Greg Booth, President
Allergy and Environmental Health Association
I am pleased to again introduce the introducer.
Roy Cooper is married with four daughters, one of whom is learning disabled. He has been involved with the Learning Disabilities Association for 18 years. Roy has served as a member of the executive committee at both the chapter and provincial levels as president as well as at the national level as vice president. At this time, he is serving as the provincial president and as a member of the board of directors at the chapter and national levels. Roy, please come up.
Roy Cooper, President
Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario
Thank you very much and thank you for inviting me to introduce Dr. Rapp. I don't personally know Dr. Rapp, but I know of her through Heather Holden whose three children went to see Dr. Rapp to get excellent services and advice. And because of that, I think Heather Holden has been a very active member and a past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario. I'm going to take a few minutes and read some notes.
Dr. Rapp has been involved for almost 38 years in this cause of advising us on allergies and such things and I'm going to read some of the things she has done over the years.
She is board-certified in pediatrics, board-certified in pediatric allergies achieving the highest score in the United States, board-certified in environmental medicine, fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, examiner for the Certification Board for Pediatric Allergy, fellow in the American College of Allergy, fellow in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, fellow in the American Association of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, fellow in the American College of Preventative Medicine, fellow in the American College of Occupational Medicine, and a member of the Science Advisory Committee for the Environmental Protection Agency.
She's past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She's in Writers' Who's Who. So you don't want to listen to me; I'd like to introduce Dr. Rapp. [Applause.]
Dr. Doris J. Rapp
How many were not here last night? Then I'm going to have a brief review for five minutes of what was said last night and then we'll continue just as if we hadn't stopped. But before I start, I want to go over a couple of things that I forgot to tell you.
Number one. I want everyone who has a pencil and paper to write down their five favourite foods and beverages, the things that they really couldn't live with out - your coffee! Women, the foods you crave most before your menstrual period or during your menstrual period. If you're a choc-aholic, put chocolate on the list, the real goodies that you can't live without. Men should write this down too.
The second thing I want to tell you is that a number of patients have come to my office with homeopathic kits. They're usually the New York Jewish ladies and the Canadians. They came in with kits and told me how to treat homeopathically. I must say that when I first heard it, my initial reaction was, "Sheer nonsense!"
But, I broke my arm three days ago and I want you to know that I've been treating it with four homeopathic remedies and I've had no pain. The doctor said that the kind of fracture I had would be extremely painful - I'd need codeine or morphine or something.
There are homeopathic books for children and adults, and you can buy the kits for $50 or $60. I wholeheartedly recommend it. If your child has a bellyache, you look up under bellyache; then it will say, they're having diarrhea, they feel like they are nauseated. You find the thing that seems best and you put a pellet under your tongue and it helps. I'm looking for fast, easy, effective, inexpensive ways to help people and this is something that might help all of you.
One other thing is for flu. If you ache all over, it hurts to move your eyes, you feel tired, your muscles are sore and you feel very sick and the doctor says you have a flu, try Oscillococcinum. If you get it half way right, you go into a health food store or a drug store - they'll know what it is - it costs about $8 for about 6 treatments. It works to an amazing degree.
My mother's in a nursing home and they had a flu epidemic. I went in at 6 o'clock and I really didn't think she'd live for an hour. She just looked terrible. I said, "What have I got to lose?" I put the Oscillococcinum under her tongue and said, "Mother, I've got office hours. I'll be back in a couple of hours." I went back to my office, came back in a couple of hours and she was sitting up in bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed, looking great.
I tried to get them to give it to everybody in the nursing home and, of course, they wouldn't listen. So everybody else was sick, but my mother was doing fine on her Oscillococcinum.
It's a good thing for you to know about. Try it. Now it doesn't mean you don't go to a doctor if you're sick. But, if it's Saturday night or three o'clock in the morning, and there's no one around, try it. It's fast, easy, and inexpensive. If it doesn't help and your child is getting worse, for goodness sake get some appropriate medical care.
Now, the list that you wrote of the five foods and vegetables - well you didn't put vegetables down. [Laughter.] Now, if you wrote that you liked cheese, ice cream, yogurt, lasagna and pizza, chances are excellent you're milk and dairy sensitive. If you wrote that you like bagels, bread, cake, cookies, and macaroni, you're probably wheat sensitive.
Now, the foods and beverages you wrote down are the ones that are most apt to be causing illness if you have environmental illness. So if you are a "coff-aholic", a "choc-aholic", a "tea-aholic" - just, what's your bag, I don't know. You eat sunflower seeds 20 times a day and you're nuts about mushroom soup. Whatever it is, I'd like you to go off each item for about a week.
Now you may be a bear on day two or three because, if you have a food allergy, you will have withdrawal just like a heroin addict. Then, at the end of a week, I want you to sock it to yourself. Have a whole day and have a lot of it and see how you feel. That will tell you what that food does to you.
For 20 years I missed food allergies because I didn't know what I just told you. That is, you don't stop the thing you think is causing trouble for a month or two and then add it back, because the symptoms will come back - but slowly, insidiously and you won't see cause and effect relationships. But if you stop it for about a week, you should feel better after the first couple of days of feeling bad. But by Day Seven you should feel great. Then you take a large amount of that substance. Watch out! Because if it causes a little headache, you're going to really have a headache. In other words, your symptoms will be exaggerated but you may be able to recognize for the first time cause and effect relationships.
Many men have trouble with beer and it's because of the malt or the corn in the beer. If you buy Michelob that's made with rice, you may find you don't have symptoms whereas if you drink the regular beer with corn you will. That's special for you.
For the women, as I said, the foods you crave during your menstrual period that are usually the problem. If you have to put the chocolate bars in the freezer so you don't eat them so fast, trust me, chocolate is a problem for you.
Incidentally, my Foundation is broke; it's always broke because I spend too much money making videos and I lose money on all the videos I make. So if you buy the video, I'd be very pleased, or the books or any of the other material. I can assure you that the cost of everything we sell is so little above cost that that's why we're always broke. But the aim is to get the information out.
The video, Environmentally Sick Schools, for $19 is worth every penny because you'll see most of the slides that you've seen here, plus actual patients. It shows that in the Waterloo/Guelph/Halton area they have made environmentally safe classrooms and even created one school that is more environmentally safe than any place else in the whole world. But across your country you have to start to have schools that emulate what they've done in that district in Ontario.
Our country has to start to listen to what you've done because it's not only cost effective but also the academic performance went up. The children felt better; many of the children on home teaching could go into schools. Their attendance improved. It really was a positive experience in every single way for the school district that did it.
The bottom line in everything in our society is money, not health. So we have to figure out ways that we can make everybody feel good about making changes that are good for the environment.
Now, I'd like to start by showing you a video that you didn't see last night. This is a girl that came to see me. She'd been thrown out of about eight schools; she used to go out in the street and lie down and hope the cars would run over her. She would go to the brink of the falls and threaten to jump over the falls. She would go into the closet with a knife and threaten to kill herself.
We're going to test her for grape and then ragweed and you're going to see the kind of reaction that she has when she reacts. She was reading at something like a fourth grade level when she was in the eighth grade and, within a couple of months after treatment, she was up to the eighth or ninth grade level of reading. She's very bright - college-educated parents - but had these episodes that were just unbelievable, when she had a reaction. Most people don't develop a body odour, but in some individuals when they have a reaction the whole room would get permeated with an animal like smell. Airing out the room didn't help. They're very aware of this. Some of you in this room may have it where your hair smells and you wash it and it still smells. You have a body odour that you can't get rid of. I don't know what's going on in these individuals. If I had a lot of money I'd try to collect their perspiration and try to figure out what it is they're excreting in perspiration that's causing this. But this is one thing that happened to this young lady when she had a reaction, and so you'd have to air the whole place out.
So let's see Beth reacting to grape. This is a suicidal youngster as you've already gathered from what I've told you.
Doris Rapp (live voiceover): Here she is pulling away from her mother's touch.
At that time she says, "Please God, I don't want to live anymore if I have to live this way." Here she is several minutes after she received the correct dilution of an allergy extract for grapes. Similarly, when she reacts to an allergenic substance such as ragweed pollen, she crouches in a corner away from everyone, refuses to be touched, and later on she rocks back and forth. Have you seen children who act this way? Maybe there are ways to detect the cause of such problems earlier in a child's life. Children and parents should not have to endure this type of problem for years when it is sometimes easily corrected.
This is her reacting to natural gas.
She said, "I don't want to talk to anybody."
That brief little video really tells a lot. Now the skeptics in the audience are going to say she was acting. The rest of the realistic world that just watched it will realize that she was reacting to something. Now you'll have to ask yourself, how can the body be so smart that, when you put one drop in the body, the body suddenly goes totally berserk? Then we give a five-fold weaker dilution and maybe 25 or 125 times weaker - one drop and the body is so smart that the body will bring her back to normal.
Now this just shows you how little we know and understand about medicine because I can't begin to explain what you just saw. But it is important to know how to turn it on and off because this girl's life was turned around. She ended up getting a college education. She's a professional now and her life was totally turned around because we got her early enough. If she'd been over 15, there's no way we could have turned her around in time for her to go to college.
What I'm pleading everybody to do is to read my book and spot these youngsters when they're infants and toddlers so they don't develop the secondary psychological problems, so they don't have years of feeling inadequate and not understanding what's going on and wanting to kill themselves. I'll show you at the end of this hour, if we have time, some other youngsters that are suicidal because of molds or pollens.
Environmental illness can affect any area of the body, and there are adolescents and adults who kill themselves because there's a high pollen count, it's a moldy day, they ate too much of the wrong food, they got in a fight with their wife - that was all it took! It was too many things in one day and that's the end of them. We have to prevent that sort of thing from happening.
There's a book out called Steven Lives, by Puryear, about a boy who killed himself during the pollen season. That was just one factor, but it was one variable. If you read that book and know someone who had a child that killed himself, the family would feel much better if they read it. If a child is considering suicide, they would feel much better if they read it. You can get that book - it's called Steven Lives - from my Foundation.
Now, a few points about Beth. Did you notice that she complained that she was hot? Remember that, yesterday, I showed you the boy who ripped off his clothes because he felt hot. I've heard this repeatedly. Some students will take off their clothes in school. They get tossed out of school because they keep taking their shirt off. Well, why are they taking their shirt off? Why do they feel hot? Again, ask, "What did they eat, touch or smell?" Did you notice that when she was touched, she pulled away - that's classic. As I said, for people who have this kind of illness in any age group - you'll see it in infants, in toddlers, in children and in adults - it leads to all kinds of marital problems.
When you have a child crawling in the corner, underneath the furniture, and wedges himself in a dark place and you can't get near them, they're having an allergic reaction, in my mind, until proven otherwise. Say, "What did that child eat, touch or smell?" Something's causing that abnormal behaviour.
Now, think of the long-term effects if we didn't figure out what's going on with this child. When you see spiders on the wall and you act the way she acted, you could easily end up in a psychiatric institute - not for a few days, but for the rest of your life. If that institute is heated with natural gas and that's what happens with natural gas, she doesn't stand a fighting chance of ever getting her life back on track. If it's due to wheat and she eats bread every day, she will never be normal.
So my point is, how much can you save your government by checking patients who are institutionalized, including criminals I might add, children who are severe behaviour and learning problems and children in psychiatric institutes. All they have to do is try a one-week diet. Try cleaning up a couple of rooms in the building and put them in there and see if they clear up. Put air purifiers in the rooms. These things are not expensive and they might save your government millions of dollars.
Take the carpets out of the schools. That in itself will save you millions of dollars. There are good studies to document what I say which will be in the new book coming out in September. It's all discussed in the videotape, Environmentally Sick Schools - that 90-minute one I talked to you about.
This particular video segment you just saw is on Video I, II and III. Video I shows the faces and some reactions, II shows what causes it and III is miscellaneous things. She's on the beginning of Video II if you want to get a copy of that video. Sometimes it helps to have copies of specific videos. If you want to see Tourette's, Cindy at my Foundation can tell you which videotape has patients who have Tourette's on it. I have thousands and thousands of videos; I have the biggest video library in the world on these kinds of reactions. It doesn't do any good if it's sitting there.
We have to get the message out to the people who have Tourette's syndrome or the people who act this way or the people in the psychiatric institutes. How we can get the information to the federal government, to the school systems so that they realize the advantages. The thing you have to emphasize is not that you're going to turn a kid's life around. They're much less interested in that than they are in money - usually. You have to tell them they will save money if they do this. In addition, they might go ahead and turn some children's lives around. They're interested in that. But I can assure you the bottom line is money - not the health of the next generation - at least from what I've seen.
Now, I want to quickly go over a few of the slides you saw yesterday, but this will be very brief and very fast.
Environmental illness means it's something in the air, food, water, your home, your school or your workplace that is making you sick, while most other people aren't sick with it.
If you have allergies in your family and a bunch of allergic relatives with asthma and hayfever, you're more apt to have these oddball illnesses that nobody can figure out, such as chronic headaches, chronic bellyaches, chronic muscle aches, changes in personality, mood, etc.
That's the allergic salute. That means you've got nose allergies. Think about the fact that, if you have problems in other areas of your body, it might also be due to something that you're eating, touching or smelling.
Here's the wrinkle on the nose. You can see it right there from pushing the nose in the air. A lot of people aren't even aware that they're pushing their nose in the air but they'll go to the mirror. When you get through, go to the mirror, push your nose in the air and see if you've got the wrinkle.
These are the bags under the eyes - blue, black or red - and they come on usually within an hour after you eat or go into a place that bothers you. When we skin-test patients, we can produce these.
These are the wrinkles under the eyes, particularly in children who have eczema or skin problems, but you can see it in infants and older people.
These are the bags under the eyes and you can see this in many children and the eyes can swell so that they are slits. A food that you eat can cause this. So if your face looks puffy under the eyes, ask yourself, "What am I eating, touching or smelling that might be causing this?" Compare what you eat, touch and smell on good days with bad days.
These are the red ears characteristic before behavioural outbursts, in particular. Many people have bought my book because they saw the red ears and they knew their children had it. During my first 20 years in practice, I had no idea of the significance of that.
There are the red cheeks you see particularly in two-to-four year olds, but you can see them in any age group. Women who have chemical sensitivity frequently have very bright, abnormally red cheeks - they look very healthy.
This is the pot belly that is characteristic of allergies and also of parasites and intestinal digestive problems. It's not normal.
There's the frothing at the mouth. They bark, they bite and they froth at the mouth. What does that remind you of? No, they are not dogs! They are little children frequently having allergic reactions and they are almost always in this age group. Adults who have allergies, I might add, tend to salivate more than normal. These are the people who, when you talk to them, you move back a little because they spit when they talk. Dentists will say, "You've got an awful lot of saliva in your mouth." Again, I think the body is trying to excrete whatever it is in the saliva.
Infants who have this problem don't drool a bibful - they drool a lake - they're wet down to their shoelaces! They change the bibs 20 times a day and that's characteristic of babies eating foods to which they're allergic. The saliva, for some reason, tends to stain everything.
There's the "geographic" tongue with the little mottled, balled islands.
This is the yeasty tongue - that white means too many antibiotics; until proven otherwise, you've got a yeast problem. Most doctors don't believe in it. Get yourself some books on yeast. Go to the health food store.
If you also have the red ring around your anus - don't argue with your doctor, but if he won't treat you - go to the health food store and find out how to treat it. You can treat it yourself but you need lactobacillus - milk-free lactobacillus - and you need some sort of a drug to kill off the excess yeast in your gut.
The way that I practiced allergy for the first 20 years, I would put 20 or 30 skin tests on the arm or the back. I'd watch them for 10 minutes. If they got big and red, then I would put in a stronger concentration. If there was no reaction, then I would continually go stronger and stronger to find out if they were allergic to grass, molds, weeds, and various kinds of pollens. If they were, then I'd make up a magic little potion that contained dust, molds, and pollen. They all were sensitive to dust, molds and pollen, and most of them to pets. But in those days I didn't know how to treat pet allergies. Now we can treat it. That was the way I did it for the first 20 years.
That's the traditional way of treating allergy. The testing is usually done now on the back, which involves scratch tests. If they're negative, it doesn't mean you don't have an allergy; but if it's positive, it means that you've got one devil of an allergy because you're very sensitive.
Now, the newer way of testing that is much more precise - but infinitely more time-consuming and therefore expensive - is to do what's called provocation/neutralization allergy testing. You don't start with a weak dilution. You start with a strong one. You cause a headache with the milk, or a bellyache with the pollen, or asthma with the mold. Then you give a weaker dilution every 10 minutes and when you get to the right weakness or dilution, the headache, the muscle aches, the bellyache, or the asthma that you created will be gone completely.
Then you can treat that patient by either putting drops of that dilution under the tongue or by injecting it into the arm. It's so safe that you can give the patient the extract to take home and they can take it themselves.
You wouldn't believe all the problems that this form of treatment has caused. There are big arguments: it doesn't get in the body if you put in under the tongue. Well, that's sheer nonsense! They put medicine under the tongue to show your circulation time. It shows you how fast it's picked up.
Treatment with allergy extract is effective. I don't know how much more we need to do before the hard-nosed academic scientists will start to realize that there's something in what I'm saying. But, that will come later on.
At any rate, with provocation/neutralization, the biggest advantage is that we can figure out cause and effect relationships. What causes what? One item will cause no trouble, the next item no trouble, and the third item will cause the child to turn around and bite his mother and hide in the corner. You'll know that you hit something and that'll be the big reason why they're in your office.
Incidentally, for children whot are worse before they eat, think of hypoglycemia. If they're worse after they eat, think of food sensitivities.
The other disadvantage of provocation/neutralization is that it's time-consuming and, therefore, it's expensive. So the insurance companies don't want to pay. In our country, if insurance doesn't pay, people don't get the treatment. The result is that they have to take the kind of care that is paid for. So in a nut shell, the insurance company is deciding how we practice medicine. They are dictating what's done because if they pay for it, you can do it. If they don't pay for it, you can't do it. We have to stop that.
When you provoke symptoms with a strong concentration, it's called provocation. When you get rid of the symptoms with a weaker dilution, it's called neutralization. You can use the neutralization before you eat the food; before you go in the moldy, dusty place; before the pollen exposure and prevent symptoms. Or, if you already have the symptoms, you can take it and then get rid of them. It's not 100 per cent, but I can tell you it works so well that once you have your little bottle you do not want to drop it and spill it because you'll be at the doctor's office an hour before they open to get your next bottle. It is a very effective way of treating many pollen, mold, dust, etc., sensitivities.
I'm not saying that traditional allergy treatment for mold, pollen, and dust does not work. I used it for 20 years and it was absolutely effective. But patients frequently had to use drugs. It isn't in the same ballpark with what I've just said. I practiced traditional allergy for 20 years and then I heard about this.
As I told you last night, I tried to expose the doctors doing this and found out they were right. Then I was so naive I said, "All we have to do is a few diets and scientific studies and they'll believe." I had a lot to learn! The last 20 years I've been doing it this way and there is nothing you could do that would ever make me go back and practice allergy as I did the first 20 years. I couldn't do it with a clear conscience because what I'm doing now is far superior.
I'm starting to investigate some other ideas that I think may be another leap ahead of what we're doing now. In the next year or so, if I can document what I think might be effective, I'll be talking about that.
I talked to you yesterday about the need for antibiotics. When you have nose allergies that aren't treated, you have one infection after another because the tissues swell, the germs invade, the infections go to the sinuses, the lungs and the ears in young children. The antibiotics mess up the gut. It's sort of like a lawn that's full of weeds with no grass. You get an overgrowth of yeast and not enough lactobacillus. So the treatment is to kill off the weeds which are the yeast and re-seed the lawn with lactobacillus, and the gut gets better and the person feels better.
These patients will have that red ring around the anus, the bloated abdomen and the genital touching which causes havoc in schools. These children masturbate. The infants masturbate. Everybody thinks they're getting a sexual thrill. If you just give them a little Mycostatin and lactobacillus they won't pay attention until puberty. It's an easy way to eliminate a difficult problem. Hollering at a child who's touching his itchy penis is not going to solve the problem. He's going to continue to touch his itchy penis. But if you get rid of the itch, they probably won't pay attention until they get much older.
That resistant odour to the hair and feet. Again, if you find that when you wash your child the smell does not go away or there is a child in school that always has an aroma that doesn't smell like perspiration, think about the possibility that it might be environmental illness.
Doris Rapp (live voiceover): Now this is Robert being skin-tested for a number of items - no trouble - and then we hit mold and he had trouble, which means a moldy school would be disaster.
This is a boy after he ate a lot of junk food.
It took two days before he could do this. The point is your brain can be affected for two days after you eat an allergenic food. So, if you ate it three times a week, you could have trouble all the time and be in a psychiatric hospital or a school for learning-disabled children.
This is the boy who got violent and wanted to kill his mother. Here he's hanging her and here he's shooting her. Notice how his handwriting changes. Here he won't write at all and there's after treatment. Violence in children in some situations - a piece of the pie is allergy.
I want to tell you how you can figure out whether something's going to bother you and your child right now. This is very practical stuff. There are some sheets at the back that you can buy called "Tips: What's Fast, Easy and Inexpensive, What's Better But More Expensive; What's Best But Expensive". It gives you ideas on how to cope with these problems without spending a lot of money or time. You just go from one level to another. If the fast, easy and inexpensive ideas don't work, go to the next category. Those sheets explain what I'm going to tell you right now, so you don't need to take notes if you don't want to.
The first thing to ask is: "Am I worse at school, at work, or at home?" If you're worse at work, there's a reason for it. What did you eat, touch or smell at work that's causing trouble? The people who are worse at school or work will be worse by Friday night. Sunday night they're feeling good. By Monday they start to get sick and by Friday night they're terrible again. That's a good clue that there's something there that is bothering you.
Always ask what was eaten, touched or smelled just before a change. It is almost always something inside a building, outside a building, a food, or a chemical that is causing trouble. If you just think logically about those four categories, you'll come up with the answers.
What now? You should always ask: "Why am I having trouble today? Why am I sleepy after I ate breakfast this morning? What did I eat this morning that I don't ordinarily eat? Why do I think well in the morning? I get a lot of work done. I have my Coke for lunch and after lunch I can't work effectively. I make mistakes. I can't remember. I'm wiggly. I move my legs a lot. I pound my table, and I get exasperated. Think back. Do people point out to you: "Why are you so irritable today?" After you get through saying you're not irritable, sit back for a second and ask: "What did I eat, touch or smell?" There is the answer. You've got to increase your awareness.
Now, I've worked out what I call "The Big Five". I want everybody to take their pulse by putting their wrist in the palm of their hand and put their fingers over the edge and then feel - if you press real hard you're not going to feel anything - just press a little and you should feel the pulse. It should be nice and regular - bum, bum, bum, bum, bum. Can everybody feel it?
Now, you can count it. If your pulse is 80 before you come in this room and you're here for one hour and your pulse is 100, there's something in this room that's bothering you. You're allergic to me, the person next door, the air; there's something in this room that's getting to you - unless you're angry, in which case your pulse might go up. I have that effect on some people. [Laughter.] So you can check your pulse.
Secondly, if you have breathing problems, there's that plastic tube [peak flow meter] that you can get from the Foundation. You can blow into it; if you blow 400 before you eat and an hour after you eat you only blow 300, something affected your lungs.
Check how you look. Did your ears get red? Did you get dark eye circles? Are your legs wiggly? Those are clues. If earlier you went into the bathroom and sprayed it with an aerosol like Lysol which contains phenol, which affects your heart and a lot of other things, think about the effects. Wait, let me correct that. It doesn't affect everybody's heart but it can affect people who have chemical sensitivities, in particular. The phenol in Lysol can affect the heart. It could change your appearance so that your ears get red or you get very wiggly or irritable. How do you feel, act and behave? Do you have a headache before you eat? Do you have a headache before you put gas in the car or after you put gas in the car? You have to start to pay attention to when you become ill.
Last, check your writing. If a child writes beautifully before he gets on the school bus and by the time he gets to school he can't write his name or writes upside down, you have to ask yourself why. His brain was obviously affected by something. Was it his toothpaste, his mouthwash, his breakfast or was it something in the bus or the odour of the chemicals on the bus that caused it? But you should try to find out because, if the writing area of the brain has been affected, it may mean that other areas of the brain may be affected.
One thing that impresses me a lot is that when you have brain allergies it can be spotty. It's different things for different people. Some become aggressive, some become vulgar, some become nasty, some can't talk, some can't hear, some can't walk. It can affect many areas of the brain. Some get moody, some get depressed, some get hyperactive. All of those things sometimes are caused by exposures to something you ate, touched or smelled.
So you've got to learn "The Big Five". In a nutshell, what I've said is, check "The Big Five": appearance, actions, pulse, breathing, and writing. Check inside your house - every room in your house including the basement and garage. Check the outside of your house. Find out if it's pollution or asphalt. What's going on outside? Is there dust? Is there mold in the air? Is there pollen in the air? Check before and after meals. Remember that might take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour to check inside rooms. Then check after you eat - that takes 15 minutes to an hour. If you think it's a chemical, you take the Lysol spray and you do "The Big Five"; then spray it on a paper towel and scotch tape it next to yourself while you're watching television - a quiet program - or read a book; then notice what happens. Chemical sensitivities cause troubles in seconds to minutes. If a chemical bothers you, you just walk by the person with perfume and suddenly you've got the headache that's going to last for two days. People won't believe you, but it does happen.
Now you check every room at school, at home, and at work. Every meal. Compare morning with the evening. How did you feel when you went to bed? How did you feel when you got up in the morning? Outside? Inside? Chemicals?
Now, expand your horizons. You're going to get an allergy shot; you always get your allergy shot. Do "The Big Five" before and after. If the concentration of that allergy extract is wrong, your asthma could be worse after every allergy shot. Your breathing will go down. If your breathing goes down and your pulse goes up, I can tell you: "Don't keep taking that extract; there is something wrong."
Now, say they want to give your child an immunization or you go to the dentist and they want to give you a shot in your jaw and you're not quite sure whether it's safe or not. What I tell patients to do is to put one drop of it under their tongue. Do "The Big Five" before and after. Again, in about 15 minutes. If you put that chemical under your tongue, or an antibiotic, put a drop or two under your tongue and see what happens. If your pulse goes up, your ears get red, you bite the nearest person, don't take it. Don't take it, rinse out your mouth and spit it out. If you take it by injection or you swallow it, you can't get it back right away. So this is a way of protecting your body.
If you do this, you will find that you will know in advance that that antibiotic is bad for you. You might even be able to talk the pharmacist into giving you a pill. Hold the pill under your tongue for 4 or 5 minutes. If you feel fine, wait another 10 minutes and if everything stays fine, your pulse, your breathing, you feel fine, you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, go ahead and take it. It doesn't mean you won't have trouble with it later on, but you can check anything this way. If you're in a restaurant and you're not sure whether you should eat a food or not, put it under your tongue and test.
Now, suppose you eat three foods and your pulse goes up, your breathing goes down and you bite your mother-in-law. Now, you wait five days and you don't eat a speck of those three foods and five days later you do "The Big Five" and you eat Food Number One and you wait an hour; nothing happens; that food's okay. Then, after another couple of hours, you eat only Food Number Two, as much as you want and you watch and see what happens. Everything's fine; it's not that food. You wait another couple of hours, you do "The Big Five" again, and within 15 minutes your pulse goes up and within a half hour you bite your mother-in-law - you've got the answer. That food makes you bite your mother-in-law. You either get a different mother-in-law or you don't eat that food when you're near her. So that's how you check to find out which food is causing trouble.
Now for the chemicasl. Spray some of one on a paper towel and just wait and watch and see what happens.
Outside the house, you think of asphalted streets, paint, factory pollution, molds and pollen - automobile exhaust, if you're near an expressway. Many children get sick because the buses line up in a nice little row and they leave the engines going so that you have lots of pollution; then the children have to walk through all of this to get into school, along with the teachers, so they get sick walking into the school and they can't think all day.
Inside your house, the culprits are usually dust, molds and pets. The biggest problem is molds. If you asked me, "What causes more trouble than anything else?" I'd answer: "Molds". "What affects more areas of the body than anything else?" Molds and chemicals. "What food causes more trouble than anything else?" Milk and dairy products. If a patient couldn't drink milk as an infant and is now 50 years old and she has colitis, arthritis, heart disease - whatever they've got - the first thing I do is stop the milk and dairy products. Many times the dairy products that cause colic in infancy will cause hyperactivity and bedwetting at the age of five or seven, and by the time you are an adult it will cause arthritis or something of that sort. Again that sequential pattern of what happens in each age group is in this book.
If you're having trouble in the house from a feather pillow, get rid of the feathers. If it's a pet, you don't have to get rid of your pet; we can treat for pet allergies nicely with drops under the tongue. I'm a pet advocate.
You've got to make the family room allergy free and the bedroom allergy free. The whole house doesn't have to be perfect. But you can turn off the registers and buy these little space heaters. Under "What's Fast, Easy and Inexpensive", I tell you how to cover your mattress so it doesn't cost you two or three hundred dollars to buy a mattress. If your child has an elevated pulse and a drop in the breathing at night and you cover the mattress with aluminum foil and then a couple of 100 per cent cotton blankets and you take away the polyester nightie or pyjamas and your child wakes up in the morning and the pulse is lower, you've made enough of a change. If it isn't, then you buy yourself an air purifier. Now I don't know whether you can get them into Canada, but we have, again, a superb price on air purifiers at the Foundation.
If it's a food or a chemical in or on a food, try to buy food that's organic or food that has little insect spots. In Thailand, the smart shoppers buy blemished food because they know it's not "pesticided". If the food looks absolutely gorgeous, forget it! It's loaded. Not only the skin but all the way through. Those pesticides are going to cause hormonal dysfunction.
Men, your penises will shrink; your testicles will atrophy. [Laughter.] You think I'm kidding? I'm not kidding. Read the stuff on Lake Apopca. Read Future Shock. We have a serious medical problem. When I talk about penises and testicles, men listen.
You talk about breast cancer. The women who have breast cancer have four times more pesticides in their breast than women who don't have breast cancer. I think we're going to find that the men who have prostatic cancer have more pesticides in the prostatic fluid and things of that sort than the others. It's hitting everybody. It's not just women or men - it's children, it's birds, it's the whales, it's everything - the panthers, the crocodiles. Name it! Everything is being affected. We have a major crisis.
Another thing is food. Don't buy food in plastic. When you get an IV from a plastic bottle, a solution in a plastic container, you're getting an IV of not only what's in the IV, but plastic. Your body has to say, "My God, what am I going to do with it?" The problem is that we haven't been exposed to enough plastic for a long enough time or it's been too short a period of time for your body to figure out the detoxification methods to get that plastic out in your urine, in your perspiration, in your saliva and your bowel movement. It gets stored and so your body starts to store all this extra stuff in your fat. So if you buy the catsup in plastic, they're going to keep putting it in plastic. Every time your child has a squirt, he gets the plastic plus the mustard, plus the maple syrup, plus the catsup. Think about it!
Get yourself a water purifier. The pesticide in the neighbour's lawn is going down into the ground table - it's coming out your faucet. It may take a little while but it is going to come out your faucet in a weaker form. This is another reason why we're running into trouble. So don't drink the water. There's a book called Don't Drink the Water, incidentally, by a man who's got a name like Batman but it goes on and on, and it's actually a very good book. He talks about the fact that he's had patients - it's a long story but he was in a prison - he was a doctor. It was a political thing. He didn't have any treatment for people with Crone's disease. He treated patients with nothing but water and the Crone's disease disappeared. Very interesting book called Don't Drink the Water. You can get the book from my Foundation.
I'm going to end right now by telling you that everything I told you and much more is in the books that I've written and the videotapes that I've produced. Oh, I wanted to tell you about my infant audio. I have audiotapes on how to clean your house and how to do diets, for people who don't like to read. I have one on infants that's worth its weight in gold if you are a parent that has an infant problem. The book on infants is on my computer but I've been too busy to finish it. It's actually very close to being done. I hope that I'll finish it in the next year.
There is an audiotape on infants. There's also an audiotape that I had made with songs for kids to sing; you know "If your ears get red before you go to bed" - that sort of thing - and it's got a nice little beat, and it teaches children environmental illness and about how to recognize if they're starting to react.
I've got all kinds of wonderful ideas; the problem is there isn't enough of me. But if I get enough money when the new book comes out, we'll build a centre and we'll get people working on making games and videos for children about children and songs for kids so that they stop thinking about sex and violence all the time and start thinking about how they can go ahead and keep themselves well so that they'll be more productive, creative, happy, successful people in the future.
Thank you very much. [Applause.]
Greg Booth: I'm trying to keep everybody on time today and we've stopped right at 10:30, but I'm going to allow maybe four questions before we have our health break. So if we have, maybe a couple of questions if you wish. If you do, please come up to the microphone. While you're doing that I have one little interesting thing that came to me. Because I spent over 30 years working in spit because I used fix people's teeth - it was interesting to hear you say that the kids that drool, the saliva stained the clothing. Where I came from we have had people who are detoxing and the underwear and the armpits of their white T-shirts turned yellow. The most interesting one that I heard about was a lady who was a hairdresser and she got very sick. Like the guy who works in the shop with chemicals and petroleum stuff, her office was right across the street from a nursing home and you know what people wear in the nursing homes - the little old ladies with the blue hair? This lady sweat blue. So it's interesting. If you watch the sweat stains sometimes, you might find out. I'd like to see people like Doris start analyzing the sweat stains, the prostatic fluid, the "whatevers" and maybe we can find out what's in it that's causing us the problems. I find that encouraging to hear you say that. First question.
Questioner #1: Yes, I'm wondering if there are any specifics about the prevalence of sensitivities in the population in general.
Dr. Rapp: There really aren't. I have a biased idea that it's very high because people have done the diet, they've made their house allergy-free and they come to see me when they aren't well enough. But many people improve without ever seeing me. But we don't have good statistics. Part of the reason is that most people don't know the spectrum of symptoms that you can develop from environmental illness and they don't realize that the headaches, the wiggly legs, the muscle aches could be due to environmental illness. My guess is that it's close to 80 per cent, but the figures that you're going to read - most are 20 per cent. It's probably some place in-between those two. Wait. He says he knows. [Laughter.]
Greg Booth: I don't know. I'm just told things. Back home we have an environmental clinic in Nova Scotia and we have had 400 people go through the clinic and we have 800 people on the waiting list. We have a population of maybe a million in Nova Scotia - almost! You know when you have an election and the first two polls come in and they can tell how much you're going to win by and how many votes. Well, they did this sort of calculation with the computers at home and the number of people who were treated in the clinic and the waiting list and the population and they came up with 25,000 people in Nova Scotia who have some form of environmental illness that could be treated. I can't do figures in my head anymore. But that's scary because, when I heard they did this, I thought maybe it would be 2,500 but 25,000 is really scary for us.
Dr. Rapp: When I see people in my office, the parents always say, "I don't have any trouble" as they're going like this and wiggling their legs and their ears are red. When I hire employees they always say they don't have any allergies, don't have any sensitivities and when they find out what it is, they say, well, I've got this and this and this and I've had this for years and I'd say "Oy". I think it's very prevalent. I think that many of you heard me say something that relates to you. How many people in this room heard me say something that they think relates to some medical problem that they've had? I should think it would be almost everybody because most of us have periods when we don't feel well. I got into this because I had headaches and they said it was emotional and I said "No way; I get the headache on a Friday night in the middle of the night and I want to play tennis on Saturday." It turned out it was Southern Comfort old fashion and chocolate dessert. [Laughter.] It was great, but I only had it once a week and that did it.
Questioner #2: Well, you started to address part of my question. What would you say if you gave someone the question that you gave us at the outset of this talk, list the five favourite foods, if someone were to list alcohol?
Dr. Rapp: Alcohol. There are three books that have something to do with alcohol. It's usually the grain that the alcohol is made from. There's a book by Randolph that talk's about alcohol, called An Alternate Approach to Allergy. The other one is Dr. Mandell's Five-Day Allergy Relief System and it actually lists what it is in the various alcohol's that cause problems. Both of those books are available through the Foundation.
Questioner #2: Okay. So there's obviously a connection with the person who has a fourth of a glass of wine and suddenly becomes red.
Dr. Rapp: Right. I think that's an early manifestation and I think that this red nose, you know, you've heard about, I think, it's either the Turber's nose or Torbet nose - W.C. Fields had that nose. I think he probably had allergies but I can't prove that. But sometimes if you change alcohol you'll find that you won't have any symptoms. The problem is that people who have an alcohol sensitivity will usually have to drink very little alcohol and they're drunk. That's one of the characteristics. If they change, they're addicted; and so then they develop a sensitivity to that.
If you stop the milk, you become sensitized to soy. If you stop the beef, you become sensitized to chicken. That's why you have to stick to a four-day rotation diet. There are also a pile of books, written by a man named Beasley, that are very good about alcohol addiction. In general, grains make women fat - this is a generalization so take it with a lot of salt - a grain of salt, how's that? The men tend to become alcoholics and the women in general tend to become fat because of the grains.
This can be connected. Dr. Randolph did a study at AA, Alcoholics Anonymous, and found all those people had a strong history of allergies and he was very surprised.
Greg Booth: Unfortunately that's all the time we have for this session, but Dr. Rapp will continue with us in a few minutes when we start up again with a more general discussion about healthy schools. Thanks! [Applause]