March 6, 2016 By Natural News
(NaturalNews) Author Sarah Landers Human breast milk is a wonderful thing – it gives new born babies the perfect mix of vitamins, proteins, fats and antibodies to help combat bacterial infections and viruses.(1)
For thousands of years, breastfed children have benefited from this additional protection against disease during their vital first months of life. However, in a breakthrough new report by U.K. scientists, breast milk is now considered vital to adults too.
Scientists have developed an antibiotic from human breast milk that will play a crucial part in the fight against superbugs, which currently kill around 700,000 people worldwide every year. This figure is predicted to rise up to 10 million by 2050 according to a panel set up by Prime Minister David Cameron to tackle the growing problem.
What is a superbug?
In short, a superbug is a pathogen that is resistant to the treatments that are commonly used against it. One widely known superbug is MRSA, which is resistant to many drugs that had been available to fight it. Medical experts warn that, as the global population continues to increase and fewer antibiotics are discovered, we will see an increase in extremely dangerous infections that are a threat to human life.(2)
David Cameron has warned that these superbugs could plunge modern medicine "back into the Dark Ages," and according to the U.K.'s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, ministers have not yet even begun to plan for a world without antibiotics, because it is hoped that powerful new drugs will be discovered in time.(3)
Superbugs commonly spread in hospitals, affecting people who are being treated for something completely different whilst their immune systems are weaker. At the moment, the only real way to help prevent the spreading of these bugs is to advise people to wash their hands regularly in an attempt to limit exposure.
So is breast milk the answer?
The antibiotic that has recently been developed from human breast milk may hold the key to our upcoming battle with superbugs. Unlike most antibiotics currently available, this new drug works by attacking the basic biology of bacteria, making it almost impossible for the infection to evolve defenses.
This is the type of breakthrough upon which ministers are relying to fight superbugs in coming years. Developed at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in southwest London, the antibiotic created from breast milk is able to literally tear apart bacteria within a fraction of a second.
The compound developed by the NPL was isolated from the active ingredient, lactoferrin, which has long been considered to have innate but weak antimicrobial properties. Lactoferrin is part of a protein that naturally occurs in breast milk and completely destroys bacteria, fungi and viruses as soon as it touches them.(4)
After isolating the breast milk compound, scientists injected it into an artificial virus that selectively targets bacteria. Researchers believe that this new antibiotic could also be used to treat currently terminal or "incurable" genetic diseases, such as sickle-cell anaemia, because of its ability to rewrite a cell's DNA.
It may be a decade before it is clear whether or not this antibiotic works and becomes widely available. One of the biggest challenges is to make sure that enough of the virus gets into the infected areas without first being broken down in the bloodstream.
Meanwhile, medical experts have suggested that we need on average 10 new antibiotics every decade to combat those bacteria that have already built up resistance. This means that scientists need to find more prospective antibiotics – and fast – in order for the threat of superbugs to be alleviated.
September 16, 2014 by Natural News
(NaturalNews) Author PF Louis As outrageous as it may seem to those of us who are trying to be natural purists in an unnatural, artificial and synthetic chemical world, the increase in breastfeeding has created a dichotomy of breast milk advocates vs. formula bottle feeders who are too busy to breastfeed because they're career feminists who think that their husbands should share early childhood feeding duties with a bottle. 
Of course, there are reasons to not breastfeed, especially among unhealthy women who may be hard-drug addicts or alcoholics. Their "first food" may be too weak to pass on immune-boosting material, or their breast milk's toxicity may be enough for the children to inherit the mothers' weaknesses.
Even women who consume commercial produce have been observed to have pesticides and herbicides in their breast milk.
Nevertheless, there is a consensus that feeding a baby nothing but breast milk for at least six months, then adding some other foods while continuing with breastfeeding until at least 12 months of age has positive long-term health benefits. This consensus is confirmed by several international epidemiological survey studies.  [2a]
An example of a counter study was presented in early 2014 called "Is breast truly best? Estimating the effects of breastfeeding on long-term child health and wellbeing in the United States using sibling comparisons." However, this study had it's own flaws. For example, while they compared 1,773 siblings where at least one was breastfed and at least one was not, the markers for health that were used may have been limited. And the length of breastfeeding averaged under six months without clearly defining whether even that time period was exclusively breastfeeding or not. 
Epidemiological studies can be countered with other epidemiological studies or dissected and questioned to implant doubts and raise counter arguments that may in fact be inaccurate or totally false. Perhaps an animal study would place more weight on the validity of breastfeeding for better childhood health.
The UC Davis rhesus monkey study
The University of California, Davis, and UC San Francisco study entitled "Breast-fed and bottle-fed infant rhesus macaques develop distinct gut microbiotas and immune systems" was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine September 3, 2014.
The researchers used six monkeys that were breastfed and six that were nursery bottle formula-fed for six months, approximating their normal weening times. After the six months, both sets of six monkeys were put on identical diets. The microbiota in breastfed macaques was more diverse than in the bottle-fed group.
This study found that breast-fed infant monkeys had a higher gut microbiota diversity and richness than their formula-fed counterparts. But examining their immune systems during their regular diet periods after six months surprised the researchers.
By 12 months, the two groups showed significant immunity contrasts, with the differences centered on T cell development. The breastfed group had a much larger percentage of experienced memory T cells, which are better-equipped to secrete immune defense chemicals called cytokines.
The study's lead author, Amir Ardeshir, proudly announced, "This is the first time researchers have shown that these immunologic characteristics may be imprinted in the first new months of life. Our study suggests that the gut microbiota present in early life may leave a durable imprint on the shape and capacity of the immune system, a programming of the system if you will." 
Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride weighs in
Dr. McBride cured her son's autism through diet. From the knowledge of that experience, she successfully treated other children in her London practice with autism spectrum disorders and food allergies resulting from imbalanced gut microbiota.
Her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) has become a bible for families to overcome allergies and nervous disorders through diet. 
Dr. McBride has publicly asserted the importance of healthy mothers breastfeeding their children while noting that mothers who were not breastfed themselves were less likely to impart as strong of an immune system as those who were breastfed by their mothers. 
During these toxic times, women need to protect their and their children's health to ensure maximum immunity by breastfeeding their newborns.
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[2 } http://www.infactcanada.ca/foodgrup.htm
May 2012 by Natural News
NaturalNews) Author Willow Tohi The cover of Time Magazine last week had a picture of a woman nursing her three-year-old child to raise awareness of breastfeeding and get people talking about it. It worked, perhaps better than they anticipated. The tactic was employed and completely justified because breastfeeding rates in America are very low, due to our weird American hang-ups that can't reconcile the dual purposes of breasts. As Dr. Sears said, the real purpose of the human breast is for nurturing a child, not selling cars and beer.
The World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Canadian Pediatric Society, among others, recommend breastfeeding for at least two years, and beyond, as long as both the mother and child desire. What should be more individualized than a childhood, and a mother/child relationship? There is no evidence that continued breastfeeding is harmful nor that it is advantageous to wean a child before he is ready.
It's the norm - in other cultures and in other species
The history of breastfeeding and humanity speaks for itself. There shouldn't need to be a discussion. If your great-grandmothers didn't breastfeed, you wouldn't be here. It's what's normal. Name one other mammal that doesn't do it. You can't.
Some "experts" in the news responded to the Time article, taking aim at "attachment parenting" (which was just parenting in the old days) and other past norms it calls "extreme" including breastfeeding beyond infancy, calling it "a prescription for psychological disaster" that may cause "destructive psychosexual problems."
Yet in many countries children are commonly breastfed for several years. In places like Mongolia, children need the nourishment longer due to limitations of a nomadic lifestyle, and may nurse to as old as 6 years. In America, we are raising the first generation that is expected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents. With the imploding health of our nation, it's time to get people thinking about what can be done to fix it, and breastfeeding is one thing that can make a big difference. In places like Belgium, The Netherlands and Finland, where more than half of all children are breastfed for multiple years, the life expectancy is still increasing.
Scientists that studied 135 species of primates (including humans) recorded and analyzed variables including litter size, age at weaning to adult female body weight, and length of estrus. Their comprehensive data found strong correlation between female body weight and offspring weaning age. The calculation they came up with predicts, with a 91% success rate, that knowing the female's body weight predicts the offspring's weaning age. Apply that calculation to humans, and it determines that humans should have an average weaning age of between 2.8 and 3.7 years old.
Benefits for mother and child
Research shows that the content of breast milk changes as the child ages, naturally addressing the increased need for more fat and energy. It adapts to the toddlers developing system, providing the right nutrition at the right time. Unlike cow milk, which can cause digestive challenges and even allergies, human milk is custom made for that child's needs, that day. If she gets sick, she's getting antibodies from the milk before mom knows she's ill. The immunological benefits increase during the second and third years of nursing. Thousands of antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic antibodies protect against things like E. coli, pneumonia, step throat, salmonella, influenza, rotavirus, rubella, West Nile virus, allergies, asthma, mumps, measles, diabetes, meningitis and many cancers. Nursing children get sick less often, and heal quicker.
Breastfeeding is a source of comfort, support and security. The accessible nature of their mother's attention due to the breastfeeding relationship, combined with the hormonal benefits of consistent (loving) physical contact translates to an independence and security that comes from a deep-seated attachment. Strongly attached children are more empathetic and compassionate, easier to discipline, relate better to people and have a higher IQ. These are not children that are bullies. The physical workings of breastfeeding actually promotes oral development and enhances language skills.
Benefits to mother include emotional well-being due to the milk-making hormones, as well as less stress and less incidence of postpartum depression. The length of time a woman breastfeeds is linked to lowered risks of many cancers, diabetes and arthritis. Other benefits include natural birth control, easier parenting and a built in ability to soothe your child. It's faster and inexpensive also.
Parents that employ the tenants of attachment parenting, including extended breastfeeding, generally find it validating as it empowers them to trust their instincts, often over what well-meaning doctors and family members steeped in the western culture of a fear-based, medicated approach to health advise. There is nothing extreme or indulgent in giving your child a greater chance of growing up happier, healthier and smarter.
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