Jan 22, 2019 7-9PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Amid shutdown, federal workers face health struggles: ‘We are the ones that are suffering’ The government shutdown has hit much more than some workers’ wallets — it has affected their health. Tamela Worthen hasn’t been able to afford her diabetes medication in a week, she said. Yvette Hicks said that her children haven’t been able to receive their proper asthma treatment. John Kostelnik said he won’t be able to find out whether he has cancer until the shutdown is over. Those are just a few ways the ongoing partial lapse in government funding has impacted the health of employees who are not receiving paychecks. As of Tuesday, the government has been partially shut down for over a month. Health insurance benefits for furloughed government employees continue even if they don’t receive a paycheck, but their lack of pay can make certain health needs and medications unaffordable.
Gofundme: About a third of money raised on site has been for medical expenses Scrolling through the GoFundMe website reveals seemingly an endless number of people who need help or community support. A common theme: the cost of health care. It didn’t start out this way. Back in 2010, when the crowdfunding website began, it suggested fundraisers for “ideas and dreams,” “wedding donations and honeymoon registry” or “special occasions.” A spokeswoman said the bulk of collection efforts from the first year were “related to charities and foundations.” A category for medical needs existed, but it was farther down the list. In the nine years since, campaigns to pay for health care have reaped the most cash. Of the $5 billion the company says it has raised, about a third has been for medical expenses from more than 250,000 medical campaigns conducted annually. Take, for instance, the 25-year-old California woman who had a stroke and “needs financial support for rehabilitation, home nursing, medical equipment and uncovered medical expenses.” Or the Tennessee couple who want to get pregnant, but whose insurance doesn’t cover the $20,000 worth of “medications, surgeries, scans, lab monitoring, and appointments [that] will need to be paid for upfront and out-of-pocket” for in vitro fertilization.
Questions of The Day!
My lady friend suffers from stomach discomfort if she goes too long without eating or each too much (which is pretty minimal as it is). She takes a non-proton pump inhibitor medication after meals when needed, which seems to help. I wonder if there are two different concerns here — occasional discomfort both before and after eating.
Many thanks, Paul
Thank you for your help, Dr. Bell. You are a wealth of information. I hope you can help me with this question. My mother is 92 years old. She is good except for arthritis pain in her legs and feet from the hips down and especially below her left knee. I realize that little can be done at this point, but if you can help with anything that could possibly relieve the excruciating pain, that would be wonderful. She has been surviving on Vicodin, but that hardly works anymore.
Common gut bacteria blocks effects of Parkinson’s drugs, study says A common gut bacteria can block a common Parkinson‘s disease medicine from working on patients with the disease, a new study says. Gut bacteria metabolizes levodopa, a common Parkinson’s medication, into dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Since dopamine can’t pass through the blood-brain barrier, it saps the levodopa of its effectiveness, according to a study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications. “It is well established that gut bacteria can affect the brain,” Sahar El Aidy, an assistant professor in microbiology at University of Groningen and study lead investigator, said in a news release. “There is a continuous chemical dialogue between gut bacteria and the brain, the so-called gut-brain axis.” The less effect a normal dosage of levodopa has on a Parkinson’s patient, the more of the drug a doctor will administer. This can lead to dyskinesia, a condition that causes involuntary movements and severe pain.
Faecal transplant researchers identify ‘super-pooper’ donors Researchers looking into the success of faecal transplants believe they have identified why the poo of certain donors produces better results than others – so called “super-donors”. A team at the University of Auckland examined results from previous studies on faecal transplants – when faeces, and the microbes it contains, are taken from a healthy gut and used to “re-set” the gut of the recipient – to understand why poo from certain donors resulted in a better success rate in treating certain conditions. The transfer of faeces from one individual into another has become a useful treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile (C Diff) infections, a debilitating condition that causes diarrhoea and tummy pain. However, the procedure is also showing promise for a host of other conditions, including ulcerative colitis (an inflammatory bowel disease), that have been also been linked to the microbiome of the gut– the community of bacteria, viruses and fungi found there – being out of kilter.
The Lack of Legal Precedent for Modern Day U.S. Mandatory Vaccination Laws For decades, the U.S. government has made compulsory childhood vaccination one of the cornerstones of its public health policy. Outside the U.S., countries’ vaccination policies range from completely voluntary to “aggressive,” with some nations promoting vaccination but leaving the decision up to the individual, and others pushing a little harder by financially incentivizing vaccination. Some of the countries with mandatory vaccination have “modest” policies that focus on a single vaccine such as polio, and some—with broader mandates on the books—choose not to enforce them. Regardless of the policy, no other country requires as many childhood vaccines as the U.S., but the legal edifice shoring up the compulsory childhood vaccine program is surprisingly flimsy. As New York University legal scholar Mary Holland explains in a 2010 working paper, this edifice relies primarily on two century-old Supreme Court decisions—from 1905 and 1922—and on the game-changing National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) of 1986, which fundamentally altered the legal landscape for vaccination by exempting vaccine manufacturers and medical practitioners from liability for childhood vaccine injuries.
Measles VACCINE linked to 127 deaths in last 15 years; only two deaths linked to humans who contracted measles naturally in that same period It was the year 1900, and out of every 100,000 humans, only 13 died from the Measles. Forty years later, that number of deaths went down significantly to less than one person in every 100,000, and on down to barely anyone (0.2 in 100,000) dying from Measles twenty years later in 1960. Just three years after that, in 1963, the so-called Measles vaccine was invented, and “miraculously” it was declared that the immunization wiped out this huge threat to mankind. Amazing. Besides the lies and propaganda that were spread about this “holy grail” of preventative medicine, nobody knew the real horror story that was about to unfold – more people would soon start dying from the Measles vaccine than would ever pass from contracting the disease naturally. To this day, the mass media, the CDC, and the vaccine industry science shills all hide these facts from the public, in order to sell millions of dangerous vaccinesand keep people in the dark about the hazards of Western medicine. It’s time for everyone to learn the risk – the real risk.
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London’s Thames river has record-high levels of cocaine, and researchers are trying to figure out if it’smaking eels high Londoners’ cocaine habit may show no signs of lessening, but the high levels of the drug detected in the Thames is not harming its wildlife, an expert has said. New research by a team from King’s College London (KCL) examined the water overflowing into the river from sewers during storms. They found the class A drug, which was present in users’ urine and then flushed into the sewage system, could be easily detected in the Thames in the 24 hours after a sewer overflow. The levels in London were noticeably higher than other cities which have been tested and a marine wildlife expert said cocaine would have a similar effect on fish as humans. “Drugs which affect us will almost always affect all animal life, and invertebrates a little bit more because their biochemistry is much more sensitive,” said James Robson, a senior curator at the SEA LIFE London aquarium.
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