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Do you know if your mother drank milk or ate dairy products when she was pregnant with you? My mother did not and I wonder if there is some corellation between that and being lactose intolerant. Maybe I never developed a tolerance for dairy because of that??? Just a thought.
 
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Lactose intolerance has to do with the decrease in production of the enzyme lactase in your body. (lactase breaks down lactose for digestion) Most people have large amounts of this enzyme when they are babies, but produce less and less of it as they age. This makes it harder to digest lactose and eventually impossible, causing bloating, gas, etc. I don't think that your mom's not drinking milk caused your lactose intolerance, although lactose intolerance is genetically liked to race (ie, Asians and African-Americans tend to have a higher prevelance than Caucasians). From what I know, it's more individual-did you drink milk as a child? If you did not, then your body would automatically produce less of the enzyme since it wasn't needed. If you eliminate dairy for a while (even if you aren't lactose intolerant) and then try to go back to eating it again, you will most likely be intolerant since your body has stopped producing the enzyme. Just my thoughts- I am not a doctor but a Registered Dietitian.Stacey
 
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Lactose intolerance has to do with the decrease in production of the enzyme lactase in your body. (lactase breaks down lactose for digestion) Most people have large amounts of this enzyme when they are babies, but produce less and less of it as they age. This makes it harder to digest lactose and eventually impossible, causing bloating, gas, etc. I don't think that your mom's not drinking milk caused your lactose intolerance, although lactose intolerance is genetically liked to race (ie, Asians and African-Americans tend to have a higher prevelance than Caucasians). From what I know, it's more individual-did you drink milk as a child? If you did not, then your body would automatically produce less of the enzyme since it wasn't needed. If you eliminate dairy for a while (even if you aren't lactose intolerant) and then try to go back to eating it again, you will most likely be intolerant since your body has stopped producing the enzyme. Just my thoughts- I am not a doctor but a Registered Dietitian.Stacey
 

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Nothing your mother ate or drank will effect how your lactase gene works.There is no mechanism for the behavior of the parent to influence the genetics of the child. Well other than exposing yourself to mutagens.If you are going to stop producing lactase that is independant of the behavior of the mother.That she didn't drink milk when she was pregnant may be an indication that she was intolerant of it and passed those genes on to you, but her behavior did not influence your lactase gene.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.
 

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Nothing your mother ate or drank will effect how your lactase gene works.There is no mechanism for the behavior of the parent to influence the genetics of the child. Well other than exposing yourself to mutagens.If you are going to stop producing lactase that is independant of the behavior of the mother.That she didn't drink milk when she was pregnant may be an indication that she was intolerant of it and passed those genes on to you, but her behavior did not influence your lactase gene.K.------------------�When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall�Think of it, ALWAYS. �Mahatma GandhiMy story and what worked for me in greatly easing my IBS: http://www.ibsgroup.org/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000015.html I do not work for anyone who sells any IBS related products.
 

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quote:Maybe I never developed a tolerance for dairy because of that???
How do you know you don't have a tolerance for it? Many who believe they cannot digest lactose do so fine. Moreover, most who are intolerant actually are tolerant to normally consumed volumes of dairy. ------------------I am not a doctor, nor do I work for profit in the medical/pharmacological field, but I have read scientific and medical texts, and have access to numerous sources of medical information that are not readily available to others. One should always consult a medical professional regarding advice received.
 

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quote:Maybe I never developed a tolerance for dairy because of that???
How do you know you don't have a tolerance for it? Many who believe they cannot digest lactose do so fine. Moreover, most who are intolerant actually are tolerant to normally consumed volumes of dairy. ------------------I am not a doctor, nor do I work for profit in the medical/pharmacological field, but I have read scientific and medical texts, and have access to numerous sources of medical information that are not readily available to others. One should always consult a medical professional regarding advice received.
 

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In a nutshell, mammals are not designed to consume dairy products past the time of infancy. Think wolf, elephant, whale, dog...Caucasians of Western European decent are also in the group of people who traditionally have a hard time consuming dairy products.I don't agree with the statement about drinking milk as a child. I consumed a TON of dairy products as a child and didn't have a problem whatsoever. But once puberty hit, everything changed. Personally I believe that with the hormonal shift of onset of puberty has something to do with the onset of IBS. (Flux, you aren't required to disagree with this.)There have been some studies of lactose intolerant people increasing their tolerance. The theory claims that after infancy everyone is lactase persistent to some degree - everyone can have just a little bit of, let's say, milk. If that person slowly increases the amount of milk over a period of time, the body with increase the lactase enzyme production to accomodate the need. Personally, I'm not willing to test it since A. I consumed gallons of milk with no problems until age 10 andB. I've already spent too many years in the bathroomSteve Carper's book "Milk is Not for Every Body" has a lot of good information about lactose intolerance. There's also a website you can read for the latest information.Oh yeah, by the way... After 20+ years of severe diarrhea, gas, and pain, last November I found relief with 300 mg of calcium with every meal. No more IBS. : )Good luck!
 

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In a nutshell, mammals are not designed to consume dairy products past the time of infancy. Think wolf, elephant, whale, dog...Caucasians of Western European decent are also in the group of people who traditionally have a hard time consuming dairy products.I don't agree with the statement about drinking milk as a child. I consumed a TON of dairy products as a child and didn't have a problem whatsoever. But once puberty hit, everything changed. Personally I believe that with the hormonal shift of onset of puberty has something to do with the onset of IBS. (Flux, you aren't required to disagree with this.)There have been some studies of lactose intolerant people increasing their tolerance. The theory claims that after infancy everyone is lactase persistent to some degree - everyone can have just a little bit of, let's say, milk. If that person slowly increases the amount of milk over a period of time, the body with increase the lactase enzyme production to accomodate the need. Personally, I'm not willing to test it since A. I consumed gallons of milk with no problems until age 10 andB. I've already spent too many years in the bathroomSteve Carper's book "Milk is Not for Every Body" has a lot of good information about lactose intolerance. There's also a website you can read for the latest information.Oh yeah, by the way... After 20+ years of severe diarrhea, gas, and pain, last November I found relief with 300 mg of calcium with every meal. No more IBS. : )Good luck!
 

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I've never classified myself as lactose intolerant, since my primary reaction to it is nausea. I have never had any "pure" milk since I was two, although I did eat a lot of ice cream and cheese when I was younger. I never have liked milk or anything "milky" tasting, especially in a liquid or water-based form. (It might as well be "milk of magnesia") It just makes me gag!
 

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I've never classified myself as lactose intolerant, since my primary reaction to it is nausea. I have never had any "pure" milk since I was two, although I did eat a lot of ice cream and cheese when I was younger. I never have liked milk or anything "milky" tasting, especially in a liquid or water-based form. (It might as well be "milk of magnesia") It just makes me gag!
 

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quote:In a nutshell, mammals are not designed to consume dairy products past the time of infancy. Think wolf, elephant, whale, dog...
Who made this up?
quote:Caucasians of Western European decent are also in the group of people who traditionally have a hard time consuming dairy products.
Americans clearly do not. Western Europeans probably have not been tested thoroughly to know if this is true.
quote:personally I believe that with the hormonal shift of onset of puberty has something to do with the onset of IBS. (Flux, you aren't required to disagree with this.)
But I do
quote: the body with increase the lactase enzyme production to accomodate the need. Personally, I'm not willing to test it since
No, the theory is that the colon adjusts to it.
quote:Steve Carper's book "Milk is Not for Every Body" has a lot of good information about lactose intolerance. There's also a website you can read for the latest information.
It's about four years out of date.------------------I am not a doctor, nor do I work for profit in the medical/pharmacological field, but I have read scientific and medical texts, and have access to numerous sources of medical information that are not readily available to others. One should always consult a medical professional regarding advice received.[This message has been edited by flux (edited 09-16-2001).]
 

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quote:In a nutshell, mammals are not designed to consume dairy products past the time of infancy. Think wolf, elephant, whale, dog...
Who made this up?
quote:Caucasians of Western European decent are also in the group of people who traditionally have a hard time consuming dairy products.
Americans clearly do not. Western Europeans probably have not been tested thoroughly to know if this is true.
quote:personally I believe that with the hormonal shift of onset of puberty has something to do with the onset of IBS. (Flux, you aren't required to disagree with this.)
But I do
quote: the body with increase the lactase enzyme production to accomodate the need. Personally, I'm not willing to test it since
No, the theory is that the colon adjusts to it.
quote:Steve Carper's book "Milk is Not for Every Body" has a lot of good information about lactose intolerance. There's also a website you can read for the latest information.
It's about four years out of date.------------------I am not a doctor, nor do I work for profit in the medical/pharmacological field, but I have read scientific and medical texts, and have access to numerous sources of medical information that are not readily available to others. One should always consult a medical professional regarding advice received.[This message has been edited by flux (edited 09-16-2001).]
 

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I wouldn't say I'm Lactose Intolerant. Milk by itself can cause me problems if I drink it straight, and a lot of it. But I am able to eat certain amounts of cheese and ice cream. I can even have milk in cereal. It's when I drink a lot of it, it causes problems. How do I know this?? Well I drink some and become sick! DUH! My Mother drank a lot of milk and ate a lot of dairy while pregnant with me. So I really don't think that plays a factor. Others in my family have had many problems with drinking milk as well.[This message has been edited by Homebound (edited 09-16-2001).]
 

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I wouldn't say I'm Lactose Intolerant. Milk by itself can cause me problems if I drink it straight, and a lot of it. But I am able to eat certain amounts of cheese and ice cream. I can even have milk in cereal. It's when I drink a lot of it, it causes problems. How do I know this?? Well I drink some and become sick! DUH! My Mother drank a lot of milk and ate a lot of dairy while pregnant with me. So I really don't think that plays a factor. Others in my family have had many problems with drinking milk as well.[This message has been edited by Homebound (edited 09-16-2001).]
 

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Another lactose intolerant thread!!My mother and sister are lactose intolerant, to what point exactly I don't know. For many years I felt bloated,gassy, pain and didn't make the connection that it may be because of lactose.My husband one day said why don't you stop dairy for a week and see how you do after. I tried it and the gas, pain etc. went away. I love dairy products so for me it was difficult but I stuck to it and the next day my symptoms had dissapeared. I still have ibs, get contractions in intestines when I'm stressed ect. still C I do take metamucil every day but can go for weeks now without pain,gas, as before I had extreme pain,bloating ect.constantly. I am half american indian so maybe that has something to do with it. My mother is pure Indian. I don't care if it is because of lactose or not, I'll I care about is that I am so much better when I avoid it.
 
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