Q. What are transfer factors?
Transfer factors are highly effective immune messaging molecules that transfer immune memory and knowledge from one immune system to another. These small compounds naturally occur in all mammals and are passed from a mother to a newborn through the mother’s first milk called “colostrum”. Colostrum is the nutria-rich, pre-milk produced by all mammals during the first few days after giving birth. These small transfer factor molecules then start to educate the newborn’s naive immune system, which in turn will protect them from the microbial threats they encounter all their life. By transferring information from cell-to-cell, transfer factors serve as “teachers” of new cells, ensuring a strong immune system capable of withstanding our often harsh environment.
Q: When were transfer factors discovered?
In 1949, Dr. Sherwood Lawrence made a revolutionary discovery while studying tuberculosis. He determined that an immune response could be transferred from a donor to a recipient by injecting an extract of white blood cells leukocytes from a previously infected, now healthy, subject into a newly infected patient. He found that this extract contained a factor capable of transferring immunity. He named the substance “transfer factors.”
In 1998 4Life Founders, David and Bianca Lisonbee, licensed the patent to extract transfer factors from cow colostrum. The introduction of 4Life Transfer Factor® Classic opened the door to a new category of immune system support products. 4Life’s commitment to transfer factor research has progressively raised the standard for modern-day immune system supplementation.
Q: What prompted scientists to look for transfer factors in cow colostrum?
After much research, scientists discovered that cows have heroic immune systems which allow them to survive in highly unsanitary conditions. These heroic immune systems produce potent forms of transfer factors. The bovine cow also produces far more litres of colostrum than the calf needs. This is why the cow was selected as the best model from which to extract transfer factors from. Harvesting the excess colostrum and isolating its transfer factors provides an abundant and beneficial source of transfer factors for consumption.
USDA Grade A dairy cows provide the colostrum for 4Life Transfer Factor products. This is a patented process licensed to 4Life™ (US Patent 4,816,563). Every batch of 4Life Transfer Factor™ is tested to ensure transfer factor quality and activity.
Q: What prompted scientists to look for transfer factors in chicken eggs?
It started with a dedication to the long-term pursuit of transfer factor research, which led to the discovery of eggs as another viable source of transfer factors. A commitment to remain the leader in transfer factor technology and to provide the highest quality, most effective products for good health further drove 4Life to be even better. And finally, it came from the belief that one of the best ways to improve 4Life Transfer Factor was to broaden the spectrum of support by combining other safe and effective sources of transfer factors.
Researchers realised that birds also pass immune information onto their young. Using advanced technology and a patented extraction process, 4Life promotes system-specific immune function within its egg sources through careful management of the chicken’s environment. These specialised transfer factors are then extracted from the chicken egg and concentrated, providing highly targeted nutritional support for cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine and brain function. 4Life’s Transfer Factor Plus and TF Cardio both contain the proprietary and scientifically proven blend of Transfer Factor E-XF.
Q: How do transfer factors work for your pet?
Transfer factors educate your pet’s naïve immune system about a present or potential danger and equip it with a plan for action. Although the most notable function of these smart molecules is to support the recognition of a threat, they also support their immune system’s ability to remember past invasions, allowing their body to more quickly respond to similar health threats. In addition, transfer factors boost or balance your pet’s immune response, depending on the support needed at that time and it does this naturally.
Q: How is 4Life Transfer Factor different from other products?
The biggest key to overall immune system health is balance—boosting when needed and calming down when needed. Almost all immune system products on the market today (vitamins, minerals, and herbs) have one thing in common; they provide temporary nutrition. However, the best long-term solution to an active, balanced immune response is information.
The way that Transfer Factor works with your pet’s immune system is completely unique. It teaches your pet’s immune system to recognize, respond to, and remember potential invaders. Looking beyond nutrition to information is a profound paradigm shift, and 4Life Transfer Factor is the only product available that leverages this powerful paradigm.
Q. How can our pets benefit from taking transfer factors?
Animals have unique demands placed upon their immune systems every day. They are exposed to many different types of germs and microbial threats, such as impure drinking water and having contact with other animals and rodents. Using transfer factor therapy for pets is an excellent way to fortify animal immunity and health. The transfer factors extracted from cow colostrom and egg yolk are non-species specific. They work across species barriers—from animal to animal—to transfer immune knowledge to the naïve immune system. Dogs, cats, horses etc. can all benefit from taking transfer factors because they are safe.
Q. How can 4Life Transfer Factor support healthy energy levels?
4Life Transfer Factor supports healthy energy levels by promoting the effectiveness of your pet’s immune system. When your pet’s immune system is working as it should, they have plenty of energy to do the things they love.
Q: What research has been done on transfer factors?
Since Dr Sherwood Lawrence discovered transfer factors in 1949, an estimated $40 million has been spent on researching transfer factors and over 3,000 scientific studies published on transfer factors in Medical Literature documenting their effectiveness.
Recent independent studies report that Transfer Factor Classic and Transfer Factor Plus boost Natural Killer cell activity a remarkable 283% and 437% where it is needed.
Q. Can you open the transfer factor capsules?
Yes. 4Life Transfer Factor capsules are easily opened and the contents mixed with formula, pureed foods, yoghurt or drinks. Both Transfer Factor Classic and Transfer Factor Plus come in capsule form and can be given to your pet orally or pulled apart and mixed into their pet food. Just twist the capsule in opposite directions and they will open easily. Both lots of ingredients are tasteless and odourless.
Q. How safe are transfer factors?
Transfer Factors are a safe substance for all animals. They are the primary communication mechanism used by the immune system to defend your pet against harmful microbial threats. Transfer factors are natural protein molecules and have been safely used in supplement form for many years. Throughout the history of transfer factors use, there have been no reports of serious adverse reactions, even when clinically administered in excess or with normal doses given over many years.
Q. Do veterinarians use transfer factors in their practice?
Transfer Factors are currently being used in veterinary medicine as they help to support our pet’s immune systems.
Please read the other testimonials on my website from medical professionals.
Q. Do dog breeders use transfer factors?
All around the world national top breeders are using transfer factors for their large and small animals. Transfer factors used for dogs, cats, and horses are the most scientifically advanced immune support supplements ever formulated. Experts agree that for many animals, 4Life’s Transfer Factor Plus and Transfer Factor Classic provide one of the best options for improving their nutritional status and overall health.
Janet Hillier is a specialist breeder of high quality white and silver Miniature poodles with over 40 years of experience. Janet founded Hillani Kennel in 1970 and since its inception, has striven to breed poodles of high distinctive quality and temperament. She has many champions to her name and has won awards including “Puppy in Group” in 2006 and “Junior in Group” in 2007 at the Royal Adelaide Show.
Janet was introduced to 4Life Transfer Factors in 2003 and has been amazed at the great results she has witnessed since using transfer factors on her Poodles. Janet ensures that all of her puppies are put onto Transfer Factor Classic as soon as they are born to help to support their immune systems from Day 1. Some of Janet’s champions are now shown in Hong Kong, U.S.A, Japan, Finland, Brunei, Singapore and New Zealand.