Originally published March 25 2012
Evidence suggests hard-to-find raw camel milk may improve autism symptoms
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) After observing considerable improvement in her own son's autism symptoms through the integration of raw camel milk into his diet, author and journalist Christina Adams is now convinced that this unconventional food delicacy holds much promise in treating autism. Writing for Autism File, Adams offers a wealth of empirical evidence showing that camel milk can help to increase motor skills, improve eye contact, and ease inflammation and gastrointestinal disorders in autistic children, which can greatly improve their human abilities and quality of life.
Because it does not contain casein or lactoglobulin, two allergenic components found in cow milk, camel milk is not problematic for autistic children, nor does it exacerbate their condition in any way. On the contrary, camel milk's unique composition of vitamins and minerals, protective proteins, and immunoglobulins (Igs) appears to aggressively mitigate symptoms of autism in a way not typically associated with consumption of others forms of milk.
Dr. Reuven Yagil, a veterinarian and expert camel farmer who first wrote about camel milk's ability to treat autism symptoms in a journal-published study, believes that autism spectrum disorders do not necessarily originate in the brain as most people think they do. He and a growing number of other experts in the scientific community, in fact, say that autism for many people is actually an immune response that manifests itself primarily as gastrointestinal inflammation.
"Autism is not a brain affliction but an autoimmune disease afflicting primarily the intestines," Dr. Yagil is quoted as saying by Autism File. And Dr. Amnon Gonenne, an American-Israeli scientist that helped pave the way for Adams to discover the benefits of camel milk for her autistic son, agrees, noting that one of the key mechanisms of camel milk is to ease this inflammation and help rebuild intestinal health.
Could camel milk be a simple, effective solution for treating autism?Adams admittedly spent years investigating camel milk before deciding to take the plunge and give it to her son. But countless hours of consultation with her friend and mentor Dr. Gonenne and a whole lot of string-pulling to actually get the stuff brought into the U.S. finally paid off, as her son Jonah is seeing considerable improvements.
Within the first day of drinking just half a cup of raw camel milk, Jonah's speech fluidity and eye contact were "remarkably increased," according to Adams, and the boy almost immediately gained the ability to show love and emotion in the same way that a non-autistic person would. And within just a few weeks, Jonah was able to leave his ADHD-specialty school and return to public school, where he actually tested with a college-level vocabulary.
"Overall, the milk caused about a 30 percent improvement in his functioning -- and for kids with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), that can make the different between group home placement versus a general education classroom," writes Adams. "He drinks it every week, and is now in the middle school with the best performance of his life, both in school and out."
Though it is very difficult to find in the U.S. -- camels are not exactly native to America, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes it very difficult to import them -- camel milk is a promising treatment for ASD. To learn more, be sure to read Adams' entire account of how camel milk helped her son by visiting:
You can also learn more about Dr. Yagil's work with camel milk by visiting:
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