Anyone can react to anything in any way.
Foods, environment, vitamins or reflex development could be affecting you! Dr. Doris Rapp said, “Anyone can react to anything in any way.” She is the American paediatrician who authored the classic books on environmental sensitivities, Is This Your Child? and Is This Your Child’s World?.
Here are some possible symptoms to observe:
- poor strength or endurance
- poor posture or gait
- brain fog, ‘spaciness’, poor thinking, learning disabilities, autism, Aspergers, ADHD, ADD
- poor memory
- handwriting changes, incorrect pencil holding
- poor mood – depression, anxiety, impatience, anger
- emotional outbursts, hyperactivity
- fatigue, sleepiness
- insomnia, snoring, nightmares, restless leg syndrome, night terrors, sleepwalking
- joint or soft tissue pain
- any type of inflammation
- headaches, migraines
- blurry vision or other visual changes
- skin rashes, bumps, welts, sore spots, cracking and peeling, eczema
- mouth, nose or lip sores or numbness, runny nose
- scratchy throat, earaches, red ears or cheeks
- sudden irrational ravenous hunger
- indigestion, reflux
- gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, anal fissures, yeast infections
- heart flutters
- increased or decreased pulse
- inability to do without a certain food or a large intake of a certain food
What you can try about diet:
- Keep a food diary of what you or your child eat for a week. Look for any correlations between foods and symptoms.
- Remove any food that you crave, or that the child insists on having every single day, or often in a day, and check for effects. Read about elimination diets and the common allergens.
- Use a rotation diet and watch for symptoms on each day. See A New Spin on the Rotation Diet by Diane Dawber.
- Have IgG allergies checked using the Immuno Laboratories blood test.
- Check for environmental, nutrient, and reflex development factors as well.
- Consult a doctor (MD or ND) who is interested in the issues.
What you can try about environment:
- Remove any scented products (e.g. cleaners, personal care products such as perfumed shampoos or creams, detergents, bleaches, air fresheners, pet pesticides, etc.
- Check for mould, and have any carefully removed.
- Take steps to eliminate dust mites or pet dander from bedrooms.
- Check for new products that may be out-gassing. If any, consider ways to deal with it. Can it be placed outside the home to finish out-gassing? Can you air the house frequently? Can you make sure you or your child sleep in a room isolated from the new item? Can you use an ionizing air filter?
- Check that outside pollutants are not entering your home – on feet or through windows or doors. Shoes may have to be left at the door, and windows closed at all times.
- Have the IgG allergy blood test panel on inhalants done by Immuno Laboratories.
- Check for nutrient, diet, and reflex development factors.
- Consult a doctor (MD or ND) who is interested in the issues, or be referred by your MD to the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.
What you can try about nutrition:
- Emphasize fresh whole foods in the diet. Reduce commercially-processed food to as little as possible. Reduce sugar and flour.
- Use a good quality multivitamin. Use a good quality essential fatty acid supplement. Use a good quality probiotic.
- Have your doctor check your or your child’s nutrient status with whatever blood work is available, e.g. vitamin D status, forms of iron, B12, electrolytes.
- Have a Health Pursuits Nutrient Scent Test to check status of other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Cross check against blood work.
- Consult a doctor (MD or ND) with an interest in the issues.
- Check for dietary, environmental, or reflex factors.
What you can try about reflex development:
Reflexes are the movements encoded in the DNA that begin development as early as the fourth week of fetal development and continue after birth. Reflexes may fail to develop or be damaged later.
- Make sure you or your child have a variety of physical activities every day.
- Read about reflex development here.
- Consult with someone trained in the Masgutova Method of neurosensorimotor reflex integration. (In Kingston or Ottawa, Robert Black, DO, RMT has the training.)
- Learn to do the reflex re-education strategies.
- Attend a Masgutova Method summer camp.
- Check for dietary, nutritional, or environmental factors.