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June 8, 2012
City Kids Are More Likely To Have Food Allergies: Here's The True Cause

A recent study published in the latest issue of Clinical Pediatrics has found that children living in urban centers have a much higher prevalence of food allergies than those living in rural areas. It's the first study to map children's food allergies by geographical location in the United States. In particular, kids in big cities were found to be more than twice as likely to have peanut allergies compared to rural communities. The study humorously found a correlation between higher population density and greater likelihood of food allergies; however the actual cause is another story.

If the assumptions made in this study were correct, namely that higher population density increases the chance of food allergies, then it would be reasonable to infer that nations with the highest population densities (who have the most densely populated cities) would also have the highest rates of food allergies. However countries such as Singapore, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Taiwan and South Korea, some of the most densely populated areas of the world suffer no greater food allergy rates by ratio than do Americans--in fact they are less.

Author of the study, Ruchi Gupta, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician stated "this shows that environment has an impact on developing food allergies. Similar trends have been seen for related conditions like asthma. The big question is -- what in the environment is triggering them? A better understanding of environmental factors will help us with prevention efforts."

I would agree that the environment is partially responsible for the impact of food allergies on children. However, there is one very important cause of food allergies that was conveniently neglected from the study...

Vaccines Cause Allergies

Recent evidence indicates that routine childhood vaccinations contribute to the emergence of chronic allergic problems such as eczema, ear infections, and asthma. A growing number of scientists and physicians maintain that most standard vaccinations permanently disturb the developing immune system, setting the stage for hypersensitive reactions to foods and other common substances. In fact, childhood illnesses such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough may actually reduce the risk of allergy, says Konrad Kail, N.D.

Vaccines clog our lymphatic system and lymph nodes with large protein molecules which have not been adequately broken down by our digestive processes, since vaccines by pass digestion with injections. This is why vaccines are linked to allergies, because they contain large proteins which as circulating immune complexes (CICs) or "klinkers" which cause our body to become allergic.

Approximately 20 percent of children may outgrow their allergies, but with the increased frequency of recommended vaccines before the age of 3, severe allergic reactions will likely increase.

Egg is the second most common food allergy in early childhood. Approx 1.5 to 3.2 percent of all children under 3 have an egg allergy. It is fast becoming a recognized fact that those with an egg allergy should consult their doctor before receiving a vaccination. This is because occasionally vaccines are grown in cell cultures of chick embryo’s and may cause a reaction. An example of this is the MMR.

One of the first vaccines given to children, DTaP10, contains casein. Casein allergy coincidently appears in children in the first few months of life. Another vaccine given to children at two months of age is the Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV7). Each serotype for this vaccine is grown in soy peptone broth. A soy allergy is most common in infants and is usually noticed by 3 months of age...coincidence?

Injections have been used to create allergies in test animals. Any food protein remaining in the vaccine from the culture medium or diluent oils when injected along with an adjuvant can cause a food allergy.

City Kids Are More Likely To Be Vaccinated

Gupta's study included 38,465 children, 18 years and under, who comprised a representative sample of U.S. households. The key findings:

  • In urban centers, 9.8 percent of children have food allergies, compared to 6.2 percent in rural communities, almost a 3.5 percent difference.
  • Peanut allergies are twice as prevalent in urban centers as in rural communities, with 2.8 percent of children having the allergy in urban centers compared to 1.3 percent in rural communities. Shellfish allergies are more than double the prevalence in urban versus rural areas; 2.4 percent of children have shellfish allergies in urban centers compared to 0.8 percent in rural communities.
  • Food allergies are equally severe regardless of where a child lives, the study found. Nearly 40 percent of food-allergic children in the study had already experienced a severe, life-threatening reaction to food.
  • The states with the highest overall prevalence of food allergies are Nevada, Florida, Georgia, Alaska, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The study controlled for household income, race, ethnicity, gender and age. It tracked food allergy prevalence in urban centers, metropolitan cities, urban outskirts, suburban areas, small towns and rural areas. However, it did not track children's diet, exposure to pollutants in the home or vaccination rates.

Coincidently, and with the exception of Alaska and New Jersey, the states found to have the highest overall prevalence of food allergies also have the highest compliance rates for vaccination, especially Florida, Georgia, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

According to the World Health Organization, urban children are more likely to receive the measles and DTP3 (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccines than children in rural and poorer areas.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jonathan Maynard said that vaccinations are better enforced in city populations. "There has always been more control and enforcement of vaccination policies in city networks as opposed to rural and much of that has to do with regulating bodies and their enhanced ability to enforce public cooperation," he stated. Dr. Maynard also proclaimed that compliance to specific vaccines can be up to 30% higher in urban children than those in rural areas.

As more and more vaccines are added to the vaccine schedule, a worrying increase of children suffering from severe food allergies is occurring. Vaccines are causing a nation of sick children. This not only financially benefits the pharmaceutical industry but has opened the door for a whole new industry promoting allergy free foods supported by big pharma themselves.

There is indeed an environmental connection to allergies and pollutants are certainly a factor in their development. However, vaccinations have far more to do with allergy rates than population density itself. I would be very interested if Ruchi Gupta would proceed with a follow-up to his study and integrate vaccines, medications and toxic foods that children are exposed to on a regular basis. I think he would find out very quickly that population density is the least of our problems.

Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.



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