Children who grow in anthroposophical environments have a slightly lower risk of suffering from allergies than other children, according to previous research. But what is in this habitat that protects children?
Ursula Flatters, general practitioner and medical officer of the anthroposcopic vidarline, and others claim there is a vaccine absence, including the goddesses, which keeps the kids healthy.
Not at all, says Johan Alm, head doctor at the Sachsen Children's and Hospital Hospital in Stockholm. He investigated the case and compared children to families with an anthroposcopic way of life with children who lived more conventionally.
"We have not seen any connection, which means that the concern that some parents may have to cause their children to become ill or allergic to vaccines can be released," says Johan Alm TT.
The union has disappeared
In the present study, Johan Alm and his colleagues were following three groups of children, from birth to five years. A total of 466 children from Jarna, south of Sodertalje, were found, 99 of which were considered completely anthropophosic, while 100 were thought to be living in this philosophy, and the rest in general.
During the monitoring period, parents responded to questions about lifestyle and others while the children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples have been tested which have been tested for the presence of allergies.
– We have seen in part that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophic children was lower compared to other children. In addition, we saw a link between vaccination and less 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 family's lifestyle, this relationship disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for childhood infections that cause allergies, "says Johan Alm.
Confirms other studies
Agnes Vold, a professor of clinical bacteriology at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the Goteborg University, tells SVT Nevs that a new study confirms a previous study on this topic.
– 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 have looked at anthroposophic children, as you know, they have a lower risk of allergy than other children.
"The study shows that allergic protection is not a consequence of the fact that anthroposcopic children receive less vaccination. Thus, in the anthroposophical way of life there is something else that can protect the child from the development of an allergy.
It is precisely what the anthroposophical life that gives less allergic children, however, do not know the researchers.
"There can be different factors in the environment, such as diet," says Johan Alm.
The study also showed that among the anthroposcopic children 58 years were completely inactivated in five years of life.
Due to the unwillingness of the anthroposophists to vaccinate, the community outside Jarne suffered from epidemics of red dogs and smallpoxes over the years.
The current study was published in Lancet EClinicalMedicine.