July 14, 2023 3-5PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Vaccine makers do not use placebos to test the safety of their vaccines for kids Below is a re-publication of the chapter Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. mentioned in the town hall. (ORIGINAL SOURCE: Children’s Health Defense). “Vaccine makers do not use placebos to test the safety of their vaccines for kids What is a Placebo? A placebo is defined as a substance or treatment which is designed to have no therapeutic value. Common placebos include inert tablets (like sugar pills) and inert injections (like saline). Here is a sampling of some pediatric vaccines.  You will note that almost without exception, sugar pills, saline or other inert substances are not used. Hep B Vaccine Tests  In this “safety study”, hepatitis B vaccines were compared to each other and not to a true placebo. “Healthy infants were immunized at 2, 4 and 6 months of age with hepatitis B vaccine manufactured by either SmithKline Beecham (Engerix-B, 10 micrograms/dose, n = 228) or Merck and Co. (Recombivax HB, 2.5 micrograms/dose, n = 200).” Comparative safety and immunogenicity of two recombinant hepatitis B vaccines given to infants at two, four and six months of age. D P Greenberg , et al., Pediatr Infect Dis J. 1996 Jul;15(7):590-6. In this safety study “urban youth” received either a hepatitis B vaccine or a hepatitis B+A vaccine. No placebo. “Urban youth, ages 12 to 17 years, at participating Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions Clinical/Research sites were randomized to receive either 2 doses of Recombivax HB (10 microg hepatitis B surface antigen) or Twinrix (20 microg hepatitis B surface antigen and 720 EL.U hepatitis A antigen) at 0 and 24 weeks.” Randomized trial to determine safety and immunogenicity of two strategies for hepatitis B vaccination in healthy urban adolescents in the United States. Coleen K Cunningham, et al., Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Jun;29(6):530-4.

Special Guest Hava Levi

As a mother and grandmother to six incredible children and two grandchildren, I know how important it is to raise healthy and happy kids. Over 25 years ago, I took the initiative to learn about the amazing benefits of herbal medicine, good nutrition, and healthy living to ensure the well-being of my family. Now, as a holistic health coach and natural healer with many years of experience, I am passionate about empowering others to become their own healers. By learning about the benefits of herbal medicine, good nutrition, and healthy living, you can take control of your own well-being and unlock the incredible potential of your body’s innate healing abilities. I specialize in creating personalized regimens that are tailored to your unique health needs. From herbal remedies to reflexology, light therapy, clapping and more, I use a variety of modalities to support your body’s natural healing process. If you’re ready to take the first step towards becoming your own healer, I invite you to visit my website at Havawellness.com to learn more about my holistic healing services. Together, we can help you achieve optimal health and live your best life.

‘Skittles Bill’: California to Ban 5 Food Additives Linked to Cancer, Hormone Disruption After years of U.S. debate over widely used food additives, California is poised to become the first state in the nation to ban five ingredients found in popular candies and other processed foods. Assembly Bill 418, which was passed by the California State Assembly in May, targets red dye No. 3, titanium dioxide, brominated vegetable oil, potassium bromate and propylparaben — additives linked to health problems including cancer and hormone disruption. If successful, the bill would ban these ingredients, which are used in Skittles, Hot Tamales and Sour Patch Kids, by 2025. The California Senate Committee on Health was expected to vote Wednesday on whether to move the bill forward. Critics say the additives have not been meaningfully reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in decades despite scientific updates on their health risks, and that an FDA loophole has allowed thousands of chemicals to enter the U.S. food system without proper safety reviews. They hope the California bill will help kick off broader nationwide efforts to reevaluate harmful food additives and ban those that jeopardize Americans’ health. New York lawmakers proposed a similar bill in March, and earlier this month, Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky reintroduced the Food Chemical Reassessment Act, which targets food additive reforms at the federal level. The bill seeks to create an Office of Food Safety Assessment within the FDA that would reevaluate chemicals that slipped into Americans’ favorite snacks without proper or recent review by the agency.

Hour 2

Meals as Medicine: How Home-Delivered Meals Reduce Hospital Readmission and Death Providing meals may be an overlooked, but lifesaving, aspect of health care. The 2018 Chronic Care Act enabled Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to offer supplemental benefits, including in-home support, transportation, and meals. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost 3 out of 4 MA plans offered meals as a benefit in 2022. A recent cohort study, published this week in JAMA Health Forum, sought to determine the correlation between a 4-week posthospitalization home-delivered meals program and 30-day all-cause rehospitalization and mortality. The investigators evaluated these outcomes for patients admitted with heart failure and all other acute medical conditions. Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) first offered home-delivered meals as an MA supplemental benefit on January 1, 2021. Eligible patients primarily included those hospitalized for heart failure, who received 2 meals a day. The study authors note this is because heart failure is considered a nutrition-sensitive condition, and thus there is a proven clinical benefit for patients to receive nutritional meals after hospital discharge. A subset of MA members could be eligible for 3 meals a day, if they were covered under select employer group plans for any hospitalized condition. The comparative cohort study was conducted across 15 hospitals within KPSC. The primary study group included MA members who received home-delivered meals for 4 weeks after hospital discharge, during a study period of January 1, 2021–January 31, 2022. There were 2 no-meals comparators, a 2019 historical cohort and a 2021–2022 concurrent cohort. All patients were enrolled in the Kaiser Foundation MA plan, 30% as individual members and 30% through their employer groups. Because all individual MA plan members hospitalized with a principal diagnosis of heart failure were eligible for the 2-meals-a-day benefit, while selected group MA plan members were eligible for the buy-in, 3-meals-a-day benefit regardless of their hospital diagnosis, the analytical cohorts were stratified by principal diagnosis of heart failure versus all other acute medical diagnoses. A total of 4032 adults admitted to the hospital with heart failure were included in the final analyses, averaging 48% White, 50% female, and 79 years of age. There were 7944 non-heart failure hospitalizations, averaging 49% White, 52% female, and 78 years of age.

Special Guest Ashley Everly

Ashley Everly received her bachelor of science in Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis and worked as an intern at the California Environmental Protection Agency with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Her first born’s vaccine injury propelled her to investigate the medical research on natural health, nutrition, and vaccine safety, and this motivated her to create a free resource called Vaccine Guide. Since then she has become a voice in the vaccine risk aware community and has worked with various non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, and law firms to help bring the truth to light.

Do Plants Scream? Study Shows They Can Under Stress Do plants scream when distressed? Do plants scream when you cut them? The thought of a plant that screams is distressing for gardeners, but new research hints that it might be a real phenomenon. A recently published study found that a screaming plant isn’t exactly a thing, but that plants under stress do make specific noises undetectable in normal human hearing. Distressed Plants Emit Sounds Researchers from Tel Aviv University recorded sounds made by plants under stress. They recently published their findings in the journal Cell. They discovered distinct noises made by tomato and tobacco plants stressed by dehydration and when their stems were cut. They used ultrasonic microphones placed near plants to record the sounds. Previous studies used detectors directly attached to plants and noted vibrations. For the current study, researchers wanted to see if sounds could be heard at a small distance from the plants. Although the frequency was too high for human hearing, the microphones recorded popping sounds, rather than screams or cries. When the frequency was lowered, the researchers could clearly hear the noises and described them as similar to the sound of popcorn popping. The frequency of the sounds is too high for humans to hear—they are in the 40 to 80 kHz range—but other animals might hear plants make these sounds. Some insects and mammals, like bats, moths, or mice, could pick up these sounds, although they would have to be close. There could be a co-evolutionary link between the plants and any animals that can hear them.

Question of The Day!

Dr. Bell,
When a person has a strong immune system, do they still experience sickness?
Do pathogens still multiply within them?
Are they still affected by the spectrum of contractible diseases or do the diseases die so quickly within them that they don’t notice symptoms?

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