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Autism the Scourge of the 21st Century (Somali Immigrants in Minneapolis and Autism – Epidemic or Statistical Fluke?)

The facts Managing Editor's Note: At the end of this magnficent post by Mr. Khalif are links to our past stories about the Somali/Autism epidemic in Minnesota, including J.B. Handley's article that so interested Mr. McNeil.

By Abdulkadir A. Khalif 
The story in the New York Times by Donald McNeil Jr. and datelined 03/16/2009 (HERE) has started a storm within the autism community, especially the victims of the scourge in Minneapolis. The author picked on a few unsuspecting Somali immigrant families who could understand neither the English language nor the motive of those chaperoning them for the ‘interviews’.

They were deliberately selected so as to appear as representative as possible (one of the kids was born outside the USA). I happened to know the families involved as well as some of the officials quoted. I have read and re-read the NYT story and I am still at a loss of what purpose it really served, or what the real motive of the author is. Mr. McNeil had no opinions of his own on the topic he chose, nor did he qualify any statements he extracted from the people he interviewed. He went to great lengths to quote people and then used others to unravel their arguments. He quoted from government officials and others from nonprofits, all of who are known to have been working together in their elaborate cover-up schemes. All those he met were officials who helped organize the infamous forum in Minneapolis last November. He excluded the Hmong community from the ravages of autism while showing prevalence of the scourge within Somali immigrants in Sweden. That way he was indirectly alluding to a vulnerable gene within the Somalis everywhere. 

I will listen to the argument that a gene may predispose all peoples for an autism attack. I will also listen to arguments that some people may be more at risk than others. But we all know that gene knows no race or color or creed, and least of all religion. I was born in East Africa and have just come back from a visit to Kenya. Autism does not have a name in those countries and its incidence (especially in Kenya) has been associated with vaccines, because Kenya has a vaccine schedule that is fast approaching the Swedish and American models. In Somalia where public health facilities and immunizations are still few and far in between you will find diseases that could have been prevented by vaccines but autism is unknown. Even in Kenya, autism has been noticed amongst the affluent and the highly educated in society. This, as you will guess, is because of their adherence to new vaccine schedules and their awareness of the benefits of vaccines. 
I will repeat again: I am not anti-vaccine, nor are others like J.B. Handley who have been wrongly labeled as such. We all know what benefits accrue from immunizations. We are also fortunately aware of what risks can come with those benefits. We are only asking that the two be balanced and risks be totally eliminated on both sides. We know that vaccines prevent all the diseases they are intended to prevent. We must however be aware of the diseases they (vaccines) may cause in that endeavor. The CDC and the FDA both know that mercury in vaccines is in excess of what they themselves termed as safe limits. They also know that mercury can be removed from vaccines without compromising the efficacy of the vaccines. Economic considerations should not therefore be allowed to interfere with the wellbeing of our children and the future generations.      
The purpose of the NYT story was obviously to show that there is no autism cluster in Minneapolis and that the Somali people, because of their cultural practices were already naturally predisposed for the disease. The author, very cunningly avoided being judgmental and did everything to put words into the mouths of the people he interviewed. He carefully selected his subjects and through them vainly covered his guise, ignorance and bias. He deliberately avoided talking with families who have had success with alternative therapies by labeling them as ‘anti-vaccine’. Through his guides he talked down on Somali immigrant victims of mercury in vaccines by alluding to the fact that they came to the USA already plagued by diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis B, depression from the civil war, and vitamin D deficiencies. He even qualified that by quoting a Somali doctor. But then, in a classical double standard he ripped that argument apart as a “dubious explanation”.
I am grateful for this opportunity to share my story and express my personal opinion on the subject of autism which conditions my son Abdimalik I am told is likely to live with his entire life. I got this confirmation from all the experts who have thus far diagnosed, evaluated and tried to treat Abdimalik. For my family, this verdict is equivalent to a life of imprisonment in solitary confinement for our beautiful baby. Abdimalik is the only child in my family who was born in the USA, and when he was born I told my wife that his coming was the best gift we got in America. We even nicknamed him “Mr. President”, because he is the only one who had the opportunity of a shot for the White House, hopefully becoming the first African American to win the Presidency of the United States. While recent events have wiped out that opportunity, Abdimalik would still have had great things happening for him in this great country had autism not plagued his system and isolated him in a cocoon’s nest.
Why did autism strike my son? What did we do wrong to expose him to this disease? Why is he the only one in my family to have it? How is he different from his siblings? Could we have avoided it? Was his autism a pre-existing condition, probably inherited from us, or was it something he acquired after birth? What did we do differently to him that might have exposed him to this danger? Can his condition be reversed now that we know he is different? Are there services, treatments and therapies out there that we are not aware of and which we can afford? What do we do now? Can we take a chance and have another child? These and many more are questions we ask ourselves and which I am sure many other families also do; questions for which answers are not readily available, or if they are would just set a stage for more confusion and questions. I am not a medical professional or an expert of any kind in health issues. My opinion as expressed here is therefore part superstition and part human instinct. But I bet you I will be closer to the truth than the senior MDH official who last November said: “Whenever there is a complex problem, people invent simple solutions which are always wrong”. 
In order to find answers to the above questions, we first need to understand and define autism. Experts say that it is a spectrum disorder which is neurological in nature. They describe its symptoms in terms that place the victims somewhere between an angel and the devil. Although it is possible that autism may have existed since time immemorial, it’s hand-flapping, anti-social, sleepless type that also sends the victims into uncontrollable tantrums, and which also affects about 1 in every 166 kids in the USA is both new and worrying. The first time I ever heard about autism was when my son was diagnosed with it. He was about 1 ½ years old at that time and we were concerned that he had lost the few words he had learned and was displaying behaviors that were utterly at variance from his peers of similar age. We have had many kids and knew what milestones to expect and when. We actually theorized that his language loses or delay was as a result of his confusion with the many languages we speak at home. Anyhow, the autism verdict was the harshest thing we have ever heard and it really changed our lives from there on. We still remember the last words Abdimalik uttered, and those came when the nurse who was about to give him his MMR shot stuck a beautiful sticker to his shirt pocket in order to create rapport with him. The words were: “thank you.”
If as pundits say, autism has always been around, we would have seen autistic adults in the same proportions as the children of nowadays. Autism definitely did not exist in East Africa in the numbers or manners we see here today. Is it lack of diagnoses or is it just not made public because of the stigma that goes with all uncommon things? I personally believe that its incidence or occurrence is limited; Kids with autism are so dysfunctional that there is no way it could have been missed or remained un-identified for all these years. It does not even have a name where we came from. What then is happening with our children here in America? 
To answer this question, I would like to refresh your minds a little with some historical events that occurred in Africa many years ago. They are relevant to the issue of autism today because, simple as they may be, those events set the stage for research that revolutionized human medicine.     
About 150 years ago an English explorer and adventurer by the name Richard Burton set on a voyage that took him to Somaliland to ‘discover’ the north eastern approaches to the African Great Lakes region. As he trekked through Somaliland he came upon Somali nomads who slept in ‘tree-houses’ on treetops, high above the ground in order to escape mosquitoes during the night. The Somalis believed that mosquitoes caused malaria and also knew that they could not fly higher than five feet above the ground. In Europe at that time, everybody believed that malaria was caused by ‘bad air’ – hence the term ‘malaria’. Richard Burton was amused and wrote a long report on the ‘stupidity of the Somali people’. Curious scientists of that age picked on the cue and invented medicines to prevent or treat malaria, and confirmed that mosquitoes are actually carriers of the bug that caused malaria. Complex problem, simple solution, and it worked.
In West Africa, there is a disease known as Kwashiorkor which strikes children when they attain a certain age. That age is when a baby is weaned out of breast milk and a new baby is on its way. Kwashiorkor is therefore defined as ‘the disease the old baby gets when a new baby is born’. Malnutrition was the condition that plagued those kids and lack of milk protein was the cause. The timing of that disease jolted clever minds and associated milk with the disease. Another complex problem, with a simple solution that also worked. Why can’t the timing of the MMR vaccine and the coincidence with language loss and other behavioral regression in our kids be associated by the CDC and the FDA? It makes sense to look there instead of running away from what could be the answer to the puzzle. Our children are too important to be sacrificed for political or economic expediencies.   
The traditional foods of the Somali people are milk and meat, mostly from camels. Camel meat and milk is a world different from cow milk and meat. They have less fat and are more easily processed by the human body. They are also known to have a very different chemical composition and are known to be ‘more friendly’ as a human diet. Camel milk is not available in the USA and cow milk in its processed form has been frowned upon by many. Other processed foods like wheat have also been associated with some allergic reactions, especially with autistic children. Shouldn’t these be something our public health officials concerned about? You bet.
Abdimalik, his mother and I stayed up most of the nights during the winters of 2006 and 2007. We were all depressed and stressed beyond tolerance and the rest of our children showed the same signs. After recommendations from other parents of autistic kids, we placed Abdimalik on a strict GFCF regime throughout the following summer and fall. We noticed remarkable improvements in his sleeping and feeding habits. We decided to wait until the winter of 2008 to see if he would revert to his sleepless schedules. He did not and boy, are we relieved. Had he gone back to his conditions of 2007, we would have concluded that the cold winters of Minnesota were to blame and we would have been out of here forever. No, it is not the cold winters of Minnesota. It was his allergies to gluten and casein that were to blame. He had no trouble with milk and wheat before November of 2006 when he turned 1 ½ years. Yes, the efficient and prize-winning Minnesota vaccine schedule had caught up with him.
Today we are faced with questions about autism and its prevalence in the Somali immigrants in the USA, especially in Minnesota. We are trying to figure out if there truly is a higher incidence of autism amongst the Somali people or if there is a misdiagnosis that profiles them. We have heard of parents’ concerns about vaccines and officials telling us that they are safe.  I have no doubts in my mind that vaccines are beneficial and have eliminated many diseases, and that the human race is forever grateful to the scientists who discovered them and the pharmaceutical companies that produced them. But as with everything new and beneficial, there are side-effects and other things that give. I believe that what is beneficial for one person may be harmful to another. There are allergies that afflict some people and not others. Some people react to certain medicines while others don’t - that is why doctors always ask if we have allergies of any kind before they prescribe medicine. Is it therefore possible that some children have allergic reactions to some chemicals in the vaccines? How is it possible that all kids will accept the vaccines in the same way, so that doctors don’t have to ask the parents about the possible allergies they may have? There are the same vaccines in East Africa too although their administration is very different. Could we borrow a leaf from countries like Kenya who have a vaccine schedule and where many Somali people also live? Or are we going to be defensive in the face of criticism because we have no answers to these many questions?
The CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health are the jury and judge. They will hand down a verdict that vaccines do not cause autism. They will base their decision not on scientific evidence that identifies the cause of autism but on the lack of evidence that vaccines do actually cause autism. They may be taking a decision similar to one taken by a judge sentencing an innocent person to death only to discover 10 years after the person’s execution that he was innocent. Just imagine the sense of guilt that will plague that judge. Many of our children are still very young and many more will be born in the future. We have to take action now because if we don’t we will have a country of psychotics and mentally retarded people in the not too distant future. 
Please note that I am not arguing that vaccines cause autism just as I cannot argue that mosquitoes cause malaria because they don’t. But just as we now know that mosquitoes actually carry the bugs that cause malaria I am suspicious that the many vaccines that we give our children may carry substances that cause autism. I have no proof and I maybe superstitious. But the ‘superstitious’ beliefs of the Somali nomads in 1854 jogged the minds of curious scientists who eventually found the causes and cures of malaria. I hope that the scientists of today will have the courage to accept their ignorance and give a second look at our superstitious beliefs.  I also hope that bureaucracy and bad policy, the politics of ‘non-profit’ and  the psychology of ‘for-profit’ will not get in our way as we march forward in our war against autism. We will all look forward to the day when our kids will have another chance to thank the nurse practitioner during a subsequent vaccine visit and that what was supposed to protect them will not silence them forever. I also hope that our scientists will stop following the gene highway to nowhere and try the alternative route to salvation. My wife and I are not cousins, nor are our parents.  



Abdulkadir Khalif
Chair: Board of Directors, Parents United Against Autism-Minneapolis.
Father of a four year old autistic boy called Abdimalik, and six other children.
Land Surveyor by profession working in Engineering Department of the City of Burnsville, MN.
Born in Somalia and worked and lived in both Somalia and Kenya. Came to the USA in August 1999 and did not live anywhere else in the USA.

HERE: Out of Africa and Into Autism: More Evidence Illuminates the Somali Anomaly in Minnesota

HERE: David Kirby on HuffPo: Minneapolis and the Somali Autism Riddle

HERE:  Minnesota and the CDC Confer on Somali Autism Situation: CDC’s Office of the Director: Autism May Result from “Chemical Exposures”

HERE:  Somali Parents Give the Autism Forum a "C+"

HERE:  Minnesota Investigates Autism in Somali Children

HERE:  Somali Gloves Come Off: Autism in Minnesota

HERE:  An Open Letter from JB Handley to the Somali Parents of Minnesota

HERE:  Autism Strikes 1 in 28 Somali Children in Minnesota




Camel Milk in Diabetics

At Desert Farms, we are always proud to bring you nature’s most nutritious, delicious dairy beverage around. We cannot overemphasize the endless benefits of Camel milk.
The benefits of camel milk are accumulating daily. There have been many studies on the benefits of camel milk in diabetics. Analysis has showed that camel’s milk has insulin like substances that may improve the glycemic (sugar) control in diabetics.
Camel milk has been noted not to form coagulum within the acidic environment that allows the milk to pass through the stomach fast without breakdown of the insulin like substances allowing them to be absorbed.
A randomized control study to see the effects camel milk on glycemic control in type 1 diabetic patients was done over 52 weeks and the results showed that the diabetics on camel milk had better glycemic control and reduced insulin intake.
The exact substances within the milk that give the improved glycemic control are still under investigation, but the benefits have been well documented. Camel milk has even been called an adjunct to insulin therapy.
As always consult your doctor before changing any of your medications.
For your favorite camel milk come to Desert farm!!!

nicholas matunda

am a teacher at a special school in kenya-nairobi.daily i endure 2 kids with autism since they both give us a hell of time.One aged 8, a boy usually has tantrums if you fail to understand him or force him to do something.The other one is just likes music and the music instruments like Piano and guitar,every time u try something in fine motor skills he throws a tantrum.


Kim, good morning and thank you for your poignant comment. I'm sorry your child was struck with autism. It is a long, painful journey as we try to help our children.

Kim Stagliano, Mom to 3 girls with autism


I am a Kenyan living in the UK with a 12 Year old boy who has Autism. Although the boy was born in Kenya, he was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. To us, this was a vocabularly and no one including the medics could tell us exactly what to expect. Incidentaly, James was a very cheerful boy before he was struck by autims after undergoing the vaccine programme.

My wife and I had to abandom our good careers in Kenya and came to UK with hope that we shall benefit from the developed countries ability to fight such conditions. Whereas James could slightly mumur when we came, his condition has become very worse and we are literally having hell on earth. He has become violent and we are mostly left on our own. Family members have deserted us and no one seem to understand us.

Having lived in the UK for 6 years, life has become miserable and we are aging very fast due to burn out. We do not have any recourse to public funds and that means I work during day time and my wife at night to make ends meet as we have another 4 year old girl.

Many a times I have contemplated commiting suicide (ooh yes!) just to think that I will leave my wife suffering even more. I am a researcher and I therefore spend lots of time looking for miracles but none has come along my way.

I think I have given up on medics as their priority seem to be else where. As for politicians, they will realise that autism has taken over the world the moment one of their own will get it!


Donna Fryer

I heard an interview of Dr. Millie Hinkle, www.camelmilkusa.com who is trying to get an FDA ruling this month to start a double blind test on camel's milk to test the benefits of using this milk to treat several things, among them autism. Camel's milk truly seems to be an amazing property/substance with huge nutritional and medicinal benefits. Please pray that this ruling goes through and that she is successful. Once this happens THEN word needs to spread like wildfire about it to get the double blind testing done. Right now it is illegal to import or buy or sell camel's milk for human consumption. Hopefully, the ruling will change this status.


Thank you for writing this and for persevering to help your son. I have been following the MN Dept of Health's stance on these issues and am deeply ashamed at their lack of response. We support you 100%.

-From a fellow Minnesotan and South of the River resident

Cherry Sperlin Misra

Abdulkadir, Thankyou for telling us your story. Everyone at this website will remember you and hope for your son.

The tv tells us that we are in a global financial meltdown, Why doesnt anyone talk about the global child health meltdown ? Today I took about 40 2 to 4 year olds to a large park. My school has 3 fully autistic kids and a new boy who seems to be just slightly autistic. As soon as we entered the park gate the typical children stayed with the teachers and then walked together to the place where they sit for snacktime. But Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter all took off in different directions with helpers chasing desperately after them. I remarked that apparently we had a new and simpler method for diagnosing autism.Then Mopsy spotted a family with a large red ball, went and snatched it from them. Thats alright said the mother- "I also have a son who is not normal". Soon we encountered her son, a distressed, obviously fully autistic boy, off on his own. We learned that the family is Indian but lives in Romania. Is autism going to give new meaning to the song "We are the World" ?

Patti Carroll

Abdulkadir - Thank you again for your honesty and strength!

Even though this issue was raised nearly two years ago (that there is an autism cluster among the Somali families in Minneapolis), the "authorities" have done absolutely nothing but deny the fact that vaccines played a role in this tragedy. Nothing.

The long-awaited prevalence numbers are due to finally be reported this week. I wonder if Mr. McNeil somehow managed to get some inside information on those figures.

When the CDC summoned an epidemiologist from the Minnesota Department of Health to Atlanta just two days after the forum in November, Abdulkadir said: "We reject these figures in advance". We still do. The only way now for the CDC and the MDH to save face is for them to report that this is merely a "statistical fluke", and there is no epidemic of autism among the Somali immigrants.

This denial is nothing new (really - its just better diagnosing!), but what I can't believe is that it has taken almost two years for them to cook up whatever statistics they plan to present. With no more than 60,000 Somali people living in Minnesota, I could have gone door-to-door and gotten data together sooner than that!


I would encourage the author of this piece to send a version of it, focused on the errors & omissions in the NYT article, to the public editor at the NYT. Someone needs to hold these "journalists" accountable.


The Somali autism situation must be making the powers that be very nervous, and rightly so. I admire Mr. Khalif's bravery and eloquence, and as a fellow autism parent, I stand by him. This was an excellent analysis of the NYT article, pointing out biases that would have escaped those of us who didn't know "the rest of the story."

Stagmom for "Even a muslim"

To the commenter who began with "Even a muslim..." You won't see your comment here.

Teresa Conrick

Dear Abdulkadir,

You write an excellent narrative of the events in your family and among the Somalis. I am so sorry that this has also happened to your family. It's like a bad sci-fi movie where innocent people keep getting harmed but the shining reality is that these people also possess skills to help defeat the "unknown monster"....as we are all coming up with the same description of that monster based on the clues in our own children. Thank you for pursuing the vaccine monster and not listening to the made up facts and fantasy that others are spreading. Keep writing!

Your mentioning of camel milk has my interest as I looked into this a few years back as there was some small news items dealing with it. Below is a collection of information that I think opens up some avenues to thinking about camel milk and autism -- Some is a repeat of info that I posted here back in Nov-

Goat milk cures autism
Egypt, Health, 11/11/2005

A study carried out by Child Medicine and Language Disorders Section at Ain Shams University showed that goat and camel milk and corn bread regular intake helps in curing autism, a childhood disorder characterized by withdrawal, self-stimulation, cognitive deficits, and language disorders.

Dr. Mohamed Baraka, Chairman of Language Disorders Unit said that these milks contain enzymes which are useful in stimulating the cognitive and mental ability of autistic children.

Camel Milk for Food Allergies in Children
Yosef Shabo

Physiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
Department of Natural Medicine, Maccabi Health Services, Beer Sheva, Israel
Nutrition Unit, Soroka University Hospital, Beer Sheva, Israel

It appears that camel milk has a positive effect in children with
severe food allergies. The reactions are rapid and long lasting.
Much research still needs to be done on the healing effects of
the milk. We are preparing a research program to be submitted
to the Helsinki Committee for permission to carry out clinical
Acknowledgments. The authors are grateful to the Benny Slome
Charitable Foundation and ICA in Israel for supporting the camel
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Etiology of Autism and Camel Milk as Therapy
Shabo, Y.; Yagil, R.Source:
International Journal of Human Development, Volume 4, Issue 2, p.67-70 (2005)
Layperson Summary:
Camel milk does not have casein and may be an effective treatment for autism. This article describes people with autism who were given camel milk instead of cow milk. One 4-year old girl drank camel milk for 40 days and her autism symptoms disappeared. A 15-year old boy recovered from autism after 30 days of drinking camel milk. Several 21-year old individuals with autism were given camel milk for two weeks and they became quieter and stopped hurting themselves. The authors conclude by suggesting that camel milk be drunk under a doctor'€™s care. http://www.new-agri.co.uk/05-1/focuson/focuson5.html The milk protein lactoferrin, which is present in large quantities in camel milk (ten times higher than in cow milk), does have some anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Fermented camel milk is high in lactic bacteria, which have been shown to be effective against pathogens including Bacillus, Staphylococcus, Salmonella and Escherichia. And vitamin C content in camel milk is generally double that in cow's milk. In Russia, Kazakhstan and India there are many examples of camel milk - as much as a litre a day - being prescribed to hospital patients to aid recovery from tuberculosis, Crohn's disease and diabetes. 1: Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2005;14(4):432-8. Links
Anti-schistosomal activity of colostral and mature camel milk on
Schistosoma mansoni infected mice.

* Maghraby AS,
* Mohamed MA,
* Abdel-Salam AM.

1: Vopr Pitan. 1986 Mar-Apr;(2):16-8. Links
[Effect of dietotherapy incorporating koumiss and shubat on
vitamin B12 absorption in the intestines and on its content in the
blood of chronic enterocolitis patients]
[Article in Russian]

The intestinal absorption of vitamin B12 and its blood content
have been proved to lower in patients with chronic enterocolitis.
Dietetics including kumiss and shubat promotes normalization of
vitamin B12 absorption (p less than 0.05), its blood content growth (p
less than 0.05), the intestinal microflora becoming normal. More studies on it-

Konuspayeva G, Faye B, Loiseau G, Levieux D.
Lactoferrin and immunoglobulin contents in camel's milk (Camelus bactrianus, Camelus dromedarius, and Hybrids) from Kazakhstan.
J Dairy Sci. 2007 Jan;90(1):38-46]


The technology of making shubat is more simple than that of kumys. In
a leather bag (torsyk) or wooden tub ferment is put, then fresh
camel's milk is poured in; the bag is tied up or the lid is put on the
tub and the milk is left for 24 hours to get sour. Shubat is not
shaken up periodically like kumys, it is mixed thoroughly before
serving the fable.

Shubat is of a snow-white colour, thicker and fatter than kumys. The
content fat reaches 8%. It can be preserved some time not losing its
properties. Shubat is used to cure not only tuberculosis but also some
gastric and intestinal diseases.

1: Vopr Pitan. 1981 May-Jun;(3):10-4. Links
[Effectiveness of peptic ulcer diet therapy using rations
containing whole mare's and camel's milk]
[Article in Russian]

* Sharmanov TSh,
* Kadyrova RKh,
* Salkhanov BA.

Diets enriched with whole mare and camel's milk were used for the
management of peptic ulcer patients. A total of 164 patients were
examined. Of these, 59 received mare's milk, 40 camel and 65 cow's
milk. On the basis of studying the time course of the clinical
picture, secretory and motor functions of the stomach, as well as of
the endoscopic appearance of the gastric and duodenal mucosa it was
ascertained that apart from the improved clinical course of the
disease, secretory and motor functions of the stomach there was a
complete wound healing and remarkable decline of its size in 93, 90,
and 70% of patients given mare, camel and cow's milk, respectively.
Also, radiotelemetry was used to study the antacid properties of the
milk types in question. The first two milk types have demonstrated
more pronounced antacid properties

Total, Free, Short-Chain and Long-Chain Acyl Carnitine Levels in Arabian Camel Milk (Camelus dromedarius)

A.S. Alhomida

Department of Biochemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


The total, free, short-chain acyl and long-chain acyl carnitine levels were measured in milk of the Arabian camel (Calphamelus dromedarius). Significant variation in carnitine concentrations were observed in milk of the camel when compared with other mammalian milk species. The result shows that Arabian camel milk possesses a higher than usual concentration of the average percent contribution of free carnitine to total carnitine that is found in most mammalian milk species. A higher proportion of total carnitine was found in camel milk when compared with cow, human milk and milk formulas, however, it is lower when compared with sheep and goat milk. The higher carnitine content and a higher proportion of total carnitine in milk of the Arabian camel suggest an adaptive mechanism that could be common to desert mammalian species.

Comp Biochem Physiol B Biochem Mol Biol. 1995 Jul;111(3):441-5.Links
Determination of L-carnitine, acylcarnitine and total carnitine levels in plasma and tissues of camel (Camelus dromedarius).
Alhomida AS, Duhaiman AS, al-Jafari AA, Junaid MA.

Department of Biochemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The total, free and acyl carnitine levels were measured in plasma and tissues of the Arabian camel (Camelus dromedarius). Significant variation in carnitine concentrations were observed in plasma and tissues of the camel when compared with other animal species. A higher proportion of acyl carnitine was found in plasma and skeletal muscle of the camel than other animal species. Among the camel tissues, skeletal muscle possessed the highest amount of carnitine while the lowest amount was found in kidney. The higher carnitine content and a higher proportion of acyl carnitine in plasma and tissues of the Arabian camel suggest an adaptive mechanism that could be common to desert animal species.

Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2007 May;76(2):290-6.
Zero prevalence of diabetes in camel milk consuming Raica community of north-west Rajasthan, India.
Agrawal RP, Budania S, Sharma P, Gupta R, Kochar DK, Panwar RB, Sahani MS.

Department of Medicine, S.P. Medical College, Bikaner 334003, Rajasthan, India. rpagrawal@sancharnet.in

OBJECTIVES: Preliminary trials reflected the low prevalence of diabetes in Raica community consuming camel milk habitually. Our objective was to describe the prevalence and clinical factors associated with impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and diabetes (DM) among adults (>or=20 years) in large population group. DESIGN: Population based, cross sectional study METHODS: 2099 participants from different villages of north-west Rajasthan were selected using stratified sampling of a representative Raica and non-Raica Community, consuming or not consuming camel milk. Demographic, clinical, anthropometric parameters were obtained and oral glucose tolerance tests were performed in all individuals to diagnose IFG, IGT and DM. Associations were investigated using multivariate logistic regression using SPSS Version 10.0. RESULTS: In the present study, the prevalence of diabetes in Raica community consuming camel milk (RCCM, n=501) was 0%; Raica community not consuming camel milk (RCNCM, n=554) was 0.7%; non-Raica community consuming milk (NRCCM, n=515) was 0.4% and non-Raica community not consuming camel milk (NRCNCM, n=529) was 5.5%. Stepwise logistic regression analysis showed that consumption of camel milk was statistically highly significant as protective factor for diabetes. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that camel milk consumption and community factor were associated with decreased prevalence of diabetes. CONCLUSION: Camel milk consumption and lifestyle have definite influence on prevalence of diabetes. Hence, adopting such life pattern may play protective role in preventing diabetes to some extent.
Ann Nutr Metab 1996;40:221-226 (DOI: 10.1159/000177925)

A Barre

Thank you for sharing your story. I also originate from Somalia. I live in UK. My five years old daughter is autistic non-verbal. I can confirm that my daughter was developing normal even better than some of her peers before that MMR jab.

When my daughter was one year old, her eye contact was great. She was able to follow instructions. She was both initiating and responding to requests and had between 10 to 20 vocabulary. Soon after she had that MMR at around 15 month, all was lost gradually.

For the last 2 and half years, we’ve being going through the circles of one therapy after another with no tangible result. MMR has nothing to do with this, is not convincing enough for me too.

I also know three other Somali families who got kids with autism. All the kids were born in UK. I still have not met a child that was born in Somalia that has autism. I suppose autism exists out there too but I don't believe the numbers are as high as we are seeing here.


Mr Khalif, Thank you for writing this. The more we tell our stories the more people will listen. This was exceptionally well written. I particularly like this quote: "They will base their decision not on scientific evidence that identifies the cause of autism but on the lack of evidence that vaccines do actually cause autism." This is what needs to change!


Thank you so much for telling your story. Keep telling it, anywhere and everywhere! Very best wishes to you and your family and all the other Somali families affected by autism. May awareness of treatments help these affected children, and may awareness of causes help prevent more autism.

What does it take to crumble the stone walls of our government and medical establishments and media? The stone walls and stonewalling and propaganda continue...


Thank you, Abdulkadir, for pointing out the discrepancies between what Donald McNeil Jr. reported and what the Minnesota Somali families have said and experienced.

Unfortunately The New York Times seems to be repeating its unethical tactics from previous biased articles. That newspaper and the Minnesota Department of Health are foolishly underestimating the intelligence, strength and determination of the Somali people.

We know that the CDC and its affiliated agencies are not physically looking at our children -- examining them or running lab tests. Instead they send out press releases with self-serving statistics and send health officials to make pompous and inaccurate pronouncements. It's not just offensive, it is inept.

If only more people would realize that their next vaccine could be the one that children into neuroinflammation or G.I. disorders, or pushes themselves into a chronic disease state. When that happens, studying it and preventing it will not be a CDC priority. And regarding medical treatment, you're on your own.

In how many courts does the suspect also get to be judge and jury?


Thank you for coming forward with your story. I'm not so sure about your statement that vaccines have value. This has never been proven only repeated by the health department with no proof. I would choose any so called "vaccine preventable" disease over autism. I saw first hand what happened to my son after he was vaccinated. Please warn your friends and family...


Mr. Khalif is far from superstitious.

This post broke my heart. I feel sick and embarrassed about what this country is doing to children in general and the kind of desperate mind games the authorities are now playing with newly arrived emigres, particularly because these emigres have a story to tell which is hugely inconvenient to the authorities in this case: where they came from, autism was so rare that there's no name for it.

My husband's family is from South America and the same thing holds true-- no one from his family or anyone they know ever saw a person with autism in their lives until the vaccine schedule where they live began to "catch up" the that of the U.S.

In the effort to silence that important message, if there's a racist angle to exploit to serve the genes-only theory of autism, the compromised "authorities" (and certain NY Times writers) are not above stooping to it. Playing on public biases has always been a traditional way to quarantine what are actually pervasive social problems to one or just a few groups of people. It exploits ignorance or weakness of character in the rest of the population, which has a desperate need to feel "exempted" from certain social ills. The "exemption" in this case doesn't exist and is false security, of course, as can be seen by the autism rates among all races. It's also a technique of this agenda to cull out the honest testimonies of first-hand witnesses and then slyly characterize the witnesses in a patronizing manner as a way of saying "no one really has to listen to what these people say about their own situation". Why? Because if anyone really listened, the whole truth-- the one that no one is safe from-- would come out. Then the public would have to act.

I'm outraged and revolted by Donald McNeil. He's about as subtle as a blood stain.

I hope Mr. Khalif will keep telling the "inconvenient, ugly truth" as beautifully as he does.

Tim Kasemodel


Amazing job.

Clearly the Mn Dept. of Health has not achieved their goal of convincing the poor unsuspecting Somali families that vaccines are 100% safe, those who were duped by us "anti-vaccinists" into seeing damage to their children that was not there.

If time honored practices of the MDH hold true, you can expect a flood of articles aimed at the Somali community where "experts" like Kris Ehresman will deliver the quick quotes we are all so familiar with.

Keep writing!

Tim Kasemodel


"Anyhow, the autism verdict was the harshest thing we have ever heard and it really changed our lives from there on. We still remember the last words Abdimalik uttered, and those came when the nurse who was about to give him his MMR shot stuck a beautiful sticker to his shirt pocket in order to create rapport with him. The words were: “thank you.”"

Six hours after Ben's 7 vaccines he was still crying, he was sitting in his mother's lap on the floor when she asked, "What's wrong, what's wrong baby, use words, tell mommy" and Ben said, "Me Meesee daddy" That was pretty much the last thing he said for a long time.

Six months later Ben had about 5 words still left in his vocabulary, none of those words were, "daddy" "me" or anything remotely similar to miss, or missed.

Mr. Khalif's story resonates clearly to those of us who have faced skepticism and doubt as to the reason for our child's injury.

Mr. Khalif said,

"Please note that I am not arguing that vaccines cause autism just as I cannot argue that mosquitoes cause malaria because they don’t. But just as we now know that mosquitoes actually carry the bugs that cause malaria I am suspicious that the many vaccines that we give our children may carry substances that cause autism. I have no proof and I maybe superstitious. But the ‘superstitious’ beliefs of the Somali nomads in 1854 jogged the minds of curious scientists who eventually found the causes and cures of malaria. I hope that the scientists of today will have the courage to accept their ignorance and give a second look at our superstitious beliefs. "

I can't help but think of the time, in early February when Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, released a swarm of mosquitoes upon a audience of unsuspecting onlookers who quickly became panicked.

Why isn't America panicking?

"Now malaria is of course transmitted by mosquitoes. I brought some here so you could experience this. [Gates releases mosquitoes] We'll let those roam around the auditorium a little bit. There. There is no reason only poor people should have the experience."

My son got bit, anyone else's? Khalif, yours too? Anyone else?

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