March 1st, 2021 3-5PM ET
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Education, interest in alternative medicine associated with believing misinformation While many people believe misinformation on Facebook and Twitter from time to time, people with lower education or health literacy levels, a tendency to use alternative medicine or a distrust of the health care system are more likely to believe inaccurate medical postings than others, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “Inaccurate information is a barrier to good health care because it can discourage people from taking preventive measures to head off illness and make them hesitant to seek care when they get sick,” said lead author Laura D. Scherer, Ph.D., with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “Identifying who is most susceptible to misinformation might lend considerable insight into how such information spreads and provide us with new avenues for intervention.” In the study, published in the journal Health Psychology, researchers surveyed 1,020 people in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 80 about the accuracy of 24 recent Facebook and Twitter postings on HPV vaccines, statin medications and cancer treatment. Researchers shared with participants an equal number of true and false postings for all three medical issues. False claims included asserting that red yeast rice is more effective at lowering cholesterol than statins, that marijuana, ginger and dandelion roots can cure cancer and that HPV vaccines are dangerous.
FDA panel endorses Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday voted to endorse Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, clearing the way for FDA leaders to grant emergency use authorization amid the ongoing fight against COVID-19. The vote was 22-0, with all committee members voting in favor of endorsing the jab for emergency use approval. The committee was charged with voting on the following question: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risk for use in individuals 18 years of age and older?” Although significant, the committee’s vote in favor of emergency use authorization (EUA) is not final. The vote will now go before FDA officials who will decide whether to grant EUA based on the committee’s findings. Such approval would come after the regulatory agency granted EUA to both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna jabs late last year. The FDA panel’s vote to approve the company’s EUA was expected, as the vaccine was found to have a “favorable safety profile with no specific concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an EUA,” the FDA said in documents posted ahead of Friday’s meeting of the panel of independent experts.
It is only a matter of time before we turn on the unvaccinated It is easy to see how the pandemic could lead to class and racial strife by imagining how the UK will stand in six months’ time. The vindictive will start to describe Covid as a sickness of choice. Its victims will be victims of their own stupidity. They might have accepted vaccination. They might have protected themselves and others if, as seems likely, vaccines limit infections. Rational people will ask why they should continue to accept restrictions on their freedoms because of ignorant delusions. Employers will demand to know what possible argument there is against allowing the owners of pubs, airlines, restaurants, hotels or holiday homes to demand proof of protection when immunity passports might save their business. To make it personal, how would you feel come the autumn if someone you love contracted cancer and the NHS delayed treatment because it had to look after needlessly ill Covid patients? The poor suffer disproportionately from Covid as they suffer disproportionately from everything else. But it could soon be a sickness of poverty. In Birmingham – the only city to have produced detailed statistics – just 60% of people over 80 accepted the jab in Alum Rock, a deprived and racially mixed part of the inner city, while 95% accepted it in Sutton Four Oaks, an overwhelmingly white commuter suburb. Public health workers told me of their fears, but said they could never speak their minds in public. So let me spit it out for them. If good citizens who have taken their jabs, see poor white people, ultra-orthodox Haredi Jews, black or south Asian men and women, they may remember the stories about anti-vax illusions and cross the road or move down the bus to avoid them, or refuse to hire them or provide them with services.
Gut feeling: This could be the key enjoying a long, healthy life Living a long and healthy life depends on the unique combination of bacteria in our gut, according to a new study. Patterns in a person’s microbiome — the organisms living in the gut — could determine whether a person is going to age well or die early, say scientists. The gut contains mostly healthy bacteria and immune cells, which help ward off infections and diseases. Although a vital component of the body’s immune system, its importance in the aging process has remained unclear. Now, researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology in the United States show that the gut microbiome continues to evolve, but only among healthy people. “Prior results in microbiome-aging research appear inconsistent, with some reports showing a decline in core gut genera in centenarian populations, while others show relative stability of the microbiome up until the onset of aging-related declines in health,” says co-author Dr. Sean Gibbons in a statement. “Our work, which is the first to incorporate a detailed analysis of health and survival, may resolve these inconsistencies. Specifically, we show two distinct aging trajectories. One, a decline in core microbes and an accompanying rise in uniqueness in healthier individuals, consistent with prior results in community-dwelling centenarians, and two, the maintenance of core microbes in less healthy individuals.”
Appetite linked to healthier gut bacteria in over-60s Over-60s with a good appetite have more diverse and different communities of microbes in their gut than those with a poor appetite, a study has found. The study, published today in the Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle from King’s College London and the University of Southampton, is the first to identify differences in gut bacteria based on appetite between otherwise healthy older adults. Researchers also found that lower appetite was associated with reduced muscle strength and function, with gut bacteria as a potential link between the two. The team used appetite questionnaire answers to identify 102 older people who had poor appetite and 102 older people who had good appetite, and compared their gut bacteria. The two groups were otherwise as similar as possible in terms of age, body mass index, calorie consumption, antibiotic use and other factors that could impact gut bacteria. The researchers found that individuals with a poor appetite had less variety in their gut bacteria than individuals with a good appetite. They also found that those with healthy appetites were more likely to have microbes associated with diets high in vegetables and fiber.
Question of The Day!
Hi RSB and S. Don,
I am a big fan of the show. Long story short I have a lot of questions but have to start somewhere.
Let me ask; Whats the deal with cholestrol?. I have heard Dr. Berg speak that its a myth, i have heard Dr Wallach state that we need twice the potassium as we need the sodium. is this a good time to ask about baking soda as a tonic. Thanks for your work and don’t worry i have plenty more questions. My mom argues with me that salt is in fact bad and she knows because she feels it in her arthritis in her fingers.
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DOING IT FOR THE KIDS Pfizer to test Covid vaccine on children aged five to 11, boss reveals PFIZER is to start testing its Covid vaccine on children as young as five. The pharmaceutical company’s boss said it has already finished enrolling volunteers aged 12 to 15 and is now looking at younger subjects. It will begin trials on kids aged five to 11 soon, with data available by the end of 2021. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told NBC News: “We have already licensed in kids 16 and above. “We are already doing trials with kids 12 years old, all the way to 16 and I hope that we will be able to have data in a couple of months. “We are also planning to initiate pediatric studies from younger ages, from five all the way to 11. “And I believe we should have data about this population by the end of the year.” Children as young as six are already being given the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in a new trial in the UK. Researchers are studying 300 kids aged between six and 17 to examine whether the jab produces a strong immune response in youngsters. So far, 70.5million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been administered in the United States. Meanwhile, 19.2million have received their first dose of the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines in the UK, and 736,037 have had a second.
Man Dies 25 Minutes After Getting COVID-19 Vaccine in New York A man in his 70s died on Feb. 7, 2021 in Manhattan, New York just 25 minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The deceased, whose name has not been released to the public, collapsed suddenly as he was leaving the Jacob Javits Convention Center, where he was vaccinated, and was quickly taken by senior care attendants to an area hospital where he died. “Initial indications are that the man did not have any allergic reaction to the vaccine,” according to New York state health commissioner Howard Zucker, MD. The man had reportedly waited the required 15 minutes observation after the vaccination, “where he exhibited no adverse reactions or any distress.” Dr. Zucker said. It is unclear which of the two experimental COVID-19 vaccines allowed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) the deceased had been given—Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine or Pfizer/BioNTech’s BNT162b2—and there has been no confirmation the vaccine caused the man’s death. “Until we know more about a detailed medical history of this patient, or one or two others that have had something similar happen, we won’t really know what caused it,” Dr. Zucker said. New York City’s Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) is leading the investigation of this case. The Javits Center is one of three “mega” COVID-19 mass vaccination facilities opened (and operated) by the state of New York on Jan. 13, 2021. “We have transformed the convention center in what will be the largest mass vaccination site possibly in the country,” said Michael Kopy, director of emergency management for New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Why is Death After COVID-19 Vaccination Always Assumed to Be Coincidental? There appears to be a pattern developing when deaths are reported shortly following COVID-19 vaccinations, in that all deaths are assumed to be only “coincidentally” associated with vaccination before all the evidence is in. This raises an obvious question: Is the assumption that the experimental COVID-19 vaccines are never the cause of death scientifically justified or is it a symptom of bias? Following the death of Drene Keyes in Virginia within minutes of receiving the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 vaccine for COVID-19 on Jan. 30, 2021, the doctors who treated Keyes told her daughter, Lisa Jones, that her mother had suffered from what is called “flash pulmonary edema” (a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs) caused by a serious allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. While anaphylaxis is a known side effect of many vaccines, including mRNA vaccines like the one given to Keyes, almost immediately Virginia’s health commissioner Norman Oliver, MD said that preliminary findings of the investigation into Keyes’ death indicate that the cause of death was not anaphylaxis. Dr. Oliver acknowledged that the death had occurred soon after Keyes had been vaccinated, but insisted that fact was not “evidence of it being related.” Dr. Oliver said, “We are currently investigating and do not yet know the cause of death.” Danny Avula, MD, who is director of the Richmond City and Henrico County health departments and Virginia’s vaccine coordinator, said, “They’re looking for patterns, they’re looking for a causation versus just a correlation based on time.”
The power of hugs and why we miss them so much Soon after psychologist James Coan suffered a “widowmaker” heart attack at the age of 49, he was lying on a hospital table in cardiogenic shock with a 50-50 chance of survival. “While I was there, apparently dying, one of the things that happened was a nurse held my hand,” Coan told TODAY about the health crisis. “It sort of burned in my memory as an extremely gentle and humane thing to have done.” It “undoubtedly” helped him pull through, he said, “and supposing it didn’t, what I know now coming through, having not died, is that it would have made that death a lot nicer.” Coan, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, now teaches a course called “Why we hold hands.” As the director of the Virginia Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, he studies the power of human touch. The coronavirus crisis — which has effectively banned people from hugging or touching anyone outside their social bubbles — has been “a uniquely hellish time” for mental health, he noted. There’s the standard stress — the feeling that we’re lonely. But also when you spend lots of time separated from your normal social networks, your brain is put under extremely high amounts of cognitive load — meaning you have way more stuff to think and worry about. Your brain starts becoming more vigilant for potential dangers — it starts to ruminate for longer about things that have gone wrong — and by doing that, it crowds out other things you would normally be doing like self-care, enjoying yourself, just walking around and letting your mind wander.