Allergies and asthma: from rare to epidemic. Why?
When I was a kid, allergies — the overreaction to a food, cats or other things — were rare. I’d sometimes hear about someone who was allergic to strawberries or had “hay fever.”
Remember when stewardesses (flight attendants) gave out peanuts on airplanes? Now they don’t; someone might smell peanuts, go into shock and die. Today schools have entire lunch tables labeled “no peanuts.” Parents are told not to give peanut butter sandwiches to their children at school for fear of possibly killing classmates. Allergies have become common and life-threatening.
Insurance claims for dangerous reactions to foods like peanuts, eggs, and dairy have increased by nearly five times over the past decade.
Reddy S. A striking rise in serious allergy cases. The Wall Street Journal. August 21, 2017.
Asthma too, was rare. Medical folk wisdom, going back hundreds if not thousands of years, held that no child ever died from asthma—but now thousands die from asthma—every year! Asthma is now a fatal illness.
Why the explosion of allergies and asthma?
The first recorded allergy was hayfever, described by John Bostock, the physician, in 1819 in England. [Ramachandran M, Aaronson JK, John Bostock’s first description of hayfever. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2011 Jun; 104(6):237-240. doi: 10.1258/jrsm.2010.10k056] Is it any coincidence that just a few years prior, in 1796, Edward Jenner, another English physician, first introduced cowpox vaccination—an injection of animal proteins into people?
In Vaccination: A Business Based on Fear, Gerhard Buchwald, MD discusses the relationship between allergic reactions and vaccination:
H. Petov writes in his 1930 monograph on hayfever that this illness most often begins in the second decade of life, which reminds that the then common second vaccination was administered in the 12th year of life.
In the years 1926 until 1930 hayfever was still so rare that Petov among 7000-8000 patients of Berlin’s Charité could find no case of hayfever in the months of May, June and July in which most cases of hayfever occur today…. Only vaccination remains as a probable cause … hayfever spread where vaccinations took place and not where most the pollen was blowing about…. In the 1960s … hayfever shifted into childhood. This correlated with the development of the multiple vaccine given in the first two years of life. Today even infants suffer from hayfever.
Buchwald G. Vaccination: A Business Based on Fear. Translation into English by Erwin Alber of the 3rd edition (1995) of “Impfen – Das Geschäft mit der Angst,” first published 1994 by the emu-Verlag, 56112 Lahnstein, Germany. Pages 262-263.
Researching the cause(s) of allergies and asthma
The medical historian Harris L. Coulter reviewed thousands of papers to conclude:
The interrelation among allergies, vaccination, and encephalitis has been an active topic of medical investigation since the 1930s….
[Childhood vaccinations are responsible for] allergies and immune system abnormalities: food allergies (wheat and milk especially), arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, pernicious anemia…. Respiratory problems: asthma and SIDS (Crib Death).
Coulter H. Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain. Washington, DC: Center for Empirical Medicine. 1990.
Vaccinated versus non-vaccinated
Studies comparing vaccinated to non-vaccinated children reveal vaccinated children suffer from far more asthma and allergic (ectopic) conditions than the non-vaccinated. A few examples:
A New Zealand study found that 23.1% of immunized children had asthma while none of the non-vaccinated children had asthma.
Pearce N et al. Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology. 1997;8:678-680.
Children vaccinated with DPPT or MMR had 14 times more asthma and 9.4 times more eczema than non-vaccinated children. DPPT is the DPT shot plus Polio and MMR is the measles-mumps-rubella shot.
McKeever TM, Lewis SA, Smith C. Does vaccination increase the risk of developing allergic disease? A birth cohort study. Winter Abstract supplement to Thorax. 2002;57:Supplement III.
10.69% of children immunized (with pertussis) got asthma while there was one case of asthma out of 91 who had no vaccinations at all.
Odent ME, Culpin EE, Kimmel T. Pertussis vaccination and asthma: is there a link? Letter. JAMA. 1994;272(8):593.
The vaccinated had 25.6% asthma; among the non-vaccinated 2.3% were diagnosed with asthma.
Yoneyama H, Suzuki M, Fujii K, Odajima Y. The effect of DPT and BCG vaccinations on atopic disorders. Arerugi. 2000;49(7):585-592.
When the first dose of diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus (DPT) is delayed by more than 2 months, asthma was reduced by more than half when compared to children who had their shots on time.
Barclay L, Martin BN. Delaying DPT vaccination may reduce incidence of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;121:626-631.
DTP or tetanus vaccination appears to increase the risk of allergies and related respiratory symptoms in children and adolescents.
Hurwitz EL, Morgenstern H. Effects of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or tetanus vaccination on allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States. JMPT. 2000;23:81-90.
“It’s a small price?”
I’ve heard it said by people who defend vaccinations that, “Asthma and allergies are a small price to pay for no more childhood diseases.” Of course, that assumes that vaccines had anything to do with the decrease of death from childhood diseases—which they did not. Deaths from infectious diseases of childhood dropped by as much as 98% before vaccination. Why?
Improved living conditions, sanitation, hot and cold running water, washing machines, efficient waste disposal and better access to food are what caused deaths (mortality) and severity of illness (morbidity) of infectious diseases to drop. Vaccines are not only useless, they cause harm.
I’m for full disclosure. The medical profession must let parents know that if they vaccinate they are engaging in a potential trade-off between a few days of measles, mumps, chickenpox or pertussis (benign in almost every case) and a lifetime of chronic physical and mental illness that includes not only asthma and allergies, but attention deficit disorder (ADD), bipolar disorder, autism, seizures, cancer, vision and hearing problems, immune system disorders and a host of other conditions. Is this a trade-off a sensible parent would vote for?
The big lie
Hundreds of thousands of parents see their children descend into autism after their vaccinations (as well as allergies and asthma, etc.) but are repeatedly told it’s a “coincidence.”
It’s the big lie, initially used by the Nazis—tell a monstrous lie enough times and people will begin to believe it.
Today’s vaccine culture, promoted by the medical profession, pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists, demands we pass laws forcing children to be vaccinated. Why do politicians vote for such laws? What do they know about immunology? Probably, not much. Even most MDs know little to nothing about the subject.
In Part 2 we’ll discuss a breakthrough in addressing allergies and asthma.