October 10th, 2021 1-3PM ET
Sunday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Anti-vaccine chiropractors rising force of misinformation The flashy postcard, covered with images of syringes, beckoned people to attend Vax-Con ’21 to learn “the uncensored truth” about COVID-19 vaccines. Participants traveled from around the country to a Wisconsin Dells resort for a sold-out convention that was, in fact, a sea of misinformation and conspiracy theories about vaccines and the pandemic. The featured speaker was the anti-vaccine activist who appeared in the 2020 movie “Plandemic,” which pushed false COVID-19 stories into the mainstream. One session after another discussed bogus claims about the health dangers of mask wearing and vaccines. The convention was organized by members of a profession that has become a major purveyor of vaccine misinformation during the pandemic: chiropractors. At a time when the surgeon general says misinformation has become an urgent threat to public health, an investigation by The Associated Press found a vocal and influential group of chiropractors has been capitalizing on the pandemic by sowing fear and mistrust of vaccines. They have touted their supplements as alternatives to vaccines, written doctor’s notes to allow patients to get out of mask and immunization mandates, donated large sums of money to anti-vaccine organizations and sold anti-vaccine ads on Facebook and Instagram, the AP discovered. One chiropractor gave thousands of dollars to a Super PAC that hosted an anti-vaccine, pro-Donald Trump rally near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Mayor de Blasio indicates COVID vaccine mandate for civil service employees could be next Now that New York City courts have confirmed again and again that the city can mandate COVID-19 vaccines from its employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that firefighters, corrections officers and police officers could be next. De Blasio said that over the next few days, he’ll be turning to “all the other pieces of the puzzle.” NYPD Commissioner Patrick Shea said he would be supportive of a vaccine mandate for civil service employees. “Everything is about doing things in a particular manner, if you want to get the best outcomes. So, that’s what we’re examining right now. And again, when we’re ready to say it, when we believe we have something, whatever the approach is, we will,” said Shea. In contrast, Patrick Lynch, the president of the Police Benevolent Association, released a statement Wednesday saying in part, “The COVID-19 vaccine is a medical decision that members must make in consultation with their own health care providers. We have pushed to make the vaccine available to all members who seek it, and we will continue to protect the rights of members who are not vaccinated.” Currently, civil service employees must either be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test every seven days. Even without the mandate, Commissioner Shea says 68% of the NYPD workforce is vaccinated. 59% of the FDNY and only 49% of corrections officers have gotten at least one shot, while the city reported that 83% of all adults in the five boroughs have gotten at least one shot.
Seattle Police Department braces for mass firing of officers as hundreds have yet to show proof of vaccination Already facing a staffing crisis, the Seattle Police Department is bracing for the possibility that hundreds of officers will fail to meet an Oct. 18 vaccination deadline. As of Oct. 6, 292 sworn personnel had yet to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. That number is down from 354 on Tuesday. To add another layer of concern, Seattle PD Spokesperson Sgt. Randy Huserik confirmed to FOX 13 News that there are an additional 111 officers awaiting results of exemption requests. Those 111 are not counted in the 292 figure – meaning if their accommodations are denied, the actual number of unvaccinated officers could be as high as 403. “We value each of you, and do not want to lose you as employees,” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told city staff in an email Monday. “But the people that count on you the most are the ones that need you to get vaccinated.” Since the vaccine mandate was announced in early August, Durkan has remained evasive about whether she will truly fire unvaccinated officers at a time of low staffing and high 911 response times.
Covid immunity through infection or vaccination: Are they equal? Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatry professor at the University of California, Irvine, felt he didn’t need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 because he’d fallen ill with the disease in July 2020. So, in August, he sued to stop the university system’s vaccination mandate, saying “natural” immunity had given him and millions of other people better protection than any vaccine could. A judge last week dismissed Kheriaty’s request for an injunction against the university over its mandate, which took effect Sept. 3. While Kheriaty intends to pursue the case further, legal experts doubt that his and similar lawsuits filed around the country will ultimately succeed. That having been said, evidence is growing that contracting SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is generally as effective as vaccination at stimulating your immune system to prevent the disease. Yet federal officials have been reluctant to recognize any equivalency, citing the wide variation in Covid patients’ immune responses to infection. Like many disputes during the Covid pandemic, the uncertain value of a prior infection has prompted legal challenges, marketing offers and political grandstanding, even as scientists quietly work in the background to sort out the facts.
Questions of The Day!
Hi Robert! I’m seeking some guidance for my mom, she is 83 years old. She sees an allopathic doctor, although I’ve tried everything in my power, to convince her to stop seeking treatment from allopathic medicine, this is the route she insists on. At her last check up, she was told her sodium levels were low by 2 points on their silly chart. She was told to stop drinking water for 2 months and to drink juice instead. In addition, I should add that this same devil, I mean “doctor”, has her on potassium, blood pressure & water pills, all of which is likely adding to the imbalance in her body among other issues. What advice can I give her in regards to her low sodium levels & perhaps, Jonathan, at Choose to Be Healthy may have some supplements to offer as well? Thank you so very much!
Hi Dr. Bell & almost a Doc. Don,
I have been using the ATL Can Gest Tea– I use Andrew Lessmen’s sucress to add flavor–Is it o.k. to add another tea such as Green Tea to the Can Gest or to use both teas in one glass would not be a good idea..? Also I was looking at Andrew L. Melatonin–the wed site says it is o.k. to use melatonin every day-however some nutritionist such as Ben Fuchs say it is o.k. to use melatonin for a few days than one must stop using it for 3 or 4 days. I am very interested in your response
Thank you Bill
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Jamie Dorley has been involved in the natural health field in a variety of capacities for over twenty years. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University in community health, and certification from the American College of Sports medicine as a certified trainer, Jamie’s career includes having counseled and coached athletes, executives, and school teams, and many years serving as a sales executive and formulator for several national nutritional and sports supplement companies. As co-founder with Dr James Winer of Nutritional Frontiers, Jamie is the current CEO and oversees the formulation and distribution of premium therapeutic quality nutritional supplements through health professionals nationwide. His expertise is highly valued by the many patients whom he has helped with a wide variety of health challenges since joining the staff of Winer Wellness Center in 2007.
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Tracey’s career in Natural Health has been vast. Her first career path was as a personal trainer and quickly advanced to Fitness Director of several gyms. She eventually opened her own personal training studio from 2005 – 2012 where she employed three additional trainers with an average clientele of 200+ clients a week. Upon attaining her natural health designation, Tracey became an instructor for her Alma Mater. During that time she owned a successful natural health practice in her hometown utilizing the trilogy of health approach with each client: mind, body and spirit. Within her practice she co-owned a juice bar and corporate wellness company. Tracey has been the Vice President of Operations for a natural health college establishing curriculum, partnerships with large supplement companies and creating natural health business management strategies for graduates of the program. Tracey was recruited by a leading Biocommunication company as their Vice President of Operations where she designed practitioner software, educational concepts and marketing strategies to promote their software and brand.
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Topical Cannabis for Leg Ulcers Like many great discoveries in medicine, it started with an ‘Aha’ moment when Canadian physician Dr. Vincent Maida realised that leg ulcers could be penetrated by fat-loving cannabis compounds, which in turn could reach the plethora of cannabinoid receptors below. Very few people are more committed to finding a better solution for wound management than Dr. Maida, who amongst other things runs a tertiary wound clinic caring for the most hard-to-heal leg ulcers in the greater Toronto area. “Integument [the outside skin, cutaneous membranes and mucous membranes] and wound is the area of healthcare with the worst outcome measures,” explains Maida. “And yet, when you look at the massive expenditures – the United States spends upwards of $80 billion a year on wounds. And most of that I can submit to you is in vain and is just silly dressings that do nothing.” Unless we ourselves are elderly, or care for someone over the age of seventy, it’s unlikely we’ve ever given much thought to leg ulcers, which are defined as a long lasting sore that takes more than two weeks to heal. I certainly hadn’t until my brother, who like me has been blessed with a hearty array of varicose veins from a tender age, started to get leg wounds that refused to close.
Scientists discover three rare cannabinoids reduce seizures in mice Research from pharmacologists at the University of Sydney provides new insights into how cannabis extracts may work to treat epilepsy. The study for the first time reports that three acidic cannabinoids found in cannabis reduced seizures in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome, an intractable form of childhood epilepsy. The study has been published in the British Journal of Pharmacology. “From the early nineteenth century cannabis extracts were used in Western medicine to treat seizures but cannabis prohibition got in the way of advancing the science,” said Associate Professor Jonathon Arnold from the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics and the Sydney Pharmacy School. “Now we are able to explore how the compounds in this plant can be adapted for modern therapeutic treatments.” In 2015, Barry and Joy Lambert made an historic donation to the University of Sydney to advance scientific research on medicinal cannabis and cannabinoid therapeutics. Barry and Joy’s granddaughter Katelyn suffers from Dravet syndrome, which features frequent seizures and causes delays in cognitive and motor development. Conventional therapies often do not provide adequate seizure control and patients have a reduced quality of life.
The Endocannabinoid System & the Brain At Project CBD, we often write about how cannabinoids and the broader endocannabinoid system help maintain homeostasis in the body and affect physical health in myriad ways. But this vast system of cellular receptors, ligands (compounds that bind to these receptors), and enzymes also influences mental health, cognition, emotion, and other processes seated squarely in the brain. Cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) is perhaps the most abundant G protein-coupled receptor throughout the central nervous system. The broader family of GPCRs includes roughly 750 different receptors, nearly 150 of which are targeted by pharmaceuticals representing more than one-third of all approved drugs in the United States and Europe. CB1 is present in very high levels in several brain regions, including the cerebellum and the hippocampus, and distributed at lower levels more generally – where it helps modulate neurotransmitter release, among other functions. Key CB1 agonists, which activate the receptor to produce a variety of cellular responses, include the endogenous cannabinoids anandamide and 2-AG and the phytocannabinoid THC. So it’s really no wonder that cannabis, as well as various foods and activities that enhance the endocannabinoid system (ECS), can have a pronounced, positive impact on brain function. Though there is still much more to learn, recently released papers suggest a growing range of beneficial effects.