Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, Government shutdown update, Beto Constitution relevance, Cheryl Chumley, Pelosi SOTU delay, Trump fires back, Ocasio-Cortez extremism, Antibiotics out of control, Microbiome skeletal link, Bacteria flu fighters, Silica challenge, Elderly THC, Costco drops Roundup and MORE!

Jan 17, 2019 7-9PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Hour 1 – Sacred Fire of Liberty!

It’s that time of the week where we get to explore the political healing that this country needs so desperately! Jonathan Emord and Cheryl Chumley are back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

Who blinks first will matter in Trump, Democrats’ wall fight Of all the issues at stake as President Donald Trump and Democrats wrangle over his prized border wall, the latest snag is whether bargaining over the proposal should come before or after shuttered government agencies reopen. It sounds like one of those perplexing snits that frustrates Americans and prompts them to blame both parties for Washington’s dysfunction. But it’s actually a consequential dispute about who’ll have leverage, now and later, as the partial shutdown enters its 27th day Thursday, setting a dubious record for duration. If Trump blinks first and temporarily halts the shutdown so negotiators can seek agreement, the White House and some Republicans worry there’ll be no incentive pushing Democrats to cut a deal. With 800,000 federal employees back at work and getting paid, why would Democrats agree to provide billions in taxpayer money for a keystone of Trump’s presidential campaign that they hate and that he promised repeatedly Mexico would finance? Yet Democrats fear that if they negotiate while the shutdown persists, it would encourage Trump to use such brinkmanship in the future. He’d think the pressure tactic had worked, and he’d have plenty of opportunities to do the same in the near future, they say.

Beto O’Rourke questions relevance of Constitution, principles ‘set down 230-plus years ago’ Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke recently questioned the modern-day relevance of the U.S. Constitution and whether the country should still be governed by “the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago.” “I think that’s the question of the moment: Does this still work?” Mr. O’Rourke asked during a taped conversation with two friends, which he aired to thousands in response to President Trump’s Oval Office address to the American people about the border wall, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. “Can an empire like ours with military presence in over 170 countries around the globe, with trading relationships … and security agreements in every continent, can it still be managed by the same principles that were set down 230-plus years ago?” Mr. O’Rourke reportedly asked.

Pelosi shifts reasoning on State of Union speech delay House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call to postpone the State of the Union address but changed her reasons Thursday, saying her worry isn’t that the Secret Service can’t do its job but rather that they shouldn’t be asked to do it while they’re not getting paid. She also chided President Trump for his lack of a response to her suggestion that the Jan. 29 speech be put off. “Very silent,” she said. Mrs. Pelosi signaled she hasn’t decided what she will do if Mr. Trump refused her suggestion to delay the speech. On Wednesday she wrote a letter to the president saying she had “security concerns” about being able to go ahead with the speech during a shutdown, saying it took dozens of agencies to coordinate, and much of the burden falls on the Secret Service, which is part of the Homeland Security Department and is affected by the shutdown.

Trump fires back at Pelosi, cancels her foreign travel  President Trump on Thursday hit back at Speaker NancyPelosi (D-Calif.) for warning she may postpone the State of the Union address by scrapping her planned trip overseas. In a letter to Pelosi, Trump told her that a congressional delegation trip she intended to take to Brussels, Egypt and Afghanistan, which he dismissed as a “public relations event,” is now “postponed.” “We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the shutdown is over,” Trump wrote. “I also feel that, during this period, it would be better if you were in Washington negotiating with me and joining the Strong Border Security movement to end the shutdown.” The announcement appears to mean that Trump will refuse to provide military transportation for lawmakers to make the journey, which would have included a stop in a war zone.

Joe Lieberman: ‘Democratic Party is not going to succeed’ with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s policies Former Sen. Joe Lieberman kept his feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez alight Sunday after he accused the socialist millennial of bringing down the Democratic Party. “She just takes us back to a big-spending, big-taxing Democratic Party,” Mr. Lieberman said Sunday on Fox News. “And the Democratic Party is not going to succeed that way.” On Thursday, Mr. Lieberman told Fox Business that Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, who pushes leftist ideas like free health care for all and free college tuition, is too “far out” for the majority of Americans. “With all respect,” he said, “I certainly hope she’s not the future, and I don’t believe she is.” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez later fired back in an irreverent tweet, asking, “New party, who dis?”

Hour 2

One-quarter of antibiotics inappropriately prescribed, study finds  About one-quarter of all antibiotics – especially those given out for viral colds, chest infections and coughs – are inappropriately prescribed, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Medical School. The study looked at the diagnosis codes assigned by health-care workers for more than 19 million privately insured outpatients in the United States in 2016. The findings were published Wednesday in the journal the BMJ. Viral and bacterial infections sometimes have similar symptoms, but antibiotics are not effective in treating viral infections. The overuse of antibiotics has become a public health concern, as it has contributed to the rise of “superbugs” that are resistant to even the most powerful drugs. On an individual level, taking antibiotics when they aren’t needed — such as for colds and the flu — can mean they won’t be effective when they are.

Unintended side effects: Antibiotic disruption of the gut microbiome dysregulates skeletal health Microbes are often seen as pathogens that cause disease and antibiotics have been used successfully to combat these foreign invaders. In reality, the picture is more complex. Most of the time we live in harmony with our commensal gut microbiota, which is the collection of microorganisms colonizing the healthy gut. Commensal bacteria regulate host biological functions, including skeletal health. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) studying osteoimmunology, the interface of the skeletal and immune systems, have examined the impact of disrupting the healthy gut microbiome with antibiotics on post-pubertal skeletal development. Their results, published online on the January 16, 2019 in the American Journal of Pathology, showed that antibiotic disruption of the gut microbiota induced a pro-inflammatory response that led to increased activity of osteoclasts.

How certain bacteria protect us against flu In most cases, when someone mentions the microbiome, they are referring to the bacteria in the gut. However, bacteria cover every inch of us, both inside and out, and the term “microbiome” refers to all of our microbial passengers. The bacteria in our respiratory system are currently receiving increased attention. Some of them, scientists believe, may be able to protect us from disease. A recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor investigates the potential for manipulating these bacterial populations to reduce disease risk. “I love the idea of working with our microbes as opposed to seeing them as an enemy that needs to be eradicated,” says lead author Prof. Betsy Foxman. In particular, Prof. Foxman is interested in understanding the role that microbes play in our susceptibility to flu.

Question of The Day!

Hey RSB! After we do the silica challenge, is their a maintenance dose? Or do we stay it the rest of our lives? Also the same with chromium, what is considered maintenance dose? I’m thinking budget friendly???

Thank you… Annie

Cannabis Update!

Marijuana May Boost, Rather Than Dull, the Elderly Brain  Picture the stereotypical pot smoker: young, dazed and confused. Marijuana has long been known for its psychoactive effects, which can include cognitive impairment. But new research published in June in Nature Medicine suggests the drug might affect older users very differently than young ones—at least in mice. Instead of impairing learning and memory, as it does in young people, the drug appears to reverse age-related declines in the cognitive performance of elderly mice. Researchers led by Andreas Zimmer of the University of Bonn in Germany gave low doses of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, marijuana’s main active ingredient, to young, mature and aged mice. As expected, young mice treated with THC performed slightly worse on behavioral tests of memory and learning. For example, after receiving THC, young mice took longer to learn where a safe platform was hidden in a water maze, and they had a harder time recognizing another mouse to which they had previously been exposed. Without the drug, mature and aged mice performed worse on the tests than young ones did. But after the elderly animals were given THC, their performances improved to the point that they resembled those of young, untreated mice. “The effects were very robust, very profound,” Zimmer says.

Report: Costco to Stop Selling Glyphosate-based Roundup Weed Killer Zen Honeycutt, the leader of Moms AcrossAmerica, announced this week that Costco will not be selling the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup Ready. In a live video update posted on Facebook, Honeycutt stated that she received word that Costco was no longer selling Roundup or glyphosate-based herbicides. While she has reportedly not received any official word yet from Costco, she stated that she has talked to various people at the headquarters and various regional offices to confirm this news. Honeycutt stated that based on the recent lawsuit against Monsanto in 2018, where a jury awarded damages to a man with terminal cancer resulting from exposure to glyphosate, Costco had decided to stop carrying the product. Moms Across America also sponsored a petition on Change.org that received over 89,000 signatures asking Costco, Lowes, and Home Depot to stop selling Roundup. It is hoped that Home Depot and Lowes will now follow Costco’s example.

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