June 9, 2023 3-5PM ET
Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Studies Funded by Pharma 30 Times More Likely to Report Higher Efficacy Estimates for Drugs Funding from Big Pharma and Big Food biases scientific health research at every step of the way — from research questions to study methods to results and conclusions — according to a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The report summarizes key findings from a three-day NASEM-sponsored workshop on conflicts of interest in health research. Workshop participants presented research showing how corporate funding influences research agendas, project design and principal investigator appointments and also how it biases the way researchers analyze, report and disseminate their findings. Roundtable discussions debated possible solutions. “We just can’t allow corporate PR and product defense to pass as science anymore,” U.S. Right to Know Executive Director Gary Ruskin said during a panel discussion he moderated. Participants included university researchers, officials from public health agencies and a representative from the Health Effects Institute (HEI), which facilitates public-private partnerships. It also included a representative from drugmaker AstraZeneca. Lisa Bero, Ph.D., an expert on industry bias in research from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, provided a framework for the report, presenting overview studies concluding there is “very strong evidence” that scientific research is consistently biased in favor of research sponsors. Those biases express themselves in a number of different ways, Bero, chief scientist at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities reported. For example, a meta-analysis of 3,000 studies found that industry-sponsored studies were 30 times more likely than non-industry-sponsored studies to report statistically significant efficacy estimates for drugs.
Special Guest Vanessa Elston
Since my childhood, I’d known that we had several healers in the family. Ten years previously an aunt told me not to ignore my gift or it would shout to be heard. But “that hippie stuff” wasn’t something you talked about in the business world, so I ignored it and for thirty years I enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing, working globally in fashion, interior design and cosmetics.
I met my teacher Sophia Noelle through a strange set of connections when I was struck down with arthritis and desperate for a cure. My whole life had been about achieving goals and enjoying business success, suddenly I was unable to walk or even hold a cup. Yet after one session with Sophia I was able to brush my hair and sit comfortably. After five sessions I was able to walk again, ride a horse and get back to a normal life and for this gift of renewed health, I will be forever grateful.
Repressing anything is a perfect recipe for ill health and I see now that the arthritis was my body’s way of telling me, very loudly, that I needed to step into my true power and embrace my healing gifts.
During the time we worked together, Sophia and I realized we had a natural bond, as if we’d been friends for years. She invited me to learn how to use Vibrational Energy Healing which is an extensive learning experience however it felt as easy to me as riding a bike. I then went on to become one of the few elite students of Sophia’s Energy Mastery programme, the ability to go beyond the light grid. Having consumed this new consciousness at great speed I realized I was ready to step into my destiny and became evangelical about sharing this knowledge and healing with the world.
Coming from a business background has allowed me to strip away all the unnecessary elements which many healers include to create theatre and drama. I practice a very straightforward approach that delivers transformation at warp speed for my clients. Busy people want fast acting and long lasting results and you won’t experience any Woo Woo with me!
I’m here to serve with love and empathy.
Question of The Day!
Hi Robert and SuperDon
My son n law has been having pain in his muscles for a couple years, he went to see a neurologist, they haven’t figured out why yet. He says his muscles feel like they are always tight. Have you ever heard of this? If so, any suggestions to help him?
Also my husband had to have a feeding tube in his stomach for a couple months back in March and April it has been removed because it was leaking inside his skin and fat tissue so it was removed around May 1. It is an open wound and is healing but the hole where the tube was still leaks. Do you have any suggestions helping this to close up?
Hi Robert and Super Don, my 3 year granddaughter has low vitamin D. What do you think would cause this and would you give her a supplement?
I received a box of “Super Beets”—Because I did not order the beets I was told by the company to keep the 12 containers—Robert I heard you say that “Super Beets” was not a great form of beets to consume–My question- Is there any way for me to use the beets? Can the beets used with the Cardio Miracle I am currently taken?
Special Guest – Michael Boldin
Don’t Count a Third Party Out in 2024 Here is a small thought that arose from the big firing at CNN. Shifts in personal fortune and unexpected turns remind us of what we know in the abstract and forget in the particular. They remind us that life is not, as a friend once reflected, a painting. In a painting the curtain doesn’t move. In life it moves, often softly but sometimes, in a storm, wildly. They remind us of rise and fall. Life is dynamic—fate, chance and character play big, determinative roles. We go through the daily grind thinking nothing ever changes, but life is change. Sometimes it’s barely perceptible; sometimes it goes boom. “Expect the unexpected.” That was the attitudinal advice of the veteran newsman Harrison Salisbury to the young then joining his profession. Born in 1908, he’d covered World War II, Moscow after the war, Vietnam. You have to hold your mind open to the constant possibility of sharp turns. As this is written, Donald Trump is said to be a target of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department. We don’t know how broad or persuasive any charging document would be, how soon an indictment might be handed up. We don’t know if any information released might leave a Trump-inclined voter saying, “That’s it, I’m done.” Or if an indictment would increase Mr. Trump’s popularity, as legal charges have in the past. Mr. Trump may be sailing unimpeded to the Republican nomination. He may be cruisin’ for a bruisin’. But here is the potential political surprise that is on my mind. For months people have been talking about a serious third party entering the 2024 presidential race. I believe that if the major party nominees are Joe Biden and Mr. Trump—but only if they are—a third party will certainly enter the race and put up candidates for president and vice president. And if a few crucial things break its way—they have to get on almost every state ballot; and put forward a solid ticket, not a brilliant one but solid, two accomplished people, one from each party, presumably political veterans, whom people could see, hear, and think they could do the job—they’d have an even or better than even chance of surprising history by winning.
Why Are So Many Younger Americans OK With Big Brother Monitoring Their Homes? The good news is that “only” a minority of younger American adults favor Big Brother-style surveillance of our home life. The bad news is that we’re discussing this because it’s a disturbingly large share supporting such a totalitarian intrusion. Worse, the idea seems to be gaining acceptance. We either need to get a handle on what’s going on here, or else potentially suffer lives monitored by unblinking eyes of the state, imposed by popular demand. The Rattler is a weekly newsletter from J.D. Tuccille. If you care about government overreach and tangible threats to everyday liberty, this is for you. Among Gen Z, 29 Percent Love Big Brother “Americans under the age of 30 stand out when it comes to 1984‐style in‐home government surveillance cameras. 3 in 10 (29 percent) Americans under 30 favor ‘the government installing surveillance cameras in every household’ in order to ‘reduce domestic violence, abuse, and other illegal activity,'” the Cato Institute’s Emily Ekins and Jordan Gygi wrote last week. “Support declines with age, dropping to 20 percent among 30–44 year olds and dropping considerably to 6 percent among those over the age of 45.” The survey in question focused on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs)—government-sponsored alternatives to such digital money as bitcoin. CBDCs would offer the convenience of digital payments, but potentially without privacy protections, and could empower the state to control what people buy and sell.
Stunning UFO crash retrieval allegations deemed ‘credible,’ ‘urgent’ According to explosive reporting, the powerful internal investigative body that oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies found a whistleblower’s claims of an illegal government UFO crash retrieval and exploitation effort to be “credible and urgent.” To eliminate potential ambiguity regarding such an extraordinary development, a knowledgeable source confirmed to me that the intelligence community inspector general found “allegations that there is a [UFO crash retrieval] program [to be] urgent and credible.” Beyond this stunning revelation, the whistleblower — a former high-level intelligence official — is represented by a lawyer who served previously as the intelligence community’s first inspector general, a Senate-confirmed position. The managing partner of the law firm representing the whistleblower reportedly co-signed the complaint submitted to the current Intelligence Community inspector general. As noted in a legal analysis, no lawyer, let alone two high-caliber attorneys, would sign such an extraordinary document without “very credible source material.” Importantly, current and former officials vouched for the whistleblower, David Grusch, while also corroborating the broad outlines of his allegations. Moreover, Grusch testified to Congress for hours, generating hundreds of pages of transcripts. Grusch also gave an exclusive interview to Ross Coulthart of NewsNation, which like The Hill is owned by Nexstar Media Group.
States haven’t stopped spying on their citizens, post-Snowden – they’ve just got sneakier It’s been 10 years since Edward Snowden holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room and exposed Britain and America’s mass surveillance operations to a group of journalists. His bombshell revelations revealed how the US and UK governments were spying on their citizens, intercepting, processing and storing their data, and sharing this information. Since then, although neither state has lost its appetite for hoovering up huge amounts of personal data, new transparency and oversight constraints, together with the growth of encrypted technology, have tilted the balance towards privacy. Snowden’s revelations sparked outrage and anger. Bulk interception was being done without a democratic mandate and with few real safeguards. When the scope of this surveillance came to light, officials claimed most of the information was not “read” and therefore its collection did not violate privacy. This was disingenuous; the data could reveal an intimate picture of someone’s life – a fact that was upheld in later legal challenges, which proved the surveillance violated privacy and human rights law. After the leaks, three reviews took place in the UK. The first was done by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC). It did little to interrogate what the spies were actually up to, even while acknowledging that new legislation was required. A review by David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, was more circumspect and suggested a series of improvements. Finally, the Home Office convened a panel (of which I was a part, alongside an ex minister, former security chiefs and Martha Lane Fox) that produced a report and a series of recommendations.
The Police Surveillance Tool Too Dangerous to Ignore In 2020 lawmakers in New York introduced legislation taking aim at one of the most chilling tools of modern government surveillance: geofence warrants. It would have been easy to see this as a New York phenomenon, unlikely replicated. The state is often a legislative bastion for traditionally liberal causes, and at first glance, the fight against geofence warrants—a tool police officers use to, among other things, track protesters—might be slotted into that category. But somewhat surprisingly, New York’s proposal is being replicated across the country, including in traditionally conservative states like Missouri and Utah. The unexpectedly bipartisan efforts against geofence warrants provide a rare glimmer of hope that perhaps the fight against invasive surveillance could be a more collaborative one. Conservatives and progressives alike both worry about the dangers of government overreach enabled by dragnet searches like those facilitated through geofence warrants. And while protecting Americans from surveillance abuses has rarely been a legislative priority, geofence searches are so offensive to the Constitution that this campaign could provide a playbook for bringing both parties together on other privacy issues. First, it’s worth understanding what geofence warrants do. Unlike a traditional warrant, which requires that officers provide probable cause that a specific individual has committed a crime, geofence warrants reverse this process, getting a warrant in order to find probable cause. This is because with a geofence warrant, officers obtain a legal order forcing companies like Google to identify every user in a given geographic area. To do so, they draw a geofence on a map to specify a search radius ranging from a single room to an entire city. Officers provide probable cause that one person committed a crime within that geofence, but they also get location history data and personal information from thousands of other people who have the misfortune of simply falling in the search area.
New York City vending machine offering free crack pipes to drug users runs out overnight: report A vending machine in New York City that offers free crack pipes, condoms, and anti-overdose meds for addicts reportedly ran out of stock overnight. City health officials installed the big blue box in Brooklyn on Monday. By Tuesday afternoon, a drug-prevention program worker was spotted restocking the machine with safe sex kits and drug paraphernalia, The New York Post reported. An official from the NYC Health Department told Fox News Digital that the vending machine has sensors that alert workers when supplies are low. The Brooklyn vending machine is the first of four machines that will be installed in neighborhoods that data shows were hit hardest by the opioid crisis, officials said. The vending machine will be hosted by the nonprofit group Serving the Underserved (S:US). S:US and other proponents have argued that providing access to such paraphernalia and safe sex kits will help reduce drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases. An S:US spokesperson said the organization shares a common goal with the city “to ensure that the public health vending machine has a net positive benefit on the surrounding community.”