When Christina Adams, a journalist by training, discovered that camel’s milk might help her son with autism, she started a journey she never expected. A faraway doctor helped her bring the milk into America and her son got dramatically better overnight. Adams wanted to know more, so off she went to find camels; 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. Meeting camels face to face, Adams found the creatures fascinating: large teeth and height scared her even as their soft lips and gentle, curious eyes won her over. Along with Adams, you’ll 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.
“A story as wondrous as a fantastic novel, full of amazing moments.”
“This is a book that can change the world. 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.”
“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.”
“As a neurologist, I can say that Christina’s observations of medical signs and symptoms are on par with a neurologist’s clinical skills. The healing and immune-modulating power of camel milk in the autism population seems bona fide and realistic. Camel milk can be useful in purely autistic behavior and in medical conditions that mimic autistic behavior.”