TLC’s show Strange Sex will air an episode on an adult breastfeeding fetish tonight (Sunday).
Since it’s hard to fight the media’s love of sensationalizing breastfeeding (again), we thought we’d use this opportunity to shift the focus on to some of the amazing benefits of human milk for adults–other than sex–including some areas of potential medical therapeutic use. Here are a few:
An article in the UK’s Daily Mail reported a few years ago that components of breastmilk are under study as possible remedies for adults who have the following conditions (component of human milk being researched in parentheses):
- Cancer (HAMLET)
- Rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (lactoferrin)
- Dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury (glyerophosphocholine)
- Diabetes and Parkinson’s (stem cells)
- Acne (lauric acid)
- Diarrhea (oligosaccharides)
Other articles have indicated possible uses of human milk for the following diseases:
- HIV (not yet identified)
- Irritable bowel syndrome, bowel disorders (Lactobacillus reuteri)
- Burn treatment (epidermal growth factor)
- Many others, from pink eye to warts, and more!
Here’s hoping some of the wealthy disease foundations that raise billions of dollars every year to find “the cure” will start putting some of their research dollars towards experimenting on the Miracle Milk™ right under our noses–it could be a veritable rainforest of unknown, natural and effective treatments! For more lesser-known facts about our mom-made wonder-food, click here.
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