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Transfer Factors- Horses and Livestocks

Charles W. Brown, DVM - My colleagues and I have found this product (transfer factor) to be very effective in modulating the immune system. Transfer factors is a "soup" of immune-modulating factors, which contains a leukocyte-type molecule that can passively transfer immunity from one mammal to another by stimulating cell-mediated immunity and is antigen specific.  Richard Bennett, Ph.D., an Infectious Disease Microbiologist & Immunologist from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, believes this could be the most significant development in animal health care in decades. We have a great number of veterinarians and clients who are experiencing very positive results in a broad area of disorders, including periodontal. "

Search Shirley's Wellness Cafe Steven Slagle, DVM: "Transfer factors and enhanced transfer factors have turned out to be the most effective and versatile products I have ever used in my 32-year veterinary practice. Here are a few examples:

Stallion's Head and front body I have used these products as stand-alone and in conjunction with allopathic therapies in the following cases with excellent results: (Note all cancer cases were given enhanced transfer factors + only - also referred to as CANCER: Canine lipomas, Canine/feline hepatic tumors, Equine squamous cell carcinoma, Equine melanomas; Feline leukemia, oral tumors. VIRAL/BACTERIAL: Upper and lower respiratory infections, Canine/feline dermatoses, Equine/bovine scours, Equine septic arthritis, Feline abscesses. PARASITIC/FUNGAL/AUTOIMMUNE: E.P.M., Feline and equine fungal dermatitis, and Feline autoimmune gingivitis." Steven Slagle, DVM

NOTE: A number of veterinarians use the human formula of transfer factors in their practices. Diana Mc Cormick owns a magnificent black purebred Andalusianstallion, Amistad. The horse fully recovered from his cancer and other health problems with 6 capsules of transfer factor enhanced (the human formula) twice a day. A year later, Diana  wrote me: "The Tumor did not reappear or Amistad did not have any set backs since I nursed him through that winter after the surgery and the following Spring.  Amistad looks magnificent and he is winning everywhere, producing foals and making many more.  At this time Amistad is actually in the process of being sold for $80.000 to a wonderful lady in MI.  So miracles do happen, had we gone with the radiation, chances are he would have broken a leg with the weak bones and he would be sterile."  Meet Amistad
Joe Raemakers, DVM - "We recently had an experience with a 30-year-old horse who had a leg swollen from infection. I applied transfer factors directly to the leg and within 6 days the swelling was totally gone. I checked his lymphocyte level and he had a 27% increase since the use of transfer factors. THAT’S JUST PHENOMENAL!"
 
Note: Dr. Slagle and Dr. Raemakers DVM used the human formulas, transfer factors or the enhanced transfer factors (TF plus)  to treat the foal with swollen hock, the 10-year-old gelding with EPM, and the 30 year old horse (see information above)

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4life Transfer Factors make up a highly concentrated immune messaging system, designed by nature to transfer immune programming from one individual to another, both human and animal alikeDr. William Hennen, Ph.D. -  "Transfer factors make up a highly concentrated immune messaging system, designed by nature to transfer immune programming from one individual to another, both human and animal alike."   "Transfer factors are the most exciting discovery in immunology. As the 21st Century unfolds, transfer factors will be one of our greatest keys to health and well being."  Dr. Hennen is Vice President of Research and Development at 4Life Research. 4life Transfer Factor
 

ransfer Factor Plus for pets is a natural and science based product for the health of all our animal friends. Dr.Bennett is an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist.
Dr. Richard Bennett, Ph.D. - "Bacterial infections, viral infections and immune system fatigue cause a host of disease problems in pets, especially in very young and older animals.  Transfer factors naturally provides full immune system power and is a natural and science based product for the health of all our animal friends." 
Dr. Bennett is an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist
 
 

I have used Transfer Factor animal stress pack in several emergency cases including a horse that had a severe reaction to routine immunizations.  This horse could not walk, his hind end was doubled under him and his entire body was a big spasm.  He was unable to urinate and did not have a bowel movement in two days.Horse with severe reaction to routine immunizations

"I have used this stress product transfer factors  in several emergency cases including a horse that had a severe reaction to routine immunizations.  This horse could not walk, his hind end was doubled under him and his entire body was a big spasm.  He was unable to urinate and did not have a bowel movement in two days.  His central nervous system was in shock.  I began energy therapy and this TF animal stress product was given every 4 hours.  In two days the horse was able to walk. One month later the horse shows very little permanant damage.  He could have been crippled.  The stress pack worked miracles. I would highly recommend transfer factor for both human and animals."

Pamela Au (Pam is also the author of "Zen and the Horse". The book is divided into four chapters: the basics, body, mind and spirit.  The book expresses the need to allow nature to be the guide.  Understanding natural law is consistent in all things.)

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Old Arabian gelding
"Sam, a 27 year old Arabian gelding. I have had him for 22 years and about 8 years ago at the age of 19 he had started showing signs of old age. He was showing signs of low energy and stiffness, it was getting more difficult for him to get up with ease. His back legs would get really swollen. There came a point where we had to move facilities and to keep him as healthy as possible I searched for something to prevent and help with the stress of the move, and that is when I ran across Transfer Factor on Shirley's Wellness Café. I started him on the Animal Stress Pack (1 box) and continued with Transfer Factor Equine Performance and Show at 2 scoops a day. Much to my surprise he took the move with great ease and I contribute that to Transfer Factor.  A little time had passed and I felt like he needed additional nutrition, so I started him on marine phytoplankton FrequenSea. I gave him 2 bottle at the following doses: I started with 4 ounces the first day and second day. I found that I was going through it so fast and that it wouldn’t last me very long so I decreased it to 2 ounces for the next 3 days and then 1 ounce until it was gone, which was the last 18 days. Totaling 23 days.  I noticed that his energy level improved greatly and his eyes were bright and he defiantly felt even better. His eyes and his mood tell me a lot about him. While giving the F-Sea he was much more playful with the other horses…he was so much more engaged with them. Normally he would stand alone and not do anything, you could tell he just wasn’t in to doing anything. For example when I let him out in the arena he would go at a much faster pace and throw his head like playful horses do. Prior to giving him the transfer factors and marine phytoplankton (FrequenSea)  he was on the normal feed store grain that you get and everyone follows. I quickly realized that none of it was benefiting him at all, especially the senior feeds and grain mixes that most western vets recommend and horse owners use today. He has had shoes on his feet for most of his life, which have caused a great deal of damage. He has been bare foot now for about 9 months. It will take some time to repair the damage the steel shoes caused to his feet but the Transfer Factor has certainly played a huge role in getting him through the tough beginning stages of his feet starting to heal and continue to help long term. His feet are still very tender but improve greatly with time."   (Tamara can be reached at  (602) 790-7030 or 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372 or  )


Dr. Joe Ramaekers DVM has been studying the application of transfer factors products in the young calf. These animals are often gathered from several dairy farms as youngsters and shipped by truck to another distant farm to be raised. The commingling, trucking for hundreds of miles, and general stress of being in a new environment with a bunch of new animals pushing and shoving them around, inevitably causes many calves to break with “shipping fever.” This is an old term for infectious pneumonia caused by a number of organisms. It results in death loss commonly, though the farmers try to prevent this with massive doses of antibiotics. Treatment in this way saves some, at great expense and toxicity, but many do not respond. Dr. Ramaekers has found that the Transfer Factor products, given beforehand, prevent this illness in a very high percentage of cases, approaching 100%.

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 In 2002, transfer factors was featured in the publicly televised American Medical Review (AMR). Since 2001, transfer factors appeared in every publication of the Non-Prescription Drugs and Dietary Supplements Physician's Desk Reference

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The Germ Survival Guide recommends transfer factors. This new book written by Kenneth A. Bock, M.D., Steven J. Bock, M.D. is designed to give families and individuals preventative strategies to use to protect against germs and environmental threats. Transfer factors are extolled in the book as an effective way to optimize immune system function so that personal immunity is at its best in the face of a variety of health threats.

 

Dr. Michael Dym, D.V.M.  "Over the past 40 years and 17 generations of dogs and, cats we are seeing tremendous increases in chronic ill health in our pets that was rare back in the early 1960's. Most of these illnesses revolve around breakdown in our pets' immune systems, and include chronic skin/ear allergies, digestive upset, thyroid/adrenal/pancreatic disorders, seizures, gum/ teeth problems, degenerative arthritis, kidney/liver failure, and cancer across all ages and breeds. We are also seeing a record number of behavioral and emotional disorders including alarming and unexplained fears/aggression., as well as difficulty focusing/training and paying attention. The analogy of these compared with escalating immune/behavioral diseases in children is quite disturbing. The two biggest factors in our pets' population health decline over these generations has been the severe overuse of multiple vaccines and nutrient poor and toxin filled commercial pet foods. We have also failed to address the underlying cause of disease by only sup pressing symptoms with antibiotics,cortisone and related drugs, so the disease progresses and goes deeper. Homeopathy offers a viable alternative in truly curing pets and making their bodies healthier."

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Prevaccination Protection
Dr. Falconer DVM

I get this question more often than I used to: “If I’m not vaccinating my animal against parvo and distemper (or ______), do I need to avoid contact with other animals?” The norm has been for my patients to come to me already vaccinated, so the easy answer, based on duration of immunity, was no, the immunity should persist for “years if not the life of the animal.”  Now that people have thought more about the dangers of vaccination, it may be that some are choosing not to vaccinate until later in life (pups at 12-16 weeks old, for example), to be sure the minimum number of vaccines will give long-lived immunity. They may be using homeopathic nosodes before that, or may be opting to not vaccinate at all. What to do for these guys? Keep them in a bubble, away from all exposure to possible disease causing germs? No. That’s impractical, and, unless you have a strictly indoor cat, not much fun.The goal is to have an immune system that can defend the animal against exposure to parvo, canine or feline distemper, kennel cough, FeLV, strangles, flu, Rhino, etc. If you opt to have the strongest immune system possible without the risks that vaccines confer, use the preventative program that keeps the immune system strong safely and efficaciously, and without risk to the animal. That, in my opinion, is daily dosing with the Animal Health supplements utilizing Transfer Factor products coupled with excellent nutrition, should be adequate protection to get your animal out in the real world, benefitting from natural exposure to viruses and bacteria that can make the immune system stronger. Follow label doses and boost this base level as I explain below if exposure is likely

Question: does vaccination (or over-vaccination) causes overactive immune reaction (autoimmune disorder) or does it cause suppression of the immune system?

Answer: Dr. Falconer DVM: "The answer is YES.  Probably both.  Vaccination *confuses* the immune system, as I point out in my heartworm eBook. So, it could go either way, or alternate over time between the two. Transfer Factor is a natural nutritional product that help support the animal's immune system. A healthy immune system is capable of helping the body heal itself. Transfer Factor should be given before and immediately after vaccination for at least a few weeks to help ameliorate the confusion (when someone is faced with a mandatory vaccination, or has decided they want to give one).  By giving the immune system with Transfer Factor, the immune intelligence should be able to better sort through the confusion, though I'm not sure that's measurable."

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Equine Immune System & Nutritional Support With transfer factors Animal Formulas

Below is a partial list of equine recommendations compiled by veterinarians with experience in using these products. Expected response time (RT) will give you an idea of when you can expect to see a positive change in the condition, not complete remission or resolution.

Allergic Skin Problems – Acute—One Animal Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic, then switch to Equine Performance and Show at Standard level. Chronic—Equine Performance and Show at standard level. RT 3-5 days (RT = Expected response time)

Bacterial Diseases - One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic. RT 2-7 days

Cushing’s Syndrome- Start with Equine Performance and Show at standard level. If desired results are not obtained, then double Performance and Show dosage. RT 1-6 months In severe cases, up to 18 months

EPM- Start with one Stress Pack per day for 7 days then switch to Equine performance and show at standard level. If desired results are not obtained then double Performance and Show dosage. RT 1-3 months

Founder – Acute—Tube two Stress Packs then administer one Stress Pack BID 2-3 days, then switch to Equine Performance and Show at standard level. Chronic—Performance and Show at standard level.

Heaves- One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic, then switch to Performance and Show at standard level. RT 2-10 days

Hypothyroidism- Start with Equine Performance and Show at standard level. If desired results are not obtained, then double Performance and Show dosage. RT 3-12 months

Newborn Foals-1/2 Stress Pack per day for 5-7 days.

Pigeon Fever (corynebacterium abscesses)-One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic. RT 3-10 days

Scours- One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic. RT 3-5 days

Strangles-One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic. RT 3-10 days

Stress Situations (shipping, showing, racing, etc.) – One Stress Pack per day for 2 days prior to event, during, and after event.

Surgery – Start one Stress Pack per day four days prior to surgery and continue three days after surgery, then switch to Performance and Show.

Tumors - Start with One Stress Pack per day for 7 days then switch to Equine Performance and Show at standard level. If desired results are not obtained then double Performance and Show dosage. RT 1-3 months

Viral Diseases- One Stress Pack per day until asymptomatic. RT 2-7 days

Ocular Disease or Trauma- One Stress Pack per day. RT 2-7 days

Soft Tissue Wounds- One Stress Pack per day until resolved.

The above suggestions were written by veterinarians using and recommending these products. They are intended to give veterinary practitioners a general guideline for using TF Animal Products in a clinical setting. 4Life Research has not evaluated these statements nor do they make any claims regarding these products. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

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Independent Study - Transfer Factor and Transfer Factor Plus® were tested for their ability to increase Natural Killer Cell (NK) activity. The researchers used peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) isolated from human volunteers. Test results showed that Transfer Factor boosted NK cell activity 103% above normal immune response without supplementation, more than two times higher than the next highest product. The study also showed that Transfer Factor Plus increased the NK cell activity over 430% above normal immune response without supplementation, or about five times higher than any of the other previously tested products.

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    Below is a partial list of equine recommendations compiled by veterinarians with experience in using these products.  Expected response time (RT) will give you an idea of when you can expect to see a positive change in the condition, not complete remission or resolution.

    These suggestions were written by veterinarians using and recommending these products.  They are intended to give veterinary practitioners a general guideline for using transfer factors for animals in a clinical setting.


    Equine Protozoa Myeloencephalitis (EPM) and Transfer Factor: A new paradigm for the treatment and prevention of infections and stress induced immune suppression
    R.H. Bennett Ph.D.

    Introduction: EPM and other chronic diseases of horses and other mammals have a pattern of wide geographic exposure to significant proportions of an animal population, yet a small subset of the exposed progress to clinical disease. This proportionality suggests that other modifying factors have a major role in disease expression. The case in point here is EPM. There is wide environmental exposure, as evidenced by seroconversion, yet only 1 to 2 percent become clinically affected. The phenotype of the individual most likely is a major determinant.

    Horses that are highly genetically selected for performance or type traits most likely lose genetic potentials for robust immune responsiveness, as is the case for most species. Those individuals that experience the stressors of transportation and training may then present a phenotype that is immunologically stress sensitive. This subset is apparently small, but may be the group most likely to succumb to immune challenges like that of EPM. The question then is how can the immune abilities of the animal be supported to restore these phenotypic challenges?

    1. EPM: Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis.
    a. A protozoal infection that progresses to affect the CNS.
    i. Most do not, 90+%
    ii. Large exposed population
    1. 60+% seropositive
    a. Up to 96% in some areas
    b. Opossums and other small mammals are hosts and carriers
    i. Habitats for opossums, skunks and raccoons are higher risk areas for horses
    c. Horses at risk are
    i. In opossum skunk and raccoon habitat (possibly domestic and feral cats)
    1. Likely grazing vs. stabled
    ii. Genetically selected
    iii. Performance training or otherwise stressed
    d. Immunology
    i. The typical infection is resolved or contain successfully
    1. T cell immunity plays two roles
    a. CMI destroys the pathogen
    b. T Helper 2 cells facilitate the production of high affinity antibodies
    c. Immune pathology is limited
    i. Shorter duration
    ii. Localized
    iii. Resolution and immune down regulation
    ii. Chronic infection
    1. Immune responsiveness is diminished or may be limited by lower affinity antibody
    a. May offer protection
    i. Hides key antigenic sites

    2. Invasion into more sensitive tissues
    a. CNS
    i. Delayed immune recognition and response.
    1. Allows for greater infective mass
    2. Deeper invasion of critical CNS tissues
    ii. Delayed CMI associated with
    1. Immune pathology to CNS
    a. Dexamethazone and other anti inflammatory drugs modify the pathology and the clinical signs.
    e. Treatment
    i. In the study by T Bello DVM
    1. Transfer Factor improved the response to therapy
    a. TF is shown in our research to augment CMI, especially when it is depressed
    b. TF is shown in our work to augment pathogen specific CMI, if the host has some immune memory to the agent.
    c. Approximately a 20% improvement over standard therapies
    ii. Preventive Immune support
    1. In the Bello study, TF appeared to offset the phenotypic deficit created by exercise stress in exposed horses
    f. The New Paradigm
    i. Breeding programs for type and performance may detract from immune vigor
    1. This population may be more stress sensitive to immune function as well
    ii. Stress plays a role in a number of animal disease expression
    1. Chronic stress is globally immunosuppressive
    iii. Stressors and intense breeding programs are not likely to be
    altered for the economic incentives are large
    iv. Prevention of chronic infections, whether modified by stress or not may benefit significantly from direct and indirect immune function support
    1. Transfer factors
    2. Nano fraction
    3. Immune support nutrients and diet
    Selected Reports:
    1. Utilization of stress in the development of an equine model for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. Veterinary parasitology 2001;95(2-4):211-22.

    Neurologic disease in horses caused by Sarcocystis neurona is difficult to diagnose, treat, or prevent, due to the lack of knowledge about the pathogenesis of the disease. This in turn is confounded by the lack of a reliable equine model of equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM). Epidemiologic studies have implicated stress as a risk factor for this disease, thus, the role of transport stress was evaluated for incorporation into an equine model for EPM. Sporocysts from feral opossums were bioassayed in interferon-gamma gene knockout (KO) mice to determine minimum number of viable S. neurona sporocysts in the inoculum. A minimum of 80,000 viable S. neurona sporocysts were fed to each of the nine horses. A total of 12 S. neurona antibody negative horses were divided into four groups (1-4). Three horses (group 1) were fed sporocysts on the day of arrival at the study site, three horses were fed sporocysts 14 days after acclimatization (group 2), three horses were given sporocysts and dexamethasone 14 days after acclimatization (group 3) and three horses were controls (group 4).

    All horses fed sporocysts in the study developed antibodies to S. neurona in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and developed clinical signs of neurologic disease. The most severe clinical signs were in horses in group 1 subjected to transport stress. The least severe neurologic signs were in horses treated with dexamethasone (group 3). Clinical signs improved in four horses from two treatment groups by the time of euthanasia (group 1, day 44; group 3, day 47). Post-mortem examinations, and tissues that were collected for light microscopy, immunohistochemistry, tissue cultures, and bioassay in KO mice, revealed no direct evidence of S. neurona infection. However, there were lesions compatible with S. neurona infection in horses. The results of this investigation suggest that stress can play a role in the pathogenesis of EPM. There is also evidence to suggest that horses in nature may clear the organism routinely, which may explain the relatively high number of normal horses with CSF antibodies to S. neurona compared to the prevalence of EPM.

    2. Serum antibodies to West Nile virus in naturally exposed and vaccinated horses Louis A. Magnarelli1, Sandra L. Bushmich2, John F. Anderson1, Michel Ledizet3 and Raymond A. Koski3 J Med Microbiol 57 (2008), 1087-1093;

    1 Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, CT 06504, USA 2 Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA 3 L2 Diagnostics, 300 George Street, New Haven, CT 06511, USA

    A polyvalent ELISA and plaque reduction neutralization tests (PRNTs) were used to measure serum antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in horses naturally exposed to or vaccinated against this flavivirus in Connecticut and New York State, USA. Relying on a PRNT as a ‘gold standard’, the main objective was to validate a modified ELISA containing a recombinant WNV envelope protein antigen. It was also important to assess specificity by testing sera from horses that had other, undiagnosed illnesses. Sera for the latter study were obtained from 43 privately owned horses during 1995–1996. Analyses by an ELISA and a PRNT confirmed the presence of WNV antibodies in 21 (91 %) of 23 sera from naturally exposed horses and in 85 % of the 20 vaccinated subjects; overall results for both study groups were highly concordant (91 % agreement). Humoral responses of naturally exposed and immunized horses were similar. Both
    serological tests were useful in confirming past infections with WNV, but there was no evidence that horses with undiagnosed illnesses were exposed to WNV prior to a 1999 outbreak in Connecticut, USA.

    3. Exercise alters the immune response to equine influenza virus and increases susceptibility to infection
    R. W. FOLSOM, M. A. LITTLEFIELD-CHABAUD†, D. D. FRENCH‡, S. S. POURCIAU, L. MISTRIC and D. W. HOROHOV* Equine vet. J. (2001) 33 (7) 664-669

    Summary
    Equine influenza virus remains a major health concern for the equine industry in spite of ongoing vaccination programmes. Previous work has shown that the immune system of horses can be affected by strenuous exercise. The possible adverse consequence of exercise-induced alterations in lymphocyte responses measured in vitro was unknown. Here we demonstrate that subjecting vaccinated ponies to a 5 day strenuous exercise programme results in a significant suppression of their T cell-mediated immune response to equine influenza virus as measured by decreased
    lymphoproliferation and gamma interferon pro duction measured in vitro. These same ponies also demonstrated increased susceptibility to influenza disease following a challenge exposure to the same strain of virus. Rested ponies that had received the same vaccine and challenge were completely protected from disease. Our results demonstrate that exercise-induced suppression of the equine immune response to influenza virus can be associated with an increased susceptibility to disease.

    3. Seroprevalence of antibodies to Sarcocystis neurona in equids residing in Oklahoma
    J Vet Diagn Invest 15:597–600 (2003) Bradford G. Bentz1, Katie A. Ealey, Jennifer Morrow, P. L. Claypool, Jeremiah T. Saliki

    Abstract. A sampling of equids from the state of Oklahoma produced an estimate of seroprevalence of antibody to Sarcocystis neurona to be about 89.2%. (note: up to 96% in the Eastern Counties) This figure represents the highest currently reported regional seroprevalence of antibody to this organism. Regional differences in seroprevalence were found in the western
    quadrants of the state relative to the eastern quadrants of the state, with a significantly higher seroprevalence in the eastern regions. Thoroughbreds were found to exhibit a statistically significant lower seroprevalence as a breed group when compared with other breeds sampled. Immune System Most Popular Products...

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