Camel milk is attracting millions of people at the global level. The main attraction is its health promising characteristics. Camel milk might be super food as well as a natural pharmacy in the ongoing climate change scenario. Human health's challenges like viral outbreaks, super bugs, and allergies etc can be better addressed with the camel milk.
When it’s too dry for dairy cows, what do you do? Switch to camel milk
The African nomads find new ways to adapt with the challenge of the climate change. As increasingly fierce, frequent and lengthy dry spells hit northern Kenya, raising dairy cattle has gotten ever harder. But after seeing her initial five camels thrive while eating just tree branches and leaves, Yousef sold 100 cows to buy more expensive camels, whose milk now never dries up.
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Camel is really a very crucial and precious creature playing a pivotal role to materialize livelihood in the hardiest terrains of the world in the harshest environmental conditions. Camel has the unique power of adaptability and is considered as the best answer to the climate change calamities. Camel! A One in All Creatures.
But he also had the foresight to view pastoral peoples as valuable cultural reservoirs. He’s a consistent and admired advocate for camels and pastoral knowledge, with deep traditional knowledge of native livestock breeds, husbandry and health systems.He works to sustain animal health and production with a commendable natural approach. As a technical advisor for a large camel diary, he helps drive modern milk usage. His leadership has helped raise awareness of camel milk and it’s my pleasure to consult him as a top camel resource. He is a valued leader in policy planning for the international camel community.
Isiolo, a provincial town about five hours’ drive north of the capital, Nairobi, has become a real camel hub already. Maalim and around thirty other women now bring about five thousand liters of camel milk daily to a distribution point in the center of the provincial town. The women receive support from the Dutch development organization SNV, which helped them finance a cooling tank. “Thanks to the profits of the camel milk I can send my eight children to school, and one even goes to university,” Maalim says, as she hands in her plastic yellow jerry cans full of camel milk.Kenyans turn to camels to cope with climate change
Currently, the milk is transported in passenger buses. But as the milk frequently gets stolen or goes bad when buses break down, the women are trying to get a loan to buy a cooling truck to transport the milk to Nairobi. “We also have plans to produce yogurt, pack our products and to export to Somalia,” she says and adds that an international airport has recently been opened near Isiolo. “We are facing a bright future – thanks to camel milk.”
She writes as “My argument leading on from my earlier statements, regarding why Simpson’s conclusion which explicitly implies “do not drink camel’s milk” is unsound is twofold. Firstly from a philosophical perspective and secondly from a scientific perspective.
It is well documented the symbiotic relationship between humans and the non-human world. The necessity, joy, physical and psychological health benefits. This is not new; it is ancient wisdom which is still traveling the world. It is not the “keeping” of non-human animals, be it for food or pleasure but MORE significant how the creatures are kept and how they are killed! My argument for free range and so forth. Furthermore, if one cannot kill an animal, one should therefore not eat the animal. This is ethical and puts one in a special relationship to such animal.
I ask you, Simpson, do you eat meat or any products from an animal? Do you wear leather or wool? By virtue of being “human “, we have all crossed this boundary.
I agree that the killing for killing’s sake, and using the non-human world for human greed, sexual exploitation and money is evil.
My position comes from “Deep Ecology” and an environmental ethic. So it is not wrong to drink any form of milk! It is the way the milk is collected. There is this western MYTH that infiltrated our psyche claiming that milk is unhealthy and causing cruelty in the production. Firstly, it is the pasteurization and homogenization that is killing us and creating allergies and gut problems. You can Google evidence for my claims. Secondly, I agree that many animals are kept in cruel conditions for milking and have their calves taken. This is too general a statement. That inductive reasoning is fallacious.
Camels milk is produced quite differently. I have visited many camel farms that produce milk and they are free range, stress-free, and the calves are only taken for short periods, if at all.
An important environmental point is that “soft hooved” animals (camels) are far more environmentally sustainable than “hard hooved” animals.
It is well documented the medicinal properties of camel’s milk! Please research. It is this symbiotic, beautiful relationship that I am talking about. There does not have to be cruelty. Understand through Science what the non-human world, the sentient and non-sentient world has to offer is magnificent and awe-inspiring. Many of our medical discoveries and medicines have been achieved this way. That is why we need to embrace and nurture, not have “dominion over”.
I am, for the most part, a vegetarian. I only eat what I can kill. Chicken and fish. I drink camel’s milk straight from the camel. I try and reduce and be aware of my carbon footprint. I do this as I am responsible for my health and well being and try not to consume too much of the health dollar. I am extremely healthy and strong in comparison to many of similar age. Food is medicine and we ought to understand this.
Finally, Simpson your opinion (and that is all it is) is fraught with paradoxes and smacks of “yuppie” ideology, giving very little understanding not only of poor countries that are kept alive on camels milk but furthermore the wonderful life-enhancing gifts that the beloved camel has to offer.”
The camel milk made the artistic accomplishment in Malasia. The story is reported by a friend of mine (Mike). He provided camel milk powder (Camelait brand).Camelait! Al Ain Camel Dairy Products to a disparate daughter of a diabetic patient. My friend was curious to see if its really work or not. The camel milk was tested for sugar control in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, the map is provided in the link below; https://email@example.com,103.5292765,9.25z
Denise NG, the daughter of the patient wrote as ” I was so stressed up when I found out my father has been diagnosed with diabetes, 1 week ago. Mike recommended this product to me. I did not really think it works as my father doesn’t like milk at all. But after I read through the information of this product, I persuaded my father and willing to give it a trial. Good news, My father’s sugar level dropped from 12.9 to 8.3 in 3 days time since he starts drinking camel milk. I was so happy when he told me about this. We mixed camel milk powder with the vegetable juices and Kopikosong Kopi tiam. It’s definitely a good product for diabetic patients. Cheers”
Mike gave some more details as; “medically diagnosed by the doctor a week before for diabetes. He suggested trying camel milk. The daughter got 1 box of 10x25g Camelait, drink daily for 3 days. Each day 25g Camelait milk powder. The patient is not a milk drinker and hates drinking milk, had no choice but tried to see if it really works. On next doctor visit, the blood test showed improvement. He is drinking Camelait since Wednesday (15th February 2017). The doctor checked again on Saturday morning and result shown that big drop”
The results are preliminary and based on limited data. The diet of the patient is not mentioned with the physical activity etc. Further details are required to make a concrete conclusion. I would suggest medical doctors make scientific trials with the camel milk powder, if it really works at the functional level, then it must advocate for recomendations to be used by the diabetic patients.
I have found that camel milk does have some interesting healing properties that may be of use in helping to heal Hashimoto’s. In fact, the World Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences published a review article of all of the medicinal properties of camel milk:
Helps in reducing nutrient deficiencies. Camel milk is nutrient dense, containing higher amounts of potassium, iron, and vitamin C compared to cow’s milk. Iron is a very common depletion in Hashimoto’s.
Shows promise in resolving food sensitivities. Yosef Shabo, an Israeli doctor, reported a study of 8 children with various levels of food reactions (allergies and sensitivities) to cow’s milk dairy.1Camel milk was well tolerated by the children AND reduced/eliminated their food sensitivities. In some cases, even to cow’s milk! The effects in some of the children were permanent when the camel milk was discontinued; in others, the reactions returned after stopping camel milk.
Aids in resolving infections. We know that infections, especially gut infections, have been linked to Hashimoto’s. Camel milk has antimicrobial and antiviral activity, and has been reportedly effective against dysbiotic bacteria like E. coli, Helicobacter pylori, and even Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP), a difficult to diagnose and difficult to treat the infection. All of the above have been linked to Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions.
Promotes blood sugar balance. Camel milk contains encapsulated insulin nanoparticles that can pass through our stomach and get into our circulation! These molecules can lower blood sugar. Human milk and cow’s milk also have insulin; cow’s milk insulin is not absorbed by humans, but human milk insulin does get absorbed (at least by babies per the research). Orally administered insulin from human milk has been shown to promote gut maturation and to reduce intestinal permeability to macromolecules in infants, lowering their likelihood of Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune condition.2 Without further research available, I am assuming this is due to a phenomenon is known as oral tolerance—when a small amount of a substance is introduced into the body via the mouth and the immune system (in the presence of an adequate gut barrier) accepts the substance. I was surprised to learn how useful camel’s milk is for people with Type 1 diabetes! One study of 24 people with Type 1 diabetes (insulin dependent autoimmune diabetes) found that camel milk was a safe and effective adjunct therapy to insulin in type 1 diabetes, helping people have better blood sugar control and reducing their requirements for insulin (about 50%) when used over the course of 2 years. Three of the 12 people studied were able to completely wean off insulin after a year or so. The researchers think that was partially due to the camel milk’s immune modulating properties. I have not heard of many other interventions that have helped people with Type 1 diabetes wean off insulin.3 A study of the anti-diabetic agents of camel milk
Contributes to thyroid hormone balance. Camel milk contains T4 and T3 hormones and may support thyroid hormone levels. While human milk also contains T3 and T4, researchers have stated that it is not relevant to human infants and that formula fed babies will suffer no ill effects by receiving formula devoid of thyroid hormone. (Author’s note: The sponsor of this study was not disclosed and studies show breastfed babies have better health outcomes).4 In contrast, thyroid hormones in camel milk are reportedly relevant to baby camels, helping them with the maturation of their small intestine.5 While ample research has shown that insulin from camel milk is absorbed by humans, I have not found research suggesting that camel milk thyroid hormones are absorbed by humans. However, based on some of the positive results I have seen with thyroid patients, I suspect that the thyroid hormones in camel milk may be of some benefit. (Please note: The levels of thyroid hormones in camel milk are highest within 30 days of giving birth. On average, camels lactate for 9 months to one year.)
Supports immune system balance. IVIG (intravenous immunoglobulin) therapy is a medically prescribed therapy that can suppress thyroid antibodies by using immune cells isolated from blood donation.6 However, due to its cost (in 2006, a 4-course therapy cost around $25,000)7, side effects (common: flu-like symptoms; rare: infection, skin peeling, fluid overload, kidney damage, liver damage, and meningitis), and difficult route of administration (through a slow intravenous infusion that has to be given every 3-4 weeks), the therapy is usually reserved for Hashimoto’s Encephalopathy, an acute, life-threatening condition where thyroid antibodies attack the brain. Camel milk has been called the “poor man’s IVIG,” because it contains immunoglobulins that can modulate the immune system. Camel immunoglobulins pass from the camel milk into our bloodstream and have shown potential in modulating the immune system. They are also less likely to cause side effects and are so much more convenient to intake (not to mention a lot cheaper!!).Camel! A One in All Creatures
Reduces thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Lactoferrin in camel milk is reportedly 71% similar in relation to human thyroid peroxidase, which may help our bodies to regain acceptance of our own thyroid peroxidase enzymes, potentially reducing thyroid antibodies via the oral tolerance mechanism. Oral tolerance is an immune modulating intervention that introduces tiny amounts of the reactive substance in an easily digestible and absorbable way to teach the body that the substance is safe (similar to how allergy shots work). This method has been utilized in thyroid disease using thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin from human thyroid glands.8 More research is needed in this area but I think this sounds promising as an adjunct to other lifestyle changes. I’m guessing that if you are not interested in taking extracts from human thyroid glands, camel milk is a more viable option!
**Please note: The camel milk has to be raw and it can’t be boiled in order for it to retain many of these properties. Freezing and pasteurizing does seem to retain all of the benefits.9
The philosophy of symbiosis is really great and incredible. All my ideas of natural health are based on this philosophy. I’m never in favor of killing microorganisms in the body, instead, I want to give them the symbiotic liberty of life. But my philosophy is not articulated only around the living things, also the symbiotic balance of hot and cold, dry and wet, secretary and non-secretary etc also have the symbiotic nature. I do not want to go into details of this philosophy.
The gut (gastrointestinal tract) is the backbone of the natural health systems. When the gut’s health, especially its symbiotic health is maintained, other parts of the health remain stable and strong. In my view, the synthetic products, especially antibiotics, snacks, processed food etc disturb the gut symbiotic health and result into a very complicated and ill health.
My studies revealed that there are many measures and natural products helping to keep the gut’s health intact, but the camel milk is really incredible. It promotes the healthy and strong culture of microflora in the gut because of a unique protein in milk (which bypass from the acidic medium of the stomach and reach to the small intestine) which can nurture the microflora in the small intestine and promote natural and sustainable healthUnique Benefits of Camel Milk. I, therefore, promote camel milk.