Children growing up in anthroposophical environments have a slightly lower risk of suffering from allergies than other children, according to previous research. But what's in this habitat that protects children?
Among others, Ursula Flatters, general practitioner and former medical officer at the anthroposophical clinic, now a board member, previously said there was no vaccine, including measles, that keeps children healthy.
Not at all, says Johan Alm, chief medical officer at Sachsen Hospital for Children and Youth in Stockholm. He investigated the case and compared children in families with an anthroposophical lifestyle, with children living more conventionally.
"We have not seen any connection, which means that the concern that some parents can have as their children get sick or allergy to vaccines can be released," says Johan Alm at TT.
The union disappeared
In the current study, Johan Alm and his colleagues followed three groups of children from birth to five years of age. 466 children were found in Järna, south of Södertälje, of which 99 were considered completely anthroposophists, while 100 were considered to live in this philosophy, and the rest at all.
During the follow-up period, parents answered questions about lifestyle and others while the children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples have been tested that have been tested for the presence of allergies.
– We have seen partially that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophical children was lower compared to other children. In addition, we saw a link between vaccination and a lower incidence of allergies in blood samples, but it was expected that these children were less allergic. However, when we considered various risk factors, such as family life, this relationship has disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for childhood vaccines that cause allergies, "says Johan Alm.
Confirms other studies
Agnes Wold, professor of Clinical Bacteriology at the Sahlgrenska Academy of the University of Gothenburg, told SVT News that the new study confirms previous research on the subject.
– This study confirms what has been shown in many other studies – that vaccination does not increase the risk of the child becoming allergic. Here you looked at the anthroposophical children, as you know, have a lower risk of having allergies than other children.
The study shows that protection against allergies is not due to the fact that anthroposophical children receive fewer vaccinations. Thus, there is something else in the anthroposophical way of life that can protect the child from the development of allergy.
Exactly what is in the anthroposophical life, which gives fewer allergic children, I do not know the researchers.
"There can be a variety of environmental factors such as diet," says Johan Alm.
The study also showed that among the anthroposophical children, 58 were completely unvaccinated at the age of five.
Due to the anthroposophical dissatisfaction with vaccinating, the community outside of Järna suffered in recent years outbreaks of both red and measles.
The current study is published in the journal Lancet EClinicalMedicine.