THE COLOSTRUM REPORTER
Can Colostrum Assist AIDS Patients?
Colostrum stimulates and strengthens a weakened immune system and those who take it on
a regular basis, have a heightened ability to resist and fight infection, which is exactly what the
HIV-positive or AIDS patient needs.
Colostrum activates or "turns on" the immune system in the newborn and it can do the same
thing for the AIDS patient-or anyone, for that matter. It contains over 40 different immune
factors, which work in harmony to support a stronger defense
mechanism. This is so critical for the AIDS patient, who dies-not from HIV-but, rather, from
secondary infections which the immune system is no longer able to control.
One of the immune components in colostrum falls into a category called immunoglobulins.
These are "functional antibodies," ready to combat a host of bacterial pathogens. In this way,
colostrum can actually be a sort of secondary immune system for the AIDS patient.
Colostrum and colostral components can also be effective in reducing viral populations. A
1995 study conducted in the Netherlands indicated that the immune factor, lactoferrin, is one of
the best ways to reduce viral levels in the body. It inhibited HIV replication in certain body cells
and was able to completely
block cytomegalovirus infection. This same study concluded that bovine (cow) lactoferrin was
2.5 times more effective than human lactoferrin. Several other immune factors contained in
colostrum have been shown to have anti-viral activity as well. In fact, a 1990 study reported in
the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics identified a "non-specific virus-neutralizing activity" in non
Fights Wasting Syndrome
One of the most serious problems with AIDS is something called "wasting."
It is brought on by chronic diarrhea and results in a loss of vital nutrients and fluids. It also
depletes the supply of intestinal antibodies, leaving the patient even more vulnerable to
A 1992 study showed that out of 37 immuno-deficient patients with chronic diarrhea, 72
percent experienced significant improvement with the use of immunoglobulins from colostrum.
Another study stated that colostrum immunoglobulins have been able to treat diarrhea-causing
infections associated with AIDS, where no other treatment was effective.
Wasting occurs when the AIDS-infected body begins burning muscle for fuel. Here again,
colostrum can help. The growth factors, contained in colostrum, also play a big role in
supporting AIDS patients. Treatment with insulinlike growth actor-1 (IGF-1) and growth
hormone (GH), both contained in colostrum, produce an increase in muscle mass, preventing
the severe weight loss associated with wasting. If colostrum were used for no other reason
than to reduce the diarrhea-induced wasting and to prevent the loss of muscle mass, it would
greatly enhance quality of life for those who suffer from AIDS. However, in my experience,
colostrum can do so much more than this.
Volume 7, Number 6/ The Doctors' Prescription for Healthy Living 35
Prescription for Use of Colostrum by HIV & AIDS Patients
Work with your doctor should you begin to use colostrum and you are HIV positive or have
AIDS. We generally recommend that consumers use a traditional first-milking colostrum. The
best product that we know and recommend is Immune Tree first milking colostrum. We usually
recommend purchasing the largest bulk containers possible at health food stores because we
consider colostrum more like a food or food concentrate, rather than a dietary supplement to
be taken in pill form. Of course, Immune Tree colostrum products can also be purchased as
capsules and also in a product called Flex which should work well with HIV and AIDS patients.
In 1995, an article in Scientific American concluded that traditional disease fighting
methods were not effective in fighting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or
AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Instead, this author recommended
that we focus on finding ways of stimulating the immune system and reducing the
viral load. Colostrum can be very effective in both of these ways.
by Thomas E. Stone, N.D., C.N.H.P.
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