This post was published more than a few years ago (on 2003-03-26) and may contain inaccurate technical information, outmoded thoughts, or cringe takes. Proceed at your own risk.

A few of my colleages are exhibiting signs of the start of serious spring allergies, and I am reminded that I was once too a sufferer. That is, until a couple of years ago— I gave up drinking milk and having it in cereal. I still use it here and there for baking, but no liquid milk for the most part.

Turns out my allergy to a protien in cow milk called "casein" was irritating my immune system in such a way to amplify my allergy to tree and grass pollens. After a few months off milk, I really noticed the difference. I still have the occasional sneeze or slightly runny nose, but being off milk has gotten rid of 95% of the problem. 😀

Apparently sheep and goat milk has a different protein structure, and would be okay for me… but I'm not sure I want to tempt fate. Perhaps I'll look at using those for cooking, though. Any way I can try to remove more cow milk from my diet, the better.