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The U.S. surgeon general has some tips for parents and teens on social media use
"The U.S. Surgeon General is calling for immediate action by tech companies and lawmakers to protect kids and adolescents mental health on social media. Doctor Vivek Murthy says policymakers can strengthen safety standards and technology companies can do better at protecting children's privacy adhering to age minimums and responding quicker to complaints. In the meantime, the Surgeon General has tips for parents and kids, reach out for help if you or someone you know is being negatively affected by social media, create boundaries, limit the use of bones, tablets, and computers for at least one hour before bedtime. Be cautious about what you share, don't keep harassment or abuse a secret, reach out to at least one person you trust, create a family media plan along with tech free zones and parents should model responsible behavior and empower kids by teaching them about technology and responsibility. I'm Julie Walker
Loneliness poses risks as deadly as smoking: surgeon general
"The U.S. Surgeon General declares loneliness an epidemic about half of U.S. adults say they've experienced loneliness, a growing health problem exacerbated by the pandemic that increases the risk of premature death by nearly 30%. That's according to an 81 page report from the office of doctor Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General has declared loneliness a public health epidemic as a way to raise awareness, although that won't unlock any funding or federal programming, the report says isolation also increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, depression, anxiety, and dementia, in an AP interview, Murthy says there's no substitute for in person interaction, and it's not right, millions of Americans struggle in the shadows with a feeling like hunger or thirst that the body sends us when something we need for survival is missing. The report suggests that technology companies roll out protections for children on social media and calls on organizations to help boost the country's connectedness. Jennifer King, Washington
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
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"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Attention, your attention has the power to stretch time. It can make 5 minutes feel like 30 minutes. And so that's very powerful. The third thing that's important to do is to find opportunities to serve others. Now this has also been counterintuitive. You might think if I'm lonely, don't I need somebody to help me. Why am I helping somebody else? Well, it turns out that when we help each other, we not only for forge a connection with someone else, but we also reaffirm to ourselves that we have value to bring to the world. And that's important because when we struggle with loneliness for long period of time, it erodes our sense of self esteem and self worth. We begin to think we're lonely because we're not likeable, that it's our fault, somehow. But service short cuts that circuit and help us feel more connected to others and ourselves. And the fourth and final one is around solitude. Yeah. And this also is counterintuitive. Because you might think solitude, if I'm lonely, you do I really need more time alone. But loneliness is not so much about how many people you have around you. It's about whether you feel like you belong. It's about whether you truly know your own value and feel like you are connected to other people. It's about the quality of your relationships with others and yourself. The solitude is important because it's in moments of solitude when we allow the noise around us to settle. That we can truly reflect. That we can find moments in our life to be grateful for. But those moments of solitude have become increasingly rare, because all of the white space in our life has been filled. By our devices, back in the day, when I was waiting for a bus, that's time I would just sit down and I would think. You were actually waiting. I was actually waiting. Right? Now, if I'm waiting for a bus or waiting for the subway, then I'm looking at my phone in between to either be efficient and clear out my inbox or to find something interesting. So our mind is constantly filled and we don't have that silence that is so integral to growth. And you might think, well, yeah, I could do that, but I'd feel bored. Boredom is not a bad thing. No. Boredom can be generative and creative. So, I mean, these four simple steps are things that you can do. And that solitude, by the way, it can look different for each person. And it just can just be a few minutes. It could be a few minutes sitting on your front porch before the day begins. It could be a few minutes in nature or a few minutes in prayer a few minutes in meditation a few minutes listening to music that inspires you or steals you. I'll tell you for me one of the things I do toward the end of the day. Is I have a list of videos and speeches and guided meditations that I've collected over the years. That are sometimes just a couple of minutes long, some are longer half an hour. But I'll usually dip into those. Every night before I go to bed, sometimes even more than one, if I'm having a particularly tough day. But that's part of what is in my toolbox to help me reconnect with myself and remember what I have to be grateful for. These are almost disarmingly simple. These four tools I mentioned, but they can be very powerful and helping us feel more connected to ourselves and others. Wonderful. So let's have 15 minutes or so of what's on your mind, and I can't see very well because this is a bright light, but you probably can. Hi there, guys. Thank you for the excellent conversation. I'm here to write I know you can't see me. So I've got a question for Vivek. So you mentioned earlier that the values that we have in America, we don't have language for. And Christy, you mentioned until we have language for something. We can't really understand it. We can't really play with it. Now it seems like one of the baselines of this conversation is that connection thrives on collaboration. And so Vivek, if you were going to give some language to some of the values that we might be able to share in the U.S. that promotes collaboration, what would you say those are? Well, that is a great question. And I couldn't agree more with Chris at a language really does matter. It gives us a way to the same page about what we're talking about. To me, the values they need to be at the heart of what we build and strengthen in our country around the world. Values emanate from love. Because I do think that fundamentally, we are motivated and driven either by love or fear, right? And each has its own manifestations. You know, love can manifest as kindness as generosity as compassion and service, fear, though, can manifest as anger as jealousy is insecurity as a rage. And we see a lot of fear, manifesting in society right now. We need to anchor ourselves more to love. And so the values I speak most commonly about are love and those that stemmed from it, specifically kindness, generosity, and service. To me, these are anchoring root values that we can build institutions around that we can raise families around that we can build communities around and that we can ultimately create a stronger country around. You know, something I think that you went again this conversation with neuroscience that we're both have engaged the thing about those values or virtues really a virtue of being generous or kind or loving, you know, one of the things we're learning or relearning is that we can change our brains through our behavior that virtues and these ways of being these values may not be something you grew up being taught. There's certainly culturally not that's not what we imbibe. And even if we pay lip service to some of these things, so you can actually, and I've done this. You can actually say, I'm going to act like a kind person acts, right? I'm going to act like a generous person acts. And that will literally well, first of all, it's an interesting experiment to try, especially if you feel like this is not how you naturally are. But it will literally rewire you. That's so true. Yeah, and I think again, it is because we are hardwired for so much about. And it's true. It's smiling in other people as well. If you are not inclined to smile at strangers, right? Because you think that's weird, people don't do that. I think I'm stalking them. Whatever the reason is. But if you just practice, the next time you're walking down the street, just smiling at the people that you encounter that you pass by. Even if you don't say a word to them, just smile. You will notice it will make you feel different, right? And humans are also interesting is when they've done experiments on this, they found that it makes the other person feel better as well. Even if you have no exchange of words with them. So to Chris's point, our behavior can shape our mind. And I think that's a powerful powerful step for us to take. Because and then over time, as you get the field, the benefits of it, it becomes a reinforcing cycle, and then you're able to do those behaviors more. Hello. Hi. Hey, y'all. Thank you for this conversation. I'm super looking forward to forwarding the link to everybody. I have a question for both of you. I'd love to
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"And your wife, Alice Chen, who is also a physician, wrote this completely prescient article in, can this really be true in March 2020? And the Atlantic. When I read the date, I couldn't really believe that it was March 2020. That must have been weeks into us understanding that we were in a pandemic, right? And guys locked down had started. So yeah, so that thing because the idea that what we're talking about is organic and elemental and in fact, a lot of this we know, we know in our bodies how to do this, even if we become a strange from that knowledge. So one of the things you did in that this article, so you said, in the short term, the stress of loneliness serves as a natural signal that nudges us to seek out social connection just as hunger and thirst remind us to eat and drink. But when loneliness lasts for a long time, it can become harmful by placing us in a state of chronic stress. And then that has all this cascade of physical mental emotional and spiritual workload effects. But you also offered four strategies in that article. That anybody could do that kind of move us individually towards this social reality, do you remember what those were? I do. I do. Share them, please. And I'm also curious if you added any sense. Are you sure? And therefore simple steps. Yeah. Because it turns out that because we are hardwired for a connection, even just a little bit of time and a little bit of investment in human connection goes a long way toward us feeling better. The first is to spend 15 minutes a day connecting with somebody. You care about. That could be calling them up, it could be a video conferencing with them. It could be sending them a text just to say, hey, I'm thinking of you. I just wanted to know that you're on my mind. The second. Hang on, you said, this seemed important for you, said, communicating with people you love other than the people you live with. They don't count in this. Right. Yes. Okay. And the reason for that is like many people and I'm happy to share some personal stories here later if you'd like. But we sometimes think that the world of people who care about us is a lot smaller than it really is. And sometimes, well, maybe if you will indulge in a top months quick story here, which is a when I finished my first term as Surgeon General, and I finished means it ended quite abruptly, and it was surprising to me. And what had happened during that time is that time I had spent a Surgeon General, I made one critical mistake. Which is that I convinced myself that in order to really do well at this job and give everything I could that I just needed to be a 100% focused on the job and I neglected my relationships. I didn't keep in touch with a lot of my friends, even when I was with family, I was distracted. On my phone. And when suddenly I no longer was serving as Surgeon General, the one community I did have was my community at work. And all of a sudden they were gone. And I felt profoundly alone. I actually sort of sunk into this deep abyss of loneliness for a long time. And I remember seeing a friend once on a trip to Boston, and she said to me over breakfast, she said, maybe, you know what, your problem is? I said, your problem is not that you don't have friends. I said, your problem is you're not experiencing friendships. She said, if you called any one of those people, you had lost touch with. More than happy to talk to you much happier than you realize. So she said, you have to get over your shame and your sense of embarrassment and not being in touch and just reach out and you'll find the people are also hungry for human connection. So that's why that 15 minutes with people you care about outside of those you live with can be powerful. The other three I'll mention quickly. So the second is to give people your full attention when you talk to them. This is something that I have been guilty of not doing at many points in my life because my hand somehow sneaks into my pocket, takes out my phone, and then before I know it, I'm refreshing my inbox checking the scores on ESPN and God knows what else while I'm catching up with a friend who I was looking forward to catching up to for so long. Where does that coming from? Well, it's not just a failure of willpower, per se. You know, these devices were designed specifically to pull you in and to keep you on them. But if you can take even one of those conversations at 15 minutes, so we talked about each day and just give somebody the gift of your full attention. Your attention has the power to stretch time. It can make 5 minutes feel like 30 minutes. And so that's very powerful. The third thing that's important to do is to find opportunities to serve others. Now, this is also a bit counterintuitive. You might think if I'm lonely, don't I need somebody to help me. Why am I helping somebody else? Well, it turns out that when we help each other, we not only for forge a connection with someone else, but we also reaffirm to ourselves that we have value to bring to the world. And that's important because when we struggle with loneliness for long period of time, it erodes our sense of self esteem and self worth. We begin to think we're lonely because we're not likeable that it's our fault somehow. But service shortcuts that circuit and help us feel more connected to others and ourselves. And the fourth and final one is around solitude. Yeah. And this also is counterintuitive because you might think solitude if I'm lonely, do I really need more time alone? But loneliness is not so much about how many people you have around you. It's about whether you feel like you belong. It's about whether you truly know your own value and feel like you are connected to other people. It's about the quality of your relationships with others and yourself. The solitude is important because it's in moments of solitude when we allow the noise around us to settle. That we can truly reflect. That we can find moments in our life to be grateful for. But those moments of solitude have become increasingly rare, because all of the white space in our life has been filled. By our devices, right? Back in the day when I was waiting for a bus, that's the time I would just sit down and I would think. You were actually waiting. I was actually waiting. Right? Now, if I'm waiting for a bus or waiting for the subway, then I'm looking at my phone in between to either be efficient and clear out my inbox or to find something interesting. So our mind is constantly filled and we don't have that silence that is so integral to growth. And you might think, well, yeah, I could do that, but I'd feel bored. Boredom is not a bad thing. No. Boredom can be generative and creative. So to me, these four simple steps are things that you can do. And that solitude, by the way, it can look different for each person. And it just can just be a few minutes. It could be a few minutes sitting on your front porch before the day begins. It could be a few minutes in nature or a few minutes in prayer a few minutes in meditation, a few minutes listening to music that inspires you or steals you.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Yeah, I mean, so some things I think have been released just in these last weeks as I knew I was going to speak to you that are very hard that speak to this. I think it is so useful though to see this as a whole picture, right? To see mental health and the violence in our society as public health crises with human roots, there was a New York Times article just the other week where they had profiled the signs of crisis in 50 years of mass shootings. A third of them were from the last decade. And they were almost all men. You know, one of the things there's a lot of new research also on the terrible state of the mental well-being of girls, which I'm sure terrifies you as the father of a girl. And also what's in all of that is that boys struggle in silence. But then there is this picture of boys and men, you know, here are some of the things that these people will say, he suffers from severe back pain. He thought his coworkers were conspiring against him. He dropped out of college and lied to his parents about it. He had intense mood swings and alcohol problems. He believed he was straying from his faith. He'd been isolating himself from his online friends. He was evicted from his condominium. He stopped communicating with his mother and ex-wife, or is with mentor, his old boss, jealous when his girlfriend started dating someone else depressed, broke, isolated, angry, had no friends. Distressed his wife had left him forced to resign from job hostile to neighbors, needed knee surgery, wife and daughter left him the concluding line of this was mass shooters live among us they are us. They are, for the most part, the men and boys we know, which is a really scary way to frame it, but I think to your point, what we're talking about is human despair, and it actually something we can name and work with if we work with it as despair, there's almost like a pathological resistance we have in the society to naming the human underlying human root conditions of social problems. I think there is and it is heartbreaking just to hear those anecdotes that you shared and there is a common thread of pain. Yeah. In all of those stories and that pain that despair is what we have to grapple with because I think for too long what we have assumed is that dealing with that pain is up to each individual. Yeah. And it's irresponsibility. We can believe that all we want, but the reality tells us something very different. Which is as social creatures as communal creatures that we have to help heal one another's pain, that we have to help support and create this circumstances and institutions that allow people to heal that helps prevent that pain in the first place. That's our collective responsibility to one another. When you have a circumstance where we put that aside and say it's each person from themself. This is what happens. You have people struggling in pain. You have situations where people can't come together around solutions. Because they can't agree on our common responsibility to one another. And I think this to me is one of the fundamental issues that we need to talk about is what is our responsibility to one another. This is a moral question. It's a spiritual question that has implications for policies and for programs. But it has to start at the moral and spiritual level. We can build the best programs and policies in the world. But my belief is that none of those will work as well as they need to if we are not clear on the values that should be guiding us in our work. If you were to ask people right now, what are the values that guide us is the United States of America? I don't know that you would get a clear, consistent list of values. Everyone may have their own sense of what that is. And one of my beliefs here, Christa, is that we can't get clarity on that unless we have a conversation as a country about that. My belief is that we need to be a nation that is kind. Where people take care of one another, or people step up for one another because they can and because they know that we are all better off when we are all, in fact, better off. And I want us to be a nation where people are generous with one another, where they recognize that there are times all of us are going to be in need where all of us may stumble and fall. But we have to help each other up. And finally, I think we've got to be a nation, the fundamentally recognizes what strength really is. Because strength is not just about how much money we have and the economy or about the might of our military. Those are important. But our greatest source of strength comes from, I believe, our fundamental ability to give and receive love. You know, we don't think about love as a source of strength. But I find it hard to think of any force that is more powerful than love, right? And I think we need to talk about that more because especially with young boys and I think as a father of both a young girl and a young boy, I want my son to know that he shouldn't feel ashamed. To express love, to receive love, right? He shouldn't think that somehow that that is not becoming of a young boy, or not manly, in some way, all of us, men, women, everyone. We all have the desire and need to give and to receive love. So this has to be how we part of how we redefine strength. Nobody would look at the sacrifices that a parent makes for their child, how they sometimes put themselves in harm's way to protect their child and say, wow, love is weak.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Here's where I grew up is what happens when two parents who grew up in the sunny part of South India spend two years in Newfoundland in the icy cold. What happens is they move to Miami. So that is where I grew up. But my interest in healing really comes from my parents. Because when I was growing up in Miami, they had started a medical clinic there. And it was just the two of them. My father is seeing patients. My mother also caring for a patient in her own way and helping run the clinic. And I spent afternoons and weekends there, watching patients come and go, greeting them. And seeing people come in looking anxious and worried and seeing them leave feeling less so, knowing that they had a partner in their healing. And that word feeling is so important. I'm so glad you underscored it, because it is different from fixing. In order to heal, to me, healing is about making a hole. And to be a healer, you have to be able to listen to learn and to love. And I saw those three forces at work in my parents and how they cared for their patients. So that's what got me interested in in the process of healing, but I also saw that when you help people heal as my parents did, you also built these beautiful relationships with them. And I saw my parents who has two immigrants who came to this country, not knowing anyone, not really having any connections or supports. They built a community through their service. And those relationships are really beautiful. They inspired me, ultimately, to become a doctor. I so appreciate that connection you made between healing and becoming whole. Because I think one of the things that has emerged just kind of conversation by conversation across my 20 years now of radio, which then became podcasting. Is that we don't we don't become whole because of all the things we have going for us or what our strengths are. That actually the wise people I have spoken with who actually shift the world on its axis. It is actually, it is how they have integrated everything, their vulnerabilities, what went wrong, what failed, into their wholeness, on the other side. Yes, and I think that yes, all this isn't something we acquire by stacking achievements or checking boxes or acquiring products or consumer goods. And I worry about this because I have two small children, myself, there are 5 and 6. And I'm thinking often about the world that they're growing up in. And what is that world telling them about who they should be? And what success is. And what I worry about is that right now the world tells our kids and all of us that to be successful, you need one of three things. To be powerful, to be famous, or to be rich. But we all know people who have all three of those who are wealthy powerful and famous and profoundly unhappy who don't feel whole and so I worry that many of our kids are being led down a path that will not make them whole or fulfilled. I think they truly feel whole is it's not about acquiring something that we don't have. It's about remembering who we fundamentally are. When we come into this world as I see with my own kids and many of you may have seen with other young people in your lives, we are content. You know, my kids don't care whether we have a big house or a small house, they don't care about how fancy the clothes are that they wear are not. They care about finding moments of joy. They care about their relationships they have with the people around them. They observe things, whether it's a wall that wasn't there before or whether it's the play of lights as they come through the window and the setting sun. And they find joy in that in those day to day seemingly ordinary moments. And so I do think part of what his challenged us right now in this moment is that there are a lot of forces around us that have made us feel that we are not whole that we are not enough. They tell us what we're not good-looking enough. We're not smart enough. We're not popular enough. We're not wise enough. But part of what we have to do is to ask ourselves, are those messages speaking the truth about who we are? Or is that a narrative that's different? And often I find that that narrative is driven, usually by an organization, a product company that makes products or something where they're trying to sell you a service or a product, right? To make you feel more whole. But I think part of healing to me is about recognizing what we already have inside of us coming to trust that coming to rely on that and ultimately coming to find fulfillment in who we are. And we're also and we are also living with a great deal of brokenness and rupture. And some of what is broken, we understand wasn't good for us, right? But we have to we have to work with that and so I think all the things we're going to talk about, they're about the pandemic and they're not about the pandemic. There are things the pandemic accelerated that were already true. There was this striking sentence by Ed young, the science journalist. In the Atlantic last year, if you've been swimming furiously for a year, you don't expect to finally reach dry land and feel like you're drowning. So again, so I think what I want us, if we think about well, first of all, I want to name that you lost ten family members to COVID. Is that right? Yes. In the United States and in India. And I've been I've been so admiring of how in your role you are, you're in workplaces, you're in schools, you're with the United States, the council of mayors, right? You're with every kind of institution and community that we create in this country. And you've been so clear that you're interested in. How we can heal not only from COVID, but also from the isolation that existed before COVID. These things that are that we just see that much more clearly and feel that much more clearly. So if we think about the way we're orienting this is let's talk about this for the sake of how we reach for health and wholeness in the world ahead. How do you start to characterize or diagnose this moment we're in and what's behind it? Like, what is the core distress that we can name in order to grapple with? So this is at the heart of what I think we have to grapple with as a country and really more broadly as a global society, which is that there is this sense that I get when I talk to people all across our country that people are feeling worried, they're feeling anxious. They're feeling pessimistic about the future. And if you try to understand the reasons for that, on the surface, people will point to near term trends. They might point to something like inflation or they'll point to COVID itself or they'll point to other structural challenges. But I actually have come to believe it's something deeper that's happening. Because even when inflation was low and when unemployment remained low and the economy seemed to be doing very well. People still didn't feel great. Even before COVID, before we hit a giant pandemic, people still weren't feeling great. So there was something deeper happening. And my son's per se is that there are at least four forces that have driven us to feel this sense of despair. I think one is the extraordinary piece of change that we are living through. And the thing is everything is changing, right? How we communicate with one another, how we think about ourselves, how we think about job prospects, how we even think about what constitutes success. And even good change is hard. As a good friend of mine was, you know, we're sharing the other day. His kid graduated from school from high school and was going to college and he said, this is what I wanted for so many years. My child to do well to be able to go to college. And I'm heartbroken, because my child's leaving, right? So good change can be hard. But the second force has to do with the information environment we're surrounded by, which often is profoundly negative. And I think that's in part because so much of the what we see in the news and what it gets shared on social media stokes our anxiety and our fear, and that can if we're immersed in it, which we are much more so now because information is coming at us through so many channels on like 30 years ago, then it can lead us to feel that everything is broken about the world. The third
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Something where they're trying to sell you a service or a product, right? To make you feel more whole. But I think part of healing to me is about recognizing what we already have inside of us coming to trust that coming to rely on that and ultimately coming to find fulfillment in who we are. And we're also and we are also living with a great deal of brokenness and rupture. So I think what I want us, if we think about well, first of all, I want to name that you lost ten family members to COVID. Is that right? Yeah. In the United States and in India. And I've been I've been so admiring of how in your role you're in workplaces, you're in schools, you're with the council of mayors, right? You're with every kind of institution and community that we create in this country. And you've been so clear that you're interested in how we can heal not only from COVID, but also from the isolation that existed before COVID. These things that are that we just see that much more clearly and feel that much more clearly. So if we think about the way we're orienting this is let's talk about this for the sake of how we reach for health and wholeness in the world ahead. How do you start to characterize or diagnose this moment we're in and what's behind it? Like what is the core distress that we can name in order to grapple with? So this is at the heart of what I think we have to grapple with as a country and really more broadly as a global society, which is that there is this sense that I get when I talk to people all across our country that people are feeling worried, they're feeling anxious. They're feeling pessimistic about the future. And if you try to understand the reasons for that on the surface, people will point to near term trends. They might point to something like inflation or they'll point to COVID itself or they'll point to other structural challenges. But I actually have come to believe it's something deeper that's happening because even when inflation was low and when unemployment remained low and the economy seemed to be doing very well. People still didn't feel great, right? Even before COVID, before we hit a giant pandemic, people still weren't feeling great. So there was something deeper happening. And one is the extraordinary piece of change that we are living through. And the thing is, everything is changing, right? How we communicate with one another, how we think about ourselves, how we think about job prospects, how we even think about what constitutes success. And even good change is hard. As a good friend of mine was, you know, we're sharing the other day. His kid graduated from school from high school and was going to college, and he said, this is what I wanted for so many years, my child to do well to be able to go to college. And I'm heartbroken, because my child's leaving, right? So good change can be hard. But the second force has to do with the information environment we're surrounded by, which often is profoundly negative. And I think that's in part because so much of the what we see in the news and what it gets shared on social media is stokes our anxiety and our fear. Even if we're immersed in it, which we are much more so now because information is coming at us through so many channels on like 30 years ago, then it can lead us to feel that everything is broken about the world. The third force though is our dialog, which is that our dial ability to talk to one another is broken to put it plainly. We hesitate to bring up issues with other people that we may disagree on because we don't know how they'll react. We think twice before we post something because we're not sure if we're using the right words. And we've come to care less about people's intentions, somehow then about the words they use or about the position that they have. But the final factor that's and I'll just say about dialog, the reason that is so important is when we have times of confusion in our life or uncertain about something, a lot of how we work through that is we talk it through. We listen to what other people said we ask some questions. We process out loud. But when we can't dialog, we can't do that. But the fourth and final force I'll mention is the one that's at the heart of your question, which is around loneliness and isolation, which has been growing. You know, if you had told me that loneliness and isolation was a challenge, a public health threat, if you will, on a scale as big as any other public health threat we face, 6, 7, 8 years ago, I would have been skeptical. I was in are you really sure? But I actually was educated on this by people all across America who threw their own stories, helped me realize that loneliness was more than something that I had experienced in my own life. As a child and as an adult, it was more than something I had just seen in my patients, but it was something that people all across America were experiencing. You know, there are many surveys now, which are telling us that more than half of Americans feel lonely. And then numbers are greatest among young people, as it turns out. And when people struggle with loneliness, not only is it bad for their mental health, increasing their risk for depression and anxiety, but it also increases their risk for heart disease and premature death and so many other physical illnesses. So you put all of this together, and what you find is a recipe for despair. And if we want to break this cycle, if you want to actually reclaim lives that are full of joy that are fulfilling, we have to rebuild the fundamentally our connection to one another.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"It's so good to be in this room again. And so I know we all think of Doctor Fauci as the nation's doctor, but actually this is the official nation doctor. And we have had a number of touch points over the last few years all in pixelated form. And this is a human being of intelligence and integrity and deep care, which is what we hope for and long for in our public servants. And so I'm so glad to have you here now. This is your second tenure as a Surgeon General. You were Surgeon General, the 19th and the 21st. Are you the first person to do it twice? I believe I am, actually. Okay. You're also, I believe, the first Surgeon General to take your oath on the Bhagavad Gita. That's right. Yeah. And very importantly in this room, you are the first Surgeon General I suspect to host a podcast. That is right. And it's a good one. It's called House calls, and it's a wonderful mix of reflection and conversation. And also some brief meditations. So Vivek, and I've been given permission to call you that. Please, too. We are Friends. You know, western medicine classically, certainly in the century. I was born in the 20th. Was a profoundly dedicated to curing, which is not always the same as healing. You speak about your commitment to the art of healing. You know, I know your grandfather was a farmer in rural India. Your parents immigrated from India. Were you born in Yorkshire in the UK? I was. That's right. You went through Newfoundland, you ended up in Miami. That's a really interesting trajectory. Your father was a doctor, but I'm curious about in this background of your childhood and your family. Where do you trace the roots of this care that you have this passion for the art of healing? Well, I'll just say Chris said, just to start, what a joy it is to be with you as well. As somebody who's listened to on being for many years, long before I met you, I'm just such a fan, but also deep admirer of what you do, the dialog you support. And I will say also that ending up in Miami, whereas here's where I grew up is what happens when two parents who grew up in the sunny part of South India spend two years in Newfoundland. In the icy cold, what happens is they move to Miami. So that is where I grew up. But my interest in healing really comes from my parents. Because when I was growing up in Miami, they had started a medical clinic there. And it was just the two of them. My father is seeing patients. My mother also caring for a patient in her own way and helping run the clinic. And I spent afternoons and weekends there, watching patients come and go, greeting them. And seeing people come in looking anxious and worried and seeing them leave feeling less so, knowing that they had a partner in their healing. And that word healing is so important. I'm so glad you underscored it, because it is different from fixing. In order to heal, to me, healing is about making a hole. And to be a healer, you have to be able to listen to learn and to love. And I saw those three forces at work in my parents and how they cared for their patients. So that's what got me interested in in the process of healing, but I also saw that when you help people heal as my parents did, you also built these beautiful relationships with them. And I saw my parents who has two immigrants who came to this country, not knowing anyone, not really having any connections or supports. They built a community through their service. And those relationships are really beautiful. They inspired me ultimately to become a doctor. I so appreciate that connection you made between healing and becoming whole. Because I think one of the things that has emerged just kind of conversation by conversation across my 20 years now of radio, which then became podcasting, is that we don't become whole because of all the things we have going for us or what our strengths are, that actually the wise people I have spoken with who actually shift the world on its axis. It is how they have integrated everything, their vulnerabilities, what went wrong, what failed into their wholeness on the other side. Yes, and I think that, yes, wholeness isn't something we acquire by stacking achievements or checking boxes or acquiring products or consumer goods. And I worry about this because I have two small children, myself, there are 5 and 6. And I'm thinking often about the world that they're growing up in. And what does that world telling them about who they should be? And what success is. And what I worry about is that right now the world tells our kids and all of us that to be successful, you need one of three things. To be powerful, to be famous, or to be rich. But we all know people who have all three of those who are wealthy powerful and famous and profoundly unhappy who don't feel whole and so I worry that many of our kids are being led down a path that will not make them whole or fulfilled. I think they're truly feel whole is it's not about acquiring something that we don't have. It's about remembering who we fundamentally are. When we come into this world, as I see with my own kids and many of you may have seen with other young people in your lives, we are content. You know, my kids don't care whether we have a big house or a small house, they don't care about how fancy the clothes are that they wear are not. They care about finding moments of joy. They care about their relationships they have with the people around them. They observe things, whether it's a wall that wasn't there before or whether it's the play of lights as they come through the window and the setting sun. And they find joy in that in those day to day seemingly ordinary moments. And so I do think part of what his challenged us right now in this moment is that there are a lot of forces around us that have made us feel that we are not whole that we are not enough. They tell us what we're not good-looking enough. We're not smart enough. We're not popular enough. We're not wise enough. But part of what we have to do is to ask ourselves, are those messages speaking the truth about who we are? Or is that a narrative that's different? And often I find that that narrative is driven, usually by an organization, a product company that makes products or
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"But actually this is the official nation doctor. And we have had a number of touch points over the last few years all in pixelated form. And this is a human being of intelligence and integrity and deep care, which is what we hope for and long for in our public servants. And so I'm so glad to have you here now. You have served this is your second tenure as a Surgeon General. You were a Surgeon General, the 19th and the 21st. Are you the first person to do it twice? I believe I am, actually. Okay. And I also, I'm pretty sure something I planned. It's not something I planned. It just happened. You're also, I believe, the first Surgeon General to take your oath on the Bhagavad Gita. That's right. Yeah. And very importantly in this room, you are the first Surgeon General, I suspect, to host a podcast. That is right. And it's a good one. It's called House calls, and it's a wonderful mix of reflection and conversation. And also some brief meditations. So yeah, all of that is a long winded way to say I'm very delighted to be with you in the old fashioned flesh. I'm very delighted that I'm just, you know, it feels amazing to me that we are all back here because there were lots of times in these three years where I we wouldn't have been able to know. To rest on that certainty. And to feel the electricity and the life that we get from each other. So Vivek, and I've been given permission to call you that. You know, western medicine classically, certainly in the century. I was born in the 20th. Was a profoundly dedicated to curing, which is not always the same as healing. You speak about your commitment to the art of healing. You know, I know your grandfather was a farmer in rural India. Your parents immigrated from India. Were you born in Yorkshire in the UK? I was. That's right. You went through Newfoundland, you ended up in Miami. That's a really interesting trajectory. Your father was a doctor, but I'm curious about in this background of your childhood and your family. Where do you trace the roots of this care that you have this passion for the art of healing? Well, I'll just say Chris said, just to start, what a joy it is to be with you as well as somebody who's listened to on being for many years long before I met you. I'm just such a fan, but also deep admirer of what you do, the dialog you support. And I will say also that ending up in Miami, whereas here's where I grew up is what happens when two parents who grew up in the sunny part of South India spend two years in Newfoundland in the icy cold. What happens is they move to Miami. So that is where I grew up. But my interest in healing really comes from my parents. Because when I
"vivek murthy" Discussed on On Being with Krista Tippett
"Hi, everyone. Okay, I'm going to shift the tone here a little bit because oh, it's so good to be in this room again. And I mean, I can't see the light is bright, but how many people were here for our live taping in 2020 on air fest? It was, it was the last day of the on air fest. And a state of emergency was declared that day in New York. As we sat here, this close. And ocean vong is who I interviewed and backstage where we just were. I remember that we were kind of like we'd kind of gotten the news that we needed to be careful. So when we met, we bumped elbows, but when we finished our conversation up here, we had a big bear hug. Because surely things weren't changing that much. And we all left this room and went back to a changed world, and by that, Wednesday, three days later, I was sitting in the on being studios sending everyone home from work, thinking we'd all be back in a month. And nothing's ever been the same again. So I want to invoke this memory. Not just to honor the gravity of what happened and really what we're all still caring. Which I hope this can be. This hour together can be a way to process that a little bit. And hold that in honor it, but also to invoke a question that I want to ground this conversation, which is what have we been given to learn, who are we now, and who are we called to be, which are questions very much that you are working without in the world. I also feel like it's really important to attend name and this will also be something we'll go into that there's a lot of despair right now that we don't know how to talk about. We're carrying a lot of un grieved losses, a great deal of unnerving change. And what I was trained to do and what I think a lot of us were trained to do is power through. And we're succeeding in powering through to some extent, but it's showing all of these things are showing up sideways in our relationships and our organizations, in our country. And it is a basic truth of life in a family or a nation or an industry that until we can name what is happening in our midst and let it be in the middle of the room that we can't work with it. And we can't walk with and through it together. It will continue to haunt and define us until we do that. And again, we have great callings coming out of these last three years, and we made a modicum of health and vitality for the imagination and agency and joy that all of that needs if we're to rise and rise together to this moment. And this is where Surgeon General Vivek Murthy comes in. This is what I knew I wanted to talk about here because for me again, this is where the pandemic started. And so I know we all think of Doctor Fauci as the nation's doctor, but actually this is the official nation doctor.
China Censors Ukraine; Surgeon General Censors COVID 'Misinformation'
"I told you before the break how I got an email from the email morning blast from axios this morning and they're one big thing story was China's censors Ukraine Apparently the Chinese government doesn't want any pro Ukrainian messages getting out there because they're tyrants and they want to make you to believe we want to make you believe that there's this large and growing support for Russia and that the Ukrainians are evil awful people for fighting for their freedom So they're censoring it Which I thought is super weird Because the Surgeon General of the United States just did the exact same thing with regards to COVID policy here and yet people like axios the cat lady Politico and others never seemed to make the connection The Surgeon General of the United States in name only the sagano Vivek Murthy had just put out an edict demanding that big tech companies produce to him He's the Surgeon General He's not George Patton like a four star general or 5 surgeon He is a Surgeon General And he's demanding big tech companies produce them information about COVID misinformation online And when they say misinformation what they mean is anything that doesn't align 100% with their already false narratives about COVID
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"John former president Donald Trump failed to block the release of documents sought by a U.S. House panel investigating the January 6th capitol riot U.S. district judge tena chucklin in Washington denied Trump's request for an injunction last night Trump immediately filed notice that he will appeal the ruling Trump had asked the court in October to stop the national archives from releasing the documents to Congress invoking executive privilege The House committee investigating the capital riot as a peanut more aides to Donald Trump the ten include his former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and senior adviser Stephen Miller Former federal prosecutor Lori Levinson says the committee wants to know what the president was doing and saying on that day and the days leading up to the 6th For example you have The White House deputy chief of staff and the fact that he in fact was thinking of resigning on the day but was persuaded presumably by the president and people close to him to stay in School professor and former prosecutor Laurie Levinson The Surgeon General released tips to help people fight COVID vaccine misinformation among people in their own close circle Earlier this year Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory declaring vaccine misinformation to public health emergency Murthy says misinformation has become hard to spot as campaigns have become more sophisticated It has for example tips on how people can have conversations with their family members about misinformation As instructions and guidance for them and how to recognize health misinformation when it presents itself Surgeon General Murthy spoke to ABC Governments are poised to express alarm and concern about global warming already happening and encourage one another to end their use of coal That's according to a draft released today of the final document expected at UN climate talks the early version of the document also impresses on countries the need to cut carbon dioxide emissions by about half by the year 2030.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on AP News
"S Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy on NBC's meet. The Press explained that the president needed to move to the next phase of the Covid 19 response due to the spreading Delta variant that involves focusing not just on expanding The vaccination effort through a combination of mandates and access. But it also involves focusing on increasing our testing capacity, shoring up our health care systems, which are really struggling, and, he added, many businesses welcome the mandate. The Business Roundtable has said that this is the right move. The American Medical Association certainly in the health side has said this is the right move. Many Republican governors have spoken about lawsuits after the sweeping new vaccine requirements were announced. I'm Shelley Antler, Britain's health secretary, said. The government are revealed. First thing course on the requirement of vaccine passports in nightclubs and other crowded events in England. Sajid Javid said The original plan has been shelved for now, but could be brought back to the table. If Kevin 19 cases rise exponentially. The retreat comes amid opposition from some of the conservative government supporters in parliament. Some members of the governing Conservative Party had concerns that the passport would be a burden on business and infringement on human rights. Vaccine passports, like the one the British government was considering using are already required in other European countries like France. Karen Shamas London President Biden has a message for Republican governors who are resisting his new federal vaccination requirements. Some GOP leaders say the president's overreaching and are threatening legal action and special legislative sessions have added, Speaking at the Washington Middle School, the president says it's disappointing, particularly some of Republican governors. Have been so cavalier with the health of these kids. So cavalier. Health and their communities, he says. This isn't a game, echoing his wife's call to keep school kids safe by following the science. We owe them unity so that we can fight the virus, Not each other Saga or Megane Washington. The coronavirus pandemic has had a big impact on the black community and on those who provide funeral services, Second generation mortician Sean Troy in South Carolina. Lost his father to the virus. Just never vision myself looking at my father's name plate team starting anything. William Penn Troy Sr. Died in August of last year. Never thought it would be just so close with the national Funeral Directors and Morticians Association says the funeral director is the most prominent individual in the African American community. No disrespect to my colleagues across the country. Um, where more. Um I should say intimate more more because of our cultural based on Troy says he still gets inspiration from his father. You can do this. I got you training you for this all your life. You've been ready to do this. Now is your time Since the start of the pandemic about 130 black morticians have died from the coronavirus. I'm Ed Donahue a day before the 9 11 anniversary. Washington is remembering and reflecting. From the Pentagon to the Justice and state departments. 20 years after September 11 2000 and one that day is forever seared into all of our memories. It felt somehow deeply personal. And I think it's still does pain. The terror we each have our own 9 11 story for then. Army Officer Matthew Claim Oh, it was sitting in a Pentagon command center hearing. President Bush issue orders. I want you to find out who did this. I want you to track them down and I want you to destroy them. 20 years later, General John heighten the Pentagon's number two officer says the military did its job. We kept our nation safe saga. Megane Washington A new government has been announced. In Lebanon. Over a year after the previous administration quit with the cheap, McCarty becoming prime minister, a position he's held twice before. Robots are now McCarty pledges to do everything in his power to hold the country's dramatic economic collapse, urging fractures politicians to work together. Holding back tears. McCarty, one of the richest men in the country, spoke to of Lebanese mothers who can't feed their Children and students whose parents can no longer afford to send them to school. The political agreement breaks a 12 month deadlock that's seen the country slide deeper into financial chaos and poverty. I'm Charles de la Decima. What happens if you can't pay your bills we may be about to find out. The fear is that the US made default on its bills for the first time ever. In fact, a Washington think tank. The bipartisan policy center says the government will likely face an unprecedented default this fall if the train goes off the rails as the think tank puts it. The government would not be able to make payments on time, like military pay a Medicare provider payments just to name two. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned Congress this week. If it doesn't act, the U. S will be unable to avert a default in October. I'm Rita Foley. Inflation at the wholesale level climb to 8.3% last month. It's the biggest annual gains since the Labor Department started calculating the 12 month number in 2010. The Producer Price Index, which measures inflationary pressures before they reach consumers rose 7/10 of a percent in August after full 1% increases in both June and July, when compared with August of 2020 prices were 8.3% higher. Core prices, which excludes the volatile food and energy categories also rose those slightly less 6/10 of a percent from July and 6.7% from a year earlier. Inflation has been stirring as the economy recovers from the coronavirus recession, with supply chain bottlenecks in a worker shortage, pushing prices higher. Ben Thomas. Washington The head of Britain's domestic intelligence agency warns the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan could fuel terror plots. Myth five. Director General Ken McCallum believes the Taliban has heartened and emboldened extremists and could lead to the return of major Al Qaeda style attack plots against the West. McCallum adds, Britain could face more risk because of the withdrawal of NATO troops and the overthrow of the Afghan government. In a rare interview with the BBC, he says nations must be vigilant both for the increase and inspired terrorism, which has become a trend over the past 5 to 10 years alongside the potential regrowth of Al Qaeda style directed.
Biden Steps Into Legal Fight With Vaccine Mandates
"The president returns the white house this week to address what may be the greatest threat to our country since nine eleven for eighteen months the covert pandemic has consumed our country and now even though seventy five percent of american adults are vaccinated. it's become a pandemic of the unvaccinated with more than one hundred thousand cases a day for four weeks last week. Roughly quarter million new cases reported among children. The highest total yet but biden's plan to mandate vaccinations at workplaces across. America is facing swift and severe resistance drawing attacks and threats of legal action from at least nineteen republican governors. We're going to begin there this morning with surgeon. General vivek murthy dr murthy. Thank you for joining us this morning. You know the president resisted issuing mandates for months thank you the president resisted issuing mandates for months and the administration repeatedly explained that he lacked the legal authority for sweeping mandates. So what changed george. Let's talk about where we are. And what the president announced Fortunately we have made a tremendous amount of progress over the last eight months. I want to remind people of this because they can get lost in the in the news about the delta varying delone but because we have two hundred million people george with at least one shot of the vaccine. We are in a much better place than we otherwise would have been with that. Said delta is a tough foe. It's throw curveballs at us. And we have to be prepared to respond and that is why. The president announced a ambitious and thoughtful plan. that he nfl earlier this lab past week which is intended to help us get through the next phase of this variant now to be clear requirements that he announced or not sweeping requirements for the entire nation. These are focused on areas where the federal government has legal authority to act so seventeen million healthcare workers. Who do we were operating. Institutions which work with medicare medicaid will now be required To get vaccines we also know that the workplace requirements. He put in place for workplaces. That have one hundred plus You know workers that those will affect about eighty million americans. Here's finally what we know. George we know that these kind of requirements actually work to improve our vaccination
"vivek murthy" Discussed on NBC Meet the Press
"Back. President biden is gambling. That not only will this. New vaccine mandate initiative be good health policy. He believes it's good politics. Is he right endless. Next welcome back the panel is here. Nbc news senior. Washington correspondent highly jackson author and presidential historian doors. Curtains goodwin syndicated columnist. George will he's author of the new book american happiness and discontents the unruly it. Twenty eight to twenty twenty. Hopefully find epitaph and kimberly can store senior opinion writer for the boston globe. Welcome to all of you. Well let me show you where. Americans are on a vaccine. Mandate you wanna talk about being divided down the middle. We're divided down the middle. We asked about this Should employers require vaccines for in work. Basically fifty percent yes forty four percent now and here's the political divide. We put that up. It looks very familiar. Eighty two it looks like the presidential approval rating the way it splits their highly jackson. This is as much of a political decision by the by the white house. It was a scientific and they think it's a winner chapman politically. There's obviously the public health here. But i was talking with one white house official. Who said listen. They believe that the politics are on their side on this. It was interesting to hear governor. Hutchinson talk with you about the business aspect of it. Because i will tell you. It did not go notice in the washington post yesterday carrying a piece with top business leader in the houston area. Houston more blue than the rest of the state. But basically saying this is giving some businesses. And i'm paraphrasing here. Businesses some cover. We haven't had the phone ringing off the hook. The white house took notice of that right. They think that this is. This is giving the ability to give some private businesses a little bit of cover and say well. Our hands are tied. Osias making us do this so they are optimistic about it. That said chuck the numbers that you just showed. Tell the whole story. This was politicized from listen april. Twenty twenty right may of two thousand twenty when there was a different president in office. Who is taking a very different attitude towards mask wearing right. And that's how this came about kimberly. It's still an acknowledgement that the strategy that code. That's not working because reggie hasn't been working now maybe there's enough maybe there's nothing he could do with this current crew of unvaccinated people. Yeah i think that there is a percentage of people who no matter what happened. And they're not only going to get vaccinated but they're going to push against this in politicize it any way that they can. But we have seen just to halley's point some of the businesses that have already taken upon themselves delta airlines others to impose vaccine mandates. What happened a portion of their employees. Who hadn't been vaccinated got vaccinated. We saw it moving the needle. And i think that the president made that calculation. There's going to be pushed back. Certainly once you have the federal government coming in with a mandate You know however restraint we it's rooted in the constitution which i believe that it is statutorily and constitutionally people don't like that they're going to be people who that's one of the reasons that they pushed against the federal the vaccine is because of a federal mandate but he had to balance that against what is actually going to work. What is actually going to get vaccines in arms. What is actually going to help. Businesses move forward and the economy move forward but thorson. George you guys look at this through decades of history this is gonna work or is this going to backfire to take the staff and you had to make sure that has the possibility look. Mandates have been part of our history for so long. Go back to old. George washington you know he mandated that his soldiers get inoculated against smallpox. And he made a great comment that i think appears today he said necessity not only authorizes. What i'm doing. It compels me to do this. Because if the virus at the smallpox rages it'll be worse than the sort of the enemy. I mean that's where we're at right now. I think for bind to reestablish himself as the leader of the country he had to respond to this crisis and more muscular way he was losing ground because the states were taking so much authority and talking about what they didn't want to do. And and you have to in a crisis show that you're mobilizing every national resource that you're giving direction to the country. And you're making the country feel that they are a whole that their collective individual liberty has to be balanced against public. And i think those are the decisions. He finally made short shorts. The other george. George this works or do you think it will backfire. It will work in the sense that it will encourage people to get vaccinated. And that's a good thing but the president's impatience is understandable as exasperation but constitutional government on the rule of law requires patients. Remember barack obama said twenty times. He could not unilaterally do what eventually he unilaterally did regarding immigration because he was out of patience and the same thing is happening here with mr biden courts however look askance at executive agencies that extract suddenly fast indeed unlimited new powers from old statutes. Well osha though has had some success sick at having those having those authorities Reinforced centers for disease control. Found out that when it decided to could have an eviction moratorium in the name of containing appendix. The statute would not permit that. This is either unconstitutional. If indeed congress has delegated essentially legislative powers to these executive agencies that would violate the non delegation doctrine which alas has been dormant for a long time in the court. However it's illegal if they are reading the statute and finding no mandate for this behavior. It's kind of a court battle right now. I going in the white house. And they're ready for it right the ducks in a row and by right..
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots
"For every every delta. Get a booster shot eight months after. Got your second shot or make you safer and for longer. No some world leaders who say america shouldn't get third shot until other countries got their first show. i disagree. We can take care of america and helped world too same time. President biden discussing the plan for booster shots for american starting in september. The recommendation comes as the us recorded. More than one hundred sixty three thousand new cova cases thursday the highest in nearly seven months. But the pace of vaccinations is also increasing over a million doses. Were ordered administered on friday sixty percent of all eligible fully vaccinated for more. Let's bring in the surgeon general. Dr vivek murthy. Good morning to you. Dr those pfizer and medina booster shots will become available the week of september twentieth. Walk us through. What americans should know about that and what to do well. Thanks martha eat. There are several things that americans should know about the booster announcement. We recently made number one. Is that the vaccines are continuing to work. Remarkably well for preventing people from ending up in the hospital and they're saving lives. So that's the reason we are not recommending boosters today but we are seeing is a decline in the protection against mild to moderate disease. And we're anticipating there may be an erosion in that important protection that we're seeing today down the line and that's why they stay ahead of this virus were recommending. The people start to get boosters. A week of september twenty they will start with people on their eight month anniversary following their second shot and by necessity that will end up prioritizing. Those who are at highest risk including long-term healthcare workers Long term care facility residents rather healthcare workers as well as the
U.S. Defends Booster Plan Amid WHO Criticism
"The U. S. is defending its plan to offer cove it nineteen booster shots amid sharp criticism from the World Health Organization W. H. O. emergencies chief Michael Ryan says poor nations don't even have enough vaccine to give their people a first shot we're counting down notes that extra life jackets to people who already have life jackets well we're leaving other people driving without a single life jacket here in Washington I do not accept the idea that you can choose between America and the world Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says there's a responsibility to both White House officials say the U. S. has donated one hundred fifteen million vaccine doses to eighty nations more than all other countries combined Sager mag ani Washington
U.S. Surgeon General Murthy Says Parents Should Wear Masks Around Their Kids
"Here's what I'm talking about. This would fall under the things said by Imbeciles, Alex for 1000. This kind of spurred that questions? I heard this. This is from our side. I know. What's our Conor? Surgeon general in name? Only, Um he's a clown. This guy is just embarrassed himself. He clowned themselves. He's not acting as a medical professional. He's not acting as some, you know, sage public figure to give you a really profound great advice. Help you save your life from coronavirus or whatever The guy's just acting like a clown like Bozo, you know, like Bozo the clown, right? That's what he's doing. He's doing bozo stuff. So, he says. Things that would be associated with an imbecile would say, And here's some evidence of that queue up. Cut one about 20. Seconds on. Here's our siga, no surgeon general in name only Vivek Murthy trying to scare the hell out of everyone in Americans suggesting ridiculously, which I'm sure everybody laughed at him when he said this that parents should wear masks around their kids and outside now to even if you're vaccinated, check this out. For example, if you happen to have a lot of interaction but post for unvaccinated, let's say your parent like me, who is young Children at home. We're not back standard. That's a circumstance where being extra cautious and wearing that mask, Even if you're fully vaccinated. We're going to bring it out outside when you're an indoor public locations is an extra step to protecting those at home. Oh, my gosh.
Los Angeles Hopes New Mask Mandate Will Reverse Virus Spike
"We come on the air this morning. Residents of the nation's most populous county are waking up to a new. But all too familiar reality and indoor mask mandate despite all the progress we've made it's a reminder that our national fight against covert is far from over as the highly contagious delta variants sweeps. The country cases are rising nearly all fifty states. The country's daily case average has now searched by more than sixty percent in the last week to more than twenty seven thousand cases. That's a whopping one hundred forty. Three percent increase over the past. Four weeks fueling the surge unvaccinated americans who make more than ninety seven percent of hospitalized covert patients the administration now targeting misinformation to overcome vaccine hesitancy. But can they actually change any minds and could we see more major cities across america. Reinstitute their mask recommendations. Dr vivek murthy is standing by with more. But we begin with kaley hearten in la county inside the providence saint joseph medical center. Good morning to you kayleigh. Good morning martha just a few weeks ago. This hospital system in southern california was treating just thirty. kobe patients. That number has jumped two hundred and thirty and almost all of them or unvaccinated. This is an all hands on deck moment. As one local officials said as the situation continues to get worse in california for the past week in los angeles county more than one thousand new cases were reported every day and that number was closer to two thousand on friday and saturday for perspective a month ago. The county was averaging two hundred new cases every day. We've been on something of a roller coaster here with the numbers in check a month ago. La county lifted virtually all restrictions with capacity limits and social distancing bars and restaurants. They have been packed with massless people but now a sharp reversal bringing back. The mask mandate for inside public places. Regardless of your vaccination status and ten counties in california are also following suit with their own guidance.
US Surgeon General: Covid Misinformation ‘Spreading Like Wildfire’ on Social Media
"Their hands full as the delta variant of the coronavirus. Tears through the country also circulating misinformation about the illness and the vaccines that the surgeon general believes big tech isn't doing enough to combat Dr Vivek Murthy spoke to Fox News Sunday. This is about the health of Americans, and that reality is that misinformation is still spreading like wildfire in our country, aided and abetted by technology platforms. On Friday, President Biden singled out Facebook, accusing the company of killing people. Facebook then called on the White House to stop finger pointing. It also laid out what it's done to clamp down on misinformation. After the White House revealed it was working with big tech to flag so called problematic posts. Conservatives pounds, calling it government censorship, everything we thought about the Biden administration about their willingness to trample on free speech to trample on the Constitution. Everything we feared they might do they are doing Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Fox's Sunday morning futures Republicans are
Facebook Suggests It's More Effective Than Biden on Vaccinations
"Criticism for President Biden about vaccine it misinformation President Biden Friday to reporters, citing misinformation about covid vaccines on social media. The only pandemics we have is among unvaccinated and not they're killing people. Facebook says in a written statement that over two billion people have viewed authoritative information about covid and vaccines on its platform, more than any other place on the Internet, it says in a Washington Post interview Friday, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says Social media has an obligation to inform users about what is true and what is clearly false. And that's
COVID-19 Misinformation an “Urgent Threat,” Surgeon General Says
"General and the pandemic. I'm Tim Maguire with an A P news minute. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says dangerous misinformation has led people to not wear masks, and it turned down vaccinations. Simply put health information has cost US life. As the pace of vaccinations has slowed. The number of Covid 19 cases has risen nearly
Press Secretary Jen Psaki Makes Trump's Case Against Social Media Platforms
"Pretend you're a constitutional lawyer. And say, what in this? What is it the gent Masaki said. Vivek Murthy, the generally surgeons. What is it that, they said? That now has changed the legal ballgame. Let's start cut eight. Gym pass sake at the White House press briefing today go first. We are in regular touch with these social media platforms, and those engagements typically happened through members of our senior staff, but also members of our Covid 19 team Given, as Dr Martin Mercy conveyed, this is a big issue of misinformation specifically on the pandemic. In terms of actions, Alex that we have taken or we're working to take. I should say from the federal government, we've increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon general's office. We're flogging problematic post for Facebook that spread this information. We're working with doctors and medical professionals to connect to connected medical experts with popular with popular who are popular with their audiences with with accurate information and boost trusted content. So we're helping get trusted. Content out there. Alright, let's stop there. What did she and what are they? What did they just do? They just They just Made the Trump lawsuit. Against the social media platforms to me a slam dunk. I
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Pod Save America
"You know. We came down almost one thousand cases a day which was a for the united states but we are now increase in most recently over twenty six thousand cases a day. So i think we will get. The data are relatively soon. And i'm optimistic. That by the end of the year. I will have a decision from the fda about whether our kids under twelve can take that or not dodger. Murphy thank you so much for joining pod. Save america really appreciate the time and hope you come back soon. Cobbled think he's alive so it was really good to be with you one last thing. I just share town my mind a lot. Is we talk about nearly as much with this. Pandemic is is really the cost to our mental health and wellbeing You know this has been incredibly difficult year and almost year and a half now for everyone in the country it does matter you You know a richer poor if you're living in urban or rural area issue. Are you end up getting cooler. It or not panama's is affected all of our lives in outweigh and turned it upside down it some much much harder than others with it all of us in some way and what i worry about is that looked to future is the about how we're gonna contend with that impact on our out the mental health and our wellbeing you know the rates of depression and anxiety increased significantly during the pandemic including among young people who were struggling with high rates have anxiety and depression and suicide the or dependent like began so i think we have this opportunity john as we think about coming out this pandemic we've opportunity to think proactively about two things one. How do we really address. Mental health country talk about really honestly provide investment prevention. That works actually made an investment. Had we provide real treatment accessible high-quality treatment of people who've been struggling for too long the second thing without a lot of conversation about what we want our close pandemic look if we don't do anything differently But just keep moving forward. We will snap back to twenty nineteen how lived our life before the pandemic. But if you're like me. I unlike many out there. You probably had moments for you. During the pandemic maybe hispanic about how wanna live my life differently. Maybe something that you realize about spend more time with your family or maybe it's something you'd realize about. Maybe wanting to move closer to france Those you love or maybe realizing union more purpose meaning like in your job for the go back to school for that degree that you've been thinking about a pursue avi whatever it may be there are realizations. We've all had your this amick that we can incorporate into our thinking about what life looks like. We don't have those conversations. We don't explore what life could look like endemic. I worry that we will lose a lot of the potential civilized. Means of this pandemic lessons as you will independence. That's a conversation. I'm excited to certainly think about my own life but also excited to support in our country. It's something that our office will be working on how to support a larger series of conversations around the post pandemic life and if we approach typing in an open helping on sway. My hope is that we can build the lights. That is more fulfilling. Fear in certainly happier for many of us in the life even before i agree. That's such an incredibly important conversation to have about about mental health and wellbeing. And i do think like. I think that one small step we can all take as sort of give each other a break. Extend some some kindness and grace to everyone else. Because i've been thinking this throughout the pandemic is everyone is always going through something that you may not know right and they and however you've dealt with the pandemic you can't know for sure what someone else has gone through the last year and so it's a it's a good opportunity to to show some kindness and that doesn't fix everything but it's a it's one small step at the beginning a long way and he. It's beautifully powerful is one of the most our resources a healing that we have that as doctors written prescriptions for many medicines that intended to heal over the years. I've been struck time and time again. Adds missing concessions really go a long way and if we learned one thing from this pandemic john extent. We need each other city as much as we able to do on our own. We can't get through difficult times. Like pandemics the arches solely on our own. And in fact when we step up to help one another you not only extend assistance and lift someone else we. We remind ourselves that we have to bring to the world now. There are a lot of people. Walking around who feel like their value and their worth is not significant. Wonder at times if they're really bringing anything to the world around them. I've certainly that in times throughout my life but that his wife service to others fueled by kindness and compassionate sometimes on was powerful we can do for others could also must reaffirming things we can do for ourselves when i imagined post pandemic life when imaginable a boost in society that we could build together. I imagine a society fuel by kindness. Inform by compassion. One in which all of us not just some very well said thank you. Dr martha appreciate it. Hey cared to see banks to congresswoman katie porter answered in general vivek murthy for joining us today. Good to be with you guys again. Racist look at us and we'll look at us all sinked up. We'll talk to you again. On thursday hot save america is crooked media production. The executive producer is michael martinez..
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Pod Save America
"Up their voices to call out wrongdoing. That continues to happen. This happens there are plenty of things that are going to destroy your be and are not going to be antitrust violations. I don't think that's fair to say. I think that's really. That's really uncalled for. Some of my best friends are airlines. Yes like people should continue to raise the wishes of how expensive of their cheated. They need to keep you know whether it's through twitter or calling the competition reporting it to their ag or federal trade commission. That's what it needs to have to compete or consumers but no amount consumer copetition or consumer complaining. I should say no amount of consumer complaining and address address an antitrust violation because our inherent in the term antitrust violation. Isn't there's not enough competition for the consumers to shop with your pocket box that needs to go find a company that treats them better. Most people read were on houses. Have one choice of an internet provider. So your choice is get ripped off or don't have wifi so you can complain. All you want tides. You know cox some Other wrong spectrum. You expect it wherever you want to go out with them yet. None of them are good. You are you're not able to choose with your your jamaica. Humor twice to pick a different company. That's one of the things that this executive order will do is make clear that they can't lock we awards into only allowing one internet service provider service. Billy's nothing to create choices for consumers slam.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Pod Save America
"Twice. Became worse became worse. That's a really good job. Sorry everybody just a good joke. It's just funny to tell a joke from the perspective of the democrats trying to stop them like you to make me better. You made me worse. I think that's great good for him. It's also just such a fuck you to this. Susan collins of the world right who said oh after the first impeachment. He's gonna he's gonna learn his lesson right and it's it's it's a reminder also think of why the only thing that works with trump is taking away his power deterrence doesn't work appeasement doesn't work ignoring him doesn't work right only thing. That works is beating him. That's the only thing he understand. And and i. It's worth noting that the that was a what he was he was comparing himself to. Bill barr his attorney general. Bill barr who was a supplicant. To donald trump. For virtually all the time he was attorney. General believes in basically unlimited presidential. Power did a ton to to to to. What's it called in football and you block for somebody. Run blocking sure. Run blocking pass blocking run blocking for him. What kind of player we like. It's when somebody's in front of somebody with the ball. Kind of like i'm bill. Barr was the fullback in this. Now option your blocks buck you nailed it the first time you put in the comments. There's more specific thing and he the point is what's the lesson here is he is he is again. He is now saying that. Bill barr gaunt. He's few still fears that that atlantic bill barr mcconnell kind of betrayed him on behalf of the democrats not because they thought it was an up because he was doing what he thought. Was you know a hint of the right thing but because it was a part of the deeper betrayal by the same thing with brick kavanagh right. We majoring bright cavanaugh. And he said oh well because brad. Cavanaugh was almost not confirmed because the democrats went after him that's why he didn't vote to believe it. Of course he said that's why he voted with the democrats as if if everything is like an election a competition when he really meant that like the supreme court rejected the absurd fucking claims from donald trump in his right crack legal team about voter fraud. He said bill barr got intimidated by an impeachment threat. Out of doing a whole bunch of things punching a bunch of enemies including I guess arresting. He said the women who slandered and defamed brad kavanagh so like the people came forward to accuse break. Cavanaugh of sexual assault trump suggested in. This speech should have been punished in some way. It was really a dark fucked up and the whole point. He was making his dark. Which is democrats play tough. They don't play nice and maybe now we need to play. Yeah matt we can't. We shouldn't get up. We tried to burn the fucking cabaret. I thought that was tough. But that's why it's so fucking scary. He's telling them like no no they still play dirtier we gotta match them. That was the point of that part of the and also he. He went on that. You know obviously ige thinks cavenaugh was mistreated during hearings and then he makes the point that the reason that the conservative scream court is actually behaving like a democratic court is the threat of court packing because he can't allow even that they have any kind of power. You can't tell this audience like at least we have. The supreme court ruled to protect voting rights. On behalf there are the trailer and everything's grievance and you'll win yes that's right that's exactly right. There's there's one more clip that's that's kind of funny. Where trump admits something about polling. Play that now. If it's bad. I i say.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Pod Save America
"I mean did you see tommy. Were there any other. Non trump cpac lights that stayed with you from the weekend before we get to the the man himself You know the the vaccination thing that that bummy out good I was not thrilled to see the oath keepers. If our militia there was another sort of far right group there. Nick went has gripers. Who are the people to the right of the maga people who looked like the cast of super bads or storming cpac. I do think like that is usually like the fringe of where these cpac events are is where we kind of the majority of the republican party ends up in a couple years. So you know. It's scary to see these like rightwing militia groups in there. I mean that stuff is terrifying. You have anything else. it's interesting. How many conspiracy theories involve like practice runs. Always practicing you know like they're coming for the bible's but i they're doing jade helm like the pre. Yeah jade home was a good example. Like they're caught like this idea that like all right. There was a pandemic. We created a vaccine in record time under republican administration to practice for the bible taking like we finally have our opportunity to do our bible taking practice. The governor's were trying to take people's guns. Wait for like twenty. Thirty years now failed succeeded a couple of times so of course. The main event was dumped trump speech on sunday afternoon which touched on all the latest threats in grievances on the right like critical race theory and cancel culture. He also played. Some of the old hits like windmills are evil. We love windmills or evil. That's an old hit. But the heart of what was a long incoherently rambling. Speech was trump's continued attack on the legitimacy of the two thousand twenty election by spreading lies about voter fraud. That never happened. Take listen.
"vivek murthy" Discussed on Pod Save America
"A younger people are well aware of what the risks really love it. Do you get the sense that a lot of republican politicians and especially republican media. Figures are more openly anti vaccine lately. Why do you think they're going down this path. Frank franklin's told andy. Slap it on his pod today that Trump is sending out fundraising mailers claiming that people are dying from the vaccines. Yeah i mean they are. I think a couple things are happening one. This is in extension of cova does overblown so implicit. A lot of this is. Oh if you're older if you're an risk category you should get vaccinated but no one else needs to get vaccinated. Because they're lying about how it's still they. They don't recognize how it can still hurt younger people and they don't recognize mutual obligation. I guess even if you accept that premise. Why wouldn't you get this vaccine. It's harmless obviously and we'll protect the older people who are more vulnerable The other piece of it is that we've sort of hit the the kind of threshold removed from scarcity in this country to now it is time to go to local persuasion now it is time to go to like trusted people in communities to get that last group of people vaccinated so then i put that gives them an opportunity. They can prevent it from succeeding. That's a goal. They can feed conspiratorial mindset. The goal they keep the attention of their broken viewers who are easily pulled by an and newsmax which are more conspiratorial. And then when you talk about things like eating to go inside of communities they can kind of fan. The flames of this is some door to door effort to kind of force people to get the vaccine. And because tucker carlson and laura ingram don't care if people live or die and are completely valueless. it's an opportunity for them to so chaos and the republicans. Just follow them along permission to float a conspiracy theory her permission. Thank you see madison. Cawthorn said that the reason they were going door to door for vaccinations was to prepare to eventually take away. Your gun in your bible. I did not see that. I knew i saw madison stupid. That madison cawthorn said was trending. But i did not do not look into it because it was a good one. Well nobody like the governor of let me. I have a way worse conspiracy right part of my love of saying like fao cheese. The new bogeyman binds boring. Here's the other thing. I want to the conspiracy theory for you so kristi nome. May this oblique attack on republican governors. Who say they didn't lock down. But they really lockdown. It's just sort of viewed as an oblique shot at ron to santa's You think she's doing this as a stalking horse for the trump family who's now worried about the santa's well you're deepen all. That's i read enough cpac. I missed the christie known thing though. That's yes it was. It was like the kristi noem thing. It's so many it's so many levels of bullshit deep. It's like hey you may get the impression that some of these republican governors Did the wrong thing. Don't let them lie to you. About how wrong they were. Some of them were right and we should hold them accountable to raise. That's the known position. I made sure that my state was leading the country and capita deaths. Can ronda sant. Santa say that no he cannot. I think the the antibac- sort of trend now in the republican party now that it's becoming more mainstream. Republican party really does fit with the larger story. They're trying to tell which is you can't trust the radical left and the radical left is now taking over all of our institutions and now they're in power and they're going to constantly make you do shit that you don't want to do they're going to force things in your life and if they give you a vaccine you can't trust that vaccine from the radical left just like you can't trust them teaching things in schools and you can't trust them that they're going to you know they're going to try to take away your free speech right like it has all of sort of peace here. That's overwhelming theme. The the the liberals are going to take stuff from you in the far right wing of the republican party are we are the only ones who can stop them guns freedom of speech your facebook feed cova restrictions funding for cops the border and then eventually it got to trump who is like and they took the result of the election from you right. The there was somebody wandering. Washington post found somebody wandering around cpac which you know looked to be any really any big political gathering. Has this of person it. You know a backpack covered in buttons lot of red string of big sign with strings from george soros to champ biden like back and forth lines all over the place and that was always taken as this sort of status quo ante like there are these infringe figures with conspiracy theories but now like you have former national security advisers doing events taking pictures in front of the same kind of thing. Donald trump is like a red string guy now standing in front of this group of people and madison. Cawthorn saying that they're going to go door to door to take your bibles guns like this vaccination effort which they're obviously there is no national door to door campaign but this is a dry run for some future nefarious. Act like the that is now at the center of the republican party. That's but it's also like you know everything. Everything new is old. Right i it. It reminds you in brian. Butler wrote about this In his newsletter last week it reminds you of the death panels and fury over obamacare in twenty ten right. Which is the government's gonna decide whether you live or die now. It's the government's going to go door to door and make you take this vaccine that we're not sure we know. Do we really know. What senate do we really know if it safe. Donald johnny deserves credit for it deserves credit for it in the the classic grievance politics true and it's it's highly racial and trump made more explicit than ever before when he was saying horrible things about mexicans during announcement speech. But it's basically like hey white republican base liberals are gonna take things from you and give them to other people worry about your status..
The State of Vaccinations in the U.S.
"Alison. Over the weekend rhode island became the eighth state to reach a goal set by president biden to get seventy percent of adults vaccinated with at least one shot by july. Fourth is the rest of the country on track lost so far. Many of the smaller northeastern states have reached this goal. I including maine massachusetts vermont and new jersey nationwide about sixty one percent of adults have received their first dose and very close to half are now fully vaccinated so this is all good news but in states. Vaccinations remain much lower including alabama mississippi. Arkansas utah it's kind of unclear. I mean nationwide. The number of daily. Vaccinations has declined over the last month. Part of this. Is it a lot of people already been vaccinated. Now we're at about one point. Seven million shots a day so we have a ways to go as a country. General vivek murthy has pointed to survey data showing that more people would be motivated to roll up their sleeves if their employers gave time off to get the shot and recover from it so employers not only have an opportunity to increase fascination rates. It turns out that they can also help the close. The equity gallon. Vaccinations and you know. In recent weeks mega retailers including target and walmart have announced compensation and incentives for hourly employees who get vaccinated some employees have been offered cash bonuses. Yeah in house and can we take a second to talk about what is going on in my home state of ohio right now. I saw my parents this weekend and they were telling me what they were going to do. When they won the vaccine million. Yes oh hi. Oh has gotten a ton of attention for this lottery program so for the next five weeks beginning. This week there will be a one million dollar lottery. Draw for people who get their first dose of the pfizer or moderna vaccine or the one dose of j. and j. other states have jumped on this lottery bandwagon oregon kentucky maryland in new york ruled out something called the vaccine scratch initiative with that four million dollar possible when so ohio was really touting. Some pretty impressive numbers in terms of a boost in vaccinations. And i think it's surprising. Just how well lotteries may work. I talked to a behavioral economist about this katie milkman at the university of pennsylvania and your parents might appreciate this mattie the hijack pot is really alluring and feels like a game and because we overweight small probability that we might win and wonderful coke. They're really highly motivating. There's lots of research showing that lotteries can be used to change all sorts of other health
35% of Americans Are Fully Vaccinated Against Coronavirus
"According to the cdc more than thirty five percent of the us population is already fully vaccinated and over forty. Six percent of the population has gotten at least one dose. Some health officials have said eighty percent of americans would need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity but today at the wall street journal's future of everything festival surgeon general vivek murthy says he's focusing more on vaccination and infection rates herd. Immunity is not a switch on and off where suddenly we hit the threshold. There's own action. This is more of a. I would say incremental improvement they will see with with some big jumps along the way he also said. A vaccine waiver would be a step to increase global supply vaccines needed. And he's not concerned that sharing the intellectual property of covid nineteen vaccine patents will make drug manufacturers less interested in developing vaccines in the future in my conversations with a number of the companies who the past many months. I know that One that they know that the these markets are gonna be robust. They're going to be there for them in the future. But i think they also recognize that there are moments like this when all of us have to step up whether governments or companies or individuals and figure out how we're gonna vaccinate the world in the most accessible way
Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general
"Murthy as the U. S surgeon General Murthy served as the surgeon general under former president Obama from 2014 to 2017. He was the first person of Indian descent to serve in that role. On Auburn Man
Vivek Murthy confirmed as surgeon general
"Murthy back now, with the surgeon general position Senate confirming him today on a 57 43 vote. Now the name might be familiar because he served as surgeon general under former President Obama from 2014 to 2017, the first person Of Indian descent to serve in the role. A surgeon general. So again, Dr Vivek Murthy confirmed tonight by the Senate to serve a surgeon general 57 to 43.
Surgeon General nominee plans to tackle mistrust in science along with taming the pandemic
"Is calling on his pick for surgeon general to do more than just focus on the mental health impacts of this pandemic. Mr Biden wants Dr Vivek Murthy to restore the public's trust in science and medicine. CBS has medical correspondent. Dr Terror New Roula says he's ready to push back if need be. Are you prepared to disagree with President Biden? If necessary? He always says, Challenge me. Tell me the truth, Even if I don't like it. Why should Americans trust you to do this job for us? So I think my job is to number one to be open, honest with people to bring them the right information to show up. First of all, and to listen.
Loneliness and Litigation: A Lawyer's Case Study
"Doctor. Freiberg welcome to the show. Thank you so very much dr freiberg. We are here to discuss loneliness. And i promise. We're going to get to that. But i'd be remiss if i didn't ask your thoughts on the differences between being a social psychologist and a lawyer. What's that like well. It proved interesting for me. I became a social psychologist. I and i was professor for a decade at boston university. And then i had a chance to go across the river and go to harvard law school so i wasn't gonna turn that down. I became a lawyer and then it pretty quickly became clear that criss crossing the to expertise gave me of field of work. It was unlike anybody else. No one else in in boston. Had both degrees and they're pretty quickly became what was sort of called around towns. The site lawyer. Boston's psych lawyer so institutions and agencies anything to do with psychiatry or psychology or clinical. Social work asked me to be their general counsel and it was in the context of being general counsel that i heard about so many clinical cases and that became the material for my research. You define loneliness differently from others. Can you tell us about that. Indeed what i thought. I discovered over thirty five years of being council to a great percentage of boston. Psychiatrists psychologists and clinical social workers was that they kept reporting more and more loneliness sure. Their clients had other issues as well but the clients kept talking about being enormously disconnected from others not having anybody to live with anybody in their life nobody to call more and more as the years went by loneliness became ever more present. I started just think about this topic and the more i researched it. It struck me that loneliness is not an emotion like anger or happiness. It's a sensation like hunger or thirst so just since our body tells us up were hungry thirsty it also says. I feel really lonely and disconnected. After hearing that definition it makes a little more sense this next statement because you consider chronic loneliness a public health crisis of the first order. They surgeon general of the united states. Vivek murthy the nineteenth surgeon general about a decade ago said we are actually experienced an epidemic of loneliness about thirty five percent of the american population in two thousand ten reported feeling chronically lonely and what i mean by that we all feel lonely from time to time. How could we not. But that's not like being chronically. Lonely just like being sad it's not like being clinically depressed. As a huge difference. Chronic loneliness is in the land in the last fifty years evermore so and it correlates with much worse health in much shorter life span. So it's serious. It sounds very serious but one of the things that i keep thinking about is people are enmeshed around other people may have social media so even when you're at home you're around other people. We work in offices. Now i know cove it has changed that a little bit but i just. I'm trying to think of the last time that i was truly alone. And i can't come up with it even as i sit here interviewing you. My phone will ding. I'm never not surrounded by people. I guess my question is how can people still feel so lonely. Given how connected our world is. But that's the key question because there are two pathways to loan one. Pathway is being alone being isolated being disconnected but a different pathway is being surrounded by people as you described but not benefiting from those relationships not feeling nourished not feeling nurtured not feeling sues. People are objectively lonely. 'cause they're all divorced off from anybody they don't have anybody in their lives but just as many people become chronically lonely surrounded by others