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.
2014 April 2 by Dr. Randy
The best prevention for eczema and other allergies of babies can begin in pregnancy. Mothers can do two things that have been shown in clinical research studies to prevent eczema and asthma.
During pregnancy take a broad spectrum probiotic supplement (20 billion CFU), and take vitamin D3 at a dose potent enough to raise vitamin D blood levels to 50-100 ngl/ml. That usually requires a dose of 5,000-10,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day.
Babies can begin taking both probiotics and vitamin D as well after birth. The vitamin D dose for infants is 1,000 IU per day, and probiotic dose is 10 billion CFU. It is also a good idea to take vitamin K2 with vitamin D to prevent deficiencies and promote bone development.
2013 April 10 by Dr. Randy
A review of all clinical studies confirmed that prebiotics are associated with a reduction in eczema and allergy in infants. Prebiotics are nutrients that feed the growth of healthy intestinal bacteria. These include oligosaccharides and inulin from various plant sources.
The supplements evaluated in these studies were galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides. (GOS and FOS). These prebiotics are frequently added to probiotic formulas by many manufacturers. And they are available with other immune enhancing product formulas.
Infants at high risk of allergies who took prebiotics had a significant reduction in asthma and eczema, and infants regardless of their risk had a reduction in eczema.
Supplementing infants with prebiotics and probiotics is beneficial for reduction of eczema and asthma incidence.
Osborn DA, Sinn JKh. Prebiotics in infants for prevention of allergy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Mar 28;3:CD006474. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD006474.pub3.