Plastic straw bans, Chris Barr, Magnesium for health, Gut recovery, Nutrition vs cancer, Nudge nudge statins, Memory deficit side effects, Chinese vaccine blockchain, Trump anxiety disorder, Jurassic worms and MORE!

July 29, 2018 1-3PM ET

Sunday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

The Great American Debate – Plastic Straws

Santa Barbara City explains jail time controversy over potential plastic straw ban Just a couple days after the July 17 vote by Santa Barbara City Council to approve an ordinance to ban single-use plastic straws and stirrers moved on to the next phase in local government, articles about possible jail time for employees handing out plastic straws in the city started popping up on the internet. “The city of Santa Barbara has passed an ordinance that will allow restaurant employees to be punished with up to six months of jail time or a $1,000 fine for giving plastic straws to their customers,” said Katherine Timpf for the National Review. Santa Barbara’s Environmental Servies Outreach Coordinator, Bryan Latchford, says that the city’s municipal code is written to allow for escalating levels of enforcement and that jail time or a hefty fine would be the last line of defense. “Jail time or stiff fines are not the intent for first-time offenders,” said Latchford. In a telephone interview with NewsChannel 3, Latchford said it would be very hard for an employee to see jail time or a $1,000 fine with the new ordinance. He says the City’s recycling team uses education as the first line of compliance with all trash and recycling programs.

5 ways plastic straws may be bad for your body If helping the environment isn’t a good enough reason for you, then consider your healthSo, I just read an article complaining about how the flood of single-use straw bans is “annoying” and doesn’t have any impact aside from making “liberal enviros” feel good about themselves. I am pretty sure that the marine animals with straws stuck in their noses might beg to differ, but hey, I’m just a liberal enviro (thank you very much) so what do I know? What I do know is that plastic pollution is an enormous problem, so regardless of the specific statistics, the war on plastic straws is working double-time as an effective public awareness campaign. Plastic straws are also completely unnecessary for most of us (excluding those who truly rely on straws for physical reasons) – they are a frivolous contraption and can be a great introduction to breaking up with single-use plastic. (And for the record, an analysis by a group of pollution research nonprofits called Better Alternatives Now estimates that 7.5 percent of plastic in the environment comes from straws and stirrers. Meanwhile, a recently published study estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches That is not nothing.)

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Question of The Day!

1) I just watched your interview on the “Faith Hope and Cancer” film. WOW! Your comprehensive explanations were so easy to understand. I don’t know if you take this type of question on this venue; but thought to enquire…just in case. I had an intestinal blockage last April. Surgery was performed April 18th. It was my third emergency operation to remedy a blockage. This time they found a tumor which did not spread outside the colon wall. The surgeon said he removed it all along with several lymph nodes and assessed it as Phase 3C cancer. I remained in the hospital for 3 weeks…2 were after the surgery. My blood work was clear upon my release but the oncologist recommended chemo for 6 months because there may be microscopic cancer cells circulating. That would provide possibly 20% success rate: and that treatment had to be started within 2 months after the surgery to achieve even that percentage. I declined. I’d been looking for alternative treatment for a “clean up”. Contacted clinics in Mexico; but the costs are WAY out of my financial ability to pay. You mentioned selenium, chromium, silica (all from natural food sources) and hydrogen from water. Would those minerals be effective for preventing growths of malignancies from migrating microscopic cancer cells? Are they beneficial in the form of supplements?

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2) Hi Robert,
Thank you for sharing your knowledge through your show. I listen to every episode! My husband is 32 and has recently started the silver aloe protocol to help heal his gut. For years he has suffered many symptoms that we believe to be related to gut health including brain fog, anxiety, and gluten sensitivity. We are both very optimistic that this protocol will benefit him and he has already noticed a reduction in his brain fog, however, after about two weeks he has begun to experience sharp pains in his stomach and aching in both of his sides that he feels could be his kidneys. After consulting Dr Google, he has become concerned that consuming aloe juice could be harmful to his organs. He is following the protocol as outlined in your book, using the brands you recommend, except that he has not been taking a probiotic every day (oops!). We have adjusted his schedule so that he can, from now on, be diligent in taking his probiotic before bed each night. Do you think his stomach pains or the aching in his kidneys could be related to the protocol? I would really appreciate your insight. Thank you! ~ Olivia

Yeah….It’s True….

United, We Slack: Average American Home Has 9 Unfinished DIY Projects No plans this weekend? How about finishing one of those projects you started, but never got around to wrapping up? There’s a good chance you know exactly what we’re talking about, too: A new study says the average American household has nine unfinished do-it-yourself projects at any one time. “DIY” has becomes great concept, so much so that it’s turned into its own popular industry, of sorts. Of course, it saves money, it can make you feel more fulfilled, and it impresses your friends. But, doing it yourself means you have to finish the job yourself, too. Getting started is all too easy. In a survey of 2,000 American homeowners conducted by the home improvement company, a third of respondents said they have put off at least one DIY home project by a year or more. Still, the typical homeowner manages to complete four of these jobs in the course of a year.

Hour 2 – Because We Aren’t Taking Enough Statins Already….

‘Nudging’ doctors to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins triples prescription rates Pairing an online patient dashboard with “nudges” to doctors tripled statin prescribing rates in a clinical trial led by Penn Medicine researchers. Cholesterol-lowering statins such as atorvastatin and simvastatin are known to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and associated deaths, and are relatively inexpensive with minor side effects. Yet estimates suggest that tens of millions more should be taking them. The study which used two nudges, active choice framing to prompt physicians to make a decision on prescriptions, and peer comparison feedback which provided physicians with information on their performance relative to other physicians, is published online today in JAMA Network Open. “Health systems around the country often use patient dashboards to monitor clinical outcomes, but there is little evidence on the best way to engage clinicians to use these dashboards to address gaps in care,” said study lead author Mitesh S. Patel, MD, MBA, an assistant professor of Medicine and director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit. “We found that nudges which asked clinicians to make an active choice on statin prescriptions and delivered feedback on how each clinician’s performance compared to their peers led to a significant increase in statin prescription rates.”

Some Statins May Be Associated With Cognition, Memory Deficits Lipophilic statins may be associated with memory and cognitive deficits in a dose-dependent manner, according to findings reported by University of Toronto researchers and presented at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, July 22-26, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The effect of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, also known as statins, on memory and cognition remains conflicting. Some literature have shown acute cognitive deficits after starting treatment whereas some have shown preventative effects against dementia with long-term treatment. “These mixed results in the literature may be attributed to a lack of rigorous studies distinguishing between lipophilic, blood-barrier permeable statins from hydrophilic impermeable statins, as well as a lack of objective clinical data acquired using detailed, valid measures,” explained lead author Alex Kai Chan, from the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Research, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Now That Is Creative…

Chinese Citizens Are Using Blockchain to Warn Each Other of Unsafe Vaccines China is in the midst of vaccine scandal. This weekend, news broke that drug manufacturer Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology was selling unsafe vaccines, causing an uproar amongst Chinese citizens, as we reported Tuesday. A blogger writing under the nom de plume “Beast” (兽爷 shouye) was one of the first to break the story; an investigative article they published on the topic went viral on the WeChat social network. Chinese internet monitors deleted the story within hours and quickly removed any reposts. However, internet users figured out a way to share the story that will keep it permanently out of reach of these monitors: by adding it to a blockchain.

Trump Anxiety Disorder?

Therapists say they’ve seen a rise in anxiety under Trump: report Therapists in the U.S. say they have seen a rise in politically-related anxiety under the Trump presidency. Though a condition has not been officially named, therapists and patients have referred to it as “Trump Anxiety Disorder,” according to a report from Canada’s CBC News. Elisabeth LaMotte, the founder of the D.C. Counseling and Psychotherapy Center in Washington, D.C., told CBC that there is a “collective anxiety” among her patients related to President Trump’s rhetoric and policies. “There is a fear of the world ending,” she said. “It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.” She said that Trump critics whom she treats exhibit similar behavior to patients who have a parent with a personality disorder. “Whether it’s conscious or not, I think we look to the president of the United States as a psychological parent,” LaMotte said.

Mind-Body Practices Like Meditation And Yoga Help Teens With Anxiety Teenage anxiety is a pretty common occurrence these days—and it’s not just the usual stress implicit in adolescence. Almost a third of teens have a full-fledged anxiety disorder, according to prevalence studies, and, as with other mental health disorders, there just aren’t enough effective treatments. A small new review study looks back over the evidence, and finds that several mind-body practices are helpful in treating teen anxiety, in school and at home. According to past studies, about 32% of teens have an anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and panic disorder. This estimate, however, is from a study published in 2010, when smartphones and social media were just becoming commonplace. It’s possible that the numbers are higher today, since multiple studies have linked social media and screen time with poorer mental health in teens who use them a lot. “Whereas anxiety and fear are typical reactions to the academic, social, and developmental challenges common during the adolescent years,” the authors write, “clinical or pathological anxiety is excessive, persistent, and disruptive.” The study’s actual aim was to look at how nurse practitioner practices can help teens with anxiety, using methods beyond conventional ones, given the fact that sometimes these treatments aren’t covered by insurance, can be expensive or ineffective, or bring adverse side effects.

Here Comes Jurassic (Worm) Park….

Russian worms frozen for nearly 42,000 years alive and well, scientists say A pair of nematodes – roundworms – are apparently alive after they were frozen in permafrost for nearly 42,000 years. Russian scientists said the two prehistoric worms, out of a group of about 300, are moving and eating after they came back to life in a lab at the Institute of Physico-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Moscow, the Siberian Times reported. “After being defrosted, the nematodes showed signs of life,” a report from the Russian scientists said, according to the Siberian Times. One of the worms was found near the Alazeya River in 2015 and is believed to be about 41,700 years old, according to the study published in the Doklady Biological Sciences. They were found about 11.5 feet underground. The other worm was found in 2002 in a fossil rodent burrow near the Kolyma River. These samples were taken from about 100 feet underground.

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