Hi. Steve Carper here. Welcome to the Twelth Year of The Clearinghouse.
That's right. It all started in November 1997. I had recently published my second book on LI, Milk Is Not for Every Body: Living with Lactose Intolerance and I was looking for a way to keep it updated.
I created a few pages in Microsoft Word and posted them. About the only thing I can claim is that it got the bibliography and footnotes for the book up on the web where everybody could use them. Other than that it looked awful.
So I learned to code HTML. And I started adding sections. A listing of milk alternative products. Q and A's from the email I received. A bookstore.
And they grew and grew. I can't do anything halfway. If I'm going to post milk alternative products, then I want to list every national brand that existed plus all the contact information. Why bother otherwise? If I'm going to post books, then I'm going to search Amazon exhaustively until I hunt down every possible type of book that anyone coming to this site might need.
That's a lot of work, but I think it's worth it. Problem is, it's just as much work to do to keep it updated. And there's just me on the other side of the computer screen. Every word, every bit of coding you see here, every reply to every email, that's all me in my spare time.
So I've fallen behind. My apologies. But. (You knew there was going to be a "but," I hope.)
Here's the good news.
I started a blog, the Planet Lactose blog, to be exact. It's a hundred times easier to do a quick update of a blog than it is to create new pages - and all the links - here. Expect to see lots of new info there. And much more quickly, since this gives me a way to share the good stuff that comes my way that really doesn't fit into any of the corners of the Clearinghouse.
And blogs allow comments. You know you want to.
Remember, I call this site the Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse, Planet Lactose for fun. You send me information and I'll make it available for the whole world to see. I've received email from people in thirty countries on six continents.
Remember, too, that while my primary goal is to provide information for those who are LI, I have a huge amount of info for the many other groups who also need or desire to avoid dairy products: vegans; people with dairy protein allergies; Jews who try to keep kosher and Muslims who follow Halal principles; those with a huge variety of illnesses from celiac disease through galactosemia and more. Wherever possible, I distinguish between those who want to keep milk in their diets and those who want to keep milk out and make note of the products, books, and advice appropriate for each.
Below is a section by section breakdown of what you can find on my site. There are over 100 pages now, which means almost everything you need to know should be available.
If not, drop me a line at
SteveCarper@cs.com and I'll come up with the answer or even
create a new page for it.
Thanks for dropping by. And I hope you come back again, because there's always something new. Even when it's old and updated.