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The use of colostrum for the treatment of
illness and for the maintenance of well-being dates back thousands
of years. The Ayurvedic physicians and the Rishis of India have
been using colostrum for medicinal purposes since cows have
Around the turn of century it was noted that antibody levels
in the first milk after birth (colostrum) were much higher than
in succeeding milks. It was known at that time that these antibodies
had certain properties that evoked protection. Spolverini (1920)
advocated that cow's colostrum be utilised as an infant food
to protect the infant against shared human and bovine diseases.
Prior to the development of sulpha drugs and antibiotics colostrum
was used for its antibiotic properties. In fact Albert Sabin,
the physician credited with developing the first polio vaccine
advocated the use of colostrum and in fact originally isolated
anti-polio antibodies from bovine colostrum. Campbell and Peterson
(1963) were the first to develop a program whereby cows were
immunised with a mixture of attenuated pathogens prior to birth
of the calf. The colostrum fraction collected from these animals
is referred to as immune or hyperimmunised colostrum.
The prophylatic and therapeutic use of immune milks has been
shown to be successful in preventing and treating enteropathogenic
Escherichia coli infections, rotavirus gastroenteritis in infants,
Cryptococcidiosis and diarrhoea in AIDS and other immunodeficient
patients, dental caries formation, and other conditions. In
all these instances colostrum containing immunoglobulins has
been obtained from cows hyperimmunised with specific pathogens.
Kummer (1992) was the first to show that colostrum from non-immunised
cows can prevent gastrointestinal disease in infants. McConnell
(1998) and her colleagues at Otago University, New Zealand and
New Zealand Dairy Group successfully showed that it was possible
to produce a colostrum from pasture fed non-hyperimmunised cows
which exhibited a greater antibody titre then that of a hyperimmunised
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It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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not meant to replace the services or recommendations of a physician
or qualified health care practitioner. Those with health problems
or pregnancy are specifically advised that they should consult
their physician before taking colostrum or any nutritional supplement.