May 21st, 2021 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
NY Announces $5 Million ‘Vax & Scratch’ Lottery to Boost COVID Shots in State In an attempt to get more New Yorkers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced its greatest perk yet — a new incentive that could make someone getting a COVID-19 vaccine very rich. On Thursday, the governor announced the “Vax & Scratch” pilot program, which allows those who get vaccinated to receive a $20 lottery ticket for the $5 million Mega Multiplier Lottery. The “Vax & Scratch” pilot has a first price of $5 million, but a number of prices that go down to $20. “The chances of winning something in this program is one in nine,” Cuomo said, adding that when one gets the vaccine “everyone wins” alluding to the importance of mass inoculation. The pilot will kick off next Monday, May 24 and run through Friday, May 28. Those who receive a COVID vaccine in one of the 10 mass state-run vaccination sites will receive a ticket. The lottery pilot is the most recent bonus in the state’s attempt to get more New Yorkers to get vaccinated. Cuomo also announced that as summer approaches and more travelers take to the skies, they state will set up pop-up vaccination sites at seven airports across New York for all U.S. residents arriving or departing, as well as airport workers.
Oregon tells businesses to check for the vaccination status of customers if they let them go maskless Oregon has lifted its mask mandate for people who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, but is requiring businesses, workplaces and houses of worship to verify the vaccination status of individuals before they enter buildings without a mask. This statewide mandate, one of the first of its kind in the country, raised concerns that the procedure of verifying vaccinations could be too cumbersome for workers. Many states have lifted mask requirements without requiring confirmation that individuals have been vaccinated after new federal guidance last week said vaccinated people could choose to go maskless in most cases. New York adopted that guidance on Wednesday, though businesses will be allowed to enforce stricter rules. Some Republican governors, like Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, have instead not only lifted mask rules but banned local governments from enforcing their own. Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, also a Republican, issued an executive order last month prohibiting businesses from requiring vaccine documentation.
Employers May Be Held Liable for ‘Any Adverse Reaction’ if They Mandate COVID Vaccines New guidance from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is making employers think twice about their COVID vaccine requirements. On April 20, companies were put on notice they’ll be responsible for any adverse reaction should they require their employees be vaccinated with a COVID vaccine. In the Frequently Asked Questions section of OSHA’s website having to do with COVID safety compliance, a question was asked whether an adverse reaction to a COVID vaccine had to be recorded if an employer mandated vaccination as a condition for employment. OSHA stated: “If you require your employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment (i.e., for work-related reasons), then any adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine is work-related. The adverse reaction is recordable if it is a new case under 29 CFR 1904.6 and meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7.” In general, an adverse reaction to the COVID vaccine is recordable if the reaction is: (1) work-related, (2) a new case and (3) meets one or more of the general recording criteria in 29 CFR 1904.7 (e.g., days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid).
Questions of The Day!
Can you please tell me if the herb red clover is contraindicated if one has estrogen-positive breast cancer?
It is an ingredient in the Hoxsey formula, which is supposed to be anti-cancer. However, the herb is
Do you see clients for homeopathy? I live in Florida.
From Ty Bollinger:
Red clover has demonstrated tumor-suppressing ability in breast and prostate cancer models through diverse mechanisms.
These include the stabilization of gene behavior (PTEN, Bcl-2/Bax), inactivation of various transduction pathways (insulin-like growth factor 1(IGF1)/IGF1R-phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt) pathway) including inflammatory pathways such as NF-kB, and the selective suppression of cancer cell angiogenesis.
A number of studies suggest that red clover extract does not induce or promote breast cancer and appears to be protective for breast tissue:
In contrast to studies showing that conventional hormone replacement therapies increase mammographic breast density, a clinical trial by Atkinson et al (2004) evaluated the effects of an isoflavone-rich red clover extract supplement on mammographic breast density in women. Effects on breast density, oestradiol, follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), lymphocyte tyrosine kinase activity and menopausal symptoms were assessed after one year of taking the extract. Researchers found the isoflavone supplement did not increase mammographic breast density. Furthermore, there were no effects on estradiol, gonadotrophins, lymphocyte tyrosine kinase activity, or menopausal symptoms.4
The estrogenicity and ER binding properties of different isoflavone compounds in a “red clover clinical extract” were analyzed by Booth and coworkers (2006). All the isoflavones, except formononetin, showed binding activity to one or another recombinant ER type.5
Polymorphisms between “fast” and slow” equol producers have been described; likewise, equol undergoes enterohepatic recirculation. Biochanin A and formononetin may additionally be metabolized in hepatocytes to genistein and daidzein.6,7 Furthermore, biochanin A, the principle isoflavone in red clover extract, inhibited aromatase activity and hampered breast cancer cell growth.8 Biochanin A and formononetin may also reduce and possibly reverse multi-drug resistance by inhibiting P-glycoprotein-mediated efflux, suggesting they could potentially increase the absorption/bioavailability of coadministered drugs that are P-gp substrates.
In certain in vitro settings many popular herbal supplements and even common foods such as peas, legumes, and seeds contain phytochemical components that when studied as a drug (meaning in isolation at high concentrations) are capable of binding to human estrogen receptors and exhibit selective estrogen receptor modulation.10
My 21 year old son who has never been vaccinated has had episodes of full body hives after a viral illness, but it had been a long time until recently during the outbreak of SARS CoV2 infections and injections. He also has had mold exposure throughout his younger years.
He started working at a fitness center (being around more people at the end of last summer). In October came home from work with full body hives and sore throat. Positive PCR test (which I know doesn’t necessarily mean anything), but the rest of us at home were ill with typical COVID symptoms. Two months ago, he came home from work with full body hives again but did not present other symptoms, although he thought his temperature was up just slightly, maybe a degree.
This past Monday he walked to work (5 minutes or so and lots of pollen) and by the time entering felt a reaction. He was given an antihistamine, was sent home and by that time he was struggling to breath and had chest pressure. Went to Urgent Care and got epinephrine, and is on prednisone and cetirizine. Recommended to get full allergy testing.
We are connecting exposure to SARS CoV2 infected people and perhaps those injected (shedding the spike protein) to his inflammation and now anaphylaxis. He is supposed to be on these drugs for 2 weeks and am wondering about what else he could do now or after the meds such as with pine or white cedar needle tea or other remedies. Not sure about contraindications. He will be flying out of state soon (small space with likely injected people) and we would like to have a more natural way to balance his body and eventually heal his body as he has had long-term inflammation problems although milder.
Love your show! I have learned so much and use it with my patients daily. (Previous duh-gree’d physician assistant at the VA, now I’ve started my own practice as a master herbalist from trinity so I had more freedom). My question is: you recommend coffee enema’s for headaches and other issues. There is a lot of conflicting information on coffee enemas and I was hoping you could go into your thoughts on frequency, what other ailments you recommended it for, resources to learn more, etc.
Hello. I have a question about my son. He is 21 years old and has had health issues on and off for years. Now his entire lymphatic system seems to be involved (systemic lymph pain). He had an ultrasound done that showed his nodes are enlarged and some up to 2 cm’s larger than normal. All bloodwork is normal. They’ve tested him for autoimmune diseases, viruses, inflammation, etc. Nothing is showing up. The hospital is going to call us about scheduling a biopsy soon. I am a little concerned at this point. He’s exhausted when he comes home from work and sleeps for hours. Is there something that you would recommend we test for? He is seeing an allopathic doctor and not a functional medicine doctor.
I live in Utah and my place of employment is requiring all employees to state whether they have been vaccinated or not and provide proof. If you are fully vaccinated you do not have to wear a mask and if not you must continue to wear one. I will not be getting the vaccine ever!! I also will not be disclosing my vaccine status and I will not be wearing a mask. Do you have any idea of my legal rights? Here it comes..vaccine passports.
HELP!!! – Holly
Hour 2 Special Guest – Tracey Stroup
Tracey Stroup has been in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years. She has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from the Pennsylvania State University with a minor in Nutrition. She has also continued her education taking courses in biochemistry, biology and food science. Tracey is a Certified Digestive Health Specialist from the Food Enzyme Institute. She once dreamed of going to medical school but turned down her acceptance to pursue a career in natural health. She completed her designation as a Naturopathic Doctor from Trinity School of Natural Health with additional courses as a Master Herbalist, Iridology and is a Certified Natural Health Professional.
Tracey’s career in Natural Health has been vast. Her first career path was as a personal trainer and quickly advanced to Fitness Director of several gyms. She eventually opened her own personal training studio from 2005 – 2012 where she employed three additional trainers with an average clientele of 200+ clients a week. Upon attaining her natural health designation, Tracey became an instructor for her Alma Mater. During that time she owned a successful natural health practice in her hometown utilizing the trilogy of health approach with each client: mind, body and spirit. Within her practice she co-owned a juice bar and corporate wellness company. Tracey has been the Vice President of Operations for a natural health college establishing curriculum, partnerships with large supplement companies and creating natural health business management strategies for graduates of the program. Tracey was recruited by a leading Biocommunication company as their Vice President of Operations where she designed practitioner software, educational concepts and marketing strategies to promote their software and brand.
The future is bright…
Tracey’s experience and education have now brought her to Nutritional Frontiers. As our Chief Operating Officer, Tracey’s mission is to work with practitioners in the field to create educational opportunities beyond their scope of practice, provide a platform to share their expertise through our new division, Nutritional Frontiers University, and to teach the masses about the value of a foundational living. Tracey works directly with Nutritional Frontiers departments to provide guidance for better operations to enhance the customer experience. She is instrumental in creating new divisions to educate and provide wellness to the consumer populations. Programs like the Nutritional Frontiers University, The 5R System and our new Corporate Wellness division are a few examples of programs introduced since her joining our team.
“I’m truly excited to be part of the Nutritional Frontiers team. This is a company based on education, great products and wonderful people. Together we can unify the industry of medical and natural health professionals under the brand of knowledge and the common goal to make the world healthy again.” Tracey
New bipartisan CBD legislation introduced in the Senate Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), and Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) have introduced a new bill to regulate hemp and CBD products called the “Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act.” To ensure that hemp-derived CBD is regulated by FDA like other legal products used in foods, dietary supplements, and beverages, the proposed legislation amends the so-called “exclusion clauses” of Section 201(ff)(3)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. More specifically, the bill inserts “(other than hemp, hemp-derived cannabidiol, or a substance con- taining any other ingredient derived from hemp)’’ after ‘‘an article.” The legislation also authorizes FDA to establish labeling and packaging requirements for CBD-containing supplements and foods. Industry has responded positively to the proposed legislation. “The Hemp Access and Consumer Safety Act is a huge win for American consumers, farmers, and the hemp industry as a whole,” said Jonathan Miller, general counsel, U.S. Hemp Roundtable (Washington, D.C), in a press release. “Consumers will benefit from knowing that CBD products must be manufactured according to FDA-approved CBD processes. Struggling American farmers will benefit from a stabilized marketplace. It also will stimulate innovation and job creation in the hemp industry.” “Americans deserve to have assurances that the hemp and CBD products they include in their food and dietary supplement choices are properly regulated,” stated Michael McGuffin, president of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA; Silver Springs, MD), in a press release. “AHPA supports this legislation since it would clarify the lawful pathways for bringing such products to market.”
Study Finds CBD Associated With Lower Alcohol Consumption Historically, cannabis was portrayed as the scourge of humankind. Films like ‘Reefer Madness’ were coupled with other forms of propaganda and spread throughout the world. That propaganda had one goal – to demonize cannabis users. Cannabis consumers were portrayed in horrific ways that weren’t based in fact in an attempt to convince society that the ‘harms’ of cannabis were significant and factual. The fact of the matter is that cannabis is much safer than many other legal substances, including and especially alcohol. One study found that cannabis was 114 times safer than alcohol. A more recent study found that cannabis may actually be able to reduce alcohol cravings. The cannabis plant is composed of dozens of cannabinoids, with THC and CBD being the two most popular cannabinoids. CBD’s popularity has exploded in recent years, and for good reason. CBD is associated with a number of wellness benefits, including a potential reduction in alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse is a global issue, with over 100 million people suffering from alcohol use disorder worldwide. Roughly 3 million people die annually across the globe due to alcohol use. A team of researchers recently published results of a study that explored the relationship between CBD use and alcohol use.
Our pets are anxious. Is CBD the answer? Ramon Ramirez was at the South by Southwest conference, chilling under the black tents of the Fader Fort, when a vendor handed him a small complimentary dose of CBD oil drops for pets. This was 2019, CBD’s breakout year, as the upstart hemp sector swarmed every trade show and music festival in North America. “There were CBD dinner parties and CBD cocktails at dumb brand activations,” remembers Ramirez, who lives in Austin, Texas, and works in the media. A few weeks after the show, Ramirez was on a trip with his dog Penny, who can get anxious on her bad days. He needed to leave her in a room for four hours or more. A few drops of CBD certainly couldn’t hurt. They worked. “Now I get the drops out whenever there’s a thunderstorm,” says Ramirez. “Our dog mellows out and lies down. That’s basically it. But given how nervous she gets during storms, that alone makes a big difference.” Ramirez is not alone. Recently, it feels like everyone is exploring the potential of hemp for their pets, from edibles to topical creams. Grand View Research estimates that the total revenue derived from CBD pet products could approach $400 million by 2027. That figure is contextualized by The Nielsen Group, which found that three-quarters of CBD consumers are pet owners and that 24 percent of them use hemp for themselves, their animals, or both. (Ramirez tells me that he absolutely has gotten high with Penny. “We ate snacks and hung out,” he says.)
FDA Threatens to Ban Critical Toxin Protection Supplement On shaky legal grounds, the FDA has targeted N-acetylcysteine (NAC), an important antioxidant supplement. Action Alert! The FDA has declared that NAC, a vital antioxidant with a number of important health benefits, is not a legal dietary supplement. This is a direct threat to a supplement that many integrative doctors and patients rely on to address a variety of health conditions. We must ensure the FDA doesn’t remove these supplements from the market. In a slew of warning letters sent last year, the FDA targeted a number of supplement companies marketing “unapproved” cures for hangovers—which the agency absurdly considers to be a “disease.” Some of these products contain NAC. In the letters to those companies, the FDA states that NAC does not meet the legal definition of a supplement because it was approved as a drug in 1963; according to federal law, any substance approved as a drug before it was sold as a supplement cannot be sold as a supplement. All of this means that the status of NAC as a supplement is currently in dispute. There are a number of problems with the FDA’s position. For one, the agency considered many health claims (both structure/function claims and qualified health claims) in relation to NAC supplements, and did not raise these objections about the legality of NAC supplements then. For years, the FDA treated NAC like a supplement, and companies invested considerable resources in developing NAC products and submitting health claims to the FDA. Doctors and patients have also come to rely on these products. In legal terms, this is referred to as “serious reliance interests”: the supplement industry took certain steps in reliance on the FDA’s decades-long treatment of NAC, and then the agency does a complete about-face without explaining why. Courts have found that when agency policies involve “serious reliance interests,” it is arbitrary and capricious for those interests to be disregarded without adequate explanation.