to Ultra-Fractionated Colostrum
by Helen E. Watt, MD, MPH
Colostrum is the first secretion produced by all mammals for the
feeding of their newborns. Unlike mature or ‘late' milk, colostrum is
only produced by the mammary glands for the first 48 to 60 hours
following delivery. Colostrum is a thick, nutrient-dense liquid that is
rich in immunologically active compounds, including growth factors, immunoglobulins, and cytokines. Together, with an assortment of enzymes,
proteins, and peptides, these colostral agents play a critical role in
the health and survival of the newborn.
Prior to birth, the fetus is totally dependent on its mother for
protection from infection: the mother's placenta filters out most
infectious agents and her liver and kidneys protect the developing child
from toxins. The placenta also filters most antibodies before they can
transfer to the baby. The result is that, following partition (birth),
the newborn essentially enters the world unprotected. The baby's liver
is new to detoxification, and the lack of prior direct exposure to
allergens and other agents of disease results in the infant coming into
the world with an immature immune system.
Protection is made possible, however, by the transference of
immunoglobulins and cytokines contained in colostrum (passive immunity)
and (to a much lesser extent) the later milk.
The recent popularity of encapsulated powdered colostrum as a
nutritional supplement has come about in large part because of the
complications resulting from the overuse of antibiotics. Such overuse
results in the development of resistance to the antibiotics and
overgrowth of the very "bugs" the antibiotics were developed to
counteract. Use of colostrum has been shown to shorten the course of
viral infections, speed wound healing, alleviate diarrhea (even from
fungal and protozoan pathogens), improve the body's response to
bacterial toxins,1 enhance bone formation, and activate macrophages in
neonates, the elderly and others who may be suffering from
immuno-depression.2 Colostrum has even prevented damage to the stomach
lining caused by aspirin and NSAIDS like Motrin and Advil.3
The finding that reduced peptides maintain their biological activity led
to the development of an ultra-fractionated colostral whey product
called ImmuneSource. ImmuneSource is a processed liquid derived from the
ultra-fractionation of organic bovine colostrum. This novel supplement
differs in composition from colostrum in that it has no component
heavier than a molecular weight of 50,000 Daltons (50kD). ImmuneSource
has been found to be effective in treating viral and bacterial
infections, allergies, and wounds of various origins, as well as chronic
autoimmune disease, diarrhea, and other disease states.
ImmuneSource Safe for Those with Milk Allergies
The small volume of proteins (3mg/ml) and the small amount of lactose
(30mg/ml) in ImmuneSource reduces the potential for milk sensitivity
essentially to zero in those who are allergic to milk. Furthermore,
Lefranc, et. al. found that the cause of milk allergies was due to the
IgG component in 36% of the patients tested. Thus, the potential for
allergic reactions to ImmuneSource is further allayed by the fact that
there is no IgG in the formula.4
Personal Experience with ImmuneSource
The remainder of this article relates to my personal experience and that
of my patients with this most amazing product. I now use ImmuneSource as
the antiviral treatment of choice for such problems as fever blisters of
the lips, canker sores, herpes stomatis, myringitis, shingles (herpes
zoster) and "pink eye." Other skin conditions that respond well to
ImmuneSource include acne and rosacea.
have my patients apply ImmuneSource topically as well as sublingually
(SL). I suggest they place one tsp. under the tongue and/or swish in
mouth for five minutes and then swallow it, four times daily. Also, I
suggest they apply a small amount to the affected area of the skin or
lip by tapping it until it dries. For unknown reasons, rubbing does not
elicit the same speed of response.
For eye or ear infections, I recommend five to eight drops in the ear
canal, or two drops in the affected eye. Swimmer's ear, due to bacteria,
fungus or both, is treated by application of ImmuneSource into the ear
canal. Gentle "tragal pumping" (i.e., pushing on the small piece of
cartilage at the front of the ear) can result in rapid healing within 24
hours. Sore throats are treated with one tsp. SL for 5 minutes with
intermittent gargling for several minutes, four times a day.
Diabetic skin ulcers of the lower leg or foot need cleaning with soap
and water, thorough drying, then application, by tapping ImmuneSource
onto the ulcer. Let it air dry. Do this as often as necessary to keep
the wound from weeping and crusting. Any debridement of scabs and dead
tissue will still be needed.
Early rashes of most any origin will be treated topically and SL. Poison
ivy rash responds dramatically. However, be careful not to spread the
vesicular serum while tapping it on.
baby who was allergic to his mother's own breast milk was desperately
clawing at his rashes and getting more irritable by the second, until
the placement of ImmuneSource into his mouth, one cc at a time, and
tapping it on all of the rashes. The infant calmed down and the rash
disappeared within three minutes.
Cuts, abrasions, and puncture wounds also heal quickly after appropriate
antiseptic cleansing, air-dry, then tapping ImmuneSource on, or by
pouring it into the puncture site. Even intraoral traumatic wounds
respond quickly to this fractionate of colostrum. For example, one
8-month-old female snagged a small banana hair clip onto the superior
pole of the right tonsil (Ouch!). It was removed by the babysitter, but
left a tear in the soft palate. The baby cried incessantly for the 5
hours it took before her working parents brought her in. She refused to
eat or drink anything, due to the pain. ImmuneSource was placed into her
mouth, which she promptly gargled to prevent swallowing. Within one
minute, she stopped crying. I asked the parents to continue the
ImmuneSource, one cc at a time, until five cc had been given. This was
followed four times a day for one to two days (we wanted to have it kept
around the mouth, and she was feeling well enough to swallow it after
the first dose.)
Diarrhea is also very responsive to ImmuneSource. In third world
countries, where mothers often bring in their infants comatose secondary
to dehydration and hypovolemia, just pouring ImmuneSource into the
child's mouth can often cause cessation of the diarrhea.
For other infectious diseases like acute bronchitis and sinusitis, I
recommend one teaspoon sublingually, four times daily. For those rare
individuals for whom swallowing ImmuneSource causes nausea, I recommend
it be used sublingually for five minutes, and then spit out. As with any
regimen, the sooner one begins the dosing, the more quickly the return
to health. Depending on the severity of the infection, I also sometimes
recommend other adjunctive immune-stimulating/anti-infective
supplements, such as several grams of Vitamin C, garlic, Mild Silver
Protein, or Thymic Protein A.
Other Uses of ImmuneSource
To decrease bleeding during surgery and to lessen edema and speed
healing, I use ImmuneSource before and after operations. It also seems
to diminish pain, and scars are greatly improved in appearance. The
severity of backaches and joint pains also often diminish when
ImmuneSource is used sublingually five to six times a day. Appropriate
measures must be taken to relieve the concerned areas of their original
traumatic causes. Traumatic tendonitis and bursitis, and pulled
ligaments also are greatly helped by the sublingual use of ImmuneSource.
ImmuneSource is a powerful therapeutic substance for a number of
conditions. It appears to induce a more powerful immune response by the
body than colostrum. This is not only because of the relatively higher
amounts of growth factors, cytokines, and immune modulators contained in
ImmuneSource, but also because of the smaller molecular sizes of these
components, resulting in greater bioavailability, faster absorption, and
more complete response.
source of nutrients and supplements.
did we qualify them ?
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W, Goodlad RA, Marchbank T. Bovine colostrum is a health food supplement
which prevents NSAID induced gut damage. Gut 1999 May; 44(5):653-8.
4. Lefranc MC, Vercaigne MD, Wal JM, Lepretre A, Peltre G, Dhulster P,
Guillochon D. Comparison of the IgE titers to bovine colostral G
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