February 20, 7-9PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Making Insurance Great Again?
Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost The Trump administration
Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama’s health law. Individuals could buy so-called “short-term” policies for up to 12 months. But the coverage would omit key consumer protections and offer fewer benefits, making it unattractive for older people or those with health problems.
Flu Vaccine Failure – Blame Your Immune System?
Past encounters with the flu shape vaccine response New research on why the influenza vaccine was only modestly effective in recent years shows that immune history with the flu influences a person’s response to the vaccine. Low effectiveness of the flu vaccine is often blamed on problems with how the vaccine is designed and produced. Sometimes the flu strains chosen for the vaccine are a poor match for those that end up circulating in the public, especially in years when the H3N2 strain predominates. The majority of flu vaccines given around the world are also grown in eggs, which can cause the virus to mutate and differ from circulating strains, and thus become less protective.
New Jersey pols look at decriminalization instead of marijuana legalization A bipartisan
group of lawmakers urged caution on marijuana legalization on Thursday and instead introduced legislation to eliminate penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug. Democratic state Sens. Ronald Rice and Joseph Cryan and Republican Sen. Robert Singer unveiled the legislation at a statehouse news conference. The lawmakers’ effort offers a counterpoint to Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, who campaigned and won election in November while promising to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. But Rice has been skeptical, calling for hearings across the state to examine the issue, with meetings in Jersey City, Elizabeth and Atlantic City set for later this year. Instead, he’s calling for decriminalizing marijuana in an effort to reduce the number of people, particularly minorities, in state prisons.
Tennessee judge allows CBD sellers shuttered during raids to reopen Nearly two dozen Tennessee stores padlocked for selling CBD are back open after a local judge ordered that keys and cash registers be returned to the 23 stores shuttered Feb. 12 in Nashville suburbs. Rutherford County Circuit Judge Royce Taylor ordered the stores to be allowed to reopen Friday, the same day that 16 defendants pleaded not guilty to drug charges, according to Nashville TV station WSMV. A lawyer representing some of the businesses argued that the CBD products, which included vape pens and gummies, are legal. Tennessee allows the sale of hemp-derived CBD products if they contain less than .3% THC.
Because Science Has Nothing Better To Do…..
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Traumas Lack Realism Trauma patients on the veteran ABC medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” were more likely to go from the emergency department directly to the operating room, and were more likely to die than actual trauma patients, according to a study published in in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open. Whereas almost three-quarters of “Grey’s Anatomy” trauma patients went from the ED to the operating room, in real life the percentage is 25% (P<0.0001), reported Rosemarie O. Serrone, MD, of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and colleagues.
Hour 2 – Got Stress?
Too Much Stress: The Average American Has 60 Bad Days A Year, Study Finds Bad days are as much an American pastime as baseball and apple pie, a new study finds. Researchers at Freeletics, a personal fitness and nutrition app, commissioned a poll of nearly 2,000 working Americans about how they dealt with stress, hoping to learn more about what constituted a “bad day.”Respondents, on average, indicated that they had 60 bad days a year, with 80% of these 24-hour periods being made at least partially unpleasant by work-related stress. However, sleep — or a lack thereof — was found to be the largest source of misery, accounting for 67 percent of an individual’s dissatisfaction on any given day.
When All Else Fails, Try Something New (or old?)
Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among
the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain. “I don’t like taking pain medication. I don’t like the way it makes me feel,” he said. Harris also didn’t want to risk getting addicted to heavy-duty prescription painkillers. Although long derided as pseudoscience and still questioned by many medical experts, acupuncture is increasingly being embraced by patients and doctors, sometimes as an alternative to the powerful painkillers behind the nation’s opioid crisis.
The Newest Attack On Kratom Looks Suspicious…
Kratom supplements have a new side effect: Salmonella US public officials are blaming a Salmonella outbreak on an unlikely source: kratom, a plant known for its opiate-like effects. The outbreak began in October, and by the end of January, infections cropped up from California to Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So far, no one has died from this latest outbreak, but 11 people have been hospitalized. The CDC reports that it’s confirmed 28 people in 20 states have contracted the strain ofSalmonella, which gives people diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Public health investigators discovered that the cases were linked when they sequenced the DNA ofSalmonella samples collected from the patients. The bacteria were genetically related, which means that the patients probably all contracted Salmonella from the same place.
Frivolous Lawsuit Or Do YOU Believe?
Positive she saw Bigfoot, she’s suing California Claudia Ackley is positive that she and her two
daughters came across Bigfoot in a tree in southern California last year, but when she called different state authorities to report the sighting, she got the same response. Nope, they told her, you saw a bear. As a result, the 46-year-old has filed a lawsuit against the state for failing to recognize Sasquatch as a distinct species, reports the Press-Enterprise. In this case, you can judge for yourself: An ABC 30 report on Ackley’s sighting includes phone video shot by her daughter near Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains. (It was shot around dusk and is pretty dark.) Ackley filed her suit with documentary filmmaker Todd Standing, who made the Netflix film “Discovering Bigfoot” and who believes the sighting is legit.
Remember Friends, The Power to Heal is Yours!
More upcoming RSB events:
- NOCO Hemp Expo April 6-7, 2018
- Alive Expo Atlanta April 21-22, 2018
- Total Health 2018, Toronto, Canada May 11-13, 2018.
- US Health Freedom Congress June 10-12, 2018
- Stay tuned as the calendar is updated for more exciting events and opportunities to meet RSB!