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How to Cure Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance doesn't mean avoiding dairy entirely, a government panel concludes.

By Emily Main

tags: DAIRY PRODUCTS



How to Cure Lactose Intolerance

Good news: Anyone can enjoy a drink of milk.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—People suffering from lactose intolerance have to give up some of the more decadent joys in life, ice cream, for instance, and they also give up other dairy products that provide a rich variety of nutrients. But at a recent conference assembled by the National Institutes of Health, a panel of experts said that such sacrifices aren't necessary, and could even be putting one's health at risk. The Consensus Development Conference on Lactose Intolerance and Health was organized to examine the latest research on lactose intolerance and how the condition could affect other health outcomes, as well as how it can be managed.

THE DETAILS: First, the panel noted that it's difficult to estimate the number of people suffering from lactose intolerance, a condition characterized by gas, bloating, abdominal pain, and diarrhea after eating dairy products, due to a lack of representative studies and adequate diagnostic tests. They add that many people who lack lactase, the enzyme needed to digest the lactose in dairy products, don't exhibit symptoms of lactose intolerance, whereas others who diagnose themselves as being lactose intolerant often have appropriate levels of lactase and wouldn't always qualify as clinically intolerant. The problem with patients and physicians relying on self-diagnosed lactose intolerance is that many people avoid dairy unnecessarily, putting themselves at risk for osteoporosis and vitamin D deficiency—which may in turn put them at greater risk of prostate, colon, breast, and esophageal cancers. And some of the newer research suggests that calcium from dairy products could lower blood pressure and reduce colon polyps, possibly leading to lower rates of colon cancer.

In fact, said the panel, avoiding dairy products isn't even necessary for lactose-intolerant individuals. The experts concluded that someone with lactose intolerance could tolerate as much as 50 grams of lactose, the same amount found in a quart of milk, per day before exhibiting symptoms.

Read on for more ways to cope with lactose intolerance.

Published on: March 9, 2010
Updated on: March 11, 2010



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lactose intolerance

Every day 30 new "food intolerances" are invented.
They are primarily nothing more than toxic reactions by bodies less "adjusted" to the toxic sludge called food today.
Once milk is processed - and be clear on this - it has nothing to do with YOUR protection, it is specifically to do with shelf-life.
"Pasteurisation" simply puts bacterial colonies to sleep - just like chilling them. It takes them a while to recover thus "shelf-life" is extended.

The big problem you face is what has been done to the cow along the way. Even its ability to normally give birth is destroyed.

The big catch is that milk - any milk - is a terrific food. It also works for bacteria.

In the never-ending battle to extend shelf-life and -profits the modern cow is a walking pharmaceutical soup and her life is ruined by feeding her of all bad things - corn and denying her any peace.

Strangely, if you can get hold of some raw milk from a safe source like a Biodynamic farm you can make beautiful dairy products at home for a fraction of the price of store-bought.

In some parts of the world you can buy made-in-the-tub Yoghurt that is made using safe Biodynamic milk. One brand is Jalna available even in far off Australia.

If the people get to choose farm-gate milk, the milk-mafia loses its stranglehold and fantastic profits at once. Why? Farmers aren't stupid! They just like working very hard for some strange reason. But they also like money, too.

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Why would you want to go against what your body is trying to tell you--after all milk is for baby cows and goats

Dangerous Advice

I am lactose intolerant and have IBS-D. I used to drink a gallon of milk a week by myself as well as eat at least one yogurt a day. I gradually became unable to tolerate any milk products. I would try to consume them and become extremely ill. I love milk so much that I would suffer until it became too much. I tried lactase pills to no avail. If I were to follow the advice given here I would be seriously ill possibly even hospitalized. If I eat anything with milk in it I end up with a 7 day bout of extreme diarhea. I do take probiotics which help but I feel this panel is mistaken.

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I don't understand people wanting to consume dairy even if it hurts them. Do some research such as www.notmilk.com, or reading "The China Study". We don't have to eat pesticide, hormone and pus laced food in order to be healthy. If dairy prevents osteoporosis, please explain why the top dairy consuming countries have the highest rates of it and in some countries where dairy is rarely consumed, osteoporosis is non-existant. I'm a firm believer that you can get your nutrition from better sources without side effects of heart disease, rhumatoid arthritis and others.

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I grew up drinking raw, unprocessed milk and became lactose intolerant while drinking it. Taking a supplement like Lactaid(TM) was the only way I could drink milk or eat anything dairy. Even baked goods containing milk would cause problems. Not realizing what I was doing at the time, I cured myself of it by eating lots of yogurt--three or more cups per day--over the course of several months. After years of suffering, I was finally seeing improvement as an adult (while drinking processed milk, by the way!) The yogurt worked, I believe, because as the article says yogurt contains the active cultures that helps one digest milk. The active cultures seem to stay in my gut and help digest the milk. I was always able to tolerate yogurt and very aged cheese for this reason. Softer, non-aged cheese, cottage cheese, fluid milk, curds, etc. would always cause problems before I started megadosing on yogurt.

I eventually arrived at the point where I can tolerate modest servings of milk, but if I overdo it (two or more servings of a dairy item at a meal), that causes mild stomach upset, but nothing remotely like what I had before (vomiting and intestinal illness after a small cup of milk). It's not a raw vs. processed issue. Milk sugar is milk sugar, regardless of whether it's raw or homogenized or pasteurized or skim or whole. None of those processes or lack thereof have any impact on milk sugar nor its digestability. The idea of successully drinking raw milk back on the farm as a kid and now as an adult processed milk bothers me likely has more to do with your aging than the milk itself. I think as people grow older, they perhaps use up the lactase (the naturally occurring enzyme that helps us digest milk) and by older childhood/adulthood, some of us can't digest milk anymore. Or perhaps it taking antibiotics kills those good bacteria too. Maybe you had a round of antibiotics that did that to you? I know that if I skip too many "doses" of yogurt or if I have an antibiotic, my digestion is wrecked for a while until I can eat enough yogurt. Thankfully, I happen to like it!

Lactose Intolerance - Conventional Processed Milk

I believe you are looking in the right direction as enzymes present in raw milk are killed when milk is pasteurized. All raw foods including raw milk contain enzymes which help break down & digest the food when we consume it. I read an article once on the breeds of dairy cattle and the type of protein (called A1 & A2 proteins) in the milk is different in the common Western breeds versus the older breeds not so common here (less than 3%). A connection was found in the common Western milk cow type protein & clogging of the arteries. Also, the other form of processing milk called homogenizing which also may contribute to adverse health conditions such as clogging of the arteries. I personally am a huge dairy consumer and do consume cheese made from raw milk when it is available. Raw milk is almost always cost prohibited for me when it is available as I consume so much. Several of my family members are lactose intolerant & we use some of the suggestions (eating more greens, etc) mentioned in the main article. For various reasons, we also try to avoid products that contain soy unless it's fermented, otherwise you'll find your diet mostly one food (soy) & if you do your research you'll find many names of common ingredients (IE: vegetable broth in canned tuna) that are made from - you guessed it - soy, which is another common food allergy.

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You would think that during this government panel someone would have had the common sense to say...If folks with the lactase enzyme still have symptoms from drinking milk, then maybe it's something else in the milk causing problems!
Wake up America!

I agree . . .

with RS. I was raised on raw milk - never had a problem at all. Most milk that I buy at the store makes me sick, so I avoid it. I don't have lactose intolerance though, because when I go to visit my mom, I drink all the raw milk I want, and never get sick. I have also noticed that if I stick to local dairies that are organic and add no hormones to their product, I have no problems either. My friends have noticed the same thing. So, probably there is no such thing as lactose intolerance - just plain bad, overprocessed milk!

lactose intolerance

Seems to me that if the dairy lobby were stifled and every state's consumers could buy fresh milk (unprocessed), which has the enzymes that are heated out of milk in the processing, we would have no one who was lactose intolerant. In this modern day and age of technology for storage there is no reason to not make fresh milk available to all consumers.

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