The first milk or colostrum produced by a mammal for its offspring is crucial for its survival. Moreover, cow or bovine colostrum offers a potent remedy to millions afflicted with diseases and cancers.
Mammals evolved to breastfeed their young. Breastfeeding for humans is natural and critical to ensure essential nutrients, antibodies and immune system enhancers necessary for a healthy life.
Children who are breastfed have higher IQs and less neurological dysfunctions compared to children who are not breastfed.
Infants who are breastfed are one-fifth to one-third less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome.
And the more breast milk an infant receives during the first six months of their life, the less likely they are to suffer from the two most common and troublesome childhood disorders: diarrhea and/or ear infections.
Mother’s who breastfeed have significantly lower rates of developing breast-, ovarian-, and endometrial-cancers and osteoporosis.
During the first 24 to 36 hours of a child’s life colostrum triggers at least 50 developmental processes including strengthening immune factors, which are substances that help the body fight-off the invasion of bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and other disease causing organisms.
Colostrum also stimulates growth factors, which are compounds that promote healing by building, maintaining and repairing bone, muscle, nerves and cartilage. It also stimulates fat metabolism, regulates protein metabolism during fasting, maintains balanced blood sugar levels, controls brain chemicals responsible for moods and promotes healing. Growth factors are also important in the anti-aging process including reducing wrinkles and keeping skin younger-looking.
Colostrum, a thick, yellow substance is produced at the end of the female’s pregnancy and is passed by her mammary glands during the first 24 to 48 hours after giving birth. Humans produce small amounts of colostrum; a cow, on the other hand, produces about 34 liters during the first 36 hours after birthing.
Humans can safely consume bovine colostrum. The molecular structure of both the immune and growth factors in bovine colostrum is very similar to human colostrum.
In fact, for thousands of years Ayurvedic physicians in India have prescribed bovine colostrum for both physical and spiritual healing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta about 50 percent of the antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. for outpatients are unnecessary. As a result there are a growing number of drug-resistant bacteria that pharmaceutical drugs cannot treat.
Adults, children and infants can all benefit from bovine colostrum. It significantly enhances the human immune system therefore reducing the need for incorrectly prescribed antibiotics.
Colostrum contains powerful anti-oxidants that protect the human body from damage against free radicals. Free radicals are highly charged and unbalanced molecules that pair-up with other harmful molecules, damage DNA, create more free radicals and promote cancers, aging, heart disease and more than 60 other medical conditions.
Colostrum stimulates antibodies produced by the body in the intestinal tract at a site called Peyer’s patches and these prevent diseases on the mucosal membranes and in the circulatory system. In addition, colostrum promotes antibodies in the lungs.
Colostrum offers hope and relief for people suffering from auto-immune diseases like: alopecia areata, chronic fatigue syndrome, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia, hives, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, polymyalgia, rheumatica, Raynaud’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, ulcerative colitis and vasculitis.
Bovine colostrum has 10 to 20 times more immunoglobulin or antibodies compared to human colostrum. Human infants receive about half of their immunity from their mother through the placenta. Calves receive all of their initial immunity from colostrum, which explains why bovine colostrum is rich with immune factors.
Colostrum is also very high in lactoferrin an antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory protein, which defends the human body against candidiasis or yeast infections, cancers, herpes and other infections.
Colostrum contains cytokines which are chemicals involved in celluar communication, antiviral and anti-tumor activity. Cytokines are made up of substances called interleukins, which are extremely effective as an anti-inflammatory used to treat arthritis, other inflammatory disorders and some forms of cancers.
Colostrum also helps HIV/AIDS and cancer patients combat chronic diarrhea by healing their intestinal mucosa.
High-grade colostrum from free-range, non-pesticide, organic USDA (www.harvesthomeorganics.com) or New Zealand certified sources contains very small amounts of lactose, enabling lactose intolerant people the option of using this treatment.
Colostrum and wild oregano from Greece are two excellent examples of potent medicines used thousands of years ago. How many other ancient medicines are there awaiting rediscovery?
Dr. Reese Halter is a Los Angeles-based public speaker and conservation biologist; his upcoming book is entitled “The Incomparable Honey Bee,” Rocky Mountain Books. He can be reached through www.DrReese.com.