Mussels on opioids, Elderly addiction crisis, Josh Hendrix, Hemp victory updates, CBD battles continue, Avoiding ticks properly, Jon Rappoport, Break up the US, Hawaii fracking eruption, US Obesity diabetes prediction, Quality vs portions, Bears going bananas and MORE!

May 25, 2018 7-9PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

This Opioid Epidemic Has Gone Too Far

Seattle Mussels Test Positive for Opioid An opioid has been discovered in shellfish off the coast of Washington state for the first time, according to a new study that suggests the effects of the pain killer epidemic have transcended the human population. Oxycodone was detected in mussels from the Seattle and Bremerton harbor areas of the Puget Sound in a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife pollution survey. Traces of the chemotherapy drug melphalan, a potential carcinogen, were also discovered. Melphalan was present at “levels where we might want to look at biological impacts,” scientist Andy James of the Puget Sound Institute said in a statement. Experts believe drug residues likely passed from wastewater in treatment plants into the expanse of water off the coast of Washington. Researchers behind Washington’s Puget Sound Mussel Monitoring Program take uncontaminated mussels from Whidbey Island and place them in locations in Puget Sound biannually. As the mussels eat by filtering water, their tissue provides an insight into contaminants.

Unseen face of the opioid epidemic: drug abuse among the elderly grows The face of the nation’s opioid epidemic increasingly is gray and wrinkled. But that face often is overlooked in a crisis that frequently focuses on the young. Consider this: While opioid abuse declined in younger groups between 2002 and 2014, even sharply among those 18 to 25 years old, the epidemic almost doubled among Americans over age 50, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Because of information like that, the Senate Special Committee on Aging convened a hearing Wednesday on opioid misuse by the elderly. “Older Americans are among those unseen in this epidemic,” said Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (Pa.), the top Democrat on the panel. “In 2016, one in three people with a Medicare prescription drug plan received an opioid prescription. This puts baby boomers and our oldest generation at great risk.”

Special Guest – Josh Hendrix!

Born and raised in the Bluegrass State and a University of Kentucky alumnus, Mr. Hendrix relocated back to Central Kentucky in 2014 on a mission to help rebuild the US hemp industry. Seeing a need to bring farmers, processors, manufacturers and supporters of the industry together, Mr. Hendrix founded the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association that summer and still serves on the Board of Directors. He also became an active member of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Council where he now serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors. In 2015 he created and became President of Hendrix Hemp, a licensed hemp producer that manages hemp cultivation on his family’s, Mayflower Farm, in Mount Sterling, KY. In early 2016 Mr. Hendrix was appointed to the Technical Advisory Council for the National Hemp Association and accepted a role on the Senior Advisory Board of the institutional trading platform for hemp, Seed CX. Currently Mr. Hendrix serves as the Director of Business Development – Domestic Production for CV Sciences, Inc. where he works with numerous universities, farmers, businesses, and organizations to help facilitate the infrastructure necessary to establish a modern domestic supply chain for hemp in the United States.

Michigan to now regulate CBD oil as marijuana Michigan’s market for oil-based marijuana products will now be covered by medical marijuana laws, state regulators announced Thursday. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued its first clarification of CBD oil, declaring that state laws allow for its sale to medical marijuana patients – as long as the oil comes from marijuana, not hemp. CBD oil can be derived from either of the two plants, which are both a form of cannabis, though CBD does not give users the same “high” feeling commonly associated with smoking pot. “We received lots of questions about if CBD was going to be regulated along with marijuana and how hemp plays into that,” said department spokesman David Harns. “Now is the right time to send out an advisory bulletin.” Marijuana for certain medical conditions was approved by voters in 2008, but the program is undergoing a major overhaul under a 2016 law. The state now is processing hundreds of applications to grow, sell or transport marijuana.

TEXAS TAPS ON THE BRAKES The Lone Star State is the latest example of growing momentum for hemp’s permanent legalization. As we shared a few weeks ago, the Texas Department of Health Services announced that it was considering a misguided crackdown on hemp-derived cannabidiol (“CBD”), and asked for public comments. The Roundtable responded with this comprehensive letter, and over 1000 other citizens weighed in.  As a result of the political and public pressure, the Department announced a few days ago that it was delaying any action until it figures out the big picture.  Read more about their decision here. While this is certainly a welcome development, the fight is far from over.  The Roundtable has engaged local counsel to provide the industry’s recommendations to the Department, and more importantly, to work with state legislators to prepare and pass legislation next year that would clearly establish the legality of hemp and hemp-derived products.

Illinois Lawmakers Send Governor Bill Legalizing Industrial Hemp The Illinois House has sent the governor a measure legalizing industrial hemp. The House voted 106-3 this week to allow hemp cultivation for commercial use. Hemp is a form of the cannabis plant distinct from marijuana. It does not produce any high-like effects and is often used in clothing or food. Hemp was banned nationwide in 1937 for its relation to the marijuana plant. Former President Barack Obama opened the door for states to legalize industrial hemp in 2015. That removed opposition from Illinois Republicans who had blocked previous attempts to legalize the plant in the state. Rebecca Osland is a lawyer with the pro-farming Illinois Stewardship Alliance. She says the move can add hundreds of new jobs and up to $100 million in state revenue.

Missouri Senate passes bill legalizing industrial hemp The Missouri Senate has passed a bill to legalize industrial hemp. The measure to create a hemp-growing pilot program passed 29-3 Thursday. It’s now up for consideration in the House, which passed a similar measure by a vote of 141-4 last month. Hemp, which can be used as raw material for manufacturing, comes from the same plant as marijuana. But it contains very low levels of the psychoactive chemical known as THC. The bill would require people to get a permit from the Department of Agriculture to grow hemp. Backers argue that growing industrial hemp could help farmers and businesses in the state. But it’s been met with skepticism for years by some lawmakers.

Yeah…Not The Smart Way To Avoid Ticks….

Want To Prevent Tick Bites? What About Clothing With Permethrin Bug Spray? Your clothes may repel others. When it is people at a party or on a date, that can be bad. When it is ticks (at a party, on a date, or anywhere else), that can be very good. Because ticks suck in many ways. A study recently published in the Journal of Medical Entomology showed how certain types of clothing can really affect ticks. Before you ask whether the study involved dressing ticks in little pants and jackets, this study focused on how clothing from Insect Shield that is supposed to worn by humans may affect different species of ticks. nstead of wearing the clothes and going to a party, the researchers used the clothes to stage two types of experiments with three species of ticks: the black-legged tick ( Ixodes scapularis), the lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) and the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis).

Hour 2 – Special Guest – Jon Rappoport!

Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years. He is the author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALEDEXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX. He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. In 1982, the LA Weekly submitted his name for a Pulitzer prize, for his interview with the president of El Salvador University, where the military had taken over the campus.

Open letter to EU boss, Jean-Claude Juncker: yes, break up the US “There is a line that governments cross. When they reach a certain size, and when they are exerting enough control, they turn around and tell their citizens, ‘We love you and we care about you and we help you. In return, all we ask is that you do whatever we tell you to do, no matter what the consequences are. That’s fair, isn’t it?’” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport) Here is a piece I wrote in March of 2017. It was prompted by an outburst from European Union (EU) boss, Jean-Claude Juncker. “The Junk Man” is quite a piece of work. To put it nicely and politely, he’s an unelected gas bag:

The Express (March 30, 2017): “European Union boss Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon issued a jaw-dropping threat to the United States, saying he could campaign to break up the country in revenge for Donald Trump’s supportive comments about Brexit.”

Did fracking cause the Hawaii volcano eruption? On the Big Island of Hawaii, where the Kilauea volcano has explosively erupted, there is a geothermal energy plant. It is the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) Plant, in Puna. There is a long-running debate about whether PGV is fracking. The debate may be a matter of terminology, because in the geothermal process, as reports, “…the drilling and the injection of cold water into hot rocks used in geothermal energy plants does fracture the rocks, which can induce earthquakes and through contamination of the atmosphere and water tables can affect our health and safety.” Whether deep injection of fluid aims to capture oil, gas, or heat (geothermal), the beginning stage of the process is the same.

What Are We Doing To Ourselves?

On current trends, almost a quarter of people in the world will be obese by 2045, and 1 in 8 will have type 2 diabetes New research from various cities in the world presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, Austria (23-26 May) demonstrate that if current trends continue, almost a quarter (22%) of the people in the world will be obese by 2045 (up from 14% in 2017), and one in eight (12%) will have type 2 diabetes (up from 9% in 2017). The study presented by Dr. Alan Moses of Novo Nordisk Research and Development, Søborg, Denmark and Niels Lund of Novo Nordisk Health Advocacy, Bagsværd, Denmark and colleagues from the Steno Diabetes Centre, Gentofte, Denmark, and University College London, UK, also indicates that in order to prevent the prevalence of type 2  from going above 10% in 2045, global obesity levels must be reduced by 25%.

Consumers focus on food types, not portions, when it comes to perceived healthiness It’s an age-old question: Is it healthier to focus on the type of food you eat or the portion size? Whatever the correct answer is, consumers tend to be more influenced by the perceived healthiness of a  (nuts over chocolate, for example), than a food’s portion size. That’s one of the findings in new research by Kelly Haws, professor of marketing at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. The study, to be published in the journal Management Science, also finds that this tendency to neglect food quantity in favor of food type can partly be mitigated by encouraging consumers to compare different portion sizes of food side-by-side. Consumers believe the type of food they are eating has a much greater impact on their ability to achieve health goals than the amount of food they consume. As a result, even consumers who are trying to lose or maintain their current weight choose “healthy” items in larger amounts than the food’s calories justify.

And Now For Something Completely Different..

Bear breaks into Connecticut car, fails to eat banana Police in Connecticut responding to a call about a suspected car burglar found something more unusual — a bear trapped inside the vehicle. Linda Morad said she thought there was someone inside her 2015 Subaru Outback on Friday outside her friend’s house in Canton when the headlights started flashing and the horn and alarm kept going on and off. “I’m here alone and I think there’s someone in my car,” Morad said in her 911 call. “The lights are on and I went out to kind of check it out and I hear noise in there.” “The horn is beeping now. This is getting really creepy,” she told the dispatcher. “The lights are dimming, the horn is beeping like crazy. I’m seeing stuff moving around in the car.” Police soon arrived and revealed the identity of the burglar — an adult black bear.

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