July 15th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Low demand for young kids’ Covid vaccines is alarming doctors States where parents have hesitated to inoculate their children against Covid-19 are now ordering fewer doses of the vaccines for children under 5 than others, underscoring the challenge facing the Biden administration as a highly transmissible variant sweeps the nation. Experts broadly agree states shouldn’t order more doses than they think they’ll use. But they worry the low demand in states such as Alabama and Mississippi is a warning sign of the widening ambivalence among many parents about the benefits of vaccinating children against the virus and continuing politicization of health care. “Never before have we had a vaccine available for young children that has been in billions of people before it was given to a young child,” said Kawsar Talaat, a vaccine expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “The distrust in government, the distrust in public health and the distrust in science is growing and is very, very worrisome.” POLITICO contacted each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to ask how many of the recently authorized Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines they ordered and 38 jurisdictions provided that data. Several of the states that reported placing some of the lowest orders relative to their under-5 populations also have low Covid-19 vaccination rates for 5- to 11-year-olds, an early indication that vaccinations for the youngest kids could follow a similar pattern.
Special Guest – Ravi Kulasekere PhD, ND
Dr. Ravi Kulasekere is a graduate from the Trinity ND program, and a board certified holistic health practitioner. He is also a board certified medical physicist, a career that spanned almost 13 years in the field of cancer care. Here he was forced to look into vaccines in 2011 when in his hospital job required him to be vaccinated annually with the flu shot in order to keep his job. While refusing to be vaccinated, in November 2016 he voluntarily left his position as chief medical physicist at the county hospital in Cleveland, and opened his own holistic health practice Do No Pharm Naturopathy LLC in Lakewood, Ohio. Since 2011 he has also been diligently studying the untold science behind vaccines and has been a vocal supporter, both online and offline, of informed consent and the ability to choose to be vaccinated or not. He has provided both written and in-person expert testimony at many state sponsored bills in OH that are aimed at removing vaccine choice and is also actively involved in the health freedom advocacy group, Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom and Health Freedom Ohio In his spare time, he loves to travel, enjoys gardening, ethnic cooking, astronomy, being active in the vegan community in Cleveland and playing with a toddler and her train set.
Sri Lanka president flees country, protesters storm prime minister’s office as state of emergency is declared Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country early on Wednesday, just days after thousands of protesters stormed his residence over the nation’s crippling economic crisis. Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had both agreed to resign, with the president’s resignation effective on Wednesday. Wickremesinghe said he will step down once a new government is in place, but demonstrators are demanding he resign immediately. Protesters stormed the prime minster’s office following Rajapaksa’s departure from Sri Lanka, and parts of the country have declared a national state of emergency. Groups could be seen scaling the wall and entering the office as the crowds roared in support, cheering them on and waving the Sri Lankan flag. Police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd but failed and more and more marched down the lane and towards the office. On Wednesday morning, Sri Lankans continued to stream into the presidential palace. A growing line of people waited to enter the residence, many of whom had traveled from outside Colombo on public transport. Protestors said they would stay in the official buildings until the top leaders are gone.
Mask mandates – will we only act on public health advice if someone makes us? Back in mid 2020, it was suggested mask use was similar to seat belt wearing in cars. Not everyone wore a seat belt start straight away, but now it’s unheard of to get into a car and not put it on. In reality, it took seven years for seat belt compliance to reach 90%. Now we are about 900 days into the pandemic, we are certainly not seeing 90% of people wearing masks. In my local area, it is probably more like one in ten people wearing a mask in the local shops. And others on social media report low compliance on public transport. So is the answer to reintroduce rules for mask use in certain settings or a more general mandate around their use? Already Victoria’s Health Minister Mary-Anne Thomas has dismissed recommendations from the state’s chief health officer to mandate mask wearing in retail and early education settings in response to rising case numbers. (People are still required to wear masks in some Victorian settings including public transport, aircraft, courts, prison, if they have COVID or are a close contact.) Mandates were not the most effective way of getting the message out about the importance of mask wearing, the minister said. The government instead wants to focus on empowering Victorians to make their own choice.
World Health Organization Warns COVID ‘Nowhere Near Over’ Most Americans are done with COVID — the lockdowns, the masks, the fear — but apparently, the virus isn’t quite done with us. The latest unpleasant news comes from the World Health Organization (WHO) as a new subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5 continues its spread across the U.S. and the world. “The virus is running freely,” the WHO said. “New waves of the virus demonstrate again that covid-19 is nowhere near over,” according to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. It’s not just the U.S. that’s being hit. “A new COVID-19 wave is ramping up across the European Union,” the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said Monday in a statement. The center said governments should prepare “for a next expected wave in the autumn and winter seasons.” Meanwhile in China, the spread of the BA.5 subvariant raises concerns that cities like Shanghai, home to nearly 30 million people, might be forced back into lockdown. On Tuesday, the White House urged Americans to get yet another booster for COVID, this time to address the BA.5, which has quickly become the dominant strain in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates BA.5 accounts for about 65% of all COVID cases in the U.S. Another strain, BA.4, is responsible for about 16% of infections.
Question of The Day!
I am at work and have an officer present on my jobsite this day, I work road construction and in Atlanta and surrounding areas we have police presence. I am sitting in a road closure chatting with this beautiful young lady officer.
She mentioned to me her struggle with Lupus and also says she has a cancer called. “polycythemiavera”
She said she is not on chemo or radiation but is taking a once a day medication and has been told probably for the rest of her life, it is hydroxeura.
I am wondering if you can text me a link to a show regarding Lupus, I am introducing her to your show today and maybe you could comment on air??
Maybe edit this if you do that?! But we will be here till about 4/4:30 today and should be able to watch live
What say you?
This little gal is about 32 yrs old and is very positive and seeking alternative solutions.
Your friend, Mel
Special Guest – Marjory Wildcraft
The Grow Network’s founder, Marjory Wildcraft, is featured in “Who’s Who in America” for her work in building deep community resilience, restoring heirloom genetics in gardens and livestock, and advancing the return to natural medicine across the nation. National Geographic featured Marjory as an expert in sustainable living, and she has hosted Mother Earth News’ online “Homesteading Summit.” Marjory also hosts the annual Home Grown Food and Home Medicine Summits, which reach hundreds of thousands of viewers every year.
She is best known for her DVD series Grow Your Own Groceries, which has over a half million copies in use by homesteaders, foodies, preppers, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.
Beloved for her humorous, non-judgmental, get ’er done style, Marjory raised two teenagers in Central Texas and currently splits her time between Paonia, CO, and Puerto Rico. When she’s not building an online network, being “Mom,” and tending her family’s food supply, Marjory loves playing, running, doing gymnastics, skateboarding, acquiring skills from the Paleolithic era (yes, she is part cavewoman!), and experimenting with anything and everything related to food production and sustainability.
Inflation: Food prices soar in June as White House says ‘prices are too high’ U.S. consumer prices in June accelerated at the fastest annual pace since November 1981 — rising 9.1% year-over-year, up from May’s 40-year high of 8.6%. Soaring food prices contributed significantly to the surge with the category seeing increases of 1% over the month and 10.4% annually, the biggest 12-month increase since the period ending February 1981. Grocery prices rose 1% last month and 12.2% on a year-over-year basis with the prices of cereal, bread, and chicken seeing increases of 2.5%, 1.6% and 1.5%, respectively, compared to the month of May. On an annual basis, the prices of those items were up a whopping 14.2%, 10.8% and 17.3%, respectively, according to BLS data. White House Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese told Yahoo Finance in a new interview that “the bottom line is prices are too high when [consumers] are buying groceries or buying gas.” He added that President Biden is focused on “taking action” to lower prices for consumers across the board, explaining that the White House is working on legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, as well as providing clean energy incentives to decrease the overall costs of utility bills. “That’s going to provide relief to some families that are having to pay too much,” he said.
Weed killer glyphosate found in most Americans’ urine More than 80% of Americans have a widely used herbicide lurking in their urine, a new government study suggests. The chemical, known as glyphosate, is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has said. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a well-known weed killer. The U.S. National Nutrition Examination Survey found the herbicide in 1,885 of 2,310 urine samples that were representative of the U.S. population. Nearly a third of the samples came from children ages 6 to 18. “Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet unto now we had very little data on exposure,” said Alex Temkin, a toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, in a statement issued Monday. “Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day.” “The Environmental Protection Agency should take concrete regulatory action to dramatically lower the levels of glyphosate in the food supply and protect children’s health,” Temkin added. Traces of the herbicide have previously been found in kids’ cereals, baby formula, organic beer and wine, hummus and chickpeas. German pharmaceutical company Bayer purchased the Roundup brand when it bought the agrochemical company Monsanto in 2018, CBS News reported.
Green Thumb, Less Blues: Study Finds Gardening Benefits Mental Health If you’ve been feeling down lately, or particularly stressed out, researchers from the University of Florida suggest getting more hands-on with nature. Their study finds gardening helped lower stress, anxiety, and depression among a group of healthy women attending twice-weekly gardening classes. Even better, you don’t have to be an experienced gardening pro to reap the mental benefits. Each participant never gardened before taking part in the study. “Past studies have shown that gardening can help improve the mental health of people who have existing medical conditions or challenges. Our study shows that healthy people can also experience a boost in mental wellbeing through gardening,” says principal investigator Charles Guy, professor emeritus in the UF/IFAS environmental horticulture department, in a university release. In all, 32 women between the ages of 26 and 49 participated in this project. Each woman had a history of taking prescription medication for either depression or anxiety. Researchers assigned half of the group to a twice-weekly gardening class, while the other half took an art class. Both classes met twice a week for a total of eight weeks.
Questions of The Day!
Hey RSB! I’m currently studying at Trinity in the CHNP program. I’m helping my sister to work on her diet and lifestyle and am struggling in one area. She started taking Zoloft after having a baby about 9 months ago for anxiety. I’d like her to wean off the Zoloft as I believe it is causing some of the issues she’s having with lethargy, sleep, and GI issues. In addition, I don’t think the Zoloft has helped to reduce her anxiety anyway. What would you suggest for a natural way to manage anxiety. Of course meditation, breath work, and exercise are on my list of suggestions. I’m wondering if I should suggest Mood Lift form Nutritional Frontiers, or a full Spectrum CBD product. I’d love any suggestions you may have.
She also has a history of blood clots and takes a daily blood thinner. So I want to be cautious about what I suggest based on that.
Hello from New York City!
Love your show! Can you help me to find a holistic dentist in the New York City?
Need a second opinion about oral surgery procedure that my dentist is recommending. It involves a gum biopsy and potential extraction of teeth #3 and #4 due to a lesion that is pushing teeth roots apart. Thank you.