Friday, 7 February 2014

Interesting study of breastmilk antibodies raises questions

SIgA is an antibody found in breastmilk (and lots of other bodily fluids) that helps infants set up healthy colonies of gut bacteria. Without it, baby mice develop symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome when exposed to environmental stressors.
With the usual proviso that we are not mice, this is a subject I have often wondered about too.

Dodgy gut bacteria have been implicated in a host of problems - three of which I have; irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis. Interestingly, I was never fed any breast milk and I have often wondered if there was a correlation on the grounds that the colostrum in breast milk being needed for the functioning of the immune system.

(Colostrum is known to contain immune cells (as lymphocytes)[4] and many antibodies such as IgA, IgG, and IgM. These are the major components of the adaptive immune system. Source: Wikipedia)

I've certainly been exposed to my fair share of stressors - environmental and otherwise - too!

I have a feeling that this - if picked up by the right specialists - could be a useful development towards the understanding and even treatment of thse conditions.

Interesting study of breastmilk antibodies raises questions - Boing Boing

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