Dr. Al Danenberg ● Nutritional Periodontist
November 21, 2021
This may be a game changer for me!
I have been researching the benefits of bovine colostrum for health and wellness in humans. And the science is impressive.
In the Bovine Colostrum References at the end of this article, I list 10 URL links to peer-reviewed papers, which describe these benefits. Some of them touch on cancer.
However, colostrum is not the miracle some think it is. Many other lifestyle changes and diet cleanup are critical for colostrum to assist in overall wellness.
And because of that, I have made bovine colostrum an integral part of my updated Unconventional Cancer Protocols.
Colostrum is the concentrated, nutritionally packed, first-milk from mom. It is a whole food which integrates with everything else I am doing for myself. As you read the medical papers I cite in the Bovine Colostrum References, you’ll understand why I’m excited about bovine colostrum and its potential benefits for me.
Here is an anecdotal story of the benefits of colostrum from a patient with a life-threatening cancer. However, this is not a published Case Report, and it does not document any confounding or conflating issues relating to his personal cancer story. Still, this is very interesting …
I read about a healthcare professional who was diagnosed in 2017 with pancreatic cancer. I’ll name him, Stephen. Stephen underwent a surgical procedure to remove the cancerous tumor on the head of his pancreas and started chemo two weeks after the surgery. But he reportedly stopped the treatment because of the side effects.
A PET Scan revealed he had lung lesions that metastasized from his malignant pancreatic tumor.
Stephen learned about colostrum in 2018 and began his own experiment. He stated that he started eating 2 tablespoons of bovine colostrum, four times a day. That’s a lot!
After several weeks of eating colostrum, he allegedly resolved his SIBO. After 3 months, he noted that his energy levels increased. And by the end of 2018, another lung biopsy was taken, which he described as free of cancer cells.
At the age of 69 in 2020, Stephen claimed to be cancer free. As I understand, he continues today to see his oncologist regularly and has necessary tests which continue to confirm that he is cancer free.
Unfortunately, I have no way to confirm the medical truth of Stephen’s results.
My N=1 Experiment
The previous story and many others I have researched are encouraging. As I have said many times, if I learn something that makes sense to me but has not been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, I am not reluctant to experiment on myself. That makes me a study of N=1.
Now, I am aggressively taking colostrum and will monitor my results moving forward.
After I did my research and investigation, I selected Bovine Colostrum-6 as my go-to colostrum. This 3rd party analysis of the nutrients in Colostrum-6 is very impressive. If you do your own research, make sure you settle on 100% colostrum which is collected from cattle within a few hours after giving birth to their calves. It is critical that it is minimally processed.
The bovine colostrum powder I have selected is from US grass-fed cattle and inherently includes over 100 bioactive factors. Nothing is added and nothing is removed except water. It is essential for the colostrum to be as true to its biological composition as possible. Bovine Colostrum-6 is collected within 6 hours of calving.
If the colostrum is processed in any way to add something artificial, to remove a necessary nutrient, or to cause damage to its delicate proteins, then the colostrum will not function as a whole-food nutrient.
Colostrum-6 is marketed by Anovite, which is a multi-level marketing company. But you can purchase it as a regular customer. If you ate 1 tablespoon 3 times day, then one 2-pound tub is enough for a month.
(Individuals with milk allergies or lactose intolerance may not be able to consume colostrum. However, some of my clients who have a lactose intolerance have been able to slowly increase their consumption of colostrum with no lactose problem by starting with only 1/2 teaspoon per day until their desired dose is reached. If necessary, a lactase enzyme supplement can be taken with the colostrum to take care of the minimal lactose in the colostrum.)
For me to benefit the most from colostrum, I eat it in a special way.
How I Eat Colostrum:
Many of the biologically active components in colostrum are absorbed into the blood stream directly through the mucosal tissues in the mouth. So, I eat it rather than taking capsules of it. In addition, the direct contact of colostrum with my teeth and gums potentially assists in healing mouth tissues.
The bioactive proteins in colostrum are resistant to stomach acid. So, after swallowing the colostrum, it will enter the rest of the digestive system unaltered. Protease inhibitors in colostrum protect the colostrum from being digested before its nutrients are properly absorbed and functioning in the gut and the rest of the body tissues.
Colostrum should be eaten at least a half-hour before a meal to maximize its biological activity.
It is reported that many people eat a tablespoon or more of colostrum two or three times daily to assist in healing, athletic performance, or anti-aging benefits. Anecdotally, I understand that some medically compromised individuals consume as much as 14 tablespoons daily.
The case reports I have read suggest that the benefits are more significant with increasing dosage and the regular consumption over time.
My Daily Dosing:
As an individual with bone marrow cancer, I am not the average guy who is trying to stay healthy or trying to get healthy. My battle and challenges are more than most people must deal with.
So, my N=1 experiment eating bovine colostrum will be more aggressive than most others. But I cannot recommend this as a protocol for anyone else. This is my personal experiment, and I will continue to update my progress.
I eat 2 tablespoons of colostrum, 3 times a day. The following chart shows the nutrient composition of eating 6 tablespoons daily:
I don’t mix the colostrum in hot liquids since the heat could destroy some of the active components. However, the fat content in Colostrum-6 is 18-22% of total solids, which helps to prevent hot liquids from damaging the delicate proteins. I mix the powder in some room temperature natural spring water to the consistency of a “custard” and eat it with a spoon. Personally, I love the taste and texture; my wife does not.
At this dosage, I need about two, 2-pound tubs of Colostrum-6 a month. (One, 2-pound tub has approximately 99 tablespoons of powder.)
Here’s when I eat colostrum …
- I eat my first 2 tablespoons of colostrum on an empty stomach, at least an hour before my first meal. I usually eat my first meal in the early afternoon.
- In the late afternoon, I eat 2 tablespoons a few hours after my meal or at least a half-hour before any other food.
- Just before bed, I eat 2 tablespoons on a relatively empty stomach.
One Month Results:
After eating Colostrum-6 for a month, I noticed 2 physical changes that are interesting. I believe these are related to colostrum assisting in the removal of toxic elements from my body, but I can’t prove it. Toxic elements are removed via the excretory system, which consists of the skin, liver, lungs, large intestine, and kidneys.
- For years, I used to have excess mucus every morning that lasted 30 minutes or so. I had to keep clearing my throat. Then it would go away until the next morning. After starting the colostrum, all the morning phlegm is no longer there!
- At the age of 74, I can’t remember how many decades it has been since I had acne. But once I started eating colostrum, I broke out with acne on my back, chest, neck, and face. My guess is that the colostrum is assisting in the removal of toxic substances through my skin. Once again, I can’t prove it. The acne has almost disappeared after a month.
72-Hour Colostrum Fast:
I’ve completed several 72-hour, water-only fasts in the past with great success. I am going to try a 72-hour, colostrum & water-only fast.
I’ll eat two tablespoons of Colostrum-6, three times a day. I’ll only drink natural spring water, replete with trace minerals. In addition, I’ll report my results and monitor my blood ketone levels as I have done with previous fasts.
My oncologist will draw blood and run tests for a CBC (complete blood count) and a CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel) monthly as well as blood immunofluorescent tests to evaluate dysfunctional antibodies every 2-3 months. In a future Blog, I will report my blood work results and any other physical changes from my “N=1 Experiment” with Colostrum-6.
I don’t expect miracles. All along my cancer journey I have emphasized the importance of my quality of life. In addition, I have never claimed to have a cure for cancer or for any chronic disease. But I believe and expect bovine colostrum to become a major whole-food source that will continue to enhance my immune system and assist my body to heal. It is a perfect addition to my Unconventional Cancer Protocols.
Bovine Colostrum References
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In a study by Mero et al (4), their purpose was to examine the effects of bovine colostrum supplementation on serum insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I), amino acids, and saliva immunoglobulin concentrations during a strength and speed training period.. These conditions included a whey protein supplement, a low level bovine colostrum supplement, and a high level bovine supplement containing 5 times the amount of colostrum as the low level group.. Also, the low level bovine colostrum supplement increased levels of IGF-F to a greater degree than the whey protein group.. One of the more recent studies regarding bovine colostrum supplementation was again conducted by Mero and his team of nutritional scientists (5).. The results from this study clearly showed that bovine colostrum produced significant increases in essential amino acid concentrations within the muscles compared to no increases in the placebo group.. This was an 8 week study composed of 51 males subjects divided into two groups: a placebo/whey protein group and a bovine colostrum group.. Simply put, bovine colostrum supplementation during training significantly increased peak anaerobic power and vertical jump, but had no effect on alactic anaerobic work capacity, 1RM, or plasma IGF-I when compared to the control/whey protein group.. Coombes et al (8) decided to clarify this issue by conducting his own study in which bovine colostrum was tested on endurance cyclists.. Of similar interest to endurance athletes is a study by Shing et al (9) in which he investigated the influence of low dose bovine colostrum supplementation on exercise performance in cyclists over a 10 week period that also included 5 days of high intensity training.. There were two groups: a bovine colostrum group which consumed 10 grams a day or a placebo/whey protein group.. Although there are a relatively few number of research studies performed on bovine colostrum, all of them showed empirical evidence of aiding athletic performance.. Protein metabolism and strength performance after bovine colostrum supplementation.. Effect of bovine colostrum on anaerobic exercise performance and plasma insulin-like growth factor I. J Sports Sci.. The influence of bovine colostrum supplementation on exercise performance in highly trained cyclists.
Product Information NZ Pure Health Bovine Colostrum Powder supports immune health, bone growth, brain function and general well-being.. Our easy to use Bovine Colostrum powder can be prepared as a drink similar to reconstituted milk powder, or included as part of a meal preparation.. NZ Pure Health Bovine Colostrum powder can support the following conditions:. Ingredients Each 100g of newzealandpurehealth Bovine Colostrum powder contains:89.4g Instant Whole Milk Powder, 8.089g Colostrum Powder 20% IgG, 1.111g Milk Calcium Powder, 0.867g DHA Powder, 0.444g Zinc Gluconate, 0.089g Filling aids.7200mg Immunoglobulins per can.. When added to infant foods (infants = 6 months - 1 year), use 1 scoop per serving.. Also called Bovine Colostrum, this early-milk is naturally rich in immunoglobulin’s (IgG, IgA and IgM), growth factors, proteins, vitamins and minerals, which makes Colostrum a life supporting nutrient composition.. Colostrum provides the immune factors and growth factors that may not be produced by the body and therefore supports immunity, bone health and normal brain function.. It may also have other health benefits.The protein content of bovine colostrum is three to four times higher up to 150 grams per litre compared to 30 to 40 grams per litre than it is in regular cow's milk.The greater part of this protein is comprised of whey proteins.. Other substances found in bovine colostrum include casein, lactoferrin, alpha-lactalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin, and the growth factors insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2), transforming growth factor beta (TGFbeta) and epidermal growth factor (EGF).. Bovine colostrum may also contain colostrinin, also known as proline-rich polypeptide (PRP), a substance found in ovine colostrum.. Bovine colostrum prepared by microfiltration is mainly composed of whey proteins and their associated immunoglobulins and the growth factors IGF-1, IGF-2, TGFbeta and EGF.Substances such as lactose, fats, casein and lactalbumin are significantly reduced in microfiltered bovine colostrum.. This suggests that some immunoglobulins may be more resistant to degradation in the gut.Growth factors and other peptides and proteins in bovine colostrum are most likely degraded by proteolytic enzymes and absorbed, distributed and metabolized in the same fashion as similar dietary substances.
All preterm pigs fed bovine colostrum had reduced necrotizing enterocolitis severity relative to preterm pigs fed infant formula.. Using preterm piglets as model for preterm infants, bovine colostrum is feasible as diet supplement to preterm infants when supply of mother’s milk is limited.. Using preterm pigs as animal model for preterm infants, this study provides important information about future feeding guidelines for diet supplements to preterm infants, such as infant formula and bovine colostrum.. Using preterm pigs as a model for preterm infants, this study points to the feasibility of bovine colostrum as diet supplement for preterm infants.. In this study, preterm pigs were fed enteral on sow’s milk only or bovine colostrum, infant formula, or human milk as diet supplement to sow’s milk or as total diet component.. Using preterm pigs as model for preterm infants, bovine colostrum is feasible as diet supplement when mother’s milk is in limited supply.. Preterm pigs were fed with infant formula, bovine colostrum or infant formula followed by bovine colostrum.. Preterm pigs fed on colostrum only or after infant formula showed lower necrotizing enterocolitis severity and higher gut growth relative to preterm pigs fed only on infant formula.. Preterm pigs were fed with sow’s milk supplemented with bovine milk, bovine colostrum, infant formula or whole milk powder.