August 25th, 2020 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Van Morrison blasts Covid gig limits as ‘pseudoscience’ Van Morrison has denounced the supposed “pseudoscience” around coronavirus and is attempting to rally musicians in a campaign to restore live music concerts with full capacity audiences. The 74-year-old Northern Irish singer launched a campaign to “save live music” on his website, saying socially distanced gigs were not economically viable. “I call on my fellow singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters and others in the industry to fight with me on this. Come forward, stand up, fight the pseudo-science and speak up,” he said. Morrison is due to play socially distanced gigs in England next month, but he said this did not signify agreement with restrictions to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 800,000 lives worldwide. “This is not a sign of compliance or acceptance of the current state of affairs, this is to get my band up and running and out of the doldrums. This is also not the answer going forward. We need to be playing to full capacity audiences going forward.” The Brown Eyed Girl songwriter said Andrew Lloyd Webber appeared to be the only other person in the music business trying to get it back up and running.
Antisocial traits linked to lower coronavirus safety adherence, researchers say A new study from Brazil found that people with antisocial traits are less likely to follow coronavirus containment measures. Traits like callousness, deceitfulness, hostility and risk-taking typically present themselves in people diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, researchers explained. These traits are associated with rule-breaking behavior like criminality and violence, they wrote. The study, by researchers from State University of Londrina and São Francisco University, was recently published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences. Researchers hypothesized that those with “higher levels of antisocial traits” and lower empathy would “show more difficulty in adhering to the containment measures.” “Exposing oneself and others to risk, even when it can be avoided, is a typical trait for people with antisocial tendencies, and with low levels of empathy,” study authors noted. The study involved 1,578 Brazilian adults who responded to questions about compliance to containment measures and virus testing. “Our findings indicated that antisocial traits, especially lower levels of empathy and higher levels of callousness and risk-taking, are directly associated with lower compliance with containment measures,” study authors wrote.
Synthetic Cannabinoid Drug For Covid-19 Approved For Phase-1 Clinical TrialsThe researchers at Tetra Bio-Pharma, a pharmaceutical company focused on cannabinoid-derived drug discovery and development, created ARDS-003 with the hopes that it could help fight against the ARDS that is common in severe cases of Covid-19. While ARDS-003 isn’t derived from the cannabis plant, as a synthetic cannabinoid, it does modulate the same internal system that cannabis does (called the endocannabinoid system). In particular, ARDS-003 binds to CB2 receptors, one of the two primary receptors in the endocannabinoid system. As Covid-19 continues to take lives on a daily basis, the search is ongoing for solutions that might prevent, cure or treat the deadly disease. In recent months, some have pointed to cannabis as a possible treatment for severe cases of the Covid-19 – pointing specifically towards the cannabinoid CBD, one of cannabis’ main chemical ingredients. And some research has suggested that this cannabinoid could be helpful. Now, a synthetic cannabinoid drug, ARDS-003, has been given approval by the FDA to begin phase-1 clinical trials. ARDS-003 is an injectable drug designed to help with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a serious syndrome that occurs in severe cases of the novel coronavirus. This syndrome can be triggered during a cytokine storm, a dangerous over-elevation of cytokines. Cytokines are proteins which signal the body to produce more inflammation. While inflammation is a normal and healthy part of immune responses, when too much of it is produced, it can lead to serious and deadly problems like organ failure and ARDS.
Frequent soft drink consumption may make adolescents more aggressive A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham has shown that frequent soft drink consumption by adolescents may contribute to aggressive behavior over time. Previous studies have shown associations between soft drink consumption and mental health problems in adolescents. The UAB study, led by Sylvie Mrug, Ph.D., professor and chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology, identified soft drink consumption as a likely predictor of aggressive behavior. It was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. “Despite public health policies designed to reduce children’s consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda taxes and school soda bans, the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages by youth in the United States remains a significant public health problem,” Mrug said. Reciprocal relationships were analyzed showing soft drink consumption predicted an increase in aggressive behavior over time. Soft drink consumption at ages 11 and 13 predicted more aggressive behavior at the next time point, the study showed. Aggressive behavior at age 13 also predicted more soft drink consumption at age 16. Soft drink consumption at age 13 predicted fewer depressive symptoms, but depressive symptoms did not predict soft drink consumption. Findings from this study suggest that reducing adolescents’ intake of soft drinks may reduce aggressive behavior, but not depressive symptoms.
Excessive fructose consumption may cause a leaky gut, leading to fatty liver disease Excessive consumption of fructose—a sweetener ubiquitous in the American diet—can result in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is comparably abundant in the United States. But contrary to previous understanding, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that fructose only adversely affects the liver after it reaches the intestines, where the sugar disrupts the epithelial barrier protecting internal organs from bacterial toxins in the gut. Developing treatments that prevent intestinal barrier disruption, the authors conclude in a study published August 24, 2020 in Nature Metabolism, could protect the liver from NAFLD, a condition that affects one in three Americans. “NAFLD is the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the world. It can progress to more serious conditions, such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure and death,” said senior author Michael Karin, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “These findings point to an approach that could prevent liver damage from occurring in the first place.”
END OF AN ERA KFC drops ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ slogan from ads after 64 years as it’s not Covid safe KFC is pausing the use of its “Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan on all its new adverts after 64 years because of the coronavirus crisis. Instead, the fried chicken chain will blur out and pixelate the well-known phrase. The slogan is only being dropped from all new adverts – it’ll remain on KFC packaging in restaurants. KFC says the move will only be temporary because the slogan “doesn’t quite fit” following the Covid-19 pandemic. It comes after KFC pulled a series of TV adverts featuring the line in March 2020 over fears it could encourage the spread of coronavirus. The adverts racked up 163 complaints to the Advertising and Standards Authority (ASA). KFC hasn’t said when it’ll start using the slogan properly again. It confirmed the news in a new YouTube video today, showing a montage of packaging with the famous line blurred out. In the video, KFC said: “That thing we always say? Ignore it. For now.” “Finger Lickin’ Good” has been used by KFC as a catchphrase since 1956. The update today comes after all major restaurant chains, including KFC, were forced to close temporarily as a result of coronavirus. There are more than 900 KFC restaurants across the UK and Ireland, the majority of which have now reopened for delivery, takeaway or eat-in. KFC employs 27,000 people in the UK and Ireland. Catherine Tan-Gillespie, global chief marketing officer at KFC, said: “We find ourselves in a unique situation – having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment.
Please remain calm while the robot swabs your nose If you’ve been tested for COVID-19 then you’ve probably experienced the unpleasantness of a nasal swab. Someone takes a long-handled cotton swab and sticks it up your nose — way up your nose — until it reaches the back of the mucus-cave that is your nasal cavity. Upon arrival they give the swab a good twirl to collect your secretions and beat a merciful retreat. I can say from personal experience that it’s a uniquely unpleasant sensation. It’s something that just feels wrong, like the opposite of scratching an itch. That’s perhaps why I was so unsettled by the sight of this autonomous nasal swab robot developed by Taiwanese medtech startup Brain Navi. Of all the entities I don’t want sticking cotton swabs up my nose, an industrial robot arm is pretty high on the list, right between an excitable toddler and a trained mountain gorilla. A nasal swab requires trust. Nevertheless, the bot exists, and Brain Navi’s case for it is more compelling than you might think. As mass-testing ramps up globally, the company argues that automating testing could reduce infections and free up medical staff to tackle more pressing work. If we can get over our first impressions of a robot wielding a cotton swab, says the company, it may benefit us all. Doctors The Verge spoke to about the machine, though, were a bit more skeptical about its chances in the real world.
CDC guidelines say wearing a mask during prolonged exposure to coronavirus won’t prevent possible infection Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that those who come in close contact with someone with the coronavirus for more than 15 minutes could spread the virus regardless of whether either party wears a mask. “Wondering what @cdcgov really thinks about masks? Their guidance on quarantining after exposure to someone with #covid explicitly states whether the infected OR exposed person wore masks doesn’t matter,” former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson tweeted Sunday. “My mask protects no one. So does yours. Thanks for clearing that up, CDC!” he added, accompanied by screenshots of the CDC’s guidelines. The CDC states on its Public Health Guidance for Community-Related Exposure page that those who come in close contact with people showing COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has tested positive for the virus can spread the infection whether or not they are wearing masks. CDC states that “data to inform the definition of close contact are limited.” Factors “to consider” when defining close contact are duration of exposure, proximity to an infected person, and whether or not that person is presenting symptoms. Data for what a prolonged exposure is are iffy; however, longer than 15 minutes can be considered an operational definition, according to the CDC.
WHO: Kids 5 and under should not have to wear masks Children 5 and under should not be made to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization and UNICEF said Monday. Very young children are less susceptible to the virus and are less likely to spread it to others, the two United Nations agencies said in a joint statement.”According to the limited available evidence, young children may have lower susceptibility to infection compared to adults, however available data suggests that this may vary by age among children,” WHO and UNICEF said. Additionally, some studies suggest that teens may play a more active role in transmission than younger children, the organizations say. “Based on the expert opinion gathered through online meetings and consultative processes, children aged up to five years should not wear masks for source control,” the joint statement says. The new guidance from WHO and UNICEF contradicts guidance currently in place from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which suggests children 2 and older should wear a mask.
Questions of The Day!
There was a time you mentioned Lobelia for asthma. In what form do you use it in and what dosage and strength? In Homeopathic potency or mother tincture?
Thank you very much,
Hi Robert and Super Don! I would like to know at what point does medicinal marijuana use become a bad habit? How would I know if someone is abusing it? I was originally told that they were using micro-dose CBD for anxiety but now I’m learning it has become smoking with higher quantities of THC. I’m ignorant to this topic and want to learn more, do you have a cliff’s notes of medical marijuana so I can learn more about what and how it is used?
How to sign up for 5G/EMF webinar? This is the 2nd time I have signed up for Tues 8/25 5G/EMF webinar. I am not receiving an email confirmation so decided I would sign up again with cell phone; however, the window shows “processing” and it froze! I have checked your website for the 5G/EMF ad on both Safari and Chrome browsers and it is non-existent. So, I keep returning to the email I received from RSB to sign up. I wonder what the issue is. Is there an alternate way to watch/listen to this presentation? BTW, I was unable to access it the last time it aired. Love your show! Thanks for all you do!
Another question: Is there an affordable technology for protection for those of us who don’t have the money required for the Qi Technologies products?
Comment of The Day!
RSB, I believe that you completely missed my point when I messaged you about 5G/ 6G Wireless EMF as I called it “Propaganda ” and the quote was from the Electronic Analyst that had written the story on how safe 5G and now 6G are. I was merely showing you the published propaganda on this issue and too prove that I have not drunk the Kool-aid on 5G / 6G EMF , I received my Qi Home Cell device 3 weeks before forwarding this article on 5G/ 6G . Keep up the Good Work !