March 9th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Forget About Covid, They Say Earlier this year, a phrase was trending because Bari Weiss used it on a talk show: “I’m done with Covid.” Many people cheered simply because the subject has been the source of vast oppression for billions of people for two years. There are two ways to be over Covid. One way is to do what the memo from the consultants of the Democratic National Committee suggested: declare the war won and move on. For political reasons. Deaths attributed to Covid nationally are higher now than they were in the summer of 2020 when the whole country was locked down. They are also higher now than during the election of November the same year. But today we are just supposed to treat it for what it is: a seasonal virus with a disparate impact on the aged and frail. Rationality is back! In that sense, it’s good to forget about Covid if it means living life normally and behaving with clarity about what does and does not work to mitigate a virus. The Democrats decided that the hyper-restrictionist ways were risking political fortunes. Hence, the line and the talking points needed to change. Another way to get over Covid is to forget completely about the last two years, especially the astonishing failures of compulsory pandemic controls. Forget about the school closures that cost a generation two years of learning. Forget that the hospitals were largely closed to people without a Covid-related malady. Forget about the preventable nursing-home deaths. Forget that dentistry was practically abolished for a few months, or that one could not even get a haircut.
Vaccine mandate for federal employees awaits court ruling A federal judge in Texas overstepped his authority when he blocked President Joe Biden’s requirement that all federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, an attorney for the administration told a federal appeals court panel Tuesday. Department of Justice lawyer Charles Scarborough noted that district judges in a dozen jurisdictions had rejected a challenge to the vaccine requirement for federal workers. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by President Donald Trump, issued a nationwide injunction against the requirement in January. Scarborough argued that the Constitution gives the president, as the head of the federal workforce, the same authority as the CEO of a private corporation has to require that employees be vaccinated. “This is the president exercising his authority as an employer,” Scarborough said. He also argued that the case does not belong in federal court because federal employees have administrative civil service remedies they must exhaust first before heading to court. Arguing for those challenging the mandate, lawyer Trent McCotter said it was the administration that was exceeding its statutory and constitutional power. McCotter referenced the recent Supreme Court opinion that the government cannot force private employers to require employee vaccinations. He said the federal employee mandate was the same kind of “coercive choice” struck down in that case. “It’s a sort of freestanding, ongoing constitutional injury,” McCotter said.
J&J says it regrets injecting prisoners with asbestos, but such experiments were ‘widely accepted’ at the time As Johnson & Johnson continues to defend its case in lawsuits over talc’s potential to cause cancer, startling research from the product’s past has come to light. Back in 1971, Johnson & Johnson funded a study that injected 10 Pennsylvania prisoners with asbestos, newly unsealed court documents show, as first reported by Bloomberg. J&J wanted to compare the minerals’ effect on the inmates’ skin versus talc, which is a key ingredient in the company’s popular baby powder. When asked for comment on the latest reporting, J&J stressed its focus on bioethics but also defended its testing as acceptable at that time. “The dignity of clinical testing participants must always be the highest moral imperative, which is why this type of testing was discontinued more than 40 years ago,” a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson told Fierce Pharma over email. “At the time of these studies, nearly 50 years ago, testing of this nature among this cohort set was widely accepted, including by prominent researchers, leading public companies, and the U.S. government itself. “We deeply regret the conditions under which these studies were conducted, and in no way do they reflect the values or practices we employ today,” the spokesperson continued. “As the world’s largest healthcare company, our transparent, diligent approach to bioethics is at the heart of all we promise our customers and society.”
Question of The Day!
I am dealing with mantle cell lymphoma. There is, supposedly, no cure. Wondering what I can do to down regulate the over expression of cyclin d1 protein, or just cure it completely. I have cleaned up my diet and slowed its progression but have not reached “remission”. Any guidance here would be greatly appreciated!…….
Lead exposure in last century shrunk IQ scores of half of Americans In 1923, lead was first added to gasoline to help keep car engines healthy. However, automotive health came at the great expense of our own well-being. A new study calculates that exposure to car exhaust from leaded gas during childhood stole a collective 824 million IQ points from more than 170 million Americans alive today, about half the population of the United States. The findings, from Aaron Reuben, a Ph.D. candidate in clinical psychology at Duke University, and colleagues at Florida State University, suggest that Americans born before 1996 may now be at greater risk for lead-related health problems, such as faster aging of the brain. Leaded gas for cars was banned in the U.S. in 1996, but the researchers say that anyone born before the end of that era, and especially those at the peak of its use in the 1960s and 1970s, had concerningly high lead exposures as children. The team’s paper appeared the week of March 7 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead is neurotoxic and can erode brain cells after it enters the body. As such, there is no safe level of exposure at any point in life, health experts say. Young children are especially vulnerable to lead’s ability to impair brain development and lower cognitive ability. Unfortunately, no matter what age, our brains are ill-equipped for keeping it at bay.
Groups Support Ukraine, One Cuts Ties With Russian Docs As many in the world react with sanctions imposed on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, the oncology community has now stepped into the fray. All the large cancer organizations have put out statements in support of Ukraine, but one group has gone further and cut its ties with Russia. “The international cancer specialist network, OncoAlert, severed all cooperation with doctors in Russia as part of the Western sanctions,” the group announced on its Twitter page, which is decorated with a blue and yellow ribbon and declares that it “stands with Ukraine.” “The OncoAlert Network is non-political but we cannot stand idle and not take a stand against this aggression towards our Ukrainian friends & colleagues,” the group said. “The network will be pulling out of ALL collaborations & congresses in Russia,” it added. Not surprisingly, the post was inundated with a barrage of inflammatory and politically laced tweets from Russian and Chinese users. Many of them repeated the same phrase about “violating the Hippocratic oath and the Geneva convention,” used foul language, and slammed the United States for past military actions in other parts of the world.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
The Polio Vaccine Cancer Cover-up The polio vaccines developed in the 1950s by Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin allegedly eradicated one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century. The media hailed the success of these vaccines as a modern-day miracle. However, the polio story has a much darker side that has mostly been kept a secret. Both Sabin’s live virus vaccine (given orally) and Salk’s inactivated virus vaccine (given by injection) were far from perfect. In fact, in 1955 the vaccine used in Berkley, California infected some 200 children, leaving several dead and many paralyzed. Yet this incident proved minor compared to what was later discovered. In order to grow large quantities of the poliovirus, scientists needed to use Rhesus monkey kidney cells, which carried many different viruses. As a result, their polio vaccine became contaminated with a cancer-causing virus carried by these monkeys. This vaccine was given to almost 100 million people. The virus found in this particular polio vaccine was SV40, or simian virus. It is present in human tumors, and research has established it to be a contributing factor in the rise of many types of cancer, including mesothelioma, bone, and brain cancer. When the government became aware of this, it was downplayed for fear the public would stop accepting vaccination.
Sacklers to Pay 6 BILLION in Opioid Lawsuit New developments in the ongoing opioid litigation as the Sackler family – owners of Purdue Pharma and the creators of OxyContin – will pay up to $6 BILLION to settle claims that they are responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed millions. Back in September, Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in White Plains, N.Y. issued a ruling that would have protected the nefarious Sackler family from liability in the wake of the opioid epidemic. Under the bankruptcy agreement, Purdue Pharma would pay $4.3 billion to settle opioid lawsuits, and the Sackler family will relinquish control of the company. The ruling would have provided the most notorious drug pushers in history, whose company Purdue Pharma got the country hooked on OxyContin, with immunity from future lawsuits related to the opioid epidemic they helped create. But that settlement deal was blocked by attorneys general from 8 different states and the District of Columbia. The Sackler family owners said in a statement that they “sincerely regret” that OxyContin “unexpectedly became part of an opioid crisis.” The family members said they acted lawfully but a settlement was by far the best way to help resolve a “serious and complex public health crisis.” But that isn’t true. Over the last 20 years, U.S. opioid overdose deaths have increased by more than 600%. Every day, about 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Right now, you are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than a car accident. And the Sackler family has become increasingly wealthy as the death toll rises.
Hawaii becomes last state to lift mask mandate, Idaho ends COVID-19 disaster declaration Hawaii will lift its statewide mask mandate by March 26. Gov. David Ige announced the move on Tuesday, citing falling COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations. Hawaii is the last state to drop the pandemic safety measure. “I do believe that we are the last community to release the mask mandate because we care about each other and we care about our community and we are all willing to sacrifice to keep each other healthy and safe,” Ige said. Hawaii health officials still recommend wearing face masks indoors at schools, hospitals, prisons and other “congregate living settings.” The end of the mask mandate coincides with when Hawaii plans to lift its COVID-19 quarantine requirement for travelers. State and local officials around the country have lifted mask and vaccine restrictions as January’s surge of the omicron variant eased. In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) loosened indoor mask guidance – including for schools – in counties nationwide.
Chicago teachers vow to fight order to drop mask mandates, Puerto Rico lifts restrictions With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continuing to fall significantly across the U.S., local, state and territory governments and schools have begun to remove mask mandates. The governor of Puerto Rico announced Monday that he would end a requirement for mask use indoors. The shift on the island will take effect on Thursday and domestic travelers will no longer have to present proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test or fill out a currently required form beginning on March 10. Face masks will still be required in health facilities and nursing homes. In addition, Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi will lift all capacity restrictions at public and private businesses and said proof of vaccination to enter will no longer be required. Vaccination requirements for public school students, restaurant employees and health workers will be lifted. In the contiguous U.S., officials announced Monday that Chicago Public Schools will stop requiring face masks for staff and students beginning on March 14. “CPS was one of the first to require universal masking in schools, and we would not be moving to a mask-optional model unless the data and our public health experts indicated that it is safe for our school communities,” CEO Pedro Martinez said in a statement.
Free federal COVID-19 tests available again More free at-home COVID-19 tests are available from the government. In a Twitter video, President Biden made the announcement on Monday. However, students and employees will still be encouraged to wear masks, and especially those in schools with lower vaccination rates. “Today, I want you to know that if you’ve already ordered free tests, you can now order another round, shipped directly to your home and for free, so we’re prepared no matter what COVID-19 brings,” he said. The tests are available from the federal website at COVIDtests.gov. Each household can order a total of eight tests. If an order was already made for four in January when the program launched, another order can be placed for four more. Biden first discussed the move at his State of the Union address last week, as well as the “Test to Treat initiative,” which will ensure people can get tested at a pharmacy and receive antiviral pills on the spot at no cost if they are positive. “And, if Congress provides the funds we need, we’ll have new stockpiles of tests, masks and pills ready if needed,” he said. Nearly half of the 500 million free tests the administration made available to the public remained unclaimed in late February.
As U.S. COVID deaths near 1 million, advocates press for a memorial day Janeth Nuñez del Prado had the date marked on her calendar. Last May, her dad Hugo, who lived in Bolivia, was supposed to visit her family in New Mexico. “And we would look at the date all the time, and be so excited,” Nuñez del Prado said. Tragically, her dad came down with COVID-19 before he could make the trip. “He died just two weeks before he was supposed to come and get the vaccine and meet his grandkids for the first time,” she said, wiping away tears. “You know, we always thought we would have more time.” In many ways, life in the U.S. is returning to something of a pre-COVID normal. Masks are coming off, parties are being scheduled. But for millions of Americans who lost a loved one to the disease, life will never be the same. Now there’s an effort led by a group called Marked By COVID to establish an enduring memorial to a pandemic that has killed some 960,000 people in the U.S. — with the number still rising. Nuñez del Prado is working with Marked By COVID. Like so many people, she didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to her dad. He spent his final days on a ventilator, alone in the hospital. There was no funeral.
Pfizer launches trial to test Covid pill in children Pfizer announced Wednesday that it has started a clinical trial testing its Covid-19 antiviral pill in children as young as 6. The drugmaker said it aims to enroll approximately 140 participants in the trial, which will look at whether the drug, called Paxlovid, can safely treat Covid in children who are at risk of becoming severely ill. Paxlovid has already been authorized for people ages 12 and older. The children in the trial will be divided into two groups, based on their weight, which will determine whether they receive the currently authorized dosage or a lower one. Both groups will receive a full course of Pfizer’s treatment — taken as three pills twice daily for five days. The treatment is a mix of two drugs: ritonavir, a commonly used HIV drug, and nirmatrelvir, an antiviral developed by Pfizer. The company also said it expects to enroll children under age 6 once its scientists have finished developing an appropriate formulation of the pill for that age group. Trial locations include Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas, according to clinicaltrials.gov. Pfizer’s update comes as Covid vaccination rates among children in the United States have stalled.