The Allergy-Free Life
Reduce allergies through anthroposophy
If your children attend a Waldorf or a Steiner school, then you’re probably already familiar with the term “anthroposophic lifestyle.” For the rest of us, the anthroposophic lifestyle refers to a system of education known as the Waldorf and Steiner Methods. It was created by an Austrian scientist and philosopher named Rudolf Steiner, who believed that perfect health was achieved through a balance of the mind, body and spirit. Coincidentally, children in the Waldorf and Steiner schools also suffered a lower risk of allergies.
According to research featured in the January issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), following the precepts of anthroposophy appears to reduce the risk of allergy in children. The JACI study looked at about 6,600 schoolchildren from across Western Europe who ranged from 5 to 13 years of age. Children in Steiner schools, which are often also raised in anthroposophic homes, had their allergies compared to children in other schools within the same area. The study clearly concluded that children in Steiner schools have less risk of developing allergies.
So why did Steiner students have fewer allergy diagnoses and fewer symptoms? The philosophy of anthroposophy does make use of alternative medicine, which parents can adhere to and still integrate modern medical treatments.
However, the study also points to certain common practices that seem to affect the development of allergies. Anthroposophic choices in medical care were key in allergy prevention, including:
- Reduced and later use of antibiotics.
- Reduced and later use of fever-suppressing medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Avoidance of the MMR vaccination (for measles, mumps and rubella).
News Release, January 17, 2006
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology