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Don V Romanaggi, MD
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1960

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Gary Birnbaum, MD
(763) 588-0661
Excelsior, MN
Specialties
Neurology, Immunology
Gender
Male
Languages
German
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1964
Hospital
Hospital: North Memorial Med Ctr, Robbinsdale, Mn

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Jimmie Franklin Waldron, MD
(612) 941-3796
6230 Braeburn Cir
Edina, MN
Specialties
Otolaryngology, Allergy
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1956
Hospital
Hospital: Memorial Hospital System, Houston, Tx
Group Practice: Houston Ear Nose & Throat

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Paul Mitchell Blum, MD
(952) 831-4454
3955 Parklawn Ave Ste 120
Edina, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1968

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Carol Michael Carlson, MD
(952) 831-4454
3955 Parklawn Ave Ste 120
Edina, MN
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: St Marys Hospital Of Rochester, Rochester, Mn
Group Practice: Southdale Pediatric Associates Ltd

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Gregory Paul Gilmet, MD
(651) 994-4385
Eden Prairie, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1977

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Laurie Lynn Jepson, MD
715 2nd Ave S
Hopkins, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1991

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Hannelore August Brucker
(952) 926-7630
4010 W 65th St
Minneapolis, MN
Specialty
Allergy / Immunology

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Heinrich K Brucker, MD
(612) 926-7630
Clinic/Suite 221 4010 W 65th St
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Eberhard-Karls-Univ, Med Fak, Tubingen, Germany (407-19 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1967

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David C Schroeckenstein, MD
(952) 831-4454
3955 Parklawn Ave # 210
Edina, MN
Specialties
Allergy & Immunology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Fairview Southdale Hosp, Minneapolis, Mn
Group Practice: Southdale Pediatric Associates Ltd

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Food Allergies Call for Savvy Sleuthing

Some people grocery shop with a list. My friend, Susan, strolls along the aisles with a magnifying glass in hand. Why? She needs it for reading labels.

Her husband is one of the roughly 12 million Americans who have food allergies and one of roughly 1% of Americans who are allergic to peanuts. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, peanuts and tree nuts are the leading causes of fatal and near-fatal food allergic reactions.

It’s no wonder Susan isn’t taking any chances. Her magnifying glass trains on label after label, looking not only for obvious sources such as peanuts, peanut flour, and peanut butter but other more obscure forms of offending peanut proteins like peanut extracts, ground nuts, packaged cakes, crackers, soups, salad dressings, health bars, and chocolate candy, just to name a few. My usual supermarket sprint turned into a mega-shopping marathon when I decided to join Susan one afternoon, but it was well worth it. Now, I have bona fide experience at being a food allergy sleuth.

What Is Food Allergy?

Today, food allergy seems to be the new “in” medical disorder. It’s the hot topic discussed at cocktail parties, on talk shows, and by movie stars, moguls, and supermodels. But true food allergy isn’t something to take lightly.

Food allergy, explains Anne Muñoz-Furlong, cofounder of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, “is a condition in which the immune system incorrectly identifies a food protein as a threat and attempts to protect the body against it by releasing chemicals into the blood. The release of these chemicals results in the symptoms of an allergic reaction.”

These symptoms, which may begin minutes or up to two hours after eating an offending food, can range from mildly annoying itching and wheezing to a life-threatening drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness.

Food intolerance and food sensitivity are two terms commonly confused with food allergy. Food intolerance doesn’t involve the immune system. Instead, it’s a condition in which our bodies can’t adequately digest a certain component of a particular food. Lactose intolerance—an inability to digest the natural sugar in milk—is a good example. A reaction is uncomfortable but not usually life threatening.

The definition of food sensitivity is a bit fuzzier. It’s generally used as a blanket term for both food intolerances and food allergies, which at worst creates a plateful of misunderstanding.

“If you think you have a food allergy,” says Muñoz-Furlong, “keep a diet diary to help pinpoint the food or foods. Then, work in partnership with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. If you’re tested and the results point to a food that’s a staple in your diet, speak up; it might be a false positive.”

A clinical history, meaning a detailed account of what you eat and how you f...

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