3-30 to 4-3-2020
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Bill’s Guests for Friday, April 03, 2020
6:35 Swamp Update live from DC with Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government www.DailyTorch.com
7:10 Outdoor Report with Greg Roberts of www.RogueWeather.com
8:10 Capt. William E. Simpson, winner of TWO seasons of Nat Geo’s “Doomsday Preppers” talks with me about gov response to Covid, and his latest article: “And Just Like That, Everyone Stopped Laughing At Preppers”
Bill’s Guests for Thursday, April 02, 2020
6:35 Ken LaCorte, of LaCorte News – Great news site – their slogan is “News Unspun, Talk Uncensored. We talk media bias, (He was a Fox News Exec for Many years) and Wu Flu stories like THIS one – https://www.lacortenews.com/n/chinese-researchers-studied-and-collected-samples-of-bats-near-wuhans-wet-market
7:35 Art Robinson, candidate for State Senate District 2, Josephine County and northern Jackson County – Find out more about Art at www.ArtForOregon.com .
8:10 Michael Strickland, https://www.youtube.com/user/LaughingAtLiberals the news videographer who was attacked by a gang of masked thugs while filming a protest in downtown Portland on July 7th, 2016. He was convicted of several felonies for drawing his firearm to protect himself from the mob. Contribute to his legal defense fund through Paypal – StricklandLegalFund@gmail.com More on Michael at his You Tube channel
Bill’s Guests for Wednesday, April 01, 2020
6:35 Eric Peters, automotive journalist with EpAutos.com and we discuss transportation, politics, and freedom issues re Wu Flu. https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2020/03/29/american-morozovs/
7:35 Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet M.D., past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
March 30th, 2020
Why Are Some Governors Blocking Physicians’ Attempts to Save Lives in Coronavirus Pandemic?
by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D.
While people’s lives and jobs are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and there has been no FDA-approved treatment, governors or state pharmacy boards in Nevada, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Texas are issuing emergency orders to restrict which medications doctors can use to save lives.
These politicians have no background in infectious disease, medicine, research design, or epidemiology, yet they presume to dictate to front-line physicians who are reading the emerging research and caring for patients.
Many doctors are using older medicines, FDA approved for more than 70 years and widely used worldwide to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis—chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil). They often add azithromycin (Z-pak), a commonly used antibiotic with some activity against this virus.
These politicians are presuming to decide that doctors may not prescribe these drugs “off-label,” i.e. for anything other than the disease for which the FDA originally approved the drug. Their pretext is that we do not have large randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT) for this new indication.
While we are facing one of the most devastating public health crises in our lifetime, there is NO time to wait for the years-long process of an RCT to provide “proof.” Doctors who use the drugs can observe first-hand how patients respond.
While governors have been handing down orders, doctors in the U.S. and overseas have been reporting remarkable success in treating COVID-19 patients: reductions in hospitalization, less need for scarce ventilators, less need for ICU and intubations, and significantly lower death rates. Two studies from France, conducted by Dr. Didier Raoult, specialist in infectious disease and viral illness, are very promising. Besides helping relieve signs of illness, hydroxychloroquine plus azithromycin also appears to shorten the period of infectivity, which is critically important in controlling disease spread. Data on safety and effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin are coming in almost daily from more than 10 countries, including Canada, Australia, Israel, South Korea, and China.
Several Governors jumped on this restriction bandwagon soon after President Trump announced at a recent Corona Task Force briefing that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine showed hope in treating COVID-19, based on several small clinical studies from Johns Hopkins, France, and (at last count) eight other countries. He did not say he recommended these medicines, as some media have falsely stated.
After 70 years of experience, physicians are well-acquainted with potential side effects, and are aware of patients who should not take them. On the whole, they are quite safe. Dr. Vladimir Zelenko, a board-certified family physician in a small community in New York state hard hit with coronavirus infections, has been successfully using the combination of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, zinc and vitamin C to treat almost 700 patients in the outpatient setting. His results are remarkable: zero deaths, zero intubations/ventilators needed, and only four patients hospitalized due to pneumonia. This protocol has been effective in several countries to decrease hospitalizations, and reduce the duration of viral shedding that is a risk to other people.
Yet Governor Cuomo’s emergency order restricted this treatment to only hospitalized patients, and only those in a New York approved clinical trial. Such a rigid restriction of FDA-approved medicines being used off label to help patients stay out of the hospital makes no sense. Why is a politician making arbitrary medical edicts?
Those who are afraid of “off-label” use need to know that physicians use medications in this way constantly. Until this crisis, there has been no outcry about doctors using old medicines for new uses. This freedom has allowed more rapid discovery of life-saving treatments. Here are a few of many possible examples:
- Amitriptyline (Elavil®), first approved for depression, is now used for nerve pain.
- Trazodone, approved for depression, is widely used at lower doses for sleep.
- Sildenafil (Viagra®), approved for erectile dysfunction, is also used to treat pulmonary artery hypertension.
- The anti-parasite medicines nifurtimox and eflornithine were successfully used off label to treat children with the rare, fatal brain cancer neuroblastoma.
The United States FDA on Sunday March 28, 2020 issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine to be used as approved treatments for COVID 19. This EUA illustrates my point: Governors should NOT be jumping into medical decision-making on limited data and with no medical training, especially at a time of a National Emergency and pandemic when medical information is changing rapidly, and to save lives we must use the tools we have at hand, as safely as possible in a war against an invisible enemy.
Physicians take the Oath of Hippocrates to use their best medical judgement to prescribe treatments for the benefit of their patients to the best of their ability and above all to “Do no harm.”
Can Governors who are restricting physicians’ prescription decisions in the COVID 19 pandemic truthfully say the same?
8:10 Sheryl Zimmerer, Executive Director with Logos Public Charter School. Oregon goes for “Distance Learning for All”, and we talk about what this means for public education in a time of Wu Flu.
8:35 Brad Bennington, Executive officer of the Builder’s Association of Southern Oregon. Oregon’s builders have worked hard to implement safety procedures re Covid-19 and he explains this helped make it possible for Governor Brown to allow construction trades to continue working.
Bill’s Guests: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
6:35: Niels Andersen, President and CEO of MedCV chats with Bill. The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on medical doctors and other healthcare workers. MedCV is an outfit that works with retired doctors and other healthcare workers to get them re-licensed and working back in the field.
Andersen has found that many former military doctors and nurses are rushing in to be re-licensed and sent into some of the worst hot-spots. As America fights the coronavirus pandemic it could soon face a shortage of doctors and other health care workers. In Boston, more than 150 workers at a hospital tested positive for the coronavirus. Fresno, California is reporting a shortage of doctors to combat the pandemic. New York City, the epicenter of the outbreak has been unable to report the exact number of health care workers who have become infected.
Do you happen to be a retired physician or other healthcare worker, and would like to help out during this time of crisis? You can head over to Niels’ website and sign up:
7:35: State Senator Herman Baertschiger calls the show with a Legislative update.
8:10: Mighty John the Record Guy calls the show. Finally, we have a bit of non-coronavirus news, as we tell you how you might be able to turn your old vinyl records in to some cold, hard cash! Make your own stimulus!
If you have a record you’d like to ask John about, either call EARLY, during the show, or you can head over to his website: MoneyMusic.com
Bill’s Guests: Monday, March 30, 2020
6:35: Gregory Wrightstone, geologist and author of Inconvenient Facts: The Science that Al Gore Doesn’t Want You to Know, chats with Bill today.
Today, we talk about the Antarctic ozone hole, which appears to be shrinking. Here’s an article below where you can read more:
“There’s some indication in the data that the pause is leaning toward a small reversal of the 20th-century trends. This suggests that the ozone recovery is currently a stronger influence on the Southern Hemisphere’s atmosphere than greenhouse gas emissions, said Alexey Karpechko, a scientist at the Finnish Meteorological Institute, in a published comment on the new research.”–Scientific American
Gregory Wrightstone is a geologist with more than 35 years of studying the Earth’s processes. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University and a master’s from West Virginia University, both in the field of geology. He has presented the results of his research around the world, including India, Ireland and China.
Head over to Gregory’s website: InconvenientFacts.xyz for more great content, where you can also get yourself a copy of his book too.
7:10: Greg Roberts, Mr. Outdoors calls in to bring to you, the Monday Outdoor Report. Find out more, all over at:
7:35: Oregon State Senator Dennis Linthicum talks with Bill today.
Are Governor Brown’s executive orders potentially destroying Oregon’s rural hospitals? We’ll discuss it.
8:10: Dr. Dennis Powers, retired SOU Professor of Business Law, author of several books and local historian joins Bill by phone today, for today’s edition of: What Made Southern Oregon Great!
Orin Palmerton was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, who came to the city of Rogue River in the 1920s and purchased five acres of land from the Skevington family. Located off West Evans Creek Road and a five-minute drive from the city’s downtown, Evans Creek runs through the property before emptying into the Rogue River, west of the Depot Street Bridge.
Palmerton conducted a plant and tree nursery at the property for years; during this time he also planted many domestic and exotic trees from around the world. Orin sold the pristine acreage to Jackson County in 1960, and the City of Rogue River in 1994 acquired it from the county. It is part of the city’s park system, which maintains the park and continues to expand the diversity of the different trees and shrubs.
Palmerton Park is an arboretum—defined as a place for the study and exhibit of trees—with 96 distinct tree specimens found around the world, including pines from Japan, cedars from the Mediterranean, and large coastal redwoods native to the Pacific Northwest. Numerous trees in Ashland’s Lithia Park are also represented here: from different maples, monkey puzzle, and sassafras to the ginkgo, tulip tree, and mimosa.
A large black locust tree jutting into the parking lot greets visitors. The most impressive gathering is just beyond the rest rooms: arborvitae, Arizona cypress, weeping hemlock and deodar cedar. Exhibiting also azaleas, rhododendrons, and other plants and shrubs, the park has meandering paths throughout, a duck pond, playground, and picnic area. The paths are paved with looping walkways that lead to all of the trees, as well as to picnic tables, grills, and playground equipment.
Linking the arboretum to the Anna Classick Bicentennial Park, the bridge over Evans Creek washed away in the New Year’s Day flood of 1997. In its place, an impressive suspension foot-bridge (like a miniature Golden Gate Bridge in one sense) was constructed in its place.
Born in 1924 on the property before Orin Palmerton’s purchase, Dick Skevington not only designed the original crossing over Evans Creek in the late 1980s, he nailed in the last plank into the replacement bridge in 2001. Skevington had built bridges for the National Parks Service for 28 years, before returning to Rogue River at retirement and being elected to the city council and later as its mayor.
Palmerton Park and Arboretum is one of these jewels that tie us into the past with a presence today—and it is a beautiful setting. The little-known park is on five-acres and an easy drive for the experience.
Sources: Dennis M. Powers, “Orin Palmerton Sells His Arboretum to Preserve,” Jefferson Public Radio, October 24, 2004, at Orin Palmerton; John Darling, “Shhh! One of the county’s best-kept secrets,” Mail Tribune, November 20, 2005; Sanne Specht, “Rogue River Mayor Dick Skevington dies at 84,” Mail Tribune, September 20, 2008; see also “YouTube: Palmerton Park at Rogue River, Oregon” at Video of Park.