During the first, colostral feeds a baby assimilates much of the feed without any major digestion going on. The various components of this first milk are taken in and passed around the body and treated immunologically as self, because they come from the child’s mother.
Formula milk, being somewhat similar physically to human milk, is treated similarly in the baby’s body and is similarly assimilated and distributed. However, it cannot be accepted, immunologically, as self. It faces an immune response, because the antigens it contains – new to the infant immune system – may indicate a pathological invasion. In time, an immune response, that may include the production of antibodies, develops against the ingredients of that formula milk. This reaction of the immune system can persist over much of a typical human lifespan. It is this immune response that leads to the development of a wide range of atopic disease symptoms, as the child grows and later in adult life, through to old age.
A major impact of the above process would the development of inflammation of the walls of blood vessels resulting in a wide range of outcomes, from simple bleeds to vessel stenoses. With fine blood vessels this can easily lead to total blockage of blood flow.
To treat such vascular disorders, it seems sensible to use removal of foods of bovine origin from the diet, along with removal of other food families represented in the formula milk that was given in the immediate, postnatal period. This should help to quell many of the immune responses that may be focused on blood vessel walls. It is probable that the action of bovine antigen on the lining of blood vessels, in neonates, creates a response that persists throughout a person’s life: a potential for a kind of eczema of the intima. It may be more productive for doctors to suggest the discontinuation of foods of bovine origin, rather than to worry about measured ‘cholesterol levels’.
When any allergens are encountered, they may have a measurable effect on the blood vessel wall in making the smooth muscle contract, thereby increasing blood pressure. If these are infrequently met allergens, say seasonal pollens, the effect will be temporary, though possibly quite pronounced. If the allergens are in a person’s everyday diet they may cause a steady and prolonged increase in blood pressure over many years, caused mostly by immune reactions within the blood vessel wall and intima, reducing the ability of vessels to expand or contract sufficiently according to need. In time blood vessel walls will become fragile and prone to loss of integrity resulting in local haemorrhage, especially in parts of the body where they are exposed to the widest pressure variations. In many parts of the body such seepages can be dealt with by clotting and repair mechanisms, without inflicting long-term damage. When blood seeps into the brain, the resultant damage is less easily repaired and nerve cells in large areas of brain can be killed. This produces the debilitating and sometimes fatal condition of stroke.
The range of impacts on the vascular system is pretty wide, from atherosclerosis to stroke, cardiac failure, and possibly Alzheimer’s disease. There are also plenty of minor issues to do with restriction of blood flow and general discomfort. When early onset diabetes is caused by the presence of anti-bovine antibody complexes, later vascular problems may be exacerbated, or even primarily caused, by the continued presence of the same antibody complexes.