February 1, 2023 3-5PM ET
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The end of the Covid health emergency won’t slow FDA clearance of shots and treatments The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said its emergency authorizations of Covid vaccines, tests and treatments will not be impacted by the end of the public health emergency this spring. President Joe Biden is planning to terminate in May the public health and national emergencies declared in response to the Covid pandemic three years ago, the White House said Monday. The public health emergency gave U.S. health regulators expanded powers to respond faster to the pandemic. The FDA’s emergency powers, however, aren’t directly tied to public health declaration, according to the agency. Former Health Secretary Alex Azar made separate determinations in February and March of 2020 under the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act that the circumstances of the pandemic justified the authorization of vaccines, treatments and tests for emergency use. The FDA used its emergency powers to authorize the Pfizer , Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and Novavax vaccines. The agency also authorized the oral antivirals Paxlovid and molnupiravir, several antibody treatments as well as numerous tests and other medical devices on an emergency basis. “Existing emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for products will remain in effect and the agency may continue to issue new EUAs going forward when criteria for issuance are met,” The FDA wrote in post on Twitter Monday.
Millions of Californians Are About to Lose COVID Food Benefits; OC Braces for ‘Food Cliff’ Officials at food banks and pantries throughout California are worried about what they say is an incoming wave of residents in desperate need of food when additional federal benefits dry up in a couple months. It comes after the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted what many community advocates and groups already knew: the hardest hit populations were already struggling to meet basic needs – rent, medical care and food. And the pandemic increased demand for those basic needs throughout the Golden State – especially for food after the virus shutdowns caused millions of people to lose their jobs. “Some households will go from receiving $281 to $23 – many of them are older adults,” Lauren Lathan Reid, communications director the California Association of Food Banks, wrote in a Monday email. “The California Department of Social Services has said that, on average, households will lose $261 per month” By the end of March, millions of Californians will lose the increased amount of CalFresh benefits – food assistance for low income families – that helped them buy the groceries they need amid the COVID pandemic. And the loss is coming amid high inflation costs.
Special Guest Aga Wilson
Aga Wilson is a humanitarian, human rights advocate, journalist, mother and a social entrepreneur. Her experience involves working as a global consultant and project manager on human rights, women’s rights, rule of law and transitional justice for global nonprofits, and NGOs. She began her career at the United Nations HQ in New York working on coordinating the work of 22 UN agencies on policy development, international trainings, coordination, and knowledge management, in post conflict settings. She later joined UNICEF in Nepal to work on youth and disarmament, as well as ‘back to school programs’ for girls and reproductive rights. Her ambition to inspire more collaboration and unity across sectors has led her to build successful partnerships and networks worldwide.
Agnieszka holds a Master’s of Political Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. She also worked as an adjunct professor at St. John’s University teaching on media, communication and international relations. She is currently a news reporter for the Swedish media channel, News Voice and recently joined Children’s Health Defense Europe, where she presents transparent and uncensored news. She also launched the global #canwetalkaboutit campaign that aims to break the sillence about covid19 vaccine injuries.She has been a practitioner of yoga, meditation, mindfulness and clean eating for over 15 years and has found it to be essential to everything she creates in life.
Question of The Day!
Hi Robert and Super Don, my friend shattered his ring finger and has to get surgery on it tomorrow. The surgeon said he has to put pins in it and put it back together like a puzzle. What can he do for speedy recovery? He also has nerve damage.
Unvaccinated Kidney and Heart Patients Denied Transplants Get Day in Court with Michigan Hospital A Michigan judge will soon decide if 73-year-old Ross Barranco can be denied a donated kidney because he won’t take the COVID-19 vaccine. “I just don’t see the logic of it,” Barranco said in an interview with The Epoch Times. “Everybody knows an organ transplant procedure requires the nearly complete suppression of a recipient’s immune system so the body won’t reject it. “Then why do I need to be immunized against COVID before the operation?” When asked if he thought the vaccine would make any difference in his prognosis, he replied: “Yeah, the vax can kill me. “To qualify for a transplant, both of my kidneys have to be functioning at 20 percent or less. What if the vax destroys the remaining function before the operation? If it does, I’m done. “The jab does absolutely nothing beneficial for a transplant patient.” Given the current COVID-19 testing capability, it remains unclear why transplant patients can’t be tested for COVID-19 before the operation. A negative result could then green-light the procedure. It’s also unclear why the vaccine is still being regarded by some hospitals as an immunization when data shows that numerous fully vaccinated people have contracted the virus multiple times.
FDA Quietly Changes End Date for Study of Heart Inflammation After Pfizer COVID Vaccination The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed the end date for a key study on post-vaccination heart inflammation without notifying the public. Pfizer was supposed to complete a study on the occurrence of subclinical myocarditis, or heart inflammation, after receipt of its COVID-19 vaccine. The completion date was listed by the FDA in 2021 as June 20, 2022. Pfizer was also supposed to submit the results of the study to the FDA by the end of 2022 as part of a list of requirements the FDA imposed as a condition of approving Pfizer’s jab. But after the deadline passed, the FDA quietly changed the date. Under a list of postmarketing requirements for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the FDA now says the same study has an “original projected completion date” of June 30, 2023. The current status of the study is listed as “pending.” The FDA and Pfizer did not respond to requests for comment. Jessica Adams, a former regulatory review officer at the FDA, said the wording amounts to misinformation.“By definition, ‘original’ dates can’t change,” she wrote on Twitter, tagging the agency. “Please correct this ‘misinformation.’” Dr. Vinay Prasad, who has increasingly criticized the FDA over its decisions during the pandemic, said the new timeline “is so slow it will be entirely moot.” “Another FDA failure,” he said on Twitter.
1 in 8 Older Americans Addicted to Junk Foods It may be that as many as 13% of older adults are addicted to highly processed comfort foods, a new survey finds. Craving cookies, chips, packaged snacks and soda was seen in adults aged 50 to 80, according to new data from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Women had higher numbers of addiction to these foods than men, especially those in their 50s and early 60s. Older adults who were overweight or experiencing poor mental health or isolation also had much higher percentages of possible addiction to processed foods. Researchers suggested that doctors should screen for these addictive eating habits, so that patients can get referrals to nutrition counseling or programs that help address addictive eating. “The word addiction may seem strong when it comes to food, but research has shown that our brains respond as strongly to highly processed foods, especially those highest in sugar, simple starches and fat, as they do to tobacco, alcohol and other addictive substances,” said researcher Ashley Gearhardt, an associate professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychology.
Every bite of junk food increases the risk of dying from cancer Eating junk food — which scientists often call ultra-processed foods — including sugary drinks, sliced bread, and ready-made meals may be increasing your risk of cancer with every bite. A new study warns that these foods are generally high in salt, fat, sugar, and contain artificial additives and can also lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. They are often cheaper, more convenient to buy, and heavily marketed in comparison to other, healthier options. Now, researchers say they can increase a person’s risk of death from cancer — especially among women. “The average person in the UK consumes more than half of their daily energy intake from ultra-processed foods. This is exceptionally high and concerning as ultra-processed foods are produced with industrially derived ingredients and often use food additives to adjust color, flavor, consistency, texture, or extend shelf life,” says study first author Dr. Kiara Chang from Imperial College London’s School of Public Health in a media release. “Our bodies may not react the same way to these ultra-processed ingredients and additives as they do to fresh and nutritious minimally processed foods. However, ultra-processed foods are everywhere and highly marketed with cheap price and attractive packaging to promote consumption. This shows our food environment needs urgent reform to protect the population from ultra-processed foods.”
Magnesium: What You Need to Know About This Important Micronutrient There’s been a lot of chat on social media over the past few months about the importance of magnesium supplements. Many suggest that symptoms such as trouble sleeping, tense muscles and low energy are all signs you’re deficient and should be taking a magnesium supplement. As it turns out, many of us probably are somewhat deficient in magnesium. According to research, most aren’t consuming the recommended amount of magnesium to support our body’s needs. It’s also estimated that in developed countries, between 10-30% of the population has a slight magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is one of the many micronutirents the body requires to remain healthy. It’s essential for helping more than 300 enzymes carry out numerous chemical processes in the body, including those that produce proteins, support strong bones, control blood sugar and blood pressure and maintain healthy muscles and nerves. Magnesium also acts as an electrical conductor that helps the heart beat and contracts muscles. Considering how important magnesium is for the body, if you aren’t getting enough it can eventually lead to a range of health problems. But even though most of us are probably somewhat deficient in magnesium, that doesn’t mean you need to reach for supplements to make sure you’re getting enough. In fact, with the right planning, most of us can get all the magnesium we need from the foods we eat.