There IS Another Promising Option for Countering Autism


The Sunday New York Times Magazine ran a lengthy article, “The Kids Who Beat Autism”. 


The article is focused mainly on how intensive behavioral therapy has helped cure about 10% of autistic kids. The scientists interviewed basically said they didn’t know why these particular children did so well….or why most kids don’t benefit nearly as much from the therapy.  And they can’t predict in advance which children will benefit and which won’t. But they do know that it is expensive, costing many thousands of dollars for each child. 


As for food-nutrition related antidotes to autism, that subject received this kiss-off. “Most doctors have long dismissed as wishful thinking the idea that someone can recover from autism. Supposed cures have been promoted on the Internet — vitamin shots, nutritional supplements, detoxifiers, special diets, pressurized rooms filled with pure oxygen and even chelation, the potentially dangerous removal of heavy metals from the body. But no evidence indicates that any of them can alleviate any of the core symptoms of autism, let alone eradicate it.”

Autism has been terribly vexing, and there has been so much published about it in terms of studies and possible treatments, so I don’t expect the author of the NYTimes article to know everything. Still and all, there has been some recently published data indicating that raw milk, in particular camel milk, can have important positive effects on autism. Two items in particular stand out:


1. A small study out of Saudi Arabia, published in early 2014, offers serious encouragement. It studied the potential benefits of camel milk, which has long been consumed in the Middle East for its perceived health benefits. 


In the Saudi study, 45 children with autism were divided into three groups of 15; one was given raw camel milk, one was given boiled camel milk, and a third was given a placebo, for a total of two weeks. The results? “Camel milk administered for two weeks significantly improved clinical measurements of autism severity,” the authors concluded. “Subsequent studies are recommended.” 


2. In late 2013, the scholarly journal, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, published an article by the mother of a boy with autism about his remarkable progress after he started on camel milk. The mother, Christina F. Adams, recounted how she consulted with her physician so he could write what amounted to a prescription to order the camel milk from a supplier she had found in Israel:


“On October 10, 2007, 2 weeks before my son’s tenth birthday, he drank his first half cup (4 oz) of thawed raw unheated camel milk….On the morning after my son ingested camel milk, he demonstrated astonishing improvements in behavior including eye contact, communication, emotional expression (‘I really love you; you’re awesome; you do so much for me’), and self-organization. He ate breakfast more neatly, noted his schedule, put on his shoes, and got his backpack for school while conversing at the same time.

“He continued consuming 4 oz of camel milk daily with rapid continued improvement in behavior and motor planning. For example, he started looking both ways when crossing streets and parking lots. His erratic behavior stopped, and my frequent offerings of extra protein, which had only somewhat mitigated the problem, were no longer needed. Within 3 weeks, there was also a marked improvement and smoothing of his skin condition. Increasing the daily amount of camel milk to 8 oz seemed to cause new facial grimaces and jerking in one arm, which disappeared when his intake returned to 4 oz. His pragmatic language and vocabulary skills were improved, and other academic skills tested above average and exceptional in some areas.

“Interruption of camel milk consumption on several occasions resulted in behavioral and physiological lapses. Just before he turned 12, while I was away from home for two and a half weeks, he did not take camel milk. His school behavior deteriorated to the point that he was in danger of being moved to a special education classroom. Within 24 hours of resuming the camel milk intake, he returned to prior functioning levels.” 


I reported recently on a new American supplier of raw camel milk. Other parents have reported positive results—to dairy producers and to each other— about raw cow and goat milk in relieving autism symptoms in their children.


Yes, there is much we don’t know about autism—its causes and cures—except that it is becoming ever more common (one in every 68 children), and feared. I reported a few weeks back about correlations between the rise in autism and the increased use of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup pesticide used with GMO foods. 


But we do know that when it comes to raw milk, even the most promising health research, such as European research on asthma and allergies, is ignored in the U.S. Why? Maybe because it doesn’t hold out the promise of huge financial incentives to the  medical profession, or to the drug companies that covet “annuity” drugs,  or to the oligopoly that controls milk production in the U.S. 

My sense is that we’ll never discover a single “cure” to autism, but rather multiple antidotes that work differently with different children. For that reason, we owe it to ourselves to check them all out, and not allow special financial interests to determine the research direction. 

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mark mcafee
August 4, 2014 4:24 pm


It does not surprise me one little bit to hear moms reporting that small amounts of raw camels milk helps their kids with autism. I have been working with autism for 13 years in our consumer base here in CA,….many of the same things are also reported from all types of raw milk…goat, cow, sheep and now camels raw milk.

It is simple. The NIH and the Human Genome project have it right. Dr. Bonnie Bassler put the hammer on the nails head years ago. We are run by 98% bacterial DNA when it comes to our genetic information… Read more »

mark mcafee
August 4, 2014 10:47 pm

Here is something we can all get behind. We all know that law enforcement is very tough and requires continuous training and experience. What we do not need are a bunch of USDA inspectors carrying machine guns when they check our goats or apples. That is simply dangerous for everyone including the inspectors. If the USDA needs some back up then they should make their case to local or regional law enforcement and get their support. I can not think of one USDA function that should need lethal force to enforce…not one. Why should be provide machine guns to… Read more »

Ora Moose
Ora Moose
August 5, 2014 1:52 am

Anybody have a link to info on the differences in the nutritional composition of raw milk between cow, goat and camel? Just curious.

David, unfortunately it is nearly impossible to separate special financial interests from the research direction as opposed to public interest, and I can’t think of any ways we could affect the directives unless we do away with corporate laws and make the individuals making the corporate decisions accountable instead of hiding behind those laws. Just ask the huge majority of people who want GMO foods labeled as such, about how big money usually gets its… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 5, 2014 4:38 pm

@ Ora: This doesn’t include camel milk but there are some good stats here. The intro says it was done in 1999 but it was updated in 2005 and not since that time. I doubt that much has changed, but you do have to remember these figures probably vary from milking to milking because of the diet of these animals. Animals in the wild will be eating a host of different weeds and grasses and seeds, whereas other animals are fed rations of the same stuff daily.

I searched for quite a while and this is… Read more »

August 5, 2014 5:50 pm

“I can not think of one [legitimate] USDA function that should need lethal force to enforce…not one.”

There, fixed.

Personally I think this is related to another purchase order request USDA put out in the last year for mobile slaughter equipment for doing kill-offs of small scale poultry flocks.

You start taking away peoples food under false pretences in order to protect your master’s profit margins and people have every right to be up in arms.

I ran through numbers on 20th century democide a while back and well over half were accomplished via control of food.

Ora Moose
Ora Moose
August 6, 2014 8:13 am

This is the type of challenge one would hope the FDA might consider taking up instead of the low fruit of high heeled boys, to misquote Traffic. I can understand that they channel the money to fit the donor but how does that explain ignoring the public health interest when it’s our tax dollars that foots the bill?
August 6, 2014 10:49 am

Nutritional content, as measured in a lab, only tells part of the story. What really matters is how a food functions when fed to a living organism.

Ken Conrad
Ken Conrad
August 6, 2014 1:04 pm

“All diseases begin in the gut.” Hippocrates

Nutritional content is all for not without a healthy bacterial colony in our gut in order to assimilate those nutrients. Indeed, gut physiology is of the utmost importance.
Andrew Wakefield and Angela McBride are closer to the truth then many would care to believe.

I would suspect the link between autism and raw milk stems from raw milk’s probiotic effect on an individual’s gut flora and immune system that was damaged by vaccines or antibiotics, etc.


mark mcafee
August 6, 2014 3:47 pm

I find it fascinating that last week during the American Cheese Society convention in Sacramento, Michael Taylor ( top food man at the FDA ) attended along with a large group of FDA agency representatives to meet with and work with the American Cheese Markers!! He even spoke and took questions for 20 minutes!!

The ACS board even held a closed session just for the FDA. The FDA even made consessions and backed off on the issue of the “use of wooden boards” for cheese aging. When all was said and done…the FDA was friendly and vowed to… Read more »

Ora Moose
Ora Moose
August 6, 2014 7:08 pm

Granted, but when does anything matter in food functions, that is NOT fed to a living organism in or out of the lab and how realistic is it to replicate the results outside the lab.

Always remember, labs are either owned or sponsored so they therefore will always have ulterior money or other motives, like ODPC (sorry Mark but it’s the truth and I’d say you are just about the MVP on this site (most valuable poster.)

Contact me or David regarding the award ceremony although he hasn’t heard about it yet.

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 7, 2014 12:55 pm

Yeah, I’m not sure comradie with the enemy is the real answer here. The ACS didn’t stick by it’s members in the past and it won’t in the future either; having fda buddyism will only make them more distanced from their members. No, I don’t believe sucking up to the fda is the answer at all, for anyone. Forming cooperatives might be a good idea in many regards for the dairy farmers on a personal level but all it really does is put everyone right in line for the next shoot-down by the fda or usda.… Read more »

August 7, 2014 6:31 pm

The only way to have a voice with government is to organize. If you are not a registered incorporated nonprofit, you do not exist as a group. That’s the plain truth. And re what DSmith mentions re co-ops below, the last thing you need is a farmers co-op, because those – where farmers pool their milk and insist on a set price – pretty soon turn into a marketing board, and pretty soon farmers will be told what they can and cannot produce and will be forced to sell milk only to the… Read more »

mark mcafee
August 7, 2014 11:29 pm

Shelly D…

I nominate you as the first president of the North American Raw Milk Producers Association or NARMPA. Sounds pretty powerful to me. We just need a president that can stick with the program and the voice when the FDA hits the fan and everyone runs for the doors. Takes true vision and guts.

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 8, 2014 12:00 am

Ur, that should be camaraderie. But ya’ll probably figured that out. ;->

August 8, 2014 1:49 am

Thanks for the vote of confidence, Mark, but it won’t be this cantankerous ol’ biddy. :) Public life ain’t for me. Call on Donna O’Shaughnessy and you’ll have yourself an amazing President. Again, though, you’re trying to start from the top and select the weathervane before even drawing up the blueprints! Get down-and-dirty and find out what the folks wearing the wellies want. Then build up from there. :) In about a year or so, maybe you’ll be ready to find yourself a president.

Meanwhile, grab yourself… Read more »

mark mcafee
August 8, 2014 6:15 pm

Shelly D.

Great advice!


mark mcafee
August 8, 2014 6:54 pm

Shelly D,

Pursuant to your advice….in the last hour, NARMPA.ORG NARMPA.COM NARMPA.NET NARMPA.INFO are now all owned by OPDC. NARMPA is reserved for the future: North American Raw Milk Producers Association. Sounds very official.

Now we just need to find a president that shares a vision of the farmers voice and not some perverted corporate dominated top down autocracy. I like the NFU ( National Farmers Union ) model….all very democratic with elected representatives from every state all meeting one time per year to create policy and execute on values. A huge dream…but it started here and the website… Read more »

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 11, 2014 6:58 pm

Some of you might find this interesting – for your animals and for yourself.

When you begin reading you’ll wonder what the heck it’s all about, but stay with it and keep reading to the end (although in the middle of the pdf there is about a page and a half you can skip over and read later, or whatever, dealing with other subjects). This is from his original newsletter which used to be delivered only by postal mail, not email. I hate pdf’s but it’s the only way it was available to share. 😉

**I… Read more »

August 11, 2014 8:48 pm

Thank you D. Smith.
I found this interesting.

Mr. J. Ingvar Odegaard

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 12, 2014 12:10 am

For yourself or your animals or both? (I sure hope Mr. Odegaard isn’t with the FdUH) . . . heh.

August 12, 2014 2:43 pm

As I read it, it is good for our animals and it is good for us. Good ‘ol American corporate know-how. It seems that (simply) paying attention plus some common-sense follow-up has led to good things. I am thinking also of Mark Manhart, D.D.S., in Omaha that was mentioned here ( These are good gifts.
I look for an end to the corruption of government for commercial purposes.

Mr. J. Ingvar Odegaard

D. Smith
D. Smith
August 12, 2014 3:50 pm

I look for the same, but don’t ever expect to see it in my lifetime, not from OUR gubmint – not even if I had two lifetimes. Once corruption starts to pay off, it’s a deal-sealer.

Yes sir, good for animals and people – what could be easier and better? This is one corporate deal I don’t mind seeing flourish! Just think of those healthy animals and that alone is such a good thing.

I’m going to start off inhaling the dust (as mentioned for the reason the employees stayed healthy in the first place) because… Read more »