Thursday, April 10, 2008

breastmilk contains stem cells

an ethically sound source for stem cells!

i always knew breastmilk is powerful - it is great for infections and scars. it helped my c-section scar to begin to lighten from its angry purple state. plus we've been using it to treat callum's eye infection, and did for his ear infection and when he had a stuffed up nose.

this should be more prominent news - and maybe if the pharmaceutical co.s find a way to make money off of breastmilk it will be deemed more newsworthy.

the link - Breast milk contains stem cells

some of the highlights of the article:
" discovery that human breast milk contains stem cells is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting them to research treatment for conditions as far-reaching as spinal injuries, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. "
“The point is that many mothers see milks as identical – formula milk and breast milk look the same so they must be the same. But we know now that they are quite different and a lot of the effects of breast milk versus formula don’t become apparent for decades. Formula companies have focussed on matching breast milk’s nutritional qualities but formula can never provide the developmental guidance.”
"Further research on immune cells, which have also been found in breast milk and have already been shown to survive the baby’s digestive process, could provide a pathway to developing targets to beat certain viruses or bacteria."

ah - the human body is simply grand!

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