Children growing up in anthroposophic environments have a slightly lesser risk of suffering from allergies than other children, according to previous research. But what is there in this environment that protects children?
Among others, Ursula Flatters, general practitioner and former physician at anthroposophical clinic clinic, now a board member, said earlier that there is a lack of vaccines, including measles, which keep children healthy.
There is not at all, says Johan Alm, general practitioner at the Sachsen Children and Youth Hospital in Stockholm. He has investigated the case and compared children to families with an anthroposophic way of living, with children living more conventionally.
"We did not see any relationship, which means that the anxiety that some parents may have that their children get sick or allergy to vaccines can be relieved," says Johan Alm at TT.
The compound disappeared
In today's study, Johan Alm and his colleagues attended three groups of children, from birth to the age of five. A total of 466 children from Järna, south of Södertälje, were found, of which 99 were considered totally anthroposophical, while 100 were considered to be living in this philosophy and the rest at all.
During the follow-up period, parents answered questions about the way of life and others, while children were repeatedly tested. Among other things, blood samples tested for the presence of allergies were tested.
– We have seen in part that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophical children was lower compared to other children. In addition, we noticed a link between vaccination and lower frequency of allergies in blood samples, but was expected because these children were less allergic. However, when we took into account different risk factors, such as family life, this relationship disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for childhood allergy-causing vaccines, "says Johan Alm.
It confirms other studies
Agnes Wold, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, tells SVT News that the new study confirms previous research on the subject.
– The study confirms what has been shown in many other studies – that vaccination does not increase the risk of becoming allergic to the child. Here you looked at anthroposophical children, as you know, they are less likely to have allergies than other children.
"The study shows that allergy protection is not due to the fact that anthroposophical children receive fewer vaccinations, so there is something else in the anthroposophic way of life that can protect the child from the development of allergies.
outbreaks of the disease
Exactly what is in the anthroposophic life that gives less allergic children, however, 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 reluctance to vaccinate, the community outside Järna suffered cases of both red dogs and measles over the years.
This study is published in the journal Lancet EClinicalMedicine.