A cure for milk allergies? Part 4: Food shopping with the Nasutis

by Erin Graham on September 15, 2009

This week, watch the Nasutis take on their regular challenge of food shopping—no easy feat, considering that two out of the three children have life-threatening food allergies. Brett was born allergic to 15 foods, and his little brother, Nicholas, is allergic to 16. Their sister, Taylor, doesn’t have any food allergies, like her parents. In order to keep them all fed, Robyn makes three different meals every time her family eats, which requires her to drive to three different grocery stores. And the specialty foods don’t come cheap; dairy-free milk alone costs her $10 a gallon. “I spend about $850 a month on groceries,” Robyn says.

Previous videos and posts in the series

Watch last week’s video about Brett taking his very first (tiny) sips of cow’s milk.

Click here to see Children’s Allergy Program’s Director, Lynda Schneider, MD, explaining the study.

To see the first video, in which Brett and his mom, Robyn, talk about what it’s been like for their family to live with his life-threatening condition and their hopes for the trial’s outcome, click here.

To read Robyn’s account of what it was like when she found out about Brett’s severe allergies, read an excerpt from her diary.

Here are some food allergy resource groups we’ve found particularly helpful:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter

Allergic Child

Allergy Moms

Brookline Families with Food Allergies

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