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Are Reported Milk Allergies Fake News Propagated by Formula Makers?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Between 2006 and 2016, prescriptions in the U.K. for infant formula for babies with cow’s milk allergy rose sixfold, resulting in a sevenfold increase in National Health Service spending on nondairy specialty formulas
  • Studies published in 2007 and 2016 reveal no rise in actual prevalence of milk allergy in infants. In 2007, incidence ranged from 2 to 7.5 percent; in 2016, incidence of milk allergy was 5 to 7 percent in formula-fed babies and 0.5 to 1 percent in breastfed babies
  • The discrepancy appears to be driven by makers of infant formula, which have funded and loosened guidelines for diagnosis so that even most healthy babies qualify
  • Between 2007 and 2017, six milk allergy guidelines were published. Two were directly funded by infant formula makers. The remaining four guidelines had contributing authors who had received funding from formula makers
  • Formula makers also influence prescribing behaviors through sponsored education, and mislead parents online by promoting nonspecific symptoms as being indicative of a cow’s milk allergy in exclusively breastfed infants

In the decade between 2006 and 2016, prescriptions in the U.K. for infant formula for babies with cow's milk allergy rose sixfold, resulting in a sevenfold increase in National Health Service spending on nondairy specialty formulas, yet there's no evidence that the true prevalence of the condition has increased.

So, what's going on? Why are pediatricians recommending nondairy formulas at such an increased rate if there's no need? According to a recent paper by Chris van Tulleken, Ph.D., honorary senior lecturer at University College London, the discrepancy appears to be driven by makers of infant formula.


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