June 14, 2024 3-5PM ET

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Mexico says bird flu patient died of chronic disease, not virus The Mexican health ministry confirmed that a 59-year-old man who contracted bird flu (A(H5N2)) died due to chronic diseases, not the virus itself.Earlier in the week, the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported the first laboratory-confirmed human case of A(H5N2) avian influenza in Mexico. WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier described the death as “multifactorial,” noting ongoing investigations to determine whether the man was infected by human contact or animal exposure. The Mexican health ministry clarified that the man’s death resulted from long-term chronic conditions, including chronic kidney disease, diabetes, and arterial hypertension, which led to septic shock and multiple organ failure. The ministry emphasized that there is no evidence of person-to-person transmission of the A(H5N2) virus from this case. Scientists are closely monitoring the virus for any changes that might increase its ability to spread among humans. The health ministry’s findings highlight the complexity of diagnosing causes of death in patients with multiple health issues and the importance of thorough investigations in understanding the implications of new infectious diseases.

A Utah mom’s case could break through a wall of legal immunity surrounding vaccine makers Brianne Dressen’s lawsuit challenges the legal immunity granted to vaccine manufacturers under the PREP Act, which provides liability protection for activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19. Dressen, who participated in a COVID-19 vaccine trial, developed Post Vaccine Neuropathy and now experiences severe pain. She argues that AstraZeneca, the vaccine manufacturer, promised to cover medical costs for trial-related injuries but failed to do so. This case is significant as it could potentially pierce the legal protections that have shielded vaccine makers from lawsuits. Dressen’s situation highlights the financial and personal toll on individuals suffering from vaccine-related injuries and questions the balance between public health needs and individual rights. Legal experts suggest that if the case proceeds, it could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, challenging the broad immunity granted to vaccine manufacturers during the pandemic.

Does sunscreen cause skin cancer? Doctors debunk claims gone wild on social media Claims on social media suggest that sunscreen causes skin cancer due to harmful chemicals, but experts debunkthese myths. The misinformation stems from a 2021 recall of certain sunscreens containing benzene, a known carcinogen. However, benzene is not an ingredient in sunscreens, and the levels found were too low to pose a health risk. A survey by the Orlando Health Cancer Institute revealed that some young adults believe sunscreen is more harmful than sun exposure, reflecting a distrust in consumer products. Medical experts emphasize that UV radiation from the sun is the primary cause of skin cancer, not sunscreen. They advocate for using mineral-based sunscreens and stress that a tan is a sign of skin damage. The spread of misinformation about sunscreen highlights a broader issue of public distrust in companies and regulatory bodies, driven by historical examples of harmful substances in consumer products.

FLASHBACK Sunscreen enters bloodstream after just one day of use, study says A pilot study by the US FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research found that common sunscreen ingredients can enter the bloodstream at levels high enough to trigger safety investigations after just one day of use. Published in JAMA, the study showed that chemicals such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, ecamsule, and octocrylene continue to rise in concentration with daily use and remain in the body for at least 24 hours after stopping use. Despite these findings, experts like Dr. David Leffell from Yale School of Medicine advise continued sunscreen use for sun protection while further studies are conducted. The study involved 24 volunteers applying sunscreen to 75% of their bodies four times daily for four days, with blood samples revealing significant chemical absorption. Oxybenzone, in particular, showed absorption at much higher levels than the other chemicals tested. Health concerns about oxybenzone have been raised, including hormone disruption and links to various health issues, but no conclusive evidence exists yet. Experts recommend using mineral sunscreens containing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and practicing sun safety by seeking shade and wearing protective clothing.

Welcome to another episode of “Homeopathic Hits” on The Robert Scott Bell Show.
Today, we’re exploring Carboneum Sulphuratum, a homeopathic remedy derived from carbon disulfide.
Known for its effectiveness in treating nerve pain and various skin conditions, Carboneum Sulphuratum offers a natural approach to managing these issues.
Let’s delve into the therapeutic benefits of this powerful remedy.

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How Did a Small Group Do This? Drs. Eran Bendavid and Chirag Patel conducted a comprehensive study examining the global pandemic policy response, analyzing extensive data on government strategies,infections, and mortality. They explored 100,000 possible combinations of tests to identify effective mitigation tactics, ultimately concluding that no government policy had a significant impact on controlling the virus. The researchers found that interventions like lockdowns, business closures, and mask mandates caused substantial economic, social, and health costs without measurable benefits. The policies led to widespread business closures, educational losses, health issues, and increased government surveillance, fundamentally altering societal norms. The study suggests that a small group of decision-makers, influenced by global communications and media, enforced these unprecedented measures. The authors argue that this global policy response, lacking empirical support, has caused profound and lasting damage to societies worldwide. The article emphasizes the need for a thorough reckoning and accountability for the decisions that led to such widespread disruption and harm.

100,000 models show that not much was learned about stopping the Covid-19 pandemic Researchers Eran Bendavid and Chirag Patel analyzed data from 181 countries using nearly 100,000 models to evaluate the impact of government responses on COVID-19 outcomes. Their study found no consistent evidence that policies like lockdowns, school closures, and stay-at-home orders had a significant effect on reducing cases, infections, deaths, or excess mortality. The results showed that about half the time, these policies correlated with better outcomes, and half the time they did not, indicating substantial uncertainty in the effectiveness of these interventions. This lack of clear patterns suggests that definitive claims about the success or failure of government responses are not supported by the data. The researchers argue for improved data collection and more experimentation with public health policies to better understand their impacts in future pandemics. They emphasize that the scientific community should acknowledge the limits of current knowledge and adopt a more cautious approach to making strong claims, which could help restore public trust in science.

Raw Milk Is Having a Moment Despite Growing Health Risks Interest in raw milk is rising, with states like Delaware, Iowa, and Louisiana taking steps to legalize its commercial sale despite longstanding publichealth warnings. Advocates claim raw milk contains more nutrients, enzymes, and probiotics and is tolerable for those with lactose intolerance, contradicting established science. Raw milk, unpasteurized and untreated to kill harmful bacteria, poses significant health risks, including foodborne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli. Pasteurization, a process used since the 1880s, effectively reduces these risks. The trend’s resurgence is driven by financial motives, social media influence, and a desire for natural foods, compounded by declining trust in government institutions. However, experts emphasize that pasteurized milk is just as nutritious and much safer. They debunk myths about raw milk’s supposed health benefits, underscoring that its consumption can lead to serious diseases. The growing popularity of raw milk, despite its risks, highlights the impact of misinformation and the allure of “natural” food trends, stressing the need for public education on food safety.

Another GMO ‘Vanity Product:’ Bayer to Sell Gene-Edited Salad Greens in U.S. Stores Bayer has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Pairwise to develop and market CRISPR-edited mustard greens in the U.S. These greens are engineered to be less bitter and can be eaten raw in salads. Despite the potential market appeal, critics like Claire Robinson from GMWatch warn that these gene-edited greens have not been evaluated for health or environmental risks and could contain toxins or allergens. The agreement allows Bayer to commercialize 10 varieties of Pairwise-edited greens and develop new ones using Pairwise’s proprietary Fulcrum Platform. This partnership is part of Bayer’s strategy to promote CRISPR technology, despite ongoing concerns about the precision and safety of gene editing. The U.S. regulatory framework remains lax, with gene-edited crops not required to be labeled as GMOs, raising further concerns about consumer awareness and safety.

Flag Day 2024: How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a patriotic ritual The Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy in 1892 to mark the 400thanniversary of Columbus’s voyage, evolved into a daily recitation in American schools and a key part of U.S. patriotic rituals. Initially adopted to promote national unity, the pledge has undergone changes, including the 1954 addition of “under God” during the Cold War to differentiate the U.S. from the atheistic Soviet Union. Despite its integration into American civil religion, the pledge has faced opposition from religious groups and civil rights advocates, including Jehovah’s Witnesses who compared the salute to Nazi practices. Over time, Supreme Court rulings and societal shifts have influenced how the pledge is perceived and recited, highlighting ongoing debates about patriotism, individual rights, and religious freedom in the U.S. Flag Day, first celebrated in 1885, remains a symbol of American unity and national identity, despite these controversies.

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