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A new scientific study published in The Lancet reveals that influenza vaccines only prevent influenza in 1.5 out of every 100 adults who are injected with the flu vaccine. Yet, this report is being touted mainstream media as proof that “flu vaccines are 60% effective!”

The “60% effectiveness” claim is not supported by the study and is highly misleading. For starters, most people think that “60% effectiveness” means that for every 100 people injected with the flu shot, 60 of them won’t get the flu.

Thus, the “60% effectiveness” claim implies that getting a flu shot has about a 6 in 10 chance of preventing you from getting the flu.

In reality — and this is spelled out right in Figure 2 of the study itself, which is entitled, “Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis” — only about 2.7 in 100 adults get the flu in the first place!

See the abstract at:
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/l…

Flu vaccine stops influenza in only 1.5 out of 100 adults who get the shots.

When you have a closer look at  the actual numbers from the study the real effectiveness of these vaccines become apparent.

The “control group” of adults consisted of 13,095 non-vaccinated adults who were monitored to see if they caught influenza. Over97% of them did not. Only 357 of them caught influenza, which means only 2.7% of these adults caught the fluin the first place.

The “treatment group” consisted of adults who were vaccinated with atrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine. Out of this group, according to the study,only 1.2% did not catch the flu.

The difference between these two groups is 1.5 people out of 100.

Flu vaccines only prevent the flu in 1.5 out of every 100 adults injected with the vaccine!

So where does the 60% effectiveness come from?

This is called “massaging the numbers,” and it’s an old statistical trick that has been used in the past by those who wishes to hide the link between tobacco and lung cancer.

First, you take the 2.73% in the control group who got the flu, and you divide that into the 1.18% in the treatment group who got the flu. This gives you 0.43.

You can then say that 0.43 is “43% of 2.73,” and claim that the vaccine therefore results in a “57% decrease” in influenza infections. This then becomes a “57% effectiveness rate” claim.

The overall “60% effectiveness” being claimed from this study comes from adding additional data about vaccine efficacy forchildren, which returned higher numbers than adults (see below). There were other problems with the data for children, however, including one study that showed anincreasein influenza rates in the second yearafter the flu shot.

So when the media (or your doctor, or pharmacist, or CDC official) says these vaccines are “60% effective,” what they really mean is thatyou would have to inject 100 adults to avoid the flu in just 1.5 of them.

Or, put another way,flu vaccines do nothing in 98.5% of adults.

So if you are considering getting a flu vaccination, you may wish to discuss with your healthcare professional if it worth taking a medicine that is only 1.5% effective.

Acupuncture as an Chinese Medicine therapy for natural migraine relief not only is effective, but also comes without the side effects of conventional drug treatments. If you suffer from migraines, then you know conventional treatments offer little more than a band aid and are often not effective in completely relieving the pain, nausea and sensitivity to noise and light that can accompany a migraine. The risk of side effects from drug therapy is of great concern for many people, which makes acupuncture an even more attractive alternative because it is considered quite safe.

Acupuncture implements a technique from ancient Chinese medicine that uses thin metallic needles to stimulate specific points on the body. It is typically a painless and relaxing therapy. Acupuncture works to relieve and prevent migraines by stimulating blood flow into tissues that need better circulation. It can also help to relieve tension that may be the root cause of your migraines.

Science confirms that acupuncture is an effective therapy for migraines. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004 examined more than 400 adults who experienced regular headaches or migraines. During the three-month study, one group of participants received twelve acupuncture sessions to determine whether or not this alternative treatment could help reduce or prevent their head pain. The other group received only standard conventional care.

The results of this study are compelling. The participants in the acupuncture group experienced fewer overall headaches. They were also able to use less medication and made fewer visits to their doctor. Those who received acupuncture treatment reported being able to take fewer sick days off from work as well.

Reviews appearing in The Cochrane Library show similarly positive results. Studies that compared acupuncture to drug treatments found that acupuncture was effective at reducing the number of headache days participants experienced. The intensity of the pain they experienced was also reduced.

These reviews also looked at studies which examined whether or not the relief felt from acupuncture is merely a placebo effect. These studies compared genuine acupuncture to “sham” acupuncture, and they found that migraine sufferers experienced significantly more relief when given genuine acupuncture therapy.

The safety and effectiveness of acupuncture migraine therapy make it a viable alternative to conventional treatments. By decreasing the number of headaches you experience and the intensity of the pain, acupuncture has the ability to restore your productivity and may allow you to avoid taking unnecessary drugs. Be sure to only have acupuncture performed by a qualified and certified acupuncturist who will be able to give you appropriate therapy for your migraine headaches.

 

 

Source: www.naturalnews.com

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