Recently we have been hearing a lot about the wonderful healing effects of camel's milk and its ability to treat, and in some cases cure, certain health issues like diabetes, Crohn's disease and now autism.
The internet is crawling with testimonials of parents of autistic children encouraging camel's milk as the new therapeutic drink. Even camel milk proponents believe that camel milk might benefit people with autism disorders due in part that camel’s milk doesn’t contain casein, a problem for many autistic children.
A study published in the 2005 edition of the International Journal of Human Development observed the effects of camel milk consumption, instead of cow milk, on autistic children. Researchers discovered that after a 4-year-old female participant drank camel milk for 40 days, her autism symptoms disappeared. A 15-year-old boy also recovered of autism symptoms after 30 days of drinking the milk. The study also suggested that camel's milk helped several 21-year old patients, who after two weeks of drinking the milk became quieter and less self-destructive.
According to the Huffington Post, nomadic people have used camel milk medicinally for centuries. It is the closest to human mother's milk and contains 10 times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow's milk. Camels possess unique, powerful immune-system components, which are contained in their milk.
Camel milk is very hard to come by. The only known suppliers of camel’s milk are a small group of Amish dairy farmers who supply only a handful of parents of autistic children. Today, the US government is blocking camel milk from being imported into the United States, defended by cow milk lobbying groups and scientists who refuse to recognize studies done outside of US. Borders.
However, parents of autistic children have a doctor on their side. Dr. Millie Hinkle of Camel Milk USA is making significant progress in getting camel’s milk to the grocer’s shelf. Dr. Hinkle introduced a proposal to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Committee on Interstate Milk Shipments in Orlando, Florida. The proposal was to change the law to allow the milk to be included in the dairy laws governing the sale of milk. The proposal passed and Dr. Hinkle says this will now open the door for the testing of camel samples so that it can meet the FDA standards and for camel dairies to be set up here in the U.S.
Dr. Hinkle has been successful in getting camel milk from the Amish community for parents looking to treat their autistic children with the milk. You can reach Dr. Hinkle by email or phone by visiting her web site at Camel Milk USA.
It’s important to remember, though the milk is believed beneficial, insufficient scientific evidence exists to prove its effectiveness in the treatment of autism. Researchers remain cautious but are optimistic about its properties. You should do your own studies and find out if camels milk is right for you and your autistic child.