Michelle Obama science, Bride vs D.C. dance ban, MRNA logic, Vax shedding concerns, Post-jab fertility, Seasonal face masks, Invisibility cloaks, Synthetic dyes, Liver function, Drinking water nitrates, Syngenta lawsuits and MORE!

May 11th, 2021 3-5PM ET

Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Michelle Obama: ‘You wanna hang out with us? Get your vaccine’ Michelle Obama says she and former President Obama have a rule about in-person get-togethers amid the coronavirus pandemic: no vaccine, no visit. “You wanna hang out with us? Get your vaccine,” Michelle Obama told Gayle King in an interview that aired Monday on “CBS This Morning.” “Get all of it. Finish it up. And then we can talk. So I urge everybody out there within the sound of our voices, please, please get the vaccine. It’s time,” the former first lady added. When King noted that many Americans are “scared” or simply refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Obama urged them to consider the research. “All I can say is that I have tried to live a life where I don’t lie to people,” Obama, who received her shot in March, said. “And the science behind a vaccine is the same science that’s behind aspirin and insulin.” The former first family has been vocal proponents of getting vaccinated. The ex-commander in chief made an appeal to young Americans in a TikTok video last month to “get the vaccine as soon as you can.” The couple also appeared in a PSA in March alongside other former presidents and first ladies stressing the importance of vaccinations against the coronavirus.

Bride-To-Be’s Lawsuit Against DC: Why Is Dancing Allowed At Strip Clubs But Banned At Weddings? A Washington D.C. woman is suing the city over its ban on dancing at weddings. Margaret Appleby, whose wedding is scheduled for June 6, filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming that the city’s ban violates her First Amendment rights. The city allows dancing in exercise classes such as Zumba and at strip clubs, Appleby’s lawsuit notes. Appleby and her fiance repeatedly modified their wedding plans to accommodate Washington D.C.’s coronavirus restrictions, including changing the number of people invited to comply with social distancing regulations. A majority of guests are expected to be vaccinated, according to the lawsuit, and out-of-towners are expected to comply with the city’s quarantine requirements. The lawsuit claims that the ban, announced by Mayor Muriel Bowser on May 3, is “arbitrary” since “it permits other forms of nonexpressive dancing, gathering, and congregating, while banning wedding dancing without accounting for whether people are vaccinated.”

Questions of The Day!

Hey Robert and Super Don,
While talking with a somewhat pro-jab family member the other day, it was suggested the jab will help things get back to normal. I asked them something that I (as a non-scientist) have wondered for a while. If we were to assume the PCR test was accurate, how would injecting mRNA that tells your body to create the spike protein of the virus ever enable one to test negative? Thinking logically, it could be argued that one could never test negative after the jab. My question was met with silence. What are people not getting about this?


Hi Robert!
I’m in DIRE need of help!! I have Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome, Anti Cardiolipin Antibody, Lupus AND High Lipoprotein-a. I’m not sure how Lipo-a fits into all this but I have it to. I’m being pumped full of toxic drugs to manage symptoms, needless to say all that’s doing is prolonging my agony!! I’ve suffered major clotting issues throughout my entire body, legs, lungs, heart and now my brain. I know I have heavy metal toxicity and possibly mold, just about every deficiency and abnormal lab marker out there but HDL and LDL are very low??? The list goes on. I cant find a doctor that will even touch me with what I have going on! ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated!! PLEASE help me?! Thank YOU!! Tim.


Last Saturday, I ate with ~20 vaccinated friends. Is it too soon for them to be shedding? What do I need to look out for?

There is no link between the COVID-19 vaccines and infertility. Here’s why It’s the claim that’s suddenly everywhere: The COVID-19 vaccine is going to make women infertile. “No! You don’t know the science!” one woman posted on Twitter in response to naysayers. “The vaccine creates an immune response to the placenta and renders a woman sterile! They know this and this is the objective! It’s a shifty world sterilisation programme.” As it turns out, this unfounded fear isn’t new, said vaccine expert and pediatrician Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, the chief of Stanford University School of Medicine’s division of pediatric infectious diseases, who is currently leading vaccine trials in children younger than 12. “Oh my goodness, people have been saying this about every vaccine since I can remember,” said Maldonado, who also chairs the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases. “There is no evidence that this vaccine will affect development or fertility.” Even those who do not consider themselves anti-vaxxers are expressing worry. As one woman shared on social media, “The protein that the COVID vaccine codes for is similar to a protein on the placenta, so ppl worry it could cause infertility.”

Hour 2

Mask-wearing could become seasonal after COVID pandemic, Fauci says. Here’s why Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said mask-wearing could be a seasonal habit to combat common illnesses, even after the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor, said during a Sunday interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” it was “quite possible” that people will decide to wear masks seasonally to prevent catching colds or the flu. “We’ve had practically a non-existent flu season this year merely because people were doing the kinds of public health things that were directed predominately against COVID-19,” he said. “So it is conceivable that as we go on a year or two or more from now that during certain seasonal periods when you have respiratory borne viruses like the flu, people might actually elect to wear masks to diminish the likelihood that you’ll spread these respiratory borne diseases.”

The people who want to keep masking: ‘It’s like an invisibility cloak’ She’s been fully vaccinated for three weeks, but Francesca, a 46-year-old professor, does not plan to abandon the face mask that she’s come to view as a kind of “invisibilty cloak” just yet. “Maybe it’s because I’m a New Yorker or maybe it’s because I always feel like I have to present my best self to the world, but it has been such a relief to feel anonymous,” she said. “It’s like having a force field around me that says ‘don’t see me’.” Francesca is not alone. After more than a year of the coronavirus pandemic, some people – especially some women – are reluctant to give up the pieces of cloth that serve as a potent symbol of our changed reality. Whether and when to wear a face mask has been one of the most fraught and divisive debates of the pandemic, from the early days of (bad) expert advice against masking, to the anti-masker protests of summer 2020, and the current, oddly angry public debates about when people should stop wearing masks outside. US officials in recent weeks have said that fully vaccinated Americans can go outdoors without a face mask, except in big crowds. But while Tucker Carlson on Fox News frames continued mask-wearing as child abuse, Emma Green in the Atlantic portrays liberals who remain very concerned about Covid as anti-science, and various pundits toss around accusations of “irrationality” or pandemic “addiction”, some people told the Guardian that they simply prefer wearing their face masks in public. It has nothing to do with being pro-science or anti-science, liberal or conservative, they said. Instead, it’s about the fact that there are more things that can hurt them than viruses, including the aggressive or unwelcome attention of other people – or even any attention at all.

Synthetic Dyes in Popular Kids’ Foods Linked to Hyperactivity, Learning Disorders Synthetic dyes used as colorants in many common foods and drinks can negatively affect attention and activity in children, according to a comprehensive review of existing evidence published this month by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). Funded by the California legislature in 2018, the new report involved a literature review, scientific symposium for experts, peer review process and public comment period. Its conclusions about the behavioral effects of food dyes are grounded in the results of 27 clinical trials in children performed on four continents over the last 45 years, as well as animal studies and research into the mechanisms through which dyes exert their behavioral effects. Food dyes in products such as breakfast cereals, juice and soft drinks, frozen dairy desserts, candies and icings were linked to adverse neurobehavioral outcomes in children including inattentiveness, hyperactivity and restlessness. Animal studies also revealed effects on activity, memory and learning. The report is the most rigorous assessment of the behavioral effects of food dyes ever conducted, said Lisa Lefferts, a senior scientist with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. (Editor’s note: Lefferts previously worked as an editor at Environmental Health News (EHN). Lefferts has been tracking the issue for years and through the Center published her own report on the link between synthetic food dyes and behavioral problems in children in 2016. In it she called for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to either revoke approvals for all food dyes or institute a federal labeling rule.

Heart disease and obesity driven by liver function – new study How susceptible we are to obesity and heart disease could be determined by our livers, a new study has revealed. Using a sample of over 700,000 individuals, scientists from Brunel University London and Imperial College London found that heart disease is far more prevalent in people who were born with a set of that have previously been associated with how our bodies control functions such as the metabolism of fat and glucose. Published by Nature Communications, it’s hoped the study – Genetic analysis in European ancestry individuals identifies 517 loci associated with  – could help clinicians identify those at the highest risk of heart disease in the future, potentially paving the way for earlier interventions. “We were looking at liver enzymes, which are a reflection of our liver function, to identify which genes in the human genome control liver function and what else might be associated with those genes,” said project co-lead Dr Raha Pazoki, a lecturer in biomedical sciences at Brunel. “One of the things we found, for instance, was that these genes are linked to obesity and the distribution of fat in the body and the percentage of fat in the liver – they are implicated in our metabolism and how our bodies process fats and glucose.”

Nitrate in drinking water tied to spontaneous preterm birth risk Nitrate in drinking water is associated with increased odds of spontaneous preterm birth, according to a study published online May 5 in Environmental Health Perspectives. Allison R. Sherris, from Stanford University in California, and colleagues investigated the association between elevated nitrate in water and spontaneous preterm birth. The analysis included 1,443,318 consecutive sibling birth certificate records linked with Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development hospital discharge data for California births (2000 to 2011). Public water system monitoring records were used to estimate nitrate concentrations in drinking water for each woman’s residence during gestation. The researchers found that spontaneous preterm birth at 20 to 31 weeks was increased in association with tap water nitrate concentrations during pregnancy of 5 to <10 mg/L (odds ratio [OR], 1.47; 95 percent confidence interval [CI], 1.29 to 1.67) and ≥10 mg/L (OR, 2.52; 95 percent CI, 1.49 to 4.26) versus <5 mg/L (as nitrogen). For spontaneous preterm at 32 to 36 weeks, the corresponding estimates were positive but close to the null (OR, 1.08 [95 percent CI, 1.02 to 1.15] for 5 to <10 mg/L; OR, 1.05 [95 percent CI, 0.85 to 1.31] for ≥10 mg/L versus <5 mg/L nitrate). In several secondary and sensitivity analyses, including in a conventional individual-level design, the findings were similar.

6 More Lawsuits Filed Against Syngenta Over Pesticide That Causes Parkinsons, First Trial Set for Today Six more lawsuits alleging Syngenta’s weed killing pesticide paraquat causes Parkinson’s Disease were filed last week in Pennsylvania, California and Illinois, adding to more than a dozen similar lawsuits already filed in U.S. courts. The lawsuits all allege that exposure to paraquat, which is banned in more than 30 countries though not in the U.S., causes the incurable and progressive Parkinson’s disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain, leading in advanced cases to severe physical debilitation and often dementia and death. Many Parkinson’s experts say the disease can be caused by a range of factors, including exposure to pesticides such as paraquat, as well as other chemicals. The first trial set to take place in the U.S. is to begin on May 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois. Missouri lawyer Steve Tillery is representing the plaintiffs in Hoffman V. Syngenta and said he plans to introduce evidence that includes internal company records showing Syngenta has known for decades that its product causes Parkinson’s Disease. The defendants in the Hoffman case, as well as the other cases filed, name the Swiss-based Syngenta and Chevron USA as defendants. Both Chevron and Syngenta deny there is a connection between the disease and the weed killer. Chevron distributed and sold paraquat products in the U.S. starting with an agreement with a Syngenta predecessor called Imperial Chemical Industries, which introduced a paraquat-based herbicide called Gramoxone in 1962. Under a license agreement, Chevron had the right to manufacture, use and sell paraquat formulations in the U.S.

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