Milk Instructs The Human Immune System
I would like to take the bulk of the information from an article and do a review of that article. The article appeared in the editorial section of Hoard's Dairyman, Sept. 25, 2018, Pg. 548.
This article goes through and discusses the need to use milk in the instruction of the immune system. It starts out with a very good question, it is as follows; Why are kids in developed countries getting sick in ways that children in poorer parts of the world or even in history didn't? They answer one side of this question, the other side is as follows; Back in the 30's, 40's and 50's people like Dr. Weston Price and many others did extensive studies on this issue. In that, since it appears that in the developed parts of the world, nutrition was being better handled, and likely peaked during that time period. Then in the developed parts of the world, the nutrition went south after that. Beginning in that time frame, "modern" life put a halt to microbial transfer via a wide array of antibacterial products. IE; we become anti-germ freaks. Then, since we are no longer exposed to that antibacterial stuff, we create a limiting effect on the human body to develop immunity and ward off a long list of issues such as asthma, eczema, and allergies galore later in life. Once the nutritional levels peaked in the developed world, more attention was given to the undeveloped parts of the world, and some remarkable progress was and has been made, yet is still way short of the needs. But now we are having these wide arrays of health issue show up because of a lack of the immune system being exposed to these various pathogens and microbes. The solution has been to vaccinate. while it can be argued that some vaccines can be effective and needed, it can also be argued that many vaccines just make the problem worse. Perhaps, as it suggests in this article, that milk may play a critical role in properly programming our own body's immune system.
In the article, it cites a Bruce German from UC-Davis stating that milk contains glycan polymers. These are complex sugars that travel to the lower intestines, undigested in infants and young children. Once these glycan polymers reach the microbe-rich environment of the lower intestines, bacteria compete to ferment the sugars. This, in turn, gives a competitive advantage to the bacteria Bifidobacterium longum ssp. infantis. This bacteria actually shield infants from unhealthy bacteria and related illnesses. This creates what German dubs a "shelf-stable baby".
In these studies, the researchers sampled many dirty diapers from breast-fed versus formula-fed babies to establish this baseline. The observed that the formula-fed babies had a gut microflora more like adults. This microbial population could harm long-term development. Whereas the real milk from moms nurtures bacterial populations that have evolved over millennia. It is also noted that these same dynamics extend to all mammals. The newborn's body needs to be educated by both milk and mud. The whole Mammalian birth is a bacterial transfer process. Milk is an effective tool that can be used to guide the neonatal development in all mammals, including humans. IE; Milk instructs the immune system.
Many people will likely scoff at this theory. But when a person scoffs at the theory, one must be able to answer the questions of why conditions of asthma, eczema, and allergies, among many other illinesses, are exploding among the developed nations and is showing at far lower rates in the developing countries. The bottom line here is that it appears that milk could be one of the best things in the world for your intestines. Milk also plays a vital role in educating the human immune system.
I was going to add a section here about the A-1 and A-2 milk. But that will come later in another post. Too much information to produce for one post.