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Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels

Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels


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How does someone become the first person to obtain federal government permission to import camel milk for autism? Why would this woman do so? And why should anyone care? Readers are in for an armchair adventure that answers these questions and then some. When Adams had the idea that camel’s milk might help her son with autism, a faraway doc helped her smuggle some into the U.S. Her son got dramatically better overnight and off author Christina Adams went — to find camels, whose large teeth and height scared her even as their soft lips and gentle, curious eyes won her over; to understand why camels are cherished, regarded as family members, and hailed as healers; and to help make camels the second-fastest growing livestock in the world because of new demand for their milk. Readers visit the camel farms of Arab royals; meet passionate Amish farmers, elusive Indian camel caregivers and white-swathed Tuareg nomads. But the most fascinating characters in Camel Crazy are the camels themselves. Cute and mischievous but also huge, adept fighters, they are the inspiration for this moving and rollicking ode to “camel people” and the creatures they — and readers will — adore.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608686483
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 568,926
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Christina Adams, the author of the memoir A Real Boy, is a journalist and speaks on autism, health, and camels. Her work has been featured by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Gulf News, Dubai One, GOOD, Open Democracy, OZY, WebMD, Rajasthan Patrika, Tata SKY TV, Epocha, Orange Coast Magazine, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and more.

Table of Contents

1. Meeting The Camel. Meeting a camel and its owner gives Christina the idea that camel milk might help her son Jonah’s autism symptoms, and be great for people who can’t drink regular milk. Her quest to find the milk begins.

2. Searching for The Next (Camel) Step. As she investigates the mysterious substance, she meets her first camel herder, a friendly Tuareg from Niger.

3. Connecting to a Camel No-Man’s Land. A Pakistani polo-playing friend brings camel milk from Israel but it’s discarded at customs. He gives her a phone number and she tracks down a doctor. She and the cancer researcher connect over the lore and medical use of camel milk. They create a theory on why camel milk might help autism.

4. Milk From Eden. Christina travels to Los Angeles Airport, hoping the Israeli doctor will send the frozen Bedouin camel milk with a mother of a child suffering extreme bleeding. Finally she holds it in her hands.

5. Project K - Where the Camels Are. Christina tries to locate camels. She teaches a college class on camel milk and the students inspire her to reach out to a local camel owner.

6. An Oasis of Camels. Christina travels to Oasis Camel Dairy, where she meets Gil Riegler, the Dr. Doolittle of camels, and the ranch full of birds, donkeys and turkeys he shares with his bird-handler wife Nancy. She interacts with camels for the first time, learning about their nature and strength. Oasis doesn’t sell camel milk. But they ask her to come back and the relationship is born.

7. Camel Milk Miracle. Pushed into an emergency situation, she decides to give her son the milk. It has an astonishing overnight affect on him.

8. The Miracle Knows No Borders. No one knows how camel milk works, so she changes the amount of camel milk her son drinks with dramatic effects. As the milk proves its power in her son (30% improvement in autism symptoms), and other long-lasting health benefits, the USDA veterinarian at Los Angeles Airport urges her to contact Washington. She becomes the first person to gain USDA federal permission to import camel milk for autism.

9. Camels: A God-Given Marvel? Christina learns more about camels and where her son’s milk came from. They feature prominently in the lore of many countries, for good reason, as they are unlike any creature in the world.

10. “Forty-Eight Bottles of Milk In the Fridge…” With the blessing of the USDA, Christina lays her hands on 48 precious bottles. But disaster strikes. Luckily Gil Riegler and the Bedouins come through.

11. Getting Close to Camels. Camels become more important to Christina as her goal is for everyone to have access to their milk. At Oasis Camel Dairy, she strengthens her knowledge, learns camel behavior and hierarchy, and hears how camels saved Gil Riegler’s life. She plans to follow the camel path further.

12. Healing With Camel Milk As years pass, camel milk proves its worth in Christina’s son as she advises other moms to use the milk. She learns more science and connects with more camel owners. Then through Facebook, she learns that Amish men are now milking camels in America. Their milk is also effective for her son, proving it’s not limited by country, breed or feed, but comes from the camel itself. She decides to go public.

13. A Public Birth. Christina writes an article that goes viral in the US and international health and camel communities, as virtually no one knew about camel milk for autism and other scientific benefits. She starts speaking on camel milk and attends Oasis Camel Dairy’s first “camel clinic.” As financial investors swoop in to investigate, camel people share their handling secrets. She meets feisty Marlin, an Amishman who sets tongues wagging, before a baby camel is born with the help of a famed camel surgeon.

14. Camel Feel the Soul. To know a camel is to love it. But there are reasons to fear it. As people jump into camel ownership, they learn the hard way.

15. The Power of Camel Milk. As more people use the milk, like the woman who tells Christina about her son’s violence, scientific research increases. The mystery and power of camel milk in various human diseases starts to be revealed. So why isn’t it officially approved for autism treatment? Money.

16. Behold the Amish. On a humbly beautiful Amish farm in Pennsylvania, Christina meets two brothers and their families who live quietly Biblical lives. These “American pastoralists” run a national farm-food business with paper and pencil. Now they’re milking camels.

17. Camel Encounter. A breeding camel couple engenders an online complaint, so Christina re-imagines their relationship for the disgruntled viewer.

18. A Muslim Kid Might Be A Camel Milk Savior. A young Saudi visits Christina, asking for help to start his camel milk business in America. Can he pull off the legal and cultural maneuvering it will take?

19. A Modern Desert Family Talks Camel Milk. A young Saudi family shares thoughts on camel milk.

20. Fundamental Differences. The bearded Saudi meets the bearded Amishman at an Oasis camel clinic and two fundamental hearts beat as one, bonding over evolution (it’s a myth) and camels. Yet the differences make themselves clear even as camel milk makes the leap to a store. Christina then writes a peer-reviewed medical journal article about camel milk, autism and her son and it attracts the interest of global scientists.

21. You Knows Nothing About Camel. As her profile and involvement with camels increase, camel cultures from the far corners of the world reach out online. Are they interested in camels, or more? One Indian veterinary technician tries to connect.

22. A Glamorous Camel Farm Look Like Heaven Top reproductive camel scientists beckon her to Dubai to visit the world’s most pampered herd of 3,700 camels. Observing embryo transfers, secretly riding shotgun in a luxury camel race and helping autism families is part of the fun.

23. Camel Milk in the Nobel Lab. UCI scientists team with Christina to unlock the secrets of camel milk in a Nobel Prize-winning lab. The results reveal a greater mystery and produce a scare for Marlin.

24. Doug Baum's World is Full of Camels. Cameleers form a bridge between cultures, and Doug Baum, who makes a living as a US Army Camel Corps reenactor and Middle Eastern tour guide, shares his life, thoughts and camels at his wild and woolly Texas farm.

25. I am a Camel Boy. No One Can Take That Away. Displaced Somali nomads in California, who grew up in a country where camels are family and currency, give eloquent testimonies with gentle humor. They confirm the legends about camel milk as their cultural losses leave Christina moved.

26. Marlin Takes a Stand on Heaven and Earth. Marlin reveals his basic philosophy and how camel milk is part of a greater good.

27. Clash of the Camel Milk Sellers. When Marlin grows suspicious of Walid’s ways, he suspects Walid of using camel milk to promote Muslim extremism in America. So Christina asks Walid himself if he’s ‘practicing jihad.’ Walid shares his outlook on religion and camel milk, as the gulf between the two men widens.

28. A Revelation Reveals the Fundamental Truth. When Walid makes extreme claims on his website, the difference between him and Marlin is revealed.

29. In a Sacred Grudgematch, Camels Get an Ass-Beating. Are camels really sacred in Islam and why can’t two camel fundamentalists just get along? Columbia University’s camel history expert Dr. Bulliet gives a pointed discourse on camels-as-supermarket---and the importance of the donkey’s penis in Christianity and Islam. He says America and the Middle East are like warring cousins and explains why Walid behaves as he does.

30. Will the Amish Survive? As camel milk begins selling across the country, Amish farmers come into their own. An Amish buggy hit by a car triggers a fatalistic discussion with Marlin, who reveals the daunting path the Amish must take to keep their pastoral culture, and their camels, alive.

31. What Kind of Crazy Thing is Next? Donkey Milk? As her son Jonah is now in high school, the extent of his progress and her work is evident as he and Christina discuss Gandhi, camel milk and the news about donkey milk.

32. Mother India Rediscovers Her Heritage Treasure. Like most camel countries, India has overlooked its camel knowledge. A Rolex Award-winning camel scientist and a large Indian media group invite Christina to raise awareness of camels and help families with autism. People turn out in droves. But when the phone rings late at night, what do the police want? (Hint: a VIP has an autistic child.)

33. Can an Old Camel Caste Survive the New India? The famous Pushkar Camel Fair is a legendary gathering of camels for sale. But the reclusive Raika camel herders, whom Christina reported on for Open Democracy, need help. Their culture is dying yet camels are more valuable than ever elsewhere. She spends days on the ground with the men, meeting their camels and seeing their dismal future if things don’t change.

34. Help in Suffering. Dancing camels, decorated camels, snake charmers and herders fill the grounds at the Pushkar Fair. Here, sick or injured camels get free medical treatment. But will the Raika accept it? What happens when old India meets new? And how do you treat a bellowing unt?

35. Raika Village. Young Netha Raika wants to save his caste’s camels and offers a visit to his village of herders, where two female shepherds open their field home. Hand-cooked food, pink nail polish and a dying lamb reveal their attitudes toward life and death.

36. Raika Come In From the Cold. At the Camel Festival in remote Rajasthan, the Raika camel herders arrive from their reclusive lives to learn the new power of their camels’ milk. Dancing, dinners, smoking bedis and speaking to crowds dominate the days. Will camels be saved by the community’s plea?

37. United Camel Emirates. A Pakistani camel scientist/nature advocate invites Christina to Abu Dhabi, where she visits a venerable camel souk (market), a camel abattoir, and the large desert farm where 2,000 cossetted camels walk joyfully over raked sand to be milked. Wealthy global interest in camels and their milk reaches a tipping point.

38. The World Wakes Up To Camels. Christina revisits Oasis Camel Dairy to check on the growing camel-human family as the farm expands to twice its size. There’s an update on Walid, who’s been bullying the farmers and now faces competition from other entrepreneurs. Meanwhile the milk is declared safe and effective for children in scientific publications, with tens of thousands of kids using it. She weaves in facts about camel milk’s projected 7-10% rise, use in global warming, importance to women’s small businesses, and the challenges facing nomads (citing UN expert Bernard Faye). The FDA approves imported camel milk from India and Dubai. Camel science for cancer, vaccines, immune system diseases and more is rising (for example, a new factory for nanobodies from camel urine). Camels are now the second-fastest growing livestock in the world. Yet the camels themselves remain the focus of people who love them.

39. Unto Her a Camel is Born. A manger at Marlin’s farm shelters a laboring camel mother. April, a second-generation camel at the farm, is giving Marlin his first grand-camel. The unity of the camel world is signified by this birth.


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“A story as wondrous as a fantastic novel, full of amazing moments.”
— Anita Hughes, author of Rome In Love: A Novel

“Adams . . . does it all with such an infectious sense of wonder, a love of facts, and an insistence to get at the truth, that I’d follow her anywhere.”
— Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Is This Tomorrow

“Testimony not only of a dedicated mother, but also of a determined, intelligent woman whose ability to think outside the box enabled her to go beyond conventional medical boundaries and overcome serious medical challenges affecting her child.”
— Dr. Amnon Gonenne, PhD, scientist, researcher, and biotechnology executive