It is not the lack of vaccines that makes children in anthroposophic environments not as often exposed to allergies as other children.
The study conducted by the Karolinska institute is a myth that childhood vaccines cause allergies.
The anthroposophic way of life seems to protect against allergies. Children who grow up in anthroposophic environments have slightly less risk of allergies than other children, as previous studies have shown. But what is in this environment that protects children?
Among other things, Ursula Flatters, a general practitioner and former medical officer in the anthroposophic clinic, currently a member of the board, said earlier that there are no vaccines, including measles, that keep children healthy.
Not at all, says Johan Alm, head physician at the children's and youth hospital in Stockholm. He investigated the matter and compared children in families with anthroposophic lifestyle with children living more conventionally.
"We have not noticed any relationship, which means that the relief that some parents may have, that their children are ill or allergic to vaccines, may be released," says Johan Alm to TT.
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In the current study, Johan Alm and his colleagues followed three groups of children, from birth to five years. Found 466 children from Järna, south of Södertälje, 99 of whom were considered completely anthroposophic, and 100 were considered living in this philosophy, and the rest in general.
During the observation period, parents answered questions about lifestyle and others, while children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples that were tested for allergies were tested.
– We have seen in part that the prevalence of allergies among anthroposophic children was lower compared to other children. In addition, we saw a connection between vaccination and a lower incidence of allergies in blood samples, but it was expected because 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 allergy vaccines, "says Johan Alm.
However, what happens in anthroposophic life that gives less-sensitive children does not know researchers.
"There may be different environmental factors such as diet," says Johan Alm.
The study also found that among anthroposophic children 58 were completely unvaccinated at the age of five.
Due to the reluctance of anthroposophists to vaccinate, the community outside Järna has been suffering from outbreaks of both red dogs and measles for years.
Current research has been published in the Lancet Eclinical Medicine journal.
Fixed: In an earlier version of the article Ursula Flatters received a bad title. It was also explained that her vaccine statement was made earlier.