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bovine colostrumThe use of bovine colostrum in medicine, dates back thousands of years. Ayurvedic doctors have used it for physical and spiritual purposes throughout the history of time. Bovine colostrum was used in the United States, and all over the world, for immune problems, prior to the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics. Thousands of scientific studies and human clinical trials worldwide have proven bovine colostrum to be safe and therapeutic.

Current research over the past two decades has shown that colostrum is one of the most important nutritional supplements available for enhancing and helping in tissue repair. All colostrum is not created equal and should be evaluated before use. My research has shown that colostrum should be from a dairy, where there is no use of hormones, antibiotics, nuclear contamination, or pesticides. It should be prepared without freezing and excessive heat. It should be water soluble, and for best effect, in a powder form.

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 immune source. 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 days after birth, as do many other species. This fact allows them to survive on milk replacement.

If a calf does not receive colostrum, they will die within a week’s time. The unique property of bovine colostrum is that it is a universal donor for all mammals. Colostrum contains all of the immune factors necessary for protecting the newborn from bacteria, allergens, toxins and viruses. Colostrum also contains a balanced proportion of growth factors that are required for growth and healing. Current research shows that colostrum triggers at least fifty different functions in the newborn.

Over the past seven months, I have been incorporating the use of bovine colostrum into my general practice. I have found that bovine colostrum, which meets the above requirements, facilitates any modality I use: Classical Homeopathy, acupuncture, Bach Flower therapy, glandular therapy, aromatherapy, massage, and nutrition. All of these modalities have benefited from using colostrum, in one way or another. I have found that colostrum cream is the best topical healing agent I have ever used in 26 years of practice. The colostrum contains EgF (Epithelial Growth Factor), IgF (Insulin-like Growth Factor), and TGF-A & B (Transforming Growth Factors, alpha and beta), which are necessary for healing the epithelium, muscle, nerve, gastrointestinal tract, joints, etc.

It also contains Lactoferrins, which have natural antimicrobial activity. This is in a water-soluble

base that contains essential oils and vitamin E. I have used it in open wounds, suture lines, abscesses, ruptured cysts, warts, dry and moist dermatitis, insect bites, burns, etc, and found it to be the most effective product I have ever used in clinical practice. I have also used it orally for gingivitis and in the ear canal with equally good results. It is tolerated well by all the animals I have used it on, and if the animals consume it, it receives benefit from it internally as well.

A fascinating fact about colostrum, is that it contains polyproline-rich peptides, which are a regulator of the thymus gland (master immune gland) of the body. It establishes homeostasis in the thymus gland, by regulating an under active or overactive thymus. The research on the growth factors in colostrum, has shown that salivary amylase and HCI in the stomach, potentiate their activity. I have also observed the same principle in animals, as well as in myself. For that reason, I advise my clients to feed it free choice, in powder form, at least 30 minutes or longer before feeding. I suggest once per day, first thing in the morning.

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 dispensing, and empty the quantity they need out of each capsule. Concentration and dose is the same either way. 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.

It facilitates the balancing of the intestinal flora, stabilizes the immune status of the gut, and aids in digestion and proper motility of the bowel. Since 70% of the gamma globulins come from Pyers Patches in the intestinal tract, and 90% of all toxins, bacteria, viruses and fungi enter the body through the gut, it only makes sense that we should concentrate our efforts on this organ system.

I have used it for IBD, gastroenteritis of all kinds, hemorrhagic enteritis, colitis, non-specific diarrheas, absorption deficiencies, pancreatitis, constipation, obstipation, and food allergies. It has helped in all of these conditions and has no adverse side effects. It is not a panacea for these problems, but it is very effective in aiding the healing process necessary for resolving these conditions. I have noted that homeopathic cases of mine, that I felt were properly repertorized but had not responded, were now responding with the addition of colostrum.

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 situations in cases utilizing other modalities, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional, Bach Flowers and aromatherapy. The point that I am trying to make, is that it will complement any modality you are using, and with the confidence that it will do no harm.

My experience thus far, has shown that a pet’s need for any particular supplement they are on can be reduced or eliminated, once they have been on colostrum. This is probably due to the increase in efficiency in the absorption of substances from the gut, better efficiency of tissue repair from the growth factors, and a healthier immune system from the immunoglobulin and other immune factors provided by the colostrum.

I have noted that joint-related problems, that originally were helped with glucosamine and then declined, improved when they were given colostrum. From my reading, I have found that IgF, is essential for the utilization of the glucosamine, and without adequate amounts, they do not respond. It has been found that in human species, growth factor production begins declining after the onset of adolescence and by the age of 80 years is absent. Without these factors, death ensues because without them you cannot repair the worn out cells in each of the organ systems, resulting in organ failure.

From observing animals for nearly three decades, I conclude that animals mirror humans and respond very much the same to whatever medical modality is used. In conclusion, I would like to suggest that the fact that the bovine is a universal donor for colostrum, produces more colostrum than any other domestic animal, and that it can be obtained humanly is no accident. This natural source of a package that contains all of the immune and growth factors necessary for life is no accident and should be considered in any health related problem.

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  1. Mary Smith

    I have a young female JRT who was vibrantly healthy until 14 months old. At that time, she had an episode of vomiting lots of dark red blood, and her stool was like blood clots. X-rays showed nothing, and she was treated with iv fluids, sucralfate, metronidazole, etc. Since then she has had six more episodes, coming closer together and seeming worse each time. The blood work and other labs show only slight kidney stress, no parasites, etc. Pancreatic enzymes were only slightly elevated. The ultrasound from the latest episode shows: very large spleen, all lymph nodes enlarged, one kidney with changes in the “layers,” stomach and large intestine thickened and swollen, and slight very minor “change” in pancreas. Small intestine okay.

    Without doing upper/lower endoscopies, the internal medicine vet believes my dog (now 18 months) has hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. She wants to keep Keara on metronidazole for a month, then reduce to once daily dosage, and then try to go lower from there.

    I had been feeding Keara a raw diet (Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried) but with her inflamed intestine, feel I should continue cooking for her, in case the food might contain bacteria. I am giving her digestive enzymes and probiotics twice daily. Is there anything more I can give her that might help to heal her GI tract and restore her immune system? (She had no immune problems prior to all this, but I assume with the gut in such bad shape, her immune system is now shot too.)

    I wondered if colostrum might help, but the vet said it helps only when a dog is in its first six weeks??

    Thanks for any guidance you can give.

    • Dogs Naturally Magazine

      Colostrum can benefit any age of dog. You might want to consult a holistic vet or a veterinary homeopath about your dog’s condition, rather than using conventional drugs which may not offer a real cure. You can find a holistic vet at ahvma.org, or a homeopathic vet at theavh.org. Many will do phone consults so you don’t have to find one nearby.

  2. Joyce James

    Where do we find this? Pet store

  3. donna

    I have a three year old male cat who was just dx’ed with IBD by x-rays (no biopsy) and symptoms.
    He also has some kind of allergy , lots of scratching, licking, etc and just started on a low allergen food.
    Would the colostrum be beneficial for him and if so how much to start out ? Also have you ever seen an allergic reaction in cats from colostrum ???

  4. I started giving 1/4 teaspoon of colostrum twice a day to my 2 boston terriers…the female is 20 pounds the male is 34 pounds,, the female has itchy skin,,the male had a bout with Lymes disease last summer… The female hasn’t had any side effects, I think she is less itchy,,,they have been on it less than a week,,,the male has had several bouts of diahrea,,,, so I’m wondering if I should cut down to one 1/4 teas a day, or quit for a few days,,, Thanks, Norma

  5. Dear John,
    Colostrum saved my life 13 years ago and I promised myself I would share what I learned from my experience with Nature’s forgotten Miracle with all who would listen. I will be returning to New Zealand next year and I hope to meet you when I am there.
    Blessings to you and your family from Dr Blake and Dr. Louie .
    http://www.thepetwhisperer.com :o)

    • Hello Stephen,
      It would be great to meet you when you come to New Zealand. Are you here for business or pleasure an what time of the year? We are based close to Wellington in Lower Hutt.
      Is it possible to obtain your permission to reprint the article, provided recognition is given to yourself and the publication so that a wider audience can be reached?
      Kind regards.

  6. hugh and lois port

    would like a copy by email of colostrum gone to the dogs its good but cant print it out from the way it was sent to me. thank you. lois port.

  7. Thank you Dr Blake for your very informative article.
    I used to breed Sharpie in New Zealand and know of many conditions that can inflict this wonderful breed of dog. I only wish I had known of this product last year, as I lost all three of my dogs over a 90 day period through what was believed to have been a collapse of their immune system. Their ages ranged from 11.5 years for the dad and 10yrs for his two girls we still had. As it happens I now sell colostrum as part of my part time business! This is the first article I have read that details the benefits specifically for our best friends.
    If you or anybody else would like to know where to obtain some of the best colostrum in the world, (our company is founded on it) we are based in New Zealand and export world wide, visit our website: http://www.newimageoffice.com/287362

  8. Is it so that cow colostrum is more effective than buffalo colostrum.


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