Two wanderers encounter an elephant on their journey through the Savannah. As you can imagine, a very impressing experience to have an animal of this size standing in front of you for the first time. The two wanderers approach the large contemporary from opposite directions, thus with one of them moving towards the tail and the other towards the trunk.
Deeply moved, both describe from their position what they are seeing.
No other person hearing the two wanderers’ tales will be able to guess the elephant’s nature. So, if we only take on one stance, we will never be able to comprehend the whole. We have to set forth, because movement changes the perspective.
BIESTMILCH – AN ELIXIR IN THE MOST ORIGINAL MEANING OF THE WORD
by Dr. Susann Kraeftner
In order to understand biestmilch, you have to set forth and leave the beaten tracks. The story I would like to tell you is the one of the orbit in the universe of biology that biestmilch is moving along. It is a long story, one I can only touch on here.
It is one thing to analyse biestmilch as a substance and break it up into its individual parts. However, that would be like having “reckoned without our host”. Rather, approaching biestmilch also means occupying yourself with your own body, with the physiology holding us together deep inside. You could compare this process with an expedition.
FOR OUR FOREFATHERS, BIESTMILCH WAS A FOODSTUFF AND A CURE
Fresh biestmilch contains everything a newborn child requires. It contains sufficient fat, bacterial microflora, immunglobulins, hormones, vitamins, minerals, micronutrients, mucopolysaccharides and a large number of cell communication molecules.
In the first five to six days after birth, it is slowly converted into milk and then loses its unique character. Although it is possible to break down biestmilch into its individual parts, we will not, however, learn its great effects by doing so. The way Aristotle put it also applies to Biestmilch: »the whole is greater than the sum of the parts«.
Up to the first third of the past century, biestmilch was to be found in the kitchen and was recognised as a cure. Even today, recipes can be found for dishes containing flour made with biestmilch. People who have tried them go wild about them. There is nothing better than baking the plaited bun, for example, with biestmilch.
At the beginning of the past century, it was still easy enough to get fresh biestmilch. Today, it has to be declared as a foodstuff and processed accordingly. However, I’ll get to that in a minute.
For our ancestors, it was a valuable foodstuff and cure. It was valued and reserved for offspring, the ill, the elderly and ailing children. The knowledge about its potency has become lost to us today. There are now only a few isolated cases of people who bear the knowledge of its distinctiveness within themselves. In our latitudes, many farmers dispose of it as soon as the calf has received its share.
Modern times and the increasing dominance of natural sciences have pushed this substance aside. Its diversity and its broad spectrum of active molecules are difficult to tackle for most research approaches. For this very reason, published studies rarely give justice to it, for everything that breaks out of linearity proves difficult for Western natural science to tame.
This is why we also find it difficult to understand the effects of foodstuffs in all their complexity: to understand how they nourish us and guarantee our wellbeing and to comprehend what in the end constitutes its quality. This also has to do with the fact that our knowledge of physiology of the healthy organism is still very limited because, for many centuries, we only occupied ourselves with pathology, i.e. the sick bodies. It wasn’t until recently that scientists started to look at food from a different perspective, to see them rather as a multitude of bioactive molecules that interact with our body.
One discovery that could turn out to be ground-breaking for further research into food and that could initiate a reversal of trend in nutritional science is the observation that all of our cells carry sensors for the molecules of the foods. In this way, food initiates varied communication processes and effects in the organism.
This theory is very similar to that of allocating precisely such a sensory system to the immune system that the organism allows the perception of microorganisms and to communicate with them. If a sufficient number of molecules interact with the corresponding sensors or receptors on the cells, then signalling pathways in the cell are activated. This results in the cells changing their activity status and their function. In this way, metabolic processes, for example, can be switched on or off, immunity promoted or impaired and even the activity of the nervous system can be influenced.
My preliminary conclusion from the initial research results is that, on the one hand, we need to regard our food as one unit and, on the other hand, as a composition of biologically active molecules that interact with our body cells. Food is thus much more than merely a source of calories; it modulates the regulation processes of our organism. Research has now taken the first step towards rethinking. Nevertheless, the complexity, texture, form and function of our food will confront us with unanswered questions and contradicting, scientific models for many years to come.
One can only understand biestmilch if one comprehends the organism as a regulatory system that, in every moment of our lives, works on maintaining the equilibrium (homeostasis) of the organism.
Being in balance means feeling well. Biestmilch increases the sensibility for our own body and helps us to understand our physiology better.
If you would like to understand biestmilch in depth, you have to accept it as a substance that, thanks to its richness of varying bioactive molecules, can communicate with the corresponding sensors/receptors on the surface of the various cells. With that, the positive effect of biestmilch on the immune system is merely one aspect.
Biestmilch stabilises all mucosal membrane surfaces, which, in turn, facilitate, filter and promote our communication with our environment as required, depending on the context. Biestmilch promotes the regeneration of all rapidly replicating tissues. It belongs to the immune system as equally as it does to the nervous system and endocrine system.
THE QUALITY OF BIESTMILCH AS A FOODSTUFF OR THE ATTEMPT AT CLARIFICATION
In contrast to earlier centuries, biestmilch is defined today as a foodstuff and no longer as milk. Correspondingly, it must be manufactured and declared in line with regulations applicable to foodstuffs, which are defined by the respective health authorities of the countries.
In Europe, there is a harmonised codex of rules and standards. The quality criteria applied no longer differ much in the industrial countries of the Western world. The earth has shrunk, even where precautionary measures regarding quality assurance are involved.
We stumble across two discourses, which unfortunately intermingle where the assessment of the quality of biestmilch is involved. The first one is a quality discourse that relates to the safety of the product. For foodstuffs, generally set hygiene regulations apply, which biestmilch has to fulfil. Hygiene has, however, nothing to do with the second requirement of the product, which relates to the effectiveness.
All seals of quality to be found on the market and which various institutes and institutions around the globe award refer to the problem of hygiene and the danger of contamination and can be regarded as a kind of proof that a product is clean and safe.
The other aspect of the discourse relates to the effectiveness. With foodstuffs in particular, it is difficult provide evidence of the effectiveness using classic research studies that are randomised, double-blind and placebo-controlled. In this case, what I have already mentioned holds true: that the complexity of each individual foodstuff usually eludes our scientific methodology.
If the safety of a foodstuff is guaranteed, this does not necessarily respresent a problem as, in the end, it is every person’s own responsibility to find out what is good for him. But what I myself find problematic is to feign that quality in the meaning of product safety can be put on a par with its effectiveness.
After this quite pragmatic, dry part, I would like to move on to the much more interesting but more difficult and more extensive aspect of the effects of biestmilch. I can only touch the surface of this topic, but maybe this small excursion will still suffice in piquing your curiosity.
In order to understand biestmilch with its diverse effects on our well-being and on the many chronic diseases, one has to grapple the phenomenon of inflammation. The scientific picture of an inflammation is currently undergoing change. The inflammatory processes in our body are regarded as a physiological happening today. It is not until they exceed a certain threshold that states of disease develop.
Another aspect to be noted is the fact that biestmilch is a living substance. The quantity of immunoglobulins not only depends on the day of being gathered but also on the state of health and the feed of the cow. The immunoglobulin content can thus vary from batch to batch. With smaller batches, it is far more difficult to adjust the content to achieve consistency from one batch to the next.
INFLAMMATION IS THE KEY TO WELL-BEING AND THE KEY TO ILLNESS
According to this, inflammations run their course in our body even if we feel totally well. When these generalised inflammatory processes, which are always existent predominantly in the area of all mucosal membrane surfaces on the borders between inside the body and our environment, take place in a well-controlled manner and thus do not endanger the equilibrium of our organism, then they indeed continue to fester in our body without causing any symptoms of an illness. They are, as previously mentioned, an integral part of a "healthy" organism and its physiology.
The processes of inflammation connect us with our environment and they keep us in a dynamic equilibrium with the world. First and foremost, these inflammations are influenced by what we eat. Likewise, but to a lesser extent, are exercise and sleep. Obesity, diabetes, atheroscerlosis, cardiovascular diseases etc. all have a pronounced, deregularised, inflammatory component, which strongly influence our well-being and our life expectancy.
Besides the genetic disposition, chronic inflammation processes play a key role in all chronic diseases including cancer. Keeping inflammations under control and preventing them from developing into chronic processes should thus constitute a priority objective if we would like to reduce the risk of suffering from the diseases just named. Biestmilch can make its contribution towards this.
After all, it is a substance that is able to modulate inflammatory processes by supporting all systems of the organism that trigger, regulate and control inflammations. The supersystems of regulation with which biestmilch interacts are the nervous and immune system as well as the endocrine system. On a cell level, biestmilch modulates the inflammatory microenvironment of the cells. Depending on the state of activity of the inflamed cell environment, biestmilch either activates or suppresses this environment and thus promotes the establishment of a new state of equilibrium.
All effects I will now touch on are based on the principle of inflammation modulation.
»NOURISHING« WITH BIESTMILCH EQUALS PROPHYLAXIS AND PREVENTION
If we regard biestmilch as food, then it does what other good foodstuffs or food also does: prevent and keep healthy. All foodstuffs, and thus biestmilch likewise, pass the mucosal membranes in the mouth, stomach and intestines. In the course, they interact with the gigantic immune network of the gastrointestinal tract, which acts as a kind of filter system. All foodstuffs are processed such that they can be funneled into the overall communication of the organism by means of active transport mechanisms.
If this system functions smoothly, we then feel well. It is our food and not medicine that keeps our organism in balance and makes it more resistant. Our food gives us robustness and equips us with the immunity enabling us to coexist with the immense number of microorganisms surrounding us.
If we follow a certain objective with a preventive strategy, we speak of prophylaxis. In this case, it is seemingly easier to provide proof of the effectiveness of an agent even if the causality of the events may also be questioned. If, for example, you have eluded the annual flu epidemic, then this is attributed to the means of prophylaxis. The provision of proof has thus been successful.
If you are ready to follow this logic, then the study conducted with biestmilch* reveals without any doubt its effectiveness in the prophylaxis of of influenza infections. As oral immunisation, biestmilch outmatches the flu shot significantly and has no side effects whatsoever. Biestmilch not only unfolds its effectiveness in a large number of flu viruses. It is equally effective where the prevention of other virus infections is involved, because virus infections are predominantly controlled and prevented by an intact immune system.
»PREVENTION« WITH BIESTMILCH EQUALS QUALITY OF LIFE
Preventive effects are far more difficult to assess. As the future is uncertain, we will never know what would have happened if we had taken other directions in our life. Today, we have empirical data from field studies of other cultures and societies that show how our lifestyle can influence life and death. We can look at our own statistics that now go back approx. 50 years and alarmingly prove how chronic diseases spread. This includes cardiovascular diseases, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, tumours, allergies, multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases etc., a list of diseases that do not necessarily have to be fatal, but do have an enormous influence on our quality of life.
As previously mentioned, these diseases are based on a genetic disposition and chronic inflammatory processes. The quality of our food and the amounts we eat are of great significance for our well-being, for our life expectancy and prevention of chronic medical conditions.
Our lifestyle, according to studies, seems to have much more influence on the course of our life than we had previously supposed. We therefore not only inherit how we live and die. The way we eat can increase the probability of living a better and longer life and of dying in less misery. Biestmilch has the great potential of having a positive influence on the quality of life and the aging process by helping prevent a dysfunctioning of the inflammatory cell environment and thus the development of chronic states of inflammation.
»HEALING« WITH BIESTMILCH EQUALS MODULATING IMMUNITY AND STATES OF STRESS
At this point, a new chapter that belongs in a different context actually begins. For this reason, it is merely a mini sketch for the sake of completeness, as biestmilch is an excellent therapeutic agent for all chronic diseases. This fact should not remain unmentioned here, either.
For more than 100 years, we have been used to regarding the immune system as a mere apparatus for defence and control. This image of the immune system cannot explain the many diseases of immune regulation we see ourselves confronted with today. On the contrary, this view displaces our perspective for new therapy approaches.
Our immunity has an impact on the most varied physical and mental phenomena such as pain, appetite, sleep, tiredness, exhaustion, motivation, fever, inflammations, healing, metabolism, allergies, atopical eczema, asthma, multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases and many more. This potpourri of symptoms, feelings and diagnoses can only be comprehended in relation to the immune system if we consider the immune system as a regulatory system and immunity as a physiological state. Then we will find it easier to understand the chronic diseases of our times and the reason why biestmilch would deserve a firm place as a remedy.
STRESS HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON IMMUNITY - DISTURBED IMMUNITY GENERATES STRESS
Besides the phenomenon of diseases of immune regulation, today, acute and chronic states of stress make a significant contribution towards our quality of life suffering. All diseases dominating in our society mostly also have a component dependent on being exposed to stress, because handling stress situations is very exhaustive for the bodily systems involved. When the point is reached where the burden of stress makes you ill, then there is always a chronic inflammation involved.
People in a privileged position to escape the environment of stress are rare. For this reason, the only option that remains for us is to influence our lifestyle. Biestmilch has the strength to have a long-term positive effect on our quality of life. This is where treatment meets prevention.
Otherwise, the same principle as already mentioned applies: Biestmilch modulates chronic inflammatory diseases and influences the course of chronic diseases in the long run. It is one of the few substances with a holistic healing approach to immunity as well as the stress system, a remedy and a foodstuff of which no side effects have been recorded to this day.