Transfer Factors: A New Beginning on health
Calvin McCausland, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, 4Life Health Sciences Advisory Board Chairman
A round the world, interest in transfer factors continues to grow, with good reason. We live in an age of wellness, with many people turning their attention to supplements. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Although it’s not a new idea, more people than ever before subscribe to this in action rather than just in word. Also, there are thousands of people who have benefited from taking 4Life Transfer Factor and, in turn, want to share it with their friends. From a scientific perspective, it is very interesting to observe how so many individuals almost intuitively recognize and grasp onto the idea of transfer factors, recognizing that they have real benefit and real potential in the wellness market.
One of the most unique things about transfer factors is that they are made by the immune system for the immune system, a rare occurrence indeed. There are many herbal products that stimulate the immune system, but they lack the antigenic specificity (target recognition), regulatory function, and immune system balancing capability of transfer factors.
I am often asked just what transfer factors are. Physically. they are small proteins, or more specifically, polypeptides (polymers made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins). Functionally, they are molecules that share information with cells of the immune system, supporting its ability to recognize, respond to, and remember threats to our everyday health.
Transfer factors derive their name from their discovery, which was based on their physiological effects, not their structure. Transfer factors transfer immunity from donor to recipient. They are referred to as factors because their discover, Dr. H. Sherwood Lawrence, knew only that they were something (factors) derived from immune cells. He knew nothing of their structure or composition. In brief, he was able to demonstrate that he could transfer the factors that delivered immunity. Their benefits are what is most important to us, while their structure is still of much scientific interest.
The extraction and concentration of transfer factors from cow colostrum and chicken egg yolk was made possible through modern technology. And it was technology that took them from solely being used in research laboratories to mass production and general use in the wellness revolution. It is an honor for me to be a part of this truly amazing revolution and to play a role in the advancement of Transferceutical Science.