Unnecessary Autism drugs, Child anxiety remedies, Contaminated tap water, New Spanish inquisition, Missouri marijuana misery, IRS cannabis headache, Old coots farmers market, Ty Bollinger Outside The Box, Pesticide autism link, Herd immunity cockroaches, Cancer surpasses heart disease, Air pollution toxicity, Handguns for Christmas and MORE!

Nov 14, 2018 7-9PM ET

Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Autism Update

Adults on the autism spectrum prescribed mental health drugs without diagnoses This was one of the findings of a UNSW-led study that looked at the use of psychotropic medication – or medication for  – by adults on the . The research, which used data collected by The Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC)’s Australian Longitudinal Study of Adults with Autism (ALSAA), found that 14 per cent of mental health medications were being taken by adults on the   without a relevant diagnosis. First author on the study, Dr. Rachael Cvejic from UNSW Medicine’s School of Psychiatry, said that in these cases it is “likely that mental health medications were being used to manage behaviour”. “This is concerning, because there is little evidence to support the use of mental health medications to manage behavioural features of , and this practice exposes people to potential harms,” Dr. Cvejic said.

The Anxious Child: What You Can Do to Help Having a child with anxiety causes a lot of anxiety for the parent. It is such a nebulous thing that seems to strike for no reason and respond to very little. There are many strategies for managing it in the mindfulness community, but who has several hours a day to meditate and do yoga or work on the apps to control thinking patterns? These strategies do work, but at a time cost that most of us cannot pay. From a medical point of view, anxiety is a disorder that occurs when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of distress, worry, or fear over an emotional trigger. The feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, and are out of proportion to the actual danger. They often linger long after the trigger has passed. Identifying the reason behind an episode of anxiety can be the key to successful treatment, from the medical perspective. They look at triggers in the environment, such as school or relationships. They explore genetics and medical factors such as side-effects to medications, brain chemistry, and use of substances. However, sometimes anxiety can strike for no apparent reason. Psychotropic drugs are the only treatment offered, often with little success.

You Just Can’t Trust Tap Water Anymore

For 10 years, a chemical not EPA approved was in their drinking water For 10 years, some residents in Denmark, South Carolina, have been suspicious of the rust-colored water coming from their taps. They’ve been collecting samples in jars and using bottled or spring water, even though the local and state government assured them it was safe. But through a Freedom of Information Act request and a one-year investigation, CNN has found new information that may cast doubts on those assurances. The state government was adding a substance to one of the city’s four wells, trying to regulate naturally occurring iron bacteria that can leave red stains or rust-like deposits in the water. The substance, known as HaloSan, was not approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency to disinfect drinking water.  The city’s mayor says that all of the city’s wells flow into one system to be distributed throughout the city. The EPA and the state of South Carolina have confirmed to CNN that there is now an open investigation into how this happened, although neither would comment on the target of the probe or the scope.

Return of The Spanish Inquisition

Spain declares war on alternative medicine The Spanish government declared war on alternative medicine like acupuncture or homeopathy Wednesday, announcing it plans to eliminate from health centres what it considers a health risk. The plan, unveiled by the science and health ministers, aims to avoid the “potential harmful effects” of these practices “when they are used as an alternative or a complement to ” which itself is based on “proof and scientific rigour,” the government said in a statement. It did not detail what it included as , but gave the examples of acupuncture and homeopathy. “Many people still believe that some treatments work despite there being no scientific proof available,” it read. According to a 2016 poll, “59.8 percent believe that acupuncture is of therapeutic use and 52.7 percent think that homeopathic products work,” the plan read. The government said it wants to “eliminate” alternative medicine from health centres where all treatment must be given by “recognised” professionals. The plan also wants to avoid alternative medicine being taught in Spanish universities by developing alliances with deans, chancellors or Spanish regional authorities to not give out diplomas linked to these practices.

Cannabis Update!

Missouri Cancer Patients Could Be Turned Away From Medical Marijuana When Missouri voters put their seal of approval on an initiative aimed at legalizing medical marijuana, they gave birth to a system that has the potential to be one of the best in the country. The passing of Amendment 2 gives “qualified patients” the ability to purchase several ounces of cannabis each month for their respective health conditions and the freedom to cultivate a modest cannabis crop at home just in case that retail well runs dry. While the measure was put on the ballot to reflect a program that would strictly serve the seriously ill, most Missouri patients could get in on the action if the state’s doctors were willing to play ball. That’s the problem, according to a report from the Kansas City Star. Most of the so-called medical professionals in the Show-Me State do not care that marijuana is no legal for therapeutic use, they still do not have any plans to provide their ailing clientele medical marijuana recommendations.

Cannabis companies are paying federal taxes in cash and it’s giving the IRS a headache Marijuana is now legal, in one form or another, in 33 US states and the District of Columbia. To the federal government, pot is still a drug classified no differently than heroin or cocaine. Yet cannabis businesses are still required to pay federal taxes. (More taxes than most, as Quartz’s Ephrat Livni pointed out last year.) The government collected an estimated $4.7 billion in taxes from legal cannabis companies last year on nearly $13 billion in revenue. Unlike most American businesses, which pay electronically or by check, most of these marijuana-product firms were forced to pay their federal taxes in cash. Although cash payments are not explicitly required by the IRS, an estimated 70% of all legal cannabis businesses are unbanked. The US government has guidelines for banks to provide services to cannabis companies, but “99% of banks don’t want to mess with them [because] there’s a lot of internal compliance if you’re going to serve the cannabis industry,” says Jim Marty of Bridge West CPAs, a Colorado accounting firm that represents roughly 250 cannabis businesses and license holders nationwide. This means customers pay in cash, their employees are paid in cash, and their taxes are paid in cash.

Every Farmer’s Market Needs This

“Old Coots” Set Up Table At Farmer’s Market to Give Free Life Advice A group of retired friends from Salt Lake City, Utah used to meet every Saturday at a friend’s deli, where they’d drink coffee and shoot the breeze. It was a nice way to spend retirement… until they all outlived their respective material. Realizing they’d already heard all of each others’ stories and knew everything interesting about each other already, deli owner Tony Caputo decided to get a card table and rent a tent at the farmer’s market across the street so the group could give out free advice to strangers instead of listening to each other. Caputo wasn’t kidding. He and his friends set up the “Old Coots Giving Advice” tent, complete with an official banner and the slogan, “It’s probably bad advice, but it’s free.” It was all pretty much a joke at first. A way for the group to liven up their Saturdays. But then something funny happened: people started showing up, and with some serious questions.

Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!

It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?

Landmark study describes the link between pesticide levels in expectant mothers and autism risk in their infants Science has provided yet more clues as to why autism rates in children continue to skyrocket throughout the Western world. A groundbreaking new study recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that pesticide exposure in pregnant women is directly correlated to increased autism risk in children, pointing to industrial agriculture as a major cause of brain damage in exposed children. A teams of researchers from Columbia University‘s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City joined up with researchers from the University of Turku and the National Institute of Health and Welfare, both in Finland, to take a closer look at whether or not pesticides, and specifically DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane), play any role at all in causing autism.

Medical exemptions threatening herd immunity You know how cockroaches are notoriously hard to kill? That’s the way it is with the myths surrounding vaccinations. Three years after California lawmakers passed Senate Bill 277, which requires every child enrolled in public school to be fully immunized against 10 diseases unless a doctor provides a medical reason for an exemption, the situation has improved. By eliminating the so-called “personal belief exemption” that had previously allowed parents to send their unvaccinated kids to public school for virtually any reason, the immunization rate of kindergartners went from a dangerous 90.4% in the 2014-15 school year to 95.1% in 2017-18. This means that the overall rate in California has now reached the level at which a population achieves “herd immunity” that protects against outbreaks of disease. In other words, a lot of cockroaches have met their demise.

Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many US counties An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer. In fact, cancer will replace heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States within two years, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projectionsreferenced in the study, published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine. “We’re just on the cusp of the transition from heart disease to cancer as the leading cause of death,” said Dr. Latha Palaniappan, lead author of the study and an internist, professor and clinical researcher at Stanford University Medical Center.

New Study Says Air Pollution Kills 600,000 Children Each Year A recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO) says that air pollution is responsible for killing an estimated 600,000 children each year. According to the report, 93% of children live in environments with air pollution that exceeds WHO guidelines. This amounts to nearly 1.8 billion children whose health and development are at risk each day. While this is a growing and global problem, children are the most vulnerable among us. The report estimates that more than 25% of deaths in children under five are directly or indirectly related to environmental risks. Exposure and negative effects are particularly acute in low- and middle-income countries, especially African, South-East Asian, and Eastern Mediterranean nations. Something like 90% of deaths linked to air pollution occur in these countries. Air pollution has been linked with many adverse effects such as stillbirth, respiratory disease, obesity, lowered IQ and stunted cognitive development, and cancer. The WHO study focused primarily on particulate matter in the single-digit micrometers, which include toxins like sulfate and black carbon. These dangerous toxins can lead to strokes, heart disease, pneumonia, and lung cancer. Children exposed to excessive toxins are also at greater risk for developing chronic disease as adults.

Wisconsin business gives its employees handguns for Christmas A company that produces novelty glassware embedded with a bullet as if it had been shot has decided to give every employee a handgun as a Christmas present. Giving employees their choice of revolver as a gift is part of an effort to promote personal safety and team building, Ben Wolfgram, who co-owns Hortonville-based BenShot, said Tuesday. The business has 16 full-time employees, including several veterans. But the business also has employees who had never fired a gun, he said. This is the first time his company has done anything like this, Wolfgram said. The father-son business was started in 2015 in a small garage workshop in this village of about 3,000 residents 100 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Most workers were excited at the prospect of receiving their handguns, he said. Employee Chelsea Priest of Green Bay said she feels as if the gift will empower her and will help keep her safe.

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