November 2, 2022 3-5PM ET
Wednesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
Now It’s UK: Why Are Labs Racing To See Who Can Create The Most Deadly Virus? A potentially deadly new strain of COVID has been created in a University lab in London, according to a report. The Daily Mail reports that researchers at Imperial College London have hybridised the original Wuhan strain of the disease with both the Omicron or Delta variants separately. The College is yet to reveal how effective the strain they have created is, and has denied that the work constitutes gain of function, the process now widely believed to have been responsible for the original strain in Wuhan. Molecular biology expert Dr. Richard Ebright warned that the new mutant strain, which was injected into hamsters in London, “is insanity, both in terms of the redundancy and waste,” and that it has zero “foreseeable practical applications.” Dr. Ebright further warned that the development is huge “especially, in terms of the risk of triggering a new pandemic wave upon accidental or deliberate release of the laboratory-generated viruses.” “This should be a wake-up call,” the biologist urged, adding “If the world wishes to avoid new pandemic waves and pandemics caused by lab-generated enhanced potential pandemic pathogens, then it is urgently necessary to restrict senseless high-risk, low-benefit research that creates enhanced potential pandemic pathogens and to implement effective national oversight, with force of law, on such research.”
Special Guest Dr. Michelle Perro
Michelle Perro, MD, DHom, is a veteran pediatrician with four decades of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than fifteen years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include GMO and pesticide advocacy. She has worked as both Emergency Room Director and Attending Physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital/New York Medical College to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, CA. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, creating a new field of integrative urgent care medicine. Dr. Perro has co-authored the highly acclaimed book, What’s Making our Children Sick? and is Executive Director of a non-profit scientific-based website, GMOScience. She has authored many publications and has a column with the journal, The Townsend Letter. She is presently working on Regeneration Health International, a nonprofit based group focused on holistic health and promoting “food as medicine”. Dr. Perro has lectured nationally and internationally on regenerative food/soil, environmental health and justice issues focused on children. She plans to have her second book released summer 2023.
The Culinary Medicine Program The Culinary Medicine Program was founded by Farshad (Dr. Shad) Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH — director of Public Health, Prevention and Health Promotion at the college — in response to student interest and the need for redesigning medical education to include innovative approaches to nutrition education and food systems. The program aspires to use food as medicine — blending the art of cooking with the science of medicine to enhance nutrition in medical education — and to educate through service learning with an understanding of food systems and food policies as social determinants of health. Our vision is to create a program that includes an educational redesign of the medical school curriculum, community service projects and research endeavors to enhance nutrition knowledge and empower local neighborhoods and patients with education and resources that improve their ability to access healthy food, enhancing their personal health.
The Selfish Collective Much of the debate surrounding Covid — and increasingly now, other crises — has been framed in terms of individualism vs. collectivism. The idea is that individualists are motivated by self-interest, while collectivists put their community first. This dichotomy paints the collective voice, or the community, as the prosocial option of two choices, where the threat lies with recalcitrant individuals holding everyone else back. The individual threatens the common good because they won’t go along with the program, the program everyone else has decided upon, which is what is best for everyone. There are several immediate problems with this logic. It is a string of loaded assumptions and false equivalencies: first, it equates the philosophy of collectivism with the idea of prosocial motivation; secondly, it equates prosocial behavior with conformity to the collective voice. Merriam-Webster defines collectivism as follows: 1 : a political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution also : a system marked by such control 2 : emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity Note that there is no mention here of internal motivations — and rightly so. The philosophy of collectivism emphasizes collectively organized behavioral patterns over those of the individual. There is no prescription for these reasons. They could be prosocially motivated, or selfish.
Question of The Day!
Hi Robert and Super Don, have you heard of statin drugs causing liver issues? And if someone has liver issues like cirrhosis what would you recommend for for pain? My moms liver doctor told me that Tylenol is the best for her to take. I told him I thought it was bad for liver and he said she could take 4 a day.
Outside The Box With Ty Bollinger!
It’s time to go Outside The Box again with Ty Bollinger! What will we be talking about today?
Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty In April 2020, with nothing else to do, my family took an enormous number of hikes. We all wore cloth masks that I had made myself. We had a family hand signal, which the person in the front would use if someone was approaching on the trail and we needed to put on our masks. Once, when another child got too close to my then-4-year-old son on a bridge, he yelled at her “SOCIAL DISTANCING!” These precautions were totally misguided. In April 2020, no one got the coronavirus from passing someone else hiking. Outdoor transmission was vanishingly rare. Our cloth masks made out of old bandanas wouldn’t have done anything, anyway. But the thing is: We didn’t know. I have been reflecting on this lack of knowledge thanks to a class I’m co-teaching at Brown University on COVID. We’ve spent several lectures reliving the first year of the pandemic, discussing the many important choices we had to make under conditions of tremendous uncertainty. Some of these choices turned out better than others. To take an example close to my own work, there is an emerging (if not universal) consensus that schools in the U.S. were closed for too long: The health risks of in-school spread were relatively low, whereas the costs to students’ well-being and educational progress were high. The latest figures on learning loss are alarming. But in spring and summer 2020, we had only glimmers of information. Reasonable people—people who cared about children and teachers—advocated on both sides of the reopening debate.
Galactic Empire Requests Amnesty For Anyone Who May Have Gotten Carried Away And Blown Up A Planet Acknowledging past decisions that, while well intended, were destructive, and learning a ragtag team of rebels might win again, the Galactic Empire has proposed amnesty for anyone who may have gotten a little carried away and blown up several planets. “This is supposed to be a happy galaxy. Let’s not bicker and argue about who annihilated whose planet,” wrote Grand Moff Ardus Kaine in a guest opinion piece published by The Atlantic after polls showed destroying Alderaan just to get a politician to squeal did not sit well with the galaxy’s citizens. “Oopsies happen. Forgive and forget, I always say.” Kaine expounded on the need to forgive those who were forced to decide to erase entire systems from the galactic map while not having all of the information available at the time. He went on to advocate celebrating the moments in which only single reactors were used by Death Stars to vaporize millions of lives in mere seconds when multiple reactors could have easily been used.
Biden Asks For COVID Amnesty, Afghanistan Pullout Amnesty, Gas Prices Amnesty, Inflation Amnesty, Student Loan Amnesty, War With Russia Amnesty, Nuclear Armageddon Amnesty, And Weaponizing The FBI Against Political Enemies Amnesty A growing number of progressives are requesting amnesty for extreme COVID policies that shattered countless lives, claiming it was in ignorance. This has prompted President Biden to also ask for amnesty for everything that happened during his first 2 years as President. “We need to forgive each other for what we said to each other during COVID,” said President Biden. “We also need to let bygones be bygones when it comes to how I handled COVID, mandated vaccines, pulled out of Afghanistan, made gas prices soar, caused massive inflation, made taxpayers foot the bill for student loans, allowed a war to start with Russia, got us on track for nuclear armageddon, printed money like there’s no tomorrow and sent it all to Ukraine, and weaponized the FBI against my political enemies.” “I need amnesty for all those things, folks. C’mon man, it’s not hard! Let’s live and let live here,” continued Joe Biden. “I also need amnesty for cussing out Peter Doocey, selling strategic military reserve oil to China, working shady deals and setting my son up with Burisma, not spending enough time and not raising Hunter right, all the racist things I’ve said, all the women I’ve sexually assaulted, and all the hair I’ve sniffed, and elections I’ve rigged.”