December 20th, 2022 3-5 PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Loved or hated, Fauci’s parting advice: Stick to the science Long before the bobbleheads and the “Fauci ouchie,” Dr. Anthony Fauci was a straight-shooter about scary diseases — and “stick with the science” remains his mantra. Fauci steps down from a five-decade career in public service at the end of the month, one shaped by the HIV pandemic early on and the COVID-19 pandemic at the end. In an interview with The Associated Press, Fauci said he leaves excited by the prospect of advances such as next-generation coronavirus vaccines — but worried that misinformation and outright lies mark a “profoundly dangerous” time for public health and science. “Untruths abound and we almost normalize untruths,” Fauci said. “I worry about my own field of health, but I also worry about the country.” Fauci, who turns 82 on Christmas Eve, has been a physician-scientist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 54 years, and its director for 38 of them. Because he candidly puts complex science into plain English, Fauci has advised seven presidents, from Ronald Reagan to Joe Biden, about a long list of outbreaks — HIV, Ebola, Zika, bird flu, pandemic flu, even the 2001 anthrax attacks. “Stick with the science and never be afraid to tell somebody something that is the truth — but it’s an inconvenient truth in which there might be the possibility of the messenger getting shot,” Fauci said. “You don’t worry about that. You just keep telling the truth.”
FDA Study: COVID Vaccine Linked to Blood Clotting in Elderly Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been linked to blood clotting in older individuals, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA researchers, crunching data from a database of elderly persons in the United States, found that pulmonary embolism — blood clotting in the lungs — met the initial threshold for a statistical signal and continued meeting the criteria after a more in-depth evaluation. Three other outcomes of interest — a lack of oxygen to the heart, a blood platelet disorder called immune thrombocytopenia and another type of clotting called intravascular coagulation — initially raised red flags, researchers said. More in-depth evaluations, such as comparisons with populations who received influenza vaccines, showed those three as no longer meeting the statistical threshold for a signal. Researchers looked at data covering 17.4 million elderly Americans who received a total of 34.6 million vaccine doses between Dec. 10, 2020, and Jan. 16, 2022. The study was published by the journal Vaccine on Dec. 1. The FDA said it was not taking any action on the results because they do not prove the vaccines cause any of the four outcomes, and because the findings “are still under investigation and require more robust study.”
Special Guest Dr. James Thorp MD
Question of The Day!
I have a friend diagnosed with a very rare anaplastic thyroid cancer. 42 years old extremely fit and did not eat junk food. When diagnosed it had already metastasized to his lungs (50 spots), sacrum, and brain. What information would be good for him and can you recommend someone to help?
Don’t send Grandma to the ICU this Christmas It started with one person releasing a long, productive unmasked cough into the stale, recycled air on the rush hour train. The bodily fluids hung in the air like a certified holiday wrecking ball. In a matter of days, that single exhalation had transformed into a chorus of viral aerosols reverberating, unbridled coughs and sneezes and gargled throat clearings working in a sort of crude, sick harmony backed by a nose blowing percussion I envisioned infecting all bystanders, myself included. There’s not a place I’ve been in the past few days — public transportation, the supermarket, school, the office — where someone hasn’t been hacking, glassy-eyed, congested or hoarse. Move over Rudolph, there’s a new red-nosed apparition that’s coming to town this holiday season. Everyone and their mother are sick right now. It’s not just little old colds, either. Hospitals are overwhelmed. A trifecta of contagions — flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Covid — have joined malevolent forces and are wreaking havoc on the populace. Babies and small kids, in particular, have been ensnared in the RSV wave. What is scarier than worrying your child might not be able to breathe? How about that the hospital that could save their life is too overwhelmed to help? Not to mention that Covid-19 is again on the rise, sending tens of thousands of people to hospital — and thousands to their graves — each week.
Maybe Consider Not Kissing That Baby – Close your mouth and step away from the human. Barack Obama did it. Donald Trump did it. Joe Biden, of course, has done it too. But each of them was wrong: Kissing another person’s baby is just not a good idea. That rule of lip, experts told me, should be a top priority during the brisk fall and winter months, when flu, RSV, and other respiratory viruses tend to go hog wild (as they are doing right this very moment). “But actually, this is year-round advice,” says Tina Tan, a pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Rain, wind, or shine, outside of an infant’s nuclear family, people should just keep their mouths to themselves. Leave those soft, pillowy cheeks alone!A moratorium on infant smooching might feel like a bit of a downer—even counterintuitive, given how essential it is for infants and caregivers to touch. But kissing isn’t the only way to show affection to a newborn, and the rationale for cutting back on it specifically is one that most can get behind: keeping those same wee bebes safe. An infant’s immune system is still fragile and unlearned; it struggles to identify infectious threats and can’t marshal much of a defense even when it does. Annette Cameron, a pediatrician at Yale, told me she usually advises parents to avoid public places—church, buses, stores—until their baby is about six weeks old, and able to receive their first big round of immunizations. (And even then, shots take a couple of weeks to kick in.)
COVID Lockdowns Altered Kids’ Gut Microbiomes — Here’s Why That’s a Problem As reported by The Atlantic in early November, children who aren’t exposed to germs on a regular basis have different microbiomes than those who are. In April 2021, a year into widespread COVID-19 lockdowns and the obsessive focus on antibacterials, microbiologist Brett Finlay predicted that “five years from now we are going to see a large number of kids with asthma and obesity.” Contact with microbes trains your immune system The “hygiene hypothesis” was initially proposed by epidemiologist Dr. David Strachan in 1989. He believed the rising incidence of allergies was linked to reduced exposure to viruses and bacteria, thanks to smaller family sizes, which means fewer siblings from whom infants are exposed to germs and infections. In 2003, Graham Rook refined the hypothesis, renaming it the “old friends” hypothesis (a name that never stuck). Rather than including both good and bad germs, Rook’s version of the hygiene hypothesis emphasized the importance of exposure to nonpathogenic (friendly) microorganisms in the building of robust immune function.
Special Guest – Clay Clark
Clay is the Author of “Fear Unmasked – The Truth About the Coronavirus Shutdown”. He’s also the former SBA Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder of www.Thrive15.com a highly respected Business School as seen on Forbes, Bloomberg, YahooFinance, etc. He is also a Contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine , and is an investor and co-owner of several multi-million dollar companies around the world. In Washington DC Clay Clark asked Americans to Hug each other at a Trump Rally and was attacked by Jimmy Kimmel on National TV. Clay Clark went on NewsmaxTV and revealed that Bill Gates hung out with Jeffrey Epstien, the world’s most well known pedophile. Clay said “I don’t think we should be listening to a pedophile on how to treat our kids” referring to the Bill Gates Covid vaccine. And, because people want the truth, Clay has had over 3 Million downloads to his Fireside Chats with Attorney Lin Wood, despite #BIgTech removing them every time from several platforms. If you haven’t guessed yet… Clay Clark is a man who tells it like it is, regardless of the worldly consequences. And Clay always has research to back up what he says.