This blog is a way of sharing the information and resources that have helped me to recover my son Roo from an Autism Spectrum Disorder. What I have learned is to view our symptoms as the results of underlying biological cause, which can be identified and healed. I say "our symptoms" because I also have a neuro-immune disorder called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

And, of course, I am not a doctor (although I have been known to impersonate one while doing imaginative play with my son)- this is just our story and information that has been helpful or interesting to us. I hope it is helpful and interesting to you!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Camel's Milk

I've heard people mention drinking camel's milk for quite a long time, and assumed that it was a non-allergenic milk being used as a substitution.  It turns out I was very wrong-  camel's milk is reported to have healing properties, including healing allergies, reducing inflammation, regulating the immune system to decrease auto-immune problems, and increasing the immune system's ability to fight pathogens.  Camel's milk does not contain casein, the protein that most people who are allergic to milk react to, so it is often tolerated fine by people with dairy allergy.  What really got my attention is that it is said to support the immune system much the way IV/IG (intravenous immunglobulin) treatment does, something I've been interested in for a long time as a treatment for PANDAS but am not able to afford.

We began by drinking several ounces per day and then slowly increased to 6 oz each per day.  We noticed benefits immediately, but the benefits were also dose-dependent so increased as our intake increased.  We seemed to keep the improvements when we stopped taking it.  It tastes a little salty but has a mild flavor so has been one of the easiest interventions to do as well as one of the most effective.  My kids were happy to drink it as "hot chocolate"- I would warm it slightly (not too much to keep it raw), and mix in some carob powder and honey.  It is expensive, however, because we get ours shipped frozen from a farmer halfway across the country, otherwise this would be a daily treatment for us.

This is the intervention that put Roo over the line to recovery.  We started the camel milk during a several weeks break from an educational program that the kids were doing, and when we came back people were surprised and impressed at the rapid improvements Roo experienced.  His language and speech improved dramatically, he was more calm and at ease and socially outgoing, and generally less anxious.  People also commented on how healthy I looked, and now that I know how sick I actually was, it makes sense.  I think the immune balancing properties are what made such a differnce for us.

Here are several sources of information about camel's milk that I have found helpful:

OASIS Camel Dairy

Oasis Magic- everything you ever wanted to know about camel milk!

Camel Milk: Healing or Hype? From Julie Matthews' site Nourishing Hope

Got (Camel) Milk?  Is an article that recently appeared in The Autism File magazine

Camel Milk for Food Allergies in Children
(A small scale study with impressive results)

Mast cell stabilizing potential of Camel milk

The nutritional composition of camel's milk

Why Does Camel Milk Work?

Camel Milk USA 

Camel Milk For Health

Benefits of camel's milk for people with type 1 diabetes

There has even been a TED talk about camel milk.  I was actually not very impressed with it overall;, but it did have some interesting information, so it was still worth watching.