Early in the 20th century it was noted that antibody levels in the first milk produced after birth (colostrum) were much higher than were found in the milk produced after 72 hours. It was already known that these antibodies contained certain properties that enhanced protection. Prior to the development of sulphur drugs and antibiotics, colostrum was used for the natural antibiotic properties it contained. A physician, Albert Sabin who is credited with developing the first polio vaccine, was an advocate of colostrum use and had in fact originally isolated the first anti-polio antibodies from bovine colostrum. About forty years later Campbell and Peterson, using an orthodox vaccination protection theory, developed a programme whereby cows were immunized with a mixture of attenuated pathogens before the birth of their calf. The colostrum collected from these animals was referred to as immune or hyperimmunised colostrum. Research which was conducted using the hyper immune milks showed it to be prophylactically and therapeutically successful in preventing and treating pathogens capable of causing infections in the intestinal tract, ranging from E.coli, infant rotavirus, Cryptococcidiosis, diarrhoea in AIDS and other immunodeficient patients, dental care formation and a variety of other conditions. In 1992 Kummer was the first to demonstrate that colostrum from non-immunized cows can prevent gastrointestinal disease in infants. In 1998 McConnell and her colleagues at Otago University, New Zealand, in conjunction with The New Zealand Dairy Group demonstrated that it was possible to produce a colostrum from pasture-fed, non-immunized cows which showed greater antibody volume and activity than that of the hyperimmunised equivalent. The New Zealand Dairy Industry pioneered the first commercial colostrum collection system. Hundreds of dairy farmers with more than 400 cows invested in separate stainless steel tanks and the companies developed the means by which to collect, pasteurize, dry and store colostrum in large quantities. New Image International pioneered the marketing of colostrum with the
creation of a product from the first batch by the name of LIFELINETM.
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aucland, new zealand