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Why I Use and Recommend Transfer Factors

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Why I Use and Recommend Transfer Factors

I would like to explain why I use and recommend Transfer Factors.  It’s something I’ve been asked rather frequently lately.  Through my studies of natural medicine, particularly when my mother was going through breast cancer, I came to understand the role that the immune system plays in health and that by creating a strong immune system, we give ourselves a much better chance of surviving certain diseases.

I never could understand why conventional medicine seems to ignore the role of the immune system in many disease processes, particularly cancer.

Fortunately, this is changing.  Immunotherapy to treat certain diseases is increasingly gaining acceptance by science in many parts of the world.  For instance, the breast cancer drug Herceptin is a form of immunotherapy known as a monoclonal antibody and works by binding with a protein called HER2/neu on breast cancer cells that overexpress this protein to slow or stop their growth.  Other types of immunotherapy include cancer vaccines and other non-specific immunotherapies that stimulate the immune system in a general way to increase its activity against cancer cells.

How Do Transfer Factors Fit In?

Transfer factors are tiny amino acid sequences found within our own immune systems, they belong to a class of immune system molecules known as cytokines which move throughout the body like a team of communication molecules.  You might not know it, but a great deal of communication takes place within your immune system and transfer factors help to coordinate its activities.

When your body is attacked by a virus or bacteria, or if cells should mutate, your transfer factors regulate a host of immune system components to move into the battle against the invader.

Transfer factors influence the activities of a great number of immune system components such as natural killer cells, T-killer cells, macrophages, monocytes, interferon, interleukins, etc.  Once the battle is over, there is a feedback function within the transfer factor team that alerts the team that they need to down-regulate activities and end the battle.

When the transfer factors in your immune system do not recognize a threat, you become ill with such things as colds, flu, recurrent infections, hepatitis, herpes, allergies, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and many other illnesses.

Your immune system is the #1 priority system in your body because it fights for your life and defends you against invaders every single day.  A simple flu bug would multiply until it killed you if not for your immune system.

Think about how you feel when you have the flu. The majority of the symptoms you have are not from the flu germ, they are created by the reaction of your immune system to the invader. Your immune system uses more vitamins, minerals, cellular energy, oxygen, hormones and many other body resources to mount its attack, thus draining your body of these resources and causing you to feel weak and tired.

Transfer factors are also involved in the antioxidant systems of your body and within your cells.  Your own natural transfer factors are involved in levels of natural antioxidants such as glutathione-S-transferase, the primary detoxification enzyme in your cells, also catalase and ascorbic acid.

If Our Bodies Make Transfer Factors Why Supplement?

You might be wondering why if we already have transfer factors in our bodies, we would need to supplement with man-made Transfer Factors.  While the bodies and immune systems of our ancestors were indeed conditioned over the millennia to effectively deal with their environment, modern society has stressors that our ancestors never had to deal with and our immune systems are struggling.

Back then, there were no pesticides and growth hormones in and on our food.  They didn’t have air and water pollution to contend with, nor prepackaged foods containing chemical preservatives, sugar and trans-fats.  If our ancestors had dry skin, they simply slapped on some bear grease, they didn’t use body products that contained 72 toxic chemicals that their bodies then had to deal with.  The stress of our ancestors was generally short-lived as they hunted animals so they could eat, or had to make a quick escape from dangerous animals in their environment.

Modern people have many more stressors and our until our immune systems are able to adapt to that, they just need help.  Between the environmental factors, financial problems, relationship challenges and attacks on  our self-esteem, our bodies are pumping cortisol into our systems on a daily basis, the effect of which pretty effectively suppresses immune system activity.

The fact that we travel also creates a problem for the immune system because we are plunged into an environment where the bugs which are native to the population we are visiting is completely unfamiliar to us.  When we travel to a foreign country – or even just another city or state within our own country – not only are we transporting our germs to that population but their germs are introduced to us and the immune systems of both locals and visitors can be overwhelmed with invaders with which it is not familiar.  Because of all of these reasons, our immune systems often require assistance.

Transfer Factors Are Not Like Herbs

Transfer Factors work completely different in the body than herbs like echinacea, astragalus, goji, mangosteen, etc.  These are more of nutritive value and have a narrow range of function in the immune system.  For example, mangosteen can inhibit COX-2 but so can ginger, turmeric, boswellia, etc.  Nothing comes close to educating 1 and regulating the immune system like transfer factors – they stand alone.  Don’t get me wrong – certain herbs are fabulous for their ability to nourish certain immune system components, act as catalysts and turn on certain receptors in immune system cells.  But Transfer Factors educate and regulate all of these immune system components.

The influence of Transfer Factors on immune system components is many times greater than any herb or nutrient. Transfer Factors help your immune system recognize a threat, respond to that threat and remember it for future encounters.  Transfer Factors enhance the efficiency of nutrients.

A Little Background on Transfer Factors

Way back in 1949, Dr Henry Sherwood Lawrence discovered that when you transfer blood to another person, some of the donor’s immunity is transferred to the person receiving it.  We have long known that mothers nursing their babies passed on their immune system memory to the child.  Years and years later, and hundreds of studies later, transfer factor science has come a very long way and we have learned that transfer factors do not have to come from humans to be effective 2, we have learned that the colostrum from cattle and egg yolks from chickens contain the very best and strongest transfer factors, and that taking them this way is completely safe.

The company that has done the research and holds many patents on the best man-made transfer factors has discovered a special micro-filtration process that completely separates out anything “cow” or “chicken” so all that remains is the tiny amino acid sequence which is the transfer factor.  People who are lactose intolerant or allergic to eggs can take Transfer Factors because these components are completely removed in the filtration process.

Interesting Transfer Factor Studies

Many studies have been done demonstrating the efficacy of transfer factors for the immune system.  Here are but two:

One 2005 research study involved transfer factors taken from immunized swine and injected into a cancer tumor known as glioblastoma multiform (GBM), the most common tumor of the central nervous system in humans.  Researchers found that the transfer factors significantly reduced the tumor size, increased immune cell counts, increased the percentage of apoptotic tumor cells and, when combined with chemotherapy, the transfer factors became even more effective. 3

A study done in 2000 at the University of Colorado Medical Center reports “Transfer factors have been shown to be an effective means for correction of deficient cellular immunity in patients with opportunistic infections, such as candidiasis or recurrent Herpes simplex and to provide prophylactic immunity against varicella-zoster in patients with acute leukemia.” 4

Doctor Testimonies

Many doctors are using and recommending Transfer Factor supplements to their patients with immune system issues.  It is one of the only natural products listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference 5, the go-to manual for information on drugs and nutraceuticals that sits in every physician’s office across the USA.

Here are a few testimonies from doctors using and recommending Transfer Factors:

There is so much we can do and need to do.  I honestly feel that Transfer Factor is needed by everyone everywhere.  Because people don’t know about it therefore they are not taking TF products to enhance their immune system.  In all honesty in my 43 years of medical practice I have never come across any pharmaceutical or nutriceutical products like Transfer Factor products that will help us to get well and stay well.” Dr Benny Foo, MBBS (Melbourne), M App Sc (RMIT University), FAMAC, Dip Orthomolecular Nutrition.

I’m a cancer physician. I primarily treat female cancer and certainly encourage my patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy to take Transfer Factors. It helps to modulate the immune system and is great for overall health. I have patients with chronic herpes infections who are taking Transfer Factors on a regular basis. These patients have reported a reduction in the number of outbreaks. I’ve also had patients with chronic yeast infections consuming Transfer Factors and are reporting improvement as well. Transfer Factors is a science-based product with excellent data from a variety of researchers.” – Duane Townsend, MD

Transfer Factor is the most exciting product for the immune system that I’ve seen in my eighteen years of practicing medicine. It has literally revolutionized my practice, particularly in terms of chronic diseases.” – Dr Kenneth Singleton

Use of transfer factor should be considered as part of your therapy of immune augmentation in cancer.” – Dr Royal Rife

To sum up, the 4 best benefits of Transfer Factor supplementation are:

1.  If your immune system has been struggling, Transfer Factors help your immune cells to quickly recognize potential threats;
2.  Transfer Factors help your immune system respond more efficiently and more quickly after an invader has been identified;
3.   Transfer Factors provide information to your immune cells so they can do their jobs faster and more effectively;
4.  Transfer Factors help your immune system remember how to respond to potential threats so your body knows exactly what to do the next time it encounters said threat.

Transfer Factors are totally safe for babies and children, pregnant women, the elderly, vegetarians, the lactose intolerant, and those with egg allergies.  I believe it is a must have if you are to have a fighting chance against today’s immune system stressors.

I have used and recommend 4Life Transfer Factors, they are among the very best and work beautifully.

References:
1.  Structural nature and functions of transfer factors – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8363241

2.  Transfer Factors in Medical Therapy – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20561650

3.  Interstitial transfer factor as adjuvant immunotherapy for experimental glioma –
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16471320

4.  Transfer factors: identification of conserved sequences in transfer factor molecules –
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10949913

5.  Link to Transfer Factors in the online Physician’s Desk Reference:
http://www.pdr.net/full-prescribing-information/4life-transfer-factor-tri-factor?druglabelid=159

Increased tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) and natural killer cell (NK) function using an integrative approach in late stage cancers – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12148949

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Powerful Natural Boosters For The Immune System

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Powerful Natural Boosters For The Immune System

If you are struggling to overcome breast cancer, it is important to understand the role of a strong immune system. It is vital that you know that there  are many powerful natural boosters for the immune system and that they enhance healing and help to stimulate the body’s natural healing defenses, making them perfect for use just prior to surgery, post-surgery and/or when you are going through chemotherapy and/or radiation.

The Importance Of A Strong Immune System

Once you are through with your treatments, building a strong immune system becomes even more important, to keep recurrences away.  Your immune system is your first line of defense against not only pathogens, viruses, and bacteria, but cancer cells.  If your immune system is under-reacting to an internal threat, cancer is often the result.

My Favorites To Build A Strong Immune System

Here’s my list of favorite supplements to build a strong immune system.  Please don’t use everything listed below all at the same time.  Always consult a health professional before embarking upon any regimen to get personalized recommendations for dosages and which of the following is best for you.

  • American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) – a tonic herb, it can boost energy levels and decrease recovery time post-surgery.
  • Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata) – has been studied recently for its immune stimulating effects, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits.  There’s a good article on it on the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center website [1].
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – an Ayurvedic herb useful for strengthening the immune system, it also combats the effects of stress, reduces anxiety and depression, and has anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)used for centuries by the Chinese, astragalus is a potent enhancer of the immune system.
  • Curcumin – a yellow pigment derived from the root spice turmeric, a powerful antioxidant. We have loads of research on its anti-cancer activity, and it decreases the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. [2]
  • Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) – boosts the immune system by increasing production of white blood cells which help fight disease.
  • Essential oils – vast quantities of research now exist proving beyond a shadow of a doubt exactly how essential oils can be used to enhance immunity. Nearly every single essential oil contains  phytochemicals (plant chemicals) that have research-backed anti-cancer and immune-stimulating properties. This is a vast subject, so if you’d like to know more about how to use essential oils – and which ones help the most, just subscribe to my newsletters. I share loads of great information in my free newsletters.
  • Glyconutrients – plant based and organic, these supply all eight of the simple sugars our cells require for proper communication, thus assisting with brain function, immune function, etc. When the cells are communicating better, everything starts working more optimally. What I like about them is that they help to create healthy stem cells. See my article Breast Cancer Stem Cells – Stopping Them In Their Tracks.
  • Goji or Wolfberry (Lycium barbarum) – unlike some herbs, this one has good research [3], [4] which indicates its usefulness for increasing immunological responses.  Best taken in a juice as it tends to preserve the polysaccharide content that dried fruit does not contain. The brands I love are Young Living’s NingXia Red (you can get that from me) and Freelife GoChi. Both taste amazing and are super easy to take and work the best for boosting immunity.
  • Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) – a natural antibiotic, goldenseal contains the phytochemical berberine. It’s wonderful for helping to prevent and fight infections, it is a potent anti-inflammatory, helps boost white blood cells, and one 2010 study found that berberine inhibited the growth of two different types of breast cancer cells better than the chemo drug doxorubicine [5].
  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) – contains potent antioxidant compounds that neutralize free radicals and prevent damage to the immune system. In addition, green tea stimulates the liver to secrete interferon, an immune compound that helps fight infection. To bolster immune function, drink 3 or more cups of organic green tea daily.
  • Medicinal mushrooms – amazing support for the immune system, see my article Medicinal Mushrooms – Fungi That Fight Cancer Cells for more information.
  • 4Life Transfer Factors – specially formulated to help immune cells identify health threats and speed up the immune response to those threats. Transfer factors work by transferring immune memory and knowledge from one entity to another, a rather different approach to immune system support. I’ve taken these myself, have recommended them for hundreds of others and  everyone loves them.  You can get them from me. Contact me for more information.

It’s always a good idea to let your physician know exactly what you are taking in order to avoid any possible drug interactions.

References:

[1] https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/andrographis

[2] Curcumin Induces Cell Death and Restores Tamoxifen Sensitivity in the Antiestrogen-resistant Breast Cancer Cell Lines MCF-7/LCC2 and MCF-7/LCC9 — http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23299550

[3] Immunomodulatory Effects of a Standardized Lycium Barbarum Fruit Juice in Chinese Older Healthy Human Subjects — http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19857084

[4] Lycium Barbarum Inhibits Growth of Estrogen Receptor Positive Human Breast Cancer Cells By Favorably Altering Estradiol Metabolism – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19373615

[5] The Alkaloid Berberine Inhibits the Growth of Anoikis-resistant MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 Breast Cancer Cell Lines by Inducing Cell Cycle Arrest – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19800775

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The information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.  You should not use the information on this site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem and please be sure to consult your health care professional when making decisions about your health.