Camel Crazy Book Club (Chapters 1-3)

I hope you have had the chance to pick up a copy of Camel Crazy by Christina Adams.
If not, please do here

We, here at Camel Culture, just finished the first three chapters and we were hooked from the start. Christina is not only a loving mother utterly determined and devoted to pursuing the flourishing of her autistic son, but she is also a very talented writer. 

Chapter 1

In chapter one, She pulls up the veil and invites you into her family’s story. You feel like you are with her at a fair in suburban California which randomly brought a camel that caught her attention for the first time. You are looking at the camel with her, taking notice of her dirty-blonde summer coat, her great head that emerges from her question-mark neck, and feeling amazed by her padded feet, long eyelashes, and inner eyelid. And you too, feel with her that you must
find this milk. 

Chapter 2

You then follow Christina back to her home in chapter two, one that she will sadly leave soon with her son, forging out on a new leg of her life’s journey as a single mom. You feel the gratefulness and relief of a son who is happy for his mom to remain his primary caregiver, the struggle of paying the bills, the fatigue from ensuring a special diet and medications are being maintained, the up-hill battle of endless doctors visits and blood draws, all the while making sure he is succeeding at school and managing the daily grind of parenting. Yet, in the background, you hear her printer spitting out the pages of the only four to five PubMed citations that existed at this time when she searched “camel milk” for the first time. As of today when I write this, there are
779 results. 

Chapter 3

And finally, in chapter three, a friend who went on a business trip to Israel attempted to bring back some camel milk for her and her son to try. He was not able to get it through customs unfortunately, but he has a phone number that leads her along a bread crumb trail until she finally reaches Dr. Amnon Gonenne, from Tel Aviv. 

All this because she has a feeling that camel milk might help her son. This mother’s love will inspire and bring tears to your eye as the reader and you will no doubt be learning so fascinating information about camels and camel’s milk. 

Here are the Facts!

Here are some things that stood out to us here at Camel Culture that we want to further draw your attention to: 

  • Camel milk is given to premature babies in hospitals in the Middle East. 
  • Camel milk does not cause any allergies.
  • Milk alternatives often fall short. 
    • Cow, goat, and rice milks were not able to be tolerated by her son. 
    • Nut milk can cause allergic reactions. 
    • Soy milk contains estrogens that may not be good for young boys (or girls for
      that matter.)
  • There used to be only three known inflammation fighters other than some immunosuppressant drugs: steroids, aspirin, and olive oil. Now, we add camel milk to that list! 
  • Female camels only give milk when their babies are with them, and just four to five liters per day, about ⅛ of what a cow produces. Around 8 to 10 months later, they are impregnated again and stop giving milk. 
  • They have long gestation periods of up to 16 months, but usually give birth around 13
    months or so. 
  • In Israel, a patient was about to have surgery and the hospital gave camel milk to fortify her. 

Quotes 

Fascinating right! And we are only three chapters in! No book club can be complete without some favorite quotes, so here are ours. 

Favorite Quotes:

“What she doesn’t know is that her blood can work medical miracles, her flesh is kin to that of million-dollar racing camels, her organs are debated, and her milk has healed the sick
for centuries.”

“Some kids with autism have a very impaired immune system. He’s on medications for it. Also, he can’t handle cow milk, and sugars, and other carbs make him hyperactive and silly.” 

“Autism is classified by the DSM as a developmental or psychological disorder, and thought to be untreatable.” I explain. I outline the basic description: a cluster of symptoms including narrow interests, social problems, and repetitive behaviors. I say how these are often accompanied by digestive and immune-system issues. Genes are part of the picture. In addition, environmental factors like pollution, power sources, pesticides and other chemicals, and parental exposure to toxins can alter genetic expression. While identification of previously unrecognised autism cases accounts for some of the increase, the fast-rising American autism rate is real and continues apace. In short, autism is a mystery, just like camel milk.” 

Final Thoughts

Again, we hope you pick up this book to read and learn alongside us and join us here next month to discuss chapters 4 through 6. 

Leave us a comment in the questions if you have got your copy and tell us what you learned about camels, what you are enjoying so far about Christina’s story, or one of your favorite quotes so far from the book!

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