July 3, 2018 7-9PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
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Merck Receives FDA Priority Review to Expand Dangerous Gardasil Vaccine to Women and Men Ages 27 to45 Gardasil vaccine manufacturer, Merck, announced earlier this month (June, 2018) that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted them a “Priority Review” to approve the dangerous and controversial Gardasil 9 vaccine to women and men, ages 27 to 45. The Gardasil vaccine is currently approved for girls and boys, ages 9 through 26. The request by Merck to expand its market to women and men, ages 27 to 45, and the FDA’s approval to grant it a Priority Review by October 6, 2018, follows 10 years after the FDA struck down a similar request to expand the older version of Gardasil to the same age group. FiercePharma, the marketing publication for pharmaceutical drugs, reports: Back in 2008, after agreeing to a faster review in the age group, the FDA decided against Merck’s case for an additional Gardasil approval in females 27 to 45. The agency in 2009 issued a second complete response letter for that application, demanding Merck to provide longer-term efficacy data in the age group. That set of data apparently didn’t turn things around for Merck. In both Gardasil’s and Gardasil 9’s current labels, information about a study on 3,253 women 27 through 45 years of age states that there was “no statistically significant efficacy” demonstrated by the vaccine in preventing high-grade cervical lesions or cervical cancer.
Hold Your Breath If You Live In This State
Illnesses From Pesticide Drift Increase by 50% In Just One State Troubling numbers have arrived from California regarding illnesses caused by agricultural pesticide exposure. According to data released by the Department of Pesticide Regulation for 2015, the number of illnesses increased by 50% from 2014 The number of cases labeled “definite,” “probable,” and “possible” related to pesticides increased from 265 in 2014 to 397 in 2015. As the Register Pajaronian writes, Overall pesticide-related illnesses, including those stemming from non-agricultural exposure, were up 10 percent over the prior year. DPR’s latest Pesticide Illness Report documented 1,187 cases in 2015, a third of them agricultural. Drift was to blame for most of the agricultural incidents, including one in Kern County that sickened 82 workers. Monterey County’s 89 agricultural pesticide illnesses and injuries were third most in the entire state only to Fresno County’s 102 and Kern County’s 98 cases. Monterey County saw a 370 percent increase in such pesticide illnesses above 2014.
Is Organic An Endangered Species?
Nature’s Path Leaves Organic Trade Association as Protest to Save Organic Today, Nature’s Path Foods, North America’s Largest organic breakfast company, announced its resignation from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) citing concern the OTA is shifting its commitment from supporting and representing the core principles of the organic food movement, to begin pushing a non-organic agenda which threatens the future of organic. Recent actions by the OTA that have driven the company’s decision include misrepresenting organic food companies and US consumers to support a vague and misleading national GMO labelling law, and allowing hydroponics to fall under the organic certification label where there is no organic agriculture nor soil present. “Our departure from the OTA is an act of protest to raise awareness of our concern that the important role organic plays to support the health of consumers and our planet is being compromised,” says Nature’s Path founder and co-CEO Arran Stephens. “We believe giant food corporations, that also happen to own small organic brands, use the OTA to influence policy decisions to protect the best interest of their large, non-organic food portfolios.”
Loophole Could Exempt Over 10,000 GE Foods from GMO Disclosure Labeling Law According to an EWG analysis, new loopholes proposed by the Trump administration could exempt over 10,000 – or 1 out of 6 – genetically engineered foods from a new GMO disclosure law. The draft rule may exempt foods produced with GMOs if the food products contain highly refined GMO sugars and oils. There is a high rate of adoption for many GMO crops like corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets, meaning that ingredients derived from these crops have a high likelihood of being GMO. Based on an analysis of ingredient-level information for more than 105,000 food products in our Food Scores database, EWG estimated that roughly 67,111 food products contain at least one of these ingredients, which are likely produced with genetic engineering. Out of that total, as many as 58,377 food products – or 87 percent – contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is likely produced with genetic engineering, like beet sugar or canola oil. And 10,889 – or one in six – possible GMO food products only contain a highly refined sugar or oil that is likely produced with genetic engineering and would therefore be exempt from the disclosure requirement.
And Now For Something Completely Different…
Iran thinks Israel has been stealing its clouds to cause a drought An Iranian general has accused Israel of ‘manipulating weather’ to prevent rain over the Islamic republic – aka, stealing the country’s clouds. Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defence Organisation, alleged that his country was facing cloud ‘theft’ during a press conference. However he was later contradicted by the nation’s weather chief. Speaking at the conference, the general said: ‘The changing climate in Iran is suspect. ‘Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change’. He later insisted the results from an Iranian scientific study ‘confirmed’ the claim. ‘Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,’ he said. ‘On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft’, Jalali added, citing a survey showing that above 2,200 metres all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
Hour 2 – Study Finds: Studies Suck
Unscientific Method: Study Finds All Those Big Data Studies Are Mostly Big Mistakes People like to read studies. This, we at StudyFinds, know to be true. But we also know that people like to debate — and often debunk — the veracity and viability of studies, too. Now a study that actually studied studies seems to side with the naysayers, finding that research which evaluates large groups of people leads to skewed results. In order to get a better and more accurate grasp of mankind, the authors say, scientists need to study people individually. Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley believe that big data can be a big mess, especially for health practitioners who depend on medical research to guide them in their practices. That’s because human beings can be so markedly different from one another, often-studied subjects like mental health and physiology can yield unreliable conclusions when coming from massive segments of a population.
Special Guest Chris Barr!
Women Ingesting Probiotics Can Decrease Their Bone Loss By Half There are over 400 species of bacteria in yourbelly right now that can be the key to health or disease. The genomes of the bacteria and viruses of the human gut alone are thought to encode 3.3 million genes. Among older women who received probiotics, bone loss was halved compared to women who received only a placebo. The research opens the door to a new way to prevent fractures among the elderly. Brittleness of the bones, or osteoporosis, is characterized by porous and weak bones, which can cause them to break even when subjected to low loads, such as a fall from standing height. The proportion of the population with osteoporosis increases with age, and a majority of women over 80 years of age have the disease. “Today there are effective medications administered to treat osteoporosis, but because bone fragility is rarely detected before the first fracture, there is a pressing need for preventive treatments,” says Mattias Lorentzon, who is a chief physician and professor of geriatrics at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. This is the first time that researchers have shown that it is possible to cut age-related bone loss in elderly women in half if they receive health-promoting bacteria, known as probiotics.
Probiotics can help clear up your skin problems, dermatologist says You have probably heard that probiotics, the “good” live bacteria, helps keep your gut healthy. A considerable amount of research has also shown they can help support a healthy immune system, boost weight management and even improve your mental health. But one New York City dermatologist claims the “helpful” bacteria can even lead to clear, radiant skin. “There’s ground breaking new science showing that the gut and the skin are intimately connected,” Dr. Whitney Bowe, a dermatologist and author of “The Beauty of Dirty Skin” told Fox News. “People don’t realize we have live bacteria covering our skin and swimming through our intestines and if we find a way to harness the power of these microscopic warriors we can do magnificent things with the skin. They can target things like acne, rosacea, eczema, premature aging, and skin cancer.” In her book, Bowe describes how your gut’s microbial inhabitants, also referred to as your intestinal flora, are workhorses. “They assist with digestion and the absorption of nutrients: you can’t nourish yourself effectively without them,” she said.
Moment of Duh?
Smoking marijuana may be tied to cough, sputum production Smoking marijuana seems to be associated with increased risk of cough, sputum production, and wheezing, according to a review published online July 3 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Mehrnaz Ghasemiesfe, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues reviewed data from 22 studies to examine the correlation between marijuana use and respiratory symptoms, pulmonary function, and obstructive lung disease. The authors included observational and interventional studies that reported pulmonary outcomes of adolescents and adults who used marijuana. The researchers found that in a pooled analysis of two prospective studies, marijuana use was correlated with elevated risk for cough and sputum production (risk ratios, 2.04 and 3.84, respectively). In a pooled analysis of cross-sectional studies (one with low and three with moderate risk of bias), marijuana use was correlated with cough, sputum production, wheezing, and dyspnea (risk ratios, 4.37, 3.4, 2.83, and 1.56, respectively). The data on pulmonary function and obstructive lung disease were insufficient.
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More upcoming RSB events:
- Immune System Gut lecture July 20, Whitaker’s Farm Market, 7427 State Route 13, Bellville, OH 44813
- MAHO-Columbus Ohio July 21-22, 2018
- Cancer Prevention Convention Sun Aug 19, 2018
- The Trinity Conference, September 22-23, 2018, Schaumberg, Illinois!
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