Sacred Fire of Liberty Jonathan Emord, Trump Putin reaction, HHS lawsuit update, #Walkaway bot therapy, Trump derangement syndrome, Benzo epidemic, anxiety options, Rodale Institute, young organic farmers, Beef jerky mania and MORE!

July 19, 2018 7-9PM 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 here to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:

Rand Paul: “Trump Derangement Syndrome” Has Gone Over The Top And People Have Lost The Big Picture  Sen. Rand Paul debates CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about “Trump derangement syndrome” and the media’s reaction to the Trump-Putin summit. He responds to Newt Gingrich, who tweeted that “I think people have gotten over top on this and lost the big picture,” Paul said. “The big picture is that we should be engaged with Russia. We should have conversations with Russia. We have serious conflicts in various parts of the globe. It would be a mistake not to have open lines of communication with them.” “And I can tell you what I have told the Russians who were here in the United States when I conversed with them. Hacking into the election if they did it and all likelihood the evidence looks like they did, it has backfired because it’s made relations worse. And so, if they want to have better relations, there should be a great deal of incentive as time goes for them not to do it again because it’s made relations so much worse. And so, my hope is that we will push the issue and that over time those incentives will be apparent,” he added.


Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices Novartis, the Swiss drugmaker, said Wednesday that it would not raise prices on its products in the United States for the rest of 2018, joining Pfizer, which delayed its increases last week after President Trump singled out the company for criticism. Novartis’s chief executive, Vas Narasimhan, said during an earnings call with investors that the company had made the decision in June, amid escalating outrage over high drug prices. “We thought that was prudent, given the dynamic environment we’re currently in,” he said. A spokesman for Novartis said the company notified the state of California, which has a new drug-price transparency law, of its decision in June, but the news was not widely known.  Novartis’s stock was trading at about $80 at midday on Wednesday, up 2.35 percent. Pharmaceutical companies are scrambling to stem the groundswell of criticism over steep drug pricing, as elected officials and the Trump administration have taken up the issue. Earlier this year, the Trump administration released a detailed plan, and the proposal has generated more than 2,000 comments from a range of interest groups that submitted their opinions before a federal deadline on Monday.

Russian bots are using #WalkAway to try to wound Dems in midterms The recent announcement that 12 Russian nationals have been indicted by Robert Mueller for hacking the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election is another reminder of how vulnerable our democracy is to such breaches. The indictments charge that via hacking, phishing attacks, money laundering and interference on multiple other fronts, Russian officials worked to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This arguably helped conservative efforts to usher Donald Trump into the presidency. During the US-Russia summit Monday in Helsinki, Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin and accepted his denial that Russia interfered with the election. Now, in this 2018-midterm election season, as some predict a blue wave of resistance to Trump, his policies and alarming authoritarianism, Republicans want to split up the Democratic political opposition and divide black and Latino voters. And Russia looks like it wants to help here, too. But this time it won’t work. The most recent example of this strategy is the #WalkAway hashtag, which is presented as a grassroots effort by former Democrats who are critical of the party’s alleged intimidation, confrontation and lack of civility and want people to walk away from the party.

Hour 2 – The Next Drug Addiction Crisis?

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say  The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. Considered relatively safe and non-addictive by the general public and many doctors, Xanax, Valium, Ativan and Klonopin have been prescribed to millions of Americans for decades to calm jittery nerves and promote a good night’s sleep. But the number of people taking the sedatives and the average length of time they’re taking them have shot up since the 1990s, when doctors also started liberally prescribing opioid painkillers. As a result, some state and federal officials are now warning that excessive prescribing of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines or “benzos” is putting more people at risk of dependence on the pills and is exacerbating the fatal overdose toll of painkillers and heroin. Some local governments are beginning to restrict benzo prescriptions. When taken in combination with painkillers or illicit narcotics, benzodiazepines can increase the likelihood of a fatal overdose as much as tenfold, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. On their own, the medications can cause debilitating withdrawal symptoms that last for months or years. Public health officials also warn that people who abruptly stop taking benzodiazepines risk seizures or even death.


Special Guest Diana Martin!

Diana manages the marketing and communications of Rodale Institute, overseeing aspects such as our website, social media, email marketing, advertising, public relations, and publications including New Farm. Diana’s team is diverse and works with events, weddings, workshops, tours, the store, and programs such as veterans and Organic Allentown. Diana is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and bleeds Orange.

Rodale Institute’s Next Generation Scholarship Fund Helps Provide World-Class Education and Mentorship to New Farmer Trainees

American agriculture is at a critical juncture: Nearly one-third of farmers are past retirement age, and 93 million acres of farmland are poised to change hands in the next five years.[i] Organic product sales have climbed by over 70% since 2008, yet only 1% of domestic arable acreage is currently certified organic—demand clearly outpaces supply.

With the support of its Next Generation Scholarship FundRodale Institute is training the next generation of farmers to fill the gap using organic, regenerative production methods that improve the health of people and planet, boost the economy, and develop rural communities. Gifts to the fund help provide interns with housing, food from the farm, a comprehensive educational experience, and a weekly stipend. Please join us in securing the future of healthy food in America by supporting the next generation of regenerative organic farmers. To contribute, email

“As a research intern, I worked in the lab and in the field,” said Britta Schumacher, who completed her training in 2016. “The whole experience—having my hands in the soil, learning about the relationship of organic agriculture to soil and fresh water, and observing the Institute’s mission to provide healthful produce to those who typically don’t have access—it absolutely changed my world,” she said. “I’d like to take my internship experience into long-term agricultural studies in the Kilombero Valley of south-central Tanzania, where I hope to do my field work.”

Wedderspoon, a passionate steward of Manuka Honey-based wellness products and the #1 selling Manuka Honey brand in North America, is the first corporate sponsor of the Next Generation Scholarship Fund.

“We are proud to partner with Rodale Institute to spur our future farmers to embrace organic farming methods,” said Rebecca Remley, CEO of Wedderspoon. “As advocates of bee preservation and sustainable honey production, Wedderspoon is constantly looking for ways to broaden our sustainability efforts and find like-minded partners who share our passion of leaving the world a better place than we found it. Sponsoring the Next Generation Scholarship Fund is a natural extension of our support for Rodale Institute’s ‘Your Two Cents’ initiative and The Honeybee Conservancy.”

Snap Into A…Straitjacket?

Does eating beef jerky cause psychiatric symptoms? Here’s a strange bit of health news: A new study found that people with bipolar disorder who eat pepperoni, salami and other dry, cured meats might be at much higher risk of developing mania — a mental state characterized by an intensely positive mood, high energy, confusion and disconnection from reality. Even stranger? The researchers weren’t expecting to find that at all. But you don’t need to ditch cured meats yet: The researchers noted that the findings showed only an association between processed meats and manic episodes — the new research didn’t prove cause and effect. The new paper, published today (July 18) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, describes three linked studies conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Sheppard Pratt Health System, both in Baltimore. For the first study, the researchers didn’t even intend to look at cured meats, said study co-author Faith Dickerson, director of the Stanley Research Program at Sheppard Pratt Health System. It started when researchers asked patients who came into the clinic with various severe psychiatric disorders a very long series of questions about their lives. Among that long list of questions — in what Dickerson told Live Science was not intended to be a core element of the study but rather filler to “round out” the questionnaire — was whether the patients had ever eaten cured meats. They asked the same questions of people who did not have any psychiatric disorders.

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