June 12, 2024 3-5PM ET

Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Fewer people may need statins to prevent heart disease, new study suggests A new heart disease risk calculator called PREVENT, developed by the American Heart Association, suggests that millions fewerpeople may need statins for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. The study, led by Dr. Tim Anderson from the University of Pittsburgh, compared the new tool’s estimates with older guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Data from 3,785 adults, aged 40 to 75, indicated that the 10-year risk of heart disease calculated with PREVENT was about half that estimated with previous methods. Consequently, around 40% fewer individuals would meet the criteria for statin prescriptions, potentially impacting up to 4 million current users in the U.S. The PREVENT tool includes factors like kidney disease, obesity, and a person’s ZIP code to gauge socioeconomic status, and removes race from the calculation. Cardiovascular experts caution against patients discontinuing statins without medical advice, as statins have well-documented benefits in preventing heart disease. The study highlights the need for new guidelines to accompany the PREVENT tool to ensure appropriate use. While some experts express concern about the study’s limited sample size, others emphasize the importance of personalized risk assessment in cardiovascular care. The findings prompt a re-evaluation of statin use and underscore the necessity of ongoing dialogue between patients and healthcare providers regarding cardiovascular risk management.

Special Guest Julie Booras – Health Rights MA

We are an ever-growing committed group dedicated to reaffirming and protecting the rights of Massachusetts residents to make decisions about their own bodies through proactive health freedom legislation. The mission of Health Rights MA is to ensure that the fundamental human right to bodily autonomy, including informed consent and privacy of personal medical information, is legally protected in Massachusetts for all medical treatments and procedures. This means that no government or private entity can coerce or require any adult to undergo medical treatment against their will or force parents to submit their children to medical procedures without free consent. Additionally, it prohibits any entity from penalizing or discriminating against individuals for exercising their bodily autonomy and informed consent, as well as from monitoring or tracking personal medical information without express consent.

Say No to SAPHE 2.0

H.4101/S1334 aka SAPHE 2.0 is Public Health Bill Before the Massachusetts Legislature. SAPHE 2.0 has DANGEROUSLY BROAD language and uses financial coercion to gain compliance with national standards.

This bill has serious potential adverse effects for the public. Referred to as the Statewide Accelerated Public Health for Every Community Act (SAPHE 2.0 pronounced Safe),” the current bill aims to reshape public health infrastructure at great personal and financial cost to MA citizens.

The bill as written poses several problems:
  • Disempowers local boards of health to manage their own local situations, compelling them to comply with national standards (whatever they may be) if they wish to receive federal funds to improve public health services.
  • It violates the separation of powers by granting to another body the power to make law. This bill would unconstitutionally delegate the lawmaking power to a private corporation.
  • Establishing “a minimum set of public health services, including, but not limited to, public health programs and foundational capabilities” is more than merely implementing policy; rather, it is the making of policy.

  • It has dangerously broad language that authorizes unelected officials, namely the Commissioners of Public Health and of Environmental Protection, to organize “public health responses” on the basis of an “outbreak of disease” or a “health care situation important public health.” These vague, ill-defined terms grant dangerously broad powers that would affect every MA resident to two unelected government officials, without legislative oversight.
  • Allows for increased surveillance and tracking of individuals, eroding medical/personal privacy.

It is now known that many COVID pandemic mandates and restrictions—despite bold promises of benefit to the public made at the time—ultimately proved ill-advised and harmful to individuals and the community. Lost jobs, bankrupted businesses, physical injury, psychological distress, isolation of dying family members, neglect of routine health maintenance care, and delays in children’s development are among the harmful effects. Caution, discernment, and localized responses are needed going forward, not increased powers for unelected officials to enact widescale mandates that bypass individual and community decision-making.

Health Freedom Advocates Prevail as New York Fails to Enact Mandatory Adult Vaccine Registry In a significant victory for health freedom advocates, New York lawmakers failed to pass a bill that would have required healthcare providers to report adult immunizations to a state vaccine registry unless patients opted out. Currently, adults must give consent for their vaccination information to be included in the database. The proposed bill aimed to switch from an “opt-in” to an “opt-out” system, effectively making it mandatory for all adult immunization records to be reported unless individuals explicitly refused. Critics, including Children’s Health Defense (CHD), argued that the bill undermined privacy and informed consent. John Gilmore of the Autism Action Network highlighted that under the proposed system, patients might not be adequately informed about their rights, leading to involuntary inclusion in the database. The bill’s failure means healthcare providers will continue to require patient consent before sharing immunization information. CHD and other advocacy groups played a crucial role in opposing the legislation, citing legal concerns and the potential for future vaccine mandates. The debate underscores ongoing tensions between public health initiatives and individual privacy rights. Michael Kane of NY Teachers for Choice and other advocates noted that the bill’s defeat demonstrates growing resistance to policies perceived as infringing on personal freedoms, particularly in the context of New York’s strict COVID-19 measures and previous eliminations of religious exemptions for vaccinations.

Hour 2

Is Wellness a Gateway to Right-Wing “Fascism?” The article critiques a claim by The Guardian suggesting that the wellness movement, which includes fitness and self-improvement practices, may lead individualstowards right-wing extremism and even fascism. The Guardian posits that the “wellness-to-fascism pipeline” is driven by personal responsibility and self-actualization, concepts linked to conservative ideologies. The Brownstone Institute article argues that this perspective is biased and unfounded, emphasizing that personal responsibility and self-actualization are not inherently political. The Guardian’s article draws connections between wellness practices and conspiracy theories like QAnon, suggesting that the focus on self-improvement aligns with a right-wing worldview. The Brownstone Institute counters this by highlighting the positive aspects of personal responsibility and goal-setting, arguing that these values encourage personal growth and community engagement. The article also questions the credibility of experts cited by The Guardian, suggesting that their claims are politically motivated. The critique extends to The Guardian’s portrayal of fitness enthusiasts as self-righteous and disconnected from broader societal issues. The Brownstone Institute defends the wellness movement, asserting that it promotes mental and physical health without necessarily aligning with any political ideology. The article concludes by emphasizing the importance of separating individual health practices from political and ideological debates.

The Ozempic effect – Magic Pill, Johann Hari’s study of the rise of diet drugs, sheds light on our deeply dysfunctional food culture Johann Hari’s book “Magic Pill” delves into the implications of new weight-loss drugs like Ozempic, Wegovy, and Mounjaro, likening their potential societal impact to that of Prozac or the contraceptive pill. These drugs, originally approved for diabetes treatment, are now widely used for weight loss. Hari, who has struggled with weight and food addiction himself, explores the drugs’ effectiveness and their broader societal consequences. He notes that while these medications can reduce heart disease risks for those with type 2 diabetes, they may also reinforce unhealthy cultural standards of thinness and exacerbate eating disorders. Hari emphasizes the complexity of obesity, which cannot be fully understood through health and science alone, but must also consider emotional and psychological factors. He argues that while weight-loss drugs might offer short-term benefits, they do not address the root causes of obesity, such as the prevalence of ultra-processed foods and a dysfunctional food culture. The book has sparked controversy, particularly regarding a misattribution involving restaurant critic Jay Rayner, highlighting ongoing debates about trust and accuracy in journalism.

Oprah Hospitalized for ‘Very Serious’ Stomach Issues Oprah Winfrey was hospitalized due to severe stomach problems, described by her friend Gayle King as “very serious.” King disclosed on CBS Mornings that Winfrey suffered from a stomach flu that caused significant dehydration, necessitating hospitalization and IV treatment. Despite the gravity of her condition, Winfrey is now recovering and resting. The health scare occurred shortly after she completed promotional activities for the remake of “The Color Purple,” a film she co-produced. Winfrey’s absence from a scheduled CBS Mornings appearance, where she was supposed to introduce her latest book club selection, was also noted. In response to public concern, a spokesperson for Winfrey confirmed that she is feeling better each day. The incident has drawn attention to the potential side effects of weight loss medications like Ozempic, which Winfrey has mentioned using. These drugs are known to cause gastrointestinal issues, including stomach pain and dehydration, underscoring the importance of monitoring side effects in patients using such treatments.

Federal Government, Clinicians, Employers, and Others Should Adopt New Definition for Long COVID to Aid in Consistent Diagnosis, Documentation, and Treatment The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommend adopting a unified definition for Long COVID to aid consistent diagnosis, documentation, and treatment. Long COVID is defined as an infection-associated chronic condition occurring after COVID-19 infection and lasting at least three months, manifesting as continuous, relapsing, or progressive disease affecting one or more organ systems. This recommendation aims to address the profound medical, social, and economic impacts of Long COVID, standardize care, and support research and policymaking. The lack of a consistent definition has led to challenges in patient care, skepticism about symptoms, and barriers to treatment. The report suggests that the new definition should be widely disseminated and periodically updated based on new evidence. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Long COVID Research and Practice division, along with the Long COVID Coordination Council, should lead these efforts. This definition emphasizes equity, recognizing that socioeconomic factors and discrimination affect diagnosis and access to care, ensuring comprehensive support for all affected individuals.

Welcome to another informative episode of “Homeopathic Hits” on The Robert Scott Bell Show.
Today, we’re delving into Brucella, a homeopathic remedy derived from the bacterium Brucella.
Known for its significant effects in treating chronic fatigue and joint pain, Brucella offers a natural approach to managing conditions often associated with brucellosis, such as chronic fatigue syndrome and arthritis.
Let’s explore how this remedy can support overall health and vitality.

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