October 4th, 2021 3-5PM ET
Monday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Fauci pressed if he should ‘step aside’ as an ‘impediment to public health’: ‘People won’t listen to you’ Dr. Anthony Fauci faced a tough grilling over whether or not he should step aside as his critics view him as a deterrent in the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to vaccinate Americans. During Wednesday’s appearance on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, Fauci was confronted by a list of COVID-era “controversies,” including the pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the ivermectin debate, the avoidance of natural immunity as well as his “noble lie” discouraging Americans from wearing masks in the early months of the pandemic to prevent an N95 shortage. “I have lost confidence in the CDC and the FDA and I actually believe a lot of Americans, a significant part of America now have lost confidence in you, Dr. Fauci,” Hewitt began. “Is there a point where you will say, ‘I do more harm than good because people don’t listen to me anymore,’ and step aside?” “No. Absolutely, unequivocally no, Hugh. Sorry,” Fauci reacted. “When you have an evolving situation and data are rapidly evolving in something that is unprecedented and unknown, you have to evolve with it and look at the data as it exists now and make to the best of your ability a decision, a recommendation, all the kinds of things that go into the evolution.”
Letters to the Editor: How fed up are readers with anti-vaxxers? They’re defending forced vaccination How pro-vaccine are our readers? Over the last few weeks you’ve read letters to the editor blasting the Los Angeles firefighters and police officers fighting the city’s COVID-19 vaccinate-or-test requirement. The mix of opinions in the letters that have been published reflects what we’ve been hearing in the much larger number of submissions on the topic: Overwhelmingly, readers favor vaccination mandates, with some saying the refusal of so many first responders to get their shots is undermining their trust in law enforcement. But if mandates are not having the desired effect, what else can be done? Recently, columnist Nicholas Goldberg drew a red line at physically forcing the holdouts to get their shots, which reportedly is what’s being done in China. Our readers were more receptive to the idea. Below are the opinions of readers who have suffered through the pandemic longer than they would have if vaccine uptake had been higher. As I have written before, their frustration and anger have been building, especially during the latest Delta variant surge. Their reaction to Goldberg’s column on using more coercive means to force vaccination shows just how angry they are.
New York City teachers must be vaccinated by today or face unpaid leave New York City teachers and other school staff members were all supposed to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when the bell rang Monday morning in one of the first school district mandates in the country requiring employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus. Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a final warning to the city’s roughly 148,000 public school staffers on Friday, saying unvaccinated employees would be placed on unpaid leave and not be allowed to work this week. The city planned to bring in substitutes where needed. The mandate spurred many teachers to get vaccinated as the deadline approached. United Federation of Teachers president Michael Mulgrew said 97% of his union’s members had received at least one vaccine dose as of Monday morning. That’s up from Friday, when de Blasio said 93% of teachers had received at least one shot. The mayor said Friday that 90% of all Department of Education employees had received at least one vaccine dose, including 98% of principals. Implementing the mandate smoothly will be a test for de Blasio, a Democrat who has boasted of the city’s record of keeping school buildings open during most of the last school year when other districts went to all-remote instruction. New York City is not offering a remote option this year.
Question of The Day!
Hi Robert & Super Don,
First of all, thank you for what you do. Since I began listening to you over 2 years ago, I’ve learned SO much. In the last 18+ months of corona crazy your show, the guests you have, the articles you’ve shared have kept me grounded in faith and actual science to know that there are people out there that know and are sharing the truth, and I truly believe that we will come out on the right side of history on this.
PS – snappy casual is a term we used in our sorority in college 🙂 It meant no jeans, but not formal either. It’s like business casual but in a less dorky khaki and polo shirt type way – that’s at least what we used it as. I had to share!
Onto my real question. My Mother in Law was recently diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia. She has a variety of medical issues and has struggled with fibromyalgia for years. About a year ago we got her into our holistic medicine practice and she has been working on replenishing minerals that are deficient in her body. Through the holistic medicine practitioner, she learned that she has the “mono” virus dormant in her system (possibly leading to the “fibromyalgia” pain she’s battled with), and they’ve been working on attempting to clear that. She has taken Gabapentin for years and under the care of this holistic practitioner, she’s began weening off of it. It was when she cut her dose approximately in half that the trigeminal neuralgia pain surfaced. She has seen a neurologist, been to the ER, talked with her general practice physician, and her holistic medicine practitioner regarding this issue. She’s currently planning to go back on her full dose of gabapentin to manage the trigeminal neuralgia pain. I had a brainstorm that I think this may be similar to the issue your wife experienced after some dental work and you’ve been able to help control the pain with the Qi Technology, CBD, and Kratom. My Mother in Law did recently have a root canal redone, but on the opposite side of her body as the trigeminal pain.
I’m discouraged that she was on the right path to getting off meds she’s taken for 30+ years which are contributing to other issues including neurological / memory issues, and now we are taking a giant step backwards. Our holistic practitioner wanted to do 4 injections of high dose Vitamin C, which I’m guessing you wouldn’t recommend. I’d love to know what thoughts you have to offer for this complex issue. Thank you so much!
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Comment of The Day!
I am watching your September 29 show and I wanted to let you know, I would definitely LOVE to attend the two lecture you will be giving on Sunday at the Trinity School expo. Those subjects are very important and presented by you will be very interesting and enriching.
Thanks to you and the stands you take I discovered the Trinity School of natural health. I grew up on homeopathy and natural health and didn’t find anyone in my area of the US that practices with the values and ethics that I think are at the base of what you do and what that school stands on…. so from designer, which is completely meaningless in this day and age, I decided to change the course of my life and enroll! Thank you for all the people, institutions and information you share on your show. And thank you super D to play the devil’s advocate sometimes!
Dan Abrams Mocks Dramatically Different Vax Mandate Coverage on CNN and Fox News: ‘And We Wonder Why We’re So Divided’ Mediaite founder Dan Abrams contrasted CNN and Fox News’ coverage of Covid vaccine mandates on Friday, remarking, “And we wonder why we’re so divided as a nation.” Abrams’ comments came during Friday night’s “Mediaite Moments” segment of Dan Abrams Live, which launched Monday on NewsNation. “The vaccine mandates remain a divisive issue in the country but you would hope the impact of the mandates might be a fairly straightforward issue, where a news network would be able to provide us with the facts on how and whether they’re working,” Abrams said. “Sadly, it apparently depends on what network you’re watching.” Abrams then flipped between CNN and Fox News — who at “precisely 7:21” Thursday night were both discussing the merits of vaccine mandates. He played a clip of Erin Burnett reporting that the mandates are working and encouraging people to get vaccinated, and referenced a New York Times piece that said one California hospital saw 800 employees get vaccinated after instituting a mandate.
California first state in US to require students, staff be vaccinated for COVID-19 California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all students – the first requirement of its kind in the United States. Both public and private students at “elementary and secondary schools” will be required to be vaccinated for in-person learning starting the academic term or semester following full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the vaccine for their grade span – 7-12 and K-6. That could mean vaccination requirements taking effect on Jan. 1 or July 1 for grades 7-12, whichever date comes first following approval. Approval for grades K-6 is expected to come later in a second phase of requirements, the governor added. “We are mindful that we still have work to do,” the governor said on Friday. “We are humbled by the challenge, but we want to get this thing done. We want to end this pandemic. We are all exhausted by it.” Certain medical, personal and religious beliefs are included as exemptions in the guidelines. The state’s Department of Public Health is expected to determine specific guidelines around exceptions in the coming months. In response to a question about consequences over those refusing to get vaccinated, the governor was less than detailed. “I like to focus on the positive, not the negative,” he said. “We tend to highlight a little bit of the exceptions. We’ll work through those things.”
California doctor sounds alarm on Newsom’s vaccine mandate for school kids: ‘Not based on clinical evidence’ A California doctor sounded the alarm Monday on Governor Gavin Newsom’s new vaccine mandate targeting school-age children, saying his decision was “not based on clinical evidence” but fueled by politics. “The decision that the governor made is one that’s really based on his personal beliefs that’s based in politics,” said Dr. Houman Hemmati on “Fox & Friends First.” “As a physician, the one thing that I’m taught, the one thing that we should all practice is evidence-based medicine, and the evidence-based decisions need to not just extend to the doctor-patient relationship, but also to policies that are made by politicians and public health boards.” “When those aren’t done, we just have decisions that are made kind of flippantly with a disregard for the evidence that exists out there.” Newsom announced last week all children over 12 years old who are eligible must receive the vaccine in order to attend class. It will not allow a testing alternative. The new policy will only become enforceable when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) places its official stamp of approval on the shot for children in certain age groups. According to Dr. Hemmati, around 35 children have died in the state since the pandemic began, and while it is imperative to prevent that number from climbing, he also stressed the importance of addressing other areas of death in adolescence.
The case for allowing natural immunity COVID exemptions on college campuses Aaron Kheriaty is a medical ethicist and professor of psychiatry at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Like many Americans, at some point during the past 18 months, he was infected with COVID and survived. Because his immune system successfully fought off his viral invader, he now has antibodies that protect him from future infection by SARS-CoV-2. This is something he can demonstrably prove. With a simple blood test he can show that he poses as much a risk to his students or colleagues as any vaccinated counterpart. If tested for the antibodies induced by vaccination, his results would be indistinguishable from those of his vaccinated peers. Medically this is quite meaningful. However, as far as UC Irvine is concerned, this means absolutely nothing. As far as many universities are concerned, this means absolutely nothing. Kheriaty and others like him are expected to comply with the vaccine mandates of their institutions as if their immune systems had never encountered COVID-19 at all. Hence, Kheriaty is taking his university to court to stand up for his rights and those who lack his means and his station. Why universities have disregarded the relevance of natural immunity, however, remains something of a true medical mystery.
ROAD RISK Junk-food lovers more likely to crash their car and get driving convictions, study finds JUNK-food lovers are more likely to crash their car and get driving convictions, a study says. People who scoff burgers, pizza and energy drinks have risk-taking genes that make them a bigger nuisance on the road, scientists believe. Experts found those with unhealthy diets had more speeding tickets and pranged their cars more often. Tõnis Tokko, of Tartu University in Estonia, said: “People who are reckless in traffic also tend to take chances in other areas of life. There may be a biological tendency to this behaviour.” The study found dodgy drivers were more likely to have a gene that affects the emotion-controlling hormone serotonin. The same mutation could make people less worried about eating healthily, the study presented at the ECNP scientific conference, revealed. Mr Tokko said: “People who drink energy drinks were twice as likely to speed as those who didn’t consume them as often. “It may be related to a need for excitement, rather than the drinks themselves being a direct cause of traffic violations.
1 in 8 say loved ones with opposing COVID views won’t get holiday gifts If you disagree with mom or dad on COVID-19 vaccines, maybe don’t expect much in your stocking this year. A new survey, commissioned by CoinStar, finds one in eight Americans plan on skipping holiday shopping for family and friends who do not share the same COVID-19 opinions as them. Meanwhile, nearly two in three Americans (64%) say they’re looking forward to the holiday season this year, despite many planning on buying fewer gifts in general over budget constraints and others complaining of COVID-related uncertainty. More specifically, 39 percent of the 2,007 respondents can’t afford to buy as many gifts as usual. Another 34 percent blame their tight holiday budget on either being unemployed or working a low-paying job. It seems not everyone is lighter in the wallet this year, though. In comparison to 67 percent in 2019, only 59 percent of Americans say they have a strict holiday budget this year. If the answer is cold hard cash, you’re not alone. Two-thirds of the poll (68%) say they prefer money over physical gifts. Speaking of cash, over half of Americans (52%) plan on using the spare change they find around the house to help fund their holiday purchases. The average American reports finding $123 in spare change around their home. Of course, no holiday season is complete without a few recycled gifts. Nearly three in 10 (28%) plan on “re-gifting” this year and over a quarter of that group feel less guilty about it due to the pandemic.