Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH, a physician with the American Academy of Pediatrics, wrote in his Sep. 2006 article "Lactose Intolerance In Infants, Children and Adolescents":

“Even among population groups with significant lactose intolerance, the importance of dietary dairy products has been stressed. For example, the National Medical Association recently recommended that black people consume 3 to 4 servings per day of low-fat milk, cheese, and/or yogurt and that lactose-free milk be used as an alternative for those who are intolerant of these other products to help reduce the risk of nutrient-related chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Treatment of lactose intolerance by elimination of milk and other dairy products is not usually necessary given newer approaches to lactose intolerance.”

Sep. 2006