Immune Balance

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18 the doctors’ prescription for healthy living tennis star Venus Williams, who was recently diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, isn’t the first
woman to face a diagnosis involving an autoimmune condition. Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune
disease that is typically characterized by inflammation in the tear ducts and salivary glands.
Many people will have a very mild form and experience dryness of the eyes and mouth, fatigue, joint
pain and myalgias (or muscle pain). Many people will have that and nothing else. But a small proportion
of people will go on to have multi–organ system disease that behaves a little more like lupus
(another autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune cells start to attack healthy tissues,
particularly in the joints). Some of the commonest modern health challenges women face include
these and other autoimmune and immunodeficiency conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome,
rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. Perhaps it is a sign of our toxic polluted environment.
Perhaps it is diet and stress or our all too sterile environment—or all these factors. But one thing we now
know is that first-milking colostrum is a wonderful way to support your immune health—especially among
those facing such immune challenges.One of the reasons true first-milking colostrum
has been used so successfully by persons with immune system disorders is that it is a particularly rich
source of bioactive immune factors that intuitively act to either rev up or quiet down the immune system.
The many immune factors in first-milking colostrum work together to provide incredibly valuable
immune-support benefits.

First-milking colostrum provides immunoglobulins (A, D, E, G and M), which are some of the most
important to immune function. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) neutralizes toxins and microbes in the lymph
and circulatory system. Meanwhile, IgM destroys bacteria; IgE and IgD are highly antiviral. Lactoferrin,
also present in first-milking colostrum, is an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, iron-binding
protein with therapeutic effects in cancer, HIV, cytomegalovirus, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome,
Candida albicans and other infections. Many drug manufacturers have even tried to
isolate and synthesize individual immune factors found in colostrum, including interferon and gamma
globulin. But there is no question that for many
women, the whole intact immune complement as
found in first-milking colostrum is a more natural,
healthy way to support their health and well-being.

Help for Underactive or
overactive immUne SyStemS
First-milking colostrum may be used for both an underactive as well as an overactive immune system.
An overactive immune system has been implicated
in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis,
rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, asthma,
and allergies. An overactive immune system literally attacks the body’s own tissues as if they were
an enemy. (An underactive system is implicated in
increased risk for infectious conditions, cancer and
bacterially related heart disease.) Unfortunately, the
drugs doctors prescribe for overactive immune systems are sometimes so powerful that they reduce
the immune system to one that is now deficient, setting the state for cancer. Look at the warnings for
drugs used with rheumatoid arthritis, for example,
and an elevated cancer risk is one of the hazards
of their use.

Immune Balance

Colostrum, Women’s Best Friend
for Managing Immunodeficiency
and Autoimmunity the doctors’ prescription for healthy living 19

Colostrum6 and other colostrum
formulas are available at health food
stores, natural pharmacies and natural
lifestyle retailers. Call 877-295-1269
for more information.
Questions? Get the answers at
Unlike drugs, fi rst-milking colostrum benefi ts both conditions because it is more correctly
thought of as an immune system “normalizer” or
“modulator.” Its health-giving immune factors work
intuitively. The end result is immune balance.
This is thanks in part to quality fi rst-milking
colostrum being a rich source of an immunologically active normalizing hormone called proline-rich
polypeptide. Also known as PRP or colostrinine,
proline-rich polypeptide is a hormone that regulates
the thymus gland. In a 1979 study published in Immunology, it was shown that proline-rich polypeptide from colostrum could either stimulate or suppress the immune response.1

Proline-rich polypeptide causes the body’s immune cells to produce cytokines. Cytokines are
proteins that regulate the duration and intensity of the body’s immune response. They also are responsible
for cell-to-cell communication; boost Tcell activity; and stimulate the body’s production of

When it comes to overactive immune system
function, PRP “has been demonstrated to improve
or eliminate symptomology of both allergies and
autoimmune diseases (MS, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and myasthenia gravis),” notes Dr. Rona.
Proline-rich polypeptide “inhibits the overproduction of lymphocytes and T cells and reduces
the major symptoms of allergies and autoimmune
disease: pain, swelling and infl ammation.”
Help for lUpUS

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is one of the
most complex and vicious autoimmune diseases
and can attack almost any cell in the body. Once
one is diagnosed, the disease is usually controlled
based upon symptoms, most frequently using corticosteroids.
However, it can suddenly fulminate
and frequently is terminal based upon end-stage
renal disease that results from the formation of immune
complexes that block the kidneys. Patients
suffer from periodic outbursts of pain associated
with infl ammation in an organ and are frequently
lethargic with low energy due to an associated
hemolytic anemia.

Routine use of high-quality fi rst-milking colostrum can help. Besides PRP, colostrum is also rich
in thymosins and growth factors such insulin-like
growth factor I (IGF-I). Thymosin alpha and beta
chains are known to regulate the thymus, the seat
of the immune system. As we age, the effect of
these hormones substantially diminishes and the
thymus shrinks. Restoration of thymic control of the
immune system is very important in helping to control the immune system of SLE patients.
Help for mUltiple ScleroSiS

Previous virological and immunological studies
have suggested that multiple sclerosis (MS) is an
autoimmune disease triggered by a virus infection.
In a study published in 1984, a specially produced
colostrum was orally administered every morning
to 15 patients with MS at a daily dosage of
100 milliliters for 30 days.2

A measles-negative antibody control colostrum was orally
administered to fi ve patients. As a result,
among seven high-symptom patients, five
recipients improved and two remained unchanged.
Among eight low-symptom patients, five
patients improved and three remained unchanged.
Among those receiving the placebo, two patients
remained unchanged and three worsened. No
side effects were observed in colostrum recipients.
“These fi ndings suggest the effi cacy of orally administered
anti-measles colostrum in improving the
condition of MS patients.”tHe doctorS’ preScription
First-milking colostrum is obtained from dairy cows
within the fi rst six to eight hours. This is important to
know. True fi rst-milking colostrum is produced just
before the actual birth of the calf and can only be collected
for a short period of time, without being diluted
by the subsequent production of milk. At the time of
birth, potency is at its peak. The active elements such
as immune factors, growth factors, antioxidants and
anti-infl ammatory agents are at their highest concentrations.
However, in less than 12 hours, the concentration of these components is only half of what it
was at the time of birth. What this means is that the
sooner the colostrum is collected, the less diluted
it is with milk, and the greater the concentration of
benefi cial factors. “At Immune Tree, we collect colostrum once,” notes Dr. Anthony Kleinsmith, one of
the world’s leading colostrum experts. “Our product is comprised only of fi rst-milking colostrum. It is
never diluted with transitional milk—never adulterated—never fractionated.”
First-milking colostrum comes in capsules,

powder, chewables and lozenges. The usual dosage is six capsules or chewables daily. If using
powder, take ½ teaspoon twice daily with water.
First-milking colostrum is widely available at natural
health centers nationwide. To learn more call Immune Tree Inc. at 877-295-1269 or visit the website
at ■

1. Wieczorek Z, Zimecki M, Janusz M, et al.
Proline-rich polypeptide from ovine colostrum: its effect on skin permeability and on
the immune response. Immunology, 1979
April; 36(4): 875–881
2. Ebina T, Sato A, Umezu K, et al. Treatment
of multiple sclerosis with anti-measles
cow colostrum. Med Microbiol Immunol,

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