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Is There A Link Between Peanut Allergies and Vaccines?

Posted by on Sep. 1, 2013 at 1:47 PM
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Of my 8 children, only 3 have had vaccines.  My first 2 were vaccinated up to their kindergarten shots, but on a delayed schedule. My 3rd was vaccinated on schedule, but only until she was 1.  My daughter vaccinated on schedule is the only child to have allergies.  She has allergic reactions to eggs, peanuts, lentils, peas, and chick peas.  She had bad eczema.  Every time we got her shots, she would scream for days and scratch her legs until there was not skin.  Just bloody scabs from foot to butt.  Days, nonstop of this.  It was heart wrenching.  That is when we stopped vaccinating her.  We studied the risks vs benefits, ingredients, natural immunity vs vaccine immunity, and decided it was best for our family to just stop. 

I have always wondered if the vaccines were related to her allergies.  I think that she might have been more susceptible to reactions from the vaccines, but I have no proof.  Only what I've seen and read.  However, I still continue to research it out. 

What do you think?


As an example... Here is my son Jacob's legs from last week.  He is not vaccinated.  He has eczema, but this is very mild compared to my daughter Abby's.  Her's looked like this until she would get her shots (and it happened every time - so it wasn't coincidence).  Then you could not see any skin at all on her legs.  Literally, just the scabby look up to her butt.



The Shocking Link Between Peanut Allergies And Vaccines


One of the most serious allergies in young children, peanut allergies are on the rise, and experts suggest that childhood vaccinations might be a culprit. According to a recent Natural News source, over one million children live with peanut allergies in the United States, while a hundred years ago the allergy was nearly unheard of. It seems unlikely that the recent rise in peanut allergies is attributed solely to exposure to the allergen, because peanuts have been a common food source for as long as agriculture has been part of our world. On the other hand, it does seem likely that an environmental factor might be at play, potentially modifying our sensitivity to peanuts through unnatural methods of exposure.

One factor that has a positive relationship with peanut allergy incidence is childhood vaccination. In the past hundred years, vaccination rates have steadily increased to the point where nearly every American child has vaccinations multiple times throughout childhood and infancy. At the same time, peanut allergies have increased to the point where everyone knows a child who has a peanut allergy, often life threatening in severity.

The Potential Connection Between Vaccines and Peanut Allergies

The onset of the peanut allergy epidemic coincides with the onset of refined peanut oil as a common product in manufacturing and producing vaccines. While people use peanut oil in other applications, such as cooking and lubrication, none of these applications delivers the potential allergen to the body in such a direct way as vaccines and drugs do. In the early years after vaccination became commonplace, a reaction called serum sickness began to cause shock in many children who received vaccinations. The symptoms are uncannily similar to allergic reactions to anaphylaxis-inducing allergens today.

Preserving vaccines and other drugs requires the use of an excipient, or an additive that ensures that the beneficial effect lasts as long as possible without losing the live component of the vaccine. Adjuvants are another key component, which increase reactivity and ensure that the immune response evoked by the vaccine is strong enough to fight the disease in practice. These additives often come in the form of a refined organic oil of some type, and they are still crucial to vaccine distribution today. Because of its availability and low cost, peanut oil is one of the top favored refined oils for use in vaccines.

It seems that in order to enjoy immunity against disease, we must live with hypersensitivity to perfectly natural environmental factors. An initial, early exposure to an allergen creates hypersensitivity—in this case, the “serum sickness” or mild-to-moderate discomfort that children experience after a vaccination. After the initial exposure, the child with newly formed hypersensitivity may experience a severe reaction to further exposures. This is the anaphylaxis that marks peanut allergies as dangerous, even life threatening in children. This hypersensitivity through vaccination is induced at a time when children are already at their most vulnerable, the first few months of life during infancy.

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Knowing about hypersensitivity and how it leads to severe allergic reactions, it makes sense that early exposure to peanut oil in the form of a vaccination can lead to hypersensitivity—especially if the purpose of the peanut oil in the first place is to increase reactivity from the immune system. This is even truer considering that serum sickness or vaccine reactions are clinically the same as initial allergic reactions, and that development of a peanut allergy often occurs in the same period as early-life vaccinations do.

Why It’s Important to Minimize Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are dangerous to children and adults alike and can cause some of the most severe allergic reactions through life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Mild reactions to peanuts can be a precursor to serious reactions later in life, making it vital to pay attention even when the symptoms don’t seem worrisome. Symptoms of a generalized reaction to peanuts can include hives, rashes, and itching. Other common symptoms include gastrointestinal distress, such as nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Signs of respiratory reactions can include tightness of the chest, narrowing of the windpipe and esophagus, wheezing and stuffy or runny sinuses.

Other serious reactions are the result of anaphylaxis, which requires immediate treatment with adrenaline in the form of epinephrine. These anaphylactic episodes can include severe airway constriction; swelling of the throat, mouth, and other mucous membranes; and dizziness that can progress to unconsciousness. Without treatment, anaphylaxis can lead to physical shock, coma, and death. For these reasons, it is important to minimize the chances of peanut allergies or any other allergy that is likely to cause anaphylaxis.

The allergic reaction can be stronger and more dangerous in small children. In many cases, the earlier the allergy appears in life, the more life threatening the reaction can be. For children who are immunized with a vaccine containing peanut oil in the first days of life, the allergic reaction can be violently dangerous, and babies are poorly equipped to deal with such a reaction. Accordingly, parents are keeping their children away from peanuts and by-products until well into early childhood. This can minimize exposure to a potential allergen but also removes the health and nutritional benefits of peanuts.

Surely, it makes more sense to stay away from environmental factors that might cause the allergy, making it possible to proceed cautiously with peanut exposure instead of avoiding peanuts altogether for years. In many cases, severe allergic reactions can occur even with the heaviest precautions taken. Dr. Tim O’Shea describes an acquaintance who died from anaphylaxis after eating egg rolls at a restaurant that were cooked in peanut oil, a fact that even the chefs at the restaurant were unaware of. Schools ban peanut products from packed lunches in fear that a child will smell a peanut butter cookie from a hundred feet away in the cafeteria. Peanuts in their various forms are all around us, and staying away from them can be impossible even with the best precautions.

For this reason, it is certainly better to avoid exposure when it might cause the most reactivity—such as in early childhood vaccinations—so that when peanut exposure does occur, it won’t cause hypersensitivity. This might seem easier said than done, but vaccinations are often the only exposure to peanut byproducts that a baby will experience in his or her first year of life, especially if the child is breastfeeding instead of formula feeding. It’s only slightly later in childhood that peanut exposure becomes commonplace, when solid, cooked foods become part of the diet and peanuts are hardest to avoid in every form.

In light of recent discussion, some families may choose to delay or avoid vaccinating in childhood, infancy, or both in an effort to minimize the risk of induced peanut allergy. Many vaccines ostensibly protect against illnesses of childhood that parents are well equipped to treat at home, such as uncomplicated chicken pox. Other vaccines protect against diseases that are more risky and more dangerous to the children who contract them, such as diphtheria and rubella. Naturally, it is in the parent’s best interest to weigh these risks and act accordingly when it comes to vaccination decisions. If more evidence continues to implicate the role of vaccination in peanut allergy incidence, it makes sense to minimize childhood exposure to vaccines wherever possible.

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jobseeker
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I wonder if this is a relatively new phenomenon.  None of my children or nephew of neices had ANYTHING CLOSE TO THIS REACTION.  There are 19 of them all together.  I have 1 sister and 1 neice with eczema not mother and daughter.  

I'm sorry for your family!

Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Sep. 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I'm sorry you are dealing with this, it sounds misearble and I hope you find what works for you.

I don't know about the validity of the study though, any study can create a correlation to anything. I recently heard it was because of "roasted" peanuts, creating some sort of oil, that certain people seem susceptible too. We are altering nature...are we altering the protiens and creating some other product? A toxin or something? IDK

I've heard of an entire family who had severe reactions to the flu vaccines and childhood vaccines- they would warn each other not to get the vaccine, and several of their children died- it really leads me to think there is something genetic going on, and some are more predisposed.

As for the vaccines, yes, there can be severe reactions, and many times people choose not to vaccinate. I did the delayed schedule, but at that time because my concern was formaldehyde. That has since changed, but people still have concerns now for other reasons.

I hope someday, they can have some sort of testing to possibly identify what children have a predisposition to. We hear all sorts of things, and then studies refute it. I wouldn't however, as this article states, make such a generalization to limit vaccine exposure- that I think is simply irresponsible.

susan115
by on Sep. 2, 2013 at 12:15 AM

  You will have to look this up, but it would take about a year of slowy having shots and something else, I just don't remember.  Talk to your allergy doctor.  He should help.  When my daughter started getting allergies, I started taking her to farms and let her walk around barefoot(for the germs), yes.  No allergies.  All that anti-bacteria is great, but we lose something in our immune system, but not having certain germs.

JoJoBean8
by Silver Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 8:17 AM
My dd was vaccinated up until age 2 and she has horrible asthma, multiple food allergies, and had horrible eczema as a young child. My son never had a vaccine and only has egg allergies which run in the family and he should outgrow. I defiantly think there is a link between vaccines and allergies and asthma.
kcangel63
by Amanda on Sep. 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM
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We ended up watching a farm for some friends for 6 months a few years later when she was about 3. We were able to switch the whole family to raw cow and goat milk, farm fresh eggs, and food from the garden. Since then, her eczema has been cleared up. Her food allergies aren't as bad now (she's 9). Her lips and mouth itch and swell, and her skin gets red and itchy where the food touched her. We're back in the country now, but not on a farm. Hopefully we can move back to raw milk soon. I hate buying nasty store milk. Tastes like chemicals.

Quoting susan115:

  You will have to look this up, but it would take about a year of slowy having shots and something else, I just don't remember.  Talk to your allergy doctor.  He should help.  When my daughter started getting allergies, I started taking her to farms and let her walk around barefoot(for the germs), yes.  No allergies.  All that anti-bacteria is great, but we lose something in our immune system, but not having certain germs.

marchantmom06
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM
My only child with any food allergies is not vaccinated.... All the rest are vaxed in full on time and not so much as a reaction to anything. So there goes that theory. Chances are the child is allergic to the actual vaccine.
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by Eds on Sep. 2, 2013 at 11:54 AM

This hits home with me..the exema part..I feel so sorry for young kids who have exzema..it IS heartbreaking.. You (general you)  have no idea what people with psoriasis and/or eczema go through until you see it first hand.  Have been researching it..and a doctor John Pagano has some thoughts on exzema and psoriasis.  Good post..excellent read.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Sorry for what you're going through.  It could be something they are putting in the vaccines now since it seems food allergies are on the rise.  I'm not sure it's just the vaccines though.  So much junk is going into our food and products we use everyday (like shampoo and toothpaste).  

buttersworth
by Bronze Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I think vaccines would be great if the preservatives in those were not made with toxic materials such as mercury, formaldehyde, etc. That is what I've read. some people say these are in the vaccines in trivial amounts. I say to that, wow, 10 years ago there was this huge national campaign trying to convince everybody to safely throw away their mercury thermometers because those could break and make you sick. But then it's okay to inject the stuff directly into the veins?

Now what I've experienced are side effects, which I know first hand. For myself and my children, there were side effects. Matter of fact, i still suffer from and always will from the side effects I had from one shot -a dudd, if you will- that i am not allergic to- and I will have what I have the rest of my life. My son, along with things confirmed to be allergic reaction, also has a mastocytoma which the docs have not or cannot relate to anything but I believe that bunch of hystamine was released in reaction to a shot he got as a premie.

I used to be more cautious about coming out boldly to speak my mind, but honestly I don't think these shots are full of crap that does weird stuff to people as a mistake, or a sloppy job, or even ignoring everythign but the bottom line. It doesn't make sense any other way than would be explained under UN Agenda 21 and all legislation heading towards taxing us for the air we breathe (carbon footprint - it's as bogus as Al Gore and Climategate).

There's a bigger picture, vaccines fit into it, vaccines could be used to help mankind but currently are not. The Affordable Care Act is designed to force people into taking vaccines, which will make you sick and dependent on the nanny state, if not obsolete.

It's a racket.

That's what I think.

beinghuman
by Member on Sep. 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

You mean precisely, there goes that theory.....for you. 


Quoting marchantmom06:

My only child with any food allergies is not vaccinated.... All the rest are vaxed in full on time and not so much as a reaction to anything. So there goes that theory. Chances are the child is allergic to the actual vaccine.



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