March 24th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Krispy Kreme Vaccine Doughnut Deal Also Available to Anti-Vaxxers It used to be that the reward for getting vaccinated was relative immunity from a given disease, but Krispy Kreme has raised the stakes. Now, in addition to protection against COVID-19, the newly vaxxed are qualified to receive a free Original Glazed® doughnut by presenting their vaccination record card at a participating location. “We all want to get COVID-19 behind us as fast as possible and we want to support everyone doing their part to make the country safe by getting vaccinated as soon as the vaccine is available to them,” Krispy Kreme representative Dave Skena said in a press release. In theory, this is the trade-off that brand executives love: You, the vaccinated, get a free doughnut (retail value: $1.59) — or potentially, many free doughnuts, since you are technically allowed to take advantage of your doughnut status once per day until the end of 2021 (theoretical value: $448.38) — and it, the brand, gets a lot of press, like this.
Miami Heat to open vaccinated-only sections for fans on April 1 Vaccinated fans will soon have their own sections at Miami Heat games. The Heat announced plans Tuesday to open two sections in their lower bowl only for fully vaccinated fans starting with an April 1 game against the Golden State Warriors. The Heat are the first NBA team to reveal such a plan, though other clubs are believed to be working on similar measures. Masks will still be required, even for the vaccinated fans, but social distancing rules will be slightly relaxed in those areas. The NBA told teams last week that such sections would be allowed, under very specific conditions and in accordance with local and state health and safety guidelines. If any of the sections provided by teams include seats within 30 feet of the court, fans in those seats will have to take a PCR test two days prior to the game or an approved antigen test on game day. “You’re already getting a sense that things are starting to change and go in a much more positive direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.” Just the environment in our building, I remember those first couple games we had at the beginning of the year when there was literally nobody here, that was an eerie experience.”
Study finds in-person sporting events do not lead to significant COVID-19 community spread Sports fans will soon begin to return to stadiums, but many question the safety of having fans in stands. During the 2020 NFL and NCAA football seasons, there was heightened concern around the risk of COVID-19 spread as a result of attendance at games. Now, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Boston Medical Center led a study to explore whether limited in-person attendance of NFL and NCAA football games caused a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases. This research study analyzed data from 528 games that had spectators in the stadiums. It found that games with limited attendance did not cause a spike in COVID-19 cases. The researchers sought to estimate the impact of NFL and NCAA games with attendance by monitoring trends for new reported COVID-19 cases up to 14 days after a game. The effects were quantified by comparing daily changes in COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in counties that had held games with limited in-person attendance with those that did not hold games or had no attendance.
Vivek Murthy confirmed by Senate as surgeon general, will focus on Covid, opioids The Senate confirmed a soft-spoken physician as President Joe Biden’s surgeon general Tuesday. While Dr. Vivek Murthy says ending the coronavirus pandemic is his top priority, he’s also raised concerns over a relapsing opioid overdose crisis. The vote on Murthy was 57-43, giving him bipartisan support. Biden’s coronavirus response can already count on plenty of star players, but Murthy has a particular niche. As a successful author he’s addressed issues of loneliness and isolation that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. For Murthy, this will be his second tour as America’s doctor, having previously served under former President Barack Obama. Covid-19 has taken the lives of several members of Murthy’s extended family. He told senators during his confirmation hearing that he wants to help individuals and families protect themselves by conveying “clear, science-based guidance” to the general public. Persuading Americans to keep up such protective measures as wearing masks could well be his toughest challenge. Murthy served as co-chair of the Biden transition team’s coronavirus advisory board, and is said to enjoy a close personal relationship with the president.
Special Guest Tracey Stroup
Tracey Stroup has been in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years. She has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Nutrition. She has also continued her education taking courses in biochemistry, biology and food science. Tracey is a Certified Digestive Health Specialist from the Food Enzyme Institute and a Naturopathic Doctor with additional courses as a Master Herbalist, Iridology and is a Certified Natural Health Professional.
Tracey’s career in Natural Health has been vast. Her first career path was as a personal trainer and quickly advanced to Fitness Director of several gyms. She eventually opened her own personal training studio from 2005 – 2012 where she employed three additional trainers with an average clientele of 200+ clients a week. Upon attaining her natural health designation, Tracey became an instructor for her Alma Mater. During that time she owned a successful natural health practice in her hometown utilizing the trilogy of health approach with each client: mind, body and spirit. Within her practice she co-owned a juice bar and corporate wellness company. Tracey has been the Vice President of Operations for a natural health college establishing curriculum, partnerships with large supplement companies and creating natural health business management strategies for graduates of the program. Tracey was recruited by a leading Biocommunication company as their Vice President of Operations where she designed practitioner software, educational concepts and marketing strategies to promote their software and brand. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Nutritional Frontiers; a whole food supplement company out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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?
Corrupt Coding Coverup: Hospitals Intentionally Hide Prices Despite New Federal Law A recent investigation has discovered that hundreds of hospitals have been intentionally removing pricing data from Google searches, despite a January 1st Federal law requiring them to make this data public. One of the biggest problems with the American healthcare system has been transparency; patients have no idea how much they’ll be charged for care until after they receive it. Under a federal law proposed by President Trump and signed into law on January 1st, hospitals are now required to make their pricing easily accessible to patients. This is extremely important. Unlike virtually every other service provider in the world, hospitals have been able to keep their prices secret… until now. And for good reason. When a woman gets a caesarean section at the gleaming new Van Ness location of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, the price might be $6,241. Or $29,257. Or $38,264. It could even go as high as $60,584. The fact that the same services – by the same providers at the same facility – could be ten times more expensive based on your insurance plan is an absurdity that is exclusively possible because of the secrecy surrounding price policies. In fact, Americans spend over $3.6 trillion each year on healthcare… nearly 20% of our GDP. Under Trump’s new law, hospitals and other care providers are required to make the cost of all services easily accessible to patients. This means that patients can compare the cost of care across different hospitals, choosing the most affordable option. It also provides transparency that allows insurance companies to negotiate better deals for their clients. In the case of Sutter Health, some cardiac procedures ranged from $89,752 to $515,697, depending on the insurance plan. That’s a 574% markup on potentially life-saving procedures simply based on your insurance provider. A hip or knee replacement, which are performed over a million times each year in the U.S., may cost you around $4,500 or nearly $80,000. It all depends on the deal your provider was given.
We can’t let the coronavirus lead to a 9/11-style erosion of civil liberties As a millennial, much of my adulthood has been punctuated by severe national emergencies. The first my generation experienced was the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. We all watched in horror as the months-long media spectacle replayed footage of the towers swallowing airplanes and crumbling into fire and dust. The moment of national solidarity and everyday heroism was brief. The government quickly responded by attempting to achieve two things: one, expanding executive power, and two, transferring public wealth into private corporations. The Bush administration achieved the first by passing the Patriot Act, which built the foundation for what is probably the world’s most expansive surveillance state, but also by setting legal precedents that violated basic constitutional rights and by creating the Department for Homeland Security, with its aggressive constituent agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The second goal was achieved with the “war on terror”, which involved unilateral occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and subsequent military forays into many African countries. In Iraq, private security, logistics and reconstruction contractors swallowed up $138bn alone. Since 2001, $5.9tn in taxpayer dollars have gone toward wars (not to mention resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and a foreign policy blackhole that still haunts the Middle East). Neither of these goals addressed the root cause of the crisis, and arguably exacerbated the conditions that led to 9/11.
Bayer Won’t Appeal Roundup Cancer Verdict to Supreme Court Chemicals giant Bayer AG won’t appeal a $20.5 million jury verdict against it over Roundup, a weedkiller containing glyphosate whose use a California school groundskeeper said gave him cancer. Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson, who worked for the Benicia Unified School District, sued Monsanto Co., claiming he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being soaked in Roundup, which has been on the market since 1976 and contains glyphosate, the most popular herbicide in the United States. Bayer acquired Roundup with its 2018 purchase of Monsanto. The day of the accident, “the sprayer broke, and I got drenched in the [herbicide], I didn’t think that much about it,” Johnson told Time magazine in 2018. “I washed up in the sink as best I could and changed my clothes. Later, I went home and took a good long shower but I didn’t think, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to die from this stuff.’ Then I got a little rash. Then it got worse and worse and worse. At one point, I had lesions on my face, on my lips, all over my arms and legs.” In addition to its use in gardening and groundskeeping, glyphosate also is widely used by farmers in the United States and Brazil on crops genetically engineered to withstand its herbicidal effect.
COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy remains unchanged Daily national surveys by Carnegie Mellon University show that while COVID-19 vaccine uptake has increased, the proportion of vaccine-hesitant adults has remained unchanged. The concerns about a side effect remain high, especially among females, Black adults and those with an eligible health condition. The Delphi Research Group at CMU in partnership with Facebook released its latest survey findings. The analyses show that vaccine hesitancy persists and point to potential tactics to combat it. “Prior research by the CDC has found that Black and Hispanic adults are the least likely to receive the annual flu vaccine each year,” said Alex Reinhart, assistant teaching professor in CMU’s Department of Statistics & Data Science and a member of the Delphi Research Group. “Our survey suggests that COVID vaccine hesitancy follows a similar trend.” Reinhart was joined on this report by Facebook research scientists Esther Kim Andy Garcia, Sarah LaRocca and Katherine Morris. Delphi staff, including statistical developer Nat DeFries and survey coordinator Wichada La Motte-Kerr, contributed to the development and analysis of the survey.
The data shows lockdowns end more lives than they save Now that the 2020 figures have been properly tallied, there is still no convincing evidence that strict lockdowns reduced the death toll from COVID-19. But one effect is clear: more deaths from other causes, especially among the young and middle-aged, minorities and the less affluent. The best gauge of the pandemic’s impact is what statisticians call excess mortality, which compares the overall number of deaths with the total in previous years. That measure rose among older Americans because of COVID-19, but it rose at an even sharper rate among people aged 15 to 54, and most of those excess deaths weren’t attributed to the virus. Some of those deaths could be undetected COVID-19 cases, and some could be unrelated to the pandemic or the lockdowns. But preliminary reports point to some obvious lockdown-related factors. There was a sharp decline in visits to emergency rooms and an increase in fatal heart attacks because patients didn’t receive prompt treatment. Many fewer people were screened for cancer. Social isolation contributed to excess deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s.