May 9th, 2023 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
One Health: A Plan to ‘Surveil and Control Every Aspect of Life on Earth’? Experts who spoke with The Defender suggested One Health has more to do with a biosecurity agenda, a global surveillance system, vaccine passports and restrictions on human behavior than it has to do with protecting human health. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines “One Health,” as “an integrated, unifying approach that aims to sustainably balance and optimize the health of people, animals and ecosystems,” as they are “closely linked and interdependent” — a concept that on the surface appears to promote noble goals interlinking human and environmental health. However, some scientists and medical experts are concerned about One Health’s vague goals. Arguing that the concept has been “hijacked,” they question the intent of those involved with the development and global rollout of the concept — including the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Bank. Experts who spoke with The Defender also raised questions about other aspects of the One Health concept, including a biosecurity agenda, a global surveillance system, vaccine passports and restrictions on human behavior. While these goals are underpinned by a vaguely defined “Theory of Change,” experts told The Defender that major financial interests are at the heart of the One Health agenda, which appears to be closely linked to climate change and sustainable development initiatives promoted by the same global organizations.
Special Guest Kelly Falardeau
Kelly Falardeau is a burn survivor since the age of 2 on 75% of her body. She found a way to go from near-death to success; from the ugly scar-faced girl to the TEDx stage twice, Fierce Woman of the Year, a 7x International Best-Selling Author, recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal & YWCA Woman of Distinction. A documentary about her life story called “Still Beautiful” launched on TV plus Goalcast launched a video that has over 10 million views. Now she’s a full-time Best-Selling Author Strategist, coaching people to become best-selling authors. In 2021 & 2022 she was nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year.
FDA Issues Emergency Bacteria Warning For 500,000 COVID-19 Tests The FDA issued a warning to consumers on Thursday over potential bacteria contamination affectingcertain Covid-19 at-home tests. Consumers and health care workers are advised “to stop using and toss out certain lots of recalled SD Biosensor, Inc. Pilot COVID-19 At-Home Tests, distributed by Roche Diagnostics.” According to the FDA, the agency has “significant concerns of bacterial contamination” in the liquid solution component of the kits. “Direct contact with the contaminated liquid solution may pose safety concerns and the bacterial contamination could impact the performance of the test,” said the agency, issuing a “do not use” warning to consumers. The contamination could have come from raw materials from a supplier, according to SD Biosensor. Specifically, the tests could be contaminated with Enterococcus, Enterobacter, Klebsiella, and Serratia bacterial species – the infection of which could cause illness in individuals with weakened immune systems, or those who have direct exposure to the contaminated liquid test solution via misuse, accidental spills, or “standard handling” of the product, the Epoch Times reports. Aside from developing an infection, the contaminated products may also produce “false-negative” or “false-positive” antigen test results, the FDA said, which could lead to a variety of problems. For example, according to the FDA, a false-negative test could result in an individual seeking treatment for COVID-19. SD Biosensor has initiated the recall for the at-home tests to certain retailers across the United States, according to the FDA announcement. Some 500,000 tests were distributed through CVS Pharmacy as well as about 16,000 tests that were sent via Amazon. It’s not clear how many were sold to consumers, the FDA said, adding that it is “working with Roche” to determine the number.
FDA: People Can Eat These Gene-Edited Pigs The United States Food and Drug Administration has authorized gene-edited pigs entrance into the food chain for human consumption—as German-style sausages. Gene-editing can make changes in an organism’s DNA that could occur in nature or through selective breeding but would take much longer without a tool like CRISPR. The FDA authorization is investigational, and limited to these particular pigs, but shows that gene-editing livestock to quickly produce desirable traits for improved food production is a viable strategy for helping feed the planet’s growing population. “It’s important for a university to set the precedent by working with federal regulators to get these animals introduced into the food supply,” says Jon Oatley, a professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences in Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “If we don’t go through that process, all of the research we’re doing is for naught because it will never make it out into the public.” Oatley uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to improve genetic traits in livestock and is working toward an FDA approval for a line of gene-edited pigs. He undertook the investigational food use authorization process for five gene-edited pigs to demonstrate that food made from the animals is safe to eat and that it is possible for an academic institution to achieve this type of FDA authorization. The two-year-old pigs were processed at the university’s Meat Lab, and the US Department of Agriculture inspected the meat, as it does with all meat products. Working with the Meat Lab, meat scientist Blake Foraker made some of the pork into sausages, which will be used in catering services that raise travel funds for the student members of the university’s Meat Judging team.
Faux-let o’ fish: Company creates world’s first lab-grown grouper filet The next fish fillet you eat may have a lot less “real” fish in it than you might expect. A company has created the world’s first cultivated fish filet. Just like scientists who are creating lab-grown portions of beef, this could open the door to an alternative to seafood. Israeli firm Steakholder Foods announced that they’ve used 3D printing technology to make ready-to-cook cultivated grouper. They boast the taste and texture is the same as traditionally caught fish but does not harm the environment or marine species. The “deep tech food company” believes the innovation will introduce sustainable solutions that increase food security. Food scientists used grouper fish cells from partner company Umami Meats, which they added to customized bio-inks. Steakholder then worked on optimizing the taste and texture of its printed grouper, before finalizing their prototype fillet. What is cultivated meat? Cultivated meat, also known as cultured meat, lab-grown meat, or cell-based meat, is a type of meat that is produced through the process of cellular agriculture, rather than being sourced from traditional animal farming methods. The production of cultivated meat involves extracting a small sample of animal cells, usually muscle cells or stem cells, from a live animal. These cells are then placed in a controlled environment and provided with nutrients, allowing them to grow and multiply. Over time, the cells develop into muscle tissue that can be harvested and processed into meat products.
Pediatric IBD risk linked to antibiotics, Western diet and higher family income Children and adolescents face greater risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) when exposed to antibiotics or a Western diet at early ages, or when their family has higher socioeconomic status, according to a study being presented today at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2023. “Pediatric IBD cases are rising globally, and approximately one in four of all IBD cases are now diagnosed before age 21,” said Nisha Thacker, the study’s lead author and a gastrointestinal dietitian. A unique concern about pediatric IBD is the impact that the inflammation has on a child’s growth and the progression of puberty, so parents should be aware of this condition and the modifiable factors that influence it. As a part of her Ph.D. studies, at The University of Newcastle in Australia, she conducted a meta-analysis of 36 observational studies representing approximately 6.4 million children. Thacker found that any exposure to antibiotics before age 5 was linked to a three times greater risk of pediatric IBD, and exposure to four or more courses of antibiotics to a 3.5 times greater risk. Lower socioeconomic status appears to be a protective factor that is associated with a 65% lower risk of childhood IBD. Greater consumption of vegetables was also protective, as was having two or more siblings, and being exposed to pets during childhood.
It’s 2023 and Patients Are Still Being Denied Medical Treatment Because of COVID-19 Vaccines The Epoch Times reported on April 23 the appalling case of a 41-year-old Georgia woman who has been rejected a kidney transplant, even though she is on dialysis and potentially facing death. The seriousness of her condition necessitates her undergoing dialysis three times per week to keep her life. The reason for such a rejection? The woman, who has already had COVID-19, refuses to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on religious and medical grounds. Regardless of her acquired natural immunity, Doe, a mother of seven young children, has not obtained an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccinations, although serious issues associated with vaccinating someone with mRNA inoculation was one of the primary bases of her medical objections. Similarly, here in Australia another mother has been denied the opportunity to receive a lifesaving organ transplant. Vicki Derdarian, a mother of three, suffered from heart failure in 2020 and is now in desperate need of a lifesaving heart transplant. And yet, she has been turned away by Alfred Hospital in Melbourne because of vaccine mandates that are still enforced by the government of Victoria. Believe it or not, the Australian mother actually has a permanent vaccine exemption provided by the Australian Technical Advisory Group (ATAGI), which the hospital is choosing to deny. “We’re being pushed in the corner and coerced to take something that goes against what we believe in or not receive lifesaving treatment,” she says.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria contaminates whole ICU, shows study Carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) was brought into the ICU, in Hangzhou, on multiple occasions as patients were admitted, creating a large ‘reservoir’ of the bacteria which contaminated beds and equipment. Of 35 CRAB-positive patients in the study, 14 acquired CRAB during their ICU stay. Samples of the drug-resistant bacteria were found more frequently in bed unit environments (54·6%) than patients (24·1%), with ventilators (27·9%) and dispensing trolleys (25·6%) most likely to yield samples of CRAB. Publishing their findings today in The Lancet Regional Health—Western Pacific, the international group of researchers led by the University of Birmingham calls for urgent measures to help prevent hospitals becoming infected with the bacteria. Study co-author Professor Alan McNally, from the University of Birmingham, commented, “CRAB poses a serious risk to hospitalized patients and can cause severe disease including pneumonia, urinary tract infection, bacteraemia, meningitis, and soft tissue infections—all of which can be very difficult to treat due to the bacteria’s multidrug-resistance.” “The quantity of CRAB found in this ICU highlights the urgent need for targeted infection prevention and control measures in healthcare facilities where such large accumulations of the bacteria are likely, so that we can stem the global spread of this pathogen.”