Is there a Connection Between Vaccines and Food Allergies?

Specifically peanut allergy? I have been wondering this question for the last 2 1/2 years. I found this article today and I find it intriguing. I have bookmarked it to my long list of inquiries into the vaccine and food allergy connection. Is there one for sure? There’s not enough proof yet but yes, I believe there is a connection. I’m not alone either.

Article is from HERE.

My own story is amazingly similar to the authors. My daughter developed multiple allergies to foods eaten (and some she’d never had) within a short period after her 12 month immunizations (which were given at 14 months). I believe she was sensitized to these foods via my breastmilk around the time of vaccination. She had an anaphylactic reaction to peanut upon her first exposure. We have no family history of peanut allergy, food allergy or asthma on either side of the family.

And here is some irony to ponder. Let’s just say that vaccines really are triggering the large rise in peanut and other food allergies. Now stop to consider that the same industry producing these vaccines is working hard to develop a vaccine that “cures” peanut allergies. What kind of conflict of interest would it be to first create a disease and then sell the “cure” for it. Unintentional or not, that is disturbing. I can only imagine the following being the stance by the CDC in a number of years, “Yes, in some cases we have discovered that vaccines lead to the development of life threatening allergies to peanuts. However, we believe it is important that parents continue to vaccinate their children as the protection that these vaccines offer far outweigh any potential side effects, which are usually mild. We have now formulated a vaccine that cures anaphylaxis in children who become allergic to peanuts. If in the rare situation your child does become allergic to peanuts following their vaccinations a subsequent anaphylaxis vaccine will be able to alleviate the problem. Carry on, carry on.”

This is a very, very long article but is full of valuable information and a lot of research. It is worth your time to read. There are pages and pages of sources for the article so if you want to see the authors sources please see the site where the original article was posted, HERE, and scroll to the botom.

Anaphylactic children—canaries in the public health mine shaft?

Are vaccines responsible for the epidemic of anaphylaxis in young children today?

by Rita Hoffman

In the presentation speech as winner of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his work with anaphylaxis, Charles Robert Richet said, “We are so constituted that we can never receive other proteins into the blood than those that have been modified by digestive juices. Every time alien protein penetrates by effraction, the organism suffers and becomes resistant. This resistance lies in increased sensitivity, a sort of revolt against the second parenteral injection which would be fatal. At the first injection, the organism was taken by surprise and did not resist. At the second injection, the organism mans its defences and answers by the anaphylactic shock.” In naming “anaphylaxis”, Richet described, “Phylaxis, a word seldom used, stands in the Greek for protection. Anaphylaxis will thus stand for the opposite. Anaphylaxis, from its Greek etymological source, therefore means that state of an organism in which it is rendered hypersensitive, instead of being protected.” Richet concluded his lecture by saying, “Seen in these terms, anaphylaxis is a universal defense mechanism against the penetration of heterogenous substances in the blood, whence they can not be eliminated.” (1)

Vaccine antigens injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly prompt the immune system to create antibodies in the blood against those antigens. Has medicine, which has used vaccinations containing “alien proteins” as its cornerstone to control infectious diseases, been on the wrong track by injecting heterogenous substances [originating in an outside source; especially: derived from another species] (2) into human beings to “control” disease? What would be the general state of health today if 200 years ago medicine had taken the path of discovering the keys to promoting a strong, unadulterated immune system in conjunction with increased nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation along with better sanitation? Has medicine produced false protection by injecting alien proteins via vaccination which, as Richet pointed out in his lecture, can render us hypersensitive instead of being protected?

This hypersensitive state called anaphylaxis is now epidemic in young children who live every day of their life under threat of death from everyday, normally harmless substances. The numbers are staggering. According to Health Canada’s web site, “It is estimated that 600,000 Canadians (two percent of the population) may be affected by life-threatening allergies, and the numbers are increasing, especially among children.” (3) In 2005 Ontario passed a law to protect anaphylactic students at school while The Toronto Star reported an estimated 40,000 children in Ontario with anaphylaxis. (4)

The recent deaths of three Canadian teenagers exposed to minute quantities of allergen have caused a world wide media explosion of anaphylaxis stories. Everyone is asking—why do we have so many kids with peanut allergies? Why have schools banned peanut butter sandwiches? Why are kids dying? Charles Robert Richet knew that foreign proteins penetrating the body could cause anaphylaxis back in 1913. Some doctors, allergists and anaphylaxis organizations blame skin creams containing peanut oil and North America’s roasting of peanuts for the epidemic of anaphylaxis. And perhaps weary of saying that increased consumption of peanuts is the cause of the increase in peanut allergy some are mentioning the “hygiene hypothesis” as a cause. A few are even mentioning the “v” word. Dr. Bruce Edwards was quoted in a February 21, 2006 Newsday article regarding the hygiene hypothesis. “The theory is that because U.S. children ‘use antibacterial soap, get antibiotics at the first sign of a runny nose and are vaccinated for every potential thing out there,’ their immune systems do not spend time producing anti-infectious responses to all the diseases they will never get. Instead, their immune systems may be ‘shunting their responses to produce things [anti-infectious responses] which are more allergic in nature.'”

In a May 18, 2005 CNN article, in an attempt to explain the peanut allergy epidemic, Dr. Robert Woods of Johns Hopkins University stated, “The more your immune system is kept busy by exposure to germs and infections early in life, the less time it can devote to things like allergy.” Anne Munoz-Furlong, CEO and founder of U.S. based The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) in the same article says “Perhaps our homes are too clean—we’ve done too much to take away the job of the immune system. We don’t have parasites, a lot of the childhood diseases you vaccinate and don’t have, so maybe for some people, the immune system is looking for something to do and decides, ‘Aha, I don’t like milk’ or ‘I don’t like peanuts,’ and the body then attacks the food protein as if it were an enemy invader.” Somehow I think our God given immune systems are smarter than that—that is, if left to do the job without any interference!

Anaphylaxis is not the only allergic disease on the rise. On March 31, 2006 Reuters reported that “Allergies such as hay fever are reaching epidemic proportions in Europe and a failure to treat them properly is creating a mounting bill for society and the healthcare system…Around one third of the European population has some kind of allergy, while one in two children in Britain will have allergies by 2015, costing millions of euros in medical bills, lost work days and even impaired concentration in school pupils.” The article goes on to describe, “Allergies were most prevalent in Britain and Ireland, as well as other English speaking countries like Canada, Australia and the United States, Burney said, adding they were also becoming more widespread in new European Union member states.” On May 5, 2005 The Toronto Star devoted an entire section to allergies and asthma. An article about eczema states, “In Canada, this incurable skin condition that causes dryness, crusting and thickening afflicts between 2 million and 5 million people. Experts report its incidence has tripled since 1970.”

In 2002, prominent Canadian allergist Dr. Peter Vadas went as far to say, in a television show on severe allergies, “There are factors to do with how we vaccinate our kids very early on in life, how much drugs, antibiotics we give the kids early on in life all of which tend to predispose more towards allergy.” But when asked, “Do you think early vaccination is not a good thing?” he replied, “No, I think it’s a wonderful thing. It’s an absolutely crucial thing from the standpoint of public health to minimize the likelihood of severe infections, but on the other hand one of the spin offs is that there are a certain proportion of the population that are going to be more prone to developing allergies as a consequence of that.” (5)

In a February 20, 2006 Globe and Mail article entitled “Is clean living making us sick? Hygiene hypothesis on food allergies”, Dr. Vadas followed a “party line”, eliminating the “v” word. The “party line” to explain this, he said “holds that consumption of peanuts and the peanut protein has increased in Western societies. As a result, the more exposure to peanuts, the more people will be found to be allergic to them.” It sounds like a “party line” to protect the vaccine status quo. This does nothing to explain the explosion of other unusual anaphylactic allergies in children to foods like kiwi, sesame, soybean and tree nuts. Parents should be receiving information regarding all of the potential risks and benefits of vaccines to make an informed decision about vaccinating their children. I was never told that one of the potential “spin offs” of my child being vaccinated would be that he would live every day of his life under threat of death!

If increased consumption of peanut is the cause of peanut anaphylaxis, then why don’t the Chinese and Indonesians, who consume large quantities of peanut, have the peanut anaphylaxis problems of the western industrialized nations? (6, 7) China and Indonesia do not routinely vaccinate for Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B), (8, 9, 10, 11) Sweden is a country where 99% of the target population was vaccinated for Hib in 2001. (12) Sweden also has low peanut consumption, yet this low consumption has not prevented peanut allergy in that country. Van Odijk et al concluded that “the reaction pattern to peanuts in Sweden is similar to that in many other countries despite a reported steady and low consumption.” (13) It appears that countries that introduced Hib vaccination in their infant schedules have high rates of peanut allergy regardless of consumption.

Children can react to peanut allergens on their first exposure. (14) Sensitization to peanut can occur during breastfeeding. (15) Yet sensitization through breast milk cannot possibly explain the increase in peanut anaphylaxis as mothers worldwide have been eating peanuts while breastfeeding for decades. Zimmerman et al (1989) found in their study that “these results suggest that highly atopic infants are at special risk for sensitization to peanut, even when they have never received peanut….” (16) K.L. Capozza, Health Scout News, in an article entitled “Study Acquits Peanuts in Allergic Reaction” described a recent study by Turncanu et al who took three types of children, those with peanut allergies, those that “outgrew” their allergy and those who have no peanut allergy. Capozza describes how “after magnifying these immune cells, or T-cells, the researchers observed that the T-cells of allergic patients became excited after exposure to peanut. Once the T-cells react to the peanut extract, a cascade of allergic responses ensue, from a skin rash to labored breathing.” He describes how “the research shows, the condition stems from a person’s abnormal immune response.” (17, 18)

What has happened to peanut allergic children to cause their T-cells, as Capozza described to become ‘excited’ to the extent that with some children just being in the same room with peanuts can cause a reaction? Could vaccines be the cause?

Dr. Philip Incao aptly describes how vaccines affect the immune response in his article “How Vaccines Work.” “So the trick of a vaccination is to stimulate the immune system just enough so that it makes antibodies and ‘remembers’ the disease antigen but not so much that it provokes an acute inflammatory response by the cellular immune system and makes us sick with the disease we’re trying to prevent! Thus a vaccination works by stimulating very much the antibody production (Th2) and by stimulating very little or not at all the digesting and discharging function of the cellular immune system (Th1). Vaccine antigens are designed to be ‘unprovocative’ or ‘indigestible’ for the cellular immune system (Th1) and highly stimulating for the antibody-mediated humoral immune system (Th2). Perhaps it is not difficult to see then why the repeated use of vaccinations would tend to shift the functional balance of the immune system toward the antibody-producing side (Th2) and away from the acute inflammatory discharging side (the cell-mediated side or Th1).” (19)

Atopic disorders are the cluster of 3 related disorders, allergies, asthma, and eczema with anaphylaxis being the most severe form of allergic reaction. Atopic disorders are pervasive and raise the alert that the immune system has been sensitized and has shifted away from its normal functioning TH1 mode into a chronically reactive TH2 mode.

Anaphylaxis to foods in young children seemed to be rare prior to the introduction of the first Hib polysaccharide vaccine in 1987 (Canada) to a schedule already containing vaccines for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Beginning in 1992, many infants were given various Hib vaccines concurrently with DPT-P, and beginning in 1994 in a combined 5 in 1 vaccine called Penta. In 1997 the acellular pertussis 5 in 1 vaccine Pentacel was introduced. The cover story in the September 2000 issue of Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers was “An Abnormal Response to Normal Things.” The article begins with “Teachers have to be aware that allergies can kill. A growing number of children are at risk—and a well prepared teacher can make all the difference.” The article explains that “About a decade ago, the sudden surge in highly allergic children entering school systems across the province caught many educators off guard.” Doesn’t this “surge” correspond to the introduction of the Hib vaccine?

In Ontario, the Hepatitis B vaccination series is given in Grade 7, not at birth, so the Hepatitis B vaccine would not have an impact on the numbers of young children with peanut and nut anaphylaxis, yet it remains to be seen if this vaccine may be implicated in increased numbers of teenagers becoming anaphylactic.

Children in Ontario aged 18 and younger could have received up to five different types of Hib vaccines. The first Hib vaccine, introduced in 1987, was a one dose polysaccharide Hib vaccine for children age 2 and up. Infant immune systems did not mount an immune response to the polysaccharide vaccine, so vaccine researchers developed conjugate vaccines to “trick” the infant immune system into recognizing the Hib antibody.

Conjugate vaccines, according to a U.S. National Institute of Health website, link “a ‘weak’ polysaccharide to a protein easily recognized by the immature immune system.” (20) The Hib conjugate vaccines results in “greatly enhanced antibody responses and establishment of immunological memory”, and the four conjugate Hib vaccines given to children “differ in a number of ways, including the protein carrier, polysaccharide size and types of diluent and preservative. (21) Who’s to say that this ‘protein easily recognized by the immature immune system’ won’t “trick” the infants body into thinking that food eaten at the same time as the vaccine is an invader worthy of a ‘greatly enhanced antibody response’?

Although Hib vaccines have been credited as being a public health miracle, the road to the development and implementation of these vaccines seems to have been anything but smooth. The lack of knowledge about this vaccine’s interactions with the immune system is frightening. Here are just a few examples:

One of the most shocking studies I came across was Nicol et al concluding in 2002, a decade after infants were given this vaccine, that 1/10th of the dose of Haemophilus influenzae type B conjugate vaccine (PRP-T) was as immunogenic and safe as the full dose. (22) Considering that the Hib vaccine results in “greatly enhanced antibody responses”, does this mean that children have been receiving 10 times the amount of Hib vaccine that would be necessary to provide that antibody response, thus creating a hypersensitivity to proteins encountered during and after vaccination in children, especially children with a tendency toward allergy?

Also shocking was Pichichero (2000) in his paper on new combination vaccines, describes….”the protective threshold for conjugated PRP [Hib] vaccines is not known….” (23)

Pabst and Spady (1990) studied infants immunized at 2, 4, and 6 months with conjugate Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine. They found that “antibody levels were significantly higher in the breast-fed (57 infants) than in the formula-fed group (24 infants) at 7 months and at 12 months” and that breastfeeding “enhances the active immune response in the first year of life, and therefore the feeding method must be taken into account in the evaluation of vaccine studies in infants.” (24) Many anaphylactic children were breastfed as infants, which would have boosted this immune response even more! Breast fed and bottle fed babies receive the same doses of vaccines, even though sixteen years ago the above authors found that feeding methods should be evaluated in vaccine studies! This study was later challenged in Scheifele et al’s letter to The Lancet in 1992 in which they conclude that “It seems that the earlier conclusions were incorrect and that breastfeeding does not enhance responses to haemophilus b conjugate vaccines, at least when assessed on completion of the primary series.” (25). The Hib vaccine that Pabst and Spady studied was the CRM 197 mutant diphtheria toxin conjugate vaccine. Scheifele’s study used the PRP-T (tetanus conjugate) vaccine. If Dr. Scheifele was going to discount Pabst and Spady’s results why didn’t he use the same vaccine? Oh, well, full speed ahead! One shot must fit all, breastfed or not! We must maintain the status quo!

Numerous studies have sounded warnings regarding combination or concurrently administered vaccines including Hib. Here are just three examples:

Even as late as May 2000, Rennels et al concluded that “In this trial concurrent IPV [inactivated polio vaccine] appeared to interfere with the anti-PRP [Hib] response to DTaP/Hib vaccine suggesting that introduction of new vaccines may require evaluation of immune responses to all concurrently administered vaccines.” (26)

The 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting report on New Combination Vaccines for Childhood Diseases raised red flags about combination vaccines, saying “However, the reactogenicity and potential side effects of the combined antigens have not yet been determined. Since there is the potential for physical and chemical interaction among the vaccine components and the buffers and preservatives, the immunogenicity of each component needs to be addressed to determine whether these are similar to and as effective as the components given individually.” (27)

Redhead K et al (1994) in a very frightening study, state: “However, combination with the Hib vaccine comprising polysaccharide conjugated to tetanus toxoid had dramatic effects on tetanus potency and immunogenicity when assayed in mice. This combination resulted in a five-fold potentiation of the tetanus potency and a similarly large increase in the antibody responses to tetanus toxin and toxoid. The level of the antibody response to the Hib polysaccharide in this vaccine was also elevated, more than 20-fold, as a result of the combination.” (28)

Shouldn’t these studies be raising red flags? Antibody responses to Hib elevated more than 20 fold? Reactogenicity and potential side effects of combined antigens not yet determined? I haven’t seen any studies that look at the IgE (allergy) levels post vaccination. Surely it’s not much of a stretch to think that infant’s immune systems might be hypersensitive after receiving these vaccines!

Now let’s look at what vaccines could be cross reacting with peanut. When researchers study allergies and cross reactive proteins they determine the various molecular weights of the allergen. Foods with the same molecular weight can cause cross reactions in allergic persons. And it’s not just foods cross reacting. In a January 22, 2002 news release, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology provided a list of the most common foods that are cross reactive to latex including banana, avocado, chestnut, kiwi and celery. They describe, “The immune system recognizes the ‘cross-reactive’ protein, symptoms manifest and an adverse reaction occurs. An active immune system may not distinguish the difference between the similar looking proteins, so an allergy to one member of the food family may result in the person being allergic to all the members of the same group.”

I have often wondered why vaccines with latex stoppers have not been considered as a potential cause of the tremendous rise in latex allergy among highly vaccinated health care workers. Primeau et al (2001) found that “Natural rubber vial closures released allergenic latex proteins into the tested solutions in direct contact during storage in sufficient quantities to elicit positive intradermal skin reactions in some individuals with LA. These data support a recommendation to eliminate natural rubber from closures of pharmaceutical vials.” (29) There are many vaccines that have latex stoppers that may be sensitizing people. Health Canada does not have a list, but the state of Massachusetts provides information regarding which vaccines contain latex or thimerosal. (30)

If people with latex allergy can have cross reactions with foods, then one must ask if vaccine ingredients can cause cross reaction with foods having the same molecular weight?

Using PubMed I looked for molecular weights of ingredients in infant vaccines and some of the most common allergenic foods in small children. Measured in kilodaltons (kDa), the most striking molecular weight that could cross react is 50 kDa contained in the following: Hib, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Neisseria Meningitidis, peanut, almond, soybean and cashew. The molecular weight 43 kDa is present in both Hib and peanut. 20 kDa is present in both Hib and peanut. 37 kDa is present in both Hib and Almond. 49 kDa is present in Hib and Mango.

Comparison Table

Molecular weight of proteins in vaccines

Molecular weights of food proteins triggering reactions

Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
50, 49, 43, 37, 20, 16, kDa

50, 43, 20, 16 kDa

50, 27 kDa
(also used as carrier protein in some Hib vaccines)

50, 37 kDa

50,16.5 kDa

50 kDa
(also used as carrier protein in some Hib vaccines)

50 kDa

Neisseria meningitidis
50 kDa
(also used as carrier protein in some Hib vaccines)

49 kDa


Hib (31 – 39)
Diphtheria (40 – 41)
Tetanus (42 – 45)
Neisseria meningitides (46)
Peanut (47 – 50)
Almond (51 – 53)
Soybean (47)
Cashew (54)
Mango (55)

So the first vaccines my child received, DPT-P + Hib contained Diphtheria (50 kDa), Tetanus (50 kDa), Pertussis, Polio, Mutant Diphtheria carrier protein in the Hibtitre vaccine (50 kDa) plus Hib (50 kDa). Is there any wonder, when my son encountered peanut (50 kDa), Almond (50 kda) and Cashew (50 kDa) via breastmilk while his body’s immune system was processing the vaccines, that his body went on extreme high alert for anything with a 50 kDa molecular weight? Granoff and Munson (1986) describe when conjugate vaccines are prepared, “new antigenic determinants are formed…but their presence raises the possibility that these neoantigens may elicit antibodies cross-reactive with human antigens.” (31)

Cross reactive proteins can be very dangerous for people with allergies. I know a young girl who had vomited after eating cashews as a toddler and was never given nuts after that time. Not long after her school age boosters of DTaP-Polio and MMR she was given a piece of mango and had to be rushed to the hospital. It was only after some investigating that the parents realized that mango and cashew can cross react. This girl’s mother happens to love mango, and while she would not bring the fruit into her home she decided it was safe to eat some at her workplace for lunch, afterward carefully washing her hands. Upon arriving home several hours later, the mother kissed the little girl on the cheek. Swelling and hives ensued, and even with anti-histamines it was days before the child’s reaction subsided. From a kiss on the cheek! Another child with a nut allergy had an anaphylactic reaction to a fruit juice containing mango, again the parents being unaware of the cashew/mango cross reaction. These bizarre immune responses put children at risk of dying every day.

Stories like these aren’t too surprising once you look at the medical literature where the link between vaccination and anaphylaxis seems crystal clear in animal studies dating back as far as 1952. Saul Malkiel, Betty J. Hargis and Leon S. Kind completed numerous studies where vaccinated animals became anaphylactic, many funded in part by the National Institute of Health. Imagine reading, from 1959, “We have repeatedly observed in experiments on mice that a consequence of the administration of Hemophilus pertussis phase I organisms given in conjunction with a protein antigen is the enhancement of anaphylactic sensitization to the foreign protein antigen.” (56) And we have allergists telling us that skin creams cause anaphylaxis? And I was furious when I read Kind and Roesner (1959), “It is now well known that mice inoculated with Hemophilus pertussis vaccine develop enhanced sensitivity to lethal effects of histamine, serotonin, endotoxin, peptone and anaphylactic shock. The ensuing data will demonstrate that pertussis-inoculated mice can also be killed with doses of water soluble extract of pollen rye grass which are not lethal to uninoculated animals.” (57) Kind and Richards (1964) in the Journal Nature, state “It is now well known that mice injected with Bordetella pertussis vaccine plus an antigen will produce more antibodies to that antigen than mice injected with antigen alone.” (58) Couldn’t the same apply to babies?

And how do researchers make anaphylactic animal models? They vaccinate the animals! Countless studies show anaphylaxis being induced in animals by using toxins and adjuvants used in human vaccines. Here is one example from hundreds:

Helm et al in Environmental Health Perspectives article “Nonmurine Animal Models of Food Allergy” discuss ways to create animal models of human food allergy. (59) Animal models are discussed extensively, including “the use of adjuvants (natural or artificial–alum, cholera toxin, Bordetella pertussis, and carrageenan are known IgE-selective adjuvants)” in those animal models. They go on to describe, “In the atopic dog model for food allergy (Ermel et al. 1997), newborn pups (day 1) were subcutaneously injected in the axillas with 1µg of cow’s milk, beef, ragweed, and wheat extracts in alum. Food antigen was again administered on days 22, 29, 50, 78, and 85. At ages 3, 7, and 11 weeks, all pups were vaccinated with attenuated distemper-hepatitis vaccine…Immunized pups responded with allergen-specific IgE by week 3 and peaked at week 26 of age…All clinical manifestations are consistent with infant, adolescent, and adult food allergy in humans.”

It has been shown repeatedly that vaccination can cause sensitization, including anaphylaxis, to vaccine ingredients. Nelson et al (2000) discuss a 4 month old baby’s anaphylactic reaction to the CRM 197 protein in the Hib vaccine. (60) As far back as 1940 Cooke et al noted that “The real object of this presentation is to acquaint the medical profession with proof of the fact that sensitivity can be induced as a result of the present procedures of active immunization to tetanus.” (61) Cooke et al also mentioned Neill et all (1929) noted hypersensitivity to diphtheria bacilli. (62)

Patrizi et al (1999) and Osawa et al (1991) noted allergic sensitization to thimerosal. (63, 64) Martin-Munoz et al described allergic sensitization to tetanus and diphtheria toxoids simultaneously. (65) Kumagai et al (2002) found “gelatin-specific cell-mediated immunity develops in subjects inoculated with gelatin containing DTaP vaccine” and that the specific cellular immune responses persisted for more than 3 years. (66) Sakaguchi et al (1996) concluded that “We reconfirmed a strong relationship between systemic immediate-type allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, to vaccines and the presence of specific IgE to gelatin.” (67) Nakayama et al (1999) found that “DTaP vaccine may have a causal relationship to the development of this gelatin allergy.” (68)

So, if the medical literature shows anaphylactic sensitization to vaccine ingredients, then is it much of a leap to think that protein fragments in those vaccines could be causing cross reactive sensitization with antigens with the same antigenic determinant?

A key piece of the hypersensitivity puzzle is the vaccine adjuvant aluminum according to New Zealand researcher and author Hilary Butler. Butler states that “Aluminium is put into vaccines, because without it, the body will not react to weak strains of antigens. Aluminium is highly reactive, and is a Th2 ‘skewer’. This is the whole reason why aluminum is added to vaccines. And Aluminium will ALWAYS create IGE, and if this happens in the presence of proteins from vaccines or food antigens in the body, then there is a high chance of allergy developing.” She points out the study by Yamanishi et al (2003) who immunized mice against Kunitz-type soybean trypsin inhibitor (KSTI) and concluded that…”we demonstrated that, regardless of the inability to adsorb KSTI, alum exerted its adjuvant activity only when it was co-injected with the antigen. These results showed that some biochemical effect, other than adsorptive activity, to enhance the production of the antigen-specific IgE resides in alum.”(69) According to Butler, “this goes along with evidence I have elsewhere that highlights the observation that aluminum does not have to be absorbed onto the antigen in order for an immune response to be stimulated. Another thing is that aluminum produces mostly IgE antibodies (allergic antibodies).” Numerous studies have also shown that aluminum is linked to allergic responses. (70)

VRAN researcher Susan Fletcher notes the importance of digestion (which can be affected by antibiotic use) in the development of asthma and allergies. Vaccinations are routinely given to infants and children even though they may have been given antibiotics for a recent health issue, certainly affecting their immune response to the vaccine. Untersmayr et al (2006) found “for the first time the important gate-keeping function of gastric digestion, both in the sensitization and the effector phases of food allergy.” (71)

Charles Robert Richet described back in his Nobel Lecture in 1913, “all proteins, without exception produce anaphylaxis: one had seen this with all sera, milks, organic extracts whatsoever, all vegetable extracts, microbial protein toxins, yeast cells, dead microbial bodies. It would be of more interest now to find a protein which does not produce anaphylaxis than to find one that does.”

He then chillingly states in his conclusion, “It does not matter much that the individual becomes more vulnerable in this regard. There is something more important than the salvation of the person and that is integral preservation of the race. In other words, to formulate the hypothesis in somewhat abstract terms but clear ones all the same: the life of the individual is less important than the stability of the species. Anaphylaxis, perhaps a sorry matter for the individual, is necessary to the species, often to the detriment of the individual. The individual may perish, it does not matter. The species must at any time keep its organic integrity intact. Anaphylaxis defends the species against the peril of adulteration.” (1)

How can Richet have won the Nobel Prize in 1913 for this knowledge yet the medical community today seems to have no clue why our children are anaphylactic? Why has medicine, to which parents have entrusted their precious children, continued to vaccinate for more and more diseases, knowing that our “organic integrity” could be at stake? May I suggest that researchers or doctors can’t see the forest for the trees, or there is one huge cover-up?

With hundreds of new vaccines in the pipeline, how much longer can we continue to inject more and more foreign proteins via vaccination into human beings without eventually creating a totally defenseless population? How many more children will become anaphylactic, be rushed to emergency fighting for their lives or die before something is done?

For sources and acknowledgments please see the original article HERE


  1. mamamichele · January 28, 2014

    I believe that my son was not born with food allergies, as were none of the rest of us, and that he was sensitized during routine immunizations. Read the book The Peanut Allergy Epidmic by Heather Fraser

  2. MomSearchingforAnswers · August 13, 2013

    Thank you so much for your response. My husband and I will consider your tips and suggestions. Can you tell me what H.K. means? And have you or anyone here ever heard about Dr. Rebecca Carley? We found her name and website while searching the net. Thanks.

  3. MomSearchingforAnswers · August 12, 2013

    Any thoughts on reversing “vaccine induced diseases”? My husband and I are searching for answers. We’re angry. We’re mad. We just feel helpless for our little one, he’s 15 months old and already had 2 anaphylactic shocks, we now have epipens just in case it happens again. Both sides of the family has no history of food allergies. Zero. None. We’re Asians. We come from a very poor country. We’re used to eating any type of food with no life-threatening reactions. Now my son has these allergies. And it seems to get worse every after he gets his scheduled vaccine shots and as he gets older. (We had since declined vaccinations).

    Just recently, I heard that my fellow church member’s child who was perfectly normal, healthy and babbling/talking, all of a sudden became autistic at age 2. They did not decline any vaccination. We’re just so scared and so afraid that our son might be affected the same way, God forbid…

    Please help. Any answers or tips would do.

    Thank you very much.

    • journeytocrunchville · August 12, 2013

      I am so sorry. It is so frustrating, isn’t it? There are so many theories on what is contributing to all of these allergies. I wrote this article in 2008. Since then, I have come to the conclusion that the causes must have multiple factors.

      I do think that there are some epi-genetic factors at play. Meaning, various things (genetically modified foods, pesticides, chemicals, our own vaccines, etc) alter our genetics and although we don’t see a dramatic change in our own health it does affect our genes that the epi-genetic level and then that displays in our offspring.

      We have had improvement in my kids’ allergies (I have 3 kids now) using N.A.E.T. It is a form of muscle testing used for diagnosing and then clearing (energetically) allergies. We haven’t had 100% success with it but we’ve had some significant and amazing results. There are other forms of alternative treatments that friends of mine have used that I haven’t had a chance to use yet and they say it works even better (they’ve also used N.A.E.T.). That treatment is called H.K. I would recommend avoiding processed food, fast food and genetically modified food.

      None of the answers are easy or cheap. It’s a long and frustrating road. You have my complete sympathy as another mom with three children affected by food allergies.

    • Barb · August 13, 2013

      I had been curious about the peanut allergy epidemic in the UK and did a website about it.

      I did find ample evidence that vaccines are the direct cause of food allergies.

  4. dana · May 30, 2013

    To those that dismiss this because of lack of vaccines, please remember some vaccines are transmissible to others even without direct vaccination. You do not have to be vaccinated to be exposed and react to a vaccine. To dismiss the evidence documented here-hard scientific fact-and fall back on what you ‘think’ is an injustice to everyone.

  5. Tim · May 2, 2012

    I am 43 years old, and just recently found out I have many food allergies that I never had before. I have had strange issues that were not thought to be allergic (no hives or rashes, different problems) that turned out to be fixed by antihistamines, so I was on them for several years. I tried going off them because I was always tired, needing up to 12 hours sleep to function. I then began to swell up in different body parts, eventually getting tested for food allergies and found wheat, almonds, egg yolk, and several other foods that I was now allergic to that I used to be able to eat. After avoiding these foods and staying off the antihistamines, I am back to my old self, but cannot eat the foods I used to love. This all started shortly after I had several injections (Hep A/B, Tetinus, then later a Ragweed vaccine.) I always suspected the Ragweed vaccine but had no way to prove it. I wonder how many others think we have a class action case here against the powers that be?

  6. barb · February 7, 2012

    And as far as the developmental problems after surgery, follow the same protocol that autistic children are put on. There are books and websites about it. Heal the gut and many mental problems clear up.

  7. Taximom5 · February 6, 2012

    Whoops, that should read: “My son had major reactions (seizures and encephalopathy) to vaccines.”

  8. barb · February 6, 2012

    Allergies can be caused by leaky gut syndrome – yeast overgrowth. I don’t think these allergies are as deadly as the ones directly caused by vaccines. And I believe candida can be passed on to the infant from the mother.

    All shots and IV treatments are suspect, however. That includes vitamin K shots given to newborns and that IV

    • Taximom5 · February 6, 2012

      Barb, I think you’re right about leaky gut and candida. I do think vaccines can either cause or exacerbate leaky gut (think vaccine-induced celiac), but really, food allergy problems can be caused by any number of combinations of things.

      Can you explain more about IV treatments? My son had major reactions (seizures and to vaccines–but he also had ENORMOUS developmental regression following cardiac catheterization, and a week later, open-heart surgery. We were told the OHS reaction was because of the heart-lung machine, and maybe it was, but nobody could explain why the cardiac cath affected him (though it was certainly less pronounced than the OHS).

      Do you have any ideas about this?

      • barb · February 7, 2012

        I was shocked when I discovered the truth about GRAS ingredients when it comes to pharmaceuticals.

        Basically, pharmaceutical companies can “self-affirm” generally recognized as safe ingredients. They pay for a study, decide something is GRAS based on the study. The study never gets published. Nothing is submitted to the FDA or anyone. And the pharmaceutical companies are free to use the GRAS ingredients in any pharmaceutical. This is a protected trade secret, protected by international trade agreements.

        So, basically, the pharmacist, the doctor, the hospital, the FDA… nobody knows what GRAS ingredients are in vaccines, IVs, vitamins, drugs, etc.

        And you have no right to know if you are being injected with peanut oil, soy oil, wheat germ oil, evening primrose oil, corn oil….

        People go to the hospital for childbirth or trauma and come out allergic to wheat. (It’s on my website.)

        So the first vaccine sensitizes you to something, then the second time you get exposed, you have a serious life-threatening reaction and the medical profession is clueless why.

        I found every food known to man listed as an ingredient in patents for vaccines. Food waste is used in the manufacture of vaccines.

        When you inject someone with an adjuvant and a trace amount of protein, you sensitize the body to that protein. You produce a reaction in the body treating that protein like an invader. That’s might be ok if it is something that causes disease but if it is food protein, that causes the serious food allergy.

        Yeast, candida, is a fungus. Think of it having roots that makes holes in the intestines. Food leaks through the holes into the body where it doesn’t belong. The body treats it like an invader = allergy.

        Anything that injures the intestines making holes will cause the same problem with food leaking into the body.

      • Taximom5 · February 7, 2012

        Yes, we did that, and he is doing wonderfully. (Officially lost the autism diagnosis a couple of years ago!).

        What I would like to find out is, WHAT is in the IVs that contributed to his regression? We know all about the vaccines. We don’t know about the IVs. And when I tried to find out, the hospital closed the records to me faster than you can blink. I don’t doubt for a minute that they destroyed the OR records. we’ll never see them. But I would assume that whatever IV meds are used during OHS are standard for most or all OHS’s.

        Do you happen to know what is used in IVs before/during/after surgeries that would have similar effects to vaccines?

        One thing I did by pure instinct was to continue to breastfeed him for a good 6 months beyond the surgery (til he was 2 1/2). I think that made a huge, huge difference.

      • barb · February 7, 2012

        That’s just it. We are not allowed to know what is injected into us. Nobody is allowed. The doctors don’t know what is in the stuff either.

  9. barb · February 6, 2012

    There are finally a couple of books available at about the connection between food allergies and vaccines. One of them was written by Heather Frasier who is the parent of a peanut allergic child.

    All of my research on the issue is available on my website

    Why don’t doctors know about the connection? Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical companies are so powerful that they pretty much control the press, educational system, and government. Doctors have been brainwashed to believe whatever the pharmaceutical companies want them to believe. There are a few doctors who have realized that they’ve been duped but most of them don’t want to threated their source of income so they go along with the scam.

    • journeytocrunchville · February 6, 2012


      Within the books that you recommend or within your own research do you know of any connection of children born of vaccinated parents that display food allergies? I ask because my daughter was vaccinated and does have a peanut allergy (among other allergies) in a family with no history of food allergies, asthma, eczema, etc. After my research we decided not to vaccinate my son. My son was a home birth and never received any vaccinations nor did I receive any antibiotics or any form of drug or vaccine during my pregnancy with him. He is even more allergic to foods than his sister…including peanuts. I am wondering if the vaccines I received as a child somehow skipped affecting me directly but will affect our offspring.

      • Taximom5 · February 6, 2012

        While I think that vaccines are a definite cause of food allergies, they may not be the only cause. There are other heavy metal exposures besides for that in vaccines, that could act as an adjuvant (irritate the immune system into a stronger-than-usual response to an antigen that one just happens to be exposed to at the same time).

        I would even wonder if chemical exposure through pesticides and GMO foods would also trigger food allergies.

        You didn’t happen to get Rhogam when you were pregnant, did you? Or a flu shot?

  10. allergic to over a dozen foods thanks to vaccines · February 6, 2012

    If vaccines didn’t exits we would all live to be 200 years old and healthy.

  11. k · January 1, 2012

    With a Chemistry background, and none the less commonsense; the correlation of the vaccination to food allergy and positive association can’t be denied. To do so exemplifies the ignorance or denial of the science and basically scares the **** out of any parent who had hoped to locate medical advice from the “experts”. I don’t believe the physicians are all privileged enough to know the government’s inside information on this, nor will they be lead to the evidence and therefore maintain the stonewalled response (in err) of no causal link proven at this time…
    OUr son was taken back to the physician who was “stumped” by the skin reaction he had to his infant vaccine. I asked if they used a latex bandaid (though he was not latex allergic)because the reaction started immediately under the bandaid precisely at injection site) that night of the vaccine, then progressed in the next two to 5 weeks to cover his thigh, back and torso, up to 20% of his body. Blueish, red, slightly raised indescribable except to say it resembled a burn just under the first skin layer. a “Rash” does not explain the symptom. The pediatrician sent us to a allergist who also was unable to decipher the etiology as it appeared as if it came from an internal reaction. (no blood work conducted). He was diagnosed at 3 yrs old with a severe peanut allergy. I read that children with allergies have a history of excema, my son has never had a topical rash with the exception of the one described. Perhaps this is the correlation often depicted?? My second developed a milk allergy after his 8 week vaccine. No answers why again to a family without food allergies in Hx.
    This article is perfect. Because yes, next we need to wait for the peanut allergy vaccine….

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  13. PaulAust · May 31, 2011

    Thanks, so much. I have been suspecting this but wanted to find the link between proteins in vaccines and food allergy and this article presents it.

    It also answers one of my big questions. Why does a human being go into anaphylaxis – when it will die. This seemed like a contradiction in evolutionary success strategy. But now I see. As Ayn Rand says, “if there is an apparent contradiction, check your premises”.

    It seems to me now that the anaphylactic reaction is a method for the human genome to protect itself. It seems the injection of foreign protein can change the human DNA in a way that the genome needs to eliminate. If we think back to tribal ways, not that I am advocating it, the tribe would have to leave an autistic child behind, they would lose some affected children to an anaphylactic reaction.

    What can we do about it? We need to heal these children. Personally I am going to do “pranic healing” on my son to return his DNA to its original state, have allergy desensitisation for him, and use pranic healing to normalise the function of his immune system (restore the correct balance).

    We have had great success with diet and nutrition and theta healing in the past.

    Thanks so much for your posting that article.

  14. Alison · November 9, 2009

    Mel, unless a baby was born at home, we can’t be sure that the baby was not vaccinated in the hospital without the parents’ permission–THIS HAPPENED TO MY SECOND BABY.

    The nurse took the baby back to the nursery so I could take a shower, and when she brought him back, she asked me to sign the vaccine release form. I refused, saying that we had decided to wait, as our oldest had had severe reactions, and that it should have already been noted on his chart.

    The nurse looked at me blankly, and said that I HAD to sign it, because she had already given him his vaccines.

    I agree with you about the studies that need to be done, and I am sure that there are many pieces to the puzzle, but the vaccines–injecting toxic substances directly into the blood stream–are the most obvious and probably the strongest factor.

  15. Mel · November 9, 2009

    My 1st son developed eczema 1 week after his 4 mth vaccines. He was breastfed exclusively. At 5 mths, I gave him cereal for the 1st time that contained milk proteins. His lips swelled up and he developed a rash. We had him tested by an allergist and found out he was allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. After I removed those allergens from my diet, the eczema went away but we were left dealing with the daily dangers of a food allergy. I researched everything I could on the subject of food allergies and stumbled upon a few papers, including the one that is posted on this site. To me, the connection between vaccines, breastfeeding and allergies makes a lot of sense. The fact that the same kind of foods are involved from child to child, the fact that the 1st signs show up right after vaccines, the fact that the food proteins involved resemble the proteins in vaccines, that the vaccine boost the immune response all the while making it hypersensitive to other proteins (especially in breastfed babies that already receive antibodies from mom), etc. When I look at what’s changed in recent years to explain this incredible surge in allergies and kids, I can think of 2 important things: kids receive a lot more vaccines and moms have started breastfeeding again. I am angry that I did not have this information before I went ahead with the decision to vaccinate my child. It seemed a no-brainer at the time, no information is given on the risks…nurses are ready to vaccinate your child without even having talked to you first. It seems I traded a protection against diseases that are usually taken care of by a good immune system with having to protect my child everyday from the very real dangers of anaphylaxis.
    With my second son, we decided not to vaccinate. I had to deal with the dirty looks and the not-so-nice comments made by the medical staff. We went the hollistic route and decided to boost his immune system by giving him drops of “fossilized” diseases – to make his immune system work and be active if he contracted something. He was breastfed exclusively like his brother for a little over a year. He recently got tested – no allergies. He’s rarely sick and rebounds extremely fast from colds.
    However, the fact that kids who did not receive vaccines also develop allergies makes me wonder if there is another piece to the puzzle that is missing. I wish a good study could be done comparing immunized vs not immunized and also looking at breastfed vs bottle-fed kids in those 2 groups. It would also be interesting to get those facts from the people who commented on this blog.

  16. Mom of 2 · October 31, 2009

    My oldest child received his 4 yr old shots 2 mths ago. Since then – 2 mths later – he has developed 4 new food allergies. Thx for this site. I will do things differently for the next kid!

  17. Amy · June 22, 2009

    I am so happy I found this site. It’s so similar to my experience. My son was tested for allergies at 6 months due to unexplained chronic hives and eczema. All were negative though his overall IgE levels were high. He also had silent reflux. At 10 1/2 months (right after his prevnar vax) I tried to give him yogurt. He refused to eat it (thankfully) and got hives where it touched his skin. Around 11 months, he got a flu shot and the following week had “unexplained” systemic hives and GI problems that lasted months. He also withdrew was not smiling as much and seemed to stall in his development. We did a blood test right before his 12 month visit and he was allergic to almost everything even though he had eaten very few solid foods and certainly none of the common allergens – egg was off the charts, dairy, peanut, soy, wheat. I am convinced the flu shot sensitized him to egg. In hindsight and according to records, his “unexplained” hives and eczema appeared after each round of shots that first year. We declined any further vaccines at that point and he started to come out of the fog about 6 months later.

    I really don’t understand how no one can be looking at the flu shot in contributing to the increase in egg allergies?

  18. Stacey · June 22, 2009

    I’m glad I found your site. This gives me more information to use in my quest for determining IF and HOW vaccines contributed to my daughter’s milk and egg allergies. She was eating them with no issues until her vaccinations at 15 months … and then things went downhill from there. THANK YOU for this information.

  19. Alison · April 13, 2009

    Well, on the subject of cats:

    We had a severely diabetic cat who was not responding to insulin. But after we switched him to a dairy-free, grain-free cat food, he recovered completely.

    And veterinarians are usually VERY good about spotting an animal’s reaction to vaccines, and they will say to avoid certain vaccines in the future for the animal, and not to administer more than one vaccine at a time, etc.

    In other words, cats and dogs are being better treated than children.

  20. barb · April 13, 2009

    My daughter’s boyfriend is an Asian/American. He was vaccinated heavily. Says he is lactose intolerant. Doesn’t eat ice cream or cheese much because it can give him stomach cramps. However, my daughter has purchased organic milk. He can drink that with no problem.

    Babies who are formula fed, get …

    “The proteins in the milk based formula are whey protein concentrate and nonfat milk, the whey to casein ratio is 60:40, like mature breast milk.”

    An interesting thing about allergies… some people who are allergic to cats have put their cats on a raw meat diet. Their cat allergies disappear.

  21. barb · April 13, 2009

    One thing you may need to check if you gave birth in a hospital…. When you check in to a hospital, you basically signed away your rights to the hospital. They can vaccinate your child without your permission. I read that on a website but I can’t find the link…. The first vaccine is often given now before you leave the hospital.

    Also, some mothers have been vaccinated while pregnant or had other injections… that can also affect the baby.

  22. Taximom · April 13, 2009

    Good research, Barb!

    I have only one disagreement:

    Babies are NOT immediately fed cow’s milk, and dairy allergy is specific to cow’s milk.

    No baby is allergic to his own mother’s milk unless she is ingesting something specific that goes into her milk.

    Casein and gluten DO end up in breastmilk if the mother is eating them. If the baby has a genetic predisposition to sensitivity or allergy to those substances, he will react, but when the mother stops ingesting them, he won’t.

    And, obviously, babies react to whatever drugs/meds the mother is taking.

    Ironically, though we know that nursing moms should never take antibiotics, or eat pesticides, or take growth hormones (!!!), those are all present in non-organic cow’s milk, as well as the baby formulas made from cow’s milk.

  23. barb · April 13, 2009

    My daughter’s son has allergies and he got them before he was vaccinated. However, he had some illnesses and was given antibiotics more than once. Antibiotics kill off the good bacteria in the gut and have other side effects.

    “When a baby is small, his gut is more porous, causing food proteins to leak into the bloodstream. The baby’s body will not know if these proteins are “friend or foe,” and may attack them, causing an allergic reaction to the food. As a baby is older, the proteins stay in the gut and are broken down by enzymes.”

    “Frequently Reported Side Effects of Amoxicillin
    headache, sinus infection, fever, hives, diarrhea, insomnia, vomitting, sore throat, fatigue, rash, mood swings, YEAST INFECTION, night sweats, dizziness, diarrhoea, upset stomach, constipation, skin rash, drowsiness, feeling unwell, tooth discoloration, vomiting, short temper, ALLERGIES, bags under my eyes, stomach problems, chills”

    “Let’s examine some of the most common characteristics of Candida Yeast Overgrowth, you will notice the similarities to ADD/ADHD symptoms immediately:

    1.) Cravings for grains (simple carbohydrates), dairy and SUGAR.
    2.) Hyperactivity/Hyperexcitability.
    3.) Anger, Mood Swings, Instant Irritability, “Spaciness”.
    4.) Depression and/or Anxiety.
    5.) Inappropriate behavior (odd noises, talking loudly, etc.)
    6.) Memory problems, and/or Poor Attention Span.
    7.) Dry, Itchy, Flaky Skin.
    8.) Food & Environmental Allergies.
    9.) Jock Itch, Acne, Canker Sores, or other Skin Problems.
    10) Heartburn, Poor Digestion, Lethargy, Leg Pains.
    11) Difficulty falling asleep.
    12) Recurring cystitis/vaginal infections.
    13) Premenstrual tension, and menstrual problems ”

    So…. for the child who is getting allergies not due to vaccines, it is probably due to medications being given. These medications can contain traces of food protein such as peanuts, and it does not have to appear on the label.

    “According to the good folks over at The Mayo Clinic the primary cause of 95+ percent of all sinus infections is fungal. That’s right, fungal. You know- like yeast, mold, athletes foot, jock itch etc.”

    As a child, my son was allergic to everything when I took him to the chiropractor who tested him. After being treated for a fungal infection, most of the allergies immediately cleared up.

    So the stuffy nose is probably a fungal infection in the sinuses – something your MD won’t address….

  24. barb · April 13, 2009

    I have completed my study on the connection between vaccinations and food allergies and posted it on my website.

    Here is a small part:

    The known ingredients cause allergies. The first allergy in children is casein (milk) allergy due to the casein and aluminum adjuvant in the Hepatitis B shot which is often given before the infant leaves the hospital but before 2 months of age. Since all babies are fed milk in some form immediately, this is the first allergy to be recognized. The next allergy to usually show up at about 3 months of age is soy allergy due to the soy peptone broth and aluminum adjuvant in the Pneumococcal Conjugate vaccine given at approximately 2 months of age. Since soy formula is frequently fed to infants, this allergy also shows up early. The aluminum adjuvant can cause aluminum allergy. Calf serum causes beef allergy. Yeast allergy is a problem for some people. Chick embryo cell culture in the MMR has been known to cause egg allergy. Hydrolyzed gelatin from pork is an ingredient in the Varicella vaccine. “Poorly hydrolyzed bovine gelatin was immunogenic when administered with alum adjuvant.” Even though the “well” hydrolyzed bovine gelatin is less immunogenic, it can still cause allergies. It is also possible that the monkey kidney cells in the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP) is responsible for the monkey fur allergy in some race car drivers. Chinese Restaurant Syndrome has all the same symptoms as monosodium glutamate allergy which could be due to the MSG in the MMR vaccine. The MMR has neomycin as an ingredient that causes allergies. Thimerosal which is still used in Fluval causes allergies, too.

  25. journeytocrunchville · April 11, 2009

    I have to step in and comment on this. As I learn more I will revamp the original post.

    My second child who is now almost 8 months old is completely unvaccinated. He has many more allergies than his sister and his are even more severe than hers. I don’t have time to explain it all right now but at this point it debunks the vaccine connection for at least him.

    I do believe that the vaccines have dramatically affected my daughters immune system. She has been sick constantly for the last 3 months with fevers and infections. We are getting very worried about her. In two weeks we are going to be doing blood work to find out what is going on.

    I am starting to believe that my childrens allergies are more to do with gluten/leaky gut and breastfeeding. All of which I’ll go into more detail later.

  26. Taximom · April 10, 2009

    Westendmum, if your 6-month-old is reacting to formula, PLEASE keep breastfeeding if you can! Don’t give him any cow’s milk products at all. Find other sources of vitamin D and calcium, but keep most of his milk from you if you possibly can.

    My oldest son was the same way, as was a friend’s son.

    I nursed him for 2 1/2 years, and did not give him cow’s milk after the second time it caused diarrhea. I gave him soy milk instead, and only when he was 2 did I try giving him a tiny bit of cow’s milk at a time, mixed with a lot of soy.

    My friend never nursed her son, and said that he had diarrhea from the very beginning (cow’s milk formula), and her pediatrician never suggested switching to soy or anything else, just said, “yeah, some babies have diarrhea, nothing to worry about.”

    My son has a diagnosis of Asperger’s (borderline autism). Her son is profoundly autistic. I am convinced that a major factor in their different outcomes has to do with what they were fed, especially after reading so much about casein and gluten intolerances associated with autism.

    And yes, I think vaccines are totally involved. Just read, or

  27. westendmum · April 10, 2009

    We have no family history of allergy on either side and my 6 month old breastfed baby had a severe reaction to formula the first time I tried it. The doctor instantly suggested an allergy to cows milk protein, rather than lactose intolerance as the formula company had suggested, and admitted his child was the same. I have been racking my brains as to where this could have come from and had heard that egg allergy may be connected to egg protein used in vaccination, from mothers talking to one another. Could it be the that cows milk protein is used also. Yes it is, as is soya. I believe there has to be a link to his vaccinations in my case, especially with breastfeeding him at the same time. He reacted slightly to one of them at the time, getting red and hot around the injection area. Of course I don’t think all allergies are due to vaccination proteins, but boy I’m cross, and would have liked to have been able to make an informed choice knowing the possible connection. I guess due to the amount of money involved, not less governments, a few anxious mothers can be placated.

  28. Scarlett · March 23, 2009

    I am convinced that there is a connection between vaccines and food allergies. We definitely have a genetic component (seasonal allergies on my side, asthma on my husband’s — but no food allergies on either side), so I’m not saying that they are the sole cause.

    I think the biggest problem is the stuff they add to the vaccines to rev up your immune system. If, while the immune system is revved up, you are exposed to a protein that is the same or similar molecular weight as the protein your body is targeting — that is how you end up developing an allergy. I think breastfeeding actually makes this a little worse because breastfed babies naturally have a boosted immune system.

    So, you get these crazy vaccine schedules that call for 4 or 5 shots at once, add in a boost from breastfeeding — and the proteins in the mother’s milk from whatever mom is eating — and you have a dangerous combination. Of course, I’m no scientist … but I went to college with enough physicians to know that they aren’t all the geniuses we hope they are …

    I can’t say I’m totally against vaccines, BUT I think parents have a right to know all the facts and to choose which vaccines they think are worth the risk and which aren’t. For some families without any history of allergies — the normal routine may be just fine. For those of us with risk factors (including a family history of autism), we should be told the facts so we can make the best possible choices for our children. Some of these diseases we are vaccinating against aren’t needed in well developed nations anyway — why take a risk?

  29. bfg · January 28, 2009

    As far as the comment from Malaysia – I found this quote on the Net

    “Back home in Malaysia, one out of three people is allergic to something and if the current trend continues, up to 50% of Malaysians will be allergic by the year 2020. Clearly, the allergy march is on and we have to act quickly to halt it.”

  30. bfg · January 28, 2009

    I believe you are correct about the connection between vaccinations and food allergies. The other one is mild illness in young children being given antibiotics which kill off the good bacteria. Formula feeding young children can be a problem because babies have “leaky gut” naturally.

    The vaccinations can contain bits of protein from the culture medium and in the adjuvant. Search on “patent vaccine peanut oil” for an eye opener! These food ingredients fall under “secret ingredient” protected by trade law.

    So you child may have developed a peanut allergy because he was vaccinated with a vaccine containing peanut protein. Same goes for soy, corn, wheat, milk, eggs, rabbit, beef, pork, sesame, strawberries….

  31. Shen-Li · January 21, 2009

    I thought I should add something I’ve noticed among my peers…

    I live in Malaysia. Our children here get a list of vaccinations that they must have in their first year and subsequent years. To my knowledge, most parents comply with them. In fact, I don’t know any parent who chooses not to vaccinate their children.

    I also have friends who live in Australia who have children born over there, following a similar list of vaccinations for their infants.

    Of all the children I know with food allergies (nut allergies, and banana allergies), all of them were born in Australia. That’s four out of the nine children I personally know who were born in Australia, versus zero out of eleven children born in Malaysia. Small samples, I realise, but still something to think about, no?

    Is there a link? I don’t know

  32. Alison · January 16, 2009

    I read that until the mid-1990’s, many children’s vaccines were made with adjuvants (to provoke the immune system into a stronger response to a weakened or killed virus) that were derived from peanut oil.

    Gee, wonder why so many kids are allergic to peanuts?

    And they don’t tell us what any of the adjuvants are made from. Maybe some are milk or casein-derived?

  33. John R · December 27, 2008

    I don’t want to argue cause and effect, but here’s my story, which is more causal than most…

    On my son’s 6th month well baby checkup, he had a full food allergy blood test, for all common allergen (we did this because he was having threads of blood in his stool, and doc wanted to rule out allergy). All his results came back negative for everything– no allergies.

    After his blood was drawn, he was also given his full battery of six-month vaccines.

    One month later, my wife served him milk for the first time, in the form of baby yogurt. My son turned red wherever the milk touched him. The next allergy test showed him with fairly high numbers for EVERYTHING– he literally reacted to everything except shrimp in that blood test. Milk especially, though.

    I am fairly convinced it was the six-month vaccines that did it. We hadn’t been giving him milk beforehand, and we know for a fact that he’d never had peanuts at all. For him to suddenly turn up allergic to both, when his tests were negative the DAY OF the vaccines is too much coincidence for us to ignore.

    • Amy · August 12, 2013

      I’m researching on the net because of my 15 m.o. son, who suddenly developed severe allergies after vaccination. What bothers me is my family (both sides) never has any history of food allergies. Never. Now my son has them.

      I am wondering how your son is doing?


  34. moms4psalms · December 9, 2008

    We have no knowledge of extended family members with food allergies or asthma. My husband and I have no known allergies but we were both vaccinated as children (back then it was about six vaccines instead of the twenty something today). But six out of seven of our (unvaccinated) children have allergies and one also has asthma.

    We are so puzzled by it all but there is some kind of family connection obviously.

    We also both had fathers in Vietnam. Maybe exposure to Agent Orange has done this…? really wish I knew.

    BTW–the first EVER camp for kids with food allergies was a few weeks ago at and it was fabulous! I blogged more about it at my site if you want more info. Sign up now for the Sept. 11-13, 2009 weekend. Spots are limited and it is FREE for the entire family!

  35. journeytocrunchville · December 9, 2008

    Oh thank you for your comment! I always love hearing perspective from other parents who’s children have not been vaccinated.

    Do you have a family history of food allergies or asthma? Were either parents vaccinated? Just wondering. I really wish they’d do more research on what is causing the body to reject something it shouldn’t.

    We are going to be looking into some alternative treatment methods and are hoping to see some positive results.

  36. moms4psalms · December 9, 2008

    Very interesting!

    We have six children with multiple (some potentially life-threatening) food allergies and they have NOT been vaccinated. So even though vaccines did not cause the food allergies, I have always suspected that my children may be “contra-indicated” to react safely to vaccines. Like, maybe kids genetically predisposed to food allergies are in the small group of children that have a greater risk of adverse side effects from vaccines.

    Hope more research is done along these lines. Thanks for sharing!

  37. journeytocrunchville · October 23, 2008

    Mommyof3, I have had the same suspicion! I definitely think it is a multi-factor cause but I would not be surprised if that is the case. It makes you worry about these childrens children and so on and so forth.

  38. mommyof3 · October 23, 2008

    Seems to me there is a genetic predisposition (perhaps due to mutations in the DNA that our own vaccinations caused) and then the environmental trigger (the shot) that sets off the allergy… just my own opinion of course.

  39. hookitup · May 17, 2008

    I do think it is curious, however, that there is a correlation between the protein weights. It would explain, maybe not how I became allergic to foods (which I am sure is genetic), but why several vaccines and serums make me extremely sick.

    You have helped solve a mystery for me :) From now on, I know to ask if there is an alternate vaccine or serum available for the ones that have caused allergic reactions in the past.

  40. journeytocrunchville · May 3, 2008

    I definitely don’t think that all food allergies are connected to vaccines. I do think vaccines could explain some of the increase we have seen, however. I also believe that genetics play a big part in this too. I tend to believe that for some cases of food allergies it is a combined genetic and environmental trigger that sets the wheels in motion. Keep in mind that some children that have never been vaccinated still have food allergies so vaccination can not be the only answer. Also, if all food allergies were only a direct result of vaccines I would imagine you’d see more children with food allergies. As it is, there has to be some sort of genetic or other succeptability factors that combine with the end result of a food allergy.

  41. hookitup · May 3, 2008

    Oh, I missed the tetanus comparison…interesting information, as I have always been allergic to this shot…

  42. hookitup · May 3, 2008

    I am still not too sure about the vaccine link. As both of my parents have allergies and my grandfather had many of the same symptoms I now recognize as FA in myself, I tend to still lean toward the genetic side of the debate…

  43. titus2woman · April 14, 2008

    We are kindred spirits~I am LOVING these vaccine posts! My children have not been vaccinated, and I still have one child with very many food allergies. Praise God~his peanut allergy is not the kill ya kind~just shows up as eczema. After vaccine research especially concerning with those that have such allergies, I wonder if it could have been much worse? Of my allergy/eczema children, I’m also very blessed that none have asthma.

    Look, I realize that’s a sweeping statement~I can’t say that vaccines would’ve made it all worse! but I’m glad I didn’t find out, too…. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  44. mommyof3 · April 9, 2008

    See Feb 2008 study. Why is this not made more public?

    “In the unvaccinated group, there were no significant associations
    between pertussis infection and atopic disorders.

    In the vaccinated
    group, all associations between pertussis infection and atopic
    disorders were positive, the associations with asthma [odds ratio
    (OR) = 2.24, 95% confidence interval (CI(95%)): 1.36-3.70], hay fever
    (OR = 2.35, CI(95%): 1.46-3.77) and food allergy (OR = 2.68, CI(95%):
    1.48-4.85) being significant. There was a positive association
    between pertussis infection and atopic disorders in the pertussis
    vaccinated group only. From the present study, it cannot be concluded
    whether this association is causal or due to reverse causation.”

    Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2008 Feb;19(1):46-52. Epub 2007 Dec
    11.Related Articles, Links
    Reported pertussis infection and risk of atopy in 8- to 12-yr-old
    vaccinated and non-vaccinated children.

    Bernsen RM, Nagelkerke NJ, Thijs C, van der Wouden JC.

    Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC – University Medical
    Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

    Pertussis infection has been suspected to be a potential causal
    factor in the development of atopic disease because of the effect of
    pertussis immunization on specific IgE antibodies. Although several
    studies found a positive association between pertussis infection and
    atopic disorders, this relationship has not yet been studied in a
    population stratified by vaccination status. To assess the
    association between pertussis infection and atopic disorders in
    pertussis-unvaccinated children and in pertussis-vaccinated children.
    Using data from a previously conducted study on the relationship
    between the diphtheria-tetanus-per tussis-(inactivated) poliomyelitis
    vaccination in the first year of life and atopic disorders, the study
    population of 1872 8-12 yr old was divided into children pertussis-
    unvaccinated and children pertussis-vaccinated in the first year of
    life. Within each group, the association between pertussis infection
    and atopic disorders (both as reported by the parents) was assessed.
    In the unvaccinated group, there were no significant associations
    between pertussis infection and atopic disorders. In the vaccinated
    group, all associations between pertussis infection and atopic
    disorders were positive, the associations with asthma [odds ratio
    (OR) = 2.24, 95% confidence interval (CI(95%)): 1.36-3.70], hay fever
    (OR = 2.35, CI(95%): 1.46-3.77) and food allergy (OR = 2.68, CI(95%):
    1.48-4.85) being significant. There was a positive association
    between pertussis infection and atopic disorders in the pertussis
    vaccinated group only. From t h e present study, it cannot be concluded
    whether this association is causal or due to reverse causation.

    PMID: 18086216 [PubMed – in process]

  45. mamadelbosque · April 8, 2008

    Wow. I don’t know what to say… its just incredible. Thats extremely frightening!! So glad my DS isn’t vaxed!

  46. gfcfmom · April 8, 2008

    The link between vaccines and allergies is fascinating. I just went to a Defeat Autism Now conference and most kids who are autistic have severe allergies and sensitivities to many different foods and chemicals. A restricted diet seems to be the cornerstone of treatment. My son, who lost the ability to speak, wave, point and lost eye contact at 18 months was diagnosed with an “allergy syndrome” because his symptoms of regressive autism were reversed with dietary changes.

  47. Lisa · April 8, 2008

    Wow. That’s a long read……….but if you take it slow and it bite-sized chunks, its really simple. We make allergies this insanely complicated stuff. Its not, people. Our current health situation……is this what God envisioned for us???

    Love ya Jessica……..

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