April 24th, 2023 3-5PM ET
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FOX News Media, Tucker Carlson part ways Tucker Carlson, host of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” poses for photos in a Fox News Channel studio in New York. Tucker Carlson has parted ways with Fox News, the network said on Monday. “We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor,” the network said in a statement. Carlson’s last show was Friday, the network said. Fox said it would air a new program called “Fox News Tonight” at 8 p.m. starting Monday evening as an interim show helmed by rotating Fox News personalities until a new host is named. Carlson was Fox’s top-rated prime time host, netting an average of more than 3 million viewers per night, the most of any pundit on cable television. Carlson’s departure from the network came less than a week after it agreed to pay $787.5 million to settle a defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems over coverage of former President Trump’s false claims of voter fraud and the company’s software. Depositions taken by Dominion’s lawyers exposed a number of private communications from top hosts at the network, including Carlson.In one widely publicized text exchange with fellow prime-time hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, Carlson said he hated Trump “passionately” and called the former president’s claims of voter fraud “insane.”
Facebook Should Keep Removing COVID ‘Misinformation,’ Oversight Board Says The oversight board for Facebook’s parent company, Meta, on Thursday recommended the social media giant “maintain its current policy” of removing COVID-19 “misinformation” from its platform until the World Health Organization declares an end to the global pandemic. The board made the recommendation despite widespread outcry about social media censorship after the Twitter Files and several ongoing lawsuits revealed collusion between state actors and social media companies to censor dissenting opinions and factual information that contradict official narratives, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendation came in response to a request by Meta in July that the oversight board — an independent panel of tech and legal experts selected by Meta to weigh in on content policy issues — assess whether “a less restrictive approach” to censoring misinformation might “better align with its values and human rights responsibilities.” Meta’s current misinformation policy sets different categories of harm content might cause, making that content subject to removal. Content is censored if the platform deems that it contributes to the “risk of imminent physical harm,” could cause “interference” with the functioning of political processes or contains “certain highly deceptive manipulated media.” But the board didn’t find inconsistency between Meta’s “misinformation policy” and its “values and human rights responsibilities.” Instead, it said Meta’s current “exceptional measures” of eliminating disinformation are “justified.” The board also urged Meta to “begin a process” to reassess which “misleading claims” it removes, to be more transparent about government requests for information, to consider making its “misinformation” policies more localized and to investigate how the architecture of the platform facilitates the spread of misinformation.
Exposure to 4 or more CT scans before adulthood doubles the risk for cancers For children under age 18 years, a single computed tomography (CT) scan is not associated with an increased risk of brain tumors, leukemia or lymphoma, but exposure to 4 or more scans before adulthood more than doubles the risk, according to new research https://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.221303 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Computed tomography in children has increased worldwide in recent decades, but there is conflicting evidence about the risks of cancer from these scans in this cohort. Computed tomography scans use low-dose radiation that can damage cells. To understand if there is a link between CT scans and certain types of cancer and tumors, researchers looked at data on 7807 children in Taiwan diagnosed with intracranial tumors, leukemia or lymphoma between 2000 and 2013 matched with 78 057 controls within the Taiwanese national health system. They compared tumor rates for those who had had CT scans versus those who had not. They found that for 1 CT scan, there was no increased risk of any of the cancers compared with no exposure. Children who received 2 to 3 CT scans had an increased risk of intracranial tumors; those who received 4 or more CT scans had a more than twofold risk of intracranial tumors, leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Getting More Of This Mineral Could Stave Off Dementia, New Study Finds For some time now, research has shown the importance of certain vitamins and how they contribute to our brain function. And with the number of people with dementia rapidly increasing in the U.S., scientists are eager to determine what, if anything, can help lower your risk of cognitive decline. Now, one team of researchers has found that increasing your daily dose of magnesium may keep dementia at bay, and boost your overall brain health. The study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, utilized data from the UK Biobank and analyzed more than 6,000 cognitively healthy participants in the United Kingdom aged 40 to 73. Dietary magnesium was measured using a 24-hour recall questionnaire to estimate the daily amount people ingested and recorded five times over 16 months. Researchers found that people who consumed more than 550 milligrams of magnesium each day had a brain age that was approximately one year younger by the time they reached 55, compared to someone with a normal magnesium intake of about 350 mg a day. “Our study shows a 41% increase in magnesium intake could lead to less age-related brain shrinkage, which is associated with better cognitive function and lower risk or delayed onset of dementia in later life,” lead author and Ph.D. researcher Khawlah Alateeq, from the ANU National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, said in a press release. The study also showed that higher dietary magnesium intake may contribute to protecting our brains earlier in the aging process and preventative effects may begin in our 40s or even earlier, Alateeq said in the press release. “This means people of all ages should be paying closer attention to their magnesium intake.”
New lab-grown fat could give cultured meat ‘real’ flavor and texture Scientists have successfully developed fat tissue in a lab that displays incredibly similar texture and make-up in comparison to naturally occurring fats from animals. Moreover, the research team was able to bulk-produce this cultured fat tissue, opening the door for potential large-scale production of cultured meat in general. Study authors believe their new method is applicable to the production of cultured meat, or meat grown entirely from cells in a lab setting, in order to provide a more realistic texture and flavor. Cultured meat could potentially change the food industry as we know it, not to mention countless personal diets along the way, as numerous startups in recent years have announced plans to develop cell-grown chicken, beef, pork, and fish. While most of these projects remain in their early stages, and thus are not ready for large-scale production or commercial sale, there are already a few notable exceptions. The nation of Singapore has already approved the sale of cultured meat, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced a cultured chicken breast product is safe for human consumption.
The Labels On Your Food Are Shielding Lies Thanks to the FDA, food labels are about to get even more misleading. Action Alert! Consumers beware: the FDA is on a crusade to make you healthier! This is undoubtedly a noble goal, but the FDA and the federal government have proven completely incapable of providing sound advice about diet and nutrition to Americans. The FDA has released a draft guidance to inform food companies about how they should make “dietary guidance statements” on food labels. The whole purpose of the guidance is to bring food labels into closer alignment with the recommendations contained in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans—a document that is full of outdated and incorrect advice. This guidance will result in food labels that do not provide us with an accurate picture of which foods are healthy and not. The agency explains in the guidance that its goal is “to improve dietary patterns in the United States to help reduce the burden of nutrition-related chronic diseases and advance health equity.” Towards that end, the FDA reminds us that they have proposed a definition of “healthy” to better inform consumers about healthy eating patterns (more on this below). The use of dietary guidance statements is another tool to increase the information at consumers’ disposal to make healthier food choices. Dietary guidance statements include things like “Eat leafy green vegetables as part of a nutritious dietary pattern,” or “Make half your grains whole grain.” The FDA explains to food companies that “consensus reports” from government bodies—like the Dietary Guidelines—can form the basis of dietary guidance statements.
Special Guest Ken Ruettgers
- Captain of 1984 USC Rose Bowl Championship team and a 1995 1st round NFL draft pick (7th overall) by the Green Bay Packers.
- 12 year NFL career, all with the Green Bay Packers, culminating in his last season with a Super Bowl XXXI victory.
- Author, “Homefield Advantage: A Dad’s Guide to the Power of Role Modeling”
- Education: MBA (master in business administration) and PhD (sociology)
- Work: NFL Transition Coach (sport career transition) and college professor of sociology (Central Oregon Community College)
- Co-Founder of “Voices for Medical Freedom” (www.voicesformedicalfreedom.
com) with John Stockton (NBA great) and Mike Fisher (NHL great) following his wife’s severe neurological COVID vax injury as well as the hundreds of athletes that collapsed and dropped dead on the playing and practice fields throughout the world.
- Married with two adult children and three grandchildren all residing in Central Oregon.
Tennessee Says ‘No’ to Vaccinating Children Without Parental Consent The Tennessee Legislature on Thursday passed a law that prevents healthcare providers in the state from vaccinating minors without parental consent. The bill is now awaiting Gov. Bill Lee’s signature. The “Mature Minor Doctrine Clarification Act,” passed in the Senate last week and in the House Thursday, requires healthcare providers to obtain informed consent from a parent or legal guardian before vaccinating a minor. During its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in 2021, the Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) invoked the “‘mature minor’ doctrine” — which says children of different ages have different maturities and capacities to consent to medical treatment. The DOH used this doctrine to justify allowing minors ages 14 and older to consent to vaccination without informing their parents, as long as the child is deemed “mature” by their physician. But Rolf Hazlehurst, senior staff attorney for Children’s Health Defense (CHD), said the DOH’s vaccination policy was based on a “dangerous oversimplification” of the mature minor doctrine. Many Tennessee lawmakers agreed. During an April 10 subcommittee meeting, bill sponsor Rep. John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) said the new law, then a bill, clarified the mature minor doctrine, which he said, “has been misinterpreted and shall we say, abused somewhat.” Ragan added that by passing this law, legislators would be “giving parents back their rights to make medical decisions for their children.”