Betsy ~ I decided to live milk-free on the advice of my nurse practitioner after complaining of unrelieved sinus/ear/nasal stuffiness and vertigo. Right away I felt better, and do not wake up with a sinus headache every day anymore. In fact, I feel better in ways I did not know I felt bad, if that makes sense! No more achiness, feeling bloated, dark circles under my eyes, more energy, better sleep.
In addition, I have battled outrageously high triglycerides for 15 years. Other cholesterol numbers acceptable, just high triglycerides. In May 2010 my total cholesterol was 121, my triglycerides were 303 (on medication). Yesterday, lab test results revealed total cholesterol 59, triglycerides 92!!! While I did add niacin to my regimen at the same time I went dairy-free, I believe that it is the elimination of all milk products/derivatives that did it. I went dairy-free cold turkey and have not looked back.
I do not miss it, and do not feel deprived. My husband is not dairy-free, but is very supportive and eats what I cook easily. He supports me, helping me read labels and menus, etc. Your website and book have been very helpful in this lifestyle change. Thank you.