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.
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) if 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://firstname.lastname@example.org,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.
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.
A gift of nature and gold of desert, the camel milk (CM) is miraculously proving as a superfood and natural flush. Because of the appreciable level and unique combination of nutrients (minerals, vitamins, protein, and fatty acids etc.), CM has medicinal properties covering a wide range of ailments. Such ailments wide in range and comprising of autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, rashes, diabetes, liver disorders, rheumatism, inflammatory conditions, piles, urethral irritation, infectious diseases, stress/depression, peptic ulcers and even cancer.
The manifolds enriched levels of minerals (potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc) than cow milk, making it a strong flush for body toxins. The flushing of toxins is the utmost need of time as we are taking toxins from the poisonous croplands. The Poisonous Fields
Camel milk is use as the aphrodisiac, especially in the stressful conditions of the dry hot weather. The appealing level of Nanobodies in CM making it very special tonic for making the mood. As well as CM is a nervine tonic and helps in good eyesight. The pastoral people depending on camel milk rarely get weak eyesight.
A Natural Recipe for Amazing Skin: The content of niacin (Vitamin B3) in camel milk is remarkably higher than in cow milk. Vitamin B3 supports the function of the digestive system, skin, and nerves, and improves circulation making it a beauty and health tonic. Camel milk contains five times more vitamin C compared to cow milk. Vitamin C is anti-infectious and is very important for human health, especially in dry and deserted areas.
Full Stop to Diabetes
Camel milk contains insulin-like protein and is therefore used to treat Diabetes mellitus. Such insulin is capsulated in fats molecules which cannot be denatured (does not coagulate easily because of fat coating) in the acidic medium of a stomach. Such property of Camel milk enhances protein absorption. A study conducted on Raika people (a camels’ nomad community of Rajasthan India) revealed that the zero percent diabetes incidence persisted only in habitual consumers of camel milk, while non-camel milk consuming Raika had a more standard five to six percent incidence of diabetes.Camel Milk Helps Prevent Diabetes
Ensures Super immune system
The wonderful protein of CM (protective amino acids and immunoglobulin) is a booster of the immune system and nutritional advantages for brain development. CM contains 25-30 times as much lactoferrin as cow milk. Lactoferrin is a fairly recently discovered iron-containing protein that has been shown to have antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-carcinogenic effects. Therefore, a combination of lactoferrin (bactericidal and iron-binding properties) and lysozyme ( an enzyme which catalyzes the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria) ensure super immune system. A recent study revealed that camel milk has anti-genotoxic (prevent toxification in gene and prevent mutation) and anti-cytotoxic (prevent toxification in the cell). The Nanobodies play an incredible role in this regard.
A Dedication to the children World
Children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) responding positively after therapy that included camel milk. The low quantity of beta casein and the lack of beta-lactoglobulin are linked to the hypo-allergic effects of camel milk. Because of the low lactose content, it does not cause lactose intolerance problem in infants. CM has 100 times more D-Lactate as compared to cow milk. D-Lactate is very health promising contrary to L-lactate which is toxic and causes an allergy found in cows’ milk. Camel milk can be the best replacement of infant food after the mother’s breast because of its child-friendly lactose.
The Bucket of Healthy Fatty Acids (Fats)
Camels’ milk fat contains the much higher concentration of long-chained fatty acids (C 14 – C 18) than short-chained fatty acids and is, therefore, healthier. The Omega 3 and Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) are even more important among the other fatty acids. CM have 3 times more Omega 3 and CLA than naturally grazing cows’ milk. Such compounds are attracting young generations to be kept healthy and attractive. Easy Understandable But Important Features of Camel Milk
Conclusion and Vision
In spite of the uniqueness of camel milk, the awareness among the young generation is very superficial. They prefer Redbull, soda water, Coca Cola, and Pepsi like soft drinks which are a burden on the physiological system of the human body and give very temporary freshness and satisfaction. The taurine (synthetic) in the Redbull is an alarming threat to brain health and has been banned in some Scandinavian countries. I would suggest UAE government promote camel milk among young generations and take it as a part of Emiratization initiatives. UAE is the only country at a global level producing bulk quantity of pasteurized milk which is a pure Emirates product. A wide range of camel milk products are available in the market ranging from Icecream to flavoured milk. Camelait! Al Ain Camel Dairy ProductsThe expats of the UAE can gift camel milk powder to their friends and families in their own countries.
is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is really transmitting from Camel? This is the burning question of the day. An article published in a local newspaper regarding the presence of MERS-CoV in camel nasal discharge.Abu Dhabi study links camel farms to spread of Mers virus
Here is the Scientific Response to the 8th August Article in The National
“According to the scientific studies; the MERS-CoV is present in the almost majority of the camels in Africa and the Middle East. We do not know about the South Asian camels yet; as there is no study up to date.
MERS-CoV is found in Bat and camel both as both animals are the reservoirs for it. One Chinese study revealed that it is found in the Bat only. According to Bernard Faye, in his camel farm in KSA, all the camels were MERS-CoV positive but there was no sign of Virus transmission into the workers also no camel showed sign of infection in the 3 years period of time. Many other colleagues (camel owners, farmers, workers and more) told that they have not noticed any such infection.
According to a very reputable research study conducted by Wernery et al (the scientific director of the central veterinary lab of Dubai) Priv. Doz. Dr. Dr. habil. U. Wernery Scientific Director, CVRL, the virus is rarely transmitted from camel to human. Only there is very little chance of transmission for those who are already very weak and sick facing immuno-depression.
It does not affect the camel health either. Only nasal discharge can be noticed in the newborn calves. The virus is found in nasal discharge and transmitted via nasal way, therefore studies conducted used nasal swab as the source of the virus.
The camel products, especially the milk and meat are 100% safe as this virus has no viability below 4C and above 20C. Also, the virus is not discharging in milk and meat. There is no reason to consider that camel milk or meat could be a way of contamination as the virus is excreted only by the respiratory way.
The Other Side of Mirror
Actually, when I read much more articles from the general press of the last few years. It looks like a political/business motive to terrify the people at the occasion of Islamic ritual of Hajj in Saudi (million of people attend) and to sell vaccine in future. In business, there is no rule at all.
The Main Message: So there are no worries, do not avoid camel products. Please use camel milk as before.
The Scientists are agreed that the products, especially milk coming from a happy and comfortable animal are far better than the animal in distressed conditions with a sad feeling. Now it is yours’ choice, either you take milk from a happy animal or a sad animal as both types are available in the market. I’m convinced that some cow farmings are eco-friendly and green but the majority have the sad cows. If compared to camel dairying, the cow production system is much behind in quality and happiness index. A brief view of both types of farming systems (the sad cow and the happy camel) is given in the ensuing lines.
The Happy Animal: Camel farming is very eco-friendly, natural, clean, dry & airy, shiny and completely free of any foul smell. This clean environment ensures the quality of livelihood of the camel and the absence of pathogenic microorganisms. Camel is really a lucky and happy animal living in such a great place of living.
Consuming less water, adapted to high ambient temperatures make this animal even more special and adapted happy animal. In the same climatic zone, the dairy cow needs a lot of water for drinking, cooling and cleaning purposes, may be more than 5 times compared to the camel. The milk produced from a happy animal (here happy animal means camel) is very rich in nutrients than sad animals. The overall environment where animals are raised has an additional effect on the milk quality.
Additionally, the camel’s milk quality is entirely different, especially in the context of micro but essential nutrients. For details, please go to the link below; Camel! A One in All Creatures.
“Camel milk protein is coated with fats, which enhance protein absorption. It passes the acidic stomach undisturbed (does not coagulate easily because of fat coating) and reaches the intestines for absorption”.
The Sad animal: Now look at the sad animal. She is not happy and lives in the slurry and uncomfortable situation. She is in a panic situation. What do you think! Can the milk be the same? No, not at all. The altered hormonal profile due to the stress makes the milk quality unhealthy. It is also a fact that the microorganisms grow better in the products of the stressed animal as stress are the driving force of lower immunity.
Even if she lives in very natural condition her milk is not equal to the milk of camels. Camel is the special gift of nature and the milk is the treasure of health. Let’s live natural health and promote the natural way of life.Cow’s Milk: A Cruel and Unhealthy Product
Lets’ join our efforts to promote camel’s products especially milk. The Camels4Life is struggling for the advocacy of camel and camel’s keepers. Alain Doctor Sees Potential in Camel, Camel is the future of humankind to secure food availability in the climate change scenario.
As recorded in Compendium of Materia Medica; “Camel milk, cold, non-toxic, can invigorate spleen-stomach and replenish vitality, and strengthen tendons and bones, so that people won’t feel hungry after drinking it.“
As recorded in drugs commonly used by Uighur Medicine: “Camel Milk is sweet taste with cream flavor, free of sense of adhesion, a little bitter, and can significantly tonify spleen and invigorate stomach, nourish the five internal organs and repair the impairments of those organs, strengthen tendons and bones, and recover the vital essence and marrow, so that people won’t feel hungry or thirsty after drinking it.”
The Kazakh Traditional Medica tells that: Camel milk is nourishing, sedative, detoxification, can restore everything after a weak body.”
In the blogs published before; almost all the information reported are about the dromedary camel. I was looking if the traditional healers think the same about the Bactrian camels’ milk or not. So, I found a lot of information. A short book I received from the Xinjiang Wangyuan Camel Milk Industry is really full of information. They are really doing great job.
With thanks to ‘Xinjiang Wangyuan Camel Milk Industry
Very few/rare time I noticed (while working with Naqa at intensive farm) the signs of Ketosis in high yielders. On the other hand, the camel physiology reminded me always that it may not be possible. Thanks for researchgate question/discussion, I reached to this article (the abstract is given below.
Biochemical adaptation of camelids during periods where feed is withheld
by; J. Wensvoort, D.J. Kyle, E.R. Ørskov, D.A. Bourke
Biochemical changes during fasting or the withholding of feed for 5 day were studied in serum of camelids (dromedary camel, llama) and ruminants (sheep, steers). Camels maintained low levels of 13-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and high levels of glucose but showed some increased levels of non-esterified fatty acid (NEFA) and urea when fasting. Sheep and steers showed a rise in serum BHB and much higher increases of NEFA than camels and llamas. Sheep showed decreased serum glucose. The llama showed some increase in BHB but NEFA was lower than the other three species. The results indicate that camelids have a unique ability to control lipolytic and gluconeogenic activity to prevent or postpone the state of ketosis. Understanding and manipulation of these metabolic mechanisms in cattle and sheep could have great benefit to the livestock industry.
The link for the full length article is given below;
Though the concept is changing, generally camel is considered as the animal of backward and bush. The common person’s mind quickly jumps to the desert, pastoral people, and harsh terrains as soon hear the name of the camel. In some quarters, the mindset is changing, especially among the scientists and development worker. Unfortunately, the policy makers still neglecting this untapped precious resource as they prefer fast growing animals to place in developmental policy because of many reasons; all are baseless and void of scientific arguments.
Recently, a successful conference was organized under the patronage of International Society of Camelid Research and Development. The title of the conference was “4th Conference of ISOCARD “Silk road camel: the camelids, main stakes for sustainable development”
The conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan (8-12 June 2015). Around 225 participants from 35 countries took part in this important conference. Many results from the recent scientific research were shared among the scientists. The participants in their last recommendations’ session of the conference have proposed the final recommendations which have been validated by the Executive Council. The link of the recommendations is given in the following.
Some of the recommendations really touched my heart, most of them are very much in agreement with my dream about the camel. I have been recommending and promoting camel as; ‘turning to its original task from a beast of burden’. The camel is a true asset of mother earth and can be used for human wellbeing in many ways in the challenges we face and the complexities to come. The monster of climate change accompanied with multifaceted challenges is knocking at the door of the human kind. The ambient temperature in many regions, especially the habitats of the camel is already alarming, and the challenges of emerging diseases are posing serious threats to animal wellbeing and public health. In such conditions, the animals like a camel can be the best tool to combat such complex challenges.
The scientists of the ISOCARD are very much true in their views as recommending camels to the policy makers for both the health and livelihood of the people. Very much stressed on the role of camel milk as a natural pharmacy for the intricate ailments of the human being; needs methodologies to properly produce, harvest, preserve and serve to the public. Some of the recommendation are given in the ensuing lines.
New knowledge on the mechanisms of the adaptation of camels in different environmental conditions (farm intensification, climatic change, new feeding practices) taking into account the promotion of sustainable development of the camel farming system.
Advanced research on the interests of camel and camel products (milk, urine, meat) as biological models for biomedical studies (cancer, diabetes, autism etc.) have to be deepened based on un-debatable scientific protocols.
The findings regarding milk processing, camel cheese production and nutritive value of camel meat have to be promoted in the commercial sectors.
Technical innovations in camel production and products processing (wool and skin production, “milk-ability” by machine, slaughtering practices) have to be widely used and dissipated.
A forum based on experts, breeders, policy makers, and development workers to put join efforts is the utmost need of time. Such forum can advocate camel and camels’ people at all levels and take steps to accept camel a sustainable farm animal. The forum of Camels4Life is a touchy idea to fill this gap of camel advocacy at national and international levels.