March 27th, 2023 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Sales of ‘Last-Resort’ Antibiotic Driving Spread of Dangerous Superbugs The global trade in a vital antibiotic for use on livestock farms is still driving the spread of dangerous superbugs in low- and middle-income countries, according to new research. Colistin is a last-resort antibiotic used to treat serious illnesses such as pneumonia when other drugs have not been effective. However, it is also commonly sold to livestock farms as a feed additive. In 2015, there was global alarm when a colistin-resistant superbug was discovered. The study, coordinated by the University of Oxford, found colistin is still being sold by richer nations to farmers in places such as Pakistan to boost growth and prevent the spread of disease, despite warnings from experts that its use in animal feed should be banned. “The use of human antibiotics in animal feeds is one of the largest drivers of antibiotic resistance globally,” said Tim Walsh, research director at the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research and co-lead author of the study. “We need to stop.” The new multi-country research, which combined existing long-term studies with more than a thousand fresh samples from farm and wild animals, sewage and hospital patients in Pakistan, detected the widespread environmental presence of mobilized colistin resistance (mcr-1) — the gene that can make bacteria resistant to colistin. The sampling showed growing resistance in Pakistan, where mcr-1 prevalence was 7%, well above the global average of 4.7%. Wild bird feces showed the highest prevalence at 25%, which the researchers say could come from birds scavenging waste and dead poultry in farms using colistin.
Why antibiotics may not help patients survive their viral infections: new research Most patients who are admitted to hospitals with acute viral infections are given antibiotics by their doctors or health care providers as a precaution against bacterial co-infection. Yet new research suggests this practice may not improve their survival rates. Researchers investigated the impact of antibiotic use on survival in more than 2,100 patients in a hospital in Norway between the years 2017 and 2021, Reuters reported. The researchers found that giving antibiotics to people with common respiratory infections was unlikely to lower the risk of death within 30 days. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, antibiotics were prescribed for around 70% of COVID-19 patients in some countries, Reuters also said. This potentially has contributed to the scourge of antibiotic-resistant pathogens known as superbugs. The new data has not been published in a medical journal to date. It suggests that there is “a huge overuse of antibiotics,” said lead author Dr. Magrit Jarlsdatter Hovind from Akershus University Hospital and the University of Oslo, Norway, according to Reuters. It suggests there is “a huge overuse of antibiotics.” Microbes have become resistant to many treatments, given the overuse and misuse of antibiotics.
Special Guest Ava Chen
Revenge: Miles Guo Arrested After Visits to Congress by NFSC Supporters Calling for Investigation into DOJ’s Infiltration by CCP When Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested and indicted after squandering billions of his investor’s money, the harmed investors cheered his arrest while the U.S. government quickly released him on $250 million bail. But when Miles Guo was arrested this Wednesday, New Federal State of China (NFSC) supporters – whom prosecutors falsely claim are victims of Mr. Guo – stood firmly behind him, pointing to the CCP’s successful weaponization of the DOJ and demanding his immediate release. The only danger that the more than $1 billion dollar investment proceeds, belonging to NFSC supporters, face is from the SDNY prosecutors trying to confiscate all those billions by brute force. Miles Guo gave up tens of billions of his own wealth to dedicate himself to take down the CCP, as has millions of NFSC supporters, the only victims of their fight for freedom is the tyrannical Chinese Communist Party. Despite the non-violent nature of the allegations against Mr. Guo, SDNY Prosecutor Damian Williams, who also led the prosecution against Bankman-Fried, filed an insidious motion preventing Mr. Guo from getting bail, arguing the so-called “flight-risk,” and asked for Mr. Guo to be detained until trial.
Collusion of the Century: DOJ, CCP, and Big Media’s Conspiracy to Take Down Miles Guo Half an hour before the Justice Department first published on its website an unsealed indictment and the arrest of Miles Guo, Bloomberg had already published an 1,200-word article detailing SDNY’s allegations against Mr. Guo. It’s apparent that Bloomberg knew about this then-still-sealed indictment before DOJ released it to the public. Micheal Bloomberg praised Wang Qishan, Vice President of China and the first CCP official publicly exposed by Mr. Guo in 2017, as the most powerful man in the world. With a background like this, it’s unsurprising that the outlet was tipped off in advance about the CCP’s latest attempt to take down Guo – with the help of traitors inside the DOJ. Miles Guo himself, the “enemy No.1” of the CCP, had also expected for months his own arrest. When the CCP-infiltrated DOJ manipulated Mr. Guo’s bankruptcy proceeding and installed Luc Despins as the DOJ-appointed Trustee, Despins used this opportunity to attempt to extort $250 million from Mr. Guo, threatening to send Miles to jail using his connections at the “DOJ, SEC, IRS, and the Court System”. A partner at Paul Hastings LLP, Despins is an exposed CCP proxy whose law firm is blessed with billions of dollars annually representing CCP State Owned Enterprises. This is the collusion, happening right in front of our eyes: a conspiracy by traitors inside our federal government working with Wall Street billionaires and the CCP to take out their most feared man: Miles Guo, who gave up his family’s security and billions of dollars in assets in China only to dedicate his entire life to the eradication of the CCP.
How to Create a Food Forest in Your Backyard Creating a food forest in your own backyard is a great way to produce your own food, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a sustainable living environment. A food forest is a low-maintenance, sustainable system that mimics a natural forest ecosystem, with layers of plants that work together to provide food and other benefits. In this article, we will discuss the steps you can take to create a food forest in your own backyard. Step 1: Assess Your Site The first step in creating a food forest is to assess your site. Look at the soil type, topography, climate, and existing vegetation to determine which plants will thrive in your environment. Consider the amount of sunlight your site receives each day, as well as any natural water sources or drainage patterns. You may also want to conduct a soil test to determine the pH and nutrient levels. Assessing your site is a crucial step in creating a food forest, as it will impact the success of your project. You need to consider several factors such as soil type, topography, climate, and existing vegetation. Soil type: The soil type will determine what kind of plants will thrive in your area. For example, if you have sandy soil, you will need to choose plants that are adapted to grow in that environment. To determine your soil type, you can conduct a soil test and look at the soil texture. Topography: The topography of your site will impact the water flow and drainage patterns. You need to consider how water flows through your site and where it collects. This will help you design your food forest to capture and manage water efficiently. Another important point here is concealment. Using the terrain in your favor you can avoid many problems.
In Healthcare’s Game Of Monopoly, One Player Will Control The Board In healthcare, as in life, people devote a lot of time and attention to the way things should be. They’d be better off focusing on what actually could be. As an example, 57% to 70% of American voters believe our nation “should” adopt a single-payer healthcare system like Medicare For All. Likewise, public health advocates insist that more of the nation’s $4 trillion healthcare budget “should” be spent on combating the social determinants of health: things like housing insecurity, low-wage jobs and other socioeconomic stresses. Neither of these ideas will happen, nor will dozens of positive healthcare solutions that “should” happen. When the things that should happen don’t, there’s always a reason. In healthcare, the biggest roadblock to change is what I call the conglomerate of monopolies, which includes hospitals, drug companies, private-equity-staked physicians and commercial health insurers. These powerful entities exert monopolistic control over the delivery and financing of the country’s medical care. And they remain fiercely opposed to any change in healthcare that would limit their influence or income. This article concludes my five-part series on medical monopolies with an explanation of why (a) “should” won’t happen in healthcare but (b) industrywide disruption will.
Private Equity’s Stranglehold on U.S. Healthcare Is ‘Shocking and Immoral’ — Report Private equity’s ownership of U.S. healthcare providers is incompatible with the needs and best interests of patients and should be checked with federal legislation, according to a report published Wednesday by the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen. Critics of for-profit care have long decried private equity‘s focus on maximizing returns through practices including slashing staff, surprising patients with astronomical bills and eschewing low-margin care upon which vulnerable populations rely. The new report — authored primarily by Public Citizen healthcare policy advocate Eagan Kemp — examines investment firms’ impact on more than a dozen healthcare sectors, from reproductive health through end-of-life care. “Private equity acquisitions in the healthcare sector have steadily climbed since the financial crisis in 2009, particularly in the past five years,” a summary of the report notes. “Unlike acquisitions of hospitals, which typically occur under a public spotlight, the private equity industry’s acquisitions of physician practices and other healthcare business lines often occur with little or no disclosure or public scrutiny, hindering the ability of regulators and watchdogs to monitor the effects of private equity ownership.”
Lawmakers advance hospital visitation protections Alabama lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation requiring hospitals and nursing homes to allow in-person visits, even during a pandemic. The Alabama Senate approved the bill on a 33-0 vote after members shared stories of people being separated from loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Lawmakers in several other states have also moved to limit restrictions on visitations such as those imposed during the pandemic. The bill’s sponsor Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, said he introduced the bill after constituent Bonnie Sachs approached him at her husband’s funeral and described how she was unable to see her husband of 50 years before he died because of visitation restrictions. Lawmakers approved a bill two years ago, but Gudger said that did not go as far as they wanted.
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