WaPo attacks philanthropy, Rick Jaffe Esq, NY religious exemptions, SB 276 revision, Michael Boldin, FDA CBD hearing, Raw milk, COPD silver, Healthy eating cost, CBD giveaway and MORE!

June 19, 2019 3-5PM ET

Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement A wealthy Manhattan couple has emerged as significant financiers of the anti-vaccine movement, contributing more than $3 million in recent years to groups that stoke fears about immunizations online and at live events — including two forums this year at the epicenter of measles outbreaks in New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. Hedge fund manager and philanthropist Bernard Selz and his wife, Lisa, have long donated to organizations focused on the arts, culture, education and the environment. But seven years ago, their private foundation embraced a very different cause: groups that question the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. How the Selzes came to support anti-vaccine ideas is unknown, but their financial impact has been enormous. Their money has gone to a handful of determined individuals who have played an outsize role in spreading doubt and misinformation about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. As a result, health officials have said, the potentially deadly disease has surged to at least 1,044 cases this year, the highest number in nearly three decades.

Special Guest – Rick Jaffe Esq.

Richard Jaffe is a health care litigator, counselor and crisis manager, focusing on cutting-edge medical/legal issues. He represents practitioners, clinics, companies and health related organizations in complex health care regulatory matters throughout the United States, especially legal cases and investigations brought by federal and state government agencies. He has extensive experience in FDA matters, including clinical trials and new drug issues, Medicare and insurance fraud, professional licensure and criminal and civil scheduled drug prescribing problems. He has extensive experience in the stem cell field, both in the criminal and civil sides, and also works on matters involving dietary supplements.


NEW YORK: A2371, WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE RELIGIOUSLY EXEMPT, AND SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT HOW TO FIGHT IT As you all know, in a one-day legal Blitzkrieg, and without a public hearing, both houses of the New York Legislature passed, and the Governor signed a bill removing the religious exemption to mandatory school vaccination. A2371 is now law in New York. Here is the law: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/a2371/amendment/a The new law has an immediate effect on families who had a religious exemption, until this law passed. The law states that school officials cannot allow unvaccinated children to “attend” school for more than 14 days (extended to 30 days and beyond in some circumstances) without proof of immunization in accordance with the state mandated vaccine schedule (or a medical exemption).

MY FIRST TAKE ON SENATOR PAN’S JUNE 17TH SB 276 REVISION I have to give the guy credit. He’s very good at Legislative tactics, meaning throwing curveballs to the opposition and giving them little time to react. It’s two days before the hearing and he’s introduced what appears to be a substantially revised bill, which is more complicated and apt to confuse his colleagues in the legislature all the while seeming to address the main points of criticism, thereby taking the wind out the sails of his opposition. I’ve looked over the new bill carefully and I think I’ve figured out the main points anyway. I’ll go into details and quoting the statute later, but I wanted to get out the big picture quick and dirty: For current medically exempt: Not much difference from prior versions. Exemptions still have be be submitted and are subject to review and revocation, with some small differences which I’ll discuss later.

UNDER REVISED SB 276, PUBLIC HEALTH STAFF STILL MAKE THE FINAL MEDICAL VACCINE EXEMPTION DECISIONS, AND THEY STILL WILL REJECT ALL BROADER THAN CDC GUIDELINE-BASED EXEMPTIONS Until the June 17th Amendment, the biggest knock against SB 276 was that it put medical vaccine exemptions decisions in the hands of state public health officials. That even bothered the Governor (for one day anyway), and it seems to be concerning to the members of the Medical Board. The revised bill creates the illusion of fixing that problem, by allowing physicians to submit what is called a “vaccine exemption certification” which on its face purports to be an operational exemption from vaccines. But it really isn’t. None of the exemptions written beyond CDC guidelines will go into effect, because the revised bill allows low level public health staff to review any medical exemption and rescind it if doesn’t comport with CDC guidelines. Here is how it works under the proposed bill and why none of the medical exemption certifications based on broader than CDC contraindications will survive (and neither will the physicians who are brave enough to write them).

Hour 2  – Special Guest Michael Boldin

Signed by the Governor: Vermont Law Expands Raw Milk Sales; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition Scheme Yesterday, Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill that would expand raw milk sales in the state and take another step toward nullifying a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect. The House Agriculture and Forestry Committee sponsored House Bill 525 (HB525). The new law makes a number of changes to the state’s agriculture policies, including expanding raw milk sales. Under the law, farmers who sell more than 87.5 gallons to 350 gallons of raw milk per week can sell and deliver unpasteurized milk directly to the consumer off the farm and at farmers markets. Current law only allows direct to consumer sales on the farm where the milk was produced. Tier 2 producers can deliver raw milk to farmers markets, but only if the sale and financing have been set up beforehand. On May 23, both the House and Senate adopted a conference report that hammered out an agreement relating to numerous amendments in the bill. With Gov. Scott’s signature, the law will go into effect July 1.


FDA is Committed to Sound, Science-based Policy on CBD Science forms the basis for decisions at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is paramount when it comes to making decisions that will impact the health and safety of the American public. We apply this rigorous, science-based approach to matters large and small that come before the Agency — including with respect to products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds, including cannabidiol (CBD). We recognize that there is significant public interest in these products, for therapeutic purposes and otherwise. At the same time, there are many unanswered questions about the science, safety, and quality of many of these products. As we approach these questions, we do so as a science-based regulatory agency committed to our mission of protecting and promoting public health.

Marijuana Study Finds CBD Can Cause Liver Damage There is no denying that cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is rapidly becoming more popular in the United States than sliced bread. It is a hot trend that got started several years ago after Dr. Sanja Gupta showed the nation in his documentary ‘Weed 2’ just how this non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant was preventing epileptic children from having seizures. Since then, CBD, a substance often touted as being safer than popping pills, has become highly revered as an alternative treatment for a variety of common ailments from anxiety to chronic pain. But a new study suggests that CBD may spawn its fair share of health issues. Specifically, scientists have learned that this substance could be damaging our livers in the same way as alcohol and other drugs. Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science recently rolled up their sleeves to investigate CBD hepatotoxicity in mice. What they found was while this cannabis derivative is gaining significant recognition as of late in the world of wellness, people that use CBD are at an elevated risk for liver toxicity.

Now in Effect: New Mexico Law Expands Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition Last week, a New Mexico law expanding the state’s medical marijuana program went into effect despite federal prohibition. The new law will further nullify federal cannabis prohibition in effect within the borders of the state. Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) sponsored Senate Bill 406 (SB406). The new law expands New Mexico’s medical marijuana program in several ways. Under the new law, marijuana patients registered in other states will be able to participate in New Mexico’s program. It also allows medical cannabis use on school campuses under defined circumstances and extends the registration renewal period from one to three years. Finally, the new law will allow for licensed medical marijuana establishments to create “consumption areas,” subject to approval by the department of health. Cannabis Now called the provision authorizing consumption areas a “most courageous move.” Similar provisions have been proposed in Colorado and California. The Senate passed SB406 by a 33-2 vote. The House approved the measure 50-15. With Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s signature, the new law went into effect Friday, June 14.

Question of The Day!

I suffer from stage 4 COPD. I have recently been hospitalized for pseudomonas bacteria colonization. I have been nebulizing Silver Hydrosol twice a day every day since coming out of hospital. Do I need to do this on a permanent basis as a maintenance therapy to help stop my infections or it use as and when required – Although this could be difficult as infections can soon take a hold ? Would nebulizing silver be O.K. to use on a permanent basis for me ? or do I need to come off it for a while and take a break? I would value your opinion on this.

Kind regards


Survey: 55% Of Americans Feel Healthy Diet Is Unaffordable, ‘Forced’ To Buy Junk Food Instead Eating healthy is typically one of the most common New Year’s resolutions each year, so why is it that so many people can’t seem to stick to a healthier, more balanced diet? According to a new survey of 2,000 Americans, the answer is a combination of higher prices for organic goods and mistrust in the country’s food industry. The survey, conducted by OnePoll and funded by organic soil and fertilizer company Dr. Earth, found that 55% of respondents feel “forced” into buying unhealthy food because it is more affordable. The survey’s findings indicate that most Americans would at least like to eat healthier food, but a mix of higher prices, confusion regarding food labeling, and a lack of trust in consumer foods make it hard for the average U.S. consumer to confidently find and purchase healthier food alternatives. Three in four respondents said they would be more likely to buy a food product if the labeling said “organic,” and three in five claimed they would at least pick up and consider a food item if the packaging included “all natural.”

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