"Transfer Factor" Colostrum Hyperimmune Milk
by Karl Loren
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Here is a simple explanation
of what transfer factor is and how it works.
As you move along in life,
you bump into various germs, bacteria, viruses, fungus
particles and other assorted bad characters.
You "catch a cold" --
usually because some germ or virus has gotten into your body
and the body was not able to get rid of the germ before it
multiplied and gave you a runny nose and sniffles!
If you are in great healthy
shape, that bacteria may get inside somehow but your immune
system attacks the bug before the bug can even turn around.
The first time one of those
bugs comes in -- they can cause you to get sick. But, your
immune system is working hard to manufacturer "anti-germs" (also
"antibodies") that attack the bugs. It takes your
immune system quite a while to do that. In some cases it may
take 10 to 14 days to manufacture the new antibodies. Your
temperature may already be high because of the infection.
The Invading Bugs!
When you're invaded, the
bacteria begin to multiply at the site. Why not? There is
warmth, plenty of food and darkness. As the bacteria
multiply, there would be a very slight swelling in that area
and the immune system starts to work -- recognizing the
bacteria as harmful. Immune cells cause small blood vessels
near the "clump" of growing bacteria to widen (dilate). The
increased blood flow leads to redness and warmth. Much more
swelling occurs when immune cells cause blood vessels to
leak fluid into the surrounding tissue. (The electron
microscope picture to the left is
As the antibodies start to
kill the bugs, your temperature will go lower. DO NOT STOP
there -- this is the primary mistake of most antibiotic
administration. You quit too soon -- all the bugs are not yet
killed -- the antibiotic is stopped -- those bugs not yet killed
are now not likely to be killed by the same antibiotic -- you
need a new antibiotic -- all of this because doctors don't
insist that you take the antibiotic properly. There is such a
constant demand for "new" antibiotics that every drug company
wants to get on this gravy train. Sometimes they get caught
making bad ones!
Click here to see how
Eli Lilly, again, proved itself to be one of the worst drug
companies from which to buy anything. Some of the new
antibiotics simply turn out to be killers. Pfizer's antibiotic,
Trovan, seems to cause liver failure -- so Pfizer lost a
billion-dollar winner in the antibiotic sweepstakes!
Click here for that story.
The antibiotic SHOULD be
so good at killing bugs that your temperature actually goes
SUB NORMAL. You keep taking the antibiotic, even at
increased dosage, until you can't keep it sub-normal any
longer -- it comes back up to normal. Then you are done.
Any other method will probably leave SOME of the bugs still
alive, and now resistant to the antibiotic -- so the same
antibiotic won't work next time. Doctors know better, but
do NOT administer antibiotics correctly. You suffer now
because your immune system has been compromised by bad
usages of antibiotics.
The Defending Troops!
Once the immune system has
created a very specific "anti-germ" just for this one bug,
you then have at least a few of those anti-germs in your
body for the rest of your life. Your body is capable of
recognizing an astonishing 100,000,000 different types of
bugs! The electron microscope picture to the left is a
macrophage (large, orange) attacking germs (small, green).
simply means "large, eating." The macrophage is a general
purpose antibody -- it eats any type of bug! There are also
"specific" antibodies, which attack only one kind of bug.
The next time that same bug
(more technically called an
antigen) comes into your body, those anti-germs
(antibodies) that were made the first time, are ready to attack
instantly. You don't have to wait for the body to start
manufacturing some of them. Some of those antibodies start
attacking immediately while the body then starts making more.
You might not need more if the first attack was enough to kill
immune system does NOT recognize toxic metals in your body!
Your immune system does not handle such problems -- it only
The immune system does NOT handle
toxic lead in your body. That is another job -- for
detoxification, not for a stronger immune system. However,
toxic metals, such as toxic lead, can cause a tremendous
increase in the number of "free
radicals" in your body and THEY, in turn, cause cancer and
other diseases. Once the toxic metal causes cancer, then the
cancer is subject to control by the immune system.
The first rule of health is like
part of the Hippocratic Oath: "First
Do No Harm!" The first rule would be, don't allow toxins
and bugs into your body. The next step, once you have allowed
that stuff to enter, is to get rid of it. The immune system is
your first line of defense -- drugs are usually effective on a
short-term basis, but often damage the immune system so that it
is no longer available and you are all the more dependent on
drugs in the future.
The immune system is very basic
to your health, but even more basic, of course, would be to NOT
put poisons and toxic substances into your body in the first
place. You should also find a good way to get them out if they
are there now. The standard approach to ridding yourself of
toxic metals is with an
oral chelation formula. Don't overlook, either the
remarkable ability of
Methyl Sulfonyl Methane to reverse malignant cancers into
The immune system goes after
"organic" things -- mostly alive, like germs, but also it goes
after protein substances that are not alive. While a virus is
NOT alive, your immune system should be able to handle any of
them. Also parasites and fungus problems. You will find that
traditional medicine almost completely ignores the immune system
-- thinking that the only solution for a sore throat is an
Here to read a traditional description and remedy for a sore
So, every time you get a NEW
bug, they body has to go through this fairly slow process of
making a NEW anti-germ for that particular bug. If it
DOES take 10 to 14 days to make the new antibody, that is how
much time the bug has had to swarm through your body, leaving
little fast-growing families everywhere -- perhaps a joint that
later becomes arthritic.
Antibodies Are Your Friends
He and his brothers are ready to fight the good fight!
After several years you can
see that you would have a whole army of anti-germs, each one
different from the other -- each one having been used at least
once in your body to handle an invading bug.
So, you have an immune system
-- made up of all sorts of "anti-germs" and other guys who fight
the bad guys.
You would think that the
older you get the better your immune system would be. After
all, you are gradually accumulating all sorts of new
anti-germs -- so that by the time you're old you would be
ready to attack almost any bug that ever existed!
Not that easy!
The Missing Factor -- Recognition!
It seems that as people get
older their immune system is often also going downhill. As
scientists studied this they found that one particular part of
the immune system seemed to suffer the most in old age.
It was the mechanism by
which the body RECOGNIZES an invading bug and matches that
bug with what antibodies are already there in the body ready
to do the fighting. The guardian policeman is constantly
looking for bad bugs -- sometimes that guardian doesn't
recognize a bug as being the same as a previous bug!
If bug X first attacked
Dorothy when Dorothy was 7 years old, Dorothy developed an
antibody (I'll use the more technical term from now
on) for bug X. Then, when Dorothy was 23 years old, and
that same bug X came along, her immune system recognized the
bug instantly and sent the X troops to fight. That
was a short fight -- Dorothy never even knew that she had
some bad bug in her. It died quick!
Now, Dorothy is 67 years old,
and along comes bug X -- again. This time, even though she has
some antibodies specifically designed for bug X, the immune
system doesn't recognize that it is bug X and thinks that this
is a new bug -- Bug X2!
The body starts making
antibodies for Bug X2. That would be OK, because the mechanism
for making antibodies is still working and the body will
actually make new antibodies for bug X -- even though it already
had done that years ago, and even thought here might even be a
supply of them (already made earlier) available. But, because
the body was slow in RECOGNIZING that it was bug X, the bug got
a start before the immune system could make enough "new"
So, you have old age -- and a
declining immune system.
AIDS is a disease where the
recognition process isn't working either. (Click
here for a lengthy article by Karl Loren about the AIDS
virus. Note that the link goes to a different web site, that
the article has its own links to more than 100 pages. You might
want to bookmark THIS page to get back to it easily.)
It is the immune system's
FAILURE TO RECOGNIZE that it has already made an antibody for
that invading bug which slows down the response. As a lot of
this goes on, you can see that the body might not be able to
develop enough "new" antibodies in time to prevent the invading
bugs from multiplying and doing lots of damage.
Old People Are Vulnerable
So, older people need some
help in recognizing those invading bugs -- and there has
previously been nothing that would do that. Old people are
vulnerable to invading germs -- not because they don't have
the antibodies to fight off the infection, or cancer, or
flu, but because their body is too slow in recognizing what
troops to send into battle -- so it makes new ones --
Old people are vulnerable!
It also turns out that ANYONE who
has been sick often has this same problem. So, not only elderly
people, but people of any age can have their immune system lose
the ability to recognize the incoming bugs -- and waste time
trying to make a new antibody when that same germ has been
fought and vanquished before. What is the standard medical
solution to these infections? Antibiotics! How serious are
infections in today's modern world? They account for the
majority of death in the young.
Click here to read a report on infections as a cause of
So, anyone can be vulnerable who
has had lots of sicknesses. They often get antibiotics to
"cure" the sickness.
Super Bugs! -- Resistant To Antibiotics
What else can cause this immune
system recognition problem? Well, taking too many antibiotics,
or taking the wrong kind, or taking them too long or too short.
Doctors know this to be true -- that the bugs become resistant
to antibiotics. Then the drug companies develop NEW and better
antibiotics. But, we now have
Super Bugs in our society that don't respond to any
antibiotic -- and these Super Bugs were actually created because
of poor use of antibiotics! Now we have new and
more deadly antibiotics to handle the new super bugs! There
is a "last resort" antibiotic which has, now, failed -- this was
considered the antibiotic that would never fail.
It has. The bugs are winning.
Moore's Book, Prescription For Disaster tells of the
dangerous drugs, approved by the FDA, which are causing
death and disease. Many of these drugs would cause less
harm if the immune system were healthy! Some of these drugs
enter the body and are seen by the immune system as
dangerous substances. These drugs often damage the immune
Just about everyone who gets sick
probably has some of this going on -- an immune system which is
having trouble recognizing the invading bug.
Who Else Is Vulnerable?
Switch gears for a moment,
and consider one of the most vulnerable people you might
know -- a new born baby.
When a baby is born it has
never before been attacked by any bugs -- it doesn't have
ANY army of troops to help defend it against the invading
Could nature have been so
cruel as to expose the most vulnerable new human to the
worst bugs without any protection?
The solution is simple -- you
have probably heard about how healthy "mother's milk" is for her
newborn child? The reason is simple. The mother, with all her
protective antibodies, passes on HER immunity to her baby by
It's a terrible indictment of
health education that many mothers don't know this. My own
mother, more than 67 years ago, was completely ignorant of these
facts of life. She wanted to nurse me, but the first milk she
produced looked "wrong" to her -- it was not the color of "good"
milk. She got frightened that her milk was no good and didn't
try to nurse. So, I wound up being at risk with my immune
system completely missing for the first several weeks of my
One of the most famous medical
clinics in the world, the Mayo Clinic, has published a fine
article describing the immune system. There are lots of nice
pictures and drawings. You can
click here to read it. However, the tragedy is that nowhere
in this series of articles published by the Mayo Clinic is
there ANY mention of the most natural method of creating the
immune system in the first place -- mother's milk! I'll bet a
couple of nickels that if we could find publications from the
Mayo Clinic in the 1940's and 1950's they would have been
warning mothers against breastfeeding!
When a baby has not had
mother's breast milk, it takes the baby about a month to
develop its own immune system. During that month if the
baby got sick, then some immunity might never develop
because the immune system was so overwhelmed by some
particular antigen -- the immune system can even start
"thinking" that the antigen is a normal thing to have
floating around in the blood stream!
You can actually get into a
condition where a runny nose is considered "normal" by the
immune system -- because the immune system has "recognized" the
antigen that causes the runny nose to be a "good guy" not a bad
But, most mothers now
understand that they give immunity to their new baby by breast
For years this was understood
to be true, but the mechanism by which this happened was NOT
A mother breast-feeding
her baby! That is the only way it was done thousands of
years ago. For thousands of years there was no such thing
as a bottle-fed baby! Then, the medical world changed. We
went through a period when even doctors were telling young
mothers: "Don't breast feed!" Now we know better. All the
immunity within the mother is transferred to the baby
through her breast feeding milk.
breastfeeding, historically, has been well accepted as not
something to be hidden, but to be proud of.
Master of the legend
of St. Catherine
"Virgin & Child"
42 x 31 cm.
National Museum, Stockholm
When a baby was NOT breast fed,
researchers would find practically ZERO antibodies in the baby's
system. When a baby WAS breast fed, researchers found the
antibodies inside the newborn baby, they couldn't deny them.
There they were! The newborn baby has no antibodies -- but
within a few days on breast milk, the baby suddenly has a fully
functioning immune system! Miracle!
When they tested a baby who did
NOT get breast fed by his or her mother, those antibodies were
NOT there. That baby was at risk.
So, there was lots of
research looking for how this breast milk could carry the
mother's immune system over to the baby. It was a puzzle
for quite a while. The scientists could easily find that
the baby could not get the antibodies themselves from the
mother's milk. These antibodies are living cells -- protein
-- and the body would simply use it as food.
There is an important technical
When a human takes living cells,
or even dead animal cells, into the body through the mouth, the
digestive system treats it all like food. It might be a very
valuable living immune system cell, but as far as the baby is
concerned it is only more food to digest.
If you take these same living
cells (even immune system cells) and INJECT them into a body,
the body treats them like invading bugs. There is a rejection
mechanism which protects human bodies from injected living
things. The body even rejects ANY protein substance injected
into the blood stream. If you ground up hamburger and made it
very "fine" and injected it? -- terrible harm. The immune
system would attack the hamburger as an invading bug.
think that you can get a boost in your immunity by absorbing the
antibodies in the milk -- it doesn't work that way!
So, antibodies are living cells
and the new baby could not possibly get them through mother's
milk that went into the body through the mouth and stomach.
That milk DOES have antibodies in it, but they are nothing more
than food to the infant. No living cell can possibly pass
through the digestive process and get into the body through the
mouth and stomach.
So, the antibodies in a baby
could not have gotten there through mother's milk, even though
mother's milk has those antibodies in it!
You can see what a puzzle this caused the researchers.
All the many immune system cells
in the mother did not, somehow, get passed over to the baby.
But the baby who breast fed got immediate immune system cells
and the baby who did not get breast fed did not get those cells.
many studies done of this matter and finally the scientists
identified a "factor" that was transferred in the mother's
milk. This "factor" was not a cell, it was not a germ, it was
something that hadn't really ever been identified before. The
scientists would use "screens" to take out anything as large as
a living cell -- and the "factor" still got through. So, the
realized that whatever "it" was, it was smaller than any cell --
and probably was a molecule.
Then the scientists found
ways to screen out the large molecules -- the "factor" still
got through these screening techniques. That meant it had to
be something very small -- a small molecule?
It was much too small to see
with a microscope! They looked, but couldn't find it!
Finally, rather than give it some
new fancy name, they just stuck with the word "factor" to
explain this "thing!" You might expect science to be more
elegant than this, but sometimes scientists, like the rest of
us, are just puzzled and put a name-tag on something -- calling
it a "factor."
And, to be more clear, they
called it the "transfer factor," -- the "something" in mother's
milk which transferred from her to the new baby
and created IN the baby an entire immune system, just about
overnight. It was almost as if as soon as this transfer factor
got into the new baby's body it started manufacturing exactly
the type of antibodies which were called for in the transfer
factor. The baby's body did this even though there was no
invading bug. So, when and if one of those bugs came along,
the baby's immune system was READY even though the baby, itself,
had never personally been attacked by that bug before.
Now, have you heard of a "wet
nurse?" That's a woman who is "lactating." She has had a baby
and has milk in her breasts. She can take any other baby, not
her own, and feed that baby her breast milk. For many years
wealthy women who had just given birth would hire a "wet nurse"
to breast feed their new baby.
This way the
wealthy woman didn't have to stay at home to nurse. When
babies who were breast fed by a "wet nurse" they did NOT get
the immune system factors transferred from that wet nurse!
Now, there is
Well, by now you might have
guessed. "Regular Mother's Breast Milk" does NOT transfer the
immune system to the baby.
The Usual Source Of False Data:
As usual, the government is a
great source of lies on this subject. Here is a paragraph from
an article published by the Food and Drug Administration which
contains critical false data:
babies have fewer illnesses because human milk transfers to
the infant a mother's antibodies to disease. About 80 percent
of the cells in breast milk are macrophages, cells that kill
bacteria, fungi and viruses. Breast-fed babies are protected,
in varying degrees, from a number of illnesses, including
pneumonia, botulism, bronchitis, staphylococcal infections,
influenza, ear infections, and German measles. Furthermore,
mothers produce antibodies to whatever disease is present in
their environment, making their milk custom-designed to fight
the diseases their babies are exposed to as well.
Click Here to see the entire article, which includes a link
back to the FDA source.
It is NOT the milk that transfers
immunity, but only a special form of mother's milk, called the
colostrum. Furthermore, it is NOT true that the antibodies in
mother's milk actually do ANY good at all for the immune system
of the baby.
It's a long and exciting story,
but eventually the researchers learned that ONLY the first few
days' of a mother's milk had the capability of transferring the
immune system to the baby. That milk has its own special name
This factor was only found in the
colostrum -- not in the "regular" mother's milk.
But, when they examined colostrum
they found, again, that even though it contained lots of
antibodies -- there was no way the baby could absorb antibodies
through its mouth and stomach. Yet, the antibodies were in the
They were back to puzzling about
how the mother's (colostrum) milk could transfer this great
immunity to the baby without actually transferring the
Since colostrum is only made
by the mother in the first few days of breast-feeding, it
was obvious that the "transfer factor" was in the colostrum,
and no where else!
This web site has well over 4,000
pages of scientific studies on colostrum and transfer factor.
You can read these by
Lots of this research has been
done with human milk, and with human colostrum. But, you can
guess that there was also research to discover if cow milk
(colostrum from a cow) could convey the immune system changes to
In other words, you'll find
dozens of studies showing that human colostrum transferred
improved immunity not only to babies, but also to adult!
research was needed to show that cow (then pig and other
mammals too) colostrum would ALSO transfer improved immunity
-- not only to human babies but to humans of any age!
This was an exciting discovery.
You can guess that the cow is subject to many of the same
invading germs as is a human -- so when a human drinks colostrum
from a cow they can often get a nice boost to their immune
system. Then the very exciting discovery was made -- when
elderly people drank colostrum they had a very wonderful return
of the "recognition factor."
milk, just after having given birth, is called colostrum.
It passes on the cow's immune system to the baby cow! But
the truly amazing fact was discovered that the cow's
colostrum would ALSO pass on immunity to a newborn human!
The immunity is not dependent on the species of animal!
Now, if you INJECT cow's
colostrum into a human -- the human will get sick or even die.
You can't do that.
So, the scientists started
removing "stuff" from the colostrum, just as they had removed
stuff from the regular mother's milk -- to see what was actually
"transferring" the immunity.
First they removed the easy stuff
-- the fat and sugar. In milk there is some amount of "cream"
or fat -- just like the cow's milk can be separated into "skim
milk" and "cream" human milk can be separated in the same way.
When they took the fat out of the
colostrum, the immunity was still transferred -- so the fat had
nothing to do with it.
When you have skim milk there is
still "milk sugar" in that substance -- called "lactose." There
are simple ways of removing the sugar from milk too -- and you
then have milk (or colostrum) which contains no sugar and no
fat. This form of colostrum STILL transferred the immunity to
the baby -- so the immunity transfer was NOT caused by the milk
When you have removed both the
fat and the sugar from milk you have something called "whey."
But, there are still many large
particles within whey -- and they can be removed. You have, for
instance, all the many different types of living cells in the
milk. These include the immune system cells of the cow (or
human). It is possible to remove ALL these living cells.
When you do THAT, the immunity
still gets transferred.
Now, there are no more living
cells in this "milk" but there are all sorts of "large
molecules" and even they can be removed with various simple
machines and techniques.
With THOSE removed, the immunity
was still transferred! A Miracle!
After they had screened out all
living cells, and they even screened out the larger individual
molecules -- they found "the" factor that transferred immunity
-- it is a very small molecule.]
You could call it an
"information messenger." It carries information with it,
from the mother to the baby (or from cow colostrum, properly
processed into an adult human). These messengers probably
are equivalent to hundreds of pages of books!
Recall that older people may well
have plenty of different types of anti-germ cells, but their
body is slow at recognizing what particular bug is currently
It turns out that when an older
person drinks colostrum, even though the cow has not been
especially treated, the person's immune system is greatly
improved -- and it is the recognition factor which improves.
When this was being studied it became clear that the fat content
of the milk was not carrying this factor -- also neither was the
"lactose" (milk sugar) part of the "transfer factor." When you
take away the fat and the lactose, you have something called "whey"
left. Milk Whey from colostrum was marketed for
many years, either fresh or dried, as a source of wonderful
nourishment -- and improvement of the immune system. But, it
takes a large quantity of this dried colostrum to give you very
much of the transfer factor.
It takes about 50 units of dried
colostrum to equal one unit of the molecules that are called
"transfer factors." Thus, if you want to get the same benefit
from taking the Transfer Factor offered for sale on this web
site, you would have to take at least 50 times as much
colostrum. The Company which has exclusive rights to the patent
for producing Transfer Factor has been doing its own research
and has developed a brand new product, called "Transfer Factor
Plus." There is more information about that product by
The only actual study done on
this subject is entitled
An In Vitro
Screening of 196 Natural Products for toxicity
and Efficacy. Click on that
title to read about the study.
In order to tell the difference
between TF and simple colostrum, there needs to be some way of
measuring the TF. We are getting there. You can measure the
number of different types of living immune system cells in a
body. I haven't yet found the unit of measure for a "transfer
factor." The transfer factors would NOT be detected by the
tests which measure immune system components.
There are companies which offer
to measure the components of the immune system for you. Here is
ELISA assays are an essential laboratory procedure for the
quantitation of specific proteins in serum and other
biological fluids. Bethyl Laboratories offers an ELISA
product line for the quantitation of the immunoglobulins and
other proteins of the bovine, canine, chicken, equine,
feline, goat, human, mouse, pig, rabbit and rat.
Click here to review a couple of their web pages, on
this web site.
Click Here for an explanation of "ELISA" tests.
Fresh, raw cow colostrum can be
drunk by a human with fine benefit -- although it would take a
constant diet of fresh colostrum to equal the value of one
capsule of the concentrated transfer factor which has been
extracted from the colostrum.
In the early years attempts were
made to inject the colostrum into a human body -- but that
doesn't work. Human bodies reject the living organisms in
bovine colostrum, when injected. So, those who wanted to
capture the benefits of the transfer factor from colostrum
started by simply freeze drying the colostrum and putting it
into capsules. Most people who do this remove the milk fats and
the milk sugars first -- leaving what is often called "whey."
The whey contains the transfer factor from that colostrum, but
even that material would cause a person to get deathly ill if it
were injected because the whey still contains many living
organisms from the cow -- and the human body can't use living
But, if whey (or colostrum) is
drunk, there is no body rejection. The larger cells (whether
living or dead) are used as food, but those tiny molecules CAN
pass through from the stomach into the body -- carrying the
immune system recognition molecules.
The solution for the colostrum
promoters was freeze drying usually. Some experiments were done
with freezing the colostrum. The freezing kills all the living
organisms, but does not harm the tiny molecule which is the
transfer factor. This is why you will find many scientific
studies of colostrum mentioning "frozen colostrum." (Click
Here to see such a study.)
So, whether you drink fresh raw
colostrum or take a dried form, the transfer factors are
available. They are not harmed by simple processing. This is
the form of most "colostrum" being sold in the market today.
But, when you work with
colostrum, or whey, you still have millions of different
molecules that have nothing to do with the transfer factor.
Even though they can be identified, and can be extracted from
the colostrum, that is a very expensive process.
It is much more simple to take
the colostrum, freeze dry it, and give you the entire batch.
The transfer factor particles, in
this huge mass of stuff, would be less than one one-thousandth
of the original total. Another way to put this is that if you
could extract JUST the transfer factors from the colostrum you
would have to work with 1,000 gallons of colostrum to get just
one gallon of transfer factor.
Along came more researchers --
who developed a process and then got it patented. This is one
of the strongest types of patents -- called a "process patent."
It is a patent that gives its inventor the right to control a
particular process invented by him -- so no one else can use it
without paying him some royalty.
click here to read the actual patent for processing
colostrum to extract from it the transfer factors which pass
on the mother's immunity to any mammal that takes this
material into the mouth.
Has Granted A Patent For Extraction Of Transfer Factor
From Colostrum. No Other Person may use this patented
process. 4Life Research has an exclusive
license to use this patent.
As mentioned above, the ELISA
test gives a measure of the existence, or not, and the quantity
of immune system factors. (Click
here to review that information about the ELISA test.)
One capsule (200 mg) of Transfer
Factor has the potential for recognizing at least 100,000
pathogens. It would take more than a bottle of colostrum
capsules to equal the transfer factor power of one capsule of
Transfer Factor. Thus, if colostrum is sold for 100 capsules
for $20 (sounds cheap enough) and 4Life Research Transfer Factor
sells for $50 for 90 capsules, you can do the arithmetic. One
TF Capsule costs a little over fifty cents but it is equivalent
to 100 capsules of colostrum costing a total of $20.00!
Colostrum in dry form "works" only because it contains the basic
transfer factor. Transfer factor, however, is a very tiny part
of the colostrum. 4Life Research has an exclusive license on
the patent which allows a company to extract just the transfer
factor from the colostrum. Naturally those firms which do not
have access to this patented process can only offer you the
colostrum itself. They will claim, correctly, that their
colostrum contains transfer factor. What they do not admit is
that the quantity of transfer factor in colostrum is very small
-- while the transfer factor from 4Life Research is very
Well, if it works for an
elderly person would it work for any age? Would it be
helpful to a very healthy athlete? The exciting answer is
"yes!" Any person, any age, whose immune system is not
working well can use this new form of colostrum to boost the
immune system -- make the immune system much better at
recognizing the invading bugs and allowing the
already-created defense system to take charge, rather than
build a whole new army for every bug.
But, humans often have diseases
that cows don't have -- and the cow's colostrum wouldn't contain
transfer factors for these non-cow diseases. But wait!
Can you imagine the fun of
deliberately infecting that cow with more diseases -- the type
which humans might get -- and allowing that cow to develop
antibodies for those new diseases? Then, you'd find that the
colostrum from THAT cow would provide even MORE immune system
help for the humans drinking that colostrum!
That has been done!
But, there is more.
You can see that this is not
whipping out some herb from South America that seems to cure
your cold or flu! This is deep biochemical research. There are
patents involved, and proprietary technology. But, this is deep
science -- the medicine of the future will be based on
Keep in mind that the entire
philosophy of our currently drug-oriented medical model is to
give you some substance (drug) which is basically a poison -- a
toxin carefully designed to be toxic only to the bad bugs. But,
wouldn't it be far better to let the immune system do its job
and help it along, not with toxins, but with well-researched
nutrients which enhance the immune system, not attack the bad
In this way we can carefully say,
but with complete accuracy, that transfer factor does NOT cure
or prevent any disease. Transfer factor simply strengthens the
immune system so that the immune system cal cure or prevent
disease. Such simplicity.
If you hear someone claiming that
transfer factor can cure cancer -- that is a false and dangerous
statement. It is a statement made by an ignorant person, or by
a person who is trying to get some product into trouble with the
If some substance is claimed to
cure or prevent a disease, that is the definition of a "drug" by
the FDA, and all drugs must be approved the FDA. So, transfer
factor does NOT cure or prevent any disease -- it strengthens
the immune system.
Also, don't worry about Mad
Cow Disease! You can see, now, that the transfer factor from a
cow with some special disease, whether claimed or not, is
actually more useful to you than TF from a cow that didn't have
Click here to read more on that.
The Patent Gives You Protection
Patents are important in the
health world. As critical as I may be about the drug companies,
they are more financially successful than most other
industries. The source of their profitability is their
patents. They spend billions of dollars on research. They
wouldn't spend one penny if they couldn't get a patent for their
The patent is the only way they
can recover the cost of their research.
So, the drug companies spend, for
instance, $100,000,000 in research to create a (patented)
substance. The substance may cost $ .01 per pill to make, but
they add on $ .50 per pill to cover their research costs. You
can't really argue the logic and commercial sense of this
So, you buy a pill for $ .51
each, or $51.00 per bottle of 100. When the patent expires, you
can suddenly buy that same pill for $ .05 each, or $5.00 per
bottle. You might feel cheated but, you shouldn't. The process
makes economic sense and there is no immorality in it. You may
argue that the drug is actually harmful -- that is another
story. But, the pricing of drugs is logical and fair.
When a nutritional company
"discovers" a new use for some common vitamin, for instance,
they are in a terrible position as to pricing. Let's say that
some company discovers that if you combine 100 mg of Vitamin C
with 100 mg of Garlic powder, it does some miraculous thing --
it seems to "cure cancer" or whatever it may do.
If the company spent $1,000,000
to discover this, as soon as it puts out the product (Vitamin C
and Garlic) with some careful claim, anyone in the world can
copy that formula. There is no protection anywhere for any
So, you will NOT see plain old
vitamin formulas being researched very much -- they are NOT the
wave of the future simply because no sane businessman will spend
research money on a product that he cannot get a patent on.
You can go right out now and buy
colostrum from a farmer and get these amazing improvements in
your immune system! You can even get improvement by using the
freeze-dried colostrum products.
Millions of dollars were spent on
the research and discovery of a method of extracting JUST the
exact transfer factor from colostrum -- so that you could get it
in a capsule (instead of fresh colostrum from a cow) and so that
the body wouldn't reject it, if injected, after a few days.
That process has been patented.
Only because of that patent could this product ever be brought
to the market place.
No one can copy this product
because they are not allowed to use the process that has been
patented. Our future health system is only safe as long as the
patent laws allow protection to those in biochemistry who
discover new substances, or new procedures.
The "vitamin industry" tries to
achieve protection in many funny little ways. I'll write about
those in another article, but the wave of future medicine
depends on research in biochemistry, not toxins. Research of
this type is very expensive. When that research is successful,
you can expect to see patent protection associated with a
product, and you can expect to find that the costs are
comparable with drugs, not vitamins.
Vitamins are cheap, and therefore
there is no future in them.
discovered by research, protected by patents, will be the only
possible alternative to vitamins. It will take many years for
the general public to understand and accept this.
For now many run-of-the-mill
vitamins are so much better for handling your health problems
that the usual drugs, that the vitamin industry will have
enormous growth for many years. But, the writing is on the
horizon -- biochemistry, coupled with patents, will be the
source of future medicine.
Transfer factor is one of those
substances -- here well ahead of its time.
Antigen Specific Transfer Factor
I mentioned above that you could
deliberately give a cow some disease -- like Herpes or AIDS.
When the cow survived this disease it would have survived
because its immune system was able to create a new antibody just
for that disease.
The term "antigen" means the
"bug" or invading bacteria, or virus, or whatever which
"triggers" a response from the immune system. When the
"antigen" is one that has been artificially created in a cow,
the colostrum then contains transfer factor which is "specific"
to that antigen.
Well, as soon as that cow now
gives birth and starts producing colostrum, you have a new and
very exciting type of colostrum. THIS colostrum contains
immunity factors which are specific for that one particular
disease -- as well as all the "general purpose" transfer
There is exciting research going
on on the subject of "antigen specific transfer factors."
Click here to see eighty different scientific studies on
It also happens that this type of
transfer is a drug and cannot legally be sold except with FDA
approval and through licensed doctors. Some unethical companies
have tried to sell "antigen specific transfer factor."
Click here to see some references to them, and to see the
legal opinion letter that explains why this is illegal. You
will find that some of these companies are already closed down,
and any that are still operating probably will be closed down
Use "general purpose" transfer
factor -- it is completely legal, very safe, and very different
from freeze-dried colostrum.
Samples of precolostrum
(colostrum gravidarum), colostrum and mature milk obtained
from five women during their antenatal and postnatal periods
were measured for IgA, IgG, IgM, alpha-1-antitrypsin,
lactoferrin, lysozyme, B1A globulin (C3) and B1E globulin (C4)
by single radial immunodiffusion. Protein concentrations in
precolostrum were equal to or greater than those found in
colostrum obtained during the first 12-48 hours following
delivery. Secretion of precolostrum is common, occurs early in
the antenatal period and may often be of considerable volume.
The anti-microbial proteins contained
within this milk can be preserved intact by freezing.
This represents an untapped pool of bacteriostatic
proteins with specific activity against neonatal pathogens. We
suggest that a potential protective effect against serious
infection may be obtained by administering precolostrum to "at
risk" infants during the first few days of life. [more data
about this study by
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