Note: Many years ago at Autism One, I looked out my hotel window to see camels in the parking lot of the hotel. Camels. In Chicago! That was when I first met Christina Adams and learned about camel's milk. Christina has a new book out about her journey called "Camel Crazy." From her website:
When Christina Adams, a journalist by training, discovered that camel’s milk might help her son with autism, she started a journey she never expected. A faraway doctor helped her bring the milk into America and her son got dramatically better overnight. Adams wanted to know more, so off she went to find camels; to understand why camels are cherished, regarded as family members, and hailed as healers; and to help make camels the second-fastest growing livestock in the world because of new demand for their milk. Meeting camels face to face, Adams found the creatures fascinating: large teeth and height scared her even as their soft lips and gentle, curious eyes won her over. Along with Adams, you’ll visit the camel farms of Arab royals; meet passionate Amish farmers, elusive Indian camel caregivers and white-swathed Tuareg nomads. But the most fascinating characters in Camel Crazy are the camels themselves. Cute and mischievous but also huge, adept fighters, they are the inspiration for this moving and rollicking ode to “camel people” and the creatures they — and readers will — adore.
Her book received a review in PLOS Blogs DNA Science in November.
Camel Milk and Autism: Connecting the Genetic Dots
Posted November 21, 2019 by Ricki Lewis, PhD
After reading Christina Adams’s new book Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels (New World Library), I may have a new favorite animal (sorry, cats and hippos).
Most of us know camels as curiosities at zoos. As beasts of burden highly adapted to hot and dry climates, they’ve served the trade routes that helped build civilizations, and may indeed flourish in our increasingly hot and dry world. We value their hide, meat, and especially their milk.
Camels are unusual, biologically speaking. And that may be why their milk can alleviate some aspects of autism.
Christina and a friend
“Camel milk sounds weird to American ears, but camels are a domestic fact of life elsewhere. Although the US classifies them as ‘exotic” animals, they actually have early origins here; fossils have been found in Los Angeles. But the true reservoir of knowledge on camels is found in rural cultures and universities in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa,” Christina told me.