Camel Milk: Healing or Hype?

Drink camel’s milk?  Really?  And, for those who cannot drink the milk from a goat or cow, is it possible camel’s might be for you?

As a nutritionist for children with autism for 10 years, my research and clinical experience indicate that most children with autism cannot adequately tolerate dairy. Particularly, their bodies have challenges digesting the protein casein.  Even when milk is raw and contains A2 beta-casein (not A1), experience shows that most children do not tolerate it.

So, imagine my delight (and skepticism) when parents approached me and shared personal stories about the healing properties of camel milk, and how its fundamentally different than any other milk on the planet.

As I began to research it for myself, I heard from autism parents who told me that camel milk has helped their children tremendously, with not adverse reactions to this “dairy.” (Thank you Randi, Jessica and Nicole – I learn so much from you parents on the front lines.)

Camel milk may seem obscure, but the more I research and read personal anecdotes from parents and clinicians the world over, the more amazing I think it may actually be at helping recover kids with autism – and many others with gut issues, immune system challenges, nutrient deficiencies, and more!

If you’re following the GAPS Diet, gluten-free casein-free, or any healing food strategy intended to improve the body’s chemistry and functioning, you should be curious about camel milk.

Camel Milk’s Healing Power

Research and experience from an increasing number of people around the world demonstrate that camel milk facilitates healing in our bodies. Camel milk has many unique and amazing properties.

Here’s some quick research:

  • Camel milk has been shown to heal food allergies (1) and gut problems. The antibodies and immune properties of camel’s milk contribute to its wonderful viral and bacterial fighting abilities.
  • It is particularly helpful in addressing immune system dysregulation in various forms.  Camel milk can support and help people with autoimmune conditions, including autism, heal.
  • A research study by Dr. Reuven Yagil (2005) shows camel milk has positive results in children with autism. (2)
  • Camel milk contains insulin and is effective in diabetes (3), including gestational diabetes (4).

Since children with autism routinely have immune system challenges: inability to fight bacterial, viral and other infections, and states of chronic inflammation, allergy, and autoimmunity, camel milk has promising health and healing benefits.

Camel herders and indigenous cultures have known about the power of camel milk for a long time.  To this day, Bedouin parents send their children to drink camel milk for a couple weeks in their childhood, as they know that it sets up a strong immune system for life.  Dr. Weston A. Price observed their dental health (and therefore physical health) was excellent stating, “The Arabs in several districts use camels’ milk extensively.  It is nutritious, and in much of the desert country constitutes the mainstay of the nomads for months at a time.” (5)

Camels are built differently than any other animal. Camels are not ruminants but are Tylopodes and have three stomachs, but they do ruminate.  They can survive in incredibly harsh climates, and are able to live without water for 30 days at a time (even with little food), while still producing high quality milk.  Imagine that!  A large part of camel milk’s healing power stems from the unique and hardy immune system of camels, it’s unlike any other mammal.

Camel Milk: Highly Nutritious with Unique Casein

Camel milk is highly nutritious. The milk contains only 2% fat (I’m not a fan of a low-fat, but these are the facts).  The fat molecules are joined to protein, so there is no stress on the liver to process it.  Higher is some nutrients and lower in others—camel milk is rich in vitamin C (5x that of cow’s milk), iron (10x) and calcium. The fat profile of camel milk varies in a “rich diet” (domesticated camels) versus the diet camels eat in the desert – but generally it’s high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, with a higher ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 compared with cow’s milk.

Camel milk is considered a complete food and can be consumed exclusively while meeting all nutritional requirements.  Camel milk is most frequently consumed raw and unpasteurized, because the raw milk contains the most nutritional and immune properties.  Only when the quality and safety of the milk is in question would someone pasteurize it.

Camel’s milk contains no beta-lactoglobulin and a “new” beta-casein (6). Therefore it is not reactive to children with autism and even non-allergenic to those with even the most sensitive allergy to milk and casein. One study found Camel’s milk was also not recognized from circulating IgEs from a child specifically allergic to ewe’s milk.(7) Children with severe food allergies react well to the milk, and astonishingly, fully recover from their allergies including to other foods (1).

Casein molecules are actually micelles and camel micelles have been found to be larger in size (15 nm) than those of cow milk or human milk. (8).  Camel milk has a lower pH than other milk, so that upon entering the stomach the casein micelles do not breakdown into casein and whey and therefore do not break into casomorphins.  Casomorphin creation from cow milk consumption is a common problem in autism that increases autistic symptoms.

Camel Milk: Immune Benefits

Camel milk has an amazing immune profile.

The immunoglobulins (Igs) and protective proteins in camel milk contribute to camel milk’s incredible infection fighting and eradication capacity.  Camel Igs (which exist in the milk) are able to penetrate into tissues and cells that human Igs were unable to.  Therefore, they are able to get into the kidney or inside a cell, where they are also able to completely neutralize the enzyme activity of an infectious agent such as a bacteria or virus.

Camel Immunoglobulins

Camel milk also contains immunoglobulins (Igs) that are special in camels, including unique subclasses IgG2 and IgG3.   The Igs are the same structure as human immunoglobulins but only one-tenth the size.  Being so small, they can penetrate into tissues and organs to fight infection and aid repair, where human antibodies cannot.

Camel antibodies have superior antibacterial and antiviral properties.  As stated in Dr. Reuven Yagil’s autoimmune paper, “conventional antibodies rarely show a complete neutralizing activity against enzyme antigens, but camel IgG has a full neutralizing activity against tetanus toxin as it enters the enzymes structure.” (9).  Viruses can also be neutralized by knocking out their enzyme activity, and studies show the camel antibody is an effective inhibitor against hepatitis C enzyme system (10).

In a study on camel milk for autism, the author compares camel milk to intravenous immunoglobulin therapy that acts as a natural immunoglobulin therapy, whose effects continue after the therapy is stopped, because of the immune rehabilitating action.

Camel Immune Protective Proteins

Camel milk contains the following immune proteins (often in higher qualities than other milk):

  • Peptidoglycan Recognition Protein, PGRP is very high in camel milk. It stimulates the host’s immune response and has antimicrobial activity.  It even appears to have an effect on breast cancer in studies.
  • Lactoferrin is also in higher concentrations in camel milk, more than cows and goats.  Lactoferrin prevents microbial overgrowth and invading pathogens.  Lactoperoxidase, has bactericidal activity on gram-negative bacterial like Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella, and, Pseudomonas, and has antitumor activity.
  • Lysozyme is an enzyme that is part of the innate immune system that targets gram-positive bacteria.  N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosamidase (NAGase) found in similar quantities in human milk has antibacterial activity.

Autoimmunity

One theory about autoimmune disease is that the body attacks itself because it’s trying (in vain) to get at the bacteria buried in the intestinal tissue.  Camel milk’s antibacterial activities and the special immune response allow for their penetration into the intestinal tissues when the “quiet” bacteria turn pathogenic.  Because the antibodies are able to get into the affected tissue to attack the infectious agent (for example the saprophyte bacteria found in Crohn’s disease), camel milk can help someone heal in ways not seen through any other intervention – dietary or otherwise.

Camel Milk and Autism (and Beyond)

Dr. Yagil says that “camel milk does not contain the two caseins that lead to the autism symptoms when drinking cow milk.  Therefore camel milk can safely be drunk by autistic children.” The results published in a paper on camel milk for autism were very positive, especially for younger children that “showed an apparent complete recovery from autism after strict removal of cow’s milk”. (2) Regarding the results seen with autism, Dr. Yagil explains, “it is NOT only a case of repressing the clinical signs but a rehabilitation of the immune system.  Therefore the kids completely recover. “

Since camel milk is nourishing and easy to digest, it does not trigger allergenic or opiate responses, and helps heal the gut and infections, protecting and enhancing the immune system.

Considering the vast qualities of camel milk, there’s seems no limit to the range of maladies that it many help address.  The positive reports from parents are exciting – camel milk holds great promise, and future study and clinical experience will be valuable. From parents to professionals like Dr. Yagil, I am intrigued and enthused about the value and healing properties of camel milk for people with a wide variety health conditions.

Camel milk would be a wonderful addition to people on special diets such as GAPS. I’m drinking it, and so is my baby.

Remain connected to my blog to learn of my clinical (and personal) experience with camel milk!

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – UPDATED 3/23/12

Autism research is a rapidly growing field.  While many parents report great results with camel milk, recently new information has come to light about cerebral folate deficiency (CFD), a condition of below normal levels of folate in the central nervous system.  Folate receptor protein alpha (FRA) transports folate in the central nervous system. Dr. Quadros who tested camel’s milk stated, “folate receptor alpha antigen is very similar to cow’s milk and the immunoreactivity with the folate receptor alpha is also similar.”  In light of this new information, it appears for children who produce autoantibodies to the folate receptor alpha, camel milk would be contraindicated and should be avoided.  Dr. Dan Rossignol has found these antibodies in 62% of children with ASD that he’s tested.  Because it is so prevalent, Dr. Rossignol recommends all children with ASD be tested for FRA autoantibodies.  You can learn more about testing from your doctor, Dr. Quadros, and Quadros Lab.

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References

1. Yosef Shabo MD, Reuben Barzel MD, Mark Margoulis MD and Reuven Yagil DVM. Camel milk for food allergies in children. IMAJ 2005;7:796–798

2. Yosef Shabo, PhD, MD and Reuven Yagil, DVM. Etiology of autism and camel milk as therapy. 
International Journal on Disability and Human Development 2005;4(2):67-70

3 
 R.P. Agrawal, R. Beniwal, S. Sharma, D.K. Kochar, F.C. Tuteja, S.K.Ghorui and M.S. Sahani. Effect of raw camel milk in type 1 diabetic patients: 1 year randomised study. 
Journal of Camel Practice and Research 12(1), p. 27-35, 2005

4. Dr. Reuven Yagil, video presentation at the symposium of “Gastro-Intestinal and Immunological diseases and how they relate to Camel Milk.” February 9, 2011.

5. Price, Weston A, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, La Mesa, CA, 2008.

6 Obaid Ullah Beg, Hedvig von Bahr-Lindström, Zafar H. Zaidi, Hans Jörnvall. Characterization of a camel milk protein rich in proline identifies a new β-casein fragment. Regulatory Peptides, Volume 15, Issue 1, August 1986, Pages 55-61.

7. P. Restani, A. Gaiaschi, A. Plebani, B. Beretta, G. Cavagni, A. Fiocchi, C. PoiesiI, T. Velona, A.G. Ubazio and C.L.. Cross-Reactivity between milk proteins from different animal species. Clinical and Experimental Allergy, 1999, Volume 29, 997-1004.

8 Kappeler S., Farah Z., Puhan Z. Sequence analysis of Camelus dromedarius milk caseins. Journal of Dairy Research (1998) 65 209–222.

9 Prof Reuven Yagil, Paper, “Camel Milk and Autoimmune Diseases: Historical Medicine.” 2004.

10 Martin, F., Volpari, C., Steinkuhler, C., Dimas, N., Burnetti, M.,Biasiol, G., Altamura S., Cortese, R., De Francesco, R., Sollazzo, M. Affinity selection of a camelized V (H) domain antibody inhibitor of hepatitis Cvirus NS3 protease. Protein Engineering. (1997) 10: 607-614.

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  1. Alison Sargent November 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi Julie,
    I am SO intrigued. I am in S.F. Where can we get camel milk here?
    I look forward to hearing more.
    Thanks.
    Alison

    • Foxylibrarian August 17, 2012 at 2:57 am #

      http://www.camelmilkforsale.com/index.php/contact-us

      I order from them. Great stuff, and now they sell camel milk kefir.

      • milkiwant July 14, 2013 at 12:36 am #

        i would really want some pure camel milk in london please let me know.

    • Ahmed Al-Swidi September 26, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

      •Camel milk is only available as frozen in 500 ml bottles priced at £3.50 each and has a long expiry date
      •The milk can be collected in person or an overnight delivery can be arranged.
      For more details
      •Main UK supplier:
      •Mr Ahmed Al-Suweidi
      •Mobile:07717398348 or 07765896061
      Email: swidi1@yahoo.co.uk
      this is the farm link: http://www.kamelenmelk.nl/

  2. Carla M Borelli November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Julie,
    What a well written article! Thanks so much for breaking it down for us. I have not had the time to read the research and you saved me about 2 hours. You are on the cutting edge of nutrition always! I can’t wait to hear about your clinical experience over the next few months. Please do keep us posted.
    Thanks.

  3. Rachel C- UntilTheThinLadySings.com November 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Where in the world do you buy it???

    • Ahmed Al-Swidi September 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      •Camel milk is only available as frozen in 500 ml bottles priced at £3.50 each and has a long expiry date
      •The milk can be collected in person or an overnight delivery can be arranged.
      For more details
      •Main UK supplier:
      •Mr Ahmed Al-Suweidi
      •Mobile:07717398348 or 07765896061
      Email: swidi1@yahoo.co.uk
      this is the farm link: http://www.kamelenmelk.nl/

      • shahid latif December 4, 2012 at 5:02 am #

        Dear mr ahmed
        Pl guide me when i boil fresh camel milk it goes very thick and taste also change to un pleasant

        Pl guide me what to do
        Shahod latif

        • Kirsten March 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

          Do not boil the milk, the heat will break down some of the healing properties. Drink it cold.

      • milkiwant July 14, 2013 at 12:38 am #

        i am in london and i would like to know ur store.

  4. Tracy November 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I am very curious about where you could purchase milk from Camels? Thank you

    • Kirsten March 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

      Raw camel milk is available in the US from http://camelmilkassociation.com/.

      9 pints frozen raw camel milk for $90.00. Does require at least two day shipping charges – up to additional $45.00.

      • Srinivas October 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

        Hi Kirsten,

        We got Camel milk from the site you recomended, but since it is raw unpasteurized. Do we need to heat it or driking raw is safe?
        If we need to heat, what is the temperature and duration.

        Thanks

  5. Susan November 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    Interesting. Where can you buy camel’s milk though? Especially raw? Do you have a source you can share?

    • Kirsten March 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      Raw camel milk is available in the US from http://camelmilkassociation.com/.

      9 pints frozen raw camel milk for $90.00. Does require at least two day shipping charges – up to additional $45.00.

  6. Jessica November 15, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Great article, Julie! Camel milk has been an absolute God-send for our children. We were skeptical at first, after all, it IS a milk. After reading the facts about it’s medicinal properties, we just knew this was the one missing piece for our children who have been healing via biomed for years already. And low and behold, the milk sent us over that healing edge. Our more effected six year old has been more consistent than ever before. They have been on the milk for over 6 months and I believe that even though you see rapid results, the true healing comes over time. Like you mentioned, healing takes places in the body at much deeper levels with this nutritional food source. Our three year old was two when we started and he has always been failure to thrive. Just TWO days on the milk and he gained TWO pounds, no joke! Another week added a third pound, and yet another weeks later. He also gained inches in height! We are thrilled with our camel milk and could never imagine our life without it!!

    • Julie Matthews November 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

      Thanks Jessica! I have chills as I read the progress your son has made with camel milk. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Diane Francis December 2, 2011 at 3:49 am #

      Where are sources for camel milk?

      • Julie Matthews December 2, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

        Hi Diane, there are a number of sources. One is the CamelMilkAssociation.org. There are others as well, but I’m not sure of their interest in being publicized online. Join the Healing with Camel Milk facebook group and they can share more farmers with you.

  7. Sharmista November 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    So interesting. I have never heard of camel milk before. How do you get it? I can’t even get raw cow’s milk in this state, I have no idea how I would get camel milk!

  8. AspieMom November 16, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Great info! Where can you buy it?

  9. lorri Kelbel November 16, 2011 at 1:38 am #

    where can you get camel milk?

  10. Harshita Mahajan November 16, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Great synopsis of the many benefits…I would like to add some of the unusual benefits I have seen personally in my family(Its really cheap in India so my whole family is on it- i pasteurise it and drink it)
    1)Camel milk relieves pain and heals mouth ulcers(My mom and me both)
    2)It relieves/heals muscle pain and inflammation due to injury/exertion(seen in myself, my husband and my son)
    3)It heals old skin scars(my husband)
    4)Builds energy and endurance
    5)It appeared to help heal two very incurable conditions that my Dad had simultaneously
    a)Intra ocular retinal vein occlusion edema(there was inflammation and vision loss due to a wound on his retina)
    b)Carotid blockage(It reduced from 75% to 40 %)

    All these happened within a couple of MONTHS of consuming camel milk

    • Julie Matthews November 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experience Harshita! It’s amazing to hear such great results, even with pasteurized camel’s milk.

      • cynthia October 24, 2012 at 7:57 am #

        hi, i want to buy camel milk for my son and mother.

    • Randi Winter December 15, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      This is a good place to point out that whenever possible the optimum way to take the milk is without heating it and that it is pathogen free. In Harshita’s case, because her source is in India, it was not milked and handled in the same way as it is in the US.

    • Revathi July 23, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Harshita,

      I came across your heartening story and efforts on facebook as well as read about your use of camel milk on website (http://treatautismnow.wordpress.com/). Unfortunately I was unable to reach you at 9958911003(source: http://www.akhilautismfoundation.org).

      I am also trying to procure camel milk in Mumbai for a close relative and have reached dead end with Rajasthan Co-op Dairy not maufacturing it anynmore. I will be greatly obliged if you can show me how to procure camel milk in Mumbai on a regular basis. All my best wishes are with you for a speedy recovery for your child!

      Thanks in advance
      Revathi
      Mumbai

      • Sumit December 20, 2013 at 2:51 am #

        Hey Revathi,hope you doing fine & so is everyone in your family. Perhaps my cousin is trying to start Camel Milk service again & I’m on to it but we just do in Delhi/Noida/Gurgaon & Chandigarh/Panchkula/Mohali only but if you would like to speak & work it out,I’m sure there can be ways which will be managable for you to have raw & fresh camel milk dear. Call @ +918130337895,Rohit….Thanks & all the best.

    • shahid latif December 4, 2012 at 5:08 am #

      Pl guide me how to boil it when i boil it .
      It goes very thick and unpeasant taste
      So i left drinking camel milk
      Thanyou for your co-operation
      Shahid latif

      • shahin March 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

        Hello friend I also sell camel milk, I am a agent in Leeds please do NOT heat or boil the camel milk,all the goodness from the milk will evaporate,shake the milk 25/30 times then drink it,more you shake it,it will go worm. thanks shahin

    • Gaurav April 10, 2013 at 5:02 am #

      Hi,

      Can you please share the address from where you get Camel Milk in India?

      I live in Delhi and would really appreciate if you could share the contact.

      Thanks,
      Gaurav

      • Sumit December 20, 2013 at 2:58 am #

        Hi Gaurav,feel free to reach us out @ +918130337895 Rohit/9810069608 Sumit and we will surely make it happen for you about Camel Milk,Thanks.

    • divya bhardwaj June 14, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Hi Harshita, i am from Gurgaon. we are able to get camel milk from a village. but i am sceptical if i should give it to my son in raw form or un-boiled form as recommended. how do you pasteurize it at home.

  11. Julie Matthews November 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    I get my camel milk from http://camelmilkassociation.org

  12. Tracee November 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    What about lactose? Can you make yogurt with it?

    • Julie Matthews November 19, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

      There are some people making yogurt with it. It’s not as easy or the same texture as thick cow’s milk yogurt but it’s doable.

  13. Nicole Antunes November 20, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Julie Thank You for all of your hard work and effort with getting the word out about Camel Milk.

    We started my daughter on CM just over 8 months ago. We have battled GI and Viral issues most of her life. After only being on the milk for a day. We started to see increased signs of illness. A fever followed shortly after. The sickness lasted for about a week. Within these first few days we saw calmness, improvement in stools, better use of vocabulary. Within a few weeks of her being on 1 1/4 pints of camel milk we began to see a Flat tummy(For the fist time after trying numerous things)
,Eye Contact
, independent playing Wanting to socialize, but on a normal level (not being overly friendly & showing reservation with strangers when appropriate)
,Not running off and using caution (Always a runner)
,Listening to direction (to a point),
AKA what I find to be normal attitude (without the huge bursts of anger)
,Her moods are rather normal (appropriate for age)
,Consistency with EVERYTHING!!!! 
Normal stools- (Not so large and no undigested foods)
We are finally seeing ROLLS on a previously skinny girl and Hair is finally starting to grow!
    Thanks to Camel Milk our lives will never be the same. It is something that we just can’t live without.

  14. Meredith November 21, 2011 at 3:01 am #

    Dear Julie-

    Thank you so much for the wonderful summary on camel’s milk. We have several families in our area following the gaps diet for various reasons. We are interested in ordering from the camel farm in Michigan but have done lots of research on our local farms that supply raw cow’s milk. We will not be able to do the same level of investigation of the camel farm due to our proximity. If you would be willing to share you experience and level of comfort with your orders that would be very helpful!!!

    Also, have you found that children also unable to tolerate lactose do well with camel’s milk? We are on the step to introduce yogurt on GAPS, which would eliminate the lactose factor completely, but after reading more about the uniqueness of the camel’s milk I hate to even disturb it’s natural properties. The thought of giving straight milk is so foreign right now but I’m definitely willing to give it a shot based on what I am reading.

    Thank you so much!!!
    Meredith

    • Randi Winter December 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      Please join the group and read about what makes camel milk so unique and there has not been a single case in the Healing with Camel Milk FB group of over 400 (not all are yet on the milk) of having an adverse allergic reaction. In fact, one of the parents of a very sick infant with huge intolerances, she is now according to her mom, a NORMAL one year old who just stays away from soy and dairy. I recommend everyone go to http://www.healingwithcamelmilk.com to learn more and be able to ask Reuven Yagil questions.

  15. Amy November 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    I am wondering if Camel’s Milk is safe for children who have cerebral Folate deficiency. I believe that all dairy products from animals block the cerebral Folate receptors. My son was diagnosed via blood test (antibodies were present) and lumbar puncture (low Folate). He has done very, very well since going dairy free and adding OTC folinic acid and then prescription level folinic acid.

    Thanks for any input you may have on this!

    Amy

    • Julie Matthews March 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

      Amy, I’ve updated my article, and including some information on this at the end.

  16. Mohamed Ordofa November 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    am moved by all this benefits of camel’s milk and yet as nomadic pastoralist,this information has not reached us.for instance most people from Marsabit County where I come from,prefer cows milk to camels.I would request the concerned group to extend their mission to this ‘home of camel’ zone where the community can be sensitized on the same.

  17. Kara December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Our son (5yrs old) has been on the milk for almost 7 months. While we have not really seen much improvement in speech (he is non verbal) or focus and so on like most state, I trully believe camel milk is one of the most important interventions we have used on our road to recovery. For the first 2 years of our sons life he was always in the upper portion of the growth charts, he would fall any where between the 90th to 100th percentille in height. His weight was not as high, usually ranging anywhere from 50th to 60th percentille. By the time our son went in for his 3 year check up he had fallen into the 15th percentille in height and the 5 percentille in weight. At 3.5 years of age, we had an appointment with a nutritionalist and at that point he was entirely off the charts. It was not until we started the camel milk that our little man began to finally grow and gain weight again. When we started the milk he weighed just barely above 30lbs and some days he would dip down to 28 or 29 lbs. He is now, 40 lbs and growing! He has also grown about 2 inches in that time. He is finally back on the charts, barely, but back on. Prior to starting the milk he looked so sickly most days, camel milk has improved his health in so many ways.

    • Julie Matthews December 2, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

      Kara, thanks so much for sharing your experience. It sounds camel’s milk was very instrumental in improving your child’s health and weight gain. I’m curious if your son was “casein-free” (i.e. off all cow, goat, and sheep milk) before starting camel milk.

      • Kara December 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

        Yes, we started the GFCF diet just after he turned 2 and then moved on to SCD about six months after that. He was on a very strict SCD diet for the last 2 years. He was on SCD at the time of starting the milk but about a month ago we began to add in some grains, after so long on SCD and never seeing any improvement we decided it was time to move on (he has never had any improvements through dietary intervention aside from the camel milk). Our son has a severe reaction to cow milk, we have never seen any negative reaction with the camel milk :-)

  18. Claudia December 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Can you please tell me whether camel milk would be suitable for a low oxalate diet? We are also GFCFSF and no phenols for my 4.5yr old son. At the moment we are doing a restricted version of the BED diet as we are desperate for an increase in nutritional value with such an extremely limited diet. He did tolerate the pasteurised version of camel milk on a 3 month holiday in Dubai approx a year ago. If only I knew about RAW than!!

    • Julie Matthews December 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Claudia, Interesting that you tried camel milk in Dubai! Milk, in general, is low oxalate and low salicylate, so I’d imagine camel’s milk is too (although I don’t think it’s officially been tested). Are you on BED and low oxalate? That seems difficult since most BED grains are high oxalate.

      • Claudia December 9, 2011 at 5:06 am #

        We are on low oxalate diet and have recently added some elements of BED to increase nutrition as I was getting very worried about limited food choices. My son now loves fermented vegetables and also the fermented young green coconut juice. But like you mentioned- extremely difficult as he’s only having the BED flax seed bread, not the other allowed grains since they are high oxalate. His diet is basically organic chicken, beef, fish, eggs and some vegetables (cauliflower, peas, asparagus,zuchini, broccoli, avocado). Should I be looking at some different foods that you know of? Also saw your article on salmon roe and very interested to add this also. Just ordered your book so hopefully some more clues to some great nutrition. Thank you.

  19. Jane Casey December 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    Hi Julie,
    What a beautifully written article about the health benefits of Camel’s Milk. I have to say, when I first heard about Camel’s Milk a couple of weeks ago, I thought oh, brother, really? But after doing some research and reading about a few case studies, I decided to give it a try with my family for a number of reasons. First of all, my kids’ recovery from Autism has been largely due to diet and the right food as our medicine. Secondly, my kids’ have lost their Autism diagnosis but have had some carry over ADD and OCD issues.

    It has been one week since we began drinking it (my twins and I are making two milkshakes a day). What I have noticed is that the OCD issues are GONE and my kids’ are very calm. The boys’ just turned 13 this past weekend and we had 18 kids over for a party and my kids’ were absolutely AWESOME-no emotional events whatsoever! They didn’t get upset about anything and they just went with the flow, just like the rest of the kids!

    I am sold!

    • Julie Matthews December 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

      This is an amazing result Jane! Thanks for sharing your experience with camel’s milk.

  20. Jennifer December 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    I enjoyed this informative article. My sons and I have just begun drinking camels milk. We are in the first week. They have been diagnosed with PANDAS, an autoimmune disorder and also mycoplasma, EBV recently as well. I notice my younger son’s color has improved and his meltdowns have changed. There is less rage and OCD seems more prominent. He seems more present during these episodes. They are both sleeping better. I noticed for myself a big improvement in my mood and a noticeable relaxation of my tense muscles (lyme)and improved sleep. I also have noticed an increase in congestion/sinus/eye issues that I’m hoping is cleansing. We are still so new to this, but very hopeful!

    • Susan Levin June 29, 2012 at 1:28 am #

      Dear Jennifer,
      We have very similar situations (autism, PANDAS, etc.). Has the intensity of the OCD shifted since you wrote this post? That seems to be the only downside of what you wrote. Thanks!
      Warmly,
      Susan

  21. peggy January 1, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Hi Julie, I’ve been unsuccessful in finding out whether or not camel’s milk can overcome life-threatening anaphylaxic food allergies (dairy, egg, peanuts). Do you have any knowledge about the severity of food allergies it can help? Thank you in advance for any feedback you can provide!

    • Julie Matthews January 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

      Hi Peggy, there is an interesting case study article from Dr. Yagil on his experience with children with anaphylaxic foods allergies (include below). Of course, never try addressing something serious like this without the help of a physician on board. You may want to start by reading this full article, not just the abstract. You also may want to approach Dr. Yagil and talk with him about his experience. Join the “Healing with Camel Milk Facebook group – he can often be reached thru them. It’s an interesting topic for further research. Yosef Shabo MD, Reuben Barzel MD, Mark Margoulis MD and Reuven Yagil DVM. Camel milk for food allergies in children. IMAJ 2005;7:796–798

  22. Laura January 20, 2012 at 2:40 am #

    Julie,

    What an amazing article! I have to admit, when I first read a post about camel’s milk on the low-oxalate diet forum, I was skeptical. I never imagined it could promote so much healing!

    I was wondering – what does it taste like?? Does it taste like cow’s milk? Is there a strong flavor? From all of the other posts, it seems like most parents did not have trouble getting their kids to drink it, which is great!

    Thank you for a great article!
    Laura

    • Julie Matthews January 20, 2012 at 4:52 am #

      Thanks Laura! Yes, I was skeptical at first too. It took me months listening to parents and researching the topic before I understood the full picture. It’s very exciting! I think it tastes quite good. It’s salter than other milks, but more similar to raw cow milk than goat milk (no “goaty flavor at all). Although on occasion it can have a bit of a “camel kick” (not sure how to describe it but it’s not really unpleasant. The kids seem to really like it. I’ve never heard a complaint.

  23. Laura January 20, 2012 at 2:47 am #

    Hi Julie,

    CamelMilkAssociation.org is not taking new members at this time. Do you have another source for camel milk that you can share?

    Thanks,
    Laura

    • Nicole January 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm #

      Laura,

      Have you joined the Healing With Camel Milk Facebook group? There you can find out how to get the milk.

      Nicole

  24. Jeanne January 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi Julie:
    I am very interested in giving my 12yo son (PDD/Autism) he has alot of GI issues, acid reflux and yeast. Is there a “die-off” period when starting the camel’s milk. Do you kids that have drank the milk and helped them heal, do they have to keep drinking the milk. If they stop will it cause a regression?
    Thank you.
    Jeanne

    • Julie Matthews January 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      From what I remember, Dr. Yagil mentioned that many of the benefits often continue after the milk is stopped. In other words, I wouldn’t expect a “regression” specifically in response to removing it; however, if the milk is helping it’s possible some of those benefits would go away and other symptoms come back (not a “regression” per se). I encourage you to join the Healing with Camel Milk Facebook group and ask some of the moms your other questions regarding their personal experience.

  25. Nicole January 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Julie,

    Thank you for this wonderful information. I’m wondering for those who can’t access or afford the cost of camel milk: what’s the next best thing? Is there a mixture of supplements or would raw goat milk be a step in the right direction? I know each person is different but I’m wondering how to get close to the benefits of CM if the milk isn’t possible right now.

    Thanks for your help
    Nicole

    • Julie Matthews January 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      Great question Nicole. There is not really a substitute for camel milk. Goat milk is not tolerated by many with casein sensitivity, and the immune properties of camel’s milk are unique.

  26. Casey February 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    I have just been approved by the Camel Milk Association to order (yay!). Do you know if there is any nutritional difference between fresh and frozen? Also, do you pasteurize yours before drinking it?

    Thanks!
    Casey

  27. Karen Sartorio March 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi! I am expecting my first delivery of Camel’s milk and let me say, it was not an easy find. There are strict laws around camel milk consumption in the US. You basically need to own the camel that gives you the milk. The way dairy farmers are getting this much-needed nutrition to people is by offering to sell shares of their camels. Each farm has different co-op membership fees, but once paid, you are an official co-owner, and thereby legally allowed to drink camel milk. Google camel milk for sale, there should be a link to a camel farm that was featured on “Dirty Jobs”. That site will give you info on when their milk will be available. It also has a page where you can email the head farmer about other camel co-ops, and he will send you info. If it’s ok with Julie, I can repost the name of the co-ops I went through, but if you follow these simple google instructions you should find it relatively easy, so to speak.
    Good Luck!!!

    • Karen Sartorio March 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

      Forgot to mention, it’s somewhat pricey…around $13 a pint(including shipping) Once membership fees are paid, you can split the share of milk with a friend or two. I went in with another co-op mom so I didn’t have to store 20 pints of milk in my freezer!!! For me, the price was worth it, as meds and supplements are often far more costly in the long run. Plus my casein free kiddos can now have yogurt, butter and maybe even some camel ice cream! yum!

      • Kristy January 23, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

        Can you just get one bottle to try it? I don’t know of anyone I can share with…

  28. Amy Y April 18, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi Julie – do you know if Reuven Yagil has written/commented or published anything in regards to the Cerebral Folate issue? Thanks!

  29. Angela April 30, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Does anyone know who sells Fresh Camels milk in Australia? I have been searching for a long time…

  30. Shubha May 2, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Thank you very much for explaining it so thoroughly. I have an autistic son.

    About the folate receptor alpha antigen in Camels milk, what if we ignored it and gave camel’s milk just as a treatment for short periods?
    Would it affect the cerebral folate levels greatly? Considering the overall numerous benefits, would it be worth trying even if the children have the immunoreactivity? If there is overall improvement in immune system with the milk, maybe the autoimmunity to folate rec. alpha antigen would also be treated.

    Greatly appreciate your interest in autism and ADDH.
    Shubha

  31. beena May 30, 2012 at 2:26 am #

    Hi I am living in Singapore. I would like to get Camel milk here. As of now..am not able to get CM. Any body could help me out?

    Thank u so much
    Beena

    • Sumit December 20, 2013 at 3:06 am #

      Hello Beena,

      I understand and we are trying hard to make it happen to help people living outside India as well but as of now we are getting Camel milk in Delhi & other northern parts of India,so if you happen to come around to Delhi,do call me @ 9810069608 or send me a text and I”ll call you back if you have requirement for Camel milk,Thanks.

  32. hashim June 6, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    if u want camel milk go to somali or any counrty of muslin nation

    milk is very important for ur health

    and that is true

    muslin people used to get the benefite of camel .meat and milk

  33. waseem June 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    Hi Everyone,

    I am selling camels milk. Im based in the UK. If you want to place an order email me.

    Thanks

    • susan November 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

      send me information about getting cm,thanks

  34. Susan Levin June 29, 2012 at 1:25 am #

    Should we avoid camel’s milk until we get FRA testing? I would rather not wait to try it, but my son has autism (high functioning, largely cured through Son-Rise, DAN!, GAPS, and now MMS) and I am always desperate to try something possibly helpful! Also, can you make ice cream out of the camel’s milk and retain the positive effects? Thanks!

  35. Barbara July 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I haven’t been able to drink milk since I was a child, I vomit. What are the ways of drinking camel milk to mask its original taste as i have some in my freezer. Anything outside of milkshake that you could recommend?

    Thank you
    Barbara

  36. abc July 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    nice information!!help full as we are using the camel milk..with the help of your website we can tell many other people about the camel milk.THANK YOU!

  37. Ms Yusra Ammar August 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi there,

    Can you please advise me of where or how to get this camel milk as I live in London UK.

    Cheers

  38. waleed August 15, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    guys ive tried looking everywhwere to buy camel milk in austrlia ,its frustrating . can anyone lead me to a good source or somethine , thnx

    • shahin March 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Hello friend they is a camel farm in Australia you can order from they.

  39. Sarfaraz Ali August 28, 2012 at 3:42 am #

    Camel milk has mdicinal properties but taking raw milk requires proper cleaning/disinfecting the skin but above all camels should be pretested for brucellosis and tuberculosis.Bioled/pasteurized milk should be preferable.It is interesting that it contains insulin.
    Out of vegetable, it is learnt that Karela(Bitter melon, the Memordica charatia) is also used in diabetes.

  40. Rio September 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    Fantastic article Julie. I am very interested in the autoimmune results of tests. I have MS and while its the relapsing remitting variety its very annoying. I am on a strict eating regime of no saturated fats (meats, wheat, oils and dairy products) so my diet consists of fish, vegies and rice including rice milk, and I am forever looking for that “something” that could make a significant difference. Now the diet per se that I am on is fantastic and I have seen significant improvement in symptoms, I am forever battling some virus – sinus, flu, tonsillitis several times a year. Has there been any research done regarding camels milk and MS? I am very fortunate in that I am an expat currently living in the UAE, so camels milk is everywhere, and after I read your article I went to the local and bought some – it tastes really nice but perhaps thats after several years of not drinking milk – I also have a developed intolerance to milk whereby I go into anaphalactic shock if I even have a little cows milk (strange how that happened after 30+ years of drinking at least 10 litres of the stuff a week and then overnight BANG allergic!). So I guess I am hoping that this may be the that little extra thing I need to help repair myself. Any extra info would be fantastic.

  41. norma September 6, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Please I live in sydney Australia and need this milk for my daughter where can I get camel milk

  42. norma September 6, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Can it be bought in australia

    • Richard May 30, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

      Yes.
      Calamunnda Camels ship Australia-wide. Fresh or frozen.

  43. shahin uddin September 24, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Hello my name is shahin uddin I live in Leeds 8 west Yorkshire , I have stared selling camel milk now,because of the benefits you can get from it,it’s a miracle. I sell it frozen in 500ml milk bottles it comes like that,it is very hard to get in the UK & expensive because of the processing of the milk and bring it to the UK,now you can buy the milk from me if you want it. nicco32@hotmail.co.uk

  44. Dr.Karim November 2, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Thanks to all your team , will post soon some news about the benibenefits of camel milk as a new alternative medication .

    Regards,

    Dr.Karim

  45. Pati November 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

    Hi
    Does camel milk help kids with epilepsy
    Does anyone know?

    Thanks
    Pati

  46. rita November 22, 2012 at 5:36 am #

    Hi every one, i am a camel milk consumer. It is true that it really helps in many health issues, example my son is dyslecxic n has got adhd, he improves so much and now he is just S normal as other kids. My aunt whi is dementia also improves her condition and starts to recall short term memory loss. I got hormonal imbalance n now is back to normal. And because of all this improvment i decide to import n sell camel milk powder in sachet packet. Price sgd$35 in 20sac. Do contact me if interested. My no. 6591296799 or email. Ritaqioot@gmail.com

  47. Fredrick Fleishman January 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    i really love the taste of camel milk and it is nutritious too.’

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  48. Yindra May 24, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi!

    I am interested to try camel’s milk and bought some after doing lots of research and hearing stories of improvement. However, i am wondering if parents have any anecdotes for picky eaters. Because his GFCF diet has been so restrictive im not sure he will even drink a glass of milk. Would it be ok to try to make a strawberry type puree and mix it in to add flavor? We have to do alot of tricks and he loves most fruits so im hopeful. Also, if we could make it into a frozen milk product like frozen yogurt or ice cream i think that might help us as well. I welcome any comments in this regard.

    Best regards,
    Yindra

  49. Bill July 17, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    We have lots of camels in Australia, many people are wanting camel milk here. We need to get some camel dairies up and running. I think we should just use existing cow dairy set ups. Transport the camels into Eastern Australia break em in and breed them there and milk them on farms. There is a difference between wild ones and ones that have been fully domesticated. It needs to happen, we all want to milk our own camels here in Australia.

  50. MADIS JOSE September 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Hello All,

    Can anyone help me where to get a camel milk powder here in Dubai. I need to send my son in Philippines. Please help.

    Thanks

  51. Sumit December 3, 2013 at 4:41 am #

    Hello Everyone,

    FYI if anyone requires camel milk in Delhi/NCR or in Chandigarh region,please feel free to mail me @ wadhera_sumit@rediffmail.com or call me at 9810069608.

    Thanks.

  52. sultan December 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Camel milk contains several specific proteins, that plays an important role in the defense against bacteria and viruses
    Camel milk also has anti-inflammatory effect on the pancreas an effect is favorable for people with diabetes
    It is assumed that camel milk insulin does reach the bloodstream and that camel milk thereby affects sugar metabolism better than cow milk.
    Camel milk contains a protein similar to insulin. Camel Milk ingredients collapse much slower in the stomach
    Prof. Faten Khorshid @faten_khorshid tcu009@hotmail.com

  53. Sami December 22, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    Hi I really need camel milk but can’t find it in Australia
    Can any one help!!!!!!!!!!

  54. pari January 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    hi,please can anyone guide me where can I buy fresh camel milk in New South Wales,AUSTRALIA.would be very thankful.

  55. Nicole Henderson February 28, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    You can also get camel milk from http://www.ColoradoCamelMilk.com

  56. merhaba March 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    hi,pl can anyone tell me the right way to consume the cl. I wonder it’s better
    to drink it raw or boiled it ?
    dose it good for just born baby’s (as I won’t able to breast-feed)? how about ppl with epilepsy?

    thanks for ur reply

  57. Huma March 21, 2014 at 4:13 am #

    Thanks for the info!
    Can anybody tell me how much amount per day should I give camel milk to my 4 years old daughter?

  58. Huma March 21, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    The camel milk that is available at http://www.camelmilkassosiation.com is raw or pesturised?

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