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    If you are lactose intolerant, are there are any negative health consequences? I know that there are gas and loose stools, but is there any thing more serious beyond this?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I don't think so. I have never heard that there are.

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    • #3
      When I first became sensitive to dairy, it would make me throw up. It felt kinda like food poisoning. That subsided after a while, and now it's just the typical discomfort and all that other unpleasant stuff. It may depend on your level of intolerance.

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      • #4
        I have a mild level of intolerance. I don't get the digestive issues, just stuffed up sinuses and general puffiness (e.g.bags under the eyes).

        This isn't a problem for me if I stick with raw and/or fermented dairy products.

        That chronic low level inflammation, while not horribly painful, is probably not doing your body any favors in the long run.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          This isn't a problem for me if I stick with raw and/or fermented dairy products.
          I know that I do much worse with milk and cheese then yogurt and cream.

          I've never had raw. Are you saying that people who are lactose intolerant with pasteurized can be just fine with raw?

          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          That chronic low level inflammation, while not horribly painful, is probably not doing your body any favors in the long run.
          Good point.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Style View Post
            I know that I do much worse with milk and cheese then yogurt and cream.
            I've never had raw. Are you saying that people who are lactose intolerant with pasteurized can be just fine with raw?
            Yogurt is fermented so most of the lactose is gone. Cream has very little milk solids in it, mostly fat, so it works for a lot of people.

            About raw milk. If your problem is with the lactose, then drinking raw milk will fix it. Pasteurization kills the natural enzyme lactaze which is needed to digest lactose that is in milk straight out of the udder. (Lactaze is what is in those pills they have for lactose intolerant people.) If your intolerance problem is with the casein part of milk, however, raw dairy will not fix it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              I have a mild level of intolerance. I don't get the digestive issues, just stuffed up sinuses and general puffiness (e.g.bags under the eyes).

              This isn't a problem for me if I stick with raw and/or fermented dairy products.

              That chronic low level inflammation, while not horribly painful, is probably not doing your body any favors in the long run.
              I'd say that is more likely Milk Allergy (Beta Cassein proteins) and not the lactose, which is generally restricted to the GI symptoms, although the allergenic response does aggravate the lactose intolerance, as the body slows digestion in an attempt to break down the beta cassein better, this results in the lactose being retained longer with a higher likelihood of fermentation, hence bloating and gas etc.

              This is the whole deal with the A2 vs A1 milk, the A2 beta cassein is more easily broken down, hence reduced likelihood of lactose problems.
              "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                I have a mild level of intolerance. I don't get the digestive issues, just stuffed up sinuses and general puffiness (e.g.bags under the eyes).

                This isn't a problem for me if I stick with raw and/or fermented dairy products.

                That chronic low level inflammation, while not horribly painful, is probably not doing your body any favors in the long run.
                I'd say that is more likely Milk Allergy (Beta Cassein proteins) and not the lactose, which is generally restricted to the GI symptoms, although the allergenic response does aggravate the lactose intolerance, as the body slows digestion in an attempt to break down the beta cassein better, this results in the lactose being retained longer with a higher likelihood of fermentation, hence bloating and gas etc.

                This is the whole deal with the A2 vs A1 milk, the A2 beta cassein is more easily broken down, hence reduced likelihood of lactose problems.
                "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Omni View Post
                  I'd say that is more likely Milk Allergy (Beta Cassein proteins) and not the lactose, which is generally restricted to the GI symptoms, although the allergenic response does aggravate the lactose intolerance, as the body slows digestion in an attempt to break down the beta cassein better, this results in the lactose being retained longer with a higher likelihood of fermentation, hence bloating and gas etc.

                  This is the whole deal with the A2 vs A1 milk, the A2 beta cassein is more easily broken down, hence reduced likelihood of lactose problems.
                  I agree. This is why I do much better with goat milk that cow.

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                  • #10
                    Goats milk also has smaller more easily digested fat particles as well.
                    Infact just about any milk is better than cows milk.
                    "There are no short cuts to enlightenment, the journey is the destination, you have to walk this path alone"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                      About raw milk. If your problem is with the lactose, then drinking raw milk will fix it. Pasteurization kills the natural enzyme lactaze which is needed to digest lactose that is in milk straight out of the udder. (Lactaze is what is in those pills they have for lactose intolerant people.) If your intolerance problem is with the casein part of milk, however, raw dairy will not fix it.
                      Thanks. I didn't know that. Unfortunately raw milk is a pain in the ass to get in NC. I hate government.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Style View Post
                        Thanks. I didn't know that. Unfortunately raw milk is a pain in the ass to get in NC. I hate government.
                        Ah, yes, the downside to state's rights is that your state has the right to make stupid laws. Raw dairy is sold on supermarket shelves here.

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                        • #13
                          For myself I can digest a certain amount of lactose but definitely not yogurt or cottage cheese. I put a bit of cream in my coffee but If I start eating 2 or 3 slices of cheese then I start getting bloated and gassy.

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                          • #14
                            With cow milk my nose gets blocked and I have had lung problems for over 20 years, heavy coughing and shortness of breath. I had to take medication for several years to get enough lung capacity. This all stopped when I quit cowmilk and cheese, got plenty of air now. I also don't feel as cold as I used to don't know if that is a general primal food improvement or also the milk.

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                            • #15
                              I once dated a lady but had to break it off when I found out her feet were severely frost-bitten requiring amputations...I guess that makes me 'Lack-Toes Intolerant"

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