Beatrice Fantoni of the Windsor Star illustrates the lack of professionalism so prevalent in our media today.
She quite correctly illustrates that the science behind vaccine effectiveness is evolving and changing as more and more becomes known about the efficacy of vaccines.
A systemic review published in July 2010 by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international network of health experts which reviews existing primary research and is considered the gold standard when it comes to determining the quality of a study, pointed out a major hurdle when it comes to making up our minds about flu vaccines: there is not much reliable evidence out there
Among the Cochrane reviewers’ conclusions was that influenza vaccines “have a modest effect” in reducing influenza symptoms and lost work days.
Cool, marvellous other things effect the workings of vaccine like time, stale doses etc. But although modest the gold standard does indicate that getting the jag would make a bit of difference. Now Beatrice goes all “both sides of the argument” on us.
But practitioners of non-Western medicine have a somewhat different philosophy on flu prevention, and research looking at the effectiveness of flu vaccines also raises questions.
WTF is non-western medicine? There’s medicine then there’s stuff that isn’t medicine. When something comes along that’s claimed to be good for what ails us, it is tested and if it works it becomes medicine; if it doesn’t it is discarded. To add to the mix she then includes opinions from a naturopath and a Chinese herb peddler.
Like Chinese medicine, following a healthy diet and making certain lifestyle choices can go a long way to prevent the flu, particularly among healthy adults, she said.
For example, taking echinacea in a prescribed dose helps the body develop the appropriate immune response to the flu, which can come in any number of strains, Strong said. And we shouldn’t discount the power of certain foods, like onions and garlic, which are anti-viral, she said.
Mable Cheung, a doctor of Chinese medicine in Windsor, said she leaves it up to her patients to decide whether to get a flu shot, but Chinese medicine stresses prevention through proper diet and exercise, medicinal herbs and acupuncture rather than vaccines.
Now Beatrice where is the Cochrane Collaboration research into naturopaths and Chinese medicine? Nowhere and do you know why? Because they aren’t medicine and have failed every properly formulated investigation they’ve ever faced. The claims about echinacea are complete fabrications and I know this how?
Conclusion: Illness duration and severity were not statistically significant with echinacea compared with placebo. These results do not support the ability of this dose of the echinacea formulation to substantively change the course of the common cold.
Primary Funding Source: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
Even with cast iron evidence that the flu shot does help reduce the effects of the flu, you print claims by Quacks without doing any checking, in an equivalent manner.
What a sad indictment of the state of education in our journalists today. Some people are flat out barking wrong. You should never be afraid to tell them so and you should never ever seek to let them try and equate their opinions with real solid facts.