Pfizer bivalent stroke link, CHD Defeats NY State, FDA animal testing, Buying the Right Magnesium, Hour 2 Encore, Dr. Paul Alexander, COVID science, COVID scandals, Fauci worship and MORE!

January 15, 2023 1-3PM ET

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U.S. FDA, CDC see early signal of Pfizer bivalent COVID shot’s link to stroke (This Jan. 13 story has been refiled with an edited headline to clarify that the link to a stroke is possible, not definite.) A safety monitoring system flagged that U.S. drugmaker Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and German partner BioNTech’s updated COVID-19 shot could be linked to a type of brain stroke in older adults, according to preliminary data analyzed by U.S. health authorities. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that a CDC vaccine database had uncovered a possible safety issue in which people 65 and older were more likely to have an ischemic stroke 21 days after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent shot, compared with days 22-44. An ischemic stroke, also known as brain ischemia, is caused by blockages in arteries that carry blood to the brain. The FDA and CDC said that other large studies, the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, other countries’ databases and Pfizer-BioNTech’s databases had not flagged this safety issue, adding that it requires more investigation. “Although the totality of the data currently suggests that it is very unlikely that the signal in VSD (Vaccine Safety Datalink) represents a true clinical risk, we believe it is important to share this information with the public,” the health authorities said.

BREAKING: CHD Defeats NY State Healthcare Workers COVID Mandate! In a groundbreaking decision filed today, NY State (NYS) Supreme Court Judge Gerard Neri held that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers is now “null, void, and of no effect.” The court held that the NYS Dept. of Health lacked the authority to impose such a mandate as this power is reserved to the state legislature. Furthermore, the court found that the mandate was “arbitrary and capricious” as COVID-19 vaccines do not stop transmission, vitiating any rational basis for a mandate. mChildren’s Health Defense (CHD) financed this lawsuit on behalf of Medical Professionals for Informed Consent and several individual healthcare workers. Sujata Gibson, lead attorney, said, “This is a huge win for New York healthcare workers, who have been deprived of their livelihoods for more than a year. This is also a huge win for all New Yorkers, who are facing dangerous and unprecedented healthcare worker shortages throughout New York State.” CHD President Mary Holland stated, “We are thrilled by this critical win against a COVID vaccine mandate, correctly finding that any such mandate at this stage, given current knowledge is arbitrary. We hope that this decision will continue the trend towards lifting these dangerous and unwarranted vaccine mandates throughout the country.” We are off to a great start in 2023.

The FDA no longer requires all drugs to be tested on animals before human trials A new U.S. law has eliminated the requirement that drugs in development must undergo testing in animals before being given to participants in human trials. Animal rights advocates have long pushed for such a move, and some in the pharmaceutical industry have argued that animal testing can be ineffective and expensive. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, who sponsored the FDA Modernization Act 2.0, said in a statement that the new law will help end the “needless suffering and death of animal test subjects” and will “get safer, more effective drugs to market more quickly by cutting red tape that is not supported by current science.” PETA cheered the new law as a “radical shift” in how new drugs and treatments will be created. Signed by President Biden in December as part of a larger spending package, the law doesn’t ban the testing of new drugs on animals outright. Instead it simply lifts the requirement that pharmaceutical companies use animals to test new drugs before human trials. Companies can still test drugs on animals if they choose to. There are a slew of other methods that drugmakers employ to assess new medications and treatments, such as computer modeling and “organs on a chip,” thumb-sized microchips that can mimic how organs’ function are affected by pharmaceuticals.

Are You Buying the Right Magnesium? Testing of magnesium products purchased on Amazon show that consumers need to beware of low quality products. Magnesium is critical to human health as a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate everything from protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation. Yet 60 percent of Americans don’t get enough of this critical mineral, which may be why magnesium supplement sales have been growing. Recent testing of magnesium supplements sold on Amazon demonstrate that consumers need to be smart shoppers to avoid low quality products with deceptive labels. NOW Foods conducted quality testing of 16 magnesium glycinate brands purchased on Amazon. The results are not encouraging. Almost all brands that were tested failed to include the chelated magnesium form claimed on the label—magnesium glycinate. This is critical. As we’ve discussed elsewhere, there are a number of different forms of magnesium in supplements. Some of these forms (magnesium oxide and sulfate) are generally found in cheaper, lower quality supplements and can have a laxative effect. The forms recommended by most integrative doctors (magnesium glycinate, taurate, malate, or chloride) are better absorbed by the body and are not associated with laxative effects. NOW’s testing indicates that many brands either knowingly or unknowingly blend glycine with magnesium oxide or carbonate and then label the product as “Magnesium Glycinate.” This allows unscrupulous brands to sell their mislabeled products at a lower cost but fools consumers into thinking they are buying the chelated, more bioavailable form. NOW’s testing also found some products were mislabeled intentionally in order to indicate higher potency. See NOW’s full press release, which includes the brands tested and the results.

Hour 2 ENCORE!

Special Guest Dr. Paul Alexander

Dr. Paul E. Alexander, PhD, has expertise in teaching of epidemiology (clinical epidemiology), evidence-based medicine, and research methodology. He is a former Assistant Professor at McMaster University in evidence-based medicine, a former COVID Pandemic evidence-synthesis advisor to WHO-PAHO, Washington, DC (2020), and former Senior Advisor to COVID Pandemic policy in the US government, Health and Human Services (HHS), Washington, DC. He worked/was appointed in 2008 at WHO as a Regional Specialist/Epidemiologist in Europe’s Regional Office in Denmark (nations involved in assigned WHO’s project were Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Poland).

He was employed from 2017 to 2019 at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), in Virginia, as the evidence synthesis meta-analysis systematic review guideline development lead/trainer.

Dr. Alexander worked for the government of Canada as an epidemiologist for 12 years, appointed as the Canadian in-field epidemiologist (2002-2004) as part of an international CIDA funded, Health Canada executed project on TB/HIV co-infection and MDR-TB control (involving India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangldesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Afghanistan, posted to Kathmandu).

Dr. Alexander is currently an independent academic scientist and COVID-19 consultant researcher. He is also informally providing support to some members of the US Congress.

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