What exactly is autism?
Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a disease that retards human development in the first three years of a child's life, is characterized by problems with social skills, repetitive behavior, speech and non-verbal communication, as well as unique strengths and differences. It is estimated that almost 1 in 100 people suffer from this disease. Some patients are able to lead remarkably normal lives, while others often require round-the-clock care.
Symptoms appear between 2 and 3 years of age, but patients can be diagnosed as early as 18 months of age. Impaired mobility and food sensitivities are common among sufferers. Scientists say that autism is a complex disorder. Although genetic abnormalities are increasingly being investigated, recent research suggests physiological and metabolic abnormalities in autism spectrum disorders, in particular immune system regulation disorders, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial dysfunction.
People diagnosed with autism have a high probability of food intolerances related to the disease. Food sensitization activates the human immune system, causing rashes, hives, inflammation, headaches, eczema, and more. So it's obvious that people with autism often have a weakened and overly sensitive immune system. As a result of frequent milk allergies in children with autism, camel milk may be a natural solution!
What do the results of scientific research tell us?
Research results indicate that camel milk is rich in enzymes, antibodies and vitamins that benefit children with autism. Parents report better sleep, increased motor skills, better spatial orientation, more eye contact, better expressive language skills, improvement in skin problems and fewer gastrointestinal problems.
A study conducted by the Baba Farid Center for Special Children (BFCSC) together with the National Research Center on Camel (NRCC), revealed that autism is a biomedical disorder and indicated that camel milk is beneficial for autistic children!
One study involved 65 children with autism, assessed on the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), the Social Response Scale (SRS) and the Autism Assessment Checklist (ATEC). The conclusion was that behavioral problems and ASD symptoms
showed significant improvement after just 2 weeks of camel milk therapy. Scientists speculate that the therapeutic effects of camel milk may be due to its ability to increase key antioxidant components in the body.
A very unique attribute of camel milk is its ability to balance autoimmune issues. Camel milk immunoglobulins show the ability to balance the TH-1 and TH-2 performance in the thymus. This is an important finding because elevated folic acid transport is common in ASD patients.
In addition, camel milk contains nano antibodies, which are powerful immune cells found only in camel milk. These immune organisms can penetrate human cells due to their very small size and can defeat antigens previously unrecognized by the body.
An important contribution to symptomatology may be the harmful properties of milk, such as beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin. When these two properties are broken down, they form casomorphin, which can cause symptoms typical of autism. Camel milk, on the other hand, does not contain beta-casein or beta-lactoglobulin. Due to its immune-balancing effects, some believe it may even improve allergic reactions to things like cow's milk!