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The Latex Link
Found in several vaccines, natural rubber latex can trigger adverse reactions in susceptible individuals…

By Michael J. Dochniak

The human immune system is immensely complex.  In children, the immune system can be unpredictable, especially when it comes to allergies.  A child’s first exposure to an allergen can cause sensitivity and subsequent allergy.  What’s more perplexing is that multiple allergies can develop from a single exposure.

Many childhood vaccines are contaminated with allergens.  Natural rubber latex, a component in some vaccine packaging and delivery systems, contains allergens that can leach into the vaccine solution causing adverse allergic reactions and possibly behavioral regression in some immune sensitive children.  If a parent is concerned about the natural latex allergens in vaccines, safety precautions need to be implemented.

The Allergens in Natural Latex
There are about 50—60 suspected allergens in natural latex.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has assigned names to 14 of these allergens.  Natural latex is a milky-white extract acquired from the Hevea Brasiliensis rubber tree located in tropical countries including Malaysia, Liberia, and Thailand.  The extract is thought to be the waste disposal site for the tree and functions as an effective defense mechanism against invading pathogens and insects.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that approximately 1—6% of the population has natural latex allergy.  The CDC states, “Well-accepted, standardized methods for measuring allergy-causing latex proteins are not available,” and, “If latex allergy develops, avoiding contact with latex products is essential, but may be quite difficult.” 

In her widely-acclaimed book Silent Spring, wildlife biologist Rachel Carson explained how chemicals that become universally common or exploited can assume “the harmless aspect of the familiar.”  In simple words, we like what a chemical does so we accept its health hazards. 

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Michael J. Dochniak is the father of a son diagnosed with autism who has severe allergies. He is also a researcher in allergy-induced regressive autism and has written, "The intellectual progression of mankind rests on the shoulders of immunity". You can get more information on Michael at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/michael-j-dochniak/4/310/436
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