Ending the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

Heather Fraser1

In 1995, my one-year-old son Woody reacted violently with anaphylaxis to a taste of peanut butter. In hindsight, he was part of the “first wave” of an epidemic of life-threatening peanut allergy in children that in just 20 years has reached two million cases in the U.S. alone. As these children have aged, the combined number of American adults and children with peanut allergy has reached about four million.

When the first edition of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic came out four years ago I was optimistic. My training is in historical research, and I truly thought that documented evidence, rooted in medical literature and primary source materials, as to the precipitating cause of the epidemic was key. I thought it would spark meaningful conversation with doctors and allergists. This has absolutely not occurred.


  • The number of children – starting in the first months of life – with life-threatening allergies to peanut and other foods has skyrocketed out of control; some estimates suggest 13% of children under age 12 are anaphylactic;
  • It is clear that physicians are unable to stop the allergy epidemic because they are part of the problem;
  • Many allergists know exactly what is going on, and some have admitted it in print and on video (watch a two-minute video of a top Canadian allergist explaining how and why we have so many children allergic to peanut).


no-peanuts-sign1The epidemic began suddenly, in specific countries and at the same time

In the early 1990s, tens of thousands of children with severe food allergy arrived for kindergarten at schools across Canada, the U.K., Australia and the U.S. This sudden phenomenon of life-threatening allergy in kids only in specific countries occurred simultaneously, without warning, and quickly intensified.

It captured the attention of school professionals like Toronto teacher Wendy Harris who in 2000 recalled:

About a decade ago, the sudden surge in highly allergic children entering school systems across the province caught many educators off guard. . . [1]

Eyewitness accounts of the phenomenon of allergic kindergarteners in Canada mirrored those in the U.K. where on the Isle of Wight doctors noticed a change in sequential cohorts of children born there between 1989 and 1996.[2] Peanut allergy had emerged suddenly and the incidence rapidly increased from 0.5% to 1.5% of children.

In this same window of time, peanut allergy erupted in children in Australia.

In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), hospital admission for food reactions increased by 400% between 1993 and 2004 for children under five. Allergist Ray Mullins did not hesitate to call it an epidemic.[3] By 2011 in Melbourne, 3% of children or 1 in 33 were peanut allergic.[4]

At the same time, peanut allergy in children emerged in the U.S.

U.S. hospital admissions for food reactions among children soared from 2,615 in 1998 to 9,537 in 2006.[5] New York City allergist Scott Sicherer called the increase in peanut allergy in US children “alarming” after the number shot from virtually zero to almost two million in just 20 years.[6]

Current research has avoided looking directly at causes of allergy in infants. The much anticipated five-year LEAP study (learn early about peanut allergy) delivered a deflated and circular observation in 2015: a major risk factor for developing peanut allergy is allergy. In other words, infants as young as four months in this study were at risk of developing peanut allergy because they already had severe food allergies, eczema and egg allergy. This conclusion, again, begs the question: what is causing infants less than one year of age to develop severe food allergies?

The answer to this question lies in what everyone has already observed in the sudden nature with which the epidemic began.


The answer to the peanut allergy “mystery”

What has the power to create life-threatening allergy so suddenly, just in kids, in specific countries, and at the same time?

Early in the epidemic, doctors were at greater liberty to disclose the answer.

In 1999, U.K. professor Andrew Taylor-Robinson pointed to the cause of anaphylaxis and atopy (multiple allergies) in children:

What should be discussed is whether the price of a reduction of common infectious diseases through a policy of mass vaccination from birth is worth the price of a higher prevalence of atopy?[emphases mine][7]

In 2001, Canadian allergist Peter Vadas casually pointed out the cause of peanut allergy in children during a Toronto TV show (see this two-minute video clip):

. . . one of the spin offs [of early vaccination for children] is that there are [sic] a certain proportion of the population that are going to be more prone to developing allergies as a consequence of that. [emphases mine] [8]

Vaccination causes anaphylaxis and allergy to what is in the vaccine. No doctor can deny this. It is a fact supported by more than 100 years of medical literature, the 1913 Nobel Prize in medicine, scores of AEFI reports (adverse events following immunization) and every vaccine package insert.

But since the late 1980s, vaccines have become even more potent, administered in larger combinations (five or even seven in a single needle) and adjuvanted (powerful immune-stimulating additives such as aluminum and conjugate toxoids). Such powerful vaccines more readily create allergy in infants to what is in the shot as well as what is in the air and the body at the time of (or after) vaccination.[9]


How-to create a peanut allergy epidemic

Despite the acknowledged risks inherent in vaccination, the U.S. government removed legal safeguards designed to help protect vaccine consumers in 1986 with the Vaccine Injury Act. Perhaps the Act was intended to support those who had been injured by vaccines. But a larger purpose of the Act was to relieve vaccine makers of any liability for injury related to their products.

This Act opened the gates to a vast vaccine market. Manufacturers rushed to fill new U.S. government demands, starting with Hib in 1987 which was combined with DPT-IPV by 1994. This first five–in-one combination vaccine marketed as PENTA was used in Canada. It was created so quickly for this new open market that it was not licensed.[10] During the three years this unlicensed vaccine was administered to Canadian children, doctors reported over 11,000 adverse events that included allergy, anaphylaxis, neurological injury and 15 deaths.

With an increase in number and potency of vaccines starting in the late 1980s, health officials in the U.S., Canada, and other western countries began to target children at two months of age. Coverage rates (the numbers of kids being vaccinated at birth, two months, four, six, twelve, eighteen months, etc.) quickly rose from about 65% with the old schedule to 95% by 2000 with the new schedule. The pairing of potent vaccines and high coverage rates launched the allergy epidemic in these countries. No one knew there was a problem until the affected children showed up for kindergarten in the early ’90s. Again, teachers recall the sudden surge of highly allergic children that caught schools off guard.

And as the schedule expanded, so too did the allergy epidemic.


Moms will end this epidemic, not the doctors

It is crucial for parents to realize that their nice doctor has no legal responsibility for vaccine injury, including anaphylaxis (same for government and the manufacturer). Screening for underlying toxic burdens, liver or kidney health prior to vaccination might mitigate adverse outcomes, but the one-size-fits all vaccination policy does not accommodate such costs and delays.

Although my son had reacted badly to three doses of PENTA and had developed atopy and anaphylaxis in his first year of life, the doctor wanted to proceed with more vaccines. Next was the MMR. By this time, finally, I was aware and asked the nice doctor if he knew of the relationship between vaccination and allergy. He shrugged. And I refused the vaccine.

I said “no.”

peanutoil1The hope that I felt four years ago that The Peanut Allergy Epidemic might spark conversation with doctors on vaccine-induced allergies has evaporated. Instead, doctors continue to cause allergy and then benefit from treatments for it. Immunotherapy treatment for infants is supported by the LEAP study. A lead doctor for this study holds shares in a potential immunotherapy blockbuster peanut allergy skin patch. I predict that newborns will soon be sporting these patches to “protect” them from peanut allergy. So focused are doctors on treatments that they seem to have blocked the fact that just 20 years ago peanut allergy was virtually unknown.

The odds of a child developing severe allergies from vaccination today may be as high as 1 in 33 (3%) just for peanut and 1 in 7 (13%) for foods generally. It is my belief that even if the number of anaphylactic children were to double or reach 50% or even 100% of all children, physicians would continue to vaccinate and the allergists would continue in their bemused silence. The doctors are unable to stop the epidemic because they are part of the problem.

And so, the second edition of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic has become a red-flag warning from a “first wave” mom to other moms who may just now be starting to realize what is happening. It is to these moms, future moms, and grandmothers that I say, all of you have more power than all the doctors put together.

You have the power to end this epidemic.

Believe it.

And you can do it with a single word: no.

~ Heather Fraser, MA, BA. BEd

About the author: Heather Fraser is the author of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing It and How to Stop It (NY, Skyhorse, second ed. 2015) and Acupressure for Allergy (2012). She holds an MA from Queen’s University, and two Bachelor degrees including one in Education from the University of Western Ontario.

For more by Heather Fraser, click here


[1] Wendy Harris, “Abnormal response to normal things,” Professionally Speaking Magazine, Ontario College of Teachers (Toronto, Sept. 2000). http://professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/september_2000/epipen.htm

[2] Grundy, J., et al., “Rising prevalence of allergy to peanut in children: data from 2 sequential cohorts”, J Allergy Clin Immunol., 110, No. 5 (Nov., 2002): 784-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12417889

[3] R. J. Mullins, “Pediatric food allergy trends in a community-based specialist allergy practice, 1995–2006,” Medical Journal of Australia, 186, No. 12 (2007): 618–621.

[4] Osborne, NJ., et al, “Prevalence of challenge-proven IgE-mediated food allergy using population-based sample and predetermined challenge criteria in infants,” J Allergy Clin Immunol., 127 (3) (2011): 668-76.

[5] http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db10.htm

[6] R.S. Gupta, et al, “Understanding the prevalence of childhood food allergy in the United States” Pediatrics (July, 2011). This study indicates that in 2010 there were 2% – 2.8% or 1.5 to 2 million peanut allergic children in the US which is a significant increase from a 2008 study (Sicherer) in which 1.4% children were found to be peanut allergic.

[7] A. W. Taylor-Robinson, “Multiple vaccination effects on atopy,” Allergy, 54 (April 1999): 398–399.

[8] Discovery Health show called Health on the Line, Episode 1014 “Allergic Disease” (Nov., 2001) http://petervadasmd.com/mediaappearances.html

[9] D. O’Hagan (ed.), “Induction of Allergy to Food Proteins,” and “Real and Theoretical Risks of Vaccine Adjuvants,” Vaccine Adjuvants (NJ, Humana Press, 2000) 10 & 32.

M.R. Nelson, et al., “Anaphylaxis complicating routine childhood immunization: haemophilus influenza b conjugated vaccine,” Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology, 14, 4 (Dec. 2000): 315-321.

Kosecka, et al. “Pertussis adjuvant prolongs intestinal hypersensitivity, “ International Archives of Allergy & Immunology, 119, 3 (July, 1999): 205-11.

Nakayama T, Aizawa C, Kuno-Sakai H. “A clinical analysis of gelatin allergy and determination of its causal relationship to the previous administration of gelatin-containing acellular pertussis vaccine combined with diphtheria and tetanus toxoids,” Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunolology (Feb., 1999): 321-5.

[10] See: pentproject.net

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30 Responses to Ending the Peanut Allergy Epidemic

  1. Stephen Frost says:

    Correlation isn’t causation. This is why scientists do science, not historians. In the 80s, the EpiPen was approved. By the 90s, kids were of school age, who before then, usually just went ahead and died at their first exposure to a severe allergen. It’s not exactly difficult to find much more likely explanations than “all the scientists and doctors are wrong and some random blogger and historian have more of an idea about what’s going on”. You are very much not a “thinking mom”. You need to learn actual thinking skills.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Thanks for all the unnecessary insults, Stephen. They always increase the power of your argument. 😉

      Peanut allergies are on the rise — tremendously. Those scientists you’re talking about are unanimous on that score. There is no one saying, “Oh, but it might be better diagnosis!” If one percent of children were dying of peanut-induced anaphylaxis in the 1970s, you’d damned well better believe we’d have known about it.

      Measles was supposed to be such a “killer,” and it was responsible for a whopping 450 deaths a year BEFORE the first measles vaccine was licensed (not all in children). There were 64.5 million children in the US in 1960. That would mean that a maximum of .0005% of children were dying of measles and it’s this horrible scary killer that we have to make sure we VACCINATE EVERYONE FOR OR IT’S GOING TO COME BACK!!! What you’re positing is the idea that 2,000 times as many children were dropping dead upon their first taste of peanut, and no one noticed. Not plausible in the least.

      Scientists are often hampered by what Dr. Martha Herbert (a Harvard scientist herself) calls the “exquisite precision” of their work. They are so focused on the precise details of their work that they often miss the big picture. In this case, their theories leave out huge swaths of scientific history that make it crystal clear that they don’t explain ALL the data — because while “correlation isn’t causation,” correlation is indeed a necessary condition to prove causation. And the correlations simply aren’t there. And you know what? I would bet Heather would say that it wasn’t “exactly difficult to find” the “much more likely explanation” than those scientists are promoting. Sometimes, yes, it does take a historian to go back to when a phenomenon started and put the pieces together.

      Now, I dare YOU to start doing some “thinking” by reading about the origins of “anaphylaxis” and “allergy.” It makes for fascinating and eye-opening reading. You can start with Charles Richet and his Nobel Prize.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Thanks for the laugh, Dima, sweetie. Sorry I didn’t approve your comment. As you probably know, it repeatedly violates our standards, but I’d like to address your actual points:

        1) “I grew up in Soviet Union where we had the same amount of vaccines delivered to children but NO peanut allergies at all – I didn’t know ONE child with a peanut allergy.”

        I get the impression it never occurred to you that the vaccines in the Soviet Union are not the same vaccines used here and were made with different ingredients, nor that “the same amount of vaccines delivered to children” whenever you grew up (and I suspect it was quite a while ago as the Soviet Union hasn’t existed since 1991) has to have been many fewer than the number that today’s children are receiving. In addition, the peanut allergy epidemic had a very distinct starting point, which is covered thoroughly and wonderfully in Heather Fraser’s book, in the early 1990s. I didn’t know any children with peanut allergies growing up in the United States either.

        2) “I have grown up with no allergies whatsoever yet after 15 years of living in Los Angeles, now I am allergic to pollen. I am an interpreter and when I go to help kids, I CONSTANTLY find children who arrived here with no allergies suddenly acquiring them.”

        So… children “arrive here with no allergies” and “suddenly acquire them,” and you think that’s an argument AGAINST vaccines being an issue? Because children, especially arriving immigrants, don’t receive vaccines…?

        (“What vaccines are required for U.S. immigration?
        At this time,* vaccines for these diseases are currently required for U.S. immigration:

        Tetanus and diphtheria
        Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)
        Hepatitis A
        Hepatitis B
        Meningococcal disease
        Pneumococcal disease
        Seasonal influenza”

        Or are you implying that the environment of Los Angeles is solely to blame? I think you may be surprised to find that pretty much everyone here will agree that the air in LA (one of the most heavily polluted cities in the country) and/or the food are very likely to be adding to your overall toxic burden and probably ARE increasing the likelihood of allergies.

        And lastly 3) “Here is the real stat on measles: ‘each year, among reported cases, an estimated 400 to 500 people died, 48,000 were hospitalized, and 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) from measles.'”

        I’m not sure what you think you are correcting… I used the number 450, which in case you hadn’t noticed is the AVERAGE of your “400 to 500.” Maybe you’re thinking that not mentioning the 1,000 cases of encephalitis was some sort of horrible omission? Notice how they don’t indicate how many of those cases of encephalitis were included among the people who died. It’s likely to be the majority though, isn’t it? So we’re probably talking about 500-600 people a year (spread out over children of all ages, and even adults) who MIGHT experience some long-term sequelae. Ten or twelve kids per state. It’s no wonder the special education needs of that era were low!

        In the current era, when nearly every child in the country is vaccinated with measles, on the other hand, the special education requirements are through the roof and growing, especially in California (http://www.sacbee.com/site-services/databases/article90300877.html). I’ll bet you didn’t know that measles VACCINE could produce encephalitis too, as well as pertussis, mumps, and rubella vaccines. Given that children now get three of those at once (usually between 12 and 18 months of age, when the neurological system is developing rapidly), it should be no wonder that our special education requirements are much higher today.


    • mark says:

      At $100 an epi pen theres a lot of money in this issue

    • Christina says:

      Kuddos for speaking up, Stephen.

      From an actual thinking mom with an actual education in medicine.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        So it doesn’t matter to you that his argument is built on a faulty premise while criticizing others’ “thinking”? In that case, I’m sorry but “thinking mom” isn’t a possible descriptor for you. “Actual education in medicine” certainly is possible, however, as most of us here have seen doctors get things equally as wrong as Stephen does — repeatedly — because, like him, they do not insist that their conclusions actually fit the data. If you had an “actual education” in logic and reasoning, you would know that a faulty premise does not lead to a valid conclusion.

  2. While vaccination may be playing some part, it was not likely the cause of my middle child’s peanut allergy. My first two kids were fully vaccinated (born in 1998 and 2000, so fewer then) and they do not have any food allergies (though perhaps gluten for my oldest). My next child was selectively/delay-vaxed and only given Hib in his first year of life and later DTaP as a toddler. He developed a *severe* peanut allergy at 12 months (before having the DTaP) and after only having Hib (which is not a combo). It was quite serious but he was one of the lucky ones who outgrew it and now at 13 he has no allergies at all. He also outgrew all of his other allergies, including allergies to dogs, grass and birch pollen. I have always believed that our healthy lifestyle and natural/organic diet are what helped him eliminate all of those allergies, at least in part (and luck certainly plays a big role when it comes to outgrowing peanut allergies, too). My next two children are completely unvaccinated and one of them is allergic to gluten.

    All of my kids were exclusively breastfed. My oldest two (the vaxed ones) got several rounds of antibiotics in infancy and toddler years, but the next three did not get any antibiotics except one round for my youngest at about a year. I didn’t receive any antibiotics or vaccines during any of their pregnancies. So in our family, we have our own little research lab — two vaxed kids, one kid who was very selectively vaxed, and two unvaxed kids. They each have had issues and there has been no magic ticket one way or another.

    I don’t know what the cause of the peanut allergy epidemic is. I researched it quite a lot when my son developed his. I’m thankful he outgrew it. I suspect that it is a lot like the autism epidemic and there are many factors that can flip the switch, especially when there are lots of vulnerabilities that are triggered. After all, there has been compelling research done on all of the following regarding autism, ADHD and allergies too — GMOs, BHA, pthalates, Roundup, pesticides, mercury (heavily present now in our lakes, air and seafood), traffic pollution and more. One obnoxious website even claims to have lots of proof that breastfeeding increases the odds of all of these things because our own bodies are so toxic these days. The one thing that’s certain is that we need more real research into this, and not research funded by pharma.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Your children’s health history is very interesting, especially in light of Heather Fraser’s analysis in The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, which concludes that the Hib vaccine is the likeliest reason for the huge spike in peanut allergy that we are seeing because of the timing and the possibilities it holds or molecular mimicry. In her analysis she details the most “popular” theories developed to explain the recent rise, and makes it clear that they cannot logically account for all the data points we have.

  3. Stacy Hutchens says:

    So, I agree with all of this and do not vaccinate my children, however I have a 3 month old foster baby whom I HAVE to keep up to date on his shots. I don’t have a choice. Are there any guidelines for the safest way to do this? I already give him Vaccishield for a week before and after the shots.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      The foster child situation is difficult. Why do you have to keep up to date? Is it the foster program, or the child’s parents? If it is the parents, maybe you could reason with them, or if it is the program maybe you could get the parents to withdraw consent for vaccines? Is there any possibility of at least spacing out or slowing down with the regulations you are dealing with? Allergy development is greatest if the second injection is given within a specific time window. If you could manage to space them out a little further, you might avoid the most susceptible phase. In addition, homeopaths have ways to “clear” the effects of vaccines. They are not perfect or fool-proof, but they can go a long way toward mitigating damage. Good luck!

  4. Orchid says:

    It is vaccinations that cause all these problems and more for our children, my son was born by emergency caesarian I was not in the right state of mind when the health care assistant stated my son needed to have the BCG when he was less than a day old, without my consent she injected him, at 5 weeks he had a urine infection and sepatacaemia, no one could tell me what the cause was, as a nurse I could only refer back to the BCG, he had very strong antibiotics which then led him to develop severe eczema a few weeks later from head to toe, at 4yrs old he developed a nut allergy, asthma and hayfever. I come from an extremely large family 8 aunts and uncles on my dads side and 6 on my mums side they have all had children between 4 and 2 no one has ever had allergies in my family or my partners family, just my son, my second son no problems although he did not have the BCG I refused. I then privately sourced doctors who would administer single vaccinations but not all of them.
    I do agree that antibiotics have a huge impact especially when being vaccinated as the seem to aggravate side effects, but vaccines themselves are not what they seem, in so called ‘third world’ countries there are more and more reports of a fertility drug being added to the vaccinations which is sparking huge controversy, furthermore where people aware that antibiotics are also being added to vaccinations now?

    The programs they had in the 70’s and early 80’s in the UK were fine far from perfect, but not what they are now. I left behind conventional medicine as they offered no cure for my child and he was in and out of hospital for the best part of the first 8 years of his life and he did not sleep through the night, in fact he only started sleeping through the night at 13. His eczema I cured when taking him to Kerala for ayurvedic medicine but the combination of humidity and clean sea cleared that up anyways, his nut allergy was cured because he likes chinese food and they cook in ground nut oil, he would need his asthma pump afterwards but over 5 years his reactions are not life threatening, CONTROLLED exposure to the allergen can cure the allergy, he now gets just a slight swelling on his lip rather than welts and vomiting and diarrhoaea, his hayfever and asthma are being treated with acupuncture and other alternative therapies. To look at him you would never know he had had any health problems at all, whereas before his skin was weeping and cracked all over his body and face, he was the smallest child in his class for years and he could not run around like other kids, now hes built like a rugby player. The right diet and supplement are essential, we mainly have home cooked meals with organic food mostly organic dairy, but the having organic products to wash with is important. Doctors will give emollients but they are paraffin based these can further aggravate the eczema but doctors are not all aware of this.

    There is a cure out there for everyone, you just have to find the one that best suits your child, Ive used all sorts of things aloe vera gel from the plant, turmeric in milk which is a traditional remedy for all sorts of ailments in India to homeopathy and chinese medicine, and healers. Having hope is massive and keeping your mind open to what is out there, these reactions are caused by conventional medicines maybe you should look elsewhere for the cures. But I agree pharmaceutical agencies only care about money and the more people are kept sick the more money they make, rumours of cancer cures have always been ripe, if people get better how will they make money from us?
    What is even more interesting is when the hospitals push the flu jab a lot of the doctors do not take it as they know it is ineffective but a lot of nurses nowadays just do not question or read the research properly, and when you examine government research its usually carried about by ‘professionals’ affiliated to a pharmaceutical company which has a lot of government members as corporate directors, even though they may be on the governments vaccination committee, conflicts of interests do not seem to be an issue……
    As parents we have the power to protect our children and that is our responsibility so read read read!! and become knowledgeable about vaccinations and alternative cures if you are unlucky to have a child with these problems.

    Thank you Heather!

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      One thing we KNOW about vaccines that are administered in the third world is that many of them contain the Thimerosal that we have “phased out” of our own childhood vaccines (except flu vaccines) and that is banned in Europe. Robert F. Kennedy’s book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak makes it clear what a tremendous amount of damage we are doing to undernourished children.

  5. Jim Bayne says:

    It is antibiotics not vaccinations. How do I know, I have identical twin boys. Both have had all required vaccinations. The only difference is one has had 3 rounds of antibiotics of which one was very powerful to stop an infection after surgery.

    The boy with the all the antibiotics is deathly allergic to peanuts. The other is not. They have both been fully tested.

    It is a shame people still go around trying tell people not to have kids vaccinated. Logic also shows that antibiotics are much, much more powerful than they were in the 80’s and earlier. Worse, they are prescribed at the drop of a hat…

    Good luck to all of you. I know what caused it, now finding the cure is my mission.

    There is hope for that too…

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      It may indeed be the antibiotics that triggered your son’s allergy to peanuts, but you don’t know whether the antibiotics would have triggered it, or even if he would have needed antibiotics at all, if it were not for the fact that he was vaccinated. (Vaccines directly affect immune system function.) One thing we do know is that antibiotics are very efficient destroyers of the bacteria in our guts that interacts with every system in our bodies, and their use, especially heavy use, is going to be a risk factor for virtually every kind of condition. That doesn’t in any way imply that the primary risk factor for peanut allergies is not one or more vaccines.

      Look at it this way: if your two sons both smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and the one who had had antibiotics developed lung cancer, it would not be logical to assume that the pack of cigarettes a day had no role in the development of HIS lung cancer, much less ALL lung cancer.

      Good luck on your journey toward cure.

    • A. says:

      Vaccines are not equally tested for uniformity. In fact, there was one study that showed variance in food proteins, etc. in the various batches. If you think of it this way, some of the bowls of soup have more “noodles.” In fact, vaccination has always been science’s proven route to form antibodies in the blood. That is the premise of vaccination, and allergy and antibody are one and the same. In fact, allergy and antibody are identical twins!

  6. Petra H. says:

    Heather, thank you – your book and this article are fantastic! I feel angry…but in a good way. We need millions of angry moms all over this planet revolting, saying NO and stopping the practice of mass vaccination that comes with a dose of life threatening allergies.

  7. Linda says:

    Heather I’m sure many have thought once their knowledge gets out, things will change…but it never does, it’s all ignored. Even Dr Thompson, ignored completely and what he stated and backed up with all the data should have been given front page news. The problem is we are discovering all this slowly but the drug industry, FDA, CDC have known all this for years. Their only concern seems to be how to keep it hidden. We all just accept the deadly peanut allergy without even asking why. I had a friend, RN, her daughter has it, she was clueless as to what could have caused it. Not many have made the connection.

    • Heather Fraser says:

      Many Moms have either not made the connection or are hostile to the idea that vaccination causes allergy/anaphylaxis. To acknowledge this unarguable fact means also acknowledging that their doctor has caused harm to their child. This is unthinkable to some. They don’t want to hear it. And yet, in the last 5 years I have heard of or spoken to Moms who have been forced to confront the relationship of vaccination and allergy/ana. They confess quietly that they wish they had made different choices. There are some who have gone through this ‘awakening’ and are not quiet at all. They are angry and ready to fight and tell others. It is just a matter of time.

  8. D Ann says:

    I don’t believe it is just vaccines contributing to this epidemic. None of my 4 children have been vaccinated and my 16 month old is allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts and almonds. I am sure it was because I took powerful antibiotics in her first week of life. The immunologist believes it could also be the case. It seems anything that messes with gut bacteria can contribute to food allergies whether it be antibiotics, being born by cesarean, formula fed and yes, vaccines. I am now trying to heal her gut with bone broth, kombucha, a good probiotic etc. I wish more people also understood the dangers of antibiotics and the importance of healthy gut flora.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Absolutely. Healthy gut flora is crucial, and antibiotics are co-implicated in much of the current wave of allergies and neurological disorders.

      • Heather Fraser says:

        Margie Profet defines allergy as an evolved defense against acute toxicity. There are many sources of toxicity that can precipitate the creation of allergy. The questions then become what are the precipitating toxic exposures linked to the foods or substances to which one is sensitized. In my research, I identified the historical evidence linked to the sudden and massive rise in anaphylaxis.

    • Alexis says:

      Vaccines and antibiotics have the same impact–aluminum adjuvants “increase intestinal permeability” similar to how antibiotics damage gut flora. We have an overuse of modern medicine. But look to how they make lab rats anaphylactic so they can “cure” them: they use injection. See this study, they admit there are other ways to make lab rats anaphylactic, the most efficient way is to use injection: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0125314

  9. Susan Kanen says:

    Consider comparing sudden increases in percentages of infants fed powdered formula made up with fluoridated water and sudden increases in children with serious allergies.

  10. APV says:

    IOM/FDA/CDC doctors agree with Heather Fraser that food proteins present in vaccines cause the development of food allergies!

    The US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) charged the Institute of
    Medicine (IOM) with providing a thorough review of the current medical
    and scientific evidence on vaccines and vaccine adverse events.

    The IOM has concluded in its 2011 report that:

    FOOD PROTEINS PRESENT IN VACCINES CAUSE THE DEVELOPMENT OF FOOD ALLERGIES. Of course they used the medical terminology below.


    Document Pg. 65 (pdf pg. 94 ):

    “Adverse events on our list thought to be due to IgE-mediated
    hypersensitivity reactions
    Antigens in the vaccines that the committee is charged with reviewing do
    not typically elicit an immediate hypersensitivity reaction (e.g.,
    hepatitis B surface antigen, toxoids, gelatin, ovalbumin, casamino acids).
    However, as will be discussed in subsequent chapters, the
    above-mentioned antigens do occasionally induce IgE-mediated
    sensitization in some individuals and subsequent hypersensitivity
    reactions, including anaphylaxis.”

    In 2002, the doctors from the CDC and FDA warned that gelatin-containing
    vaccines can cause gelatin allergy based on similar findings in Japan.

    “Nonetheless, our cases with anti-gelatin IgE required some previous
    exposure to gelatin to become sensitized, and this may have come through
    ingestion of gelatin-containing food or injection of gelatin-containing

    They wrote: “Efforts should continue to identify less allergenic
    substitutes for gelatin currently used by vaccine manufacturers.”.

    Vitali Pool, MD, CDC, M. Miles Braun, MD, MPH, FDA, John M. Kelso, MD,
    Naval Medical Center, Gina Mootrey, DO, MPH, CDC, Robert T. Chen, MD,
    MA, CDC, John W. Yunginger, MD, Robert M. Jacobson, MD, Mayo Clinic,
    Paul M. Gargiullo, PhD, CD.
    Prevalence of Anti-Gelatin IgE Antibodies in People With Anaphylaxis
    After Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine in the United States

    Yet today, the CDC table here lists numerous food proteins contained in
    vaccines, including gelatin, egg, milk (casamino acid), soy, seaweed (agar) and vegetable oils
    (in Polysorbate 80, sorbitol).

    And gelatin in vaccines is still making kids sick in the US today:


    Japan removed gelatin from their vaccines in 2000.

    Kuno-Sakai H, Kimura M. Removal of gelatin from live vaccines and DTaP-an ultimate solution for vaccine-related gelatin allergy.Biologicals 2003;31:245-9

    • Dana says:

      Gelatin allergy is BAD, folks. You can live without peanut, but the proteins present in gelatin are crucial for good health and gelatin’s one of the easiest, cheapest ways to obtain those proteins.

  11. Cindy Sue says:

    Thank you Heather Fraser for writing this article! I’m sure it was difficult to distill down the most important points from your book into this article, but you did a great job of it.

    I am still spitting mad that I let myself be talked into giving my 2/4/6 month old baby so many vaccines that he did not need — and that it resulted in multiple life threatening food allergies. Allergies that negatively affect his quality of life EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. and in every single setting. Yes, he is still alive and otherwise well. I try to be grateful for that. But it is difficult some days when I think about what his life could have been like without all the garbage that was pumped into him — while I just sat there and let it happen.

  12. Ted Kuntz says:

    Thank you Heather for your concise evaluation of how things got to be this way. And for identifying the solution to this insanity. Moms and dads need to start saying ‘no’ to vaccinations. How many children will be harmed before we wake up to the fact that the medical profession is harming our children?

  13. Laurie Lee says:

    Thank you for this article. It’s hard to believe all the harm that is allowed to continue to perpetuate the increasing vaccine madness. I guess it does take time to wrap one’s mind around the fact that not only are governments and corporations not interested in protecting people, but they are completely motivated to cause harm. Not hard to believe, and even harder to ignore, once one starts following the money and stops choosing to be blind and ignorant.

    The individuals who work in the corporations, governments, the medical field, while people excuse individuals as being “good people”, are in fact evil for: creating/perpetuating harm (just doing their jobs), or standing by and doing nothing to stop it.

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