June 3, 2024 3-5PM ET

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WHO International Health Regulations The 77th World Health Assembly hastily approved amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) without proper procedural adherence, bypassing the required four-month review period. This action, driven by an unelected insider group, disregarded established protocols and norms, reflecting a troubling pattern of arbitrary decision-making under the WHO’s current leadership. The amendments grant the WHO Director-General significant authority to declare public health emergencies, potentially enabling invasive surveillance and mandatory public health interventions. Concerns about censorship are heightened by provisions requiring states to address “misinformation and disinformation.” Critics argue that these actions undermine international consensus and democratic principles, advocating for state-level legislation to counteract the illegitimate approval process. The IHR amendments, while aiming to improve global health responses, risk expanding WHO’s power in ways that may not align with transparent, evidence-based public health practices.

WHO Seeking ‘Way Forward’ on IHR Amendments, but a Vote Would Be Illegal, Critics Say WHO negotiators have failed to reach consensus on the “pandemic agreement” and amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) in time for the World Health Assembly. Critics argue that any vote on these amendments would violate international law due to the lack of a four-month review period required by Article 55 of the IHR. Despite this, WHO leaders are pushing forward, creating a drafting group to reconcile differences and extend negotiations. Legal experts, including Sir Jeffrey Jowell, assert that a vote would be unlawful. Some countries, like the Netherlands, have passed resolutions against adopting the amendments under these conditions. Critics view the proposals as a global “power grab” that threatens national sovereignty and personal freedoms. The U.S. resolution to adopt the amendments is seen as obfuscatory, and African nations propose extending negotiations to allow more time for education and policymaking. The World Health Assembly’s proceedings continue amid these controversies.

General Mills faces renewed calls to remove plastic chemicals from food Consumer Reports has renewed its call for General Mills to remove plastic chemicals, specifically phthalates, from its food products. Apetition signed by over 30,000 people was delivered to General Mills, urging the company to eliminate these chemicals, which are linked to health risks such as hormone disruption, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, and birth defects. Tests earlier this year revealed high levels of phthalates in several General Mills products, including Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli, Yoplait, Cheerios, Green Giant, and Progresso. Phthalates enter food primarily through packaging and plastic equipment used in production. General Mills maintains that its products meet regulatory requirements and are regularly reviewed for safety. Despite the lack of current regulatory requirements, Consumer Reports advocates for federal regulations to address the presence of phthalates in food. The FDA allows nine phthalates in food production but does not permit their direct addition to food. The FDA is currently reviewing how these chemicals are used in food packaging to update safety assessments.

With ruling, Pfizer can escape some claims in legal battle over Chantix carcinogen allegations Pfizer has achieved a significant win in the legal battle over its smoking cessation drug Chantix, as a New York judge has narrowed the scope of the claims in a class action lawsuit. This lawsuit, brought by Chantix users and payers, includes accusations of negligence and unjust enrichment related to Pfizer’s representation of the drug as nitrosamine-free. In 2021, Canadian health authorities found potential carcinogens in Chantix, leading to a global pause in shipments and a subsequent recall. While Pfizer’s attempt to dismiss the entire complaint was unsuccessful, the court dismissed several claims, including allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation about the drug’s risks. Pfizer maintains that Chantix is safe and effective, supported by extensive clinical use over 15 years, with no regulatory body determining it increases cancer risk. The case continues amidst similar carcinogen-related lawsuits faced by other pharmaceutical companies, like GSK with its heartburn medication Zantac.

Welcome to “Homeopathic Hits” on The Robert Scott Bell Show.
Today, we’re focusing on Barosma, a homeopathic remedy derived from the buchu plant.
Known for its significant impact on urinary health and detoxification, Barosma offers a natural approach to managing conditions like urinary tract infections and bladder issues.
Let’s explore the therapeutic benefits of Barosma and how it can support overall health.

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New bill could bail out US farmers ruined by ‘forever chemical’ pollution The U.S. Congress is considering a $500 million fund to support farmers affected by PFAS contamination. These “forever chemicals”have poisoned crops and livestock through contaminated sewage sludge used as fertilizer and from military bases. The bipartisan proposal is included in the Senate’s version of the Farm Bill and aims to remediate farms, buy out farmers, and fund health monitoring and state-level testing for PFAS. The bill follows Maine’s successful legislation, which led to more farmers testing for PFAS without the fear of financial ruin. PFAS, linked to serious health problems, are found in nearly all tested sludge, but the EPA has taken limited action. Advocates are optimistic about the bill and ongoing lawsuits pushing the EPA to ban biosolids under the Clean Water Act. The House version of the bill does not yet include the provision, but efforts are underway to incorporate it.

Farmers must kill 4.2 million chickens after bird flu hits Iowa egg farm Iowa state officials announced that more than 4 million chickens must be culled after a highly pathogenic bird flu was detected at a large egg farm in Sioux County. This recent outbreak is part of a broader issue that has led to the killing of 92.34 million birds since 2022. The virus was also found at an egg farm in Minnesota, resulting in the slaughter of nearly 1.4 million chickens. The spread of bird flu to dairy cattle has added to the concerns, with cases now confirmed on dairy farms in nine states. Although health and agriculture officials state that the risk to the public remains low and beef from affected cows was not allowed into the food supply, workers exposed to infected animals are at higher risk. There have been three human cases in the U.S., including two dairy workers and one poultry farm worker.

Scientists Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Make Chickens Resist Bird Flu — Here’s What Happened Researchers in the U.K. used CRISPR technology togenetically modify chickens to resist avian influenza, but the study had mixed results. The scientists altered the genetic code of chickens to make them resistant to the bird flu virus by targeting the ANP32A protein. While only one of the ten genetically edited chickens got sick when exposed to the virus, a higher dose infected five out of ten. The virus mutated to use other proteins for replication, and mutations also allowed the virus to replicate more efficiently in human cells. Critics argue the study inadvertently created a more infectious strain of the virus for humans. The gene editing aimed to prevent outbreaks and reduce the need for vaccinations, but concerns remain about the potential risks of such modifications. The study highlights the complexities and challenges of using gene editing to combat rapidly evolving viruses like avian influenza.

No Meat, No Plant: Protein Made by Finnish Startup is Literally Made from Thin Air Finnish startup Solar Foods has developed Solein, a sustainable protein made from air and electricity. This innovative approach uses hydrogen and carbon dioxide to feed single-celled organisms through a process called chemosynthesis. The production method of Solein, which involves the electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen, significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional animal and plant-based protein sources. Solein emits 130 times less greenhouse gases than beef protein production. The startup’s first production facility in Vantaa, Finland, serves as a proof of concept, aiming to scale up the technology for industrial use. While Solein is approved for sale in Singapore, it awaits regulatory approval in the EU and the US. Solar Foods plans to build a much larger industrial plant and receives funding from the European Union. The company’s goal is to transform the food industry by offering a highly efficient and environmentally friendly protein alternative.

Lab-grown meat isn’t on store shelves yet, but some states have already banned it Despite lab-grown meat not being widely available, states like Florida and Alabama have preemptively banned its sale,citing safety concerns and the desire to protect traditional agriculture. Other states, including Iowa, have restricted its use in school lunch programs. Cultivated meat, grown from animal cells, received U.S. approval for sale in June 2023, with initial offerings at upscale restaurants. However, political opposition has grown, with some lawmakers proposing bans and raising concerns about the new technology’s safety. Proponents argue that lab-grown meat meets rigorous safety standards and could address food security and environmental issues. The meat industry has mixed reactions, with some large companies developing their own cultivated meat products, while state-level bans garner support from local cattlemen’s associations. Critics of the bans argue that they limit consumer choice and stifle innovation in a burgeoning field that could offer significant benefits.

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