The anthroposophic way of life seems to be protected against allergies. Children who grow in anthroposophic environments have a slightly lower risk of having allergies than other children, demonstrated previous research. But what is there in this habitat that protects children?
The new research shows that there is no support for vaccines to increase the risk of allergies. Previously it was presented in the debate as a reason not to vaccinate.
Johan Alm, chief physician at the Sachsska Children's Hospital and Youth in Stockholm, compared children to families with a more anthropotic lifestyle with children living more conventionally.
We have not seen any connection, which means that the concern that some parents have to get their children sick or allergic to the vaccinations may be alleviated a bit, "says Johan Alm at TT.
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In the current study, Johan Alm and his colleagues followed three groups of children, from birth to five years of age. A total of 466 children from Järna, to the south of Södertälje, were considered, of which 99 children were considered completely anthroposophical, while 100 were considered in part according to this philosophy and the rest.
During the follow-up period, parents responded to questions about lifestyle and others while children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood tests have been tested for the presence of allergies.
We have seen in part that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophic children was lower, compared with other children. In addition, we saw a connection between the vaccination and a lower incidence of allergies in the blood samples, but it was expected because these children were less allergic. However, when we took into account different risk factors, such as the family's lifestyle, this relationship has disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for childhood vaccinations that cause allergies, "says Johan Alm.
outbreaks of diseases
Exactly what is in the anthroposophical life that gives less allergic children, I do not know the researchers.
There may be a variety of environmental factors, such as diet, says Johan Alm.
The study also showed that among anthroposophic children, 58 were completely unvaccinated at age five.
Due to the lack of willingness of the anthroposophytes to vaccinate, the community outside of Järna suffered outbreaks of red dogs and measles over the years.
The current study is published in the journal Lancet Medical Eclinical.
Corrected: in a previous version there were ambiguities about the context in which allegations about vaccine and allergies were presented. The task was deleted.