December 5th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
It’s Time To Get Rid Of The CDC As We Know It The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, monstrously mishandled the Covid-19 crisis from the start. That’s why Republicans, when they gain control of the House of Representatives in January, should not only investigate the CDC’s deadly mistakes but also recommend a drastic overhaul of the agency so it can once again focus on its mission—protecting public health—and stay away from politics. This segment of What’s Ahead discusses both the CDC’s egregious errors and what can be done to right this troubled organization. The good news: A model for reform already exists in a particular independent government agency.
US plans end to mpox public health emergency in January The federal government plans to end in January the public health emergency it declared earlier this year after an outbreak of mpox infected more than 29,000 people across the U.S. Mpox cases have plummeted in recent weeks, with just a handful of new infections being reported every week in the month of November, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the height of the outbreak, over the summer, hundreds of people were being infected weekly. The virus has primarily spread among men who have sex with infected men. The public health emergency is expected to end in January, said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra in a statement. “Given the low number of cases today, HHS does not expect that it needs to renew the emergency declaration when it ends on January 31, 2023,” Becerra said. “But we won’t take our foot off the gas — we will continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine.” The U.S. struggled to contain the mpox outbreak for many months. Tests were difficult to come by and the government botched its rollout of the vaccine, with weeks of delays in getting 800,000 doses of the shots to clinics in the major cities that were hit hardest. The tide began turning in August, shortly after the government declared a public health emergency and the White House tapped two top officials — Robert Fenton, who led the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, and Dr. Demetre Daskalakis of the CDC — to lead the response to the virus outbreak.
Thanks to the ‘tripledemic,’ it can be hard to find kids’ fever-reducing medicines If you stroll the cold and flu medicine aisle these days, you might notice shelves that are bare, or nearly so. Some medicines that can be particularly hard to find are fever reducers for kids, like children’s Tylenol, Motrin or Advil. Drug manufacturers point to a big spike in demand. That’s not surprising, given the surge in three respiratory viruses right now: COVID, RSV and influenza, what has been termed a “tripledemic.” Johnson & Johnson makes Children’s Tylenol and Children’s Motrin. It says there is no nationwide shortage — just a lot of demand. “Consumer demand for pediatric pain relievers in the U.S. is high, but there are no supply chain issues and we do not have an overall shortage in the U.S.,” company spokesperson Melissa Witt said in an email to NPR. The company says it is “experiencing high consumer demand and are doing everything we can to make sure people have access to the products they need.” Nationally, sales of pediatric internal analgesics — which includes drugs like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — were up more than 26% in October compared with a year earlier. That’s according to data from the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), a trade group that represents manufacturers of over-the-counter drugs.
Coca-Cola: American Academy of Pediatrics a ‘Great Partner of Ours’ A new peer-reviewed paper in Public Health Nutrition reveals Coca-Cola’s influence on public health conferences and events, speakers, academic institutions and public health groups. The paper is based on documents uncovered through 22 Freedom of Information requests by the nonprofit investigative research group U.S. Right to Know. The paper is co-authored by U.S. Right to Know with researchers from the University of Cambridge and Bocconi University. The paper found that “Coca-Cola exerts direct influence on academic institutions and organizations that convene major public health conferences and events.“ The documents “show Coca-Cola’s close collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)…The Obesity Society (TOS), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).” The documents show a Coca-Cola vice president stating that, “As you know AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] is a great partner of ours…” The researchers found, “On multiple occasions, Coca-Cola supported and selected conference speakers without being listed as an official sponsor, and without researchers declaring how their participation was funded.” We found both direct Coca-Cola funding and the use of third-party conduits.
Statins’ success may be fuelling obesity crisis by discouraging patients from losing weight, experts say Statins and blood pressure tablets may be fuelling obesity because they work so well some patients may no longer try to lose weight, experts warn. Around eight million Britons take statins to lower their cholesterol, and up to nine million are on medications to lower blood pressure. But the protection against heart attacks and strokes offered by the pills may distract people from taking steps to tackle their expanding waistlines, a provocative article in a medical journal argues. Statins and blood pressure tablets can offer decades of longer life. But those living longer while overweight because of such medications are at greater risk of a long list of obesity-linked illnesses such as heart failure, fatty liver disease and arthritis. The opinion piece in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology claims modern treatments mean many illnesses are ‘not feared as before’. Lead author Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, said: ‘Better treatments like statins and blood pressure tablets… are indirectly helping to fuel the obesity crisis. ‘It is a brilliant success that people are being kept alive for longer, so that someone who might have died at 60 from a stroke or heart attack is living until the age of 75. ‘But if weight is not discussed, that person could end up with multiple health problems linked partly to being overweight and on dozens of different drugs.’
Question of The Day!
Hi Robert. I’ve been listening to you for many years now and really appreciate the wisdom and the insight that you provide on healthy natural solutions to healthcare problems.
I recently had a visit with my mother and found out that after a long life of not having to rely on prescription medications she has been prescribed some high blood pressure medication by her clinician. Rosuvastatin and Amlodipine. I’m concerned because she lives a healthy lifestyle. She doesn’t drink doesn’t smoke, eats light and healthy, avoids salt, exercises frequently is not overweight and doesn’t have any other underlying health conditions. She’s in her late seventies but other than that is extremely healthy. Yet at her last clinical appointment she was observed to have a resting blood pressure somewhere in the very low 200 range. I’m trying to arm her with the knowledge to be confident in discontinuing this medication and choosing some healthier alternatives to manage her blood pressure. We want her to be around and healthy for many more years.
Thank you in advance for answering my question, because you always do. Unfortunately I can’t listen to you live, I always listen to your Podcast so if you decide to answer my question on the air I would ask that you let me know which episode I should download to hear it. Thanks again.
The Mysterious Case of Zika-Microcephaly’s Disappearance In 2015, a viral pandemic from Northeast Brazil exploded into the news, supported by breathless public health alarms that Zika — a flavivirus acknowledged for decades as harmless — was now suddenly responsible for congenital microcephaly (babies with small heads; diminished intellect). WHO-aligned experts within Latin America recommended that women forgo childbirth indefinitely — possibly until a Zika vaccine’s fabrication (still unrealized). Massive panic predictably ensued. Not a single case of human medical illness had previously been attributed to Zika — a near twin of the dengue virus (which itself brings a million South American “bone-break fever” cases, yearly) – – and never with any associated congenital microcephaly. Brazil’s medical research establishment treated the Zika- (and later microcephaly-) claims with initial skepticism — but were twice overwhelmed by vested parties’ self-serving media leaks – the latter of which spiraled into full-fledged national panic. The upheavals from Zika-microcephaly included outsized public health overreactions: travel advisories; Brazilian soldiers on the streets; indelible fear; emergency injunctions proposed for abortion; the eternal absence of more than 100,000 “ghosted” Brazilian children (babies not conceived during the panic).
Special Guest Sean “The Cigarette Killer” Cohen
Sean David Cohen is a contributing writer for NaturalNews.com, where over 150 of his articles have been published on subjects ranging from chemicals in foods to natural remedies to strategies for quitting the smoking addiction. He has appeared on the Hampton Roads talk shows to present his unique strategies. Cohen has written two novels and a book called 14 & Out, which will be published by Köehler Books in December, 2013. He appears on blog talk radio monthly to expose GMO (genetically modified organisms/food) and teaches a smoking cessation class in his hometown. He has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism with a focus on mass communication, and a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia.
How to “Bio-Hack” the Cigarette or Vaping Habit and End Nicotine Addiction
Nicotine is the third most addicting drug in the world, right behind cocaine and heroin. In the long term, nicotine is a depressant, but in the short term, it’s a stimulant, and it saves the smoker from what I termed the “cigarette hangover.”
Everybody knows that smoking is bad for you, but do they know why? If they did, they might understand why they’re so addicted to it, and they might be able to “bio-hack” their way out of it, and naturally.
Cigarettes, among other chemicals, contain ammonia, bleach, bug killer, and weed killer pesticides. These are the ultimate culprits of the “cigarette hangover” that comes when the nicotine wears off after just 30 to 45 minutes.
Every smoker knows that feeling when they “need” a cigarette. It’s that creeping in of nervousness, anxiousness, and a headache that will all just keep getting worse, until that new nicotine hits the heart and brain. But wait, there’s a hack for all that – and it does NOT involve using nicotine, caffeine, or sugar.
Scientific research from the Baylor College of Medicine reveals the NUMBER ONE reason smokers relapse and return to smoking after trying to quit is LOW dopamine levels. There’s a tropical herbal supplement, called mucuna pruriens*, that boosts dopamine production naturally. The L-dopa contained in the seed of mucuna is a precursor of dopamine and improves levels of dopamine in the brain.
By hacking dopamine levels without an addictive substance, the body is able to build back its normal dopamine production and the nicotine cravings are extinguished. Once the smoker has detoxified his/her body of the ammonia, bleach, and pesticides, there is no more cigarette hangover on the way, so the natural dopamine “hack” can be reduced, and the addiction cycle is broken.
The physical nicotine addiction is broken in 3 to 4 days, but the low dopamine levels must be addressed for at least two weeks, if not longer, otherwise, most smokers who quit will return to their cancer sticks as soon as stress rears its ugly head. Once they smoke just ONE cigarette, they are dragged back into the habit. That’s why the nicotine patch and nicotine gums fail 96% of people who try them, they just keep people addicted.
This “relapse” can be avoided by utilizing the natural dopamine hack that combines herbal adaptogens (superfoods) and key supplements, namely vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, which helps balance the central nervous system.
This “bio-hack” is ideal for people trying to quit smoking or vaping, and it’s part of a proprietary formula called Krave Kicker, the world’s first truly natural nicotine alternative that kicks nicotine cravings for up to 4 hours, with zero nicotine, zero caffeine, zero sugar, and nothing artificial.
VAXXING YOUR BRAIN: Google trying to “immunize” users against misinformation with new “Info Interventions” propaganda scheme To better control the thoughts and actions of modern humans, tech giant Google has announced the launch of a new brainwashing propaganda scheme called “Info Interventions.” The project aims to “teach” Google users which information to avoid as “false” while training them to spot and accept only information that Google deems as “true.” If used as intended, Google users will be “immunized” against online “misinformation.” This “pre-bunking” plot is Google’s latest dystopian attempt to squelch online free speech – though instead of simply banning or censoring content, Google is now attempting to rewire the brains of humanity to automatically filter our “disinformation.” According to the company, users will be presented with “accuracy prompts” as they search and browse. These prompts are designed to train users into clicking only the links that Google wants them to click. As stated by Google, the scheme is all about “reminding individuals to think about accuracy when they might be about to engage with false information,” adding that these Info Interventions “can boost users’ pre-existing accuracy goals.” Google says it is drawing from behavioral science research to develop the most effective brainwashing tools it can, calling it a “gift to the world”. (Related: Remember in 2017 when a Google executive announced that he believes immortality will be achieved by the year 2029?)