A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels
A page turning narrative, this book combines science, mystery, and love-fueled determination in a way that will make every reader a little camel crazy.
How and why does someone become the first person to obtain federal government permission to import camel milk as a treatment for autism? And why should anyone care? This armchair adventure answers these questions and then some. When Christina Adams suspected that camel milk might help her son with autism, a faraway doc helped her smuggle some into the United States. Yes. Smuggle. Milk of all things.
Her son got dramatically better overnight (After a serving of milk at bedtime, he was so different the next morning. He had more expressive and emotional language, saying, “I really love you guys, you do so much for me.” He showed improved motor skills (cutting his food, putting on his shoes, walking down steps without dragging, picking up his own backpack). He also was much calmer. Within days he could cross the street without me holding on to him. His behavioral breakdowns stopped immediately. Within weeks his skin grew smoother. The milk also stopped the negative effects of eating cow milk, cheese and sugar, reversing his skin irritation, agitation, mental distraction, hyperactivity and stomach pain.)
So, off Adams went to find camels and discover why they are cherished as family members and hailed as healers. She visits the camel farms of Arab royals and meets passionate Amish farmers, elusive Indian camel caregivers, and white-swathed Tuareg nomads. But the most fascinating characters are the camels themselves, cute and mischievous but also adept fighters. Their imposing teeth and height scared Adams even as their soft lips and gentle, curious eyes won her over. Readers, too, will be won over by this moving and rollicking ode to “camel people” and the creatures they adore.
From the Foreword
“Christina and this story are an inspiration for action and education. The book is a courageous trumpet call to seek innovative solutions and then lead, rather than simply accept and follow. Christina had an idea that few people would have thought of. She dared to seek where others would have quit. She communicated with people some would find intimidating. She pursued when others would have stopped. This is a book about love, truth, and survival, a story of courage and passion. We can all use a big dose of those.” - from the foreword by Joel Salatin, international lecturer, pioneering farmer, and author of Folks, This Ain’t Normal.
About the Author: Christina Adams, award-winning author of the memoir A Real Boy, is ajoumalist and speaks on autism, writing, culture, and camels. Her work has been featured by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Gulf News, Dubai One, OZY, WebMD, Tata SKY TV, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, and more. She lives in Orange County, California.
Camel Crazy by Christina
• 304 pages • $17.95 • ISBN 978-1-60868-648-3
Book Release from New World Library