Boomer - I found this comment interesting -
JonathanGState College, PA
My wife spent her whole childhood drinking a glass of milk with each meal, and spent her whole childhood dealing with histamine-type reactions. As an adult, she did an elimination diet and found that she was much healthier (and happier) without dairy. When she re-introduced dairy to her diet, she tried lactose-free milk and found that she still experienced an allergic reaction. The problem wasn't the lactose.
Flash forward a few years. She and I had just moved to the UK. In our interim accommodations, we shared a kitchen and had very little space to store food. A convenient breakfast was yogurt, so my wife decided to do that until it started to affect her adversely. Gradually, she tried progressively larger portions, then started having cheese, too.
In the three years we lived in the UK, she never had any trouble with the dairy. Puzzled by this, we mentioned it to a friend who happens to be a large animal vet. Her first question to my wife: are you allergic to penicillin? Yes, strongly so. Life-threateningly so. Turns out, penicillin is widely used prophylactically in the US dairy industry, but not overseas. While the dairy industry claims that their antibiotics doesn't make it into the milk supply, there appears to be enough residue to trigger a milder form of my wife's allergies.
We now use either organic dairy or dairy from a local farm that only uses antibiotics when the cows are sick (and doesn't milk sick cows). My wife can finally tolerate american dairy.
July 8, 2012 at 12:53 p.m.
I'm still reading. Meant to say before that now when I do drink milk I drink it whole. Vary that with soy and almond milk and need to try coconut milk.