Note: This is a truly amazing story of how one mother reached around the world to help her son with camel milk. Autism is a mysterious disorder that affects increasing numbers of families worldwide. This article explains how camel milk helped one child improve quickly.
Camel Milk News recently interviewed Christina Adams, author of A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention, and Recovery. In her book, Christina discusses the trials and tribulations of discovering her young son was autistic and finding the best treatments for autism.
Just after she finished graduate school in 2000, Christina’s son was diagnosed autistic at almost age 3. As often happens with autism, it wasn’t the family doctor who made the diagnosis but his preschool teacher. When a psychiatrist confirmed it, Christina reached out to parents in her neighborhood, which already had many children with autism. With the help of other mothers, Christina removed all cow milk from his diet. Her son’s bright red cheeks, often a sign of food intolerance, faded within weeks, and he also began to point at and ask for items he wanted.
Because autism is so difficult to treat, Christina tried therapies including diet, medications and more expensive treatments such as speech and many behavioral teachers. Christina noted that her son is a very biomedical child, meaning that diet and medications really helped him. By the time he was five, he passed the kindergarten entrance exam with no visible traits of autism, a great feat for her son.
Now their story fast-forwards to a sunny fate-filled day in 2005 at a children’s book fair in Southern California. Christina noted a random camel beside a man selling camel milk soaps. Her inquisitive nature took over and she asked him what else they used the milk for. The man said it was given to premature babies in the Middle East as it was non-allergenic. This got Christina deeply thinking about other benefits it might offer. She went home and began researching the milk, but it wasn’t until months later she stumbled across a medical journal article by Israeli scientist Dr. Reuven Yagil reporting its use for an autistic boy (http://www.camelmilkmagic.com/). Christina then determined to get it for her son. A friend brought her camel milk from Israel, but due to regulatory issues, it was dumped at the airport. She then called Dr. Yagil and was referred to Dr. Amnon Gonenne, an Israeli-American researcher who advises an Israeli camel dairy. Christina and Dr. Gonenne discussed camel milk science and autism for months over Skype. She got a medical letter supporting the milk for her son and was able to then import raw frozen milk by explaining his condition to two kind USDA officials. Even today, importing raw camel milk is close to impossible because of well-lobbied laws restricting the importation of animal products from certain countries. Her resourcefulness led her to get her first shipment in early 2007, but because of life changes, she didn’t give it to her son until that summer. Her son had been having behavioral challenges again and she felt it was time to try something new.
On an evening full of anticipation, Christina, in the presence of her fiancé, gave her nine-year-old son a bowl of his usual cereal with half a cup of camel milk. He downed the cereal and went upstairs to sleep. The next morning, he came downstairs and sat at the kitchen table across from his mother. Her fiancé, who had arrived earlier to help her, was also present. Christina said, “We couldn’t believe the results. That morning we were stunned by the visual improvements in his eye contact, conversation skills and self-direction. He even used very loving and emotional language.” Although she had hoped for some improvement, the fast effects were surprising to her.
After that, Christina gave her son half a cup daily. But she emphasized that she didn’t stop giving her son his prescribed medicine and maintaining his bovine dairy-free diet. After discussions with the Israeli researchers, Christina upped the amount to a whole cup, but due to tic-like movements, he returned to the half-cup amount. Prior to using camel milk, her son had to eat every two hours because he would show increased autism symptoms, but the milk ended this problem. Christina stated, “It brought him to a whole new level. I can attribute a 30% percent increase in his functioning to the milk. It’s not a cure, but it’s a natural food that’s acted as a treatment for my child’s autism.”
When asked why she thought camel milk might help some children with autism, Christina said that although research is needed, it might be a natural inflammation calmer, and newer autism-related research shows that immune system responses can be present in autism. The insulin and vitamins it contains may have also helped her son, but she doesn’t think that accounts for all the improvement. She is writing a medical journal article on the milk and will begin lectures in May. She encourages more research on the milk, but she’s telling her story because “families need help now.” Today her son is tackling the challenges of a typical-functioning 14-year-old and can better enjoy his life, even in small but significant ways. “He’s in a regular school. The camel milk helps him tolerate more sugar and carbohydrates now, which is great because eating snacks with his friends is important to him.” At the close of our interview, she remarked, “Life, like science, can bring us to places we never expected. I value camel milk and I’m lucky I found it.”
Christina can be reached at cadams AT xiqllc.com. Follow her on Twitter @camelmilkinfo
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