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Whey-based Vitamins Bring Relief to Children with Cystic Fibrosis and

by Michelle Coude-Lord
"Le Journal de Montreal" on Sunday, October 17, 1999

Dr. Larry Lands, a pediatric lung specialist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, is studying the effects of
Immunocal, a natural product produced by Immunotec Research Ltd. of Vaudreuil, on young patients suffering from
cystic fibrosis and asthma.

If studies prove conclusive, Dr. Lands believes that it could be appropriate to combine the product with other natural
products of proven effectiveness.

“I am not saying that anyone should run out and look for this product. There is no miracle drug here,” adds the
specialist, well known in Quebec for his work with young cystic fibrosis patients.

But the doctor notes that this natural whey-based product is produced by a unique process. He believes, furthermore,
that it reinforces the immune system.

“Above all, I am interested in finding out if it stimulates the production of glutathione, which is closely tied to the
types of infections these children suffer from.” Dr. Lands continues, “The study with cystic fibrosis patients has
been underway for several months now, and the initial results are promising. It would be worthwhile expanding the
study to include, for example, children with pulmonary asthma who suffer from repeated infections. The whey could
encourage the body’s production of healthy cells in diseased lungs. (Please see Dr. Land's published case report of
Immunocal® supplementation in a patient with COPD below.)

“We need to be open to the idea of combining traditional medicine with what is known as natural medicine.”

The use of Immunocal was criticized when it was introduced in 1987. In the US, however, it is recognized by
several specialists and is considered a medication.

This is not the case in Canada, however, since Health Canada has classified it as a food.

Dr. Gustavo Bounous of Immunotec, the man behind this product and a former research scientist at the National
Research Council, is delighted with the work of Dr. Lands.

“We want to prove that there is a scientific basis for this product’s effectiveness,” says Dr. Bounous, “and we
encourage specialists and research scientists to use it. We are also in the midst of dialogue with one of the major
Universities in Quebec. It is not a miracle drug, but its effect on the immune system is clear.”

Immunocal is not the first vitamin and mineral supplement on the market, but according to Dr. Lands, it is produced
in a unique way, and it can have a positive effect on some patients.

Whey is collected during the production of cheese. It is microfiltered to remove bacteria and then ultrafiltered to
remove the protein; the resulting paste is dried and reduced to powder. Thirty pouches sell for $75.

Dr. Lands adds, “I advise people, however, to consult their doctor before taking the supplement.”

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Treatment of obstructive airway disease with a cysteine donor protein
supplement: a case report.
Lothian B, Grey V, Kimoff RJ, Lands LC.

Department of Pediatrics, McGill University Health Centre-Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec,

Oxidant/antioxidant imbalance can occur in obstructive airways disease as a result of ongoing inflammation.
Glutathione (GSH) plays a major role in pulmonary antioxidant protection. As an alternative or complement to anti-
inflammatory therapy, augmenting antioxidant protection could diminish the effects of inflammation. We describe a
case of a patient who had obstructive lung disease responsive to corticosteroids, and low whole blood GSH levels.
After 1 month of supplementation with a whey-based oral supplement designed to provide GSH precursors, whole
blood GSH levels and pulmonary function increased significantly and dramatically. The potential for such
supplementation in pulmonary inflammatory conditions deserves further study.

PMID: 10713031 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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