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 However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.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

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Submit Comments on Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Every five years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must revise its dietary guidelines. These get more controversial each time as more and more special interest groups chime in demanding that the government protect or promote their interests and more and more special interest groups put in their two cents demanding that the government stay out of their business. Somewhere in between are you, who are probably represented by one or more of those groups who you know it - or like it - or not.

But you get a say in the whole process. You can submit comments just like any well-funded outfit with a squadron of lobbyists.

Written comments can be submitted at or mailed to Carole Davis, Co-Executive Secretary, Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Room 1034, Alexandria, VA 22302.

To provide oral testimony at the July 8 public meeting, you must register by going to or by calling Crystal Tyler at (202) 314-4701 prior to 5 p.m. EDT on June 30. The meeting will be held in the Jefferson Auditorium in the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue, S.W., on July 8 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending not later than 5:00 p.m.

Just so you know exactly what you're commenting on, the entire report is available online as a series of pdf's. Go to this page for the report, plus appendices and special supplemental information.

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