http://www.answers.com/topic/antibody "The terms antibody and immunoglobulin are often used interchangeably" Some immunoglogulins are non-specific some are. The CLINICAL TRIALS with colostrum in cows that work in human against acute diarrhea are ones where they primed the cows so there were specific antibodies to the specific disease.How many of the cow diseases the colostrum would protect you against are actually things people get I do not know, and it depends on what the cow is exposed to which ones it has.And while everyone always assumes the more active the immune system is the healthier it will be, as one who sufferes asthma and allergies there is such a thing as an overly active immune system (which by the way would give you diarrhea as well, histamine which is one of the factors released by the immune system causes you to release lots of water and mucus into the colon and makes the muscles push everything out...had a bad reaction to an allergy shot once and the poor doctor had to come see me in the toilet to give me a shot of Benedryl...fortunately the shot needed to be given in the butt and my pants were already downquote:I am not taking cow antibodies. The factors, and immunoglobulins
This is simply not true.If this was indeed the case we would all be dead. When you have a sore throat, of bacterial origin, the bacteria is a often part of the normal microflora of your skin and throat. So assuming what you are saying is true, without antibiotics, everyone would die of a throat infection, as the bacteria would proliferate unchecked. In fact 30% of people carry Staphylococcus aureus and are normally unaffected by it. But this bacteria is the cause of many skin infections. So by your way of thinking people who normally carry staph aureus who got a boil would never recover.Altering the motility of the g-i tract is treating the symptoms and not the cause of a disease. Unless you believe that the cause of IBS is altered gut motility (for comparison, would you say that the cause of depression is low mood?)- self-evidantly nonsense, this is the outcome of some other process. If the cure for IBS was to regulate gut motility then I would be 'cured' by taking drugs that increase the g-i transit time - this again is not the case. I can control my symptoms but am not cured.The small intestine, and any mucosal surface in your body has a microflora of bacteria, viruses and fungi. You are never relatively free of bacteria. Often the problem is an alteration in the surface environment which favours one bacterium/virus/fungus more than before which allows it to proliferate. Thus what was before a normal inhabitant of your bowel (or where ever) becomes pathogenic. Increased number of these things can release toxic substances or just by altering the proportion of the microflora can alter your ability to digest certain foods.If the immune system (a term which should include more than just antibodies) isn't responsible for keeping normal microflora, then what is?When you go to the toliet, you don't flush out the bacteria etc that would be a disaster. You need these things. Thats why a lot of people take probiotics, which would be rather pointless if you flushed them out every time you went to the toliet. In fact when you take antibiotics, you end up with a poo that is 80% bacteria. And this flushing out of bacteria is not in any way healthy, which is why again, alot of peope recommend taking probiotics when you are taking antibiotics.Fair enough for the stuff you said about the antibodies/immunoglobulins - it has been a good 5 years since I finished my degree, and to be honest I have forgotton huge chunks of it. Especially the finer points of the immune system!A generally overactive immune system, or even an immune system that is over active in one specific area is clearly not a good thing. But when babies drink breast milk they don't get allergic reactions etc. The problem is that we are unsure of what the effects of taking colostrum when you are an adult, and that is complicated by the fact it is cow colostrum.I have read that the immunoglobulins are being 'oversold' and there are other more beneficial components of the colostrum.From what you have written it would seem that you are only willing to take medicines that have been tested incredibly extensively and have been proven, not just to work, but to have no long term side effects. Is there such a drug? I would have said paracetamol/acetomenophin but recently there has been some doubt cast over it, regards its effects on asthma suffers.Taking any herbal or alternative therapies could potentially cause adverse effects.Do you trust drug companies? I am not saying sellers of colostrum or other alt. medicines are saints and to be trusted, but I mean drug companies? Time and time again they have suppressed information regarding the safety of their medincines. They are the funders of the studies and it is not illegal for them to choose not to release information that may harm sales. Seroxat is a classic example.I guess in the end you take your chances, but since I have tried: dietary change, hypnotherapy, Lomotil (diphenoxylate hydrochloride and atropine sulfate), mebeverine, dicyclomine, loperamide, aloe vera, prebiotics, probiotics, codiene, and a variety of herbal preparations and none has worked , I am more than prepared to risk whatever in the pursuit of having a normal life.quote:Your immune system doesn't attack bacteria that are supposed to be there.
*LOL* Oh, thank you, kiisu for my first and probably best laugh of the day!As a new member, you might want to do a little research before you make such statements. Kath happens to be VERY knowledgeable...her PhD would be a good indication of that.quote:not a reliable source of knowledge in other fields