August 8, 2022 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
“God, No, Not Another Case.” COVID-Related Stillbirths Didn’t Have to Happen Late one afternoon last October, Dr. Shelley Odronic sat in her office and, just as she had thousands of times before, slid a rectangular glass slide onto her microscope. A pathologist who works in rural Ohio, Odronic leaned forward to examine tissue from the placenta of a woman who had recently given birth. She increased the magnification on the microscope. Never had she seen so many tiny, congealed reservoirs of blood or such severe inflammation of the tissue, a sign the placenta had been fighting an infection. “Right away, I knew it wasn’t compatible with life,” Odronic said. She asked her secretary to print out the patient’s chart. In dark letters were the words “fetal demise.” A stillbirth, the death of a fetus at 20 weeks or more of pregnancy. But that didn’t solve the mystery. Odronic had examined many placentas from pregnancies that ended in stillbirth. None looked like this — withered and scarred. Odronic kept reading. No chronic medical conditions. Good prenatal care. Then, buried in the middle of the report, she spotted something. Seven days before the stillbirth, the mother had tested positive for COVID-19. Odronic wondered if the virus could explain the damage to the placenta. In the world of placenta pathology, a new affliction is unusual, especially one so dramatic in presentation and so devastating in effect.
New York polio case is the ‘tip of the iceberg,’ hundreds of others could be infected, health official says Hundreds could have polio after an adult in the New York City metro area caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state’s top health official said this week. New York state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned that the confirmed polio case in an unvaccinated adult, coupled with the detection of the virus in sewage outside the nation’s largest city, could indicate a bigger outbreak is underway. “Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected,” Bassett said. “Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread.” Bassett said it is crucial that children are vaccinated by the time they are 2 months old, and all adults — including pregnant women —who have not received their shots should do so immediately. “As we learn more, what we do know is clear: The danger of polio is present in New York today,” Bassett said.
The Madness of Groupthink We all seek to understand the root causes of the COVIDcrisis. We crave an answer, and hope is that we can find some sort of rationale for the harm that has been done, something that will help make sense out of one of the most profound policy fiascos in the history of the United States. In tracing the various threads which seem to lead towards comprehension of the larger issues and processes, there has been a tendency to focus on external actors and forces. Examples include the Medical-Pharmaceutical Industrial complex, the World Health Organization, the World Economic Forum, the Chinese Central Communist Party, the central banking system/Federal Reserve, the large “hedge funds” (Blackrock, State Street, Vanguard), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Corporate/social media and Big Technology, the Trusted News Initiative, and the United Nations. In terms of the inexplicable behavior of the general population in response to the information which bombards all of us, the denialism and seeming hypnosis of colleagues, friends and family, Mattias Desmet’s 21st century update of the work of Hannah Arendt, Joost Meerloo, and so many others is often cited as the most important text for comprehending the large scale psychological processes which have driven much of the COVIDcrisis madness. Dr. Desmet, a professor of clinical psychology at Ghent University (Belgium) and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist, has provided the world with guide to the Mass Formation process (Mass formation Psychosis, Mass Hypnosis) which seems to have influenced so much of the madness that has gripped both the United States as well as much of the rest of the world.
Scientists: Monkeypox vaccine efficacy rate against infection – ‘not yet proven’ The following is an excerpt from MedPage Today. Across an American gay male community worried about catching monkeypox, one message suggests this is all temporary: A few months of sexual caution plus vaccination will usher in a care-free autumn. Men who have sex with men are considered most vulnerable — they made up 98% of 528 worldwide cases in a recent analysis. Yet no one knows how well the Jynneos vaccine will serve as a get-out-of-infection-free card. One number that’s been unquestionably quoted by various media organizations — “85% effective” or “at least 85% effective” — is based entirely on a small study done in Africa in the 1980s that has major limitations. One data expert calls its findings “pretty weak.” Other studies have only been conducted in animals. The lack of accurate information about the vaccine is “a big problem,” Jay Varma, MD, director of the Cornell Center for Pandemic Prevention and Response in New York, said in an interview. “It is absolutely critical that public health officials work on messaging this uncertainty to people being vaccinated.” Hundreds of thousands of Jynneos smallpox/monkeypox vaccines are now available in the U.S., and the CDC recommends vaccination for those who have been exposed to monkeypox or are at higher risk. As the CDC notes, “no data are available yet on the effectiveness of these vaccines in the current outbreak.” As for previous outbreaks, only one study — a retrospective analysis published in 1988 — has examined whether a smallpox vaccine could prevent monkeypox.
CBD for kids? Cannabidiol shows promise in treating young people with chronic anxiety Cannabidiol — or CBD — is becoming a popular remedy for various ailments among adults. Now, researchers from Australia say it’s also a promising new treatment for young people battling anxiety. A pilot study from Orygen’s Center of Excellence in Youth Mental Health shows cannabidiol halves the severity of symptoms and impairment due to chronic anxiety. Cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating component of the Cannabis sativa plant, meaning it does not cause you to get “high.” For the pilot study, researchers recruited 31 participants between the ages of 12 and 25 from Orygen’s primary care services. These participants had a diagnosed anxiety disorder and failed to show improvement following five cognitive behavioral therapy sessions. They started their treatment with one 200-milligram capsule of cannabidiol per day, which researchers increased to 400 milligrams after one week. Participants who didn’t show significant improvement with their anxiety symptoms had their dosage increased at 200 milligram increments up to 800 milligrams per day. The patients were also offered biweekly cognitive behavioral therapy sessions for 12 weeks.
Special Guest – Bobbie Anne Cox
Attorney Bobbie Anne Cox, of Cox Lawyers, PLLC, filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court the beginning of April. The case is all about separation of powers between the Executive branch of government (the Governor and DOH) vs the Legislative branch of government (our State Senators and Assembly Members). This “regulation” is really a law that the Governor and DOH are illegally forcing on the people. Only the Legislative branch has the power to make law. The Governor and her Department of Health do not have the power to force people to isolate or quarantine. This is a clear example of extreme government overreach. When one branch of government usurps the power of the other branch(es), that is tyranny.
Floods, heat and other climate hazards are turning 218 infectious diseases into bigger threats, study says Professor Camilo Mora feels the impacts of climate change in his knees. During a 2014 visit to his native Colombia, heavy rains caused the worst flooding his hometown had seen in decades and boosted the mosquito population. A mosquito bit Mora, transferring the chikungunya virus and making him a patient during an unprecedented outbreak in the region. His joints ache still today. He blames a warming world. In a study published Monday, Mora and his colleagues at the University of Hawaii canvassed tens of thousands of studies to analyze the global impacts of climate change on infectious diseases that affect humans. They determined that nearly 220 infectious diseases — 58% of the total studied — had become bigger threats because of climate hazards. “Systems have been evolving for millions of years and now humans have come along and changed things,” Mora said. “We are punching nature, but nature is punching us back.” The study, which ultimately analyzed more than 3,200 scientific works, is one of the most thorough examinations of climate change’s overall impact on diseases worldwide. “It’s only in the recent past of infectious disease research that we really focus in on climate change as a driver of infectious disease,” said Jessica Leibler, an environmental epidemiologist at the Boston University School of Public Health who wasn’t involved in the research.
U.S. Public Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Following the Science,’ Officials Say The calls and text messages are relentless. On the other end are doctors and scientists at the top levels of the NIH, FDA and CDC. They are variously frustrated, exasperated and alarmed about the direction of the agencies to which they have devoted their careers. “It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch and I can’t close my eyes,” one senior FDA official lamented. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.” That particular FDA doctor was referring to two recent developments inside the agency. First, how, with no solid clinical data, the agency authorized Covid vaccines for infants and toddlers, including those who already had Covid. And second, the fact that just months before, the FDA bypassed their external experts to authorize booster shots for young children. That doctor is hardly alone. At the NIH, doctors and scientists complain to us about low morale and lower staffing: The NIH’s Vaccine Research Center has had many of its senior scientists leave over the last year, including the director, deputy director and chief medical officer. “They have no leadership right now. Suddenly there’s an enormous number of jobs opening up at the highest level positions,” one NIH scientist told us. (The people who spoke to us would only agree to be quoted anonymously, citing fear of professional repercussions.)
Brass Players Most Likely To Spread Covid-19 With Their Instruments Over the past few years, musicians and scientists have become aware of the risk of spreading Covid-19 during orchestra practices. Even the Vienna Philharmonic conducted a study to investigate the risk their instruments posed to people sitting nearby. Now, a recently published study by researchers from Colorado State University further confirms that wind instruments, in particular those of the brass family, are most likely to spread respiratory particles. Aerosol expert and professor of mechanical engineering John Volckens and his colleagues at CSU worked with 81 volunteer musicians to measure how different wind instruments spread respiratory particles and what measures could be used to reduce the risk. Using an aerosol measurement chamber, they detected aerosols of different sizes and looked at how many each instrument produced. Notably, some instruments were bigger spreaders than others. On average, brass instruments like tuba, trumpet and trombone spread almost three times as many aerosols as woodwinds such as oboes, clarinets or bassoons. To put this into a bit of context, singing was in the same ballpark as the brass instruments and there have been known reported outbreaks of Covid-19 spread through choir rehearsals.=