Colostrum strongly protects the public and heart disease patients from a flu infection
In the first part of the study healthy people were split into similar groups designed to measure effectiveness in preventing the flu; those who received no treatment, those receiving Colostrum for two months, or those receiving Colostrum and a flu shot. The subjects were followed for an additional 3 months. 13 of the subjects on Colostrum developed the flu, 14 on Colostrum + a flu shot, and 57 in the non-treated group. In the second part of the study 65 unhealthy subjects with cardiovascular disease who were at very high risk of developing the flu were given a flu shot. A group of these were then supplemented with Colostrum. The incidence of hospital admissions and complications from the flu was higher in the group that had a flu vaccination only vs. the group that was also given Colostrum. The study is published in the vascular journal Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis, April 2007.
Enteric Coated Peppermint greatly helps irritable bowel syndrome
In this study patients with irritable bowel syndrome were treated with enteric coated peppermint oil twice a day or placebo for 4 weeks in a double-blinded study. Symptoms were assessed at the start of the study before treatment, at the end of the four-week treatment period and finally at 4 weeks after the end of the treatment period. At the end of the 4 week treatment period 75% of the patients on enteric coated peppermint had a 50% drop in symptom score with only 38% in the placebo group. The decrease in symptoms continued over the next 4 week period after treatment had ended. The symptoms significantly alleviated included abdominal pain, bloating, discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation, a feeling of incomplete evacuation, urgency, and gas. The study appears in the April 7th, 2007 issue of the journal Digestive and Liver Disease.