There is no absence of vaccines that children do in anthroposophical environments that are less often affected by allergies than other children.
The Karolins Institute's study brings a myth that children's vaccines cause allergies.
Anthroposophical way of life seems to protect against allergies. Children who grow up in the anthroposophical environment have a slightly lower risk of allergy than other children, showed previous research. But what is the environment that protects children?
Ursula Flatters, a medical practitioner and former physician at the Department of Anthroposophy, now a board member, has previously stated that vaccines are missing, including the baby's chestnuts that keep babies healthy.
Not at all, says Johan Alm, principal surgeon at Sachsen Children and Youth Hospital in Stockholm. He examined the case and compared the children in families with an anthroposophical way of living with children living more normally.
"We have not seen any connections, which means that fears that some parents may have their children sick or allergic to vaccines can be relieved," says Johan Alm TT.
In the current study, Johan Alm and his colleagues watched three groups of children from birth to five. A total of 466 children from Järno, south of Södertälje, of which 99 were considered to be completely anthroposophical, were found, while 100 were considered to live in this philosophy and the rest at all.
During the follow-up period, parents responded to lifestyle issues and others while the children were tested on several occasions. Among other things, blood samples that have been tested for allergies have been tested.
– We have seen in part that the incidence of allergies among anthroposophical children was lower than that of other children. In addition, we have seen the connection between vaccination and lower occurrence of allergies in blood samples, but this was expected because these children were less allergic. However, taking into account various risk factors such as the lifestyle of the family, this relationship has disappeared. Therefore, our interpretation is that the child's vaccine does not support allergies, "says Johan Alm.
Exactly what is in anthroposophical life, which gives less allergic children, will not be known by researchers.
"There can be a number of environmental factors such as diet," says Johan Alm.
The study also showed that among the anthroposophical children, 58 were completely unvaccinated at the age of five.
Due to the unwillingness of anthroposophists to vaccinate, the community outside of Järna suffers from the outbreak of red dogs and measles over the years.
The current study is published in the journal Lancet Eclinical Medicine.
Fixed: In an earlier version of the article Ursula Flatters got a bad title. It is also clear that her vaccination statement was made earlier.