2016 January 7 by Dr. Randy
There is abundant evidence that vaccines contribute to the rising incidence of allergies, eczema, and asthma in children. Several studies have shown a dramatic difference in the incidence of allergic disease, including eczema and asthma, between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. One explanation for this is the effect of vaccines on the immune system. According to this theory, the stimulation of antibody production by vaccines causes a shift in the immune system to an overactive mode of antibody reactions to foods and environmental exposures.
Delaying vaccines results in less allergic disease
A recent study looked at whether delaying vaccines could help prevent allergic disease in children. The researchers found that delaying the DTaP (Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis) vaccine for only one month in infants significantly reduced the incidence of eczema (Kiraly, 2015).
This study confirmed previous studies that found similar reductions in allergies from delaying vaccines. For example, a study published in 2008 found that delaying the initial DTaP vaccine in infants by at least 2 months reduced the incidence of asthma by half at age 7 years. Delaying all three DTaP doses resulted in even less children with asthma (McDonald, 2008).
Imagine how much suffering could be prevented if vaccines were routinely delayed for even longer. Many countries already limit and delay vaccines for babies in order to prevent the adverse effects that occur in young infants with their delicate and undeveloped immune systems.
Kiraly N, Koplin JJ, Crawford NW,et al. Timing of routine infant vaccinations and risk of food allergy and eczema at one year of age. Allergy. 2015 Dec 28. doi: 10.1111/all.12830.
McDonald KL, Huq SI, Lix LM, Becker AB, Kozyrskyj AL. Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Mar;121(3):626-31. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2007.11.034. Epub 2008 Jan 18.
2015 March 25 by Dr. Randy
More and more studies are showing that exposure to bacteria during the first years of a baby’s life prevents allergies. Several new studies have examined the effect of lifestyle practices that involve more exposure to dirt, animals, and bacteria. Household practices such as sucking on your baby’s pacifier to clean it, washing dishes by hand, exposure to pets and farm animals, and eating fermented foods have all shown a beneficial effect in decreasing the incidence of allergies in children.
To read the complete article at CureChild click here.
2013 August 31 by Dr. Randy
Here is my latest post at the SAFBaby website:
A review of all studies on the effects of probiotics resoundingly showed their benefit in the prevention of allergies. Researchers evaluated the results of 25 studies published between 2001 and 2012 that examined the effect of probiotics on allergies in children.
They discovered that prenatal exposure to probiotic supplements as well as postnatal supplementation had a significant effect in reducing the incidence of allergies. The effect was measured by blood tests for antibody levels to specific allergens and by skin tests for allergic responses.
(To read the entire article click here.)
2012 November 6 by Dr. Randy
Children’s allergies to nuts have dramatically increased in recent years. Several theories have been proposed for this increased sensitivity.
The role of vaccines
The first theory concerns childhood vaccinations. Vaccines have been suspected of causing an increase in allergic disease because their purpose is to increase antibody production and trigger antibody responses. This shift of the immune system to excessive antibody reactions is often cited by vaccine critics as a possible cause of the increasing childhood allergies. Several studies have confirmed that vaccinated children have a much higher incidence of allergies, at least double the risk, compared to unvaccinated children (Enriquez, 2005). Peanut oil used in vaccine production has also been proposed as a possible cause of peanut allergies in children (Fraser, 2011).
The role of bacteria
A second theory about the cause of increasing allergies is the “hygiene hypothesis”. Lack of exposure to pathogens including intestinal parasites and environmental bacteria has been proposed as a cause of the increase in allergies (Velasquez-Manoff, 2012). This theory postulates that bacteria and parasites educate the immune system. Ridding the body of these pathogens and other healthy bacteria through antibiotic use, sanitation, and deworming medicines causes disruption in the small intestine and the immune system that resides there. The result is an overactive and unregulated immune system with resultant allergic responses. Taking probiotics and other supplements to support intestinal health have been proposed as solutions to this problem of disrupted intestinal ecology.
Nut consumption during pregnancy
A third suggested cause of nut allergies is the exposure to nuts ingested by mothers during pregnancy, which could result in more allergies in their children. This theory was recently tested in a controlled study (Maslova, 2012). According to the results of this study, the opposite seems to be true. Peanut and tree nut consumption during pregnancy was associated with a decreased incidence of allergies and asthma in their children. The children of mothers who ate nuts once a week during pregnancy were a third less likely to have asthma compared to children whose mothers ate no nuts. This confirmed previous studies that had led the American Academy of Pediatrics to reverse their recommendation that pregnant women avoid eating peanuts.
How to prevent nut allergies in children
To prevent nut allergies parents can follow a few simple recommendations based on this research.
- Eat nuts during pregnancy to prevent nut allergies
- Avoid vaccinations whenever possible and sensible
- Use holistic methods of treatment to avoid the use of antibiotics
- Give children a probiotic supplement
- Expose children to common sources of environmental bacteria