Lauren Newmark with SPLASH writes:
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a nontoxic cancer treatment that effectively killed tumor cells without causing any harm to healthy cells in the patient’s body? Or how about a chemical that could make antibiotics effective against bacterial strains that have become antibiotic resistant, such as pneumococci or MRSA?
Solving just one of these tasks would be a medical miracle, and yet a team of American and Swedish researchers has shown that both are possible. Even more amazing is that the solution to these two seemingly disparate medical issues comes from the same molecule, a protein-lipid complex found in human breast milk called HAMLET (human alpha-lactalbumin made lethal to tumor cells).
... In human infants, HAMLET is formed when the milk reaches the stomach; [and] unfolds when it comes in contact with digestive acids and then combines with milk oleic acid.
HAMLET has shown promise in treating multiple types of human cancers … without causing any negative side effects
Who would ever suspect that a potent cancer-killing agent might be hidden in a mother’s milk, or that coming into contact with the acid in a babies stomach would cause it to unpack and activate?
Scientists speculate that its purpose is to increase “infants’ immune responses while keeping cellular growth in check,” according to Ms. Newmark.
Of course, researchers attribute this purpose to HAMLET without considering the implications of the presence of such a benevolent intention. Clearly, this is loving design hidden inside loving design--a protein molecule designed to protect, wrapped inside a substance designed to provide sustenance. The presence of this potent agent offers a powerful example of God's loving intention toward us. It's like the mother who slips a much needed, health inducing medicine into her child's meal to both nourish and to protect the child. It is a double expression of love and care.
According to Solomon, the same can be said of the milk of God’s word. He writes, "My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words ... for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body" (Proverbs 4:20, 22). God's words offer spiritual nourishment even as they also delivers health inducing medicinal properties, activated the moment they begin to be digested.
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment” (1 Peter 2:2).
"When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty" (Jeremiah 15:16).