HTH Worldwide’s COO is in France today and just sent me an urgent email from his BlackBerry.  His daughter needs Lactaid®, but they can’t find it anywhere.  It would seem that a country that is the world’s largest exporter, the third largest producer and, most importantly, the second largest consumer of cheese would have discovered the benefits of Lactaid®, a dietary supplement that contains a natural lactase enzyme that helps you break down lactose. 

From my research, Lactaid® is only available in the U.S. and Canada.  There is a great forum discussion that took place in 2005 on Wordreference.com on the subject.  It talks about the history of Europe and dairy farming, lactose facts (there is more in milk and ice cream, less in cheese, especially hard cheeses), lactose intolerance levels in different geographic regions and even the availability of public restrooms in Paris.  For a much more scientific background, check out the Wikipedia lactose intolerance page.

I am now more aware than ever of lactose intolerance and even learned that February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month.  I will try not to miss the exciting events next year (things like “Be kind to your bloated, uncomfortable, and sometimes odoriferous workmate” or “Promote a no-cone zone in your lunchroom”). 

If you have no tolerance for lactose, don’t leave the U.S. and Canada without your own supply of Lactaid!

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About The Author

Andrew Orr, Jr. serves as a Special Projects Director. Andy is responsible for taking the product development lead for certain large products being launched, including HTH Mobile and HTH Appointment Scheduling. Andy has an extensive entrepreneurial and technical background. He has served as HTH IT Director in the past as well as president of a number of entrepreneurial businesses. Andy earned his Master of Business Administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia and his Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University.

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