The following paper was written by Stephen R. Blake, DVM and
reprinted here with his permission. Dr. Stephen Blake presented this paper
to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Conference
in 2002. The paper is to familiarize you with the science behind bovine colostrum and why Dr. Blake calls it Nature's forgotten miracle. After
reading the article there is information on how to order the products and
how Dr. Blake uses them in his practice.
Bovine Colostrum, the
Stephen R. Blake, DVM
"The use of bovine colostrum as a nutritional supplement in medical
treatment dates back to thousands of years B.C. Ayurvedic doctors have used
it for physical and spiritual purposes for 6000 years. Bovine colostrum was
used in the United States, and all around the world, for immune problems,
prior to the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics. Countless scientific
studies and human clinical trials worldwide have proven bovine colostrum to
be safe and therapeutic.
Over the past two decades, researchers have shown that colostrum is one of
the most important nutritional supplements available for enhancing the
immune system and helping in tissue repair. My research has shown that
colostrum should be from a dairy, where there is no use of hormones,
antibiotics, nuclear contamination or pesticides. The preparation of the
colostrum is the second most important factor in selecting colostrum. It
should be prepared without freezing and excessive heat. It should be tested
for bioactivity, tested for the presence pesticides, antibiotics, BST, heavy
metals, low in fat and certified for human consumption, to insure that there
is no contamination. Pasture–fed herds are the preferred source of colostrum.
These herds produce colostrum that contains more beneficial enzymes, which
assist in the assimilation of the colostrum, and is a more diversified
The bovine only supplies colostrum to its young at birth, and there is no
placental transfer of antibodies. The human infant gets 60% of its antibody
protection via the placenta and 40% from the mother’s milk during the first
two day after birth. From my experience the Feline and Canine are more like
the human species, and can survive without colostrum. The studies that have
been done on humans show that children who are breast-fed have higher IQs
and less neurological dysfunction than children who are not breast-fed do.
Breast-fed babies are one-fifth to one-third less likely to die of SIDS.
Formula-fed infants are 10 to 15 times more likely to become hospitalized
when ill than breast-fed infants.
I have found that puppies and kittens that are not thriving respond within
days to supplementation with bovine colostrum fed four times per day, mixed
with water. I dose them at 1/8th tsp per feeding depending on the size of
the newborn. Once they are stable, I reduce the frequency to once per day
and the amount to 1/3 tsp up to 25 pounds per body weight when I believe
that colostrum from their mothers is not adequate or not being utilized by
In the mid-1980 ‘s, when children were being diagnosed with diarrhea caused
by rotavirus, bovine colostrum was successfully used to treat these
children. Later studies showed that it protects children and adults against
infectious diarrhea and diarrheas caused by the Cryptosporidium, especially
in people who have weaken immune systems. I have seen the same thing in dogs
and cats with chronic or acute diarrhea and immune deficiencies.
The fact that bovine colostrum is not species specific means that it can be
used in all mammals. I have also used it in birds with good results. Over
the past two and one half years I have used it extensively in my general
practice. I have found it is complementary to homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach
Flowers, glandular therapy, Aromatherapy, massage and nutrition. All of
these modalities have benefited from bovine colostrum, in one way or
another. I have found that colostrum to be the best topical agent for
healing any possible wound in half the time any other products I have used
over the past 28 years. The colostrum contains IgF (Epithelial growth
Factors), IgF (Insulin-like Growth Factor), Transfer Factor, IgG (20 times
that in human milk), PRP, etc. Research over the past few decades has
revealed that bovine colostrum contains more than 80(some estimate 250)
Insulinlike growth factors (IGFs) comprise the majority of the growth
factors found in colostrum. IGFs act as endocrine, autocrine and paracrine
hormones enhancing cellular glucose uptake, and enhance synthesis of
proteins, DNA, RNA and lipids. Without adequate EGFs, the body cannot repair
damaged cells, no matter how good the patient is being fed. Epithelial
growth Factors (EGF) help regulate the development of the epidermis, mammary
glands and gastrointestinal tract. Lactoferrin is another component of
colostrum, which inhibits the growth of pathogenic organisms including
Escherichia coli, Salmonella ryphimurium, Shigella dysenteria, Listeria
monocytogense, Streptococcus mutans, Bacillus subtilus and Giardia lamblia.
IgG1 and IgG2 are found in large amounts in colostrum. Research has shown
that gastrointestinal transfer of immunoglobulins decreases as the animal
ages, research has shown older animals can absorb immunoglobulins but need
larger amounts to be effective. Colostrum has been shown to be effective in
treating Helicobacter pylori. The H. pylori require the organism to bind
with a lipid component of the gastric mucosa. Researchers found bovine
colostrum prevents the organism from attaching to lipid binding sites in the
gastrointestinal tract and by doing so, prevents ulceration from occurring.
Many anecdotal reports on colostrum show that it can be used to treat
allergies, cancer, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, poor wound healing,
hepatitis C, bacterial and viral infections, multiple sclerosis, obesity and
peptic ulcers. One study in rats showed that it reduced ulceration secondary
to NSAID administration by 60%. The authors suggested that colostrum might
be useful in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease
and chemotherapy-induced mucositis. I have seen it cure lactose-intolerant
individuals both human and animals alike.
This balance of growth factors, enzymes, immune factors, hormones,
micronutrients, etc is the reason it has such a potential for healing. My
feel is that the intrinsic factor of the combined balance of all of these
factors is an integral part of why it is Life’s first Food. Dr. Royal Lee
said it best."The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Single
synthetic fractions used to imitate the whole substance cannot equal
Nature's own concentration of nutritional factors.” For this reason I
believe that safety factors are built into colostrum as long as you keep it
in its natural state.
A fascinating fact about colostrum is that it contains polyproline-rich
peptides, which are a regulator for the thymus gland of the body. It
establishes homeostasis in the thymus gland, by regulating an under active
or over active thymus. The research on the growth factors in colostrum has
shown that salivary amylase and HCL in the stomach potentiate their activity
I have observed the same thing in animals as well in myself. For that
reason, I advise my client to feed it free choice, in powder form, at least
30 minute’s or longer before feeding. I suggest once per day, first thing in
the morning. If the patient does not wish to take it free choice, I advise
adding it to the meal.
Palatability in the canine has been 100% and 90% in the feline. Many of my
clients prefer the capsules or the tablets for the convenience of the
dispensing, and empty the quantity they need out of each capsule. Colostrum
has a very specific effect on the gastrointestinal tract and I have found
that it improves the integrity of the intestinal mucosa better than any
product I have ever used. The addition of Beta Lipids enhances the
solubility and absorption of the colostrum.
It facilitates the balancing of the intestinal flora, stabilizes the immune
status of the gut and aids in digestion and for motility of the bowels.
Since 70% of the gamma globulin come from Pyres patches in the intestinal
tract, and 90% of all toxins, bacteria, virus and fungi enter the body
though the gut, it only makes sense that we should concentrate our effort in
this organ system.
My rule of thumb is that all sick animals go on colostrum and especially
chronic ones. Due to the growth factors in the colostrum it will increase
the healing response by 50% or more, than with out it. Due to the drop in
growth factors with aging, all of my geriatric cases go on colostrum and the
owners 99% of the time comment on how much more energy the old guys and gals
have. My conclusion is that many of our animals are deficient in the
enzymes, growth factors, and immunologic components, necessary for them to
respond to the homeopathic remedy in an optimum way. I have found similar
situation in cases utilizing other modalities, such as acupuncture,
chiropractic, nutrition, Bach flower and Aromatherapy. The point that I am
trying to make, is that bovine colostrum will compliment any modality you
are using, and with confidence that it will do no harm.
For hypersensitive patients, I start them out on a pinch of colostrum to
make sure they do not over react to the healing potential of the colostrum.
Once they are on it and not over reacting, I start increasing the amount
gradually to a dose of 1/3 tsp per 25 pounds of body wt per day. For 99% of
the cases, I start them on 1/3 tsp per 25 pounds of body weight once per
day. I always tell the client to give the colostrum at least one month to
evaluate its effect. I have had patients that respond in one day and some
may take several months. My personal experience was immediate for my acute
problem and 2 years for a 20-year-old chronic problem.
My experience thus far, has shown that a pet’s need for any particular
supplement can be reduced or eliminated, once they have been on colostrum.
This is probably due to the increase in the absorption of substances from
the gut, better efficiency of tissue repair from the growth factors, and a
healthier immune system from the immunoglobulins and immune factors provided
by the colostrum.
Bovine Colostrum is by far the most exciting discovery I have made in the
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