Children raised in anthroposophical environments have a slightly lower risk of allergies than other children, according to previous studies. But what in this habitat protects children?
Ursula Platters, a general practitioner and medical officer at the Anthroposophy Vidaraclin, and others claimed that there is a lack of vaccines, including measles, that protect the health of children.
Not at all, says Johan Alam, chief physician at Stockholm's Children and Youth Hospital in Stockholm. He studied the case and compared children to families with an anthroposophical lifestyle with children living more conventionally.
"We have not seen any connection, which means that the fear that some parents may be because their children are sick or allergic to vaccines may be a relief," says Johan Elm to TT.
The union disappeared
In this study, Johan Elm and colleagues followed three groups of children, from birth to five years. A total of 466 children were found in Myrna, south of Sodertalje, of whom 99 were completely anthroposophists, while 100 were considered to be living in this philosophy, and the rest were in general.
During the follow-up period, parents responded to lifestyle questions and more when children were examined on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples tested for allergies were examined.
– We have seen partially that the prevalence of allergies among anthroposophical children was lower than that of 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 took into account various risk factors, such as the lifestyle of the family, this relationship disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for childhood vaccines causing allergies, "says Johan Elm.
Confirms other studies
Agnes Wold, a professor of clinical bacteriology at the Soglerzka Academy at Gothenburg University, told SVT News that the new study confirms earlier research.
– This study confirms what has been shown in many other studies – that this vaccine does not increase a child's risk of being allergic. Here you look at anthroposophical children, as you know, have a lower risk of allergies than other children.
"The study shows that the protection of allergy does not stem from the fact that anthroposophical children receive fewer vaccines, so there is something else in the anthroposophical way of life that can protect the child from the development of an allergy.
Exactly what is in anthroposophical life that gives children less allergic, however, do not know the researchers.
"There can be a variety of environmental factors, such as diet," says Johan Elm.
The study also showed that among anthroposophical children, 58 were completely without age at five.
Due to the reluctance of anthroposophy to vaccinate, the community outside Järna has suffered outbreaks of red dogs and quarries over the years.
This study is published in Lancet EClinicalMedicine.