September 22nd, 2020 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Coronavirus pandemic won’t have a ‘fairy tale ending’ even with a vaccine, ex-CDC director warns The coronavirus is still out there “and any time we are not careful, it can come back to bite us,” former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden warned Monday on “Your World”. Frieden told host Neil Cavuto that although the United States is not among the countries considering a second lockdown to contain a recent increase in cases, Americans must act responsibly and understand that “there is no fairy tale ending for the pandemic — not even a vaccine when we have one.” “What we have to do is chip away at the risk and be ready to adapt,” Frieden said. “That means making sure that we follow [those] three W’s: wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands … all of these things together chip away at that risk and enable us to get our activities back sooner and to keep them back. “If we just rush back in,” Frieden added, “we have to rush back out again and that is what you are seeing in some places around the world and around the U.S.”
Coronavirus vaccine: Why it’s important to know what’s in the placebo Some researchers conducting clinical trials on a COVID-19 vaccine have not revealed to the public what the placebo contains, but they should. This is because the placebo ingredients influence how effective or harmful the active treatment, with which the placebo is compared, appears. Our new guideline published in PLOS Medicine remedies this problem by providing a template for reporting what’s in placebo controls. In some COVID-19 vaccine trials, participants in the control group (the group receiving a placebo) are injected with a saline solution. In other trials, they receive an actual treatment. For example, in the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford, the control group receives a meningitis and septicaemia vaccine as a placebo. The benefit of using an actual vaccine as the placebo control is that it will cause a similar reaction at the site of the injection as the COVID-19 vaccine, such as muscle pain and soreness. This prevents patients from knowing whether they are getting the placebo or the real treatment. The scientific term for hiding knowledge of who got what treatment is “blinding.”
It’s time to include children in COVID-19 vaccine trials When it comes to COVID-19 vaccine development, don’t leave kids behind. This is the message from Sharon Nachman, MD, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, and her co-authors on the newly published paper in Clinical Infectious Diseases titled: Warp Speed for COVID-19 Vaccines: Why are Children Stuck in Neutral? “We need to start evaluating the different vaccines now and in the context of pediatric use, because if vaccines are approved and we don’t know how well they work for children that puts children at a higher risk for infection and further disease spread,” said Dr. Nachman. She emphasizes that the “now” is essential in these times, as generally it takes up to eight years to license a vaccine used in adults then accommodated to license the vaccine in children. “If we follow the usual model, we will be in trouble and never be able to modify the COVID-19 pandemic because we will have a huge swath of the population about whom we know nothing in regards to the infection and vaccination.”
Belief in conspiracy theories is a barrier to controlling spread of COVID-19 Belief in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic is not only persistent but also is associated with reluctance to accept a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available and to engage in behaviors such as mask-wearing that can prevent its spread, according to researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. In a new study, based on a two-wave national panel survey conducted in late March and mid-July, the researchers find that belief in conspiracy theories about the source and seriousness of the pandemic persisted across the four-month period. These beliefs in March were associated with increasing reluctance to adopt preventive behaviors in July, including actions such as mask-wearing and accepting a vaccine when one is available. “Belief in pandemic conspiracy theories appears to be an obstacle to minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” said Dan Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, who co-authored the study with APPC director Kathleen Hall Jamieson. “To control the pandemic we need high rates of mask-wearing, physical distancing, and hand-washing now—and of vaccination when a safe and effective vaccine is available.”
Questions of The Day!
Hi Robert. I just recently added the Alta Can-Gest to my daily routine. When I consume this, does it have to be taken with warm water as the container states? I’m assuming it is with good reason that it is to be taken with warm water, but when I’m away from home, on the go, the warm water part isn’t easy. Is it less effective in room temperature water? As always, thank you so much for your guidance!
What is the best way to treat and prevent cold sores?
I have one on my lip now that is painful. What is the best remedy to heal faster? And is there anything I can do to prevent them in the future?
Special Guest Robyn Openshaw
It was 2001, and my life was at a stand-still. My little boy had been diagnosed with severe asthma and “Failure to Thrive.” He was below the fifth percentile for weight and in a revolving door of desperate pediatric visits and hospitalizations, on growth-stunting steroids, antibiotics, and bronchodilators–and the pediatric and E.R. doctors couldn’t seem to help him. I knew there had to be a way for my son and me to live healthy, happy, fully functional lives – but as I sat in the pediatrician’s office, being told again that all they had to offer was drugs, and more drugs…I realized it was up to me to find the solution. What did I have to lose? The short answer is: about 70 pounds and 21 disease diagnoses of my own. But what I gained is the real story: My son and I got our lives back. No more panic attacks. No more emergency room visits. No more dangerous prescription cocktails. No more antibiotics. My son emerged from illness and I left obesity and many diagnoses and drugs behind, by shifting to a whole-foods, mostly plant-based diet. Now I’m on a mission to educate and empower families all over the world to be healthier and happier, despite living in an increasingly toxic world. I launched GreenSmoothieGirl.com in 2007, to share my experiences with the world and help others feel and look younger and healthier than ever before. Over the last decade, my team and I have turned “green smoothie” into a household word and helped people all over the world reclaim their health through delicious recipes, a podcast series that accesses the knowledge of the world’s leading experts in functional medicine and holistic health, online courses on everything from hormone balancing to detoxification, and a blog dedicated to nutrition and wellness.
Gov. Herbert renews State of Emergency due to increasing COVID-19 cases Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order Saturday to place Utah under a State of Emergency again as the previous order was set to expire the same day. The governor’s office cited recent increases in novel coronavirus cases — the state reported more than 1,000 cases on both Friday and Saturday — in renewing the order. It will remain in effect until Oct. 20 unless extended by the State Legislature. It may also be rescinded before then if “the threat of danger has passed or reduced to the extent that emergency conditions no longer exist.” The order did not include a statewide mask mandate, although the governor has said the option remains “on the table.” Saturday’s announcement added that “phased health guideline changes and mask mandates will be issued as public health orders under the Utah Department of Health.” The announcement from Herbert’s office added that he “will only take certain executive actions, such as suspending statutes, if asked to do so by the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission.” Click here to read his letter to House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams.