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Rate of Childhood Peanut Allergies More Than Triples

Peanut angry "Researchers can't explain increase in last decade, although actual number is still small."

THURSDAY, May 13 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey suggests that the percentage of children with peanut allergies has more than tripled in just over a decade, although the actual number of kids thought to have the allergy is still small.

"These results show that there is an alarming increase in peanut allergies, consistent with a general, although less dramatic, rise in food allergies among children in studies reported by the CDC [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]," study leader Dr. Scott H. Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said in a news release from the school. "The data underscore the need for more study of these dangerous allergies."

Researchers surveyed 5,300 households in 2008 and found that 1.4 percent of children were thought to have peanut allergies. That's more than three times the rate -- 0.4 percent -- found in a similar survey that was done in 1997.

The percentage of kids with allergies to either peanuts or tree nuts grew to 2.1 percent in 2008 from 0.6 percent in 1997.

Among adults, the level of peanut allergies didn't change: It remained at 1.3 percent.
"Our research shows that more than 3 million Americans report peanut and/or tree nut allergies, representing a significant health burden," Sicherer said. "The data also emphasize the importance of developing better prevention and treatment strategies."

It's not clear why the number of reported allergies is on the rise. One theory suggests that people are developing less immunity to allergens because they're exposed to fewer germs. Another suggests that people are wrongly diagnosed with food allergies that they don't actually have.

The researchers caution that they only called homes with telephones, possibly skewing the results toward the experiences of wealthier households.

The findings appear in the (See HERE) May 12 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.



Has any journalist asked the CEOs of the drug companies whether any vaccine or vaccine component is or has been manufactured with any component of peanut or a peanut-derived compound? (And if so, which vaccines?) Has a component of peanut ever been found to be a contaminant in a vaccine? Has anyone asked the FDA the same questions?

This webpage doesn't contain the answer, but it's full of interesting references:

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Ross Coe

I get tired and apathetic every time I read comments that autism or peanut allergy is just better recognized, and/or vaccines which contain peanut oil and endocrine disrupting aluminum and mercury can't be at fault. Think people!! Whatever is injected unnaturally into a human causes an emergency response. Every component of a vaccine has an effect. Vaccines are not pristine. When you get an allergy test what do they do to see if you react? Put some with a needle under your skin. So think about vaccine introduced even deeper and in large amount.


I came across the following in _Biohazard_ by Ken Alibek. Alibek (born Alibekov) was a big bug in the Soviet biowarfare establishment. He defected to the US in 1992.

"I have lost all sense of smell and have the broadest range of allergies of anyone I know. I can't eat butter, cheese, eggs, mayonnaise, sausages, chocolate, or candy. I swallow two or three pills of anti-allergy medicine a day--more on bad days, when my sinuses start to drain. Every morning, I rub ointment over my face, neck, and hands to give my skin the natural lubricants it has lost. The countless vaccinations I received against anthrax, plague, and tularemia weakened my resistance to disease and probably shortened my life."


Adjuvant 65 and 2-Phenethyl-Propionate are derived from peanut oil, so yes, let's chalk up another one to vaccines....Doctors tell parents never to let their babies go near peanuts because of the risk of developing an early allergic reaction, but they inject it into their bloodstream on the day of birth...


There is no allergy increase, its always been there and we are better at diagnosing it.

A study should be done too, I bet the association with peanut allergies has direct relation to having strawberry jelly in the house as well.

Problem solved. :)

Christina S.

Of COURSE the Vaccines are the culprate!!!!! Duh! Mystery solved.


Autism is such a mystery. Peanut allergies are such a mystery. It's just a coincidence that both have increased so much since 1990 and that the vaccine program grew so much since then as well. It's just a coincidence that peanut oil is used as an adjuvant in vaccines. What a mysterious world, full of amazing coincidences.
Response to influenza vaccine in adjuvant 65-4

How tf is it that researchers can't explain the increase?

Gail Elbek

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Heidi N

All my kids are allergic to peanuts.


I'm currently the foster parent a 2 month old non-biological child who will hopefully be adopted into our family. I'm not legally her mom yet so I have to give some vaccines not to raise suspicion as it's legally not my decision to make, and the health dept. checks up monthly. Our holistic pediatrician is selectively setting up a schedule to keep the state satisfied with the least risk for harm, and he said the safest is HiB - she is not able to nurse so there is no risk. He elaborated that apparently the protein in the Hib vaccine is structurally identical to peanuts. A nursing infant who has any nut/peanut exposure via breastmilk, and receives an Hib vax, can develop lifethreatening peanut allergies. Since she's exclusively been on formula her whole life, she's not at risk.


I guess those kids who go anaphalactic at the mere smell of a peanut can rest assured since researchers think some of them might not be allergic to peanuts at all


"Another suggests that people are wrongly diagnosed with food allergies that they don't actually have."

Well, this is deja vu....


"I've been reading The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic by Heather Fraser."

I highly recommend everyone read this book. It is extremely well organized and well referenced. It also discusses and dismisses the ridiculous drivel hypotheses put forth by this particular study.

Hygene hypothesis indeed...


So we got some people siting some where putting this stuff in the vaccines.

Suddenly we have an increase in peanut allergies and they never have a light bulb moment???!!!!!

Surely there is some people in vaccine manufacturing flinching like a kid that just broke a window when he batted the ball.

Just more and more keeps piling on.


"There was a surge in peanut allergy in the late 80s and early 90s."

I think I've heard about some other condition surging during that time.


New book on the peanut allergy epidemic. Note at about 3:50 in the video, the camera pans in on text regarding peanut adjuvants in a Merck vaccine. Should be a good read.


I've been reading The History of the Peanut Allergy Epidemic by Heather Fraser.

I'm not very far in the book, but I've learned that now toddlers were far more likely to develop the allergy than adults, the increase in children started around 1990, peanut allergy gender ratio is now more than 2:1 for boys:girls, and (peeking ahead a little bit to get past the section outlining all the various attempts by researchers to explain the cause/increase, nearly half the book) that following WWII peanut oil replaced the use of cottonseed oil in the production of penicillin and vaccines, particularly in the use of adjuvants starting in the 1960s.

I kind of feel like I've read this book before.


"One theory suggests that people are developing less immunity to allergens because they're exposed to fewer germs. "

It's always fun when a pet theory gets stretched to its limit. I guess everyone's house got way cleaner over the last ten years.

Bob Moffitt

"It's not clear why the number of reported allergies is on the rise. One theory suggests that people are developing less immunity to allergens because they're exposed to fewer germs"

Well, how about asking whether children are being exposed to more and more vaccine ADJUVANTS than ALL other, less vaccinated, generations were not exposed to?

You know, the really "harmless" stuff ..such as..aluminum, formaldehyde, mercury, sodium borax .. on and on and on...


Only 'wealthier' families have telephones? Seriously? Did we go back 40 years overnight or something? I think it's more likely that they missed a lot of the 'wealthier' homes since many people have gone to cellphones/smartphones and actually the opposite is true, which could understate the problem, since it would be the wealthier families that have better access to medical testing and services.
I know lots of people with kids with allergy problems, particularly nuts, but also milk. I definitely think it's on the rise, as a kid I didn't know a single person with a peanut allergy...

Cathy R.

But, thanks to the NYT, we know that a food allergy is likely not a food allergy b/c people are too stupid to know what they are allergic to.
Is there nut protein in any of these common drugs/vaccines/meds?

Alison MacNeil

completely off-topic, but this might be my all time favorite graphic Kim, made my day,looks like me trying to get the kids off to school.

John Stone

"although the actual number is still small"

This is presumably the spin from the news release not AoA - 1 in 70 children is "small". That is surely going to be well over a million children in the US, but who cares!

Nice big market for Epi Pens.

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