It’s the lactoferrin, stupid!

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ideas.economiadigital.es. 26 September 2020 // JOSÉ MARÍA F. AMENEIRO

A protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease. Applied to adults, it acts as a barrier against contagion

Those of us of a certain age remember the famous sentence by Bill Clinton which prevented George H.W. Bush from being re-elected as President in November 1992, which had never happened with any other North American President since before World War II. “It’s the economy, stupid!” is Clinton’s sentence we remember most from that campaign and was coined by his strategist, James Carville. Clinton took the elections by storm by appealing to the obvious: economy, the main concern for the average citizen.

Bush Senior had had a superb term of office, with impressive success in foreign policy such as the end of the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the first Gulf War, but Americans had started noticing a slight recession at home. The sentence, used in campaign posters, became a kind of motto throughout the country – obviously, Clinton would never call the President “stupid”, since there is absolute respect for the head of state.  

I follow the data about the world’s coronavirus pandemic daily, and read all articles that fall into my hands. There is something addictive about it, for me, for everyone, as expressed by panellists, newsreaders, scientists, and even former ministers turned science gurus, like Miguel Sebastián. The data is absolutely devastating: Italy has set an example for many countries to follow, while Spain has become a living hell, a mire where the virus roams freely among insults from wasteful and incompetent politicians, under the subtle sense of humour of the king of comedy, Fernando Simón.

Italy has set an example for many countries to follow, while Spain has become a living hell

I live in Madrid, which used to be the engine of national economy and is now a devastated city. Here, districts are being fenced in as we wait for the big closing, which many date on 5th October, as if the virus was programmed to increase on set dates.  

Many talk about the Italian Miracle, as they call it, without even trying to solve the enigma. I hear nonsense, such as that the Italians have been stricter (discipline and Italy sounds like the perfect oxymoron). They say that the Italians have invested 5,000 million euro in these last three months to improve their battered public health care, whose quality is very similar to the Spanish, you know: “the best health care in the world” according to both Sánchez and Casado, both traitors, as if an improved health care was the key to a reduced number of infections out in the streets…

But let’s analyse the data: Italy has 15 more million inhabitants than Spain on an area that is a third smaller. Its population density is 206 persons per square kilometre, as compared to Spain’s 92, that is, more than double. Italian customs and traditions are, say, similar to ours, however they have more personal contact – men kiss too – which makes us seem somewhat Nordic to them (and I know what I’m talking about).

Gastronomy and cuisine are also similar, but Italians eat more carbohydrates; both age pyramids are similar and their life expectancy is a bit higher. Racially, there is little to say: there is total equivalence regarding milk-intolerance or negative RH rates… In short, no-one can empirically explain what’s going on.

But there is one piece of information that no-one looks into and many hide: In the early summer, the Tor Vergata University in Rome, the country’s second oldest and among the world’s best 150 universities for years (stage never reached by a Spanish university), and La Sapienza, also in Rome, published a study performed with 100 Covid-19 patients. This proved through scientific evidence – they’ve later performed similar studies in other centres and public hospitals in the country – that a protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease. Applied to adults, it acts as a barrier against infection.

A protein present in breast milk is responsible for children not contracting the disease 

Italian TV began their news bulletin with said piece of news, it made the front page on all written press (just type “lattoferrina” on Google, the Italian word for lactoferrin, and you’ll see the explosion of articles, videos, and links available). Then, it got out of hand. In June – and I’ve seen official data – Italians were buying 17 times more lactoferrin at the chemist’s (no need for medical prescription, it’s just like buying vitamin C) than the Spaniards.

Now, it must be around 50 times higher. All my Italian friends (and I’ve got quite a few) are taking lactoferrin. Their parents, relatives, and friends, too. I’ve calculated the average rate of infection in the last 30 days. Italy – which, remember, has a population 32% higher than Spain – has, on average, 7.3 times less infections than Spain, even though they don’t use masks as much and perform many more tests.

To talk about deaths seems improper, but compare the last figure of deaths in Italy and Spain during the second outbreak of the pandemic. Terrifying. Is it magic? No, just Nature. Have you ever asked yourself why a four-year-old is more affected by tobacco but rarely gets a virus?  

Lactoferrin was first synthesised in a lab shortly before World War II. The world’s leading countries, like Australia, United StatesJapan, or Germany produce it industrially. It has always been added to formula milk, for infants who don’t breastfeed. Now, several countries – Russia is about to introduce its use in public hospitals – use it as a natural protection against this pandemic. 

several countries use lactoferrin as a natural protection against this pandemic. 

Australia is the first lactoferrin producer, consumer and exporter in Asia/Oceania, and has an average infection rate of just six cases a day (12,000 in Spain), with a population of 27 million people. Rare is the day when the Australian government attributes a death to Covid-19. Almost all lactoferrin exported by Australia and New Zealand has the same destination: China.

I encourage you to use the best verifier for news and data: Google, if you speak the language of Shakespeare. Both the readers and the politicians that so badly govern can check everything I’ve stated here. I know for a fact that senior positions of the Spanish health care – I’ve been told personally-, take lactoferrin, as do many doctors and scientists I know.

What I’m not aware of yet is that all these rubbish politicians have made its use easier and have spread this information among the population, and I assure you these are proven data – I’ll apologise if there’s one single mistake in this article. If I told you that eating yoghurt or kefir helps your gut health, you wouldn’t doubt me. Believe me and take lactoferrin, it’s going to be a hard autumn.