January 31, 2023 3-5PM ET
Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:
US spends most on health care but has worst health outcomes among high-income countries, new report finds The United States spends more on health care than any other high-income country but still has the lowest life expectancy at birth and the highest rate of people with multiple chronic diseases, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, an independent research group. The report, released Tuesday, also says that compared with peer nations, the US has the highest rates of deaths from avoidable or treatable causes and the highest maternal and infant death rates. “Americans are living shorter, less healthy lives because our health system is not working as well as it could be,” the report’s lead author, Munira Gunja, senior researcher for The Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovation, said in a news release. “To catch up with other high-income countries, the administration and Congress would have to expand access to health care, act aggressively to control costs, and invest in health equity and social services we know can lead to a healthier population.” People in the US see doctors less often than those in most other countries, which is probably related to the US having a below-average number of practicing physicians, according to the report, and the US is the only country among those studied that doesn’t have universal health coverage. In 2021 alone, 8.6% of the US population was uninsured.
Special Guest: David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe
David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe is one of the top health and nutrition experts today. Mr. Wolfe has 25+ years of experience in the health and wellness arena and has hosted 3,000 live events. He is the celebrity spokesperson for the NutriBullet. Mr. Wolfe’s Facebook fanbase is close to 13 million strong, making his influence one of the most widely commented and shared in the world. Mr. Wolfe is also President of The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, a nonprofit he founded in 2002, with a mission to plant 18 billion fruit, nut and medicinal trees around the world. David specializes in superfoods, superherbs, health technologies, peak performance, chocolate, organic farming and gardening.
Pfizer Denies Conducting COVID Gain-of-Function Research in Delayed Response to Veritas Video Pfizer denied it conducts gain-of-function research on COVID-19 in a long-awaited but indirect response to a bombshell Project Veritas hidden camera sting that captured a company official describing either proposed or ongoing experiments by the pharmaceutical firm. “Allegations have recently been made related to gain of function and directed evolution research at Pfizer and the company would like to set the record straight,” the company’s statement began. “In the ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research.” The company statement, released late Friday, did not mention the Project Veritas video, which was posted Wednesday evening and has received over 20 million views despite being banned from YouTube. In that video, a man identified as Jordon Walker, Pfizer’s director of research and development, strategic operations – mRNA scientific planner, divulges that the company has considered mutating COVID-19 through “directed evolution” in monkeys to develop new vaccines. In a subsequent video, Walker is confronted by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and claims he lied on the video to impress his date. In a disturbing meltdown, Walker seizes a tablet from O’Keefe and smashes it.
‘Elite’ Scientists Caused Deaths by Misleading Public on COVID, Newsweek Op-ed Author says An op-ed in Newsweek today blasted the elitism of the scientific community and called on it to take responsibility for the deadly consequences of misleading the public about COVID-19.“I was wrong,” wrote Kevin Bass, M.S., a 7th-year M.D./Ph.D. student at a Texas medical school. “We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives.” Like many medical students and researchers, Bass said he initially believed the information put out by public health authorities. He advocated for lockdowns, vaccines and boosters. But now it is clear the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “repeatedly overstated the evidence and misled the public” about a wide range of topics — including but not limited to natural immunity, the need for school closures, the effectiveness of masks and vaccine safety and effectiveness, Bass said. The biggest mistake of all, he argued, was made by a scientific community that fell in lockstep behind these institutions without concern for the needs of the broader public. “We created policy based on our preferences, then justified it using data,” Bass wrote. “And then we portrayed those opposing our efforts as misguided, ignorant, selfish, and evil.” This approach abandoned the principles of science and created an “us versus them” mindset in public health that fractured society and exacerbated existing health and economic disparities.
A Year After Being Deported, Novak Djokovic Makes History Winning Australian Open as Bill Gates Looks On One year after he was deported for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine — precluding him from playing in the 2022 Australian Open — tennis star Novak Djokovic on Sunday made history when he returned to Australia to win his 10th Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam title. With Bill Gates in attendance, Djokovic defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, becoming only the second player to win a men’s Grand Slam competition 10 or more times. He also tied the record, held by Rafael Nadal, for Grand Slam wins. Following his victory, Djokovic visibly teared up, hiding his face in a towel while sitting on the sidelines awaiting the trophy presentation. Afterward, he told reporters: “Of course, when I went into my box, I just think emotionally collapsed there and teared up, with especially my mother and my brother, when I gave them a hug, because up to that moment, I was not allowing myself to, I guess, be distracted with things off the court or whatever was happening in dealing with an injury, things happening off the court, as well, that could easily have been a big disturbance to my focus, to my game. “It required an enormous mental energy really to stay present, to stay focused, to take things day by day, and really see how far I can go.”
JONATHAN EMORD’S ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS CANDIDACY FOR U.S. SENATE Veteran constitutional and administrative attorney Jonathan Emord announced today he has entered the race for U.S. Senate in 2024. Here are his remarks at the start of his senatorial campaign: Today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate. Everywhere in the Commonwealth, we see an outpouring of support for major change, for a restoration of freedom and progress. Virginians blame this President and his leaders in Congress, including Senator Tim Kaine, for skyrocketing inflation, high gas prices, the crime epidemic, schools that indoctrinate and transition rather than educate, the illegal alien invasion through our unguarded Southern border, fentanyl across the border killing 2,000 Virginians last year, and a woke transformation of the military that is sacrificing readiness and troop strength. Those misguided policies have cost American lives, impoverished Virginians, robbed seniors of retirement, and ruined generations of youth. They must not only be stopped. They must be reversed. Biden and Kaine are deaf to the pleas of hard-working Americans, but I hear them. Our agenda is the opposite of the Biden/Kaine agenda. Ours is dedicated to freedom and progress. There is no limit to what Americans can achieve, so long as they are free. It’s time to liberate free enterprise and eliminate government overreach. It’s time to end the mandates and restore schools to the status of wholesome and safe environments for the education of our children. It’s time to interdict the cartels and secure our borders. It’s time to build an American future where children are confident that they will succeed regardless of race, where opportunity abounds, and where the world yet again understands that freedom and prosperity are synonymous with the words United States of America. As your United States Senator, I will not rest until individual rights are fully protected and economic growth and progress is assured. The 2024 election is pivotal. We will either rise from the socialist abyss into which Biden and Kaine have put us, or we will wallow in that abyss, experiencing the misery of increasing enslavement to the demands of big and unbounded government.
Special Guests Malcolm Collins and Simone Collins
Malcom Collins, author of The Pragmatist’s Guide to Crafting a Religion, was originally a neuroscientist focused on brain-computer interface until an interest in entrepreneurship drove Malcolm to Stanford University, where he got his MBA and co-founded an art commission marketplace. Malcolm subsequently became Director of Strategy at South Korea’s most desired source of early-stage capital, raised a search fund, and acquired a number of companies (with a focus on Travelmax). Collectively the companies he directly ran brought in over $70M in annual top line revenue and paid back over 50% of the invested capital in dividends in two years of operation before he stepped into an indirect advisory capacity. Malcolm is always on the lookout for new ways to optimize organizations as the global and technological landscape evolves. In his spare time, he lectures on management techniques, and writes (having published three Amazon bestselling books).
Simone Collins, co-author of The Pragmatist’s Guide to Crafting Religion, operates a number of companies, invests in startups, and regularly lectures on the topic of management techniques (including at Stanford GSB, Harvard, and Carnegie Mellon). The companies Simone operates and has operated include: A hybrid corporate travel agency and wholesaler with offices in Philadelphia and Lima, Peru that specializes in entertainment and production travel; ArtCorgi.com, and the Pragmatist Foundation. In the past Simone worked in VC, PE, cyber security, and online content, managing over 20,000 writers as Director of Marketing at HubPages (the 45th-most-visited site in the US during her tenure).
President Biden to end Covid-19 emergencies on May 11 President Joe Biden informed Congress on Monday that he will end the twin national emergencies for addressing Covid-19 on May 11, as most of the world has returned closer to normalcy nearly three years after they were first declared. The move to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations would formally restructure the federal coronavirus response to treat the virus as an endemic threat to public health that can be managed through agencies’ normal authorities. It comes as lawmakers have already ended elements of the emergencies that kept millions of Americans insured during the pandemic. Combined with the drawdown of most federal Covid-19 relief money, it would also shift the development of vaccines and treatments away from the direct management of the federal government.Biden’s announcement comes in a statement opposing resolutions being brought to the floor this week by House Republicans to bring the emergency to an immediate end. House Republicans are also gearing up to launch investigations on the federal government’s response to Covid-19.