The Rediscovery of Colostrum
Doug and Kaye Wyatt’s amazing story of love and healing.
Colostrum remained largely forgotten until 1992 when a man in Utah rediscovered its amazing qualities in his search for relief from his wife's intolerable suffering. That man was Doug Wyatt, and it was his efforts to find relief for Kaye that opened the door to the rediscovery of the many health benefits of colostrum. It also began the nutraceutical revolution that continues today. He is considered the father of modern human use of colostrum. Here is Doug and Kaye's story in Doug’s own words:
The beginning of the story of colostrum begins for us in 1992 when my wife Kaye came to me and asked me to help her find a way to die. It was the most shocking and emotional experience that I had ever had up until that point. I'm a Vietnam veteran. I'm a Marine pilot, and I flew helicopters in Vietnam. That physical and emotional experience for me was nothing compared to what happened that day when Kaye came to me with this startling request.
I must be very honest about this. At that point in time we had tried everything that the medical community had to offer, everything that the alternative community had to offer, every natural healing supplement, Chinese medicine, herbal products, homeopathic products, acupuncture…everything you could imagine that was available prior to that point in time, and absolutely nothing worked. The problem was that when Kaye was an infant, a medical doctor irradiated her thymus gland, as was a common practice in the 1950s. The thymus gland produces T-cells, which are a measure of how well the immune system is functioning during the onset of AIDS, Hepatitis C, and other immune diseases. In essence, if you can't produce T-cells, you cannot ward off infection. T-cells are the backbone, the very cornerstone, of our immune system and how well it functions. Kaye's inability to produce T-cells was what made her susceptible to every viral and bacterial infection she was exposed to. By the way, irradiation of the thymus gland happened to about a half a million Americans, most of whom are no longer alive today. It was one of the big medical mistakes that took place in the 1950s.
So the only thing that we had left at that time was prayer, and that prayer was in earnest. I have to tell you that we were honestly blessed because the very next morning I was working with a friend and colleague of mine who happened to be a rather smart guy. He had a few PhDs under his belt, including one in naturopathic medicine; he received his training in Belgium where there is an emphasis on preventative medicine. We got into this conversation when he said to me, "Doug, you're not here with me this morning. We're not going anyplace, and I want you to talk about it. I know that might be difficult, but something is really going on."
So we started talking about the history of Kaye's ongoing illness. Kaye was a very private person, and we hadn't shared this with her family, so I had no reason to share it with anybody outside of our relationship. The only people we'd ever discussed her condition with was the myriad of medical professionals we were working with to try and find a means of dealing with it. During that conversation he asked me if I had looked into bovine colostrum. The topic came up rather quickly, and I, of course, knew what colostrum was, having spent a lot of time on my grandfather's farm. Yet, I hadn't thought about colostrum because it wasn't sold in health food stores and none of the practitioners in the United States at that time used it as a treatment modality. Most alternative practitioners were vegans and only recommended herbal products, never anything from a cow.
Then it clicked with me, and I thought, wait a minute, humans are mammals; we're not plants. Plant phytochemicals are basically what we continue to look for and we look for those that can be made into drugs. Scientists are in the Brazilian rainforest hunting for cures of botanical origin that we can later synthesize in a laboratory and that becomes our pharmaceuticals. But hold on just a minute. Plant phytochemicals are single action substances, and we're talking about an entire immune system that isn't functioning. I don't believe there's any one single substance on the planet that is going to replace Kaye's immune system. And I guarantee you there is not one single substance on the planet that will replace or provide a modulation for a human or a mammal's immune system except one thing, and that is the immune system's components itself.
So when I was given this blessing, which I felt was heaven sent, I immediately thought back to the time when I was a child and worked on my grandfather's ranch in Southern Idaho. Every summer "vacation", I put up the hay, milked the cows, branded the cows, and did all the other tasks associated with running a family farm. I knew the calves and the foals would die if they didn't get colostrum within 8 hours after birth. It was that simple. That was how the immune system was passed on from mother to baby. At that moment, it all came back to me. Colostrum was the immune system.
I bought a quarter pound of dried colostrum from my colleague. He was getting it from a local dairy farmer and drying it in his kitchen, of all places. You have to dry colostrum, or there's no shelf-life to it. Colostrum only lasts about 2 weeks in the refrigerator before it spoils, and the only time it's produced is for one or two days after the cow gives birth. So I took the dried colostrum home, and Kaye said, "You paid what for what? You take it back!" Needless to say, she wasn't very happy.
I also had a couple of research abstracts which my colleague had given me. There was a tiny amount of information on anti-inflammatory action, pain relief, gastrointestinal effects, and immune support. The fact that colostrum imparts immunity to everything that the mother has been exposed to in her life made sense to me. But would Kaye feel the same way? I hid colostrum, but conveniently left the abstracts out in plain view. A couple of days later, Kaye sprained her knee very badly during a morning walk, and she returned home barely able to walk. We went to the emergency room, and it turns out to be a bad sprain, one that required a wrap-on cast around her leg. In a moment of frustration, Kay said, "OK, I'll take some of your dang stuff." "Your dang medicine," she called it. Of course, colostrum isn't a medicine, it's a natural food, but Kaye took a couple of teaspoons anyway and went to bed in a lot of pain. Trying to roll over in the middle of the night with a huge cast around the knee wasn't easy, so Kay unstrapped it and threw it off by the side of the bed.
I'm drinking my coffee and reading the paper the following morning, and when Kaye walked in the kitchen, I exclaimed, "Kaye!" Still half asleep, Kaye answered, "What?" It's early and she hasn't had her coffee yet, and again, I exclaimed, "Kaye!" "What?" she retorted. "Your leg!" As she pulled up her nightgown and looked down at her knee, she uttered a bewildered "Huh?" All of the black and blue, all of the swelling, everything had gone virtually overnight. We couldn't believe it.
It was amazing, and it was so amazing that we were sitting back and saying, OK, maybe some of this information we were reading about colostrum is actually true. Kaye continued taking the colostrum, and within a couple of days, Kaye's low-grade fever broke. Kaye had had an ongoing, low-grade fever because of her inability to rid her body of constant infections. For the first time in about 8–10 years, she didn't have that low-grade fever. It was the most startling event that had happened in the 15 years that I'd known Kaye. And it changed her life.
I can honestly say that colostrum made the biggest and most important change in Kaye's life, in our lives, in my life, and in our family life. Colostrum provided us an ability to have hope for the future, one in which the request Kaye made to me could be set aside, and we could think about having a life together. The change in Kaye was startling. She no longer needed antibiotics every 3 months. She didn't get every cold and flu that came along. In fact, if a cold came along, it was gone in couple of hours or overnight. That had never happened before. Prior to colostrum, Kaye's every cold or flu turned into pneumonia. Every single time.
We were so startled by the dramatic effects of colostrum on Kaye's health that we were inclined to do a few things. We didn't have access to the medical library through the Internet at the time. There was no PubMed. There was no ability to do research inside your own home like there is today. The only way you could do research was by going to the local medical school. We lived in Salt Lake City at the time and the nearest medical school was at the University of Utah. Meanwhile, we found a friend through another divine intervention, another act of prayer and another gift. I met a woman, and I'm not sure why this woman was inclined to tell me her story, but she did. "What can I do? My husband has been home and in bed for 3 weeks. He's on massive antihistamines, and every drug that the doctors can find. He has massive allergies. He has hives all over his body, down his esophagus, inside and out, clear throughout him. He can't even stand to have a sheet touch him, can't stand to have his clothes touch him, can't eat because his whole mouth and all his insides are full of hives, and they itch and they're painful and they're killing him. They're driving him crazy."
After hearing her story, I introduced her to Kaye, and the two became close friends. We gave her some colostrum for her husband, and after a day and a half, she came back and said all the hives had disappeared. Here's where the divine intervention comes in. Kaye and I found out that this woman was a medical researcher, and she got us into the University of Utah Medical School's library. We went online there, and we filled four file drawers full of research papers on colostrum. Later, Kaye and I wrote a book based on the research with Dr. Daniel Clark, a cancer and internal medicine specialist practicing in Florida. We felt that the information that we identified was the most astounding information that we could possibly put together in a book. There weren't any MDs or healthcare specialists in this field. There were certainly no wellness professionals that had ever seen any of this. It had not been published in the newspapers or magazines, nor any other place where the consumers could find it. We identified over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles that had been published on various types of colostrum, bovine colostrum, and its components. The sheer volume of clinical research and the information contained it was absolutely staggering. The information we compiled gave us the basis to begin educating people about what colostrum would do, its overall benefits to a wide range of conditions -- well beyond the personal success we experienced with Kaye's immune system. Together, Kaye and I founded The Center for Nutritional Research (CNR), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the continued research and promotion of bovine colostrum.
I think it's important to understand really what happened in this journey. Kaye and I were the pioneers of colostrum. There were no others.
After discovering the amazing health benefits that colostrum provides, Doug decided he had to share his knowledge with others. He also had to find a way to mass produce colostrum so that whoever needed it, could get it. Doug quickly discovered that there were no sources for colostrum anywhere in the United States which met the stringent standards set by the USDA for the handling of milk intended for human consumption. Colostrum was considered a waste product by most dairy farmers. Any colostrum that was sent to the processing facilities was usually set aside in a can by the side of the road until someone came to collect it. The only commercial sources for colostrum were animal feed companies who sold dehydrated colostrum in bags to dairy farmers who gave it to calves who needed more in order to survive than what their mothers could provide.
Doug then decided that he would need to determine a way to improve the collection, processing and distribution of colostrum in order to meet standards for human consumption. He also needed to figure out a way to process the colostrum so that it would have a reasonable shelf-life, longer than two weeks, which is the approximate shelf-life for refrigerated whole liquid colostrum. Initially, Doug used colostrum from dairy farmers who agreed to storing the colostrum in freezer until it could be picked up, rather than leaving it by the side of the road. Then he worked on finding dairy companies who could process the colostrum using the same quality standards they employed for producing milk for human consumption. The FDA approves all dairies where milk is processed for humans, but colostrum processing at the time was only regulated by the USDA, and they regulated it as animal feed, which has much lower standards than human food. But Doug persisted, and he got a few dairies to start using sterilized equipment for processing.
Subsequently, Doug worked on improving the drying process. The traditional way of drying colostrum was spray drying in which the colostrum would be sprayed through hot air coming off a gas flame. This dried the colostrum efficiently, but the problem was the natural gas used for the heat. Natural gas produces nitrates as a product of combustion, so the colostrum would pick up nitrates as it dried. Since nitrates can act as carcinogens, a new drying method without exposing the colostrum to natural gas was needed.
Then Doug discovered New Zealand colostrum produced by the New Zealand Dairy Group. New Zealand colostrum was produced according to human standards in a country well-known for its pristine landscape, strict environmental laws, and no big pollution-producing industries. At the time, New Zealand was producing the highest quality colostrum available, so Doug entered into an agreement with the Dairy Group in 1998 to produce colostrum for sale in the United States through the first colostrum company he started, Symbiotics, located in Sedona, Arizona. Doug worked with New Zealand's equivalent of the USDA to set up studies involving colostrum.
When colostrum became popular as a nutritional supplement in the US, however, conditions began to improve. The demand for high quality colostrum gave dairy farmers an incentive to improve collection and handling techniques for colostrum. Around the same time, the New Zealand Dairy Group began drying their colostrum in huge milk driers, which rendered it essentially useless. So, in 2003, the only processing plant exclusively dedicated to colostrum was built in Phoenix, Arizona. It draws colostrum from "organic-like" dairy farms located throughout the Southwest and produces the highest quality colostrum available anywhere. Only colostrum that comes from certified healthy, hormone, antibiotic and pesticide-free, pasture-fed cows that is minimally processed is utilized. Although there are no USDA or FDA regulations pertaining to colostrum processing, the plant undergoes rigorous FDA inspections because colostrum is being sold as a food.
Since 2003, Doug sold Symbiotics and started Sovereign Laboratories, LLC (Sedona, AZ) where he currently serves as CEO. Doug's decades of research led to the development of colostrum-derived products for specific health uses. Colostrum processing continued to evolve as more was learned about how best to preserve its integrity as it passes through the human digestive tract. Doug developed a proprietary system (Liposomal Delivery) by which a special liposomal coating is reapplied to the dried colostrum. Lipids naturally exist on raw, fresh colostrum but are denatured during the drying process. Liposomal Delivery protects the colostrum components so they can survive the stomach passage intact, improve their absorption into the bloodstream, deliver them all the way down to the cellular level, and remain biologically active for significantly enhanced performance.
The processing facility in Phoenix remains the only one in the world which is entirely dedicated to the manufacture of colostrum for human consumption. It continues to be the benchmark in production of colostrum with the highest profile of bioactivity necessary to protect and heal the human body.
The Center for Nutritional Research and Doug personally, continue to fund studies utilizing bovine colostrum. Doug currently serves as Director of the CNR. Doug's belief in the healing power of colostrum has only strengthened through new and exciting research. He believes that the unique and powerful healing components in colostrum show incredible promise for turning the tide on the prevention and treatment of the world's increasing chronic disease epidemic. He continues to work with the World Health Organization, universities and other internationally recognized research organizations on clinical trials on HIV/AIDS other infectious diseases, auto immune diseases, anti-aging, cancer, and bowel health issues. The CNR is located in America's spiritual healing center, the beautiful Sedona, Arizona. For further information on colostrum's extraordinary life sustaining and anti-aging abilities that the CNR is doing you can visit their website at www.centerfornutritionalresearch.org.
Doug and Kaye shared many wonderful years together after that life-altering day in 1992. Their strong faith helped them along that journey. Their quest for knowledge was insatiable and their desire to help people was immense. Sadly, Kaye Wyatt passed away. She is dearly missed and thought of often by Doug and the people who knew and loved her.