The anthroposcopic way of life seems to protect against allergies. Children who grow up in an anthroposcopic environment have a lower risk of suffering from allergies than other children, previous studies have shown. But what is in the habitat that protects these children?
New research shows that there is no support for vaccines to increase the risk of allergies. That had previously been presented in the debate as an excuse not to vaccinate.
Johan Alm, chief physician at the Sachsska Children's and Youth Hospital in Stockholm, has compared children in families with anthroposophobic lifestyles with children who live more conventionally.
We see no connection, which means that the concern that some parents have their children will be sick or allergic to vaccines may be a little relieved, "Johan Alm told the TT.
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In the current study, Johan Alm and his colleagues have followed three groups of children, from birth to age five. A total of 466 children from Järna, south of Södertälje, were considered, of which 99 children were considered entirely anthroposophical, while 100 were considered to live in part according to this philosophy and the rest altogether.
During the follow-up period, parents respond to questions about lifestyle and others while children are tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples tested were tested for the presence of allergies.
We see in part that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophical children is lower, compared to other children. In addition, we see an association between vaccination and a lower incidence of allergies in blood samples, but it is expected that these children are less allergic. However, when we take into account different risk factors, such as family lifestyles, this relationship disappears. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for children's vaccines that cause allergies, "said Johan Alm.
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Exactly what is in an anthroposcopic life that gives children less allergic, however, do not know the researchers.
There may be various environmental factors, such as diet, said Johan Alm.
The study also showed that among anthroposophical children, 58 people were not fully vaccinated at the age of five.
Because of the anthroposophists' reluctance to vaccinate, communities outside Järna have suffered red dog outbreaks and measles for years.
The current study is published in the Lancet Eclinical Medicine journal.
Corrected: In the previous version there was ambiguity about the context in which claims about vaccines and allergies have been proposed. The task has been deleted.