August 20th, 2020 3-5PM 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 back to help us dissect the latest political news that’s fit to print:
GOP Mocks Bill Clinton For Lecturing Trump on Oval Office Conduct: Irony ‘Should Not Be Lost on Anyone’ Former President Bill Clinton, whose presidency was engulfed by an extramarital affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, lectured President Trump for bringing “chaos” into the Oval Office during his Tuesday evening address at the Democratic National Convention, drawing a swift reaction from members of the GOP, who could not help but note the irony. Clinton kicked off his address by criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, assessing that the Wuhan virus “hit us much harder than it had to” before slamming the president’s Oval Office conduct. “At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center,” Clinton said. “There’s only chaos.” “Just one thing never changes: his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame. The buck never stops there. Now, you have to decide whether to renew his contract or hire someone else,” he continued
Unhinged liberals are trying to scare people with post office conspiracy theory There are two ways to win an election — thrill voters by nominating someone exciting and lovable, or, in case you nominate someone who sucks, scare the bejesus out of people so they vote for your guy anyway. The Democrats have settled on the latter for 2020. Yes, Joe Biden is presently winning the presidential race against President Donald Trump (although CNN’s Sunday night poll had it effectively tied), but most reputable polling indicates little enthusiasm for the former vice president, and Democrats know it. Therefore, worried about maintaining a shaky lead, Democrats and their conspiracy theory-crazed followers (led by High Conspiracy Priestess Nancy Pelosi) have plunged headlong into a plan to scare people to death in the hopes they will overlook how aggressively mediocre Biden is. The latest conspiracy theory (following the ones about Russia, Ukraine, and that the Trump tax cuts would cause “Armageddon” and mass death) is that Trump is sabotaging the post office with a Republican donor who apparently has the power to single-handedly stop all Democratic ballots and Social Security checks.
Massachusetts mandates flu shots for all students: Next up, COVID-19? The Department of Public Health in Massachusetts just ordered all students older than 6 months, and up through college, to get the flu vaccination as a condition of attending school. You knew this was coming. What’s more, you suspected this was coming for COVID-19, too — once the vaccine is available, that is. Right? It’s called voluntary compliance. It’s where the government gets to shrug its shoulders and shake its head and deny that it’s forcing citizens to do something — while at the same time, restricting citizens from participating in certain acts unless they do that very thing the government denies it’s forcing them to do. “The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic,” health wonks wrote of their new policy. And don’t think students taking classes remotely this year are exempt, either; they’re not. Home-schooled kids are exempt; kids with medical or religious reasons are exempt; but elementary and secondary students using remote learning models must still comply. This is an outrage.
If Mike Lindell is ‘snake oil salesman,’ Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates are, too CNN host Anderson Cooper, in one of those snarky “I’m from CNN so I’m smarter than everyone in the world” TV moments, blasted guest MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell as a “snake oil salesman” for publicly pushing the benefits of a coronavirus therapy that could financially benefit him. But where’s the similar treatment for Anthony Fauci? For Bill Gates? Here’s what happened: Lindell on CNN spoke of oleandrin as a possible COVID-19 therapeutic treatment. Coincidentally, Lindell was also named to the board of Phoenix Biotechnology just a week or so ago — a company that makes oleandrin. And of course, any rational person would want to question the idea of Lindell serving as an unbiased spokesperson for a product he could also financially benefit from, right? Valid question. Cooper went classless, though. “You really are a snake oil salesman,” he said to Lindell, The Hill reported. “I mean, you could be in the Old West standing on a box telling people to drink your amazing elixir that there’s no proof [of].” The bigger picture, though, is the media’s selective watchdogging. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been one of the leading voices for a coronavirus vaccine, even to the point of scorning, publicly, for all to hear and read, the benefits of hydroxychloroquine.
Donald Trump, Jr. to Democrats: ‘If You Can Loot in Person, You Can Vote in Person’ Wednesday, Trump Organization executive vice president Donald Trump, Jr., son of President Donald Trump, had a message for Democrats that decry the current elections process while also supporting the ongoing violent protests that have included looting and rioting across the country: “If you can loot in person, you can vote in person.” Trump argued in an interview with Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” that “Democrats seem fine with looting in person” but questioned why they think they cannot vote in person and prefer using a system that can be manipulated. He also emphasized his and President Trump’s support of the absentee voting process. “We are fine, and my father’s been very clear about being fine with absentee balloting, where one individual goes through a procedure, requests a ballot. This is a system that’s worked very well in Florida and many other states, but it’s tied to an individual with an actual form of identification to eliminate that fraud. And if you go through that process, we’re 100 percent fine with that for those who don’t necessarily want to go to the polling booth that day. So, it’s not that we’re trying to say you can’t do any of it.” “If you can loot in person, you can vote in person,” he continued. “The Democrats seem fine with looting in-person part, not so much the other of way because they want to be able to do it all by mail where they can manipulate it. But again, we’re 100 percent fine with absentee balloting. People go through the regular process. And you know that one person is getting one vote. That’s the way our system is designed, and we’re 100 percent fine with that.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sells Catholics on abortion as ‘reproductive justice’ In the lead-up to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speech at the Democratic National Convention came this piece, from the National Catholic Reporter: “AOC embraces reproductive justice, and other Catholics should, too.” It’s an illuminating piece that shows how the left can rephrase death and turn it into life — repackage evil and sell it as a product of love. Here are some pertinent thoughts from the piece: “Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t view the issue of abortion simply as an issue of reproductive rights. She views it through the more comprehensive lens of reproductive justice.” It’s breath-taking how deep the left will dig to find the right messaging to make abortion — abortion! — acceptable even to the (supposed) followers of Christ. Another quote from the piece: “The framework of reproductive justice was developed in 1994 by 12 Black women in response to the Clinton administration’s proposed plan for universal health care. The women questioned the assumptions … being made by those who developed the health care plan. … Their core concern was this: When a person gets pregnant … [a]ll kinds of social justice issues come to the fore: workers’ rights, protection from domestic violence and abuse, immigration status, a clean and safe environment, and access to adequate education, health care and childcare.”
Hour 2 Special Guest – David J Blyweiss, MD
David J. Blyweiss, MD began his medical career as a clinical pharmacist in South Florida prior to earning his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 1982. This dual background allowed him to appreciate the relevance of conventional pharmaceutical/surgical based treatments in acute medical conditions, but also to recognize where these approaches fell short in treating the vast majority of patients who suffered from the chronic degenerative diseases of “western civilization origin”. Over the last twenty years, with the nutritional medical knowledge base expanding in the fields of nutrigenomics, proteomics and other related “orthomolecular” disciplines directed towards patients’ biochemical individuality, Dr. Blyweiss became an early adherent, experienced practitioner and now teacher of what would become known as “functional medicine”. Dr. Blyweiss has used this matrix of systems biology to effectively manage and alleviate the symptoms related to the most “difficult-to-treat” conditions by addressing the underlying causes, helping to guide the body to heal itself.
In association with Humana Medical Plans, as an affiliated provider, Dr. Blyweiss also served as member of, and subsequent chairman of, the Quality Assurance Committee and Physician Credentialing Committee from 1985 – 1990. He is adjunct faculty at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine helping to train both future and practicing physicians in “functional medicine” . He is both a local authority and international speaker on a multitude of important medical subjects with a functional medicine approach. Dr. Blyweiss was one of three researchers doing the early work on chlorhexidine (phisohex, hibiclens) while earning his first post graduate degree at Temple University School of Pharmacy. During medical school he worked with the World Health Organization in vaccinating children in the island nation of Grenada. He was a team member of the physician relief program in Kendall, Florida after Hurricane Andrew in 1994. He has traveled the world, most recently to Gabon and Croatia working closely with teams of specialists to identify new plant life and natural products for possible human benefit. He has consulted for and created state-of-the -art nutritional supplements for multiple nutritional companies since 1999. He helped form Eden Laboratories Ltd. doing regenerative medicine research in Belize, CA. He is currently in private practice in South Florida where he resides with his family.
Higher BPA exposure linked to increased risk for all-cause mortality Higher bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is associated with an increased risk for all-cause mortality in a nationally representative cohort of U.S. adults, according to a study published online Aug. 17 in JAMA Network Open. Wei Bao, M.D., Ph.D., from the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and colleagues conducted a nationally representative study involving 3,883 adults aged 20 years or older from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003 to 2008 who provided urine samples for BPA level measurements. The researchers identified 344 deaths during 36,514 person-years of follow-up, including 71 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 75 deaths from cancer. The risk for death was higher for participants with higher urinary BPA levels. Comparing the highest versus the lowest tertile of urinary BPA levels, the hazard ratio was 1.49 (95 percent confidence interval, 1.01 to 2.19) for all-cause mortality, 1.46 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.67 to 3.15) for cardiovascular disease mortality, and 0.98 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.40 to 2.39) for cancer mortality. These findings were seen after adjustment for confounding variables, including age, sex, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, dietary and lifestyle factors, body mass index, and urinary creatinine levels.
Multivitamin, mineral supplement linked to less-severe, shorter-lasting illness symptoms Older adults who took a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement with zinc and high amounts of vitamin C in a 12-week study experienced sickness for shorter periods and with less severe symptoms than counterparts in a control group receiving a placebo. The findings by Oregon State University researchers were published in the journal Nutrients. The research by scientists at OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute involved 42 healthy people ages 55 to 75 and was designed to measure the supplement’s effects on certain immune system indicators. It also looked at bloodstream levels of zinc and vitamins C and D while taking the supplement, as these micronutrients are important for proper immune function. The immune indicators, including white blood cells’ ability to kill incoming pathogens, were unaltered in the group receiving the supplement. The multivitamin group showedimproved vitamin C and zinc status in the blood. Most intriguingly, illness symptoms reported by this group were less severe and went away faster than those experienced by the placebo group. The same percentage of participants in each group reported symptoms, but days of sickness in the supplement group averaged fewer than three compared to more than six for the placebo group.
Honey outperforms antibiotics for cough, cold symptoms, study says Honey appears to be more effective in treating cough and cold symptoms than antibiotics, according to a new study. Honey is cheap and widely available, and researchers say it outperformed usual care for improving symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections. It is safe for the majority of people, except for babies under 1 year of age and those with allergies, researchers noted. “Upper respiratory tract infections are the most frequent reason for antibiotic prescription,” study authors wrote. “Since the majority of URTIs are viral, antibiotic prescription is both ineffective and inappropriate. However, a lack of effective alternatives, as well as a desire to preserve the patient-doctor relationship, both contribute to antibiotic over-prescription.” The researchers from Oxford University said that antibiotics are associated with “significant adverse effects” in children and adults. They reported results from 14 studies of URTIs, though only two studies were placebo-controlled trials. In one study, patients ingesting honey reduced their duration of common cold symptoms by one to two days, compared to those receiving usual care. They also found that honey was particularly effective in improving cough frequency and severity. “In the comparison with usual care, the reductions in cough frequency and cough severity remained statistically significant,” they wrote.
Pharma reputation reset with COVID-19 means regaining science and innovation halo: expert Pharma companies have a unique opportunity to reset individual and industry reputations during the COVID-19 crisis. Positive consumer sentiment is way up, and people are rediscovering the value of the industry. But how do they capitalize on that and sustain it going forward? One branding executive says the time has come for pharma to reclaim its science, innovation and do-good reputation. Christina Falzano who last year joined Havas’ Conran Design Group as managing director, spent years working on big tech brands including Google, Wikipedia, Uber and Spotify in her career including as COO at Wolff Olins. Her job change has her thinking about the way tech brands are now perceived as the world’s do-gooders, a mantle once held by pharma. “Not to be opportunistic, but pharma brands need to think about why they seem less human than tech, and why they get less credit than tech for doing good in the world,” she said. “There’s a lot of talk today about purpose-driven brands, and that’s at the heart of pharma companies.” The reward for creating purpose-driven brands is they are more meaningful. Americans are more loyal to and feel more emotionally connected to purpose-driven brands, according to a Cone/Porter Novelli study. Further, more than two-thirds (67%) said they’d be willing to forgive a purpose-driven company if it makes a misstep.
Dr. Fauci: What About the Immune System? COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across our country. Previously quiet areas are aflame now with infections. Hospitals are running out of beds just as it happened in March/April in New York City and my home town, Detroit, MI. As of August 7, 2020 the CDC states that there have been 4,962,216 confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2. Furthermore, 2,446,799 have recovered. How did these people recover? I was on the front lines treating COVID-19 patients outside in their cars during March and April in Michigan. We (my partners and nurses) were busy running outside in the snow, sleet, hail, and rain putting IVs in patients as they placed their arms out the car window. We successfully treated 107 patients using nutritional and oxidative therapies. My published paper, which was peer-reviewed, describes our treatment in detail: https://www.publichealthpolicyjournal.com/clinical-and-translational-research. Dr. Fauci, who has been named America’s doctor, has been delivering information and guidance on this pandemic from the beginning. He has promoted and spearheaded the ‘warp speed’ project to develop a vaccine to treat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Dr Fauci has kept us informed about therapies being used to treat COVID-19 including steroids, Remdesivir, dexamethasone, and hydroxychloroquine. He has convinced us, repeatedly, that a vaccine is the only way out of this mess and that we all must wait for a vaccine to be quickly brought to market.