Hepatitis and Colostrum

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Colostrum and HepatitisDear consumer,

Your inquiry regarding the use of high quality bovine colostrum inassociation with hepatitis has been forwarded to me. I am a business and technology consultantwith extensive knowledge regarding the formation and composition of bovine colostrum and itshealth-related applications in humans and animals.

Colostrum is an amazing resource of substances necessary to support the development and repairof cells and tissues, to assure the effective and efficient metabolism of nutrients and maintain ahealthy immune system. This is not completely surprising when we consider that it is intendedfor consumption by a newborn calf that has received none of the substances in utero that will berequired for its proper development outside of the uterus and that its growth will occur at a veryrapid rate, creating a huge demand for energy. In addition, it is ideally suited for consumption byhumans since most of its biologically active components have essentially the same chemicalstructure as the same components found in humans.

You are quite correct that high quality bovine colostrum contains interferons and thatinterferons are the drug of choice for treating hepatitis C. However, most of the availablecommercial products are based upon genetically-engineered interferons, while those found inhigh quality bovine colostrum are naturally occurring.

You should also be aware that routinely supplementing your diet with high quality bovinecolostrum provides an additional benefit that is extremely helpful in this circumstance - itpromotes a healthy immune system and helps you to ward off invading pathogenicmicroorganisms. As we age, our immune system loses its ability to regulate itself efficiently,primarily because the thymus, a glandular structure in the upper chest that is considered the seatof the immune system, begins to shrink after puberty and almost disappears by the time we are50 years old. It has been shown that the thymus can be restored to normal function by thegrowth factors in colostrum. In addition, colostrum contains specific hormones, calledthymosins (A & B), that regulate the functions of the thymus and other substances, like prolinerichpeptide (PRP), that help to keep the immune system under control.

I personally do not know of any controlled scientific studies that have been conducted usingcolostrum to treat hepatitis C infections. However, routine use of a high quality bovine colostrumhas certainly helped many people, and its use makes logical sense, as I have detailed above.Complete colostrum contains both casein (a protein) and fat that are acted upon by an enzyme(rennin) in the stomach to produce a soft curd with the consistency of cottage cheese. The curdformation protects the active components from the acid environment and enzymes in thestomach, allowing them to pass into the small intestine and be absorbed into the body. Spacingout the doses over time allows for the absorption of more of the active components. If you weretaking the larger quantity at each dose, I suspect that your discomfort was due to the very largecurd formation in your stomach. In addition, you were limiting the quantity of active componentsthat could be absorbed per capsule ingested.

It is also very, very important to recognize that all colostrum products are not the same and,despite the claims made by their manufacturers, they do not all contain every beneficialcomponent at an optimum concentration and, in many cases, they have been manipulated andmay be missing some of the essential components. When choosing a colostrum product, youshould be certain that it is made from only first milking bovine colostrum collected within 6-8hours after birth of the calf and that the colostrum is "complete" and that none of the componentshave been removed, including the fat. I have personally been responsible for testing of severaldifferent brands of colostrum for human use and can attest that the results prove that the productsdistributed by Immune-Tree contain the highest quality complete bovine colostrum availabletoday.

I hope that this information is beneficial and answers your questions.

To your good health - always.


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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