Camel’s Milk

Yet another treatment option I’m interested in.  After watching the video below from the Autism One conference in May, I went to the website,, and was about to order some.  It seems like a lot of families of autistic children have tried it with success.  Definitely on my laundry list of things to try… documents their first attempt at camel’s milk:
If you asked me 2 weeks ago if I’d be writing a blog about camel’s milk, I would’ve 
looked at you in much the same way as if you’d asked me if I was going to write a 
blog about giant flying potbelly pigs.
I mean really… Camel WHAT?  Who?  When? Where?  And for the Love of Pete, 

First of all, Caroline has been dairy free for over 2 years.

And second, I’ll admit it, we’re milk snobs. Rice, almond, coconut, hemp, tried them
all and never finished a cardboard box of any of them.  I realize we’re in the 
minority and there are many who enjoy alternative milks, but for us their usefulness
has been limited to cooking.*

So, back to the flying pigs…

Milk from a camel was not even on my radar.  Until that is, I came across a blog 
called “You are what you eat!” and specifically the post Nutraceuticals for yeast,
bacteria, viruses and parasites.

If there ever was a biomedical love at first sight, I was smitten.  That post was spot 
on.  Perfect.  Something I planned to write one day myself… just as soon as I found
the time.  

And then there were the rest of the posts — so well organized and comprehensive, 
the more I read, the more I knew this mom, Jessica, was the real deal.  

After reading several entries, I came across one about Camel milk.  Now, if it were 
any other blog, on any other day, I doubt I would’ve given it a second glance.

But just like a lovestruck teenager, I was willing to follow Jessica wherever she was 
going to lead me.

And here’s what she said, “Camel milk does not contain beta-casein. Children
sensitive to casein can drink it safely. The milk is highly anti-viral and anti-bacterial.
The nanoglobulins (particulate in size compared to our immunoglobulins) pass
through cell walls instantly, very much like IVIG and because of the healing nature
of the camel’s immune system, it does wonders for those with autism, diabetes (it
contains insulin too), autoimmune diseases, Chron’s, and anything intestinal.”

Well that answered my why and who questions.  If you’re as intrigued as I was, 
you may also want to read Julie Matthew’s article at Nourishing Hope:  Camel Milk:
Healing or Hype?

For me, learning about something new that can help both PANDAS and autism is 
not an everyday occurrence.  Suddenly, the pigs were growing wings and I had 
come full circle.  Now all I needed to know was where could I get some and when 
she should drink it.

The where was easy enough.  The Camel Milk Association has a website and I 
ordered it right online.  Couldn’t have been easier.   As far as when, as with any 
new intervention, I planned to start slow.

Like a kid on Christmas

I was so excited for the milk to arrive I practically started counting down the hours.  
As soon as the package was delivered, I tore it open and started thawing the first 
bottle.  The ice cream maker was ready and I was not wasting any time.

As it thawed I wondered, worried really, about how it would taste.  A lot was riding 
on the taste.  If Caroline hated it, the whole ‘experiment’ was going to be immensely 
more difficult.  

Like a person (we won’t designate an age) taking their first sip of beer, I took a 
miniscule taste and….. DRUMROLL PLEASE….  Definitely do-able!  Only slightly 
salty (which I expected from reading other reviews) but otherwise very much like 
cow’s milk.  I found that a little vanilla masks any trace of saltiness perfectly.

So, without further fanfare, here’s what we’ve observed:

Day 1

6:00 pm — Caroline had approx. 2 oz, of Camel’s milk ice cream.  Within 5 minutes,
she was, for lack of a better phrase, “On fire.”

Talking more than ever, super engaged, had the barely-takes-her-eyes-off-you 
kind of eye contact.  And also stimming like you could not believe.  

She wanted to play a game she had previously refused to play for months and was 
glancing from Jay to I and back the entire game as if to say, “this is so cool!”  

She was using longer sentences and doing amazing things.  Right up until 
MIDNIGHT.  Ugh…  It was as if she was so stimulated, she couldn’t turn off her 
brain.  She was awake again at 3am for an hour.

Note:  the falling asleep problem is unusual, but the staying asleep problem is
typical ever since her PANDAS flare.

I’m tracking it closely since most parents report their children sleep better after a
period of time on the milk.

Day 2  — Thanksgiving Day

Woke at 9:30 am
More irritable than usual.  Won’t wear her dress, doesn’t want to do anything…

11:00 am — ate less than 1/2 oz. of a camel’s milk popsicle.  She acted the same 
as the day prior – amazing!

3:00 pm — ate the rest of the popsicle, approx 1 1/2 oz.  Same behavior.  
Sustained eye contact with Grandma, even did a sticker project (usually avoids 
stickers and art like the plague) and was very proud to show it off.

Did not fall asleep until 10:30 pm.  Awake at 5 am for an hour.

Day 3 — Today

Woke at 10:30 am.  (somewhat typical after she’s awake in the night)

Laying on sofa, completely vegetative for 45 minutes.  Not interested in talking or 
doing anything.

11:30 am — drank 1 oz.  Within 5 minutes, she was up, singing and dancing.  It was
a shocking transformation.  I was inspired to take a video of part of the 

3:00 pm – drank 1 oz.  Same behavior as all previous times with the addition of 
some (very rare in our house) spontaneous pretend play!

11:00 pm – she’s still awake….

The Verdict

It’s safe to say that camel’s milk has given us the quickest, most undeniable results 
of any biomedical intervention we’ve tried (and there have been a lot!).

We’ve had other quick successes (such as homeopathic belladonna and the first 
round of chelation) but the results were not as intense.   

I’m incredibly hopeful for what the future will bring.  Seeing these changes with 2 oz
of milk per day is something I certainly wasn’t expecting.

An important note:  Because we’ve had many negatives in the sleep department 
with every immune booster and/or modulator we’ve tried, I expected the issues and
plan to proceed very slowly.  And of course, I’ll update with our results.

Milk snobs turned camel aficionados

Although I never thought I’d say it, I’m astonished with the results and so very 
thankful to Jessica, Julie and the other moms who have publicized the gains they 
observed with camel’s milk.  If not for them, Caroline would not be benefiting from 
it’s almost miraculous healing properties.

And so, it seems only fitting to say that in this holiday season, perhaps the Three 
Wise Men didn’t come bearing 3 gifts after all.

Perhaps they came bearing 4.   

Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh and Camels.

See also…
UPDATE: Days 4-8

(*)  For those of you also on the SCD, you’re right, there are technically no
commercially available “alternative” milks allowed on her diet.

Caroline, enjoying a camel’s milk popsicle on
Thanksgiving Day
To buy Camel milk online:

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