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Camel Milk: a Miracle Cure for Children With Autism?
Gulf News ^ | Jay Hilotin

Posted on 04/24/2014 3:58:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Children with autism relieved of symptoms following therapy that includes camel milk

Dubai: Can camel milk help children with autism?

Two American mothers who sourced camel milk from the Middle East say it definitely can, citing circumstantial evidence of their children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) responding positively after therapy that included camel milk.

Author Christina Adams shared her camel milk story with XPRESS following a meet-up organised by Autism UAE, Stepping Stones, Child EIMC and Emirates Industry for Camel Milk and Products (EICMP) at The Majlis Dubai, a new camel milk cafe next to Jumeirah Mosque.

American-born Zeba Khan, who learnt about camel milk’s benefits for autistic children only about two years ago, seconded the claim.

Autism by three

“My son,” said Adams, “was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at three years of age. He suffered loss of language at 15 to 18 months, hyperactivity, sensitivity to noise and fixation on objects and water. He had difficulty interacting with others, while biting and engaging in aggressive behaviour which led to dismissal from two pre-schools.”

In 2005, when her son Jonah was seven, Adams published A Real Boy: A True story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery in which she outlined a mother’s challenge in dealing with the lifelong disorder. The book got rave reviews on

But that was before she learnt about camel milk through a chance meeting with a man who brought a camel to a California book fair later that year.

“The camel man told me a story about how camel milk was used to help premature babies in the Middle East and was thought to be non-allergenic. That triggered two thoughts in my mind: one, that it may help my son be healthier and, two, it’s a good milk substitute.”

Like ASD kids, Jonah had food intolerances and allergies, skin problems, auditory processing delay, expressive/receptive language delay, constipation, among other disorders.

Adams spent the next two years studying about camel milk, talking to experts and potential sources. A Pakistani-American friend then offered to get her camel milk from Palestine, but the shipment was confiscated at JFK Airport as she did not have import permits.

In 2006, she came across a paper a veterinarian had written about how camel milk eased symptoms of autism. That fired Adams up: Desperate to get her hands on raw frozen camel milk, she finally obtained a permit after securing a doctor’s prescription. “I was the first person in the US to get an import permit for camel milk for medical purposes,” she said.

First taste

Adams said she spent about $2,000 (Dh7,346) per shipment for raw frozen camel milk. On October 10, 2007, two weeks before Jonah’s 10th birthday, he drank his first cup of camel milk.

“The rest,” she said, “is history… the morning after my son ingested camel milk, he demonstrated astonishing improvement in behaviour including eye contact, communication, emotional expression (“I really love you”; “You do so much for me”) and self-organisation.”

Adams wrote a patient report Autism Disorder Treated with Camel Milk detailing her experience published in the November 2013 issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine, a peer-reviewed US medical journal.

Fortunately for her, Adams had recently also found farmers in the US with small camel herds producing somewhere near her California home which brought the cost down to about $200 per shipment.

Lat week Adams was in Dubai for the first time to share her experience about the therapeutic effects camel milk had on her son, who is now 16, at the autism group meet-up.

“Dubai is heaven for me. Camel milk here is quite affordable (Dh15 per litre) and widely available. In the US, the biggest herd is about 40 camels, owned by farmers in some rural areas.” Another mother

Mother of two Zeba Khan said her son (she does not want him to be named), now seven, was repeatedly misdiagnosed by paediatricians.

Khan, who is now director of Autism UAE, which offers early intervention therapy services, said: “At least three paediatricians had checked on him and each time they’d say: ‘Give him more time’. But that’s the worst thing to do, because with an autistic child you need to intervene as early as possible. The biggest red flag is if a child is not talking by age two. My son spoke no words till almost four.”

She said both her children had regular tummy ache due to lactose intolerance. “The day we took him off cows milk was the day he slept through the night. This gave him more ability to pay attention and learn more,” she added.

“For me, the evidence (on the benefits of camel milk for easing symptoms of autism) is no longer just anecdotal,” said Khan.

Another parent, however, said his autistic child showed no noticeable improvement after having fresh camel milk.

Camel milk has been touted as a new wonder food in many quarters. Dr Jutka Juhasz, head veterinarian at EICMP, the company behind Camelicious, said there’s been very little research on camel milk’s benefits in general. Her company recently obtained a permit to export camel milk products to Europe.

- Jay Hilotin is the Tablet Editor, GN - Publishing Editorial

- Christina Adams, author of “A Real Boy: A True story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery”, can be reached at or Twitter @camelmilkinfo Benefits of camel milk

Camel milk has been used by desert Bedouins for centuries to treat eczema, as an anti-inflammatory agent and is also used in some modern hospitals to help premature babies.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation in 2006 reported that camel milk is the “next big thing”, citing a big market and little supply.

Al Nassma, a Dubai-based chocolate maker – uses camel milk to produce artisan chocolate popular among Dubai tourists.

TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: autism; camel; milk

1 posted on 04/24/2014 3:58:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Yeah, right. There is not a thing in this story that makes medical or scientific sense.

Recent research has shown that the MERS virus survives very well in raw camel milk, especially if the milk is kept chilled. We do not know (yet) if the virus is secreted in the milk.

2 posted on 04/24/2014 4:09:30 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: nickcarraway
They might have a point here.After all,there's never been a documented case of a camel with autism.
3 posted on 04/24/2014 4:11:28 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: nickcarraway

“How do you want your coffee?”

“Sugar and camel’s milk.”

“One hump or two?”

4 posted on 04/24/2014 4:12:56 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: nickcarraway

Well sure, why wouldn’t camel’s milk cure autism? After all young camels grow up on it and you never hear about any autistic camels.
Just be sure the milk comes from camels that have not been vaccinated. /sarcasm

5 posted on 04/24/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The people have the right to tell government what guns it may possess, not the other way around.)
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To: nickcarraway

And the differences between camel and cow milk are?

6 posted on 04/24/2014 4:42:01 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

I had to drink goat milk when I was a baby because cow milk made me very sick. My oldest daughter couldn’t drink cow milk either. We were both able to drink cow milk after the age of two. I’m not sure why it made us sick when we were babies.

7 posted on 04/24/2014 4:47:23 PM PDT by peeps36 (Save The Tortoise And Kill The People)
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To: exDemMom
I have heard of some children with autism being helped by ketogenic (high-fat) diets.

Maybe it will really work. If so, good for them!

8 posted on 04/24/2014 6:37:44 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks nickcarraway.

9 posted on 04/24/2014 6:41:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (
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To: peeps36
I am lactose intolerant WRT pasteurized cows' mlk. But I can tolerate goats' milk, lactose-free milk, and also raw milk. Have not tried camels' milk or any other type of milk.

There are differences between various species' milks in terms of the milk sugar, perhaps alsot in the proteins and fats. Some people have problems with milk fat, but that is more rare than problems with milk sugar.

10 posted on 04/24/2014 7:50:50 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman
I am lactose intolerant WRT pasteurized cows' mlk. But I can tolerate goats' milk, lactose-free milk, and also raw milk

I don't understand. Pasteurization has nothing to do with the amount of lactose in milk. I could see different species--even different breeds of cow--having different quantities of lactose, but I don't see how pasteurization to kill pathogens would have any effect.

Personally, I avoid consuming raw animal products. I tried goat milk once and found it gross. However, I will eat sheep cheese.

11 posted on 04/25/2014 4:40:32 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: exDemMom

I tried consuming sheeps’ milk cheese once and found it gross. It smelled and tasted like barnyard.

12 posted on 04/26/2014 3:30:53 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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To: pbmaltzman

Roquefort, from France, is made with sheep milk. It is also moldy. I love it, even though it disagrees with me. I have not tasted any other sheep cheese.

13 posted on 04/26/2014 9:54:15 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into:
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To: exDemMom

The sheeps’ milk cheese I tried may have been from Bulgaria, but I can’t remember. I bought it in an Armenian market. I don’t like the way most of those Armenians treated me when I lived in “occupied territory.” I got hostile stares when I’d patronize their businesses (grocery markets and fast-food restaurants). I got called a “dirty Jew” when I complained about noisy partying after church on Sunday. I have avoided them since that time.

14 posted on 04/28/2014 8:30:33 PM PDT by pbmaltzman
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