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Is Camel Milk the New Superfood? :072

Camel Milk is the New Superfood and (in my eyes) an Old-time Natural Remedy Being Revived by Walid, the Founder of Desert Farms

Walid, the founder of Desert Farms generously and quickly sent me a sample pack (which you can get for FREE too!) after our interview and I was super excited to try it – after learning all the amazing benefits. But it’s been nearly two decades since I’ve simply downed a glass of milk and for almost the same amount of time I’d made dairy the evil culprit to my former digestive problems. So while my mind was eager to try it, my long-held thoughts of “dairy will mess you up!” took some time to overcome.

Not only did I (finally) give it a try – I found out everybody was correct. It taste nearly indistinguishably similar to cow milk (as far as I can remember) – and being a huge foodie and herbalist who uses taste to decipher medicinal qualities – you’d have to be super picky to turn your nose to this stuff. It’s really great!

I didn’t plan on it, but I actually put the camel milk to the most stringent test for my body – I consumed it right before a hard workout. Why is this special? Well, when your body is stressed to physical capacity, anything that is not working well stands out. I can really tell how I’ve been eating for the last couple of days when I do a hard workout. Eggs slow me down – but I felt great and didn’t feel help back at all due to adding camel milk to my pre-workout shake. To me, this could support the evidence that camel milk is closest to human breast milk (not that I’ve had any of that lately either) but I’m happy to say that not only is the science good for camel milk – so is my personal experience!

 

I was blown away by what I learned preparing for this podcast and talking with Walid – and I think you will be to!

 

Here are some highlights of what Walid and I talked about in this podcast:

  • Walid shares his unique way of finding camel farmers
  • Where do the camels live? Who take care of them humanely and sustainably?
  • “Desert Farms… is a company that provides superfoods from the desert.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The Paleo Diet
  • Immune-boosting colostrum and lactoferrin
  • Camel milk is the closest to human breast milk
  • Why camel milk does not cause the allergic reaction that bovine dairy does (A1 and A2 protein)
  • A case where camel milk actually improved Crohn’s Disease!
  • “Camel milk as a supplemental treatment seems less invasive and costly than specialist care, medications, alternative treatments, and behavioral interventions. Based on our findings, camel milk is safer for children, effective in the treatment of autism, improves general well-being, promotes body natural defenses, is a good nutritional source, and can helps the daily nutritional needs of humans.” (NIH)
  • How constituents in camel milk can improve diabetic conditions
  • Camel milk beauty products have been long-used in the desert regions to protect and nourish the skin
  • “A lot of people think the hump consists of water, when it’s actually fat – so that verifies that fat is essentially your source of energy because the camel does use the fat from its hump to survive the harshest desert climate and to go on without any food or water for a month. If you see a camel that has a flat hump that means it’s used all its energy.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms
  • The history of camels: Surviving the ice-age, their role in the U.S. Civil War, their prevalence in Australia and did you know that they love snow!?
  • The character of camels: “A dog’s best friend” and well-trained camels.
  • See and pet a camel at Paleo FX
  • Bactrian (two hump) camels and Dromedary camel (one hump – Desert Farms uses these for milking)
  • What do camels eat in the desert and on the farms? (organic, non-GMO, gluten free…)
  • Camel milk is a prized beverage in the Middle East.
  • Why it is a “functional food”
  • “You don’t really need that much to see the benefits of it – a small amount goes a long way.” – Walid Abdul-Wahab, Founder of Desert Farms

 

Use code WFW at checkout to get your FREE sample pack! a $49.99 value!

Check it out here!

 

About Walid

Walid Abdul Wahab - DesertFarms.comWalid was visiting his family in his hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, looking for raw milk. He was approached by a friend with a plastic bag of camel milk, he then quickly realized that camel milk was being used medicinally in the Middle East and the US for complex health problems.

When Walid moved to California, he appreciated how people valued a healthy lifestyle. He realized this was the perfect place to start a camel milk company. After selling camel milk at mosques and ethnic food festivals, Walid’s business plan won the Marcia Israel Award from USC, so he decided to leave his corporate real estate position and began his camel adventure.

Having made the big commitment, he went courting the world, trying to spark a Camel Milk Revolution, and found the greatest and most friendly people. While looking for US camel herders, in the Midwest he came across a group known for being polite and down-to-earth, a group who didn’t exist in the Middle East: the wonderful Amish community, who exemplify hard work and cooperation. Watching them work together was and remains awesome to Walid. Walid felt that they deserved an easier way to bring their products to market, and he loves the quality of their camel milk!

 






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Parents Recover Daughter from Autism Naturally :046

Autism can be Overcome Naturally

Michael and Holly Larsen are parents to twin daughters. Their daughter Tula, Holly says, was born with three strikes against her – which they suspect were factors in their daughter’s autism:

  • She was born via c-section which did not allow her to receive the beneficial flora from the birth canal
  • Tula received antibiotics the first two days of her life (killing much of the beneficial flora she had)
  • She also was not able to consume breastmilk (she only had formula)

 

Michael and Holly realized that something was “off” with Tula compared to her sister; when her sister Thea would get a cold, Tula would get the flu or pneumonia for example. They had Tula’s stool and urine samples sent in and discovered that she had essentially no beneficial gut flora and the yeast was “off the charts”.

This means that Tula’s body was not able to absorb nutrients which was confirmed in tests – despite taking high amounts of supplements.

Tula craved breads, pastas and yoghurt, which Michael and Holly admit as young parents they thought were healthy foods for their family.

With myriad symptoms on the Autism Spectrum Tula was diagnosed at the age of 3. Determined to find solutions for their daughter, Holly began researching online and through a lot of trial and error finally discovered that a change of diet was necessary.

 

“I thought… I never want to look back and say that we didn’t try everything that we could.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

First they took away the gluten and dairy, but the real changes happened when they eliminated high-glycemic foods (high sugar) from Tula’s diet – which fed the yeast in Tula’s gut.

 

“…yeast acts like a parasite. You are the host and the parasite is controlling the host. It does it in the form of cravings, changing your mood …your tastes change too.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Within a couple of weeks of using the coconut kefir they noticed a dramatic improvement in Tula, i.e. in speech, eye contact. Within that year her autism diagnosis was dropped.

 

“As her gut healed her tastes for food changed for the better. Now one of her favorite foods is broccoli. That was one of the toughest things on the list initially.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

 

Not only did Tula Recover from Autism

Thea, Tula’s twin sister no longer has eczema or chronic yeast infections.

Michael lost 40 pounds. He used to be anxious, stressed and depressed which he thought was due to work. He no longer has brain fog and can do more and think faster with a smile on his face.

Holly no longer takes Prilosec, which she took for over 10 years for acid reflux.

 

“We really do attribute the crux of her recovery (from autism) to diet.” – Michael Larsen, Dad who helped his daughter recover from Autism

 

Tips for Helping your Child Overcome Autism

“Kids eat with their eyes first.” – Michael

  • Make food/eating fun. Michael would make pirate ships from food.
  • Find likeminded people; support. You’re not alone.
  • Join groups on Facebook.

 

“The only advice I have is that we really stuck to it. We never gave in.” – Holly Larsen, Mom who helped her daughter recover from Autism

 

Helpful Links

D.A.N. – Defeat Autism Now

Body Ecology Diet

GAPS Diets

ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis

BEDROCK Community

 

 

About Michael and Holly Larsen

(Left to right) Michael, Thea, Tula, Holly

Michael Larsen and his wife, Holly, are parents to twin daughters. One of their daughters, Tula, was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder at age three. By focusing on their daughter’s gut health, they were able to recover Tula from autism. Today Tula enjoys a happy, healthy, normal life and Michael and Holly put their efforts into sharing their story so other parents may consider similar approaches to helping their children. In 2009, Michael and Holly founded a company that produces coconut kefir and strive to make healthy fermented foods readily available to people who are serious about their gut health. Holly is currently authoring a book that details their story. Learn more at Tulasstorry.wordpress.com