Fatigued of Fatigue?
Fatigued of Fatigue? Healthy Living Magazine, Anti-Aging, Thomas E. Stone
Between three and six million Americans suffer from either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome or a combination of these two diseases, which are characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and fatigue. Both conditions are thought to be linked with autoimmune disorders caused by infection or toxic exposures that ignite a hyper reaction in which the body’s own white blood cells turn against its tissues. Now we know that first-milking bovine colostrum, the rich golden fluid that all mammals secrete prior to producing mother’s milk, is a gift of a lifetime that can surpass drug therapy for results.
There is a vast overlap between the signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia and those of chronic fatigue syndrome. More often than not, there is also a pattern of sleep disturbance that accompanies these problems.
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome both fall into a class of diseases called autoimmune disorders and are more common among women than men. I believe women are susceptible to these problems because of hormonal imbalances, which are exacerbated by synthetic hormone-like chemicals in the food chain.
Leaky Gut Connection
A majority of the patients I see with fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome also have something called leaky gut syndrome, which has been linked to many autoimmune diseases. Among other things, leaky gut syndrome allows undigested food proteins to leak through abnormally large spaces between the cells of an inflamed intestinal lining. These proteins are considered foreign substances by the immune system and the ensuing attempt to rid the body of these causes inflammation and pain. Autoimmune diseases result when an ongoing reaction like this is left unchecked. In the case of fibromyalgia, hyperimmune reaction results in an attack on pressure points and pain and stiffness are especially intense in the morning, and I know of several cases where individuals could not even tolerate clothes or bedding touching their skin.
The healing of leaky gut syndrome, for which first milking colostrum is being studied, can be a major factor in cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Additionally, colostrum contains several anti-inflammatory compounds that reduce pain. Another factor contained in colostrum known as proline-rich polypeptide tones down the hyper response of the immune system, lessening the body’s autoimmune reaction.
Numerous studies have shown that patients with fibromyalgia have low tissue levels of magnesium—even with supplementation. This is an example of the effects of a leaky gut where inflammation in the intestinal lining damages the carrier proteins that carry minerals, such as magnesium, into the bloodstream. As a leaky gut is healed, nutrient absorption is balanced.
According to an article in American Family Physician, most patients with fibromyalgia have low levels of insulinlike growth factor-1. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome have a significantly diminished growth hormone level, which is associated with fatigue and other symptoms as well as poor gut repair. Both of these growth factors are contained in high quality first milking colostrum products and are successful in treating the symptoms of fibromyalgia, according to chronic pain expert Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of the book From Fatigued to Fantastic. It is thought by some that IGF-1 can be correcting low levels of serotonin and its precursor, tryptophan, which are associated with the sleep disorders of both fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.
In my practice I have found that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome respond to use of colostrum. Many patients are women ready to give up—who have tried everything else and don’t know where to turn. A woman bedridden for 17 years with both chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia started using colostrum supplements; she was out of bed in a few weeks and within a few months symptom free. Now she works eight to 10 hours a day without her former symptoms. Another patient treated for 12 years with conventional therapies was bedridden and regressing when she began taking colostrum. After only one week, she was able to eliminate all of her pain medication and within six months she resumed a normal life.
Additional published research confirms my clinical findings. At the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, a clinical pilot study examined the induction of apoptosis in mononuclear cells on treatment of patients with chronic pain syndrome with oral immunoglobulin produced from bovine colostrum. The lessening of mononuclear cells indicates a reduced hyperimmune response and conditions cleared.
The four patients suffering from chronic idiopathic pain (idiopathic facial pain or fibromyalgia) who were enrolled in the study had previously successfully been treated with bovine colostrum. Mononuclear cells from peripheral blood were analyzed for representative cytokines in the serum. The clinical response (pain and quality of life parameters using a visual analogue scale VAS) were determined regularly in each patient.
The findings showed that the unneeded primitive cells were dying by programmed cell death (apoptosis) in three of the four patients. These results were accompanied by a relief of the pain symptoms. The fourth patient was found not to need any further analgesic treatment since she demonstrated only nonsignificant changes in her laboratory screening and immunological parameters and by the end of the study she was also completely free of pain (long-term treatment with bovine colostrum).
In spite of the low patient number, the results were obtained with a sufficiently high degree of control because of the study design.
The agreement of the clinical data with my findings suggests that first-milking colostrum is a treatment for successful resolution of chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Colostrum has a unique blend of growth factors and immune factors which can produce relatively quick relief for these two conditions.References
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