Kid's Review
My mom always knew that something was bothering me but she couldn't figure it out. Doctors didn't help her. When I was 8 I started to feel really sick and get headaches every day. I didn't want to go to school anymore. My mom used this book to do the elimination diet on me and it turned out that wheat was bothering me. We later found out that I have Celiac disease. I never had any of the regular symptoms. My mom was tested and she has Celiac disease too. I am 10 now and on the honor roll at school.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the parent of a problem child. October 26, 2000
This book was an eye opener for us. Our daughter had many ADHD type symptoms; angry outbursts, emotional meltdowns, and was fidgety, restless, and unable to stay focused. After following the book's recommended rotational diet, we figured out what foods she reacted to. Avoiding those foods (especially corn) produced dramatic positive results. She is now an alert, attentive, angel of a child. This book is a must for any parent with a problematic child.
And contrary to one reader's review, the NIH has conducted double blind studies supporting Dr. Doris Rapp's findings.
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved My Son's Life ! March 15, 2003
When I first saw Dr. Doris Rapp on the talk shows back when this book first was published it opened my eyes to my own sons it over and over and started applying the testing and homeopathic remedies and stopping the foods he was showing allergic reactions to. After a year of the homeopathic remedies and a slow start back of those same foods *mile, chocolate, cinnamon* we had no more problems. This was a child who had severe allergic reactions including asthma attacks that would leave him choking and unable to breathe. (very frightening)After two years of doctors of every specialty, and tons of meds with the resulting hyperactivity and no real cure, I had had it!!!
Now, my son is a tall, strong, and wonderfully healthy 17 yr. old with no behavioral problems nor allergies or asthma. You best believe that we keep homeopathics in our home 365 days a year now.
Now I buy the book everytime I get the chance so that I can pass it on to others who need this wonderful doctors sound thinking and real help. Is your child hyperactive, have un-controllable rages, depressions, suicidal, sick with allergies and asthma, learning disabilities? Any of these problems? BUY THIS BOOK! You won't be sorry you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and ADD
My son is 10. Since 2nd grade he has steadily slipped in and out of depression, anxiety attacks, social seclusion, fear of crowds, heightened sensitivity to average noises, weekly... Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Vicki Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight into the affects of food and environment on people
The information and stories told within this book are amazing and very insightful. I appreciate the knowledge shared and the depth in how it's explained. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vanessa Gatelein
5.0 out of 5 stars I give this as a gift
to mothers of newborns. They may not read it right away, but every parent should read this book! Buy it!
Published 8 months ago by GoodDoober
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information
Proves the old adage: we are what we eat! Just as I suspected, feeding our children too much "fast food" can impair their learning process. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lady Trike Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Great information
This book has some great information. I especially like her insight on some of the more subtle symptoms of food allergies and intolerance. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kendra W
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any parent
Explains a lot about allergies and how they manifest. Must read for any parent who wants the best for there child.
Published 12 months ago by Phyllis S. Russo DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a friend; she loves it.
Bought as a gift for a friend who does day care, and she loved it!! Says it has helped her a lot in understanding some kid's behaviors.
Published 13 months ago by amw
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book when you just KNOW that your child has something going on...
This book has been very helpful to me. I'm still reading it, but I think that the rotation diet will be a great benefit to my food allergic son (and the rest of us). Read more
Published 18 months ago by vikimmy
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