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#1 sthira

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Posted 18 June 2015 - 03:01 PM

Seems wack to me...

Adult craze for human breast milk purchased online poses serious health risks

18 Jun 2015, 07:50 AM

The recent craze for human breast milk amongst certain fitness communities, fetishists and chronic disease sufferers is ill advised say the authors of an editorial published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. There is a lucrative online market for adult buyers of human breast milk, with websites and forums describing it as a 'clean' super food that can lead to gains in the gym, and even help with erectile dysfunction and cancer. There are claims that it is more digestible and contains positive immune building properties. The authors, led by Dr Sarah Steele, of the Global Health and Policy Unit, Queen Mary University of London, write that these purported benefits do not stand up clinically and raw human milk purchased online or in an unpasteurised state poses many risks.

"Nutritionally there is less protein in breast milk than other milks like cow's milk," said Dr Steele. She and her colleagues write that the benefits of breast milk are being found in the lab, not in drinking a bottle ordered online. "Potential buyers should be made aware that no scientific study evidences that direct adult consumption of human milk for medicinal properties offers anything more than a placebo effect, said Dr Steele. The authors warn that human milk is potentially very hazardous if used to replace a healthy balanced diet.

Failure of women to sanitize properly when expressing milk, the failure to sterilize equipment properly, and the improper or prolonged storage and transportation of milk can expose consumers to bacterial food-borne illnesses like any other raw milk.

The lack of pasteurisation and testing not only indicates a bacterial risk but also exposes consumers to a host of infectious diseases, including hepatitis, HIV and syphilis. "While many online mums claim they have been tested for viruses during pregnancy, many do not realise that serological screening needs to be undertaken regularly," said Dr Steele. "Sexual and other activities in the postpartum period may expose the woman expressing to viruses that they may unwittingly pass on to consumers of the milk."

The authors call for health professionals and regulators to issue public guidance against the purchasing of human milk from Internet sources for adult as well as infant feeding.

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#2 misterE

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Posted 23 June 2015 - 02:51 AM

I have a very close friend that recently had a child. They have chosen to feed the infant formula. Last time I was over at their home visiting them, I picked up the infant-formula canister and read the ingredients. The main ingredient was corn-syrup (which is basically glucose-syrup), the next ingredient was high-oleic sunflower-oil, and the third main ingredient was casein-hydrolysate, followed by an array of synthetic-vitamins and minerals and some premade AA and EPA/DHA.


I felt sad because this is nowhere near the composition of human breast milk and the fatty-acid profile is much different.


Human breast milk (on average) has a composition of:


45% Saturated-fat

45% Monounsaturated-fat

10% Polyunsaturated-fat

Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio: 1:7


Whereas the infant-formula had a composition of:


10% Saturated-fat

85% Monounsaturated-fat

5% Polyunsaturated-fat

Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio: 1:21


Considering the infants nerves and brain are made out of fat. The composition of fatty-acids in formula is completely unnatural. Formula-fed baby's--to be blunt-- are not as healthy as breast-fed babies, this is proven over and over again in the scientific-literature.


But does this make breast-milk any better?


Humans are full of dioxins, PCBs and heavy-metals; environmental pollution that makes its way and accumulates in our bodies thru the consumption of foods high on the food-chain (fish and animal-fats). Modern humans are also full of AA, due to the consumption of fried and processed-foods (high in linoleic-acid vegetable-oil) and through consumption of poultry-fat. Too much AA in relation to EPA/DHA leads to long-term depression, bi-polar disorder, violence, aggression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, autism and MS. This is all very well published in the scientific-literature.


What is the solution? Unfortunately there isn't one. The formula is a synthetic and foreign blend on "nutrients" that are un-natural to what humans are given at birth throughout all of our existence. Breast milk is altered due to the alteration of our essential-fatty-acid intake and environmental-pollution. As negative as it seems, the future of humanity looks bleak.





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