Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Does Your Doc Say It's "All In Your Head?"

Do you feel that you are honestly and genuinely suffering from a health problem, but nobody can tell you what it is? Have you tried prescription or over-the-counter drugs to treat your symptoms, and received no relief? Has your doctor or someone else told you that it's “all in your head”? When doctors do not know the answer, they sometimes blame the patient.
Many symptoms such as depression, anxiety, problems concentrating, ADHD-like symptoms, back pain, muscle soreness, blurred vision, headaches, bowel problems, problems remembering or controlling your emotions and even signs of fibromyalgia can be caused by environmental illness. Exposures to chemicals, molds and electromagnetic fields as well as some food allergies can cause many health problems, including those listed above. You may be frustrated seeing doctor after doctor, trying to find out why you are ill, and sometimes they can even convince you that it could all be “in your head”. Do not believe it. You can find out why you are sick, and you can do it ALL ON YOUR OWN. If constant muscle pain, depression, migraines or other inexplicable conditions interfere with your ability to live your life, you might only need to change a few small things to find relief. By simply using a high-quality air purifier and trying some easy-to-follow diets, you can feel better.
Countless people have been helped. The only thing you need to do is take a little time to read about the things that cause these symptoms and follow a few simple guidelines. Visit www.drrapp.com and check out the list of books available that can help you quickly figure out what is making your or your loved ones sick, and at little or no cost at all. Do not allow your unexplained symptoms to remain unvalidated. Do something about it!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Do You Gain 5-10 Pounds In a Weekend?

You are not alone. There are many reasons for this, but one common unsuspected reason is unrecognized food allergies. The most likely foods are dairy or wheat products. Do the following, in particular, if either of these is one of your favorite foods.
What can you do to find out if this might be your problem?
It is easy. Stop absolutely all dairy products and wheat products in all forms for ten days. You might feel worse in some way (irritable, tired, aches, etc.) for the first few days. That is a good sign as it suggests these foods will prove to be problems. Then on the ll th day, drink 2 glasses of milk, eat some cottage cheese and some whipped cream with stevia as a sweetener, the first thing in the morning. If milk is the cause of your weight gain (or many other medical problems), you will become ill within an hour and that day you might find your weight is up as much as 5 to 10 pounds. The rest of the day, eat your regular diet plus more milk and dairy. No wheat or bread, cake or cookies until the next day.
On the 12th day, eat wheat. The first thing in the morning only eat wheat, without sugar or milk if that made you ill in some way. Make some pancakes with flour, water and stevia ( a sweetener that is organic) or some organic wheat cereal that contains only wheat. Soften with water only. Again, watch your weight gain. It is possible to gain more weight than the amount found in the food you eaten on one day. By the next morning, it is possible some of your other medical complaints, due to an unsuspected allergy to wheat, will cause headaches, arthritis, depression, behavior or activity changes, you name it.
For more in-depth information on diets used to identify food allergies, contact drrapp.assistant@gmail.com.

Monday, April 13, 2009


How Can You Recognize an Allergy by Looking?
These are the characteristic appearance changes:
Pushing nose upwards or wiggling it.
Dark red, black or blue eye circles
Bags under the eyes
Licking lips vigorously, causing rash about mouth.
Unusually red cheeks,
Unusually red and/or hot earlobes
Wiggly legs
Problems breathing air out of the lungs
Clucking throat sounds ( generally a milk allergy)
Scratching the creases of the arms and/or legs. This occurs near the time you eat an offending food but the rash does not appear until the next day.

What Else Can Indicate an Allergic Reaction?
Your pulse, breathing and ability to write can change when you have an allergy.
· Learn how to take your pulse. If the entire body and circulatory system has gone into an alarm state, the pulse and blood pressure can change.,
· The pulse, at rest, can increase from a normal of 60 to 86 to over 120-200. The beat can also become unsteady and irregular. Ask someone who knows to show you how to do it.
· The blood pressure can also increase to abnormal levels.
· If the lungs or breathing is affected, the ability to breathe deeply can diminish. Get a Peak Flow Meter. Call 1 800 787 8780, It is simply a plastic tube with a gauge on it. If your breathing levels falls over 15 % (for example, from 400 to 340), try to figure out why, where, when and why.
· If the brain is affected, it is possible for the writing or ability to draw or walk normally to change significantly.
· If you belch, notice what you taste. That is typically a food that is causing your allergy. The abdomen can also swell after eating an allergic food or beverage.
· Mucus from allergy is colorless or white; in contrast infection causes green, yellow or gray mucus. Check with your doctor.
· Hives are itchy white raised spots with a pink halo. These spots look like a mosquito bite. If the hive has an obvious bite hole in the center It is due to an insect. Allergic hives do not have this.

So What Can You Do About It?
Simply keep saying, "what did I eat, touch or smell just before the above changes occurred?" Ask yourself : Was the change due to something inside or outside, a food or a chemical? Allergenic dust, mold, pollen and foods typically cause symptoms in 15 minutes to an hour. In contrast, chemicals tend to cause changes in appearance, actions and how someone feels in seconds to minutes.

Some food allergies, however, can cause delayed reactions in 6 to 48 hours.
1. Milk or daily can cause recurrent otitis or ear problems,
2. Dairy, wheat or other foods can cause colitis.
3. Fruit juice or milk are common unsuspected causes of bed wetting in children over five years of age.
4. Beef, pork, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant and/or wheat often cause arthritis.
5. If a food or beverage causes an allergy, you can take 1-2 tsp of baking soda Trisalts ( health store) or Alka Aid. Also you can use an antihistamine and/or asthma medicine. Usually these would stop most allergic reactions.
To prove the above, just stop these foods for 7 days in all forms and then eat the food being checked on an empty stomach, the first thing in the morning.. Symptoms typically develop within about 8 to 48 hours.
Never eat a food that you know makes you sick. There is no reason to do it.Be sure to check with your doctor before you try the above.
Using the above tips, many, on their own, have recognized and pinpointed the exact causes of their illnesses,
To obtain more information, write to drrapp.assistant@ gmail.com.

Doris J Rapp, MD
Board Certified in Pediatrics, Allergy and Environmental Medicine.