There is no absence of vaccines that children in anthroposophic environment do not often affect allergies as other children.
The Karolina Institute's study discusses the myth that childhood vaccines cause allergies.
The anthroposophic way of life seems to protect against allergies. Children who grow in the anthroposophic environment have a slightly lower risk of suffering from allergies than other children, according to previous research. But what is this habitat that protects children?
Among others, Ursula Flatters, a general practitioner and former physician in the anthroposophical clinic, now a board member, has previously stated that there is a lack of vaccines, including measles, that keep healthy children.
Not at all, says Johan Alm, chief physician at Sachsen's Pediatric and Youth Hospital in Stockholm. He investigated the case and compared children in families with anthroposophic lifestyle with children who lived the most common.
"We have not seen any connection, which means that concerns that some parents may have their children sick or allergic to the vaccine can be released," says Johan Alm for TT.
In the present study, Johan Alm and his colleagues followed three groups of children, from birth to five years. 466 children from Järne found south of Södertälje, of which 99 were considered completely anthroposophical, while 100 people thought they lived in this philosophy, and the rest at all.
During the monitoring period, parents answered questions about lifestyle and others while children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples were tested for the presence of allergies.
– We have partly seen that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophic children is lower compared to other children. In addition, we saw the association between vaccination and lower incidence of allergy in blood samples, but were expected because these children were less allergic. However, when we take into account various risk factors, such as the family's lifestyle, this relationship disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that there is no support for a child's vaccine causing allergies, "says Johan Alm.
Exactly what is in anthroposophical life that gives lesser allergic children, however, do not know the researchers.
"There may be a number of ecological factors, such as eating," says Johan Alm.
The research also showed that among the anthroposophic child, 58 years have been completely undressed at the age of five.
Because of the disapproval of the anthroposopists to be cleaved, the community outside Järne has experienced the outbreak of red dogs and measles throughout the years.
The current study was published in the journal Lancet Eclinical Medicine.
Corrected: In an earlier version of the article, Ursula Flatters got the wrong title. She also explained that her vaccine statement was made earlier.