July 8, 2024 3-5PM ET

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Debate flares over how quickly to replace many lead service lines The EPA’s proposed new rules to replace all lead-containing service lines within 10 years are sparking debate. Lead was banned from new servicelines in 1986, but over 9 million such lines still exist. The Biden administration’s proposal contrasts with Trump-era rules allowing up to 30 years for replacement, triggered only by high lead levels. Critics argue the 10-year timeline is unfeasible and costly, especially alongside new EPA limits on PFAS contaminants and failing infrastructure. Republican state attorneys general claim the rules infringe on states’ rights, while Democratic counterparts urge quicker replacements in low-income areas. Public health advocates highlight the severe health risks of lead and argue that societal costs of lead exposure outweigh replacement expenses. An analysis suggests the benefits of replacement outweigh costs by a 35:1 ratio. The proposal faces challenges from funding constraints, potential costs to property owners, and the October deadline for rule adoption. The outcome may hinge on the November elections, which could alter the regulatory landscape.

Special Guest Azadeh Khatibi, MD, MS, MPH

Dr. Azadeh Khatibi is a fellowship-trained and board-certified ophthalmologist. She was a Regent’s Scholar at UCLA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Departmental Honors in Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology. She began her career as an actor while simultaneously pursuing studies at one of the top medical schools in the country, UCSF, in the Joint Medical Program, which only accepted 12 people per year. She also got her Master’s in Public Health and a master’s in Health & Medical Sciences, both from UC Berkeley. She completed internal medicine internship and residency at UC, Irvine, where she was chosen chief resident. She finished vitreo-retinal medicine and surgery at UC San Diego.

Dr. Khatibi is also a filmmaker and actress. She acted in and helped produce the feature Window Horses, with Sandra Oh, which was short-listed for Academy Award nomination. She was a lead producer of the film Sinjar, a narrative feature about the Yazidi genocide of 2014. Her acting credits The Truth is Hard to Find, directed by Darren Aronofsky. She served as a consultant on The Magic School Bus Rides Again (Netflix) and was a writing finalist in the Women in Film PSA program.

In addition, Dr. Khatibi is also a scientist, having discovered and named an eye disease, and also a published author of short story and poetry. She also volunteers as a mindfulness mentor. Most recently, Dr. Khatibi has become a vocal advocate for medical freedom and ethics. She’s sued the state of California and the Medical in two lawsuits regarding first amendment rights violations of physicians. Last fall, Dr. Khatibi testified in front of members of Congress’s Select Sub-Committee on COVID in Washington DC on the federal government’s role in interfering with the patient-physician relationship and physician autonomy. She is now working on a documentary about free speech and medicine and the spectre of medical authoritarianism.


We’re excited to announce a brand-new contest on The Robert Scott Bell Show! We’re calling all creative minds to come up with the bestrecipe for making CanGEST tea not just tolerable but delicious. The challenge is to create a recipe that uses only 100% clean, organic, and non-GMO ingredients – no artificial additives or refined sugars allowed. Super Don will personally test each submission, and the one that makes CanGEST tea taste the best will win an amazing prize! This is your chance to help improve Super Don’s liver health and showcase your culinary creativity. Submit your recipes and let’s find the ultimate way to make CanGEST tea a delight to drink!


Hour 2

Study narrows down long COVID to just 12 symptoms Researchers have narrowed down the symptoms of long COVID to 12 key indicators, aiming to simplify diagnoses and improve understanding of the condition. This focused framework emerged from extensive data analysis and patient reports. The identified symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, dizziness, gastrointestinal issues, heart palpitations, changes in smell or taste, chronic cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, joint or muscle pain, mood changes, and sleep problems. This refined symptom list helps distinguish long COVID from other conditions with overlapping symptoms, facilitating targeted treatment and resource allocation. The study’s findings underscore the importance of recognizing and addressing these specific symptoms to provide better care for individuals suffering from long COVID. As the condition continues to affect many globally, these insights are expected to enhance clinical approaches, support ongoing research, and contribute to developing effective therapies and management strategies for long COVID patients. This streamlined symptomatology aims to bring clarity and efficiency to the diagnosis and treatment of long COVID, reflecting a significant advancement in the medical community’s efforts to combat this enduring aspect of the pandemic. ​

Special Guest Pat Miletich

Pat “The Croatian Sensation” Miletich, was born March 9, 1968 in Davenport, Iowa. Miletich is the youngest of five siblings and a mixed martial artist (MMA) well known for his fights within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trains some of the most talented and popular fighters in MMA, such as former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, as well as former ICON Sport and Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.

Summit’s controversial bid to build a carbon capture pipeline wins Iowa board’s approval After a 2½-year process, the Iowa Utilities Board approved Summit Carbon Solutions’ request to build a carbon capture pipeline across Iowa. The board allowed the use of eminent domain to acquire land from unwilling owners, denying only four out of over 90 cases. Summit plans to begin construction in 2025, with operations starting in 2026. The pipeline will transport liquefied carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Iowa and neighboring states to an underground sequestration site in North Dakota, pending permit approvals. The project aims to move up to 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, qualifying for federal tax credits aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of ethanol. Safety concerns were a significant issue, leading to conditions such as mandatory inspections, thicker-walled pipes, and emergency equipment for communities along the pipeline route. The board required Summit to obtain a $100 million liability insurance policy and ensure compensation for landowners and tenants for construction damages. Despite dissents from two board members, the project was deemed to serve public convenience and necessity. Opponents, including the Sierra Club, vowed to appeal, arguing that the use of eminent domain was unjustified and that the pipeline poses significant risks without addressing climate change effectively.

Welcome to another insightful episode of “Homeopathic Hits” on The Robert Scott Bell Show.
Today, we’re highlighting Croton Tiglium, a homeopathic remedy derived from the seeds of the croton plant.
Known for its significant effects on skin eruptions and gastrointestinal issues, Croton Tiglium offers a natural approach to managing these conditions.

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