MSM shutdown “Doomsday,” FDA drug approvals, Jeffrey Smith, GMO non-labeling, USDA GMO patsies, political kid bullies? Modern medicine reality, US fertility rates way down, ED solutions, Opioid lawsuits tossed, Hipster hunters and MORE!

Jan 10, 2019 7-9PM ET

Thursday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Hour 1

NBC NEWS “The ‘doomsday’ scenario: Here’s what happens if the shutdown drags on” The country would face an economic hellscape if the government shutdown lasts “months or even years,” as the president has suggested it might, experts tell NBC News. The doomsday scenario might be unlikely — the longest the federal government has ever shut down is 21 days, a record that will fall if the current closure lasts until Saturday — but it is chilling. “We’ll be in no man’s land,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, told NBC News. The end isn’t near — yet. But if the standoff persists — talks blew up at the White House on Wednesday — and Congress and President Donald Trump can’t reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling in a few months, “it’s game over — you’ll have a pretty severe recession,” Zandi said, adding that given the trade war with China, and Brexit looming, “you could start seeing some pretty dark scenarios” worldwide.

Partial Government Shutdown’s Impact On FDA Drug Approvals As the partial federal government shutdown drags on into its third week, its impact is being felt at many federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In late December, the FDA furloughed approximately 40% of its employees. The media has focused much of its attention on the fact that routine food inspections are not being carried out. The message conveyed by the media is that food safety across the nation may be at risk. The FDA is hoping to bring back about 150 furloughed employees to conduct inspections of high-risk food-processing facilities. This is uncertain, however, because for the duration of the shutdown the returning employees would have to work without pay. Besides the impact on food inspection, there are also short-term and possibly longer-term implications for drug development. While the FDA is continuing to carry out reviews funded by fiscal year (FY) 2018 Prescription Drug User Fee Act user fees, including the review and approval of new drugs and biologics funded by carryover user fee balances, the agency is not accepting FY 2019 user fees until funding appropriations have been authorized, i.e., the political impasse has been resolved.

Special Guest – Jeffrey Smith!

The leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices, Jeffrey Smith’s meticulous research documents how biotech companies continue to mislead legislators and safety officials to put the health of society at risk and the environment in peril. His work expertly summarizes why the safety assessments conducted by the FDA and regulators worldwide teeter on a foundation of outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our nation’s top food safety priority.

Mr. Smith’s feature-length documentary Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives was awarded the 2012 Movie of the Year (Solari Report) and the Transformational Film of the Year (AwareGuide). Seen by millions world-wide, the film links genetically engineered food to toxic and allergic reactions, infertility, digestive disorders, and numerous other problems that have been on the rise in the US population since genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were introduced.
His books include: Seeds of Deception, the world’s bestseller on GMOs; and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods. They expertly demonstrate why the safety assessments by the FDA and regulators worldwide are based on outdated science and false assumptions, and why genetically engineered foods must urgently become our top food safety priority.

Take Action: Demand Food Companies Provide Real GMO Labels To the White House, USDA, and US food companies We thoroughly reject the USDA’s fake GMO labeling policy as a blatant attempt to help food companies hide the GMO content from concerned consumers. We demand that the government craft a new policy that provides real transparency. We also demand food companies voluntarily provide that transparency, and most certainly not use the fake labeling policy to hide GMO content or make it difficult to verify.

USDA Makes GMOs Disappear It’s official: the “mandatory” GMO labeling rule will obscure more than it makes transparent. Action Alert! The USDA has released its final GMO labeling rule, and it’s not good. As we feared when the agency released its proposal earlier this year, the so-called GMO labeling law will apply only to a narrow set of foods. Congress and the USDA have offered a number of loopholes and exemptions to food companies, undermining any semblance of a consumer’s right to know. It’s as if the USDA asked the food industry to write the rule themselves. The problems start right at the foundation. The agency has decided to use the term “bioengineered”—a term many Americans may not be familiar with—rather than GMO. When the proposal was released, we pointed out that this is straight out of an Orwellian playbook. Many Americans know the term “GMO” and can connect it to the labeling debate—so the government decides to use a different term that sounds more innocuous. If the government was actually concerned with communicating information clearly to consumers, they would simply use the term “GMO” and not other terminology with which Americans may not be familiar.

Study: Bullying rates at Virginia middle schools were higher in Trump country after his election In spring 2017, not long after President Trump took office, bullying rates among Virginia middle school students were 18 percent higher in places where voters had chosen Trump over Hillary Clinton, a study says. There were no meaningful differences in bullying and teasing rates between Democratic and Republican localities before the 2016 election. But a statewide sample of more than 155,000 seventh- and eighth-grade students across Virginia’s 132 school districts suggested a correlation between voter preference and the rise in bullying after Trump was inaugurated. The findings support reports by teachers nationwide about a rise in student bullying after the election, but this shows that the increase, at least in Virginia, was seen in Trump country.

Hour 2

Does Medicine Actually Make People Live Longer? When I was a kid, adults told me that medicine would be so advanced by the time I grew up, I’d live to be 150. It seems possible. Alas, not for me, personally, but as a concept. After all, modern medicine has surely been extending the human lifespan for hundreds of years … hasn’t it? The 17th-century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes famously called life before the modern era “nasty, brutish and short.” People still echo that idea today, albeit without the same pithy elegance. “Hunter-gatherers all died when they were, like, 30,” a friend told me recently. “When the average old age death was people in their 40’s, did they look as old as people in their 90’s or 100’s look now?” asked someone on Quora. Many imagine that humans in the past all died young and that, thanks to medical science, people are now living longer and longer. Soon, perhaps, we’ll all hit that 150th birthday — or achieve immortality. It’s a nice idea; it’s just entirely fictional.

Doctors can’t cure many chronic diseases. But they can keep people dying longer.

US fertility rate is below level needed to replace population, study says The total fertility rate for the United States in 2017 continued to dip below what’s needed for the population to replace itself, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics. The new report also reveals some major state-by-state differences in fertility rates.

In 2017, among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, total fertility rates ranged from a rate of 2,227.5 births per 1,000 women in South Dakota to 1,421 per 1,000 women in DC, a difference of 57%, according to the report, published Thursday.
Overall, the total fertility rate for the United States in 2017 was 1,765.5 per 1,000 women, which was 16% below what is considered the level needed for a population to replace itself: 2,100 births per 1,000 women, according to the report.

Question of The Day!

Hello Mr. Bell. I am writing you as you suggested. My name is Gerhart, (jack benny). I will make it as short as i can. I am 64 my wife is 44. I have not been able to have intercourse with her since the day i turned 60. I will be 65 in April. Over the last almost 5 years i have used many herbs that are supposed to be for that. I only eat meet once a week and very little of it when i do. I eat no processed foods. Blood pressure stays around 117/76. I do not take drugs of any kind, prescription or over the counter for years now. Never been operated on. I have used everything i can find in my Materia Medica i can come up with. Nothing works. Sad to say that i have a hard time with getting organic food but i do the best i can with that. I did take the little blue pill 12-15mg. at a time only once in a while before i turned 60, but not very often. I found that it made my heart not beet right, so i stopped that junk. So anyway, i don’t know what to do now. I can keep my family healthy and if they do get sick i can always help them, but i cant seem to help me. Funny huh. Well that’s the short version i guess. Thank You


Judge dismisses opioid crisis lawsuits against drug makers A Connecticut judge has dismissed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and two dozen other drug companies brought by 37 cities and towns in the state, which blame them for the opioid crisis and seek to recoup millions of dollars spent on emergency response and other services. Judge Thomas Moukawsher in Hartford Superior Court ruled Tuesday that the lawsuits were not allowed because they were not government enforcement actions, such as those filed under consumer protection and public health laws. Instead, the judge said the lawsuits were filed as “ordinary civil cases” seeking money damages for the “indirect harm” from the opioid crisis. “Their lawsuits can’t survive without proof that the people they are suing directly caused them the financial losses they seek to recoup,” Moukawsher wrote. “This puts the cities in the same position in claiming money as the brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, and co-workers of addicts who say they have also indirectly suffered losses by the opioid crisis. That is to say — under long-established law — they have no claims at all.”

Hunters turn to hipsters to help boost sport’s declining numbers More millennials are exchanging their Kombucha for crossbows and concealing their man buns under camouflage caps to take up one of the oldest pastimes known to man — hunting. At least that’s what several hunter recruiter groups are hoping, as they look to refill the ranks of the declining sport, which reported an 18 percent decrease in American hunters 16 and older over two decades.  To fill this gap, hunters are turning to hipsters. “Earthy crunchy aligns very well with deer hunting,” Charles Evans, 29, who works in hunter recruitment for the Georgia Wildlife Federation, told The Wall Street Journal. Other organizations, like national hunting group Field to Fork, which offers hunting and venison-cooking classes, have also started targeting young adults who are interested in limiting their intake of mass produced foods. Field to Fork tries to recruit new hunters by setting up booths at popular farmers’ markets, where the group would hand out brochures with slogans like, “Harvest your own local meat” and “hunters are the original conservationists,” the Journal reported.

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