Can Colostrum Help Autoimmune Conditions?

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Interviewer: Let me ask you another question, you mentioned auto-immune conditions. In what you've seen in your studies can colostrum halt those or maybe even reverse some of the symptoms.

Dr. Keech: Well, I don't really care for colostrum doesn't treat or cure any diseases, okay? It doesn't treat or cure anything. All colostrum does is it's designed to do what it was meant to do and that's balance the immune system or start the immune system or restart the immune system. So, it doesn't treat any disease. It's understanding how colostrum, what is it, it's something that balances the immune system. And if you look at disease states whether they be auto-immune conditions and auto-immune conditions is a hyper-active immune state where the body is basically attacking itself and various areas of the body. Essentially auto-immune conditions are essentially the same, they just manifest themselves differently in the body. It's the same condition and we understand the immunological aspects of this. Auto-immune diseases area TH1 condition. And any type of immune system, immune condition, is propagated with the particular concentrations of cytokines. You have more TH1 cytokines, you're going to produce more TH1 cells which then propagate into auto-immune disease as well as TH17 cells also propagate a lot of the auto-immune conditions. But I want to make sure, colostrum is not something that treats or cures anything. All it does is just it balances the immune system, because that's what it is. That's not claiming anything, it's what colostrum is. You take colostrum when you're born to start your immune system. You know, you can't dispute that, that's what it is, that's what it does. So, rather than saying it may treat this, it may treat that, understand what that condition is first. And understand that it's immune related. In fact, most conditions are immune related but the key is when I lecture to doctors is getting the understanding of what is the immune system. And once you understand it, how can you help the immune system? How can you help your body heal itself? So, this is just another tool, it's not the all and end all, it's just a tool that doctors have in their practice, as well as consumers, to keep your immune system strong or balanced, okay? There's a value in that. There's a value in teaching the body how to function. And these peptides don't just work on the immune system. They work on the endocrine system. They are neuro-immune peptides. I mean, if you look at Alzheimer's, it's basically Diabetes type 3 of the brain. All of these things are interrelated. The body is a multi-dimensional system that we don't understand what it really does. But we're getting a handle on it. But if you look at, you know, like looking around for millions of years that we've been developed over millions of years, how do we develop? I mean, take a natural approach to things, to treatment of medicine. Let's look at natural approaches to treating diseases. I don't like to say treating will cure anything, but just understand how important it is to keep our immune system strong, healthy, balanced, modulated and I think that is the message is rather than I have an auto-immune disease, what do I do? You don't take this to treat it, it doesn't work like that. It's understanding that whatever you do you have an immune condition. You need to take an immune modulator to balance your immune system to make it less hyperactive and less sensitive. Same as in having a suppressed immune system. I mean, if you look at HIV patients and AIDS patients they basically have a suppressed immune system. AIDS is an acquired immune deficiency syndrome, so it's a suppressed or a depressed immune system. So, therefore if you have a suppressed immune system, your body is going to suffer from opportunistic infections, that you're basically going to die from any type of infection or condition. So, it's important to boost that from a suppressed state but down regulate from a hyperactive auto-immune allergy-type state. The key is to balance. To get everything back and balanced again. Homeostasis, we call it. So, and that's really the message is rather than think about treating diseases, because all diseases are are manifestations of immune responses that are out of balance in the body. A lot of them. So, if we think about them in that respect, if you balance the immune system, you're going to feel  better. You're going to have a lower probability of being symptomatic. So, I really don't say anything about how it treats auto-immune disease or how it treats allergies; it doesn't. Understand what those conditions are first. I lecture to doctors all over the world and they get it. They're smart, they understand this, they just need a little bit of refresher courses on what the immune system does and once they refresh, it comes into their mind again. Because really  they're not taught a lot about the immune systems, unless you are an immunologist, in which you specialize in it. So, it's just getting a back understanding of how the immune system works and somebody by modulating and balancing it, can go a long way with helping your patients. It's another tool that they have in their toolbox to help fight diseases, to help manage the condition. You can never really treat or cure anything, it's just managing that particular condition to the state where the patient is happy, that they can that they feel good and can participate in life.
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Dr. Andrew Keech discusses the role colostrum may play in helping regulate immune systems. He also discusses autoimmune conditions and what the immune system's role in those is. He also discusses the importance of understanding immune conditions.

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