January 11th, 2022 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
‘We have gone backwards’: Covid confusion snarls Biden White House President Joe Biden is urging schools to stay open, but there’s a widespread Covid testing shortage. He calls it the“pandemic of the unvaccinated,” but that has only confused boosted Americans home sick with the omicron variant. And the administration hasn’t changed its guidance to urge high-filtration masks despite calls from the medical community, while recent isolation guidance has only added to the uncertainty. The White House’s stay-the-course strategy on Covid is increasingly colliding with the realities of a roaring pandemic that is forcing schools and businesses to close. A half dozen former health policy makers, including some members of Biden’s transition team, told NBC News that the Biden administration needs an urgent reset on its Covid strategy or the White House could rapidly lose credibility with the public. “Biden was elected president, in large part, based on a message of ‘I’m competent, I’m capable, I will tell you the truth and I will get a handle on Covid in a way my predecessor could not and refused to do,’ and that continues to be the No. 1 issue for most people,” said Kathleen Sebelius, who served as Health and Human Services secretary in the Obama administration.
Special Guest Meryl Dorey
Back in 1994 we were feeling that the government and the medical community, in general, tended to exaggerate the safety and benefit profiles of vaccinations whilst downplaying their risks and true effectiveness.
For that reason, our group was formed with the express purpose of:
- promoting discussion about medically-referenced information on vaccine safety and effectiveness;
- lobbying to ensure that vaccinations are never made compulsory for Australian children; and
- supporting those who have chosen not to vaccinate or to vaccinate selectively.
From the beginning, we have operated as a volunteer-run community organisation. We used to be a membership and donation driven group whose only sources of funding were provided by our membership and sales of books, videos and DVDs in our web shop.
In 2009 however, an organisation was set up with the goal of forcing our organisation to close down. This group has filed dozens of complaints against us with various government departments and media outlets. They do not believe that freedom of speech or communication should be protected in Australia and want to close down the debate on this issue.
As a result of one of these complaints, the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) issued a public warning against the AVN. We fought against this warning and won our case in the NSW Supreme Court on the 24th of February, 2012. The HCCC were ordered to pay our costs and removed the warning. The Supreme Court stated that both the investigation and the warning were Ultra Vires (beyond their power) and their conduct of this investigation was illegal.
You can read more about both the complaints and the HCCC investigation here.
Novak Djokovic updates: Serbian still waiting for government decision on deportation as Australian Open looms — as it happened Novak Djokovic’s ability to remain in the country for the Australian Open remains unclear, with Immigration Minister Alex Hawke yet to make a decision on whether the Serbian will be deported. Djokovic was released from immigration detention in Melbourne yesterday after a judge overturned the cancellation of his visa. Look back at the day as it unfolded in our live blog.
- Questions raised over travel declaration Djokovic signed when entering Australia
- Alex Hawke’s office provides update, says Minister is ‘thoroughly’ considering the matter
- Nick Kyrgios ‘quite embarrassed as an Australian athlete’ over Djokovic saga
- Key dates in the Djokovic saga
- Djokovic’s former coach says he expects the tennis star to come back ‘even stronger’
- Serbian PM emphasised importance of Djokovic’s ‘training and physical preparation’ during call to Scott Morrison
- Scott Morrison speaks to Serbian PM
- Czech tennis player Renata Voracova speaks out after her own visa was cancelled
- Did Djokovic provide proof that he had contracted COVID?
- The moment Djokovic was informed his visa had been cancelled
- Why was Novak Djokovic’s visa cancellation overturned?
- Visa saga has been ‘damaging on all fronts’, ATP Tour says
- Djokovic’s family dodge questions over COVID-19 status
- Djokovic determined to stay and compete
Australian fertility rate hits record low Australia registered a total of 294,369 births in 2020 resulting in a total fertility rate (TFR) of 1.58 babies per woman according to the latest figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). ABS Director of Demography, Beidar Cho said: “The record low total fertility rate can be attributed to fewer births and birth registrations in most jurisdictions in a year marked by COVID-19 disruptions.” The Northern Territory recorded the highest TFR (1.86 babies per woman) closely followed by Tasmania (1.77 babies per woman) and Western Australia (1.70 babies per woman), while Victoria recorded the lowest rate (1.43 babies per woman). “In 2020, the total fertility rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers was 2.25 babies per woman. There were 22,016 births registered (7 per cent of all births) where at least one parent was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian,” Ms Cho said. In the past 30 years, the TFR has slowly declined from 1.9 in 1990. This decline was most prominent among women aged 15 to 19 years where the fertility rate decreased by nearly two-thirds (to 7.8 per 1,000 women). The fertility rate of women aged 20 to 24 years also saw a large decline. In contrast, the fertility rate of women aged 40 to 44 years almost tripled (to 15.2 per 1,000 women), while women aged 30 to 34 years continue to have the highest fertility rate (110 babies per 1,000 women), followed by women aged 25 to 29 years (79.7 babies per 1,000 women).
Scotland Defers Fertility Treatment for Unvaccinated Women Unvaccinated women in Scotland have found their NHS fertility treatment appointments cancelled due to their CCP virus vaccination status. The Scottish government said it’s taking a “more cautious approach” because of the increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19—the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus—among unvaccinated pregnant women, as well as the uncertainty around the Omicron variant of the virus. But the policy is criticised as being “inhumane” by the Scottish Labour Party. The Scottish government published Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Gregor Smith’s letter of recommendation on Jan. 7. The letter said NHS fertility treatment aimed at creating a pregnancy should be deferred for patients who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but fertility-preserving treatment is exempt from the deferral. According to local media reports, a number of couples received phone calls on Christmas Eve telling them their fertility treatment appointments were cancelled because the women weren’t fully vaccinated. Jemma McDonald and Hayden Brown, a couple who found out their appointment was cancelled “a couple of days before Christmas,” told Scottish tabloid the Daily Record that they had been trying for a baby for five years.
AVN Judicial Review Fund Australia is in a tailspin – descending almost inexorably into tyranny. We are not able to travel from State to State or overseas, work in our normal jobs – even when those jobs are part of our own business, go out to eat, drink, to the cinema, dance, sing, or do just about anything else without agreeing to take an experimental jab that has already killed hundreds of our countrymen and women and injured nearly 80,000. It is obvious to anyone who has observed what’s been happening over the last 22 months that our governments – State and Federal – are determined to remove every right our parents and grandparents fought for in many wars over the last 100 years or so. We at the Australian Vaccination-risks Network (AVN) have watched this with great dismay, as we know many of you have done as well. We have participated in protests, made submissions, written letters and for the most part, though these actions have put the government and their bureaucracy on notice, their course seems to have been set and unchanged through it all. Court cases have arisen and been lost – and others are ongoing – we wish them all well. Though we have informed people of these cases and done everything we can to offer whatever assistance we can to the organisers, the AVN has not personally gotten behind any of them.
U.S. CDC may recommend better masks against Omicron The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering updating its mask guidance because of an increase in the number of Omicron-related coronavirus cases, the Washington Post reported on Monday. The agency will likely advise people opt for the highly protective N95 or KN95 masks worn by healthcare personnel, if they can do so consistently, the newspaper reported, citing an official close to the deliberations. The CDC guidance is expected to say that if people can “tolerate wearing a KN95 or N95 mask all day, you should,” the report said. The United States reported at least 1.13 million new COVID-19 infections on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, the highest daily total of any country in the world as the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant showed no signs of slowing. Last week, CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy told NBC News’ “Today” program the Omicron-driven surge in U.S. COVID-19 cases has likely not topped out yet.
Flu shots and measles vaccines could also help ‘flatten the curve’ for COVID-19 While the world has celebrated the arrival of highly effective vaccines against COVID-19, new work by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of Oxford shows that even unrelated vaccines could help reduce the burden of the pandemic. The study, published Jan. 10 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, crystallizes decades of evidence suggesting that the generalized immune-boosting properties of many vaccines can cross-protect patients against multiple pathogens. Before COVID-19-specific vaccines became available, many public health experts and immunologists suggested immunizing vulnerable populations with other vaccines to provide some degree of protection. “We know that unrelated vaccines have these heterologous effects, and a reasonable person could tell you that if you used them during a pandemic, it would benefit,” said Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, an associate professor of population health sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine and lead author on the new paper. However, it wasn’t clear how much such an intervention would help, which populations would be best to target or how much of the population would have to get the unrelated vaccines to have a meaningful effect.
Questions of The Day!
I was told that vitamins should be taken every day-I was also told that – non vitamins supplements such as -turmeric, kyolic garlick, cinnamon, oil of oregano, Black seed, prostrate formulas, etc. after being taken for 6 months or longer should be stopped. What do you think?
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Spike in autoimmune diseases blamed on fast food: scientists Disorders of the immune system are on the rise everywhere thanks to the global popularity of the so-called Western diet. Autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis have spiked in recent decades, according to scientists James Lee and Carola Vineusa at London’s Francis Crick Institute. Lee and Vineusa have devoted their study to investigating the cause of such illness, which they believe can be blamed on the recent pervasiveness of fast foods, which “lack certain important ingredients.” “Numbers of autoimmune cases began to increase about 40 years ago in the West,” Lee told the Guardian’s Observer in a new interview. “However, we are now seeing some emerge in countries that never had such diseases before.” Lee pointed to cases in Asia and the Middle East, which has seen the biggest recent upswing in [inflammatory bowel disease] — which has felt the boom of the fast food industry during that time. “Before that they had hardly seen the disease,” he said. Vineusa said there’s no stopping the “global spread of fast food franchises.” “So instead, we are trying to understand the fundamental genetic mechanisms that underpin autoimmune diseases and make some people susceptible but others not.”
Spending more time in the sun lowers breast cancer risk for women Beach lovers, rejoice. New research from the University of Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico reports more sun exposure may lead to a lower breast cancer risk. Buffalo is known for its harsh winter weather, but sunny Puerto Rico represented the perfect location for this research. After using a chromameter to compare skin pigmentation in unexposed and exposed skin among 307 cases and 328 controls, researchers report greater sun exposure is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Skin pigmentation differences among participants were used estimate usual sun exposure levels. “This study was unique in that it was of Puerto Rican women, which allowed for us to look at this association in a population with a wide range of skin color and with year-round high sun exposure,” says study senior author Jo L. Freudenheim, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health in UB’s School of Public Health, in a university release. How does the sun help prevent breast cancer? Study authors say there are a number of possible explanations. “One step in the internal production of vitamin D occurs when skin is exposed to sun,” Prof. Freudenheim explains. “Sun exposure also affects the body in a number of other helpful ways, with effects on inflammation, obesity and circadian rhythms. While recent recommendations have been to limit sun exposure to prevent skin cancer, there may also be a benefit to some sun exposure, especially exposure without sunburn.”
Stress may be the culprit behind Crohn’s disease, study finds Researchers have identified a possible link between psychological stress and Crohn’s disease. In a study led by Canada’s McMaster University and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute, and published in the journal Nature, the authors said that mouse models found that stress hormones suppressed the innate immune system that normally protects the gut from Enterobacteriaceae. Enterobacteriaceae is a group of bacteria, including E. coli, which has been linked to the inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract. In people with Crohn’s disease, harmless bacteria present in the GI tract are mistaken for foreign invaders and the immune system mounts a response, causing the inflammation. “Clinical evidence implicates periods of psychological stress in Crohn’s disease exacerbation, and disturbances in the gut microbiome might contribute to the pathogenic mechanism,” the authors wrote. “Here we show that stress-exposed mice develop ileal dysbiosis, dominated by the expansion of Enterobacteriaceae.” According to Science Direct, dybosis is defined as an “imbalance” in the gut microbial community that is associated with disease.
Handing It Down: The Craft of Indigenous Healing In Austin, Texas, Marika Alvarado is attempting to keep the teachings of Indigenous healers alive through the generations. Her work, which was passed down from her mother and grandmother, she realized, would end with her. Alvarado, a Lipan Mescalero Apache medicine woman and healer, began the Of the Earth Institute of Indigenous Cultures and Teachings and offers a certificate-granting course to instruct others in the craft. The course, which Alvarado has taught to 25 students so far this year, is focused on holistic healing and Apache traditions. For 6 months, she instructs her students on plant-based medicine, nutrition, and other natural remedies. “As a child, I was taught the traditional way, as my family tended those who came to them in need,” she notes on her website. “I am here to help in the healing of others and to pass on these teachings I have been given.” For Alvarado, becoming a healer was predecided. At birth, her grandmother foretold that she would one day be a healer. When Alvarado was 5 years old, she began seeing the spirits of her ancestors. Soon after, she began shadowing her mother and grandmother, learning their methods and the lessons that had been handed down to them through generations.