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 However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse Has Moved

I set up Steve Carper's Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse way back in 1997. The site was as primitive as a site could be. The connection was primitive too, CompuServe's Ourworld Homepages.

The site grew a tiny bit more sophisticated as I learned better html. It's still basic, but I hope readable. I've had compliments on how clear and straightforward it is. No flash animation to navigate, no babbling videos, no tricky links.

In a sign of how the web has changed, CompuServe is dropping support of hosted webpages entirely. As of June 30, the site will be gone forever.

The site will live on. I've moved it to my own domain. Every page on lactose intolerance can now be found at

The only change is that my science fiction pages now have their own section,

The URLs of the individual pages have also changed in another way. CompuServe still limited file names to 8 characters, just as if the clock had never ticked over from 1997. I've put the full page name into each URL. For example, the Milk-Free Bookstore is now The Product Clearinghouse is now And so forth.

Those of you who have bookmarked any pages in the past will have to change those bookmarks now. Because the CompuServe service is being discontinued I can't even redirect you from the old pages to the new.

However, I moved the Links section here on the blog to the top of the left hand column. Those have the new links in them. From them you can go to any part of the Clearinghouse that you want.

The new site is completely up and running. Well, I say completely, but there may be a bug or two in the links. With over 100 pages, way more than 1000 page links had to be changed. I'll be clicking on links to doublecheck for any errors, but if you find any please let me know.

You can leave a comment here. Or you can still do that at my old CompuServe email address, That hasn't changed and it's not going anywhere. Yet. Who knows what changes the future will bring?

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