December 20, 2023 3-5PM ET

Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

‘Long Flu’ Joins ‘Long COVID’ as New Diagnosis
A recent study has identified “long flu” as a new diagnosis, indicating that some patients develop long-lasting health problems following a severe flu infection. This condition, while not as severe as “long COVID,” can still be significant for those affected. The study, involving over 92,000 VA hospital patients, found that both COVID-19 and the flu led to long-term health problems, often more severe than the initial phase of the infection. Patients hospitalized for either COVID-19 or the flu faced increased risks of death, rehospitalization, or health issues involving various organ systems within 18 months of infection. COVID-19 patients had a 50% higher risk of death compared to flu patients and faced greater risks of hospital readmission and more diverse organ system complications. The study underscores the importance of not trivializing viral infections and the need for vaccination against both COVID-19 and the flu, especially for vulnerable populations.

Special Guest Dr. John F. Montalvo, Jr.

Was born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. Moved to Margate, FL in July 1972. Graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with an AA in Business Administration. Studied at Calvary Chapel Bible College to become a pastor. Helped in planting a church in Boca Raton, FL in July 1994, in Boone, NC in April 1998 in Pompano Beach, FL in February 2007 and in Doral, FL in May 2010. Was married in April 1995 to Evie (Evelyn) Montalvo until her death on Memorial Day, May 26, 2003. Founder of Christian Connection Ministries in 1998 and Genesis Health Connection in 2003.

Was diagnosed with prostate and colon cancer in November 2000. And have been a cancer overcomer for over 21 years by using natural therapies. In November 2001, was ordained a Health Minister thru Hallelujah Acres. Has study under Dr. Thom Sonnenberg a Master Homeopathic Physician (retired). Also with Dr. John McDougall founder of the McDougall Program at St. Helena Hospital in Napa Valley, CA. plus author of several books. Dr. Joel Fuhrman spokesperson for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and author of Fasting and Eating for Health and his latest best seller Eat To Live. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University and chief U.S. investigator for the China Project. This landmark study conducted in 1983 and than again in 1989 was a collaborative effort between Cornell University, the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, and Oxford University, England. He authored two books from that study. One was published in 1996 called the China Project and the second called The China Study which was released in January 2005. Dr. Lorraine Day an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon and best selling author was for 15 years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine as Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics. She was also Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. She is also a Breast Cancer overcomer using natural therapies. And Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn cardiologist with the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Researcher and
prescriber of Plant base diets to reverse arteriosclerosis.

Graduated Trinity College of Natural Health in January 2007 and receive a doctorate as a Naturopathic Physician, a doctorate in Naturopathic Ministries and a Master Herbalist degree. Also have a certificate of completion as a VoiceBio Sound Therapist and a Certified Natural Health Professional.

Beetroot juice supplement found to lower blood pressure, improve exercise capacity in people with COPD
A 12-week course of daily beetroot juice supplement has been found to lower blood pressure and improve exercise capacity in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Conducted by researchers at Imperial College London, the study tested a concentrated beetroot juice high in nitrate against a placebo. The study included 81 people with COPD and systolic blood pressure above 130 mmHg. Participants were randomly allocated to either receive the nitrate-rich beetroot supplement or the placebo. Those taking the nitrate-rich supplement experienced an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of 4.5 mmHg and an average increase of around 30 meters in their six-minute walk distance. The study’s results are promising but will need confirmation in larger, longer-term studies. The research was published in the European Respiratory Journal.

Hour 2

Cardiac Arrest in Athletes May Be Tied to Genetics
A study involving over 280 top-level endurance athletes suggests that genetics may play a role in their vulnerability to heart disease and sudden cardiac arrest. The study, published in the journal Circulation, found that 1 in 6 of these athletes have measures typically indicative of heart disease and reduced heart function. These athletes also carried a significant number of genes associated with heart disease. The study is part of the Pro@Heart project, assessing the long-term health effects of high-level exercise. About 16% of the athletes showed heart measures normally associated with heart disease, such as an enlarged heart and changes in the heart’s left ventricle. However, their hearts functioned at “super normal” levels during exercise. Athletes with the highest load of heart disease-related genes were 11 times more likely to have reduced heart function measures. The findings highlight the need for close monitoring of the heart health of high-level athletes and raise questions about the long-term effects of such intense exercise on individuals with a genetic predisposition to heart problems. Researchers plan to follow these athletes over the next 25 years to observe any development of heart issues.


Pandemic of inactivity the next crisis facing United States, study warns
Researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) are warning of a growing physical inactivity pandemic in the United States, calling it a crisis. The study investigates the correlation between social vulnerability and physical inactivity, using county-level data on physical inactivity prevalence and the Social Vulnerability Index (SVI). Key findings include a significant impact of social vulnerability, particularly related to socioeconomic status and household characteristics, on physical inactivity prevalence. The study identifies a “social vulnerability belt” across the southern U.S. and parts of northern and western Alaska. It suggests that regional cultural influences play a strong role in physical inactivity. The research also considers external factors influencing lifestyle choices, including cultural and geographic factors, historical settlement patterns, and distinct regional cultures. The study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, emphasizes the need for tailored health promotion campaigns and individual counseling to address specific community and individual needs in promoting physical activity.

‘Sick Shaming’ at the Office Leads to Overuse of Cold Medicine Among U.S. Workers
The phenomenon of ‘sick shaming’ in the workplace is leading to an overuse of cold and allergy medications among U.S. workers. Amidst pressures to show up for work and social gatherings, even minor symptoms like a sniffle can result in being socially ostracized. To cope, many are turning to over-the-counter medications, leading to potential over-treatment. Sales of upper respiratory over-the-counter medications in the U.S. have risen 23% to $11.8 billion since the pandemic. This trend is concerning as excessive medication use can lead to side effects and may prolong illness by impacting its natural course. The pandemic has also influenced work behaviors, with remote work normalizing working while sick in isolation, potentially increasing medication use to get through the workday. The study highlights the need for a balanced approach to managing minor illnesses and the importance of not trivializing symptoms.

Welcome back to the “Homeopathic Hits” segment of The Robert Scott Bell Show.
In this episode, we’re focusing on Pulsatilla, a homeopathic remedy often used for conditions with changeable symptoms and in individuals with a gentle, emotional temperament.
Let’s explore the various applications of Pulsatilla, especially in these health scenarios.

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