Food Allergies & Food Allergy Testing: Special Considerations
Although sometimes straightforward, diagnosing and testing for food allergies is often more difficult than patients imagine.
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About Dr. Binkley
MD, FRCPC, Associate Professor of Medicine University of Toronto
Dr. Binkley is an Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy. She is on staff at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Drug Safety Clinic. Her private office is at 30 St. Clair West, Suite 204, just west of Yonge St.
"Thank you for meeting with me yesterday. I had a hard time understanding the mastocytosis disease and have felt at loose ends trying to manage it. You were able to explain in a concise way and quickly lay out an action plan for me, pointing out the key points to focus on. You have eased my mind about the all the vast array of symptoms that I experience. You did not think you could add much to my care, but I think you have added tremendously. I am very grateful. My trip from Ottawa was time well spent indeed."
"I felt compelled to drop you a short note of thanks and appreciation. In all of my 68 years never have I experienced what I felt on Monday. I enjoyed my visit with a doctor, a specialist, no less. I waited only a few minutes after my specified appointment when you opened the door and welcomed me to your office. You behaved at all times in a pleasant and professional manner. You were never abrupt or condescending. You treated me in a considerate manner, listening to me and keeping me involved in the decision making with respect to the best course of action ….Perhaps I’ve become jaded due to my past experiences, but you changed that. It was as if you stepped out of a Norman Rockwell painting; a physician who was committed to her patients. Thanks again for a positive enjoyable time."
"You may not remember me – I came in last September for allergy testing and a quick follow up with respect to my pulmonary function results. During my appointment you spotted a nodule on my thyroid. Unfortunately, this turned out to be papillary carcinoma. I just recently had a thyroidectomy… and am in the process of recovering. I just wanted to send you a thank you for your thoroughness and professionalism. Thanks to you, they have removed all of the cancer and caught it quite early….I am grateful for your eagle eyes …especially because I had just been through many doctors’ appointments for other health reasons, and no one else spotted this."