[LMB] OT: husband’s “fun” in the ER
lmb at matija.com
Thu Oct 28 18:17:50 BST 2021
On 28/10/2021 16:53, Robert Woodward wrote:
> Back in the early 1960s, when we were living in Stratford, Ontario (the only time I have lived outside the USA), the local milk company was doing home deliveries with a horse-drawn wagon (IIRC, later in the 60s, the company had converted to small trucks). In our case, there was a compartment in the outside wall of the kitchen that had an outside door and an inside door and that’s where the milk was delivered.
When I was very young, and my mother started me on cow's milk (bought in
a shop), I was not able to take it - I would puke it right back out.
The doctor said that I must be lactose intolerant.
But my grandmother, who lived outside the city and still had milk
delivered, described my symptoms to her milkwoman. "Oh! I know what that
is!" the milkwoman said, and started delivering milk from one cow to my
Not a specific cow, but milk that was milked from one cow and not mixed
with milk from other cows. I could take that without a problem. And some
months later, my mother tried again with shop milk (which is multi-cow
by definition), and I was able to take it.
I have no idea why it worked, and I was too young at the time to insist
on a double blind test.
If I had to speculate today, I would speculate that "milk from single
cow" was treated more carefully than the "general" milk - a cleaner
pail? More careful sterilization? A cleaner/more carefully inspected
Again, that is speculation, not even a hypothesis. Sadly, my grandmother
is no longer around to ask her opinion, nor is the milkwoman who
delivered to her. But I still drink milk, and if I had been raised as
lactose intolerant, I couldn't. I owe my grandmother a lot.
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