Health Properties of Camel Milk and Autism
You might be thinking that I am certifiably and officially off my rocker by the title of this post. I encourage you to keep an open mind while reading. When I first heard about the healing properties of camel milk I was intrigued and thought to myself “camel’s make milk?”. We are so used to cow’s milk and other dairy products in America that we often think it is weird to drink anything else. Look how long it took for almond and coconut milk to make its mark here, all the while it has been used for centuries in other parts of the world. Nomadic cultures in the Middle East and Africa use camel milk exclusively because they know of the immune benefits and protective capabilities for their children. It is like unveiling a secret treasure full of healing nutrients such as immunoglobulins (Igs) and protective proteins.
What is it capable of helping?
- Target food allergies as well as seasonal allergies
- Restoration for a destroyed gut or other digestive issues, the antibodies that Camel milk contains are highly anti viral and anti bacterial
- Very effective for individuals battling blood sugar by supporting healthy insulin levels as well as gestational diabetes
- Because most (like 99%) of Autism individuals have gut-related issues, this milk can aid in complete healing of Autism
- Support ADD and ADHD or other learning challenges that can often be directly related back to gut issues
The unique properties of Camel milk vs. Cow’s milk
First, let’s get one important fact straight as it relates to Autism: these individuals often cannot process casein in its traditional (cow) form and suffer from a multitude of immune-deficiency related issues, allergies (food and airborne), difficulty fighting bacterial and viral infections and have chronic inflammation of their gut. Giving them casein that their body simply cannot process is putting them in a constant state of disarray. (stimming, language, social awkwardness = gut sickness)
Camel milk is highly nutritious. The milk contains only 2% fat. The fat molecules are joined to protein, so there is no stress on the liver to process it. Higher in some nutrients and lower in others—camel milk is rich in vitamin C (5x that of cow’s milk), iron (10x) and calcium. The fat profile of camel milk varies in a “rich diet” (domesticated camels) versus the diet camels eat in the desert – but generally it’s high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, with a higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 compared with cow’s milk.
Camel milk is considered a complete food and can be consumed exclusively while meeting all nutritional requirements. Camel milk is most frequently consumed raw and unpasteurized, because the raw milk contains the most nutritional and immune properties. Only when the quality and safety of the milk is in question would someone pasteurize it.
Camel’s milk contains no beta-lactoglobulin and a “new” beta-casein. Therefore it is not reactive to children with autism and even non-allergenic to those with even the most sensitive allergy to milk and casein. One study found Camel’s milk was also not recognized from circulating IgEs from a child specifically allergic to cow’s milk. Children with severe food allergies react well to the milk, and astonishingly, fully recover from their allergies including to other foods.
Casein molecules are actually micelles and camel micelles have been found to be larger in size (15 nm) than those of cow milk or human milk. Camel milk has a lower pH than other milk, so that upon entering the stomach the casein micelles do not breakdown into casein and whey and therefore do not break into casomorphins. Casomorphin creation from cow milk consumption is a common problem in autism that increases autistic symptoms.
Charise-USA-I too am a mom on a quest to find healing for our three-year old son diagnosed with PDD-NOS in January of 2012. He also has severe bacteria and yeast overgrowth, food allergies, sensory processing disorder, and we suspect PANDAS. Since starting camel milk our son has had a remarkable change for the better. His verbal language is making huge leaps daily, his behavior is getting significantly easier to manage, his receptive language is outstanding, and we are seeing less OCD and stimming and more typical play. It truly has been a phenomenal experience for us and I am beyond thankful we took the leap. It’s the best investment we have made thus far!
Camel milk is very encouraging for Autism and other immune challenges
More Facts about Camel Milk
- It is considered a whole food, packed full of nutrients and is rich in magnesium and potassium. As a whole food is has enough nutrients to sustain life
- It directly impacts the immune system in a positive way. So individuals with auto-immune disorders begin to heal and are no longer in need of pharmaceutical drugs as the body is no longer attacking itself
- Documented to help with ulcers, control blood sugar levels, lowering heart disease, boost immunity during infections
- Closest to human milk than any other, great for babies who may not get enough breast milk (I gave it to our 10 month old infant when my milk stopped producing, rather than formula)
- The immunoglobulins are very small so they penetrate the intestinal lining and gut thus stimulating healing faster and permanently
- Camel milk has an apparent positive effect on breast cancer (Eiseler et al., 1998). The immunoglobulins in camel milk have been shown to protect against types of cancer (Fage et al., 2005).
We began to use camel milk as the “next step” in our Autism puzzle. As stated before in our journey, we are careful to choose things one at a time to see what is working or not and how our children react to it. There are also some crucial steps we needed to do first before this, like metal-detox, GAPS Diet and a parasite cleanse. Research is also important. It took me a few weeks to read articles and listen to testimonials before we jumped in. I do not have one regret. One of the best ways to describe the powerful impact of camel milk is the reaction from big brothers preschool teacher last year. In March we were still having struggles with listening, blurting out answers, waiting patiently and being happy when not first in line. These were manageable with our social classes and traditional “behavioral modification” therapy, but again, it all stems from the gut-brain connection. So while arming yourself with verbal prompts is wonderful, we yearned for complete healing and pronto! So, after 2 weeks on camel milk (I did not tell his teacher) she was a little confused as to how his behavior had done a complete 180 in the classroom. I smiled and kept my little secret, until I could no longer! I shared it with her and it has now helped her daughter heal from some severe behavioral challenges.
We started with incremental small doses up to 1 pint a day. There is die-off, which illicit some pretty bad reactions, but that means it is working by healing the gut. You also have to be completely off all dairy or casein when using camel milk. Honestly what good is traditional dairy for you anyway?
How do I get Camel milk?
There are a few highly reputable camel farms in the US and other countries. It is also possible to purchase powdered online. However, I strongly encourage getting the fresh or frozen raw camel milk as the nutritive properties are all readily available and not harmed by powdering it or possibly heating it. Listed below are some helpful links and information.
Cheers to Camel Milk!
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