Psoriasis and Colostrum

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Colostrum and PsoriasisDear consumer,

Your inquiry regarding the use of high quality bovine colostrum inassociation with psoriasis and its possible relationship to leaky gut syndrome, has beenforwarded to me. I am a business and technology consultant with extensive knowledgeregarding the formation and composition of bovine colostrum and its health-related applicationsin humans and animals.

I have carefully searched the scientific literature and have not been able to find that there is anyreal relationship between leaky gut syndrome and psoriasis. Although both conditions have agenetic component and predisposition to either condition is usually inherited, they have nocommon denominator that would make it appear that they have a common underlying cause.As you may be well aware, leaky gut syndrome is a condition wherein the inside of the intestinesbecome very inflamed and unusually large spaces develop between the cells that make up theintestinal wall. This means that toxic substances, like bacteria, viruses, parasites and otherharmful substances can get through these holes, enter the bloodstream and get to other parts ofthe body.

In contrast, psoriasis is a chronic recurring skin disease characterized by whiteish-silver scalesthat form crusty lesions, usually on the elbows, knees, scalp and chest, although it can becomegeneralized and involve most of the skin on the body.

One common factor that I noted in my reading was the fact that leaky gut syndrome and theassociated inflammation of the intestinal lining can be triggered by a number of differentsubstances including corticosteroids (prednisone) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs likeaspirin and ibuprofen. Treatment with these drugs is common in patients who have periodicflareups of psoriasis and routine intake of corticosteroids has been used as a long-term means toattempt to control the disease. You should also be aware that bouts of leaky gut syndrome canalso be provoked by birth control pills, caffeine, alcohol and excessive intake of sugars.Therefore, if you are using any of the above and experiencing distress from these conditions, youshould definitely speak to your physician.

With regard to whether colostrum will help with these conditions. The answer is definitely yes.First, in leaky gut syndrome, protection against invading infectious bacteria, viruses andparasites via the gastrointestinal tract is severely compromised and the affected individual ismuch more susceptible to enteric infections. Dietary supplementation with high qualitycolostrum will provide antibodies and other substances that can attack these invaders and helpthe body destroy them before they can do any real damage. In addition, high quality colostrumcontains growth factors that will help to repair the damage to the intestinal wall.With respect to the psoriasis. This disease is autoimmune in nature wherein the affectedindividual's own immune system is attacking the body's own tissues, in this case the skin. Thisrepresents an immune system that is out of control and the best way to put things back into phasenaturally is via colostrum. As we age, our immune system loses its ability to regulate itselfefficiently, primarily because the thymus, a glandular structure in the upper chest that isconsidered the seat of the immune system, begins to shrink after puberty and almost disappearsby the time we are 50 years old. It has been shown that the thymus can be restored to normalfunction by the growth factors in colostrum. In addition, colostrum contains specific hormonesthat regulate the functions of the thymus and other substances that help to keep the immunesystem under control.

It is very, very important to recognize that all colostrum products are not the same and, despitethe claims made by their manufacturers, they do not all contain every beneficial component at anoptimum concentration and, in many cases, they have been manipulated and may be missingsome of the essential components. When choosing a colostrum product, you should be certainthat it is made from only first milking bovine colostrum collected within 8-10 hours after birth ofthe calf and that the colostrum is "complete" and that none of the components have beenremoved, including the fat.

To your good health - always,Sincerely,

Alfred E. Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Alfred E. Fox holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Microbiology (Immunochemistry)and has more than 25 years of senior management experience at Carter-Wallace, Baxter DadeDivision and Warner-Lambert, where he was responsible for research and development andregulatory affairs. He was also the founder and president of two biotechnology companiesfocused on agribusiness and environmental monitoring, respectively. For the past 15 years, Dr.Fox has been the President of Fox Associates, a business and technology consulting firm servingsmall- to mid-size companies in the human and animal healthcare fields. He focuses primarilyon marketing and regulatory issues and for the past 10 years has continuously consulted tobovine colostrum manufacturers, where he has gained regulatory approval for their products,been a technical advisor, helped design and develop marketing strategies and served as anexpert witness in legal matters.

To your good health - always.

Sincerely,

Alfred E. Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Alfred E. Fox holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Microbiology (Immunochemistry)and has more than 25 years of senior management experience at Carter-Wallace, Baxter DadeDivision and Warner-Lambert, where he was responsible for research and development andregulatory affairs. He was also the founder and president of two biotechnology companiesfocused on agribusiness and environmental monitoring, respectively. For the past 15 years, Dr.Fox has been the President of Fox Associates, a business and technology consulting firm servingsmall- to mid-size companies in the human and animal healthcare fields. He focuses primarilyon marketing and regulatory issues and for the past 10 years has continuously consulted tobovine colostrum manufacturers, where he has gained regulatory approval for their products,been a technical advisor, helped design and develop marketing strategies and served as anexpert witness in legal matters.

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