Cautions for Drinking Camel Milk

I am often asked if there are any reasons for not consuming camel milk.  There are several points that should be considered:

  1. Iron Levels – If your iron levels are elevated, then you will need to monitor them if you are consuming camel milk on a regular basis.  I suggest lowering the iron levels slightly before beginning the camel milk if you have serious health issues.  On the other hand, if iron levels are low and you are taking an iron supplement, then levels should also be monitored.  Patients with low levels of iron are often able to reduce their dosages of iron supplements after consuming camel milk for a period of time.  (This is not an immediate issue, but one that will take months of consuming the milk on a daily basis.)
  2. Casein Allergy – If a patient has been tested for allergies to dairy and they have been shown to have an allergy to the casein in milk, then there is an 85% chance that they will develop an allergy to the camel milk.  If they have a lactase allergy, they will usually be fine.  I have seen children develop an allergy to the camel milk over and over if they have tested positive for casein allergies.
  3. Anesthesia – You absolutely must discontinue all camel milk before any surgery requiring anesthesia.  Patients who consume camel milk on a regular basis have shown to require elevated levels of anesthesia while undergoing surgery.  This can become a life-threatening issue when elevated levels of anesthesia are administered.  Doctors have become very concerned.  The same thing applies with a local anesthetic, such as novocaine, carbocaine, lidocaine and others, when used for such things as dental work.  The pain medication wears off quickly and more is needed.  This is not safe nor healthy and could cause problems.
  4. Plateau Dosage – Most patients start the camel milk gradually and build up to a maximum dosage for their specific health problem.  I have found that after 6-10 months on an elevated dosage, the patient often begins to feel unwell.  The dosage must then be reduced to a maintenance dosage.  The patient continues to experience excellent results once this is regulated.
  5. Immunotherapy Drugs – If a patient has had an organ transplant and is on immunosuppressive medication, then they must check with their physician before consuming camel milk.  Most organ transplant patients must avoid anything that can boost the immune system so that their body does not reject the transplanted organ.
  6. Kidney Disease – Many physicians advise patients with serious kidney disease to avoid dairy products.  If a patient has a serious kidney disease, then they should check with their doctor before consuming camel milk, especially patients who are on dialysis.
  7. Drug Interaction – There are drugs that should not be taken with milk.  If a patient is consuming medication that should not be taken with milk, then they should consult their physician or pharmacist to make sure it is acceptable to consume camel milk.  If a medication is to be taken for only a short period of time, then once the medication is finished, it is usually acceptable to resume the camel milk after consulting your physician.