I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Your health begins and ends in your gut.
You might not put much thought into it, but your gut is the powerhouse of your body – not only when it comes to digestion, but also mood, weight management, blood-sugar control, and even cancer prevention.
And every month that goes by, the medical community learns more and more about the gut lining… how it houses at least 80 per cent of your immune system… and how crucial its balance of flora is to almost every disease.
One of the most powerful investments you can make in your health is EnteraGam, a medical food that’s got the power to repair damage to your gut AND fight off infections.
Fighting off infections from moment one
As I shared with you in last month’s issue of my Nutrition and Healing newsletter, I’m a big fan of medical foods.
They’re the perfect bridge between the holistic medical world and the conventional medical world. Instead of ‘band-aiding’ them, medical foods actually help HEAL diseases – without drugs or dangerous chemicals that merely mask symptoms.
And, yes, they’re ‘food’, but their healing powers can take hold in very powerful and potent versions – so much so that they require a prescription from a doctor.
EnteraGam is basically a very powerful and concentrated version of something called ‘colostrum’, which is a special form of milk that comes from mammals’ mammary glands in the first few days after giving birth. It can be found in the form of human breast milk as well as the milk of farm animals like horses, sheep, pigs, and cows.
Colostrum is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because of its yellowish colour… and its amazing healing properties.
It’s high in antibodies, which helps protect newborns from disease before their own immune system develops.
Colostrum has a long history of use in the holistic medical world, having been used for thousands of years in India to treat a varied array of medical issues. Colostrum was one of the only ways we had to kill infections before antibiotics!
In fact, Albert Sabin made his first oral polio vaccine using colostrum from cows because it had polio immunoglobulins in it. In the 1950s, colostrum was also used
to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Despite these historical references… and its anecdotal uses which vary from immune support, gut support, and weight loss, to allergies and even autoimmune support… the
regular medical establishment still isn’t convinced.
In the 1980s, when studies showed that colostrum doesn’t pass through the gut lining of adults,1 the mainstream medical community immediately dismissed it. They argued that if
colostrum just stays in your intestines, taking it would be a waste of time.
Well, in my opinion, that’s a GREAT thing! The more ‘liquid gold’ that stays in the gut lining, the better – because THAT’S where the healing occurs. And when the gut lining is healed, the reverberations to the rest of your health are easily 10 times the power of absorbing some of it into your bloodstream!
What’s leaking into your bloodstream?
The specific diseases that medical studies have shown EnteraGam to help include HIV-associated enteropathy, paediatric malnutrition, irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhoea (IBS-D) (which affects close to 10 per cent of the population), and inflammatory bowel disease (which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).
IBD is actually one of the most vicious forms of a condition that’s been coined ‘leaky gut syndrome,’ or, more officially, ‘increased intestinal permeability’.
Even that name doesn’t tell the whole story… because in addition to small ‘holes’ in the gut lining, this condition is also associated with a disrupted gut flora – both of which can be caused by a host of issues, most commonly: NSAIDs (like ibuprofen), stress, coffee, alcohol, sugar, poor diet, antibiotics, and chemotherapy.
Not surprisingly, these are also the factors that can throw your ratio of good-to-bad bacteria out of whack – and that imbalance is what causes the excess permeability of the
Those ‘holes’ in the gut allow unwanted pathogens to enter the bloodstream… which is why evidence supporting the infectious component of IBD and IBS-D continues to mount,4 and why colostrum can be such a powerful healing agent for these conditions.
And if your gut lining has taken on the appearance of cheesecloth, you can bet that you won’t be able to absorb nutrients from the foods you eat and even the supplements you take.
The cumulative negative effects of the disrupted flora and poor absorption can wreak havoc throughout the entire body.
The gap in your health may be a hole in your gut EnteraGam contains two types of immunoglobulins – one that addresses each of these issues. The first (type A) can ‘seal’ an adult’s damaged and inflamed gut lining, especially one that is ‘leaky’, just like it helps seal the intestines of a newborn baby. The second (type G) binds and neutralises the ‘bad’ gut bugs to ward off infections.
This medical food version of colostrum is an amazing advancement because it finally gives me the power that I have been looking for to ‘plug the holes’ in my patients’ guts as well as improve their immune systems.
As a holistic doctor of many years, I know that fixing a ‘leaky gut’ can aid in the healing of almost any disease. I think that almost every patient who comes to my office with a chronic health condition has some form of enteropathy… and I’m pleased to say that I’ve been seeing really exciting results with EnteraGam. It’s literally one of the best and most powerful gut products that I have ever used.
EnteraGam comes in the form of a powder that you can take with or without food. Most patients find it easiest to stir it into a glass of water.
The process that extracts the immunoglobulins from the colostrum eliminates all of the actual ‘dairy’, which makes it a game-changer for anyone who can’t tolerate ‘dairy’ colostrum because of the casein, whey, or lactose.
It’s also gluten-free, but since it’s been formulated from proteins extracted from the colostrum of cows, it’s technically an animal product and wouldn’t be suitable for anyone with
a beef allergy.
If you’d like to learn more about this breakthrough medical food, visit www.EnteraGam.com and ask your doctor about it. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognised it as effective
and safe, and in America it is routinely prescribed for enteropathy (basically any disease that involves the intestines, especially the small intestine).
While UK doctors may be slow to follow suit, in the meantime, if all else fails, you can get an over-the-counter version of colostrum in powder, capsule, and even chewable forms at your local health food store. Although these products won’t have as much muscle as the prescription-strength medical food version, they’re still well worth the investment.
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Vol. 10, Issue 6 • June 2016