Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels
By Christina Adams
2019, New World Library, 978-1- 60868-6-483, $17.95 pb.
Reviewed by Marina Ali on July 15, 2020
American journalist Christina Adams did a deep dive into the world of camels, spanning continents and cultures, after learning about the potential health benefits of camel milk following a chance encounter with a herder in California. Her journey was personal: Her son, who was diagnosed with autism as a child and suffered from recurring health issues, saw dramatic improvements to his behavioral health after he began drinking camel milk. That kickstarted Adams’ journey, lasting more than a decade, to learn all she could about camel milk and camels. Her odyssey included excursions with Mennonite herders in Michigan and interactions with camel farmers in Somalia, UAE and India. In the process, she discovered not only how camel milk might be used to treat a range of illnesses, but also gained exceptional insights into camels and their caretakers. The book’s appendix includes extensive resources about how to use camel milk.