Etiology of autism and camel milk as therapy

Yosef Shabo, Reuven Yagil

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The etiology of many autistic cases is based on a primary autoimmune disease, affecting an intestinal enzyme responsible for the formation of amino acids from the milk protein casein. Instead, the breakdown of the caseins, primarily beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin, is to a powerful opioid, casomorphin. The opioid leads to typical cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Eventually the casomorphin causes brain damage. Animal experimentation has shown that casomorphin causes autistic-like symptoms. It is therefore, advisable to restrict milk and milk products that can lead to the formation of casomorphin. As camel milk does not contain beta-casein and beta-lactoglobulin, camel milk does not lead to autism symptoms. In addition, camel milk contains protective proteins, including the immunoglobulins necessary for maintaining the immune system and nutritional advantages for brain development. A few observations of the effect of drinking camel milk are presented and a discussion on the effect that camel milk had on various age groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-70
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Endocrine Genetics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Autoimmune
  • Casomorphin
  • Dromedary
  • Israel
  • Opioids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Endocrinology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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