Emord’s Sacred Fire of Liberty, Kentucky no-MMR student ban, Dem’s Weaponized IRS, Jobless claims drop, Biden touchy feely, Pro-vax public shaming, AFM alert, FDA talks CBD, Cannabis for pets, Global diet warning, Intuitive eating and MORE!

Apr 4, 2019 3-5PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

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 is back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

Judge upholds Kentucky school’s ban on unvaccinated student  A Kentucky high school student lost his lawsuit challenging an order that barred him from school because he refuses to obtain the chickenpox vaccine. The senior at Assumption Academy in Boone County sued the Northern Kentucky Independent District Board of Health after it banned students without chickenpox immunity from attending school and extracurricular activities during an outbreak. Jerome Kunkel, 18, was “devastated” by the ruling, said his lawyer, Christopher Wiest of Covington, Kentucky. Kunkel is not against all vaccines, he told The Enquirer earlier, but he is opposed to those that use aborted fetal cells in their manufacture, including the chickenpox vaccine. Jeff Mando of Covington, who represented the health department, said the ruling “upheld the health department’s mission to protect public health and the welfare of folks in Northern Kentucky.”

Democrats ‘weaponize’ subpoenas, tax law in bid to take down Trump One House committee chairman officially fired off a request Wednesday for six years of President Trump’s tax returns, as another won the authority to issue subpoenas to demand special counsel Robert Mueller’s full investigative file of Mr. Trump. The twin moves marked escalations in Democrats’ scrutiny of the president, and both threatened to spark legal battles. House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal, Massachusetts Democrat, sent his demand to the IRSfor the president’s tax returns from 2013 through 2018. He also asked for returns from eight Trumpentities, including his revocable trust and his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey. Mr. Neal said his committee is thinking about passing legislation on government audits of presidents and therefore has the right under its oversight powers to demand to see the information. He set an April 10 deadline for the IRS to comply. Mr. Trump, saying he is under audit, has repeatedly rebuffed calls to make his tax returns public. He signaled Wednesday that he is likely to battle Mr. Neal’s demand.

US weekly jobless claims drop to the lowest level since 1969 The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped to a more than 49-year low last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength despite slowing economic growth. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 202,000 for the week ended March 30, the lowest level since early December 1969, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 216,000 in the latest week. The Labor Department said only claims for California were estimated. Claims have shown no sign of a pickup in layoffs even as the economy has lost momentum as the stimulus from a $1.5 trillion tax cut package fades. Companies are experiencing a shortage of workers, which contributed to a recent slowdown in hiring. Job growth has slowed from last year’s roughly 225,000 monthly average pace. The pace of increase, however, remains more than sufficient to keep up with growth in the working age population, holding down the unemployment rate.

Three more women accuse Joe Biden of unwanted touching: Report Three more women have come forward with stories about how former Vice President Joseph R. Bidentouched them in an unwanted way, according to The Washington Post. The latest accusations coincided with Mr. Biden releasing a video in which he promised to be more “mindful” of invading people’s personal space and said that his touchy-feely approach to politics has been driven by a desire to connect with people, not make them uncomfortable. Mr. Biden’s behavior, however, did give three more women the creeps. They said his response didn’t go far enough for them, The Post reported. Vail Kohnert-Yount told the newspaper that when she was a White House intern in 2013, she bumped into Mr. Biden as she exited the West Wing and was thrown off by when he walked up to her and introduced himself. “He then put his hand on the back of my head and pressed his forehead to my forehead while he talked to me. I was so shocked that it was hard to focus on what he was saying. I remember he told me I was a ‘pretty girl,’ ” Ms. Kohnert-Yount said in a statement to The Post.

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‘Your neighbor does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family’: Anonymous group of Wisconsin mothers wage war on anti-vaxxer neighbor by passing out letters about her to the community A group of ‘concerned’ mothers in Wisconsin passed out letters in their neighborhood warning other parents about an anti-vaxxer in their community. In the letter, which was posted to Imgur and has since gone viral, the moms called out the woman by name and wrote that she ‘does not believe in vaccinating herself or her family.’ The mothers state that this woman’s decision puts several people at risk of catching communicable diseases include those who are immunocompromised or ‘medically fragile’. ‘Please use caution when sharing work or personal space with this individual, eating foods prepared by this individual, or attending gatherings at this individual’s house,’ the letter reads in part. ‘The unvaccinated pose a unique threat to infants, who often don’t yet have a full course of vaccinations completed, and can quickly become deathly ill or die.’

US health officials alarmed by paralyzing illness in kids One morning last fall, 4-year-old Joey Wilcox woke up with the left side of his face drooping. It was the first sign of an unfolding nightmare. Three days later, Joey was in a hospital intensive care unit, unable to move his arms or legs or sit up. Spinal taps and other tests failed to find a cause. Doctors worried he was about to lose the ability to breathe. “It’s devastating,” said his father, Jeremy Wilcox, of Herndon, Virginia. “Your healthy child can catch a cold — and then become paralyzed.” Joey, who survived but still suffers some of the effects, was one of 228 confirmed victims in the U.S. last year of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle and is beginning to alarm public health officials because it is striking more and more children. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it may bear similarities to polio, which smoldered among humans for centuries before it exploded into fearsome epidemics in the 19th and 20th centuries.

FDA Announces CBD Hearings To Begin In May The strange debacle over whether hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) can be used as an additive in food and beverages will get some much needed attention starting month. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced earlier this week that it would conduct its first hearing on the matter at the end of May. But while the cannabis industry is hoping for a quick solution to this regulatory snag, the sentiment of outgoing FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb is that it could take years to find a resolution. Nevertheless, the FDA wants to dig into the situation relatively soon. Gottlieb initially said the issue would be dealt with in April, but that was before he decided to resign from his post with the Trump Administration and make a move back to Connecticut. There was a point when it seemed that Gottlieb’s departure from the agency would put the end game for all of this CBD confusion on the back burner for an indeterminant amount of time. However, the agency is now looking to collect all the data possible on the substance in hopes of coming to terms sooner rather than later.

Vets Say Medicinal Cannabis Could One Day Be a Big Help for Family Pets As of April 1, you can legally buy weed in Ontario pot shops. Recreational cannabis has been legal since last October. And medicinal marijuana has been allowed since around the year 2000. But what about pets? Darren Stinson, a veterinarian at the Chelmsford Animal hospital in Chelmsford, Ont, says they have seen high pooches before, but that’s usually through accidental consumption. “There is no legal pathway for veterinarians to be able to dispense it or prescribe it to a pet,” Stinson said. “We’re hopefully on it now because we do believe that there probably are benefits to it, but we don’t have dose rates for it and we don’t have an approved product for it either.”  Stinson said cannabis products could eventually help pets with pain relief, epileptic seizures, and other health issues, the same way that people have reported its benefits. The process to get dosage levels tested could take years, he said. In the meantime, people are being asked to keep their stash away from their pets, just in case. Stinson said the number of cases of high pets has increased since pot’s legalization.

What we aren’t eating is killing us, global study finds Which risk factor is responsible for more deaths around the world than any other? Not smoking. Not even high blood pressure. It’s a poor diet. “In many countries, poor diet now causes more deaths than tobacco smoking and high blood pressure,” said Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.  And it’s not just that people are choosing unhealthy options such as red meat and sugary sodas. Just as critical, said Afshin, the lead author of a 27-year global diet analysis published Wednesday in the journal the Lancet, is the lack of healthy foods in our diets, along with high levels of salt. “While traditionally all the conversation about healthy diet has been focused on lowering the intake of unhealthy food, in this study, we have shown that, at the population level, a low intake of healthy foods is the more important factor, rather than the high intake of unhealthy foods,” he said.

Intuitive eating: A ‘diet’ that actually makes sense Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 dietrelies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body mass index (BMI) over time and a greater future likelihood of being overweight. There is also evidence suggesting food restriction can lead to a preoccupation with food, guilt about eating, and higher levels of depression, anxiety and stress. So, if diets don’t always help you lose  and could contribute to , what other solutions are there? Recently, there has been an increasing focus on the concept of “intuitive eating”.  Intuitive eating was popularised by two dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch, who published a book on the subject and developed a website dedicated to the topic. The goal of eating intuitively is to listen to your body and allow it to guide you about when and how much to eat, rather than being influenced by your environment, emotions or the rules prescribed by diets. The concept is similar to , and the terms are often used interchangeably.

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