Lactose Intolerance: Try this protocol!

Internet-savvy people diagnose themselves with lactose intolerance, and it would appear, often incorrectly. They give up dairy, the most absorbable form of calcium, and fail to replace the calcium. I have given diluted yogurt -in the form of a banana blueberry smoothie- to a young girl who was alleged to be lactose intolerant. She had progressively more of it for an entire week without a single problem. At the end of the week she was drinking the equivalent of more than a cup of yogurt (CBA, home-made, 24 hour culture).

This suggests the following protocol:

Gradually increase your intake of fibrous foods to prepare your system. Do not attempt to consume lactose-containing foods until you are having at least 15 grams of fiber per day and for at least one week.

Buy a commercial CBA (Casei, Bifidus, Acidophilus) yogurt or make your own, using 24 hour culture to reduce lactose.

Dilute an ounce of the yogurt three-fold with water.

Mix and drink about 4 ounces.

Do this for several days.

Then repeat with 8 ounce portions.

Do this for several days.

Then repeat with 12 ounce portions.

Do this for several days.

Then repeat with 16 ounce portions (containing 4 ounces of yogurt).

Eventually, you should be tolerating a full serving of 8 ounces of yogurt a day. Unfortunately, this yogurt contains only about 100 IU of vitamin D (if made from vitamin D-fortified milk). Best taken with 1,000-2,000 units of vitamin D. The full fat yogurt should aid in the absorption of the fat soluble vitamin D.

A small amount of gas is perfectly normal: yogurt is full of bacteria, and when yogurt is warmed from refrigerator temperatures to body temperatures, some of the bacteria produce gases from the sugars. But a lot of gas, and very quickly, suggests a problem with bacterial overgrowth of the stomach.

Thus, in general, if at any time, you feel an attack, stop. If the gas attack occurs within 15 minutes, see your doctor, as you may have bacterial overgrowth of the stomach. For example, certain bacterial species convert lactose molecules into molecules of galactose and glucose, and other bacteria convert the glucose molecule to butyric acid and four molecules of gas: two molecules of carbon dioxide gas and two molecules of hydrogen gas. When this occurs, it can be excruciatingly painful:

C6H12O6 -> C4H8O2 + 2 CO2 + 2 H2


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