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Drinking breast milk as a complementary treatment for cancer
Special, it's very, very common for medics not to have up to date knowledge beyond the field they work in. Research into breastmilk is relatively new, and most Drs I know are quite closed minded when it comes to anything that doesn't involve big pharma.
special your tone was unnecessary given the sensitive subject matter.
Scientific (indeed any type of) progress comes from people questioning the status quo, being open minded about results and investigating new things in a scientific fashion, not from blindly accepting everything any one particular doctor says as gospel.
I was pointed towards this study when I asked www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~andersh/research/milkcancer.asp as my DP was diagnosed in Sept and I am still BF our son, so far his conventional treatment has worked so he hasn't had the delights of trying my milk yet ! but he seemed open to it if things deteriorated. I hope you find some answers to your questions.
However, some cancers have hormone receptors (eg oestrogen can help some types of breast cancer grow). Oestrogen can come through into breast milk and it seems that components in breast milk are designed to enhance the effects of the oestrogen the baby received from mother during pregnancy . So I'd be cautious giving breast milk to a patient with a hormone positive cancer for example .
firesidechat would you mind saying a bit more about why it is a sore point for you and your reasons for staying mainstream? I hope that doesn't sound like a stupid question. I completely appreciate that science is science and arguably the only thing to be trusted and also that trust in huge medical profession is key. I also agree that if there is anything to all this then it will become available through the appropriate channels and licensing etc.
I guess I am (perhaps stupidly) trying to get a step ahead as I am aware drugs take years and years to come to market even once it is known that they "work".
Thank you rogue that is exactly the sort of info I was after.