May 31, 2023 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Why Are Hospitals Still Using Remdesivir? Nobody believes in Remdesivir anymore. How can you possibly make a case for it? Remdesivir is so lethal it got nicknamed “Run Death Is Near” after it started killing thousands of Covid patients in the hospital. The experts claimed that Remdesivir would stop Covid; instead, it stopped kidney function, then blasted the liver and other organs. As word got around, some patients started showing up in the emergency room with signs saying, “NO REMDESIVIR” and refusing to take it. (Not that their refusal helped: many were given it anyway, often without their knowledge.) When I heard that Remdesivir is still being used, I couldn’t believe it. How could hospitals be so brazen as to push this killer drug, even after the lawsuits started flying? Fourteen California families are now suing three hospitals, claiming their loved ones suffered wrongful deaths from what they call “the Remdesivir protocol.” Expect other lawsuits to follow, because the Remdesivir carnage was nationwide. I began to poke around to see if hospitals are still giving Remdesivir and I think I’ve found the smoking gun. Two smoking guns, in fact. First, it’s still listed on the NIH web site as its standard of care for Covid. Second (and in my opinion, more importantly), the CMS.gov official website says, “The COVID-19 public health emergency (PCE) ended at the end of the day on May 11, 2023.” Two sentences later, it states, “The enhanced payments described on this page will end on September 30, 2023.” And there it is, listed in bold: Remdesivir.
Special Guest Gabriel Rench
Gabriel Rench was born in the Promised Land Texas. Six states later, he ended up in Moscow, Idaho, where he graduated from the University of Idaho. He has also attended Greyfriars Hall, the pastoral training program at Christ Church. Gabriel is a media and PR consultant (www.PengoMedia.com), Co-Founder of the Fight Laugh Feast Network, and one of the host of CrossPolitic TV Show and Podcast (Airs on Direct Tv, Xfinity, streaming, and podcast), and cofounder of www.DropWave.io, a free speech podcast hosting platform.
Gabriel was arrested in September of 2020 for exercising his first amendment rights, singing Psalms outside of city hall in protest of the unconstitutional masks mandates. His arrest went viral, and has since landed him on the Laura Ingraham Show, Glenn Beck Show, The Todd Starnes Show, and more, and his arrest was even retweeted by President Trump. CrossPolitic did a followup show covering this peaceful protest and his arrest. He also serves as a Deacon at his church (King’s Cross), and serves on various non-profit boards. His favorite food groups are BBQ, ice cream, and topping-the-charts Scotch (Balvenie 21 year, if you are asking). He lives on a small 10-acre farm with his wife, three children, a couple horses, one dog, and two outdoor cats.
Israel’s Health Ministry: No young adults without preexisting conditions died of COVID-19 Former MK Moshe Feiglin published on Twitter a Health Ministry response to queries regarding various coronavirus statistics. In the document, the Health Ministry clarified that no adults without preexisting conditions who were between the ages of 18-49 at the time of their death, died of coronavirus. At the same time, the Ministry emphasized that its information is “based on information which the patients themselves or their family members volunteered as part of an epidemiological investigation, if an investigation was conducted and the patient chose to share [the information] with the investigator.” Therefore, the Ministry emphasized, “The existing information does not necessarily reflect the patient’s medical situation.” Feiglin, however, wrote that the government “locked you up in your homes, and stole a year of normal education from your children…all for a ‘plague’ which hurt zero citizens below the age of 50 without preexisting conditions.” Feiglin’s statement ignores the significant burden of long COVID, which affects between 10-50% of those infected with COVID-19; 65% of those individuals were still suffering 1.5 years later. At the same time, it raises the question of how much a society is willing to do in order to protect its most vulnerable members. The query to the Health Ministry also included a question on how many cardiac arrest events occurred annually between the years 2018-2022. Responding to this, the Health Ministry provided information on the years 2018-2020, but said that it had not yet received the information for the years 2021-2022, and thus could not provide this information.
Hour 2 – Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
Congress To Investigate WHO Plans To Use “Listening Surveillance Systems” To Identify “Misinformation” If you’ve been following our reporting on the issue, you’ll already know that the new World Health Organization (WHO) pandemic prevention initiative, the Preparedness and Resilience for Emerging Threats (PRET), recommends using “social listening surveillance systems” to identify “misinformation.” But as more people are learning about how unelected bodies are being used to suppress speech and potentially override sovereignty, it’s starting to get more pushback. According to documents from the UN agency, PRET aims to “guide countries in pandemic planning” and work to “incorporate the latest tools and approaches for shared learning and collective action established during the COVID-19 pandemic.” The PRET document describes misinformation as a “health threat,” and refers to it as an “infodemic.” “Infodemic is the overabundance of information – accurate or not – which makes it difficult for individuals to adopt behaviors that will protect their health and the health of their families and communities. The infodemic can directly impact health, hamper the implementation of public health countermeasures and undermine trust and social cohesiveness,” the document states. However, it continues to recommend invasive methods of countering the spread of misinformation. “Establish and invest in resources for social listening surveillance systems and capacities to identify concerns as well as rumors and misinformation,” the WHO wrote in the PRET document. “To build trust, it’s important to be responsive to needs and concerns, to relay timely information, and to train leaders and HCWs in risk communications principles and encourage their application.
The Best Life Lesson for a Teen Is a Job During the Covid debacle, kids were locked out of school or otherwise condemned to an inferior Zoom education for up to two years. What were the alternatives? Unfortunately, since the New Deal, the federal government has severely restricted teenagers’ opportunities for gainful employment. But new evidence proves that keeping kids out of work doesn’t keep them out of mental health trouble. Yet suggesting that kids take a job has become controversial in recent years. It is easy to find expert lists on the dangers of teenage employment. Evolve Treatment Center, a California therapy chain for teenagers, recently listed the possible “cons” of work: Jobs can add stress to a child’s life. Jobs can expose kids to people and situations they might not be ready for. A teen working a job might feel like childhood is ending too soon. But stress is a natural part of life. Dealing with strange characters or ornery bosses can speedily teach kids far more than they learn from a droning public school teacher. And the sooner childhood ends, the sooner young adults can experience independence – one of the great propellants of personal growth. When I came of age in the 1970s, nothing was more natural than seeking to earn a few bucks after school or during the summer. I was terminally bored in high school and jobs provided one of the few legal stimulants I found in those years. Thanks to federal labor law, I was effectively banned from non-agricultural work before I turned 16. For two summers, I worked at a peach orchard five days a week, almost ten hours a day, pocketing $1.40 an hour and all the peach fuzz I took home on my neck and arms. Plus, there was no entertainment surcharge for the snakes I encountered in trees while a heavy metal bucket of peaches swung from my neck.
More High-School Grads Forgo College in Hot Labor Market More high-school graduates are being diverted from college campuses by brighter prospects for blue-collar jobs in a historically strong labor market for less-educated workers. The college enrollment rate for recent U.S. high-school graduates, ages 16 to 24, declined to 62% last year from 66.2% in 2019, just before the pandemic began, according to the latest Labor Department data. The rate topped out at 70.1% in 2009. Job growth at restaurants, theme parks and other parts of the leisure and hospitality sector—which tend to employ young people and typically don’t require a college degree—has increased more than twice as fast as job gains overall in the past year. There also remains a high number of job openings in construction, manufacturing and warehousing, fields that often require additional training, but not college degrees. The unemployment rate for teenage workers ages 16 to 19 fell to a 70-year low of 9.2% last month, fueling larger pay increases. Restaurant waitstaff earned a median hourly wage of $14 in 2022, nearly double the federal minimum wage. Wages are even higher in industries that don’t require college degrees but need additional training, such as apprenticeships. Machinists earned $23.32 an hour, above the national median wage of $22.26 an hour. Carpenters earned $24.71 an hour last year. “The pandemic disrupted college to such a degree that many people delayed going,” said ZipRecruiter Chief Economist Julia Pollak. “Once they delay, they get hooked on earning and working and don’t come back” to college.
Doctors say this is the most important virus you’ve never heard of The past winter was a heavy one for respiratory viruses, dominated by surges of RSV, influenza and Covid-19. But just as it was winding down, a little-known virus that causes many of the same symptoms – a lower lung infection, hacking cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever – was just picking up steam. Cases of human metapneumovirus, or HMPV, spiked this spring, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s respiratory virus surveillance systems. It filled hospital intensive care units with young children and seniors who are the most vulnerable to these infections. At its peak in mid-March, nearly 11% of tested specimens were positive for HMPV, a number that’s about 36% higher than the average, pre-pandemic seasonal peak of 7% test positivity. Most people who caught it probably didn’t even know they had it, however. Sick people aren’t usually tested for it outside of a hospital or ER. Unlike Covid-19 and the flu, there’s no vaccine for HMPV or antiviral drugs to treat it. Instead, doctors care for seriously ill people by tending to their symptoms. Studies show that HMPV causes as much misery in the US each year as the flu and a closely related virus, RSV. One study of patient samples collected over 25 years found that it was the second most common cause of respiratory infections in kids behind RSV. A study in New York conducted over four winters found that it was as common in hospitalized seniors as RSV and the flu. Like those infections, HMPV can lead to intensive care and fatal cases of pneumonia in older adults.
Is There a Connection Between Diabetes and Depression? Diabetes comes with a whole host of symptoms and complications that can affect everything from your heart to gut function. What is not very well known, however, is the connection between diabetes and mental-emotional conditions like depression. The Mayo Clinic and others firmly recognize that the two are linked, however. The good news is that when you change your lifestyle and eating habits, other conditions such as depression begin to improve as well. Bidirectional Risk Factors According to the Centers for Disease Control, if you have either Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, you have double the chances of developing depression. One 2016 study published in The Journal of Medicine and Life found that diabetes can triple your chances of being depressed. Likewise, researchers acknowledge that if you have depression, there is a higher chance of Type 2 diabetes too. A 2011 study conducted at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil found that both those with Type 2 Diabetes and those with depression have higher blood sugar levels in general. One of the largest studies to make a bidirectional connection between the two conditions was conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2010. The study surveyed over 65,000 women aged 50 to 75 over ten years. It found that depression may actually have more of an influence on diabetes risk than previously thought.
7 Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies: Harness the Power of Nature As the chill of winter gives way to the vibrant bloom of spring, nature begins to paint a picturesque landscape, adorned with a kaleidoscope of colors and the sweet melody of birdsong. Yet, for many, the beauty of spring is marred by the unwelcome arrival of seasonal allergies. May, in particular, often heralds a time of sniffles, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing for allergy sufferers. These symptoms can transform what should be a time of rejuvenation and outdoor enjoyment into a season of discomfort. But before reaching for pharmaceutical aids, it’s worth exploring the bounty of nature herself for relief. Let’s explore seven natural ways to prevent and manage seasonal allergies. Embrace the Antioxidant Power of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is not just for warding off colds; it can also be a powerful ally in combating allergies. This potent antioxidant has anti-inflammatory properties and can act as a natural antihistamine. Foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli can be included in your daily diet. Alternatively, a Vitamin C supplement can also be beneficial, especially during peak allergy seasons.