The first crisp mornings of the year, the return of the pigskin, and the sweeping color changes found throughout the landscape—I love fall. Fall is a welcome change after the long heat of Summer. Fall brings many things, some good and some bad. Just as fall moves us past the summer heat, fall also ushers in the cold weather and the dreaded cold and flu season.
The statements about the flu season are as prevalent as the virus itself: the flu vaccine is “as good as gold, the “proof is in the pudding”, and “protect with the flu vaccine”. I recently saw an ad campaign for the flu vaccine state: “the value of wellness”, implying that the flu vaccine equaled wellness. I even heard a medical report, by a physician no less, on the radio say “its better than nothing”.
So, I got to thinking—with the cold and flu season upon us, does the scientific data support the flu vaccine. Not, what does the collective think. Not, what does marketing based-medicine say, but what does the evidence show. What is the best way to protect my and your family during this cold and flu season? How can one treat and even prevent the flu this upcoming season. Is it as good as gold? Is it better than nothing? Is the flu vaccine the value of wellness? Is the flu vaccine the proof that is in the pudding? No opinions, just evidence.
I don’t like to use this blog post to speak out on current events, there are plenty of other places for people to read opinion on current events. The purpose of this blog is to focus on the science of Wellness, not opinion. However, sometimes current events require me to speak out. This happened recently with what appears to be a mass media push on the dangers of supplements. In this case, the media and physicians in the media displayed amazing ignorance of the scientific evidence.