Greg Booth, President
Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Canada:
For those of you who do not know me and have not met me before, my name is Greg Booth and I have the honour of being this year's president of the Allergy and Environmental Health Association of Canada. I have the very pleasant task of welcoming you to this very exciting weekend we have in store for you thanks to the members of the Ottawa Branch here in Ottawa.
I have the other pleasant duty of introducing the introducer tonight. So I have a few brief words that I would like to say about the introducer.
Barbara McElgunn is a health liaison officer for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada [LDAC]. Her background is in nursing with a postgraduate specialty in neurological and neurosurgical nursing. She represents LDAC on the Canadian Coalition for the Prevention of Developmental Disabilities and is a member of the Research Committee of LDA in the United States and of the Behaviour Toxicology Society. She has represented LDA on many national and international workgroups on research, environmental and health issues relevant to learning disabilities. Barbara, would you please come up.
Health Liaison Officer
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada:
Well, good evening everyone and it's really a pleasure to be here with you this evening. I would like to bring greetings on behalf of the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada to your association. I think we feel quite a kinship with you because so many of your children also have learning disabilities and so many of the children that we are concerned about have allergies too. So there we are. Also, because for the last fifteen years my work for the Association has been very much involved in the issues of chemical effects on the brain and behaviour and in trying to get the federal government to require pre-market tests for substances that might affect children's neurological systems or affect them even prenatally along the way. At the present time there is no testing being done in Canada for this, although the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States is beginning to ask for some data for pesticides.
I was interested the other day when I read an article in the Toronto Star which quoted someone from the Canadian Manufacturers of Chemical Specialties who said the products here are safe and effective. These products go through extensive tests. Actually, they do not. There is no requirement for toxicity testing for consumer products - even less for cosmetic products. The only thing they have to be is non-corrosive and not to burn the skin or affect your eyes. So, as you know, the skin is a very good vehicle for delivery and we should really be demanding this kind of thing. So that's my little pitch here before I introduce Dr. Rapp.
I would like to tell you a little about Dr. Rapp and I know that she's very well known internationally. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Buffalo and went on to NYU [New York University] Medical College at Belleville Medical Centre. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo and obtained a fellowship in Clinical Allergy and Immunology. Presently, Dr. Rapp is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Instructor in Otolaryngology at the State University at Buffalo. She is the author of over 30 scientific articles, 8 books and 7 chapters in special publications and in her pediatric practice which has been ongoing through all of this. She has helped so many children and so many families. It's really a pleasure to have her here.
I have to tell you a little anecdote about me and Dr. Rapp which I cleared with her. This is the first time I've met her but, as Greg told you, I do serve on an American research committee and every year - in fact, tomorrow I'm going to Washington, but every year - we go to Washington and we meet with people at the Health Institutes, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. One year we went to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. As you know, Dr. Rapp, those of you who know her work, know that she is able to provoke a behavioural response and quite a dramatic one sometimes in children when she exposes them to something that they react to. Well, I must say that I provoked a really big behavioural response in a very high official at N.I.A.I.D. by mentioning Dr. Rapp's name. In fact, the gentleman had a temper tantrum [laughter] and got extremely red in the face. So I don't think she's any stranger to this kind of controversy. I want to tell you that our Association is very much supportive of the work you do. I think that time will tell that you're right, that we're all right and that we have to just hang in there. So, Dr. Rapp....
Dr. Doris J. Rapp:
Well, I'm pleased to see all of you here this evening. I hope that I'll be able to give all of you some insight into some aspects of environmental medicine of which you are not aware. I am more and more convinced that we have managed to pollute our air, our food, our water, our homes, our schools and our workplaces to such a degree that I think it's hitting a critical mass. The result is that we're going to see more and more illness until everybody, not only in Canada, but in the United States, but everyone all over the world realizes we cannot continue to pollute everything in sight and not expect the human body to falter. We have not given the human body enough time to figure out how to get rid of all these chemicals and the result is that I think our bodies are becoming toxic dumpsites. I'm being very emphatic this evening and saying what I really think. I think we can't sit back any longer and allow our governments not to check the chemicals for the health effects before they are released in our society. Tonight I'll show you some graphic examples of what I'm talking about and why I am so concerned.
There are more and more books coming out that are saying exactly what I have been saying and what environmental medical specialists have been saying for 40 years. I have only been in this field for 20 years and it's still very difficult. There are many physicians, and in fact I'd say most physicians do not believe what I'm going to say tonight. In the first 20 years in practice I wouldn't have believed it myself because I thought that what they taught me in medical school if there was a better way or there was something that was bothering the human body they would have told me about it. Well, they didn't. The unfortunate circumstance is that environmental medicine is not being taught in medical schools today. I really think that there should be a department of this type of medicine in every medical school all over the world.
This problem is not going to magically go away and whether they, the federal government or anyone else want to recognize chemical sensitivities or not, is not an issue. The problem is the disease is rampant not only in adults but in children, in infants. The next generation, in my mind, is in jeopardy unless we do something about it.
What's environmental illness and environmental medicine? In my mind, it means that the things that we eat and breathe and smell and touch can make us sick. There is just no doubt about this. The type of medicine that evaluates what in the environment might be making you ill is called environmental medicine.
Most people who have environmental illness have allergic relatives, relatives who have asthma or hayfever. So, think back. Do you have that kind of eczema? Hives? Do you have that kind of problem in your family? Then the illnesses that you have now, even though they affect other areas of the body, may be related to the environment. If you had colic and you were a feeding problem as an infant, chances are excellent that at the age of 40, 50, 60, you still might be sensitive to milk, but now it might cause arthritis, or it might cause blood pressure problems and irregular heartbeat - something of that sort.
What are the common complaints that you hear of people that have environmental illness? They have headaches and they take aspirin all the time. How many people in the audience take aspirin frequently? Many people with this illness have headaches all the time. Some of them have dizziness. Burning eyes and throat are typical of people who are in sick buildings. That's a classic.
Numb, tingling hands and face. Again, typical of people who are working in contaminated buildings.
Nausea and vomitting. I have seen children in schools where they put in a carpet and they vomit at lunch time and can't eat. Incidentally, when children or adults vomit clear mucous, it usually indicates a milk sensitivity. That child would love milk or hate milk and love cheese and dairy. It's usually a total dairy sensitivity.
Weak, twitchy, achy legs - very common in people who have environmental illness - and wiggly legs. If you notice the person next to you has very wiggly legs, they should be thinking about what they ate tonight before they came here or what they smelled.
You've heard a lot about hyperactivity. But, extreme fatigue is more common as you get older. The children tend to be hyper although some of them are very tired. But, as an adult, you may have extreme fatigue. Many of these patients, as I have said, have classical allergies with asthma, hayfever and eczema. Many of the children have speech problems. The adults speak very rapidly in a high pitched voice and their shoulders are high. The children may stutter; they may not speak at all. I had one child in the office who only said three words and we skin tested the child throughout several days and by the end of the week the child was saying 30 words. But that child had only said three words for months. Now, the skeptics would say he was four days older. I say we allergy-tested him and treated him.
Hyperactivity and bad behaviour. My concern with this is the fact that these children grow up. Many of them become violent and aggressive. They bite their mothers so that there are bite marks. I'm sure that there are mothers in the audience that have bite marks up and down their arms. These children are aggressive. They bite when they're young; they batter and hit when they get older; and when they become adults, they can be so aggressive that I am sure that our jails are filled with patients who have unrecognized environmental illnesses. The answer is not to put them in an institution of that sort.
There are others who develop other problems that cause them to be put into a psychiatric institute. Once again, I'm not saying that the environment is a cause of all these problems, but I'm saying it is a piece of the pie that isn't being evaluated. Why isn't it being evaluated? It's because doctors weren't taught about it in medical school. Courses aren't being given on it now and, if I hadn't happened to go to a meeting on food allergy in 1975, I wouldn't know anything about any of this today. I would still be saying it's sheer nonsense. As I've said before, everything I've written in my book, in this book here, Is This Your Child?, or in my next book - I wouldn't have believed a word of it if I hadn't gone to the meeting in 1975 and done the research in the past 20 years to document it over and over again. It's ludicrous to say we haven't done any studies. There are so many studies now that it's ridiculous to say we haven't done our homework. We have done our homework. There are whole textbooks with 200 and 300 references at the end of each chapter now on chemical sensitivities written for doctors by Dr. William Rea. There are three volumes out and the fourth volume coming. Anyone who reads those books and doesn't think that this illness exists is in another planet. It's here. It is all over. It's ubiquitous.
Now, memory and learning problems. No doubt about it. Now in the paper, The Ottawa Citizen apparently tonight there's a thing about "Chemicals make us dumber". They're attributing it to the fact that chemicals affect the thyroid which in turn affects the development of the brain. Well, I can tell you that there's more to it than that.
We can take an individual who's been exposed to a chemical and show actual changes in the brain flow and the brain function. And I'll show that to you at the end of today's talk. There are brain images that you can take of individuals showing the changes that take place in the brain from exposure to chemicals. Now the skeptical doctors are saying, "Where's your objective evidence?" Well, I don't know how much more objective you can get than showing the changes in the brain. I'll show you other objective evidence later on.
Learning problems. We see it all the time and I'm going to show you some videos of children who can't write, who can't behave, who can't think, who can't remember. The most dramatic is a girl who was taking tablets of fluoride and within a week after she started them, she became very depressed and she had many difficulties and she definitely didn't want to live anymore, she cried all the time. They put her on a drug called Imipramine and when she came into my office she walked like this [Dr. Rapp limps across the stage]. That was the way she walked because of the drug she was on. She talked to every doctor that she saw and the mother kept saying: "I think it's the fluoride tablets." The doctors were very united in their stand: "It's nonsense; it couldn't be the fluoride tablets." She came into my office. I said, "Give me the tablet." I made an allergy extract, we treated her with it. When we gave her the wrong dilution of that particular substance, she started to cry and she'd been drawing faces and she put tears on her faces. When we gave her the right dilution, she stopped crying. Unfortunately, I didn't bring that video. One interesting aspect is her IQ at one point was gauged at 57; after 18 months of treatment, her IQ was 125. She is now attending school, president of the class, a straight A student - just a very dramatic improvement.
Many of the children we see or saw in my office came in with Fs and they ended up being C students; others were C students ending up A students. If a child eats a food or is unable to think clearly on rainy days or is having trouble in a dusty room and they can't remember, if you treat them for that particular substance many times their academic performance improves.
You are very fortunate in this particular area of the country because in Halton and in Kitchener you have environmentally safe classrooms. You are leaders in the whole world in Canada in respect to this. In those schools they have found that they have increased the academic performance, improved the attendance, decreased the illness, taken children from home teaching and they are now able to go to school; and during the time that they have done all this, they've actually saved money. The bottom line in our society is not health - unfortunately, it's money. So we have to think in terms of how can we save the government money, how can we save the school money, how can we save you money? I'm going to tell you ways that this can be done tonight because we've got to be practical. It's one thing to say the system is wrong. It's another thing to say what we can do about it that's fast, easy, inexpensive; better but more expensive; best, but expensive.
Now, many times you can tell if somebody has environmental illness because they have abnormally red earlobes, red cheeks, the end of their nose is red. If you look at television, you'll see it. If you look around at the people near you, you may see it. If you look at your relatives and friends, you'll see it. Children, before they become hyperactive, many times have a red flag right here [pointing to ears], and sometimes one or both ears get red and they can become so hot that they actually blister. I had no idea what that was 20 years ago but I certainly have seen it many times and produced it in the office.
Now, I need to talk to you about provocation/neutralization allergy testing because I want to show you some examples of it. For years I did traditional allergy testing where you put 20 or 30 things on the arm or the back and if you get a great big red swelling with a great big red wheel or area around it, it usually meant they were allergic to it. You'd look at all the big red spots and say they're allergic to this and this. And then you'd make up an extract that routinely contained dust, molds and pollen and you'd treat them for it. We told them foods could not be treated because that was what I was taught when I went through medical school in my allergy training. That was wrong.
The newer and better way of doing allergy testing is called provocation-neutralization. What does that mean in English? It means you put one drop of dust in the arm in a strong concentration and if dust causes a headache, you get a headache. So, you can prove cause and effect relationship. Then, every eight minutes you give one drop of a weaker concentration and when you get to the right weak concentration, the headache disappears. Then you test them for a drop of mold, and you might find that that produces a bellyache. Then when you give them the weaker dilution it stops the bellyache. So the dose that causes the symptom is called provocation. The dose that eliminates the symptom is called neutralization.
What I've done in my office for the past 20 years is videotape hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of children. I videotape them before we test them, during the test and after the test. We do handwriting before, during and after. We also do pulses before, during and after so that, if the pulse goes up and the handwriting becomes bad, it tells me that the circulation of that patient has gone into an alarm state because the pulse will shoot 20 or more points. If their writing changes, it tells me the brain has been affected by that particular skin test. When we give them the right dose, within eight minutes the symptoms are gone.
Now it isn't the answer for everybody and everything. I can't explain why it works. But the fact that I can't explain why it works, doesn't mean it doesn't work. It means that our human body is a lot smarter than the doctors. We can't explain a lot of things we do in medicine.
The bottom line is: can we make a patient better so they don't need drugs, so they don't have symptoms, without it costing them a fortune? And, is it fast, easy and effective? That's what we're looking for and some of the methods I'm going to tell you tonight are very inexpensive, relatively easy to do, but it's going to require energy on your part. It isn't as simple as taking a pill three times a day every day for years. You have to sit back and figure out why you are sick when you are sick. What caused it? What did you eat, touch or smell? I'll be going into that in more detail in a few minutes.
Now, provocation/neutralization has a big disadvantage. It takes a lot of time. You can't do all the tests at once. You do one test at a time in different dilutions at 8-10 minute intervals. Between each test, as I said, you measure the wheel or the size of the injection into the skin. You check the pulse. If they have asthma, you have them blow into what's called a peak flow meter - it's a tube of plastic with a gauge on it. So you go "wheuh" [Dr. Rapp blew out a complete breath demonstrating the use of a peak flow meter]. If you blow 500 and then we put a drop of something in your arm and you can only blow 350, I can tell you that drop is causing your asthma. If that drop is made of mold, then molds cause your asthma. If it's made of dust, dust causes your asthma. If it's wheat, then wheat causes your asthma.
The physicians who use these techniques are sort of like mice in a cheese factory. We have never had it so good because we can pinpoint cause and effect relationships and I'm going to show you this tonight. Doctors can't get excited because if we get excited we lose credibility. But, it is very hard to be placid and tell you what we can do with skin tests. You can say: "Well, the patient knows what they're being tested for." No, they don't. It's single blinded. What happens if we give them a control - a shot of air or a shot of a salt solution? Nothing. We do that all the time in the office to make sure they're reliable. We have done the baseline studies, we've done the basic science. I'll be the first to admit we can't really explain why it happens, although there are a lot of theories and some new theories by some Germans that sound very plausible to explain what we are doing and why it's so effective. But our problem is that we have to somehow or other generate enough interest in this, that more doctors will learn about it. You've only got a handful of doctors in this country that know how to do this kind of testing and they're being picked upon. And in your country most of them can't do it the way I just mentioned because they couldn't afford to do it. The tests are very time-consuming and, therefore, expensive way of finding answers, especially if your insurance won't cover it.
So, it's not easy to do this kind of testing, or to even get it done. But when and if you can afford it, it is surprisingly effective. Not in all patients - don't get the idea that I've said that everybody is helped because most of the patients I saw in my office improved dramatically. But they've read my book, they've done the diet, they made their house allergy-free and they came in and said these are the five things that cause my child trouble but I can't avoid them. So we tested them and treated them, then followed them for months and years to show that the treatment continues to be effective for long periods of time. It's not a honeymoon thing.
Typical clues that strongly suggest environmental illness are the red earlobes, the red cheeks, the glassy eyes. These children get a glassy, glazed look in their eyes when they're about to bite you and they get violent. You'll recognize it. You can yell and scream and holler all you want while they have that look - they're out of it. Then as soon as you can make eye contact again, they're with it and at that point you can talk to them. Many times, if you show them a movie or a video of what they did during the previous 15 minutes, they have no recall. Other times they do remember what they did. But many times they look and they say: "That isn't me" and you're showing them a picture of them biting their mother and spitting into their eye. It's just amazing!
Wiggly legs, as I said, are characteristic and a red nose tip is frequently seen in adults, in particular, if they eat certain foods or drink certain beverages. I can get a red nose tip in a minute with certain wines but it may be just vasodilatation. I don't drink much wine.
A "geographic" tongue I'll show you in a minute. A periaural rash. These people that lick their lips all the time; they almost always have a food sensitivity and they'll have a rash.
Very rapid speech. When someone talks too fast or in a very high-pitched tone - again that's a clue.
Some children have what's called facial pallor. They look anemic but they aren't anemic. Some adults have very white faces. Again, when you test them in the office, I'll know when they're starting to get better because they get a little colour in their cheeks. Many of them have tics and muscle spasms and unfortunately I didn't bring the video I wanted to bring that shows how we can produce tics in the face, vocal tics where they make funny noises and then actual body tics where they start to jerk violently; their body starts to jerk. We did this with mold testing in a little boy about seven years old. Occasionally, you'll see a child. A mother will come in and say: "Well, my child has temper tantrums that are so violent, I'm afraid." They develop a demonic look and I will show you that demonic look in one of the videos. These are the children I'm worried about. What's going to happen to them if they aren't, if their medical problems aren't recognized and appropriately treated? Will they become the criminals of tomorrow who walk into a McDonald's with a gun and shoot everybody in sight because they happened to eat the wrong thing on a moldy day when the pollen count was high and there was an inversion? It's an additive effect of a culmination of the wrong things in an individual who's sensitive, I think, that creates some of these problems.
This is a classical reaction that no one can figure out the cause of. Think about the fact that they may have headaches due to allergies. In other words, allergies can affect more than the nose and the lungs. This is a clue that that individual is allergic and their nose is affected. If that same individual wets the bed every night, find out if they're drinking apple juice before they go to bed. Maybe it isn't someone who's trying to wet on their mother; maybe it's a child that's wetting because the bladder went into spasm instead of the lungs during the night and so that's why they're wetting the bed.
These are the typical circles that you see under the eyes of individuals. Some of the skeptics say: "Well, that runs in the family." They're absolutely right. Allergies do run in the family.
Those circles are pink and blue and black. These wrinkles under the eyes. Again, very typical of children with allergies. You can spot it in infancy. It's most prominent in patients who have eczema.
This boy's eyes were slits and he has these bags under his eyes a week later. He'd been in the allergy clinic at Children's Hospital and was told he didn't have allergies. I asked what his favourite food was. It was milk. I told him to go off of milk for a week and when he came in, his eyes were no longer slits but he had the residual bags left. Now, his eyes could have stayed slits for many years because he didn't know he had a milk sensitivity. We didn't have to treat him. All he did was go off of milk.
These are the red ear lobes that I've talked about. There's no question about them.
These are the red cheeks.
The pot belly, again, is very characteristic of people who have food allergies. There are many other causes; you might have parasites, enzymatic dysfunction, or malfunction in your gut. There are a lot of reasons for a big, bloated belly but one reason is allergies. When I was training in pediatrics I was told: "It's normal for young children to have big bellies." After I started to treat their allergies, got into the field of allergies and treated them, their big bellies disappeared. If you have noticed that after you eat you have to loosen your belt because your abdomen swells up, start keeping a list of what you ate when your belly swelled and compare it with what you ate when your belly didn't swell and you be may able to cross things out of both lists and come up with the answers.
Young children about the ages of two to four sometimes froth at the mouth and bark and bite like a dog. And I'll show you a video of this taking place in just a couple of minutes.
This is what's called the geographic tongue. There's sort of some bald patches here and this is frequently seen in children particularly those who have food allergies.
Missed yeast infections are frequently due to the excessive need for antibiotics. If you have a white coated tongue, a red ring around the anus, a bloated belly, excessive genital touching, and a very strong odour to your hair and your feet that doesn't go away. Now you may not have all these things, but you may have some of these if you've had one infection after another. Let me show you an example.
This is the white coated tongue. This is the geographic tongue here. This tells me they've got allergies and that tells me they've got a yeast infection. It's very white. So as soon as you get out of here and go to the bathroom, stick your tongue out and see if you've got a white tongue. [Laughter.]
This is the red ring around the anus. There is no doubt about it. Anyone that's in pediatrics has seen that and we know how to treat it but we don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out what's causing it. Again, I didn't know.
I'm not critical of the doctors who don't recognize this. I missed it for 20 years. I tried to be as careful as I could be. Many of the doctors haven't heard about this because the medical journals are still saying that diets and sugar don't cause hyperactivity. I would like them to take 20 hyperactive children in their office when they are quiet and give them a glass of KoolAid and I have a feeling that they'd find out what really goes on in real life. All the mothers know it, but the doctors don't believe it and why don't they believe it? Because the journals are still publishing articles, sometimes subsidized by the food industry or the sugar industry, that definitely, unequivocally demonstrate scientifically that sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. My answer to that is: "Hey, if the doctor doesn't believe, send the child in the office when he is quiet, show him to the doctor, give him eight sugar cubes and walk out." I'm not kidding. There's nothing more convincing. They will rip the whole office apart. Fathers are very skeptical. I say to the mothers: "Go shopping. Give them all the foods you know cause trouble and go shopping. But put the extract on the table and say, 'When you've had enough, give him three drops of this under his tongue'. You'll get a husband that's convinced. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to prove this, you know, you just have to demonstrate to yourself, to your husband, to the in-laws who don't want to listen, the grandmothers who think you're terrible because you won't give your child this food that you know darn well winds them up." This is one way of handling this kind of a problem.
Now, I'd like to show you some videotapes. I'm going to start with Ben. I want to tell you about Ben first. Ben is going to be tested for chlorine because he went to an aquarium where they had just cleaned with a strong chlorine solution and he started to act wild. He's an adopted Korean boy; these allergies are more commonly seen in adopted boys than one would expect. I see a lot of boys who are adopted that have this kind of illness. When they obtained the youngster, they were told to hang on because the boy was very uncontrollable and cried all the time and hyperactive. Basically, this child's nature is to be very quiet and passive. In the beginning you'll see what a lovely youngster he is. Then we test him with one drop of chlorine solution and you will see what happens to him. Now watch very carefully because he is going to try to hit his father and then he is going to threaten to pull his hair and then you're going to see him froth at the mouth, just like I told you a few minutes ago. Then when we give him the right dilution of chlorine, he is going to wave. When he waves, it isn't like an American kid; he waves like this [Dr. Rapp wiggled one finger]. He is really an introverted youngster. I have something like a seven-year follow-up on him. He is doing exceedingly well. He doesn't need allergy extract anymore, but his mother has to be careful. If he gets too much of certain foods, or is in contact with certain things, she knows he will have trouble. But they merely avoid those things and he is doing exceedingly well at this point. So let's look at Ben.
Now let's look at what happens to Ben after he has been tested with one drop of chlorine allergy extract. Look at how he acts. Look at how he behaves. This is about eight minutes after we gave him one drop of the wrong dilution. He is trying to bite his father. He is certainly not the same youngster he was before. His parents and teachers don't know what to do when children act this way. They don't understand why it's happening. Changes can be very dramatic and very fast. Now notice his sort of has a frothy saliva on his mouth. This we sometimes see in children in this age group when they are reacting. He strikes out at his father and says things he wouldn't normally say. We tested him for chlorine because he acted in an unusual way when he went to an aquarium that smelled strongly of chlorine. We tried to stop this reaction sooner but we couldn't. We have to find the right dilution of chlorine allergy extract. Here he is after he received the correct dilution of chlorine. Notice how he is going to wave one finger. He is once again back to normal.
We try to stop the reactions as soon as possible. In this particular situation, we couldn't stop it right away and so it went on. This is one of the problems with provocation/neutralization. Sometimes you can stop it in 8 or 16 minutes, but sometimes it might take a half hour before you find the right 1:5 dilution. We put in a relatively strong concentration. It's actually - for the scientists in the audience - about a 1:500. Then the next dilution would be a 1:2500 and the next dilution after that would be five-fold weaker again.
The dilutions that we use for treatment are in the relative range of what I used when I practiced traditional allergy. It's not a homeopathic: one drop in Lake Erie - that sort of thing. It's in the range of the usual treatment.
Now the next youngster I want to talk to you about is Ned. Ned came to see us and I believe he had Tourette's Syndrome. He had tried to kill his mother with a poker. He wanted to die. Very bright - his IQ is about 185. When he walked under lights, he would have a seizure-like episode. His eyes would roll back. He could write and draw as well upside down and read as well upside down as he could right side up. There's a visiting doctor who came for one day to observe in a very expensive silk suit and with a very expensive tie and you'll see Ned do a few things to make him appreciate his suit. Then at the end I want to show you Ned three months later on The Donahue Show. So let's see Ned. I'll show you at the end of three days of testing, when he said living was worthwhile again.
Doris Rapp: Well, I would like to go ahead and test him with something because he is relatively quiet now.
Ned: When I was on an elimination diet I tried to kill Mom with a wood poker.
Mother: And he tried to stab me. Some of those reactions were instantaneous.
Doris Rapp: We're going to let him eat tomatoes since his mother said tomato was a problem. Now you thought that this would cause; you don't have to eat. How do you feel Ned? Have you felt this way before?
Ned: I can't help it.
Doris Rapp: I know, but you've got to try to control yourself. Notice those allergic signs. That's an allergic cough.
Mother: They lock him in a closet and tie him to a chair with scotch tape. And because his mother and father don't know how to deal with children....
Doris Rapp: What are you laughing about, honey? Can you tell me why you're laughing?
Ned: I want to kill.
Doris Rapp: What do you want to kill, honey?
Ned: I want to kill everyone.
Doris Rapp: Why?
Doris Rapp: Some of those movements are tics when he jerks his head back. You can see it's not the right dose. How do you feel?
Father: Ned, how are you feeling now? Much better?
Ned: I even wanted to die along time ago because I didn't know what was wrong with me and I thought I'd be better off dead. But now that I know I'm going to get fixed and everything, I want to live and have a life.
Doris Rapp: That was after three days of testing. Now I'll show you on The Donahue Show.
Donahue: Boy, I'll tell you what. I'm glad you're here. Feeling better?
Ned: Yes, I'm doing all I can to be here. The perfume is and everything and the odours in this place are so bad.
Donahue: You think it's the perfume, do you?
Ned: Yes. There was a lady standing in front of us. My mask wouldn't even filter the perfume.
Donahue: This is no gag. I mean, you get a little whiff of some kind of a perfume and....
Ned: I'm gone. It just racks me. I have a lot of tics already.
Donahue: Well, Ned, Mom, this is no picnic. This is not funny. You must have thought, oh, my God, what's going on? Ned was misdiagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome.
[Voice-over - Doris Rapp: No, he has Tourette's Syndrome.]
Donahue: That's an involuntary, very, very distracting but hardly fatal; you know, it's just hard to get a job when you've got Tourette's Syndrome and that's what you thought he had, huh?
Mom: Well, that's what everybody said he had.
Donahue: And he was actually allergic to what?
Mom: Well, almost everything except pork and soy. But, milk caused chronic bed wetting, natural gas caused severe tics and violent behaviour, even television sets their electromagnetic radiation off the television sets and computers and microwave ovens.
(end of video clip)
Doris Rapp: Let me talk a little bit about Ned. First of all, the doctor that came that day to observe went into environmental medicine and is doing fantastic research now in autism and with a new way of treatment called enzyme potentiated desensitization. But he was convinced after he was in the office one or two days; he just saw so much he went into this kind of medicine. Most of the doctors who came to my office from as far as Israel, Korea, Australia and Germany, ended up going into this field and learning this kind of medicine after one day in the office because they could see that we could turn it on and off all day long. Every time you test somebody, they don't always react. But when you test them for something that causes a problem, you'll see something like Ned. We didn't have a Ned in the office very often. But, fortunately, I was videotaping everybody so we didn't lose too much.
Next, to prove to the skeptics that this was a real reaction, I asked Ned if any other food caused him trouble. He said: "Yes, banana did." So, I said: "Well, we've got to check you to confirm that that's really a problem, so I'm going to test you for banana." So we gave him a mock injection. After about five minutes, his mother said: "Something's wrong; he's not reacting." After about ten minutes, he says: "Mom. She didn't give me enough banana." [Laughter.] I thought that was interesting. Later on when we did test him for banana and made a video, he reacted in a manner very similar to what you just saw.
In relation to taking off your clothes. We've had this problem before in the office. Many of the children don't like anything touching their skin. They take off their watch; they'll take off their coat. They say they feel too hot when they're having an allergic reaction. I can remember this one adult woman I was testing and she started to take off her clothes. I said: "No way; no way; you can't do that in this office." I had a hard time; I had to actually put her in a room by herself because she didn't like anything touching her skin. When we checked, this was something she frequently did at home. She didn't like clothes and so she'd be running around naked all the time. Very interesting woman. [Laughter.] Great fun at parties, I bet! [Laughter.]
Now, the next little boy is another adopted youngster. His name is Scott. He came to see us because, when his mother had him on the one-week diet in this book she excluded wheat. When she excluded wheat, he became just many times better within three or four days on the diet. After the seventh day, she started to add the foods back and she added milk the first day and as I recall not much happened, but the day she added back wheat, he wanted to put her through a meat grinder and he became very violent. So, I brought him into the office and we were trying to document that the brain changed so we did what's called a quantitative electroencephalogram which means that it was a computerized analysis. We drew blood samples before, during and after for various amino acids and checked the immune function. Then we checked his writing and his drawing and we did a Bendal Gestalt Test. We did all kinds of tests on a group of patients. I must say we produced dramatic reactions: changes in the brain waves, changes in their handwriting, changes in their amino acids that produce neurotransmitters and things of that sort and would you believe we couldn't get it into the literature? It's very hard to get some of this information published. This was conducted by a Ph.D. psychologist who came to my office; we had constant tracings and things of that sort. There's a method of editing in medical journals. You must understand that medical journals are paid for by the drug industry; they pay for the ads in the back of the journal. The doctors who decide what goes in the journals are frequently the same doctors paid by the drug industry to become the authorities on the drugs. They're the ones that are the investigators for the drugs. So it's very hard sometimes to get an article published in a medical journal, even though you have double-blinded the study and you have appropriate controls. They're much more apt to publish an article that says we did a double-blinded study on Ritalin and it's very effective. They are much less apt to publish an article that says try a one-week diet and 70 per cent of hyperactive children will stop being hyperactive within three to seven days. It's very difficult to get that into the literature. I couldn't get my studies in the literature but I'm a little wheel, a little spoke in a big wheel. But Doctors Soothill [J.F.] and Egger [Joseph] got their study in the literature in 1981 showing that diets help hyperactivity. When I went to discuss this in England with Dr. Soothill and his staff, he walked out in the middle of the videos, just shaking his head, saying "Who is she kidding". I said to myself, "Man, you'll find out." His staff, however, stayed and he was skeptical enough to try to prove me wrong. He put a whole group of children on a diet with Dr. Egger, a pediatrician from Munich. Soothill was a neurologist. Lo and behold didn't they find that the same foods caused the same problems that I had said in my article and my studies. It's interesting, incidentally, that he didn't quote any of my studies in his study. I thought that was interesting.
The second tidbit that was very interesting is the fact that in his study he happened to have a group of children - four or five - that had hyperactivity and epilepsy. He found that the epilepsy improved on the diet. Now that's been written in the literature by some environmental medical specialists for years. It goes all the way back to the 20s when [Dr. Albert H.] Rowe was writing about diet. Sometimes epilepsy is due to this. The interesting little tidbit is that, about ten years later, Egger and Soothill decided to do a study on migraine and epilepsy. In the paper I think they had about 32 epileptics and they put them on a diet. Fifty per cent stopped having seizures completely on the diet providing they had another symptom. In other words, if they just had epilepsy and nothing else, they didn't improve. But 50 per cent of those who also had nose symptoms or leg aches or headaches or something else improved completely and stopped having seizures. An additional 30 per cent had fewer seizures. Now, the really interesting thing is that they had trouble getting that into the literature. These are full professors. So a little snook like myself in Buffalo - it's no wonder that I had trouble getting it in if full professors with high academic ratings can't get their information in print if it's counter to what present medical society believes. It's no wonder that I had some trouble!
So, I'm talking about Scott. We did this study on Scott. You will see that we are going to give him a placebo which is an injection of nothing - it's a salt solution - and he doesn't know whether he's getting one placebo, two placeboes, three placeboes; he doesn't know anything about placeboes. We put that in to try to make it more scientific. So we're going to show you how he was before, and how he is during the reaction. Notice how the tone of his voice changes when he becomes angry. Say to yourself, if he grew up and wasn't treated, do you think he could hurt somebody as an adult?
That stuff on his head is for the computerized brain waves. Notice the sounds he makes. He's going to make the snorting sounds I talked to you about that show allergy and I believe he rubs his nose, too. Notice he's cooperative with writing his name at that point. Many times, at the peak of a reaction, they refuse to write. He's another boy with a very high IQ, I might add, doing poorly in school until the diet. There's the allergic cough.
Scott: ... and blast this place to bits.
Mother: What do you want to do to us?
Scott: Blast this place to bits. Do away.
Doris Rapp: Do you want to draw me a picture? Draw me a picture.
Doris Rapp: Come on.
Scott: No. I'll break that thing in half if you want me to. I'm going to break your neck.
Doris Rapp: Whose neck are you going to break?
Scott: All of yours. I'll break your neck in half.
Doris Rapp: Why? Why, Scott?
Scott: Because I don't like you. The people I don't like I break their necks and their fingers.
Doris Rapp: Why do you want to do such terrible things? Why do you want to hurt them? Why do you want to hurt people, Scott?
Scott: That's what I want to do, to kill.
Doris Rapp: Who do you want to kill?
Scott: Everyone. Everything and human beings. I hate them all.... And it's worse when you're on an ugly planet like this.
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When a child walks at 12 to 15 months, when they walk that early and they're crawling out of the crib, when you have to turn the crib over the baby and make it a cage, trust me, if they are only seven or nine months you've got a hyperactive infant. Ask: "What is he eating?" because it's usually caused by a food. They frequently have asthma and nose allergies and skin allergies, of course, that first few months of life. Again, you can resolve these problems. The dermatologist says "Eczema is not an allergy"; the allergist says "Eczema? I'm not sure how to treat it. We'll give you a cortisone preparation." Well the cortisone is going to help but only temporarily. Once again, you have to pay attention. When a child or an adult eats a food that causes eczema, which is an itchy rash in the creases of the arms and the legs, the area will get red during testing or when you're eating the food and then, the next day, they have the rash. So, there's a delayed reaction and that makes it difficult to put cause and effect together. But, if you watch the skin of a patient with eczema while they're eating, they'll be able to tell you when it feels red and hot and that's when they've eaten a food to which they are sensitive.
Now some of this we talked about. Toddlers have excessive temper tantrums. They bite their siblings, their mother in particular, sometimes their father. They have a lot of intestinal symptoms. They vomit clear mucous and that again means milk allergy. They dislike being held just like the infants and they these people these youngsters grow up to be adults who don't like to be cuddled and held. Some of you may be married to somebody like that. Or you may be married to somebody who some nights is nice and cuddly and the next night, boy, you better not get near him. That is not always an antipathy to the person. It is related to what they ate or contacted, or is it a moldy day. Patients who are the worst on moldy days are sensitive to molds. That includes arthritis and I'll show you a video of that in a few minutes. They dislike clothing. I've already shown you the boy taking off his clothes but that's very common in toddlers; you put on one sock and, by the time you get the other one on, they've got the first one off. You can't get them dressed. By the time they're ready to go out the door to go to school, the mother's in tears, the child's in tears and the mother spends the whole day dreading the time the child's going to walk in the house again because it begins anew. Some of you mothers can relate to what I'm describing. It happens.
Toddlers who are excessively active, some of them are so fatigued they can't move. The first boy I saw that was unconscious when he ate cherries, I couldn't believe it. The mother just brought him in like that because, when he ate cherries, he was unconscious. When I tested him I thought he'd died because I couldn't wake him up. Then when I gave him the right dilution, he was suddenly alert. It was the first one I tested and it was scary. But now it doesn't bother me at all.
Clucking throat sounds. That's again a milk allergy.
Sleep problems. They can't get to sleep. They can't stay asleep and the bed looks like a cyclone hit it.
Leg aches. I was told that's growing pains. Well, trust me when I tell you, take the milk out of the diet for a week, add the milk back and you'll see that many leg aches are due to milk sensitivities. That's not true in adults, but it's certainly true in children. Again, there are other causes for leg aches. But this is one of the causes.
Toddlers had excessive infections. They whine, they pinch, they hit, they spit, they kick, they bite in excess between two and four years. They say the same sentence over and over again. These are characteristic symptoms that frequently are related to something they ate, touched or smelled.
They're hyperactive, fatigued, they have bowel problems. Any food can cause diarrhea, but the food that's most apt to cause constipation in any age group is milk and dairy products. Abdominal complaints, swelling, belching, bloating, rectal gas, that sort of thing.
Bad breath is almost always milk, wheat and eggs.
Bed-wetting, after five years, in my experience, if it's related to a food, it's due to milk or it's due to a fruit juice. Soiled underwear. When they leak and they have a little bowel movement on their pants all the time. This we tend to see more in boys and men than in girls; I don't know why. But it's frequently due to grapes and raisins, but other foods can also cause it.
Learning and behaviour problems. We just see them all the time.
Depression. Young children four and five that want to kill themselves. Again, ask what did they eat, touch and smell?
Headaches. They make strange noises. They bark like dogs. That sort of thing. They have asthma, hayfever and eczema.
The adolescents have intestinal problems. Depression and fatigue are much more common. They say they have a ballooned, fuzzy head. They recognize that their head's not thinking, feeling right. Their muscles and joints ache. They frequently have an irregular heart beat. Take your pulse. I can't do it because I broke my arm, but put your fingers over the edge and you can feel your pulse, and it should be nice and regular. Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum. If it's bum-bum-bum, bum, bum, bum-bum, bum-ba-ba-bum, bum, it's irregular; that's wrong; something's wrong. What did you eat, touch or smell? Start to pay attention to your body. That is like a smoke alarm in a room. It means something has gone off and something's wrong in the body and you can tap into that system. You don't have to put a battery in. You just have to put your hand on your wrist and you can figure it out.
Irritability and aggressiveness in adults are very common. I believe that much battering - wife battering, husband battering, sibling battering, mother battering - I think a lot of that is due to unrecognized sensitivities to foods and chemicals and things of that sort. Now, the adults tend to be too tired. The women, in particular, cry easily and are very depressed. Many times, they are moody and easily upset. That can be men as well as women.
Headaches. Chronic headaches in adults are very common.(video clip begins, Rapp live voiceover)
This is John, the strawberry boy. John ate fresh strawberries for breakfast and he went to school. The teacher took one look at him and said, "Today is going to be a long day; he won't make it ten minutes". She was right. In ten minutes he was in the principal's office. He walked in, he picked up all the papers on the desk, ripped them up and threw them away. He took his hand and wiped everything off the principal's desk and it took four people to hold him down.
His mother, fortunately, had the histamine dilution. When you have an allergic reaction between an antigen and an antibody, histamine is released. If I can give you the correct dilution of histamine, it can stop a reaction caused by a wide range of things. It's sort of like Aspirin for a headache. The mother, fortunately, had the histamine with her and she gave it to the boy. He quieted down and he was fine. She said I'm going to take him home and the principal said, "No, no no; you need four people to go with you." She said, "No, he's quiet now".
Now I want you to watch very carefully because he's the only child that I've been able to video who clearly shows the demonic look. Now this mother came in initially with bite marks up and down both arms because he had bitten her so often. A month later she came in and she was crying. And I said, "Why are you crying?" And she said, "It's the first time in years that I don't have bite marks on my arms." So, I want to show you John in his glory. The father, incidentally, is an alcoholic who never came home and the family has since separated.
Now this is before the reaction. Now he's reacting to one drop of strawberry in his arm. The mothers seem to bear the brunt of much of the aggression. At one point he put his finger in her eye and said, "Good." Now here comes the demonic look.
Doris Rapp (on video): Now don't bite your mother. Quit biting.
Mother: Don't do it.
(end of video clip)
How would you like to baby-sit with him? Notice her eye circles. Many of the mothers cry when they come to my office because, for the first time, they realize that they aren't the cause of their child's problem. In other words, the child's fine. We put a drop of something in and suddenly the child's acting the way the mother has told the doctor so many times that the child acts. And for the first time they realize that they really aren't at fault. Many times the children are equally relieved because for the first time they realize that they are not bad children, but they have a medical problem that needs treatment. They can also, as can everyone, go overboard and start thinking everything is allergy or a sensitivity and that's too much the other way. You've got to hit the happy medium.
Now I want to show you a few more videos. I want to show you Alicia next. I'm not sure which of the two videos I have of her. I have where she reacts to peas and one where she reacts to garlic. They're both rather spectacular, so I'll show you the one that I have on this video and then I'll talk about her. We'll have a little excitement trying to figure out what it is.
She is the one with the high IQ. It's peas. She's going to say the alphabet. Notice how she says it. Basically, that youngster is doing much better now, but she has to be very careful not to get into certain odours or she will have a terrible reaction. And for a long while, she wasn't able to go to school. I believe she is able to go to school now but she's very worried about her future and whether she will be able to go to college. As a very bright youngster, she would very much like to complete her education. Many of these children are very frustrated because they don't know how to handle it.
Now I want to show you one of the most violent children I've seen in the office. He's Joshua and I can't remember what we tested him for. I think it was wheat.
Doris Rapp: This youngster changes after just one drop of a standard allergy skin test for wheat.... You can easily see why his parents were so distraught and desperate. It's not unusual for them to become very vulgar.
(video clip, Rapp voiceover)
Many children suddenly become vulgar during allergy skin testing. We usually can stop these types of reactions without difficulty, but this boy was extremely upset. Josh lost total control. This is one of the rare times when we couldn't give a weaker dilution and stop the reaction. We had to give him a solution of baking soda with sodium and potassium bicarbonate and that stopped the reaction.
And this is one way you can treat things at home if you think someone's having an allergic reaction and you have nothing else to give them. You can try half a teaspoon or a teaspoon of baking soda in a half-glass of water. Sometimes that will stop a reaction within 10 to 15 minutes. I don't know if you can buy AlkaAid here, but I am sure you can buy alkali salts in health food stores, which is usually a combination of sodium and potassium and sometimes calcium carbonate. This is very effective in not only stopping reactions, but if you take it before you eat a food to which you are sensitive, you can sometimes prevent a reaction. If you're going to a smorgasbord or to somebody's house for dinner and you're not quite sure what they're going to serve, you certainly should try to take that in advance.
(beginning of video clip)
Doris Rapp (live voiceover): Now the next video I would like to show you is of an adult who has arthritis and she's worse on moldy days. So, I'm going to show you Mary. This is what happened during three days of testing with this particular patient.
Mary: I was diagnosed six years ago with rheumatoid arthritis and it was supposed to be a very mild arthritis. If someone was to be blessed with rheumatoid arthritis, I was supposedly blessed with a very mild one. But within six months I was down in a wheelchair with my husband brushing my teeth, combing my hair and taking me back and forth to the bathroom. If that's mild I'd hate to see severe.
Nurse: Show me your range of motion.
Nurse: Bend down.
Mary: Bend down?
Nurse: Bend down as far as you can go.
Mary: That's it! I can't go any further.
Mary: This is fantastic. Want to do it again? All the way down and all the way up. And I can keep my feet on the floor; I don't have to rock and hold my toes. Before, I could only get this far and it really, really hurt and now I can go all the way down.
Mary: I'm an avid reader and, of course when you're in pain and your stuck in a chair, you read anything within reach. Some friends of mine brought over some books by a Dr. Randall and I started chasing those things down and I found that elimination diet sometimes helped people with arthritis. So I pursued the fact and decided that everything was worth going without as long as I could get up again. So I stopped eating any grains, any nightshades, any sweeteners; but I can use pure maple syrup and ... and I avoided anything that came in a box if it had preservatives, colours, anything, forget it. I didn't eat it. And I was able to do that for six whole weeks and amazingly within five days I was up and walking and buy the end of the six weeks I was back to running. Not very far, but I was running. I was running. Yes, I was running. The kids hated it. I could now catch them again.
Doris Rapp (live voiceover): Now I want to show you how she looked during testing. Notice her face when she talks. Do you see the difference between how she was after treatment and how she was before?
Nurse: You're talking about your nose.
Mary: My nose. My nose is very stuffy. There is some sinus pressure.
Nurse: Is that normal for you?
Mary: Unfortunately, yes.
Doris Rapp (live voiceover): She's talking about the fact that she's got pain over her sinuses. That's how she walked before the test and she's complaining that the pain starts in her ankle and goes up her leg and it went up to her knees and then to her thighs. She's pointing to where it starts and then it goes right up. Then we gave her the right dose of yeast allergy extract. Yeast is a mold; it's in the mold family - a type of fungus. Then 10 minutes after the correct dose, she feels much better and the congestion in her head is gone and she's much more animated. Now she's going to walk and you'll see that she can walk much better than she did a few minutes ago. She's got a bit of oomph to her stride. She's saying she can go up on her toes now which she couldn't do before.
And now the nurse is telling her what she was tested for because we don't tell them before the test begins. Then she's going to say what her favourite food is and what do you think it is? Bread! It's the yeast in the bread. She thought she was sensitive to the wheat; it was the yeast in the bread that was causing trouble. And she says that she can't walk by a fresh loaf of bread without taking four to six slices. That's probably the cause of her problem. She was pleased to figure out what was causing it. Can you see the comparison between how her face was before and how her face is now? It's that kind of dramatic reaction that you can see in one or two days of appropriate provocation/neutralization allergy testing.
Now, I want to show you a teacher. This is a teacher in a school and the teacher noticed that they put in new carpets. She had one infection after another and her voice would get hoarse. The principal used to joke with her and say, "What's your complaint of the day?" And so, we made an allergy extract of the school air and the school carpet and we're going to test her for this. I want you to watch. She's going to get a shot and she'll be talking and in less than a sentence she will become hoarse. That was one of the problems at school. Then when we give her the right dilution, she'll be talking again and in less than the time it takes to complete a sentence, her voice will be back to normal. She'll also develop extreme shortness of breath.
Now she's becoming short of breath, which happens in school too.
Nurse: Is this what happens to you when you walk into your classroom?
Teacher: Yes, this is what happens to me.
(end of video clip)
It's the school carpet. I made an allergy extract of it and we're testing her for it. Now you're going to see her get her shot here in a minute. There, she just got it. They took the carpeting out of her room and her hoarseness and recurrent infections stopped. But she still has trouble if she gets near chemicals.
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Doris Rapp (live voiceover): This is a normal brain image and this is Mark's brain image with these indentations.
Mark's brain image showed that he had significant changes in his brain that were compatible with a chemical exposure. The images on the left depict a normal flow of blood in a brain. The teacher's image, on the right, shows the obvious alteration in the blood flow after he was purposely exposed to an allergy extract prepared from the air in his school. The red colour is spotty by comparison, indicating an alteration in the blood flow which would affect the function of the brain.
Basically, you can do brain imaging on patients - as I mentioned earlier when I began the lecture - and show how the brain is normally. And then you can expose somebody to a chemical just for a few seconds and show that the brain changes dramatically. You do the brain image on day one and then a couple of days later you expose them to the chemical and do another; and you can show that there are changes right away in the brain. This is one reason why I think some of this brain change is not due to a thyroid hormone. It's due to the actual chemical affecting the brain tissue. It is as if the brain was made of putty and you punched it. Every place where your knuckles hit the brain, there'll be a little indentation. If you have problems with the right side of your body, you'll see discrete areas of abnormality in the left side of the brain as well as scattered areas throughout the brain showing abnormalities. Sometimes these brain changes disappear by just avoiding the chemicals. But I have children in classrooms where they put in carpets and, four years later, they still have a headache every day. Their intelligence has never come back to what it was before. They cannot go to school. With chemical sensitivities, they can't go to church, they can't go to malls, they can't go to restaurants because chemical odours - all kinds of chemical odours - cause trouble.
One of the problems is that, once you develop a chemical sensitivity, every place you go, any chemical you are exposed to appears to then cause difficulty. It doesn't have to be the same chemical that caused the original insult. This has been observed thousands of times. Anyone that has chemical sensitivities will tell you about it. But, everyone ridicules and laughs at the people who have this because they don't think it's possible. The fact that you don't have trouble from a chemical odour does not mean that somebody else doesn't.
I'm not talking about a chemical toxicity. That means a toxic level of a chemical is causing trouble. I'm talking about a minute smell of gas - from a leaky gas stove - that nobody notices except the person who gets sick from it, who can smell it right away. They can't put gasoline in a car, they can't go to a beauty parlour, they can't go to a public lavatory. These people are confined to their home because they can't go any place else because of chemicals.
I'd like to close by saying that I'm also extremely concerned about pesticides. Pesticides have an estrogenic effect. There is no doubt that the alligators in Lake Apopca, Florida, have atrophied testicles and penises that are one-quarter normal size. The male sperm count has gone down 50 per cent in 50 years. If the male sperm count continues to drop, men will be sterile in 80 years.
Think about what I am saying. We can't wait any longer for somebody to say we've got to do something about our environment. We have to do it and we have to do it now. The only way that we can cause a change is if the public starts to say, "We've had enough!" Write your legislators, call whomever is comparable to your congressman here, call your prime minister. You have got to put pressure on them and say, "Enough. Enough is enough, already." The economy is important, but the health of the future generations and your health is also important. Cancer is on the increase. Immunological problems are on the increase. Allergies and environmental illness are on the increase. Birth defects. Developmental delays. Autism has increased markedly. Endometriosis is on the increase.
If you go to the wilds of Africa where they don't have civilization, they don't have diabetes, they don't have arthritis, they don't have cancer, they don't have arterial sclerotic heart disease, they don't have asthma, they don't have eczema. They die because of infection and they die because of injuries.
We are doing things wrong and we have to change it. The sooner we recognize it, the better. Unfortunately, I didn't have time today to talk about what we can do about it and I'll emphasize that tomorrow.
How many of the people that are here tonight are going to hear the talk tomorrow? Good; I'm glad I saved some videos that you didn't see. I'll show different videos tomorrow and I'll continue with most of the slides and just show a few of the slides that I showed today. Thank you very much. We'll have questions now. [Applause.]
Questions and Answers
Questioner #1: Dr. Rapp, those were dramatic demonstrations of reactions of people. I just wonder if you tested children or people who are likely to suffer from asthma or anaphylactic shock?
Doris Rapp: We test a lot of asthmatics and you can produce and eliminate asthma. You can eliminate asthma faster with the correct dilution than you can with adrenaline in my experience. I don't test them for anaphylactic shock, as I feel that they should be tested in a hospital that knows about environmental illness and there's only one in Dallas. Because it is better if you are exposed to peanut or fish in a place where they know how to treat it than if you accidentally get exposed to it when there's no one around who knows anything about medicine and you could die.
Questioner #1: I have a second question. Some people in a position of authority might interpret the results of your testing to mean that you can give these extracts and turn off the reaction and therefore they need not remove the pollutants from the air. The intention of these tests is just for testing purposes and you don't intend to give these patients....
Doris Rapp: Well, we treat them. For example, I could treat the woman for the carpet, but obviously you get rid of the carpet. If they're sensitive to milk, I'll treat them for milk and tell them they can drink milk every four days in limited amounts. And it makes life tolerable and they can go to birthday parties and things like that. So there is an indication, I think, for treatment. But if it's a food that you can avoid, if you're sensitive to peanuts, I'd say, "Don't eat peanuts." It's simple. But if it's milk, wheat and eggs, it's a little bit different; you have to try to treat them and have them eat it in moderation no more often than every four days.
Questioner #2: You mentioned on one of the videos that a child had been diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome.
Doris Rapp: Yes.
Questioner #2: I'm here with someone and between us we have three children who are diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome, one of whom, at the moment, is in crisis.
Doris Rapp: Are there allergies in the family of the individuals that have the Tourette's syndrome?
Questioner #2: Yes. In our family both sides of the family; my husband and myself. You described my husband. He can be extremely unpleasant, extremely cold. I can notice now after 10 years, a spot on his face and say "Oh oh, it ...."
Doris Rapp: It's about to begin.
Questioner #2: Or the nose goes red and big and swollen. And I go, "Oh no, keep him away from the kids." We both also have tics and he had a learning disability growing up.
Doris Rapp: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Again, when you find this in a child, you always try to help the whole family. And then start to help the relatives, because it's pervasive; it's all over.
Questioner #2: But in our children, for instance, we both have a certain amount. The person who diagnosed the Tourette's syndrome; she said that I had some symptoms in my family and that in his family it was quite strong. So our kids sort of didn't have a hope. You know. We both have Tourette's Syndrome.
Doris Rapp: I don't want to give the impression that all Tourette's syndrome cases are related to environmental illness, but it is a piece of the pie. And the ones who have managed to get into my office, we have helped. But I haven't done any studies. However, Dr. Marshall Mandell put an ad in the paper and saw a large group of patients with Tourette's syndrome. He was able to help a large group of them. And the Tourette's Syndrome Society in the United States wouldn't publish his work. And my question is, "Why not?"
Questioner #2: The Society wouldn't do it?
Doris Rapp: There's a journal in a Tourette's syndrome group and they would not publish his work and they wouldn't let him come and speak. It's my understanding that he had a lot of problems and his work has never been published. He has now retired in Florida. But it's got to be discouraging because he saw the patients at no charge, he evaluated them, improved them and then couldn't get it published. And this is a recurrent problem for physicians working in this area.
Questioner #2: Well, you see, what we're worried about now is that there are our kids plus there's another child in the school, that's four children in one school with Tourette's syndrome that have been diagnosed and they're all going to be in the same classroom.
Doris Rapp: That's going to be an exciting year!
Questioner #2: Oh, yes. And, I'm just wondering to what extent do you think, I mean, we know it's genetic; we can see the pattern in the family and the heredity. We can see also a pattern of violence on one side of the family.
Doris Rapp: Try the diet, put air purifiers in the room, and see how much they improve. Avoid chemicals. Talk to the school. Mrs. Holden has already left, but she was very instrumental in changing the schools in, I believe, Halton, and Mrs. Cremasco is in Guelph. There are mothers that have changed entire schools. In fact, if I were you, I might want to think about moving to where they have the environmentally clean classrooms. Seriously. Because, maybe there's something wrong in that school that causes the children to be developing this problem.
Questioner #2: Oh, undoubtedly. They have moldy carpets and leaky roofs.
Doris Rapp: Go and look in the areas. You have environmentally sound schools in this country. There are very, very few in the United States. I'd check into the Ontario system. Somebody here should know who to contact.
In fact, I have a videotape called Environmentally Sick Schools. It's $19.95 [US]. It's a 90-minute tape. It has many of the videos that you've seen tonight and it shows the faces, of typical children reacting and, at the end, it shows interviews with the Canadian principals and psychologists explaining how effective the clean classroom is. It's a very good tape to get. The number to call is 1-800-787-8780. It's a long tape; it should have been split into three tapes, but it's all on one tape and it's ridiculously low priced. So if people are skeptical, show them the tape. The evidence is there and it shows the brain imaging and some of the other things that I'm going to show tomorrow on that tape too.
Questioner #3: Hi, just a couple of comments. It was interesting when you were speaking. A lot of lights were going off for me. Like, I rent a room in a house and my fridge is downstairs in the basement and sometimes when I go to the basement all of a sudden I'm not hungry anymore. I feel sick. I don't want breakfast....
Doris Rapp: It's good for your figure.
Questioner #3: Well, it's not working that well. But, other things happen too. Like I was doing a placement here at the college, this college, and I could notice a lot of changes in a certain room. I'm a vegan - I don't eat any animal products - and I'm finding that very helpful. Another thing, though, I thought, diet is the big thing for me. But then I bought something from The Body Shoppe for my hair and all of a sudden I thought it was World War III inside my body. I just put a little bit on the top of my head and it was just crazy.
Doris Rapp: Tomorrow I'm going to talk about how you can figure out whether a food, a chemical or something you come in contact with is causing you trouble. It's very important that you learn that. Rarely did I see a patient in my office who didn't have sensitivities to dust, molds, pollens, chemicals, and foods.
But, remember, for every patient that got into my office, there were hundreds out there that just read the book, tried the diet, figured out one or two foods, and avoided them. Figured out that it was the mold and moved to a different house. Figured out it was the dust and got an air purifier. There are plenty of people that can figure out the answers all on their own.
You've seen, tonight, the sickest patients that I've seen in my office. Many of them are much less ill and much easier to treat. So I don't think you should go home being discouraged. Start to pick away at it and you'll figure out answers. Tomorrow I'll be very specific about things that you can do to tell whether it is this causing this problem or this.
Questioner #3: Thank you.
Doris Rapp: You're welcome.
Questioner #4: You showed a lot of graphic images of children in schools and learning disabilities. I'm wondering if there's any place where teachers or teaching assistants or people in the schools could learn about the symptoms and how to find out about these things.
Doris Rapp: I'm writing a new book that should be out in September called Is this Your Child's World? I hope that it will be a bestseller because, if it is, I plan to build a centre - an educational centre - for environmental illness in Phoenix, where we would teach educators, teachers, parents, psychologists and physicians about how to recognize and treat this kind of illness. I think it's absolutely critical that we start to have centres all over the country - or all over the world - that are able to recognize this because this isn't one country's problem. It's a universal problem at this point and everybody has to work together and learn about it. In all the foreign countries I go to, their awareness is increasing by leaps and bounds. As I said, I think we're hitting a critical mass and I think that the snowball has started to roll down the hill. You can't pick up a paper now without reading something about some environmental factor making someone sick. The skeptics are going to have to start helping us find the answers instead of criticizing us and saying we haven't done the science.
Questioner #4: Well I think we in education will be looking forward to some of this training.
Doris Rapp: Let's pray the book goes over well.
Questioner #5: Is there anybody in the Ottawa area or anybody near here who is doing this provocation/neutralization type of testing?
Doris Rapp: You'll have to talk to the people here. I know that Dr. Krop in Toronto has been doing it and he has been having major problems with your government in relation to it. [Response from the audience.] John Molot apparently does it here.
Questioner #5: Maybe you could give that information tomorrow, or addresses.
Doris Rapp: If you live in some other area, you can talk to the lady over here and she'll be glad to help you. She knows where the doctors are in this country. But you've only got a handful. In the United States there are about three thousand and there are about six hundred who are members of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Most in that group are certified in two or three specialties in medicine.
Questioner #5: Thank you very much.
Doris Rapp: You're welcome.
Questioner #6: Dr. Rapp, could you just address the question of the immune system and the role it would play with respect to certain person's sensitivities or allergies.
Doris Rapp: If you've got a strong immune system, you don't belong in this audience. You don't have environmental illness. If by heredity, you have a weakened immune system, or your immune system has been damaged by chemicals, then you are apt to develop allergies, cancer, all kinds of terrible problems. So one of the things we have to do is to strengthen the immune system. You are only as strong as each cell in your body and, if all the cells lack magnesium or manganese or some essential nutrient, you will not be well. If the immune system is damaged, then the endocrine system and all the other systems go out of balance and you're in serious trouble. But the immune system can be enhanced or improved by certain nutrients.
Now, I promised the lady in the front I'd answer her question. She says there's a turf war between the clinical ecologists and the allergists. She's absolutely right. We want the same patients. As an allergist who practiced traditional allergy .... [tape inaudible], stand up and be counted. Are you more interested in your reputation or more interested in helping patients? So it's very difficult to make the change even when you understand it. The peer pressure in medicine is very great. I am frowned upon as that doctor who had the hyperactivity reaction did when he heard my name at N.A.I.A.D. This can happen.
Questioner #8: Dr. Rapp, my son has many allergies. He has anaphylaxis, asthma, eczema and the rest of it. But he also has intolerances which don't show up as allergies. With the diet that he has to have because he has multiple anaphylaxis, I believe he has probably quite a few nutritional deficiencies. And I find myself in the boat where it's very difficult to try and supplement him because I don't know what the source of all these supplements is.
Doris Rapp: You've got a major problem; I'd like to talk to you later on. If there are anaphylactic reactions to everything, the mother doesn't know how to treat him and the doctor doesn't know how to treat him. If anyone makes a mistake, the child can die. The child has to be fed enough so that he can grow. So you're on the horns of a terrible dilemma. And this mother has terrible problems. Unfortunately, she's not alone and there's a growing number of individuals who appear to be sensitive to almost everything now. This is horrendous. To make it even worse, people don't believe it.
Questioner #9: Can you say anything about the effects of sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation?
Doris Rapp: There's more and more evidence that electromagnetic radiation can affect some individuals. As I mentioned, Ned, the boy with Tourette's syndrome who ate the tomato, if he walks under a fluorescent light, his eyes roll back. There are many, many evidences of people who will be in an enclosed car and they don't know where they are and they go under a high-powered tension wire and they will immediately have a seizure or some other terrible thing. There are people who can't get near a television set or a microwave. These are the people who are worse before thunderstorms. If there are high-powered tension wires near their home, they can have a terrible problem. There are little instruments that can measure the amount of magnetic energy and radiation coming from wires and you can check your house and the area in which you live.
Unfortunately, many schools are built near high-powered wires because the land was inexpensive and available. This definitely can interfere with the learning of some children.
There are books written on this. The one that I can think of is Cross Currents by [Robert] Becker; I believe this is the latest. But it's all referenced in my book Is This Your Child? or the other book The Impossible Child: At Home or At School. Some of the books are in the back and you can get the books by calling 1-800-787-8780.
I think that's it. Thank you. [Applause.]
Greg Booth (Conference Host): This is a wonderful lady that you've had the opportunity to hear tonight. .... Thank you very much from everybody. [Applause.] I think you're not wasting your talent, but we need to get you cross country. We need you coast to coast. Thank you again.