Autism epidemic, Doug Hines and Ashley Gunderson, COVID protocol dangers, 98 DAYS: A TRUE COVID-19 STORY, Public school Lunchables, Drug shortage national security, Doug Fletcher and Bryan Jones, EXIT and BUILD AZ, Sweet Corn Organic Nursery, How Much to Plant Per Person for a Year’s Worth of Food and MORE!

March 24th, 2023 3-5PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

1 in 36 Kids Have Autism, CDC Says — Critics Slam Agency’s Failure to Investigate Causes One in 36 (2.8%) 8-year-old children — 4% of boys and 1% of girls — have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), based on an analysis of data from 2020, published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The latest findings, reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, show an increase from the last report, which found 1 in 44 8-year-olds (2.3%) had autism in 2018. Since the CDC started collecting the data, prevalence estimates have skyrocketed from 1 in 150 in 2000, to today’s estimate of 1 in 36 children. The trend has persisted for decades. Autism prevalence in the 1990s, which was 1 in 1,000 children, already represented a tenfold increase over the condition’s estimated prevalence in the 1970s. Commenting on today’s report, Mark Blaxill, from the Executive Leadership Team at Health Choice, told The Defender: “As the American culture wars have intensified, the harsh reality of the autism epidemic has been tucked away into obscurity as attention has turned to a whole new set of health concerns. “Today’s new report from the CDC’s ADDM [Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring] Network places the latest ASD rate at 1 in 36 children born in 2012, but that’s not even the largest number out there (a recent survey using NHIS data reported a rate of 1 in 29 children in 2020).” A second CDC report on 4-year-old children, also released today, emphasized that in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4-year-old children were less likely to be evaluated for or identified with ASD than 8-year-olds of the same age.

Autism now more common among Black, Hispanic kids in US For the first time, autism is being diagnosed more frequently in Black and Hispanic children than in white kids in the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Among all U.S. 8-year-olds, 1 in 36 had autism in 2020, the CDC estimated. That’s up from 1 in 44 two years earlier. But the rate rose faster for children of color than for white kids. The new estimates suggest that about 3% of Black, Hispanic and Asian or Pacific Islander children have an autism diagnosis, compared with about 2% of white kids. That’s a contrast to the past, when autism was most commonly diagnosed in white kids — usually in middle- or upper-income families with the means to go to autism specialists. As recently as 2010, white kids were deemed 30% more likely to be diagnosed with autism than Black children and 50% more likely than Hispanic children. Experts attributed the change to improved screening and autism services for all kids, and to increased awareness and advocacy for Black and Hispanic families. The increase is from “this rush to catch up,” said David Mandell, a University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor. Still, it’s not clear that Black and Hispanic children with autism are being helped as much as their white counterparts. A study published in January found Black and Hispanic kids had less access to autism services than white children during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Special Guests Doug Hines and Ashley Gunderson     

I am Ashley Gunderson the 4th of 5 children of Doug and Linda Hines.  My Dad is a Covid-19 miracle. Growing up, my parents always put family first.  Dad and Mom supported me in many ways throughout my upbringing and I model my family in a similar fashion because of it.  We didn’t have a lot, for sure didn’t have cable television, but I no doubt felt loved and supported through the tough times and the good times, one of those being my athletic high school career.   I discovered a career in the medical field and have been in the field since 2005.  I was glad to have medical background knowledge when Dad was sick and entered Covid Isolation.  Being a part of our team: Dad Strong (Mom, siblings and myself) helped us to advocate for Dad when he was intubated and no longer able to communicate for his life.  This is a time when not only did I fight hard for my father, but I recognized a change in me.  When spiraling downward was the only direction I felt I was going and as we were losing our Dad, I found a new understanding of God.  I opened up to him and let him take this on and followed his guidance.  With this, praying every day and ‘keeping the Faith’ with team Dad Strong, we found the results to be a miracle.

I am Douglas Hines married to my lovely wife Linda and we are currently both 65 years old. I’ve been an Insurance Agent since age 21 and our local Town Clerk for 33 years. We live in the country on 40 acres of land. We are both in second marriage with 5 now adult kids, mine, hers and ours. In 2020 our lives were turned upside down with Covid like many others. Our kids all ended up working in some form of healthcare, I couldn’t have been so lucky. If not for their efforts, I wouldn’t be writing this book today about my 98 days in the hospital.

Public Schools to Start Serving Kraft Lunchables, Thanks to ‘Sweetheart Deal’ With USDA Starting this fall, more highly processed foods will be on the menu for children in public schools thanks to a “major new initiative” to get Kraft Heinz’s “Lunchables” products into U.S. public school cafeterias. The company said two versions of the Lunchables product will be served in K-12 public schools, either for students to buy or free, under the National School Lunch Program. The company said it developed two styles of Lunchables — turkey and cheddar or extra cheesy pizza— that meet the federal nutritional guidelines set for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National School Lunch Program, which provides meals to nearly 30 million kids across the country. Both options were made using “a specialized recipe that incorporates more protein and whole grains to keep kids powered throughout the day, reduced saturated fat and sodium, and an increased serving size,” Kraft Heinz told CNN Business. But critics — including John Fagan, Ph.D., a leading authority on biosafety, food authenticity and sustainability in the food and agricultural system — said he doubted the nutritional value of the products. The USDA business deal with Kraft Heinz is “disappointing,” Fagan told The Defender. “Our government is not recognizing … the school lunch opportunity to strengthen our food system, but instead providing a sweetheart deal to one of the big players in Big Food,” Fagan said.

Hour 2

Drug shortages are rising and pose a national security risk, new report warns Children’s medication, antibiotics and treatment for ADHD are among a number of drugs that have been in short supply in recent months — and the shortages of critical medications are only rising, according to a new report released Wednesday. From 2021 to 2022, new drug shortages increased by nearly 30%, according to the report prepared by Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “These shortages, which reached a peak of 295 individual drugs in shortage at the end of 2022, have left health care professionals grappling with limited resources to treat patients in need,” committee Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., said in his opening remarks at a hearing highlighting the report’s findings Wednesday. Shortages have been caused by economic drivers, reliance on foreign sources and poor visibility of the pharmaceutical supply chain, the report said. “Taken together, these underlying causes not only present serious concerns about providing adequate care to patients, they also represent serious national security risks,” Peters said. The committee report highlights that neither the federal government nor the pharmaceutical industry has the capability to assess the full supply chain, from the starting materials, to the finished dosage and to purchasers and providers. Many drug manufacturers have moved overseas over the last several decades because foreign governments have offered tax and logistical incentives as well as fewer regulations, the report said.

Special Guest Doug Fletcher

Doug Fletcher, health and freedom fighter, proponent of aligning body mind and spirit to find soul purpose through long term fasting, also a 20 year advocate of exiting the matrix and creating self sufficient and self sustainable communities, founder of and co creator of raising consciousness and creating a parallel society and the new world

Special Guest Bryan Jones

Bryan Jones, the owner of Sweet Corn Organic Nursery, has dedicated his life to truly understanding the beautiful biology of plants and how to maximize yields with his amazing seeds, amendments, soil, in combination with special planting techniques.

Bryan has been coined, and is truly the “Plant Whisperer,” obtaining a wealth of knowledge throughout his years in the garden and creating his 15 year old compost which is the foundation of his amazing soil! He has also been on the front lines fighting against Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds and pesticides putting a huge effort into the guarantee that his seeds and soil are completely all natural and organic!

How Much to Plant Per Person for a Year’s Worth of Food I have to be honest with you, it’s going to vary a bit for every person and family. The average amounts you’ll find listed below in this post are assuming your soil condition is good, average weather, and low pest or disease damage. It’s a good starting place, but you’ll want to plan your crops and garden with these charts and notes to make sure you’re planting enough based on what your family actually eats. Back in the pioneer days as well as the Great Depression, most families grew some of their own food, and many of them relied solely or almost solely on what they’d grown and preserved to feed themselves through the winter. How much do you need to grow per person for a year?  aka, how much to plant per person. There are five vegetable crops that we currently grow enough of that I don’t purchase from the store, as in ever.  What size garden to feed a family of 4 for a year? Our main annual vegetable garden space is a 20 x 30-foot rectangular bed. We have a 10 x 20-foot high tunnel where I grow all of our tomato plants. This past year we added another 20 x 20-foot garden bed and three 3×20-foot rows for corn.

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