January 21st, 2022 3-5PM ET
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Meat Loaf Dead at 74 From COVID Meat Loaf — the singer with some monstrous hits — has died at the age of 74. The singer’s manager, Michael Greene, confirmed Meat Loaf died Thursday night. Sources with knowledge tell TMZ … he was supposed to attend a business dinner earlier this week for a show he’s working on — “I’d Do Anything for Love” — but the dinner was canceled because he became seriously ill with COVID. Sources tell us that condition quickly became critical. Our sources say Meat Loaf has been outspoken about COVID, railing with folks in Australia recently about vaccine mandates. We do not know if he was vaccinated. Greene added that Meat Loaf’s wife and 2 daughters were by his side when he passed away. Meat Loaf was one of the greatest rock singers of all time. His 1977 “Bat Out of Hell” album sold an astounding 65 million copies. That album produced several hits, including “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” which charted at #11 on Billboard. Meat Loaf followed up with a sequel years later — “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” – which produced a number 1 hit, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He won a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
Pandemic Pessimism Grows Amid Omicron Surge With the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19 infecting hundreds of thousands of Americans daily, optimism about the trajectory of the pandemic in the U.S. has fallen sharply, and worry about contracting the virus has risen to its highest level in a year. The latest update to Gallup’s COVID-19 data, from a survey conducted Jan. 3-14, finds U.S. adults’ social distancing behaviors have picked up, and the use of masks in public remains high. The hopefulness Americans felt last spring after the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines was first dashed over the summer by the delta variant, then recovered briefly as cases subsided, and is now being crushed by omicron. In May and June 2021, as increasing numbers of Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19, more than four in five U.S. adults believed the coronavirus situation was getting better. Yet, as the delta variant began to emerge and spread in July, that figure plummeted to 15%. By October, with infections from the delta variant waning, a slim 51% majority once again thought the situation was improving. However, as news of the omicron strain’s emergence in Africa began to circulate in November, Americans became more concerned, and the percentage saying the situation was improving fell 20 percentage points. The latest reading is down an additional 11 points. Along with the 20% of U.S. adults who currently say the pandemic is improving, 22% think it is staying the same and 58% believe it is worsening.
Covid PCR tests could be replaced with X RAYS that are almost 100% accurate COVID PCR tests could be replaced with X-rays that are almost 100 per cent accurate and can give results within minutes, boffins claim. Scientists at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have pioneered the groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme which is able to detect the virus faster than a PCR test. A PCR test typically takes around two hours to return a result. The process uses X-ray technology to compare the scans to a database of close to 3,000 images belonging to patients with Covid-19, healthy people and others with viral pneumonia. An AI process then uses an algorithm to analyse visual imagery and make a diagnosis. In testing, this technique was found to be 98 per cent accurate, MailOnline reports. It is hoped that this technology could be used to help aid Accident and Emergency departments, especially in countries where PCR tests are not readily available. Professor Naeem Ramzan, Director of the Affective and Human Computing for SMART Environments Research Centre at UWS, led the three-person team behind the project, which also involved Gabriel Okolo and Dr Stamos Katsigiannis.
An Open Debate Challenge to the 270 “experts” who signed the Spotify letter challenging Robert Malone To the 270 scientists, medical professionals, professors, and science communicators who signed the letter to Spotify complaining about medical misinformation: We challenge every Professor and medical doctor (MD) who signed the Open Letter to a live recorded Zoom debate at 10am PST on January 28, 2021 for 3 hours. The purpose is to identify and expose any misinformation on the Joe Rogan podcast cited in the letter (JRE #1757). We are old fashioned. We think scientific agreements should be settled by open discussion between scientists and not assigned to unknown, unqualified, and unnamed censors who hide deep inside the bowels of high tech companies. I hope you agree with that and will accept our offer to an old fashioned scientific debate. The first 12 Spotify letter signatories who are either a Professor or MD to accept the challenge will be the debaters on your side of the table. We will also accept substitutions if you are willing to give up your slot to a signer who later finds out about the debate offer. If you are a Professor or MD who signed the letter, to respond to the challenge, please email: email@example.com with your name, title, and phone number so that we can verify you.
Anti-vaccine activists, reveling in their pandemic successes, will rally in D.C. against mandates As anti-vaccine activists from across the country prepare to gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday, they are hoping their rally will mark a once-fringe movement’s arrival as a lasting force in American society. That hope, some public health experts fear, is justified. Almost two years into the coronavirus pandemic, the movement to challenge vaccines’ safety — and reject vaccine mandates — has never been stronger. An ideology whose most notable adherents were once religious fundamentalists and minor celebrities is now firmly entrenched among tens of millions of Americans. Baseless fears of vaccines have been a driving force among the approximately 20 percent of U.S. adults who have refused some of the most effective medicines in human history: the mRNA vaccines developed against the coronavirus by Pfizer, with German partner BioNTech, and Moderna. The nation that produced Jonas Salk has exported anti-vaccine propaganda around the globe, wreaking havoc on public health campaigns in places such as Germany and Kenya. That propaganda has also found its way into many reaches of American life. It has invaded people’s offices and shaped the daily decisions of school principals. It has riven families and boosted political campaigns. What was once an overwhelming public consensus on vaccine safety is now a new front in the nation’s culture wars. It is no accident that some in the anti-vaccine movement are describing Sunday’s rally as their first equivalent of the March for Life, the annual antiabortion rally taking place in Washington on Friday.
Oral CBD Prevented COVID-19 Infection in Real-World Patients, Study Suggests Cannabidiol—the non-psychoactive cannabis compound better known as CBD—is a potent blocker of SARS-CoV-2 replication in human cells, new research shows. Not only that, but a survey of real-world patients taking prescribed CBD found a “significant” negative relationship between CBD consumption and COVID-19 infection. As detailed in a paper published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances by a team of 33 researchers at the University of Chicago and University of Louisville, a survey of 1,212 U.S. patients taking prescribed CBD found that people taking 100 milligrams-per-milliliter oral doses of CBD returned positive COVID-19 tests at much lower rates than control groups with similar medical backgrounds who did not take CBD. According to the study, all of the patients were people who had seizure-related conditions, which CBD is often prescribed to treat. Of this group, 6.2 percent returned positive COVID-19 tests or a diagnosis, compared to 8.9 percent in the control group. Among a smaller subset of patients who were likely taking CBD on the dates of their first COVID-19 test, the effect was even more pronounced: Only 4.9 percent of people taking CBD became infected with COVID-19, compared to 9 percent in the control group.
Hour 2 – Special Guest – Ula Tinsley
Ula Tinsley aka Autism Mama Bear is a passionate autism advocate, featured writer at and a talk show host on Autism Mama Bear Talk. She’s been raising autism awareness on a local and national level since 2010, when her son was diagnosed with a regressive form of autism. After gaining more experience and knowledge about different ways of treating ASD, she’s been supporting and consulting other families living with autism. Her latest project, Autism Mama Bear Talk, is a fast-paced interview show bringing informative and everyday inspiring stories from leading autism advocates, self-advocates, parents and medical experts.
Regulating inflammation can be a pathway to treating a range of diseases Not all inflammation is created equal. While acute inflammation has evolved as the immune system’s first response to protect the body, chronic inflammation can cause extensive and potentially irreversible damage, as commonly seen in autoimmune diseases or chronic inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease and atherosclerosis. Regulating inflammation—ensuring that the body doesn’t generate too much of a good thing—is a flourishing area of study at Northwestern. Perhaps one of the biggest hubs of activity in this area is the lab of William Muller, MD, Ph.D., the Janardan K. Reddy, MD Professor of Pathology. Muller has been studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms of the body’s inflammatory response in the hope of discovering a more selective approach to treat disease for more than three decades. His lab’s inflammatory models include atherosclerosis, myocardial infarction, dermatitis, and more. “Simply put, inflammation is at the root of all pathology,” he argues. “Once I realized that chronic inflammation becomes the disease instead of the way to eliminate the disease, I thought it was essential to learn how to regulate inflammation.”
Men living alone are at greater risk of inflammation, study says The bachelor lifestyle may not be all it’s cracked up to be, gentlemen. Research has previously shown that years of living alone can have harmful effects on a person’s health, and a new study published Monday shows that at least one of those impacts may be particularly bad for men. The study looked at blood samples of 4,835 participants from the Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank to examine levels of inflammation. “We have found a significant association between partnership breakups or years lived alone and inflammation for men only, after adjustment for selected confounders,” said Dr. Karolina Davidsen, research associate in the Department of Public Health at University of Copenhagen and publishing author of the study. “In women, we find no such effect.” The study, published in the journal BMJ, looked at both years living alone and number of breakups because the end of significant relationships are often followed by periods of living alone, the researchers wrote. Looking only at divorces was not sufficient to track loss of partnerships because of the growing number of people who have significant relationships but do not marry, according to the study.
Magnesium is essential for the immune system, including in the fight against cancer The level of magnesium in the blood is an important factor in the immune system’s ability to tackle pathogens and cancer cells. Writing in the journal Cell, researchers from the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel have reported that T cells need a sufficient quantity of magnesium in order to operate efficiently. Their findings may have important implications for cancer patients. Magnesium deficiency is associated with a variety of diseases, such as infections and cancer. Previous studies have shown that cancerous growths spread faster in the bodies of mice when the animals received a low-magnesium diet—and that their defense against flu viruses was also impaired. However, there has so far been little research into how exactly this mineral affects the immune system. Now, researchers led by Professor Christoph Hess, from the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel and University Hospital Basel and the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, have discovered that T cells can eliminate abnormal or infected cells efficiently only in a magnesium-rich environment. Specifically, magnesium is important for the function of a T cell surface protein called LFA-1.
Question of The Day!
Hello Robert I love your showing your program and I remember when you came to Florida and help educate us on what we really did not know and nobody care to try to understand. I was wondering do you know if there is a way that if you did get the job you can start reversing the effects because I don’t like what it does to your blood especially when it gets in the nucleus of your cells I know someone in another country that’s being forced to take it and they are very upset about. Especially since they have been doing their own research and are seeing that this is very very dangerous and was just trying to see if there is something they could do to distort what the job will do before it really starts taking serious effects.
Farms Are Failing as Fertilizer Prices Drive Up Cost of Food From South America’s avocado, corn and coffee farms to Southeast Asia’s plantations of coconuts and oil palms, high fertilizer prices are weighing on farmers across the developing world, making it much costlier to cultivate and forcing many to cut back on production. That means grocery bills could go up even more in 2022, following a year in which global food prices rose to decade highs. An uptick would exacerbate hunger—already acute in some parts of the world because of pandemic-linked job losses—and thwart efforts by politicians and central bankers to subdue inflation.“Farms are failing and many people are not growing,” said 61-year-old Rodrigo Fierro, who produces avocados, tangerines and oranges on his 10-acre farm in central Colombia. He has seen fertilizer prices double in recent months, he said. Christina Ribeiro do Valle, who comes from a long line of coffee growers in Brazil, is this year paying three times what she paid last year for the fertilizer she needs. Coupled with a recent drought that hit her crop hard, it means Ms. do Valle, 75, will produce a fraction of her Ribeiro do Valle brand of coffee, some of which is exported. There is also a shortage of fertilizer. “This year, you pay, then put your name on a waiting list, and the supplier delivers it when he has it,” she said.