February 9, 2024 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Bill that could limit lawsuits against pesticide manufacturers heads to Senate floor
A bill in Idaho, Senate Bill 1245, aims to restrict lawsuits against pesticide manufacturers by stating that any pesticide approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and properly labeled for potential health risks is considered to have provided adequate warning. This legislation could grant immunity to manufacturers from most health-related lawsuits. The bill’s introduction follows numerous lawsuits where plaintiffs claimed health issues, including cancer, from exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup. Proponents argue the bill is necessary to protect agricultural practices and the availability of essential pesticides, while critics fear it could limit individuals’ rights to seek litigation for harm caused by these chemicals.
Special Guest – Julie Whitman Kline
Julie Whitman-Kline is CEO of the Whitman Group, a family-owned collection of companies specializing in natural health education, events, products and services. She is a businesswoman overseeing 13 different companies within the Whitman Group, a wife and mother of three growing children and is active in her church and community. Since her teen years she’s worked with her family and alongside her father, Dr. Wendell Whitman. His primary focus was on natural health due to his personal health challenges. Because of his positive experience with natural healing he realized the public’s need for accessibility to alternative approaches that were natural, affordable, gentle and effective. He expanded his vision in a community of companies emphasizing natural health education, products and services. Consequently, Julie developed an in-depth understanding of the rapidly growing natural health market.
Dr. Wendell Whitman was a tireless advocate for health freedom and a pioneer in the field of natural health. In 1991, recognizing the inadequacy of formal health education outside of the traditional medical field, he founded Trinity School of Natural Health.
Trinity School of Natural Health was founded for the purpose of presenting alternative natural health education to everyone. Today, the Trinity repertoire of programs and courses has evolved into a powerful, educational process that enables students to improve their own health, enhance the good health of their families, friends and communities, and their own professional practices.
Our philosophy is that we are intrinsically holistic and should therefore continually pursue true health through the development of the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the whole person. Our vision is to become the global leader in natural health education by creating a community of individuals who are committed to sharing their knowledge of the power and purpose of holistic health. As we strive to create an exceptional student experience, we will treat each person who chooses Trinity with respect and dignity. Every decision made, every single day, will be focused solely on what is best for our students.
Ditch that plastic container, study says. Plastics linked to thousands of preterm births.
A study published in Lancet Planetary Health links exposure to phthalates, chemicals used in plastics, to an increased risk of preterm births in the U.S., affecting tens of thousands annually. These chemicals, found in everyday items like food containers and lotions, could cost billions in medical bills over the lifetimes of affected babies. The U.S., a major producer of phthalates, uses them to enhance the durability and flexibility of plastics. Despite regulations, replacement chemicals remain understudied, and the study suggests they may be equally harmful. This research underscores the urgent need to address global plastic pollution and its health impacts.
General Mills urged to reduce plastic chemicals in food products
Consumer Reports has called on General Mills to lower the levels of phthalates, plastic chemicals, in its food products, including Annie’s Organic Cheesy Ravioli and other items like Yoplait Yogurt and Cheerios. Phthalates, which can make plastics more durable and flexible, have been linked to adverse health outcomes such as heart disease and obesity. The advocacy group’s petition and letter to General Mills highlight the presence of these chemicals in 99% of tested supermarket and fast foods, urging the company to achieve lower levels for consumer safety.
Common Preservative May Harm Your Gut
Nisin, a common antimicrobial preservative used in various food products, may negatively affect gut health by damaging beneficial gut microbes, according to scientists. While nisin is effective in preventing food-borne diseases, its impact on the gut microbiome, crucial for digestion, immunity, and mental health, is not well understood. The study, published in ACS Chemical Biology, reveals that both disease-causing and beneficial gut bacteria are susceptible to nisin, suggesting that its presence in food could influence gut health significantly. This research adds to the growing concern over the effects of food preservatives on the microbiome.
Why Your Groceries Are Still So Expensive
Grocery prices have surged by 30% since 2019, with the U.S. grocery industry now valued at $1.03 trillion. Despite the appearance of variety, a few large consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies dominate most grocery categories, contributing to price increases. For example, the top three soda companies control 90% of the market, with soda sales up 56%, unit volumes down 2%, and prices up 59%. Similarly, Kraft Heinz, holding a 65% market share in packaged cheese, has seen unit volumes up just 6% while prices rose by 21%. Profits in various sectors, like chocolate candy and beef, have skyrocketed, with companies leveraging supply chain shocks to raise prices significantly above the rate of wholesale cost increases. This trend, termed “sellers’ inflation,” is driven by a reduction in competition and an increase in corporate profits, which accounted for 53% of 2023 inflation. The article argues that this inflation is a result of corporate actions rather than labor costs or consumer demand, highlighting a need for regulatory reform to address corporate price gouging and protect consumers.
Heather Berman was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. She began formal dance training at age 7. As a child, she would gather the neighborhood children give them costumes, character descriptions and lines then create shows for family and friends. Those early years would later set her up for producing her own events in NYC. Her advanced training began at Carnegie Mellon University’s pre-college musical theatre program and then she earned a BFA in Dance/Fine Applied & Performing Arts from Point Park University in her hometown Pittsburgh. Her first professional performing job was at age 16 dancing in a giant costume character Huckleberry Hound with Hanna Barbara Live Shows. Subsequently, she moved to NYC to pursue her dreams. Heather has performed on stages all over the world and kicked eye-high as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. She has worked as a SAG/AFTRA & Actors Equity actor/dancer/singer/model in all genres including Theatre, Film, TV, Commercials, Print, Business Theatre and Special Events.
In 2007 Heather founded HB Productions curating dance and live music entertainment for corporate and private events. She has also managed and produced Colombian artist Jontre’s first American tour as well as a salsa event in NYC. Heather has also developed a corporate team building class utilizing Rockette skills and partner dance. Her clients are large international corporations, small companies and she tailors talks and classes for retirement communities. In 2017, Heather was injured from the Tdap tetanus booster vaccine rendering her with MS and half numb from the waist down. It’s been a battle ever since, trying to regain strength and mitigate a whole host of symptoms. She was educated on holistic health before the injury but had not studied the history and hidden truths about all vaccines until she became disabled. Homeopathy has been a lifesaver as well as other holistic modalities like acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and an anti-inflammatory diet.
Because of her severe health challenge , she knew she needed to warn others when the Covid narrative began. She spoke out on the streets of NYC against the medical mandates within the entertainment industry, MC’d and helped produce rallies for Children’s Health Defense, NY Freedom Rally and for her own SAG/AFTRA and industry colleagues. Heather has recently relocated to South Florida. She is focused on working with her film/tv colleagues making sure medical mandates are never implemented again and holding the unions accountable. She is still available for speaking engagements regarding medical freedom and team building utilizing her 40 year dance and acting career.
Links to Heather Speaking out:
Children’s Health Defense Bus Tour – https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/events/the-chd-bus-tour/multiple-sclerosis-from-dtap/
Children’s Health Defense TV- Good Morning CHD Artists talk with President Mary Holland – https://live.childrenshealthdefense.org/chd-tv/shows/good-morning-chd/covid-theater-lockdowns–mandates-impact-on-the-artists/
Teachers Choice Rally at City Hall NYC – at 23:30 I speak https://www.ntd.com/live-new-york-teachers-for-choice-rally-against-vaccine-mandate_665667.html