September 17th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Arkansas hospital lets staff seek vaccine exemption, as long as they don’t use other meds tested on fetal cell lines A vaccine exemption form from an Arkansas hospital is asking employees claiming a “sincerely held religious belief” to not getting a COVID-19 vaccine to also abstain from using many other medical treatments, ranging from acetaminophen to Zoloft. Conway Regional Hospital is requiring its staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The hospital has required the flu shot annually as part of employment, but managers said were seeing a lot more requests for a religious exemption for the COVID-19 shot. CEO and President of Conway Regional Matt Troup said a large majority of the requests for religious exemptions were about one issue, so administrators developed an attestation form to go with those requests. “We require the flu vaccine to work here,” Troup said. “With the COVID vaccine, we saw a dramatic increase in the number of exemption requests related to this fetal cell issue.” The issue Troup is referring to is the use of fetal cell lines in the development of vaccines. That practice uses cells grown in laboratories over decades for the testing and development of vaccines and drugs. According to the National Institutes of Health, the lines used to develop the COVID-19 vaccine date back to at least 1985. On the hospital’s form is a list of many typical medications. including aspirin, many antacids and numerous cold & flu medications, that were developed or tested using fetal cell lines.
‘If I get fired, so be it’: the Louisiana nurses refusing to get the Covid vaccine Louisiana’s largest hospital systems are requiring their employees to be fully vaccinated, but a minority of nursing staff say they are still considering leaving their jobs instead of getting the jab, citing concerns over personal liberty, lack of long-term studies and discredited conspiracy theories. The fourth Covid-19 wave has hit Louisiana hard, with the Delta variant causing a surge in new cases that outpaced any of the waves that came before it. “The speed with which Delta just took over the landscape, I don’t think we quite anticipated that,” said Dr Jennifer Avegno, director of the New Orleans health department and an ER doctor. In recent weeks, Louisiana has had one of the nation’s highest per-capita infection rates and one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country. Less than 50% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Louisiana health department, leaving many vulnerable to serious infection. Rural parishes in the state have much lower vaccination rates compared with parishes with larger cities such as New Orleans and Jefferson. The overwhelming majority of patients hospitalized with serious infections in the country – 90% – are not fully vaccinated. The recent full FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was seen as a turning point in the fight against the virus in Louisiana by the state’s governor and health officials, who hoped that it would help to persuade some of those who had remained hesitant.
Special Guest Kevin Tuttle
Hour 2 Special Guest Lisa Holt
Lisa Holt is a co-author and lecturer for the Trinity-DesBio Educational Alliance Programs. Lisa is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has been in practice as a healthcare provider for 30 years. She is board certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In addition, she is certified in Functional and Bioregulatory Medicine. Dr. Holt serves as an educator for Deseret Biologics and a post-graduate professor at Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri, where she teaches Chinese Medicine, internal medicine, and acupuncture procedures. Dr. Holt has earned privileges at prestigious Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN as a licensed acupuncture physician who works alongside physicians, anesthesiologists, nurses, social workers, pastoral services, and nutritionists to provide functional and integrative care. She is a proud member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and attends conferences on a regular basis to further her knowledge. Dr. Holt has volunteered in several medical missions abroad and continues to support the people of Humla, Nepal in their desire to rebuild schools for children.
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Baylor Gets Restraining Order Against COVID Vaccine Skeptic Doc The largest nonprofit health system in Texas has secured a temporary restraining order against cardiologist Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH, a COVID-19 vaccine skeptic who allegedly continued to claim an affiliation with Baylor Scott & White Health months after he entered into a confidential separation agreement in which he agreed to stop mentioning his prior leadership and academic appointments. Baylor was the first institution to cut ties with McCullough, who has promoted the use of therapies seen as unproven for the treatment of COVID-19 and has questioned the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Since the Baylor suit, the Texas A&M College of Medicine, and the Texas Christian University (TCU) and University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) School of Medicine have both removed McCullough from their faculties. Granted by the 191st District Court in Dallas County, Texas, the Baylor restraining order — which is in effect at least until a hearing on the case on September 30 — was sought as part of Baylor Scott & White’s breach of contract suit against McCullough, who had previously been known as a well-respected expert in cardiorenal issues. The suit is seeking $1 million in damages, as well as attorneys’ fees.
Myocarditis VAERS Analysis Sparks Social Media Uproar Researchers are getting pushback over a medRxiv preprint that relied heavily on Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) data to characterize myocarditis risk with the COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents, particularly young boys. The report by Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD, of the University of California Davis, and colleagues found that rates of “cardiac adverse events” after the second dose were higher than previous CDC estimates, at 162 per million among boys ages 12 to 15 and 94 per million among boys ages 16 to 17. (Rates were much lower for girls, at about 13 per million for each age group.) The authors also concluded that the risk of hospitalization for cardiac adverse events following vaccination is higher than the risk of being hospitalized with COVID for healthy boys in both age groups. The findings led to an uproar by physicians on social media, who pointed out that they’re unreliable due to the nature of VAERS and its known limitations — and that the authors are running the risk of serious misinterpretation of their findings by groups with bad intentions. For instance, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) already tweeted a link to a Guardian story that took an uncritical approach to the findings, holding it up as evidence that vaccines are riskier than COVID for boys. Physicians haven’t been kind in their reviews, with one physician blogger calling it a “dumpster dive” into a dataset that’s full of well-known flaws, adding that these authors should have known better. VAERS is an early warning system that can generate hypotheses that require adjudication of reports; it was never intended to be used as a research dataset, said blogger David Gorski, MD, PhD, of Wayne State University in Detroit.
Pope Urges COVID-19 Vaccines, Calling Them Humanity’s Friends Pope Francis on Wednesday encouraged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, adding that he was confused why so many people refused to get a shot, according to Reuters. Francis has urged people to get vaccinated many times throughout the pandemic, both for their own health and for the common good. “[Vaccine hesitancy] is a bit strange because humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” he told reporters aboard the papal plane, returning to Rome from a trip to Slovakia. “As children, we got them for measles, for others things, for polio,” he added. “All the children were vaccinated, and no one said anything.” Francis has gotten vaccinated and said Wednesday that everyone in the Vatican “except for a small group” has been inoculated. Some cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy haven’t, he added, though he didn’t name any of them. “Even in the College of Cardinals there are some vaccine negationists,” he said. “But one of them, poor thing, has been hospitalized with the virus. These are the ironies of life.” Cardinal Raymond Burke, a conservative who has voiced vaccine skepticism and spread vaccine misinformation, was hospitalized in the U.S. last month after contracting COVID-19, Reuters reported. Some conservative bishops who have expressed anti-vaccine views — particularly those in the U.S. — have said that Catholics should have the ability to claim a religious exemption for the vaccine, Reuters reported.