Apparently what they call pigeon ‘milk’ is a force to be reckoned with now.
It is something that is indeed rare, what with it only found in pigeons, flamingos and male emperor penguins, but it contains antioxidants and immune-enhancing proteins the like of which is just swimming with fat and protein.
“Okay, okay,” says a laughing Abbie Kantner of Lima. “I am so not going to go ‘there’ when it comes to this because you just know they are going to make synthetic pigeon milk and this article with my name in it is going to be published, but…well, not all immune-enhancing antioxidants are good for those of us who have MS, right? So, shouldn’t we be asking if this will be good for us with this disease instead of just laughing?”
This is definitely something to ask our doctors and neurologists, that is without question, but it has been, for the most part a non-issue, since in order for these supplements and antioxidants to even directly help those with MS, they have to cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB).
Although a way has been somewhat recently found, it is still some ways away from happening in real life.
Not many know that penguins, flamingos and pigeons secrete a prolactin hormone to feed their young, but not only do the researchers from CSIRO Livestock Industries and Deakin University in Australia know this, but check it out they did, and what they found were the genes that are in these birds stimulated cell growth that produced antioxidants and immune response.
The results showed a function such as what is seen in mammalian milk, meaning that it is like what is expressed through human mothers’ milk. Since prolactin hormone is so close to what we humans secrete, it would be hard pressed to find a doctor anywhere who would believe it to cause any difficulties for those who have MS.
Meagan Gillespie, the lead author says, “This study has provided a snap-shot view of some of the processes occurring when ‘lactation’ in the pigeon crop is well established. Due to the unusual nature of ‘lactation’ in the pigeon it would be interesting to investigate the early stages of the differentiation and development of the crop in preparation for ‘milk’ production to further ascertain gene expression patterns that characterize crop development and ‘lactation’ in the pigeon.”
Right now, any benefits that might crop up from this, aren’t going to be seen for quite some time so those who are fighting MS naturally are going to have to stay with “chelators” and/or oil pulling and wait for the news of a new antioxidant to hit the shelves.
Just don’t be surprised when it has the word “pigeon”, “penguin” or “flamingo” in the title.
Sources: BioMed Central. “Pigeon ‘milk’ contains antioxidants and immune-enhancing proteins.” ScienceDaily, 28 Sep. 2011. Web. 29 Sep. 2011.; http://ms.about.com/od/livingwellwithms/a/selenium.htm; http://ms.about.com/od/livingwellwithms/a/selenium.htm; http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/info-books/flamingo/hatching-&-care.htm
For more info: for those who live in Lima, Ohio, the Northwestern Ohio MS Chapter can be reached at: 401 Tomahawk Drive, Maumee, OH at (419) 897-7263. They are located approximately an hour and a half from Lima, Ohio and 45 minutes from Findlay, Ohio. For directions please click here at Bing Maps.
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