Revive the old constitution, Canadian soldier charged, Long Covid alternative approach, Remdesivir ‘Disastrous’, Nurse criminal liability, Tia Severino, Next Steps Conference, Homeopathy in healthcare, The power to heal and MORE!
May 13th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Can We Revive the Old Constitution? Two common proclamations currently dominate conservative thinking: (1) We are governed by runaway bureaucrats with no accountability to the people, and (2) We are governed by a Congress that refuses to legislate in any regular capacity, even refusing to deliberate in committee and vote on a federal budget on a department-by-department basis. Both statements are true and are routinely voiced by Republican legislators on social media, Fox News, op-eds, even in fancy speeches to academic and public intellectual audiences. But congressional representatives or senators seem incapable of taking concrete action to revive legislative deliberation, restore the Congressional committee system, discipline the executive bureaucracy, and concentrate on truly national policy concerns, among other items. We know the scope of the problem, that a deliberating legislative power is no longer substantively exercised by the branch of government vested by the Constitution with this capacity. Instead, much of this lawmaking power takes place in the regulatory or administrative state. Rulemaking also takes place through adjudication, where disputes with private litigants are presided over by administrative judges ensconced in the actual agency whose rules are in dispute.
Canadian soldier charged for speaking against COVID-19 vaccine mandate in uniform A Canadian soldier who publicly spoke out against federal vaccine requirements while in uniform has been charged. The Department of National Defence says Warrant Officer James Topp faces two charges of conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline. A charge sheet provided by Topp’s lawyer, Phillip Millar, says the army reservist is accused of criticizing vaccine requirements for military personnel and other federal employees on two occasions in February while wearing his uniform. Those include a video posted to social media as well as public comments made in Surrey, B.C. Canadian Armed Forces members are restricted in what they can say while in uniform, but Millar argues such restrictions should not apply to policies that affect them personally. Defence Department spokeswoman Jessica Lamirande says a second Armed Forces member charged with the same offence received a $500 fine after being found guilty.
Can Alternative Approaches Help in Long COVID? While most of the world’s medical personnel were challenged with understanding and treating the severe acute effects of the new coronavirus pandemic, long COVID was identified in May 2020 by patients who were experiencing ongoing debilitating problems. According to estimates, as many as 24 million people in the U.S. may have long COVID — also known as “long haul COVID” or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19. This substantial population of long COVID patients will challenge the health systems, productivity, and stability of society in ways we have yet to comprehend. While Omicron and its cousin subvariants infect a larger proportion of the population, though seem to cause less serious acute disease, it may present a near catastrophic challenge if the same proportion of Omicron patients are afflicted with long COVID and become disabled. As researchers and clinicians hasten to understand the specifics and complexities of this syndrome, it is important to understand that some aspects of long COVID represent an epistemic complexity. However, this is not the first time medicine has seen a condition without an obvious physical cause or a clear approach to treatment. Until more effective medical interventions based on pathophysiology are established, patients suffering the brain fog and fatigue syndromes may benefit from exploring the interventions of complementary and alternative medicine — as has been done with other contested diseases.
Remdesivir ‘Disastrous’ as COVID Treatment, But Government Pays Hospitals to Use It So far, all of the drugs developed against COVID-19 have been disastrous in one way or another. Remdesivir, for example, which to this day is the primary COVID drug approved for use in U.S. hospitals, routinely causes severe organ damage, and, often, death. Despite its horrible track record, the U.S. government actually pays hospitals a 20% upcharge for sticking to the remdesivir protocol, plus an additional bonus. Hospitals must also use remdesivir if they want liability protection. Incentives like these have turned U.S. hospitals into veritable death traps, as more effective and far safer drugs are not allowed, and hospitals are essentially forced to follow the recommendations of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reported by Forbes science reporter JV Chamary back in January 2021, in an article titled, “The Strange Story of Remdesivir, a COVID Drug That Doesn’t Work”: “Remdesivir is an experimental drug developed by biotech company Gilead Sciences (under the brand name Veklury) in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases … “The drug proved ineffective against the Ebola virus … yet was still subsequently repurposed for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. News media prematurely reported that patients were responding to treatment. “But the published data later showed that ‘remdesivir was not associated with statistically significant clinical benefits [and] the numerical reduction in time to clinical improvement in those treated earlier requires confirmation in larger studies’ …
Should nurses be held criminally liable for their mistakes? Former Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurse RaDonda Vaught is scheduled to be sentenced in court Friday after being convicted of criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult for a fatal medication error she made more than four years ago. The former nurse now faces up to eight years in prison. That fact worries nurses across the country, who fear they could be held criminally liable for mistakes on the job. Others are concerned hospitals and health care workers will be more likely to cover up medical errors because of the decision. The issue began in December 2017, when Vaught administered the wrong drug to a patient, 75-year-old Charlene Murphey. Instead of giving Murphey the sedative Versed, Vaught gave her Vecuronium, a powerful paralyzing drug. It was a lethal mistake. Murphey died and for almost 10 months nobody knew how. Vaught allegedly told hospital staffers that she had administered the wrong drug but two Vanderbilt doctors told the medical examiner that Murphey died a natural death. The hospital did not report the fatal medication mistake to the state as required by law. Vanderbilt terminated Vaught and eventually settled a civil lawsuit with Murphey’s family. It wasn’t until late 2018, when an anonymous tip came in alerting the Tennessee Department of Health to Vaught’s error, that the agency investigated further. “I know that the reason that this patient is no longer here is because of me … There won’t ever be a day that goes by that I don’t think about what I did and how it’s affected them,” Vaught said at a Tennessee Board of Nursing hearing.