What is Behind the Jump in Life-Threatening Allergies?

An article in the Wall Street Journal last week focused attention on the rising numbers of children with life-threatening allergies. The article cites alarming statistics: according to research published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in every 13 children in America has serious food allergies, with the number of children with such allergies rising 18% between 1997 and 2008. As a result of this incredible increase, states have begun enacting laws to protect those with deadly allergies, such as requiring schools to stock drugs for people experiencing anaphylactic shock, or requiring restaurant managers to undergo training regarding food allergies.

The Wall Street article draws attention to a tragedy that is hitting our country, which most people are unaware of. Children die from these allergic reactions. Yet, according to the article, scientists have not yet figured out what causes these extreme allergies.

According to one article in the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, exposure to antigens can have an impact on whether or not a person develops allergies. Children are routinely exposed to antigens when they are vaccinated, and indeed are exposed to many at one time.

Vaccines also use aluminum adjuvants, which themselves carry a number of risks, detailed here. Another study, published in the Journal of the British Society for Allergen and Clinical Immunology, indicates that these adjuvants may increase the likelihood of the development of food allergies when combined with another common household drug – antacids. In the study, mice who were fed aluminum containing antacids and then fed codfish developed an allergy to the codfish. It is possible that children whose mothers take antacids during pregnancy could be at more risk of developing deadly food allergies following vaccination, which exposes them to aluminum adjuvants. Since babies are inoculated at birth in America, our vaccination schedule may actually predispose children to developing food allergies.

It is really amazing that more research is not being done on this subject. If it were an infectious disease causing these children to die, I am sure there would be scientists working to find a vaccine. Vaccines, after all, are extremely lucrative for pharmaceutical companies. But finding fault with the current system of making vaccines, and our vaccination schedule? That might cut into profits. And we can’t have that, even if children are dying.

One Response to “What is Behind the Jump in Life-Threatening Allergies?”
  1. Amy says:

    I realize that this article presents a hypothesis, but there may be something to this. With my first pregnancy, I ate Tums like crazy to try to calm my pregnancy nausea. My first child has severe tree nut allergies. With my second pregnancy, I ate no antacids, and my second child has no allergies. Not an officially certified experiment, I know, but I will be remembering this for future reference. I will be interested to see if there is any further research into this.

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