February 19th, 2021 3-5PM ET
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New York City restaurant fires server after she declines to get COVID-19 vaccine A New York City waiter was fired from her job after she told her supervisors that she wanted to wait before she got the COVID-19 vaccine. Bonnie Jacobson, of Brooklyn, said she was unexpectedly terminated from Red Hook Tavern on Monday, days after she expressed concern about how the vaccine affects fertility. Jacobson said she and her husband had recently started trying to have a child, but their plans were put on hold after she lost her job in April due to the coronavirus pandemic. After she began working at the tavern in August, she and her husband once again began planning for a child. “I do support the vaccine. I’m not, as they say, an anti-vaxxer,” Jacobson said in a phone interview on Wednesday, telling NBC News that she feels there is still a lack of research about how the vaccine affects pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that “the actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and her fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women.”
Deliberate vaccine misinformation should be held to account—but better information is essential Social media platforms and those spreading deliberate vaccine misinformation should be held accountable and potentially face criminal sanctions, says Professor Melinda Mills, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford. But concerned members of the public who unknowingly ‘retweet’ anti-vaxx messages should not be criminalized, says Professor Mills, concern and hesitancy must be tackled and public trust won. Professor Mills writes in the BMJ today, “The deliberate intent to spread malicious vaccine disinformation, resulting in preventable deaths, should be considered criminal. If it is from people in positions of authority, regulatory bodies need to investigate and potentially suspend or bar those who intentionally spread harmful disinformation.” Referring to messages circulating on social media, she adds, “We also need to decide if social media companies are publishers…This would make them accountable for the information they circulate, and its powerful effect on people’s lives.”
Kids’ Robust Immune Systems May Shield From COVID Children have largely been spared severe COVID-19 infection, and new research hints at why. In the study, children’s immune systems attacked the new coronavirus faster and more aggressively than adults’ immune systems did, the findings showed. The researchers analyzed blood samples from 48 children and 70 adults who lived in 28 households in Melbourne, Australia, and who were infected with, or exposed to, the coronavirus. The participants’ immune responses were assessed during the acute phase of infection and for up to two months after that. Children had a stronger immune response to the virus than adults, according to the report published online Feb. 17 in the journal Nature Communications. “Coronavirus infection in children was characterized by activation of neutrophils, the specialized white blood cell that helps heal damaged tissues and resolves infections, and a reduction in first-responder immune cells such as monocytes, dendritic cells and natural killer cells from the blood,” said study author Melanie Neeland, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.
Are We on the Verge of a ‘Super-Epidemic’ of Autoimmune Diseases? There’s been increasing concern voiced by world-leading immunologists that we could soon witness a devastating super-epidemic of autoimmune diseases. Some think it’s our exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus that’s the major concern. While others are more worried about the novel, still experimental vaccines, delivered at an unprecedented scale. But could it be both? In this piece, we aim to get under the covers of this complex area that’s been getting very little airtime in the mainstream media. Autoimmune diseases represent a diverse group of over 100 diseases including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus, psoriasis, coeliac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Addison’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pancreatitis, Graves disease, Hashimoto’s, fibromyalgia, and many other common diseases. The underlying mechanism that links all these diseases is the loss of self-tolerance. As a result, the body starts to attack healthy cells or parts of itself, leading to the characteristic symptoms of one of the myriad autoimmune diseases.
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Two young women in Florida ‘dressed up as grannies’ to get vaccinated, health official says Two women disguised themselves as “grannies” in a failed attempt to get a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Florida health officials said. “So yesterday, we realized a couple of young ladies came dressed up as grannies to get vaccinated for the second time,” Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said during a press briefing Thursday. “So I don’t know how they escaped the first time.” The women showed up to the Orange County Convention Center wearing bonnets, gloves and glasses — “the whole thing,” Pino said. They are in their 30s and 40s, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which would make them ineligible to receive the vaccination outside of a health care or long-term care facility setting. The two had valid vaccination cards from their first shot, but on their second attempt, there were issues with their driver’s licenses, said Pino. Deputies issued the two women trespass warnings after their dates of birth “did not match those they had used to register for the vaccines,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The names, however, did match the registration.” The sheriff’s office identified the women as Olga Monroy-Ramirez, 44, and Martha Vivian Monroy, 34.
Study names animals most likely to cause next big COVID outbreak Cats, rabbits and hedgehogs have all been implicated in a new study that aims to predict the animals most likely to launch the next deadly COVID-19 outbreak. With the help of artificial intelligence, biologists were able to design a prediction model that could prioritize potential hosts of virus strains already known to exist, but have not yet reached humans. “We want to know where the next coronavirus might come from,” said Dr. Marcus Blagrove, a University of Liverpool virologist who worked on the study, BBC reported. Their findings, published in Nature Communications on Tuesday, describe how artificial intelligence was used to predict previously unsuspected animal hosts of a novel — and potentially deadly — coronavirus strain. Finding which of the 876 potential mammal species might host one — but often dozens — of the possible 411 strains was the easy part. The trick was parsing out species that could harbor two strains at once, creating a breeding ground for a powerful mutant virus. “One way [viruses are] generated is through recombination between two existing coronaviruses,” said Blagrove. “So two viruses infect the same cell and they recombine into a ‘daughter’ virus that would be an entirely new strain.”
Hour 2 – Special Guest Nathan Coles
Dr. Nathan Coles earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic, as well as his second Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, from Logan University in Chesterfield, MO. He is also an alum of the University of Mary Washington, where he received a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Dr. Coles’ post-graduate studies are extensive and include Acupuncture and Active Release Techniques soft tissue massage (Upper and Lower Extremity, Spine, Masters, and Long Nerve Entrapment). Dr. Coles has been practicing Chiropractic in North Carolina since 2006. He is continually looking for new methods to refine the body’s physiology and improve performance and function. His primary focus is sports injuries and nutrition. His clinic also offers massage and reflexology services. Throughout his adult life, Dr. Coles has been fortunate to avail himself of a wide array of opportunities. From fashion model in New York City, Administrator at the American Red Cross, surgical equipment rep in the operating room, to personal trainer and construction worker, he has developed an uncommon perspective and strong respect for patients’ unique paths through life. He believes that learning is a lifelong practice and never misses a chance to seek knowledge from others.
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As Israel Reopens, ‘Whoever Does Not Get Vaccinated Will Be Left Behind’ Israel has raced ahead with the fastest Covid vaccination campaign in the world, inoculating nearly half its population with at least one dose. Now, the rapid rollout is turning the country into a live laboratory for setting the rules in a vaccinated society — raising thorny questions about rights, obligations and the greater good. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet voted this week to open shopping malls and museums to the public, subject to social distancing rules and mandatory masking. For the first time in many months, gyms, cultural and sports events, hotels and swimming pools will also reopen, but only for some. Under a new “Green Badge” system that functions as both a carrot and a stick, the government is making leisure activities accessible only to people who are fully vaccinated or recovered starting Sunday. Two weeks later, restaurants, event halls and conferences will be allowed to operate under those rules. Customers and attendees will have to carry a certificate of vaccination with a QR code.Israel is one of the first countries grappling in real time with a host of legal, moral and ethical questions as it tries to balance the steps toward resuming public life with sensitive issues such as public safety, discrimination, free choice and privacy.
The cost of a healthy diet What does it cost to eat healthy? According to a landmark international report based on work led by William Masters and colleagues at the Friedman School, the answer is: too much for the poor, but less than what most of the world’s people already spend on food. Released last year by the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization, and other U.N. agencies, the flagship report “State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World” (SOFI 2020) states that about 3 billion people in the world cannot afford even the cheapest form of a healthy diet. Meanwhile, over 4 billion spend more than that, and often eat less healthily than they could. “The SOFI report documented for the first time how many people around the world cannot afford what nutritionists say is a healthy diet, based on the composition and prices of foods available in their local markets,” Masters noted, adding that “the flip side of that is showing how nutritional needs could be met at lower cost than what higher income people now consume.” It’s a high-stakes question. Almost half of adults in the U.S., and more than half of children, have overall poor-quality diets, according to a white paper published last year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. “That’s despite very low food prices compared to incomes, even among the poorest Americans,” Masters said. Globally, the SOFI report notes that 690 million people went hungry in 2019—an increase of 10 million from 2018—and that roughly 2 billion are food insecure.
Most Americans try to sneak more healthy food into their loved ones’ diets Despite so much concern about keeping ourselves virus-free during the coronavirus pandemic, a new survey finds three in five Americans (59%) also fear that their loved ones are not taking care of themselves. A OnePoll study of 2,000 Americans reveals 45 percent of respondents are worried about their spouse or partner. Forty-three percent are concerned about their mother’s health and 42 percent are worried about their father’s. In an attempt to help, 72 percent of Americans say they are encouraging their loved ones to practice better nutritional habits so they can be in their lives for as long as possible. The double opt-in survey, commissioned by Fresh Avocados – Love One Today, also reveals respondents have embraced some smart and easy tactics to keep everyone’s health on track. Seven in ten (71%) have observed risk factors in their loved ones causing concern for their heart health. Eating diets rich in healthy foods that contain fiber (50%) and doing more cardio exercise (48%) rank as the top practices respondents have attempted with a loved one to promote good heart health. Forty-seven percent have swapped out foods with high saturated fats for unsaturated ones like those in fresh avocados. Respondents haven’t stopped there to encourage nutritious choices for their loved ones. Four in five (79%) confessed once they hear a loved one likes a particular fruit or vegetable, they’ve incorporated that ingredient into as many meals as possible. If that fails, they’ll try sneaking in healthier foods. Nearly two in three respondents (65%) admit to having to sneak in healthy ingredients into snack options for their loved ones.