Because of spam, I personally moderate all comments left on my blog. However, because of health issues, I will not be able to do so in the future.

If you have a personal question about LI or any related topic you can send me an email at I will try to respond.

Otherwise, this blog is now a legacy site, meaning that I am not updating it any longer. The basic information about LI is still sound. However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.

In addition, my old website, Planet Lactose, has been taken down because of the age of the information. Unfortunately, that means links to the site on this blog will no longer work.

For quick offline reference, you can purchase Planet Lactose: The Best of the Blog as an ebook on or Almost 100,000 words on LI, allergies, milk products, milk-free products, and the genetics of intolerance, along with large helpings of the weirdness that is the Net.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Probiotic Use Up

Did you know that the National Institutes of Health had an Office of Dietary Supplements? Neither did I. But it's full of useful info.

And it even does studies of supplement use among Americans.

At least I think it does. Somebody must have done the study that Gloria Payne of the Murfreesboro Daily News reported on in her article Exploring trends, demographics, safety issues with herbs. Amazingly, she never actually says. Maybe it's because she doesn't want to mention that the study dates back to 2004. The proper citation is S Gunther, R Patterson, A Kristal, et al. "Demographic and health-related correlates of herbal and specialty supplement use." Journal of the American Dietetic Association 104:27-34 (January 2004).

Anyway, the breaking news - taken from self-reporting diaries all the way back in 2000-2002 - is that people with lactose intolerance take acidophilus pills to help with their symptoms. This is good news, although there's no hint of how many people do this. All I can glean from her article is that women are more likely to take supplements overall (36% of women vs 29% of men).

Ah well, at least I got a good reference web site out of it.

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