December 14th, 2022 3-5 PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
People who skipped their COVID vaccine are at higher risk of traffic accidents, according to a new study If you passed on getting the COVID vaccine, you might be a lot more likely to get into a car crash. Or at least those are the findings of a new study published this month in The American Journal of Medicine. During the summer of 2021, Canadian researchers examined the encrypted government-held records of more than 11 million adults, 16% of whom hadn’t received the COVID vaccine. They found that the unvaccinated people were 72% more likely to be involved in a severe traffic crash—in which at least one person was transported to the hospital—than those who were vaccinated. That’s similar to the increased risk of car crashes for people with sleep apnea, though only about half that of people who abuse alcohol, researchers found. The excess risk of car crash posed by unvaccinated drivers “exceeds the safety gains from modern automobile engineering advances and also imposes risks on other road users,” the authors wrote. Of course, skipping a COVID vaccine does not mean that someone will get into a car crash. Instead, the authors theorize that people who resist public health recommendations might also “neglect basic road safety guidelines.” Why would they ignore the rules of the road? Distrust of the government, a belief in freedom, misconceptions of daily risks, “faith in natural protection,” “antipathy toward regulation,” poverty, misinformation, a lack of resources, and personal beliefs are potential reasons proposed by the authors.
COVID Vaccine Hesitancy and Risk of a Traffic Crash We conducted a population-based longitudinal cohort analysis of adults and determined COVID vaccination status through linkages to individual electronic medical records. Traffic crashes requiring emergency medical care were subsequently identified by multicenter outcome ascertainment of all hospitals in the region over a 1-month follow-up interval (178 separate centers). A total of 11,270,763 individuals were included, of whom 16% had not received a COVID vaccine and 84% had received a COVID vaccine. The cohort accounted for 6682 traffic crashes during follow-up. Unvaccinated individuals accounted for 1682 traffic crashes (25%), equal to a 72% increased relative risk compared with those vaccinated (95% confidence interval, 63-82; P < 0.001). The increased traffic risks among unvaccinated individuals extended to diverse subgroups, was similar to the relative risk associated with sleep apnea, and was equal to a 48% increase after adjustment for age, sex, home location, socioeconomic status, and medical diagnoses (95% confidence interval, 40-57; P < 0.001). The increased risks extended across the spectrum of crash severity, appeared similar for Pfizer, Moderna, or other vaccines, and were validated in supplementary analyses of crossover cases, propensity scores, and additional controls.
Special Guest Jennifer Sharp
post-production. An all-around filmmaker, Jennifer’s editing credits include various feature films, and she
was the Art Director for, A Haunted House 2, and Warner Brothers’, Within. Her deep understanding of the various aspects of filmmaking strengthen the quality of every project she takes on. Jennifer is currently an instructor of Filmmaking at various institutions. She is a believer that Art has the power to change the world, and that artists have a responsibility to facilitate that change through sharing their truths. After having an adverse reaction to the COVID vaccine, she found herself mandated out of society and cast aside by friends ad family. At that moment, she believed that it was her responsibility as an artist to tell the stories that no one was talking about. She picked up her camera, and created, “Andecdotals,”—a compassionate film exploration of the nuanced vaccine debate. Her passion is for inspiring the audience to reflect on life and personal questions while entertaining them and making them laugh. This is the incredible power of the arts, and this is what she loves about movies.
US to Pay Pfizer Nearly $2B for More Paxlovid Courses in 2023 The U.S. government agreed to pay Pfizer Inc nearly $2 billion for an additional 3.7 million courses of its COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid, the company said on Tuesday. The new purchase supplements the 20 million courses previously bought by the United States and are planned for delivery by early 2023, Pfizer said in a statement. The Biden administration had previously agreed to pay around $10.6 billion – roughly $530 per treatment course – for the first 20 million courses it ordered. They are paying around the same amount per course under the new contract. The U.S. drugmaker said last year that it could produce up to 120 million courses of Paxlovid this year. As of Nov. 30, Pfizer had shipped almost 37 million courses of Paxlovid to 52 countries around the world, it said in a statement. The two-drug oral treatment is currently available for free in the United States, where more than 9 million courses have been to delivered to pharmacies and patients have used over 6 million courses of the treatment, according to government data.
Question of The Day!
I am new to your program and am quickly becoming a big fan. I am hoping you could help me by giving me some guidance and insight to what you think might be going on with my body. I’d like to tell you a story.
Are you strapped in? Here we go. I am a 31 year old fairly active new mother. I have always struggled with inflammation in my body…even as a child. I remember I would run my fingers along my arms and legs and always feel tender. In 2010 got a breast augmentation done. Not long after I noticed some changes in my body with chronic fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, inflammation and food sensitivities. About 3 years after I got the implants my chronic pain had gotten worse and worse, primarily in my back and SI joints. I went to my doctor and he ran some blood work. Turns out I have the gene for HLA-B27. It was determined that I have Ankylosing Spondylitis. The strange thing is no one in my family has this history. The next 10 years we’re a roller coaster or flare ups and living hell. Alternating between prednisone, other steroids, pain medicine, and cortisone injections in my SI joints. I would have days where I couldn’t walk, the feeling of an ice pick being hammered into my SI joints became a daily struggle.
As time went on I did my best to stay active and live a non inflammatory lifestyle through my diet. No red meat, little to no dairy, leafy greens and a gallon of water a day. In 2017 I moved to ND with my military husband and soon discovered that my body could not handle the cold winter weather. I developed horrible pain in my chest/sternum. So much so that I had a protruding bump caused by the inflammation. The diagnosis was costochondritis. Taking a deep breath became my daily struggle. It hurt to breathe. I went to the ER many times because I simply felt like I was suffocating. It was as if my chest was an empty coke can and the hulk was slowly crushing it. My life revolved around two heating pads. One on my SI joints and one I could clutch to my chest.
After countless doctors, specialists, medications and supplements I felt like I was loosing the battle. I was 26 going on 100. Needless to say at this point in my life my anxiety and depression was getting the better of me. I was taking 20mg of citalopram daily to help. Luckily a friend of mine posted on Facebook that she was getting an explant and how she couldn’t wait to get “these toxic bags out” and start feeling better. I decided to reach out to her to find out more. She introduced me to breast implant illness. I began doing more research and reading other women’s testimonies. After much consideration I decided that I was going to get my implants removed. I didn’t know what else to do and if they were a potential to why I was so sick I needed to do it.
So in 2019 I went to one of the top surgeons who was conducting her own study into breast implant illness and had them removed. BEST DECISION EVER! When I woke up from surgery and the anesthesia wore off I immediately noticed a difference. I COULD BREATH! I broke down in tears. You
Don’t realize how sick you are and how bad the pain is until you feel “normal” again. However I still struggled with my SI joints and bad flare ups.
Fast forward to 2020 my husband and I got orders of Las Vegas. Yay warm weather! It was there I met with a new rheumatoid arthritis doctor and he ordered a full set of images on my hands, feet, back and hips. It was there I learned that my SI joints were in serious trouble. He informed me that I had 25-50% bone erosion in my SI joints. Luckily I had no signs of bone fusion from the Ankylosing spondylitis but due to my chronic flare ups and inflammation left untreated in my SI joints it caused major bone loss/erosion. He informed me that I need to get on a biologic or I will be in trouble. After much consideration I got Cimzia. It’s a 200mg injection that I take every 2 weeks. I must say it has been life changing. I have not had a flare up in 2 years.
However my chronic fatigue has not left me. The doctors told me that is normal with an autoimmune disease. My sister in law however suggested that I get tested for Lyme disease. Thinking back to my childhood and growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I was in the forest daily. And YES I do remember getting bitten by ticks. As a child I never thought anything more about it. She recommend I use the company infectolab americas. I ordered a kit, got it filled and mailed it in. The results came back saying I am on the high end of the borderline category for being positive.
So what now? Do I or don’t I have it? I would love your opinion/insight on my health history overall. I know I’m a bit of a mess…is there anything you recommend I do?
Thank you and god bless