March 12, 2024 3-5pm ET

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Experts Can’t Agree If We’re Still in a Pandemic As a health journalist, I’ve written the phrase “the COVID-19 pandemic” more times than I care to count in the four years since the World Health Organization(WHO) first used that term on March 11, 2020. But lately, the word “pandemic” has given me pause. Maybe you’ve noticed it too: these days, a lot of people refer to the pandemic in the past tense. “During COVID,” they say, or, “when we were in the pandemic.” The implication is that the virus is gone and the pandemic is over. The former is clearly untrue. The SARS-CoV-2 virus still kills thousands of people around the world each month, saddles still more with chronic symptoms known as Long COVID, and continues to evolve, with the highly transmissible JN.1 variant recently causing waves of infection across the globe. But are we still a pandemic? No one seems to know for sure. When I asked Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), she didn’t give a direct answer. “Rather than getting caught up in the semantics of it,” she says, people should feel confident that “we are outside of the emergency [phase]. But I don’t want folks to forget that COVID is still here and still poses a risk.”

Special Guest Pedro Jerez

I created Business With Integrity because I believe I am not alone in wanting business to do better, to be better, to the people it serves and the world we share. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and business leaders change the way business is done so they can grow & scale in more meaningful ways. One of my greatest achievements has been helping to build numerous industry-leading brands that positively impact millions of lives all around the world. Because of this, I’m often asked, “How did you get started?”It all began at age five, when I tried on my first suit, a matching replica of my dad’s—just picture classic Men in Black. We were in Las Vegas, attending one of my dad’s work conventions in one of the world’s most iconic hotels, the MGM Grand. Holding my dad’s hand while walking across the casino floor, I saw the grand prize on display: one million dollars cash! Twenty-dollar bills sat seductively stacked in neat piles of ten thousand. Gripping my dad’s hand tight and smiling, I said, “Dad, I’m going to be a millionaire.” Before my 25th birthday, I had helped private clients generate many millions of dollars. This moment drove me to start my own company at age 18. Before my 19th birthday, I was earning a six-figure income. Before my 25th birthday, I had helped private clients generate many millions of dollars. Believe it or not, I felt empty inside, because it was all about the money. I knew there was something else I wanted from life, something greater than more money, even greater than the appreciation of my clients for the awesome results I helped them achieve. I decided to give it all up, my business, my status, my lifestyle. My friends and family insisted I was crazy and irrational, and at times I agreed with them. Raised in the Bronx, New York, with nothing more than a curiosity for the world and parents who nurtured that curiosity, my young success had been beyond my parents’ dreams for me, and here I was giving it all up to “figure things out.” That one drastic decision led me on a soul journey.


On today’s episode of “Homeopathic Hits” on The Robert Scott Bell Show, we delve into Chenopodium Anthelminticum, a homeopathic remedy derived from the American wormseed plant.
Celebrated for its anthelmintic (anti-parasitic) capabilities and auditory health benefits, Chenopodium Anthelminticum offers a natural approach to combating intestinal worms and supporting ear health.
Join us as we explore the multifaceted benefits of this potent remedy.

Hour 2

Could many dementia cases actually be liver disease? A recent study of US veterans found that 10% of those diagnosed with dementia actually had a liver condition called hepatic encephalopathy (HE) – a treatable condition. The liver can be damaged by several things, including alcohol, fatty deposits and hepatitis viruses. When the damage continues over several years, the liver becomes scarred (known as cirrhosis) and, at a certain point, can no longer perform one of its critical tasks: detoxifying the blood. Toxins (mainly ammonia) can build up and get into the brain, interfering with brain function. This is HE. HE can be very mild and difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can be as subtle as changes in sleep pattern or irritability. As the condition worsens, symptoms such as forgetfulness, disorientation or confusion emerge. In its most severe form, it can cause coma and death. Once diagnosed, it can be treated, initially with laxatives that help to remove ammonia and other toxins that accumulate in the gut. This is followed by treatment with an antibiotic (rifaximin) that kills some of the harmful ammonia-producing bacteria in the gut. If it is very severe, HE can even be a reason to have a liver transplant.

Obesity drug Wegovy is approved to cut heart attack and stroke risk in overweight patients The popular weight-loss drug Wegovy, which has helped millions of Americans shed pounds, can now be used toreduce the risk of stroke, heart attacks and other serious cardiovascular problems in patients who are overweight or who have obesity, federal regulators said Friday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a label change requested by drugmaker Novo Nordisk that expands the use of semaglutide. The decision was based on the results of a study that found that Wegovy cut the risk of serious heart problems — including heart attack, stroke and heart-related deaths. Higher-weight patients with heart disease but not diabetes were 20% less likely to experience those problems compared with patients who took placebo, or dummy shots, the study found.

More parents are delaying their kids’ vaccines, and it’s alarming pediatricians As measles cases pop up across the country this winter — including several in California — one group of children is stirring deep concerns among pediatricians: the babies and toddlers of vaccine-hesitant parents who are delaying their child’s measles-mumps-rubella shots. Pediatricians across the state say they have seen a sharp increase recently in the number of parents with concerns about routine childhood vaccinations who are demanding their own inoculation schedules for their babies, creating a worrisome pool of very young children who may be at risk of contracting measles, a potentially deadly yet preventable disease. “Especially early on, when a parent is already feeling really vulnerable and doesn’t want to give something to their beautiful baby who was just born if they don’t need it, it makes them think, ‘Maybe I’ll just delay it and wait and see.’” said Dr. Whitney Casares, a pediatrician and author who has written on vaccination for the American Academy of Pediatrics. “What they don’t realize is if they don’t vaccinate according to the recommended schedule, that can really set their child up for a whole lot of risks.”

West Virginia lawmakers OK bill drawing back one of the country’s strictest child vaccination laws West Virginia’s GOP-controlled state Legislature voted Saturday toallow some students who don’t attend traditional public schools to be exempt from state vaccination requirements that have long been held up as among the most strict in the country. The bill was approved despite the objections of Republican Senate Health and Human Resources Chair Mike Maroney, a trained doctor, who called the bill “an embarrassment” and said he believed lawmakers were harming the state. “I took an oath to do no harm. There’s zero chance I can vote for this bill,” Maroney said before the bill passed the Senate 18-12. The House already approved a version of the bill in February and swiftly approved the Senate bill on Saturday, the last day of the state’s 60-day legislative session. “It’s a bad bill for West Virginia, it’s a step backward. There’s no question, no question there will be negative effects,” Maroney said. He added, “It’s an embarrassment for me to be a part of it, it should be an embarrassment to everybody.”

Rethinking “BPA-free”: Are alternatives any safer? Alternatives to BPA can interfere with the body’s endocrine system, potentially leading to health concerns such as effects on reproductive systems, brain development, and the risk of obesity and heart disease. The environmental impact of these alternatives is also under scrutiny; they are persistent in ecosystems, raising concerns about their accumulation and effects on wildlife and human health. Despite efforts to avoid BPA in consumer products, manufacturers use similar chemicals that may pose equivalent health risks. Studies suggest these substitutes, like BPA, could disrupt hormone functions and contribute to serious health issues. Regulatory agencies have differing views on BPA safety, with some tightening restrictions based on new research findings. Research indicates that everyone is likely overexposed to BPA. For example, if you’re using plastic, you’re likely above acceptable health safety levels.

First-of-its-kind blood test to revolutionize detection of psychiatric disorders A pioneering new blood test is being developed to detect mental health disorders. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center researchersare hoping this blood test can identify psychiatric and neurological issues, including postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy. This research illuminates a novel method of detecting disease-associated changes in the brain by analyzing genetic material found in human blood. The study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, centers on the analysis of extracellular vesicles (EVs) in the blood. EVs are tiny, fatty sacs filled with genetic materials like messenger RNA (mRNA), which play a crucial role in cell communication. These vesicles are released by all tissues in the body, including the brain, carrying specific pieces of mRNA that reflect the gene activity within their tissue of origin. This research builds upon a previous Johns Hopkins Medicine study from September 2022, which observed altered EV communication in pregnant women who later developed postpartum depression.



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