August 31st, 2021 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Did Cam Newton’s Vaccination Status Impact Patriots’ Decision To Start Mac Jones? Patriots head coach Bill Belichick famously said “dependability is more important than ability.” So did that come into play when it came to the decision to go with Mac Jones over a seemingly unvaccinated Cam Newton at quarterback? Newton was forced to be away from the team for five days due to what the team called a misunderstanding of league’s COVID protocols. The quarterback had traveled to a team-approved medical appointment and tested negative each day he was gone, but did not satisfy the NFL’s policy. As a result, he missed three practices, including a critical joint session against the New York Giants. In that practice, Mac Jones thrived while taking all of the first team reps. On Tuesday, Belichick shocked the football world when he released Newton and handed the job to the rookie Jones. WBZ-TV Sports Director Steve Burton said his understanding of what led up to Newton’s COVID violation is that the veteran quarterback went to Atlanta to have a doctor check on an ankle injury, and also wanted to see his children. The team approved the visit, but according to Burton, Newton left Foxboro without being tested, which violated protocol.
About 1 in 8 nurses hasn’t gotten a COVID-19 vaccine or doesn’t plan to get one, a new survey finds, setting up the potential for more staffing shortages at hospitals As coronavirus hospitalizations surge again because of the Delta variant, America’s hospitals are dealing with another obstacle: One in eight nurses hasn’t gotten a COVID-19 vaccine or doesn’t plan to get one, a new survey found, potentially squeezing the already low supply of health workers. The American Nurses Association surveyed nearly 5,000 nurses across the US in order to learn more about the questions and concerns they had about the vaccine. Twenty-five percent of the nurses surveyed said they didn’t trust or were unsure that the coronavirus vaccines available were safe and effective. Out of those who didn’t intend to get vaccinated, 84% said there was not enough information about the long-term effects of the vaccine. Health experts have repeatedly said that vaccines were doing a good job of keeping people alive, out of the hospital, and healthy, and that any negative side effects would be evident within a couple months after administration. Most of the nurses surveyed were hospital workers in medium to large hospitals with 100 to over 1,000 beds, and 71% provided direct care to patients at the facilities.
Judge restores unvaccinated Illinois mom’s right to see son An Illinois judge on Monday reversed a decision to bar a divorced mother from seeing her 11-year-old son because she isn’t vaccinated against COVID-19. Rebecca Firlit’s lawyer had said the judge, not Firlit’s ex-husband, raised the issue during an Aug. 10 child support hearing. They have been divorced for seven years and share custody of the boy, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Sunday, in what it called one of the first such rulings of its kind. Cook County Judge James Shapiro asked the 39-year-old mother during the online hearing if she was vaccinated. When she said no, the judge withdrew her rights to see the boy until she gets vaccinated. “I was confused because it was just supposed to be about expenses and child support,” the desk clerk from Chicago told the Sun-Times. “I asked him what it had to do with the hearing, and he said, ‘I am the judge, and I make the decisions for your case.’” On Monday, Shapiro issued an order that vacated the early August decision, though the filing offered no explanation for the change of heart, according to the Sun-Times. Firlit previously told the newspaper that she has had adverse reactions to vaccinations in the past and that her doctor had advised her not to get a COVID-19 shot. The newspaper didn’t say if Firlit told the judge about her past problems with vaccinations. Firlit said she spoke publicly because the judge seemed to overstep his authority.
US judge orders hospital to treat COVID patient with ivermectin A US woman has won a court order for a hospital in Ohio to treat her husband, who is on a ventilator with COVID-19, with the antiparasitic medicine ivermectin, as demand surges for the unproven coronavirus treatment. The case is one of several nationwide where courts have sided with litigants seeking to use the drug, despite scant evidence of its effectiveness against COVID and a rise in calls to poison centers as a result of misuse, including ingesting livestock-strength formulations. Judge Gregory Howard ordered West Chester Hospital, located outside Cincinnati, to treat Julie Smith’s husband Jeffrey Smith with ivermectin, according to an order filed August 23. Smith had received a prescription from physician Fred Wagshul, who is listed on the website for a group called “Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance” that advocates for use of ivermectin. She is being represented by lawyer Ralph Lorigo, who has won similar cases in New York and Chicago. Since the start of the COVID pandemic, there has been considerable interest in repurposing existing medications. Ivermectin attracted much attention, particularly in Latin America, and early lab studies suggested it might have beneficial properties for fighting the coronavirus. But, as is often the case, promise in lab settings has so far failed to translate to real world success, as judged by its lack of clear efficacy in trials.
A drug costing less than $2 a day helps in the treatment of severely ill COVID-19 patients Metoprolol, a drug widely used to treat cardiovascular disease, is beneficial when administered to COVID-19 patients. This is the finding of a study by investigators at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC), published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC). The most severe form of COVID-19 is severe respiratory failure, which requires intubation and is associated with a high mortality rate. Pulmonary infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus can progress to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which inflammation and neutrophil hyperactivation play a central role. There is currently a lack of therapies for ARDS associated with COVID-19. The study was led by Dr. Borja Ibáñez, group leader of the Translational Laboratory for Cardiovascular Imaging and Therapy at the CNIC, cardiologist at the Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz (FJD) in Madird, and member of the CIBERCV cardiovascular research network. The research team recently discovered that metoprolol, a well-established beta-blocker, has a highly selective effect on hyperactivated neutrophils during situations of acute stress such as a myocardial infarction. Given the central role played by neutrophils in ARDS, the team postulated that metoprolol might be an effective treatment for patients with severe COVID-19.
‘Toxic positivity’: Why it is important to live with negative emotions It is almost impossible to go on Facebook or Instagram without seeing quotes or comments accompanied with motivational words such as, “Look on the bright side,” “Focus on the good things,” or “Be positive.” If anything, the pandemic has exacerbated the phenomenon of “toxic positivity.” In Québec, the famous catchphrase, “It’s going to be OK,” is undoubtedly one of the best known examples of this. Though well-intentioned, these phrases can end up creating more distress instead of helping. Why? Because they are examples of toxic positivity, a school of thought that operates on the principle that one should always have a positive attitude, even when things get difficult. As a doctoral student in psychology, I am interested in internalized symptoms (depression, anxiety and social withdrawal) and externalized symptoms (delinquency, violent, oppositional/defensive, disruptive and impulsive behaviors). I believe it is important to focus on the negative consequences of “emotional invalidation” and to understand why we need to live with our negative emotions. When a person talks about what they are feeling, their main goal is usually to validate their emotions, to understand and accept the emotional experience. In contrast, emotional invalidation involves ignoring, denying, criticizing or rejecting another person’s feelings.
Special Guest Kristen Chevrier
Kristen Chevrier wrote her thesis and received her Master’s degree in English, from Brigham Young University, while expecting her third child. Kristen has taught writing, literature, history, and theater, professionally, while also homeschooling her five children. Kristen has been a family and parental rights activist for over 20 years, and has served in Utah Republican Party leadership for more than 10 of those years–both of those because she is passionate about educating and empowering the electorate. Four years ago, Kristen began her ongoing research into vaccines, the immune system, and vaccine policy. What she’s learned has lit her soul on fire. She is now deeply involved in vaccine injury and natural immunity education, and health freedom advocacy. Kristen advocates in Washington D.C., in the Utah State Legislature, and works with vaccine freedom advocacy groups across the nation. She is Founder and Director of Vaccine Freedom Utah and co-founder of Your Health Freedom. Both groups can be found on Facebook and at their respective websites: vaccinefreedomutah.com and yourhealthfreedom.org
Mormon vaccine push ratchets up, dividing faith’s members After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Allen said she’s taught her daughter that wearing a mask is Christlike, but now she worries her child feels like an outcast. Church leaders recently issued their strongest statement yet urging people to “limit the spread” by getting COVID-19 vaccines and wearing masks, but Allen said she fears it’s still not enough to convince the many families in her congregation who refuse to wear masks and have succumbed to anti-vaccine misinformation. Members of the faith widely known as the Mormon church remain deeply divided on vaccines and mask-wearing despite consistent guidance from church leaders as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus spreads. About 65% of Latter-day Saints who responded to a recent survey said they were vaccine acceptors, meaning they’ve gotten at least one dose or plan to soon. Another 15% identified as hesitant, and 19% said they would not get the vaccine, according to the survey this summer from the Public Religion Research Institute, a polling organization based in Washington, and Interfaith Youth Core. The survey found 79% of white Catholics and 56% of white Evangelical Protestants identified as vaccine acceptors. Allen, a church member living in Wisconsin, is among a contingent who fear fellow members who refuse to get vaccinated are allowing their political views to supersede their loyalty to a faith that largely prioritizes unity and obedience.
Feds to investigate whether 5 states that ban mask mandates are violating student rights The Department of Education has launched a civil rights investigation into whether states that have banned mask mandates are discriminating against students with disabilities who could be at a higher risk for severe illness from Covid. The department’s Office for Civil Rights has opened directed investigations in five states — Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah – that have barred schools from requiring masks among students and staff. “The Department has heard from parents from across the country — particularly parents of students with disabilities and with underlying medical conditions — about how state bans on universal indoor masking are putting their children at risk and preventing them from accessing in-person learning equally,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in a statement. “It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve.” The state policies conflict with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends universal mask wearing for students and teachers in the classroom. If the investigations determine that the state mask bans have discriminated against students with disabilities, it could lead to sanctions including a loss of federal education funding.
Question of The Day!
Im hoping you can give me advice as to the best way to treat grand mal seizures. I just witnessed my husband with one, we suspected he had some form of seizures because of injuries he sustained and not recalling events. He has had 10 unwitnessed episodes since 2013 that we know of. He has seen a neurologist and had a week long EEG that showed nothing. Lab work is unremarkable. EKG good as well. Im confident he has sleep apnea but he has not had a study done…with the Covid stuff going on he has not been able to get it done because he will not comply with masks and testing. I understand your disclaimer but would still appreciate any input you might have. Thank you in advance.
Report: Dangerous levels of ‘forever chemicals’ found at Great Lakes area military sites Six military bases in the U.S. Great Lakes region have what an environmental group calls “dangerously” high levels of toxic chemicals called PFAS, according to a report published Tuesday. Groundwater samples from the sites contained elevated amounts of PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they accumulate over time and do not break down, the Washington, D.C.-based research and advocacy organization Environmental Working Group said in its report. The affected sites include Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station in New York, as well as Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center and Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan. General Mitchell Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin and Duluth Air National Guard Base in Minnesota also had high levels of the chemicals in groundwater, according to Environmental Working Group. These sites, which are managed by the U.S. Department of Defense, have PFAS levels high enough to harm the waters of the lakes and potentially affect their fish population, the group said. Humans exposed to these chemicals, either directly or through eating fish that have absorbed them, also could face significant health complications.
Toxic Carpet: We’re Breathing Harmful Forever Chemicals in Homes, Offices, and Classrooms The air we breathe in our homes, schools, and workplaces can be polluted with harmful PFAS chemicals, according to a study published today (August 31, 2021) in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. A new measurement technique developed by the research team detected PFAS chemicals in the air of kindergarten classrooms, university offices and laboratories, and a home—some with levels as high as those measured at an outdoor clothing company and carpet stores selling PFAS-treated products. The results suggest indoor air is an underestimated and potentially important source of exposure to PFAS, particularly for children. “Food and water are known to be major sources of PFAS exposure,” said Rainer Lohmann, senior author of the study and professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. “Our study shows that indoor air, including dust, is another source of exposure to potentially harmful forever chemicals. In fact, for children in homes or schools with old PFAS-treated carpets, inhalation may be even more important than dust as an exposure pathway to volatile PFAS that eventually could biotransform to more persistent and harmful PFAS.” Well-studied PFAS have been associated with a wide range of serious health harms, from cancer to infertility to immune system problems. All PFAS are either extremely persistent in the environment or break down into extremely persistent PFAS. By affixing polyethylene sheet samplers to ceilings, the scientists measured volatile PFAS chemicals in the air of nine carpeted kindergarten classrooms, one home, and the storage room of an outdoor clothing store in California; as well as two laboratories, five offices, one classroom, one storage room, and one elevator at the University of Rhode Island; and two carpet stores, also in Rhode Island. PFAS were detected in the air of nearly every location.