As a parent, you would do anything to protect your children. If your child has allergies, you’re especially sensitive to what your child can eat or be exposed to. You’re probably well-versed in how to handle an epi-pen and prevent anaphylactic shock. So it will come as a shock that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease is changing the rules about administering allergens to children.
In the past, the general rule was ‘Don’t expose children to food allergens at a young age’. Pregnant women should avoid allergens like peanuts and children should be at least 18 months old before eating peanuts or other known allergens. But a new study released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases determined that we should be reversing course.
The below text is straight from the study and say children should be introduced to peanuts as young as four months.
The EP recommends that infants with severe eczema, egg allergy, or both have introduction of age-appropriate peanut-containing food as early as 4 to 6 months of age to reduce the risk of peanut allergy. Other solid foods should be introduced before peanut-containing foods to show that the infant is developmentally ready. The EP recommends that evaluation with peanut-specific IgE (peanut sIgE) measurement, SPTs, or both be strongly considered before introduction of peanut to determine if peanut should be introduced and, if so, the preferred method of introduction.
Getting a handle on the peanut allergy is important since it is considered as the top cause of anaphylaxis, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Following the protocol of introducing peanuts at a younger age might be one answer.
Another answer might be the way vaccines are introduced to the body. According to Thinking Mom’s Revolution, the peanut allergy has everything to do with the way vaccinations are delivered through oils. The author relies heavily on the book The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing It and How To Stop It by Heather Frasser. The excerpt below sums ups the time frame of how the American public became so widely allergic to peanuts.
In the 1930s there was cottonseed oil in vaccines, followed by a short-lived spate of cottonseed oil allergies of about a decade that quietly went away with a change in formula. In the 1960s and 1970s a flu vaccine used peanut oil as an adjuvant to make a smaller amount of influenza antigen elicit a bigger antibody response from the immune system. From 1950-1980 an injectable penicillin was suspended in peanut oil to allow for a slow release of penicillin while the body metabolized the oil. The occasional anaphylactic death from subsequently eating peanuts made headlines.
She then outlines four deeds which encouraged the present peanut allergy epidemic, which included introducing bacterias into vaccines along with peanut oil. The body mistakes the peanut oil for the bacteria and creates an immune response against it. Vaccine delivery has also more than tripled. In 1980 an infant received 20 vaccines, and in 2011, the dosage was for 68 different vaccines. The vaccines were also combined with aluminum (which has links to autism) and other antigens to give the vaccine better “staying” power.
Overloading a two-month-old with so many toxins is almost certainly a recipe for disaster. Now there are over 68 diseases being vaccinated against. Combine that with vaccines that have peanut oil in them and you have the perfect storm for a food allergy. The NCBI’s findings might still be too far out from a timeline perspective to effectively treat peanut allergies.