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Understanding Peanut Allergy Epidemic

Wednesday, 13 Dec 2017 03:16 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A wonderful book by the mother of a child with a peanut allergy has brought the problem to light. I highly recommend "The Peanut Allergy Epidemic" by Heather Fraser.

Fraser begins by describing the history of anaphylaxis, a condition characterized by hives, inflammation, vomiting, shock, and drop in blood pressure. In the 19th century, animals sensitized to egg whites went into shock and died after an injection.

When penicillin was first manufactured, peanut oil was used to prolong its action after injection. Hives were reported as a side effect.

In 1953, there were multiple reports of anaphylaxis and other problems from injectable antibiotics that contained peanut oil.

The peanut allergy epidemic began taking root in the early 1990s. That was the time period when vaccination rates for children increased, and the vaccination schedule started to expand.

The Hib (haemophilus influenza type b) vaccine was licensed in 1985. It contains a protein that has a similar molecular weight to the peanut protein Ara h1.

According to Fraser, “The countries in which the peanut allergy first emerged were those that paired the Hib with the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) vaccine. This combination of two childhood vaccines has been shown to produce anaphylaxis in children and enhance the risk of allergic sensitization to foods in the diet or food proteins in a vaccine.”

In Tasmania, Australia, a 2001 study found that none of 456 children tested reacted to a peanut allergy test.

Before 2001, only 27 percent of Tasmanian children were vaccinated. But in 2001, the Australian government instituted a campaign vaccinating more than 94 percent of Tasmanian children.

In 2009, the rate of peanut allergies in Tasmanian children was 1.11 percent. Similar results were seen in other countries that increased vaccination rates.

Vitamin K injections in newborns also contribute to peanut allergies. And nearly all newborns in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and other Western countries receive vitamin K injections to prevent hemorrhagic diseases.

Injectable vitamin K1 contains castor oil. Fraser writes that antibodies to castor seed bind to similar proteins of other oil-seed plants, including peanuts and soy.

Therefore, injecting newborns with protein from castor oil would increase the risk for sensitization to other oil-seed plants — like peanuts.

Why aren’t all children allergic to peanuts? Each child is a unique biochemical individual, with his or her own ability to get rid of toxins. Fraser explains that allergies are the body’s way to defend against toxins that cannot be excreted.

Therefore, a child with a more compromised immune system, or those given too many vaccines, can be expected to have higher rates of allergies.

Fraser’s book is a warning that vaccines come with adverse effects, such as severe food allergies.

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