New Study Shows Unvaccinated Children Are Healthier
So it’s finally here, the study we’ve all been waiting for… Well many of us have already had our own ‘study’ going on in our home, (you know the one where we watch our healthy unvaccinated children, who aren’t getting any chronic illnesses). For those who are still in doubt, this should help to clear things up. Here is the proof, and to many of this isn’t going to come as much of a surprise…
So drumroll.. Here it is…
Unvaccinated Children Are Far Healthier
The first of it’s kind study was based on data collected from over 400 mothers. Published in Frontiers in Public Health the survey compared 650 children on a broad range of health outcomes to determine whether there was an association between vaccination and neurodevelopment disorders (NDD).
The results showed that the vaccinated children, has a much higher rate of allergies and ASD (autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and also learning disabilities.
The unvaccinated children did have higher rates of some childhood illness such as chickenpox and whooping cough.
Here is the abstract of the study:
Specific Aims: To compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children on a broad range of health outcomes, and to determine whether an association found between vaccination and neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD), if any, remains significant after adjustment for other measured factors. <br>
Design: A cross-sectional survey of mothers of children educated at home.
Methods: Homeschool organizations in four states (Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon) were asked to forward an email to their members, requesting mothers to complete an anonymous online questionnaire on the vaccination status and health outcomes of their biological children ages 6 to 12.
Results: A total of 415 mothers provided data on 666 children, of which 261 (39%) were unvaccinated. Vaccinated children were significantly less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and NDDs (defined as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and/or a learning disability). After adjustment, the factors that remained significantly associated with NDD were vaccination (OR 3.1, 95% CI: 1.4, 6.8), male gender (OR 2.3, 95% CI: 1.2, 4.3), and preterm birth (OR 5.0, 95% CI: 2.3, 11.6). In a final adjusted model, vaccination but not preterm birth remained associated with NDD, while the interaction of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with a 6.6-fold increased odds of NDD (95% CI: 2.8, 15.5).
Conclusions: In this study based on mothers’ reports, the vaccinated had a higher rate of allergies and NDD than the unvaccinated. Vaccination, but not preterm birth, remained significantly associated with NDD after controlling for other factors. However, preterm birth combined with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of NDD. Further research involving larger, independent samples is needed to verify and understand these unexpected findings in order to optimize the impact of vaccines on children’s health.