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 However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.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, September 13, 2009

Running Toward a Cure to Galactosemia

Galactosemia is that very rare congenital disease in which lactose is successfully digested into glucose and galactose but the galactose is never metabolized into more glucose. Instead it remains in the bloodstream and can eventually cause liver failure. The only remedy is to place the child on a strict lactose-free diet for life.

One such child is Sarah Southard of Wichita Falls, TX, whose parents have started an annual fundraiser toward research called Sarah's Cure.

This year all proceeds from the Wise Tri Triathlon will go to Sarah's Cure. You can read about it in an article by Jessica Langdon in the Wichita Falls TimesRecordNews.

For more about Sarah's Cure and about galactosemia, check out Parents of Galactosemic Children, Inc. (PGC).

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