April 7, 2023 1-3PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

1- 2 in 5 Kids Have Multiple Food Allergies — and It’s Taking a Toll on Their Mental and Physical Health Two in five U.S. children and nearly half of adults with a food allergy are allergic to multiple foods, according to research published last month in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The researchers, led by Northwestern University’s Christopher Warren, Ph.D., also found that as the number of food allergies a person has increases, so does the effect on their physical and psychological health. Warren told The Defender: “Findings of such high disease burden among children and adults living with many food allergies highlights an acute need for improved treatments and approaches to improve day-to-day food allergy management in this important subpopulation, including facilitating access to psychosocial support services — including support groups which can help improve quality of life.” Food allergies are part of a chronic and growing public health epidemic in the U.S., afflicting 32 million Americans, including 5.6 million children under age 18. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that allergy prevalence rose by approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. Between 1997 and 2008, the prevalence of peanut or tree nut allergy appears to have more than tripled among U.S. children. Research has shown that food allergies adversely affect physical health, cause emotional distress, lead to economic burden and negatively affect quality of life, even for individuals who avoid exposure to triggering foods. Past studies revealed that many people with food allergies have multi-food allergies, but their distribution and expression are still poorly understood.

Special Guest Ian Smith

In life, there are no do-overs; Ian knows this better than many. After spending the better part of a decade trying to navigate the physical, mental, and political chess match that has positioned him to find and invest in what has truly made him happy: being an advocate for individual rights and empowerment, advocating sociopolitical change in the face of government overreach, and encouraging others to get involved in the causes that are most important to them.

“Find Your Hill” offers a first-hand account of Ian overcoming the grief of a tragic mistake, surviving prison, building a now world-famous gym, becoming a figure in the medical freedom movement, and his surprising decision to walk away from the gym he helped to create and fought to keep open.

Hear Ian’s first-hand account of the 3 political rallies in Washington, D.C., leading up to the “January 6th” Capitol event, which led to his F.B.I. investigation. “Find Your Hill” gives readers a peek behind the political curtain of what it’s really like running for congress (the good, the bad, and the ugly). The aim of this book is to inspire readers to understand that they can help create monumental changes in their lives, communities, and countries, in fact, we need them to do just that.

After all, free men do not ask for permission or for forgiveness when it comes to doing what is right.

New Jersey Gym Owner Defies COVID Rules … $1.2m in Fines and We’re Not Closing!!! A gym owner in New Jersey seems to be daring the governor and local authorities to come at him (bro) — saying he’s gotten over a million bucks in fines for staying open … something he says he’ll continue to do no matter what. The guy’s name is Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr — where he and his partners have been fully opening their doors to the public … despite state mandates that limit the number of people in gyms and mandatory mask-wearing. He’s enforced none of it. His defiance has been an ongoing saga over the past several months of the pandemic — but a new video Smith released might as well be a clear line in the sand he’s drawing. Check it out … it’s him in the middle of his packed gym — where no face coverings can be seen — and he’s going through typed-out cue cards that lay out what’s been going on there. He says the gym has over a million dollars in fines ($1.2 mil to be specific) and the township continues to fine him around $15k a day every day he breaks the rules. Smith also writes that he and his partners have even been arrested for flouting the regulations — but adds … he simply doesn’t care, and will keep on keepin’ on.

Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym, announces plans to run for Congress The owner of a New Jersey gym that made headlines during the COVID-19 pandemic for defying the state’s lockdowns now says he will be running for Congress. Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, posted on social media over the weekend that he will formally announce his campaign for Congress on Thursday.  “I am truly excited to have the possibility to serve the people of NJ with a platform focused on liberty, small government, and America First policies,” Smith tweeted. Smith says he will be running in New Jersey’s 3rd congressional district, which stretches from suburbs just east of Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore. Smith is challenging two-term Democratic Rep. Andy Kim, a former Obama White House staffer. Smith and his business partner, Frank Trumbetti, refused to shutter their gym in accordance with Governor Phil Murphy’s orders closing nonessential businesses during the pandemic. The legal battle between New Jersey and Atilis dates back to late May 2020 when the gym first skirted the state’s order that shuttered gyms and fitness centers. After that, New Jersey took extreme measures to quell the gym’s attempts to reopen including daily fines, arresting both owners, and suspending their business license.

A Top HHS Official Blocked Release of Long-Delayed Fluoride Toxicity Review, Internal Emails Reveal Newly released emails reveal that leadership within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) acted to prevent the release of long-delayed review of fluoride’s toxicity by the National Toxicology Program (NTP). The emails specifically claim that Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine intervened to stop the release of the NTP review, also known internally as a monograph. An email dated June 3, 2022, shows Nicole Johnson, associate director for policy, partnerships and strategic communication in CDC’s Oral Health Division contacting Jennifer Greaser, a senior public health policy analyst in CDC’s Washington office. Johnson states: “The latest we heard (yesterday) is that ASH Levine has put the report on hold until further notice.” ASH Levine refers to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine. The emails were released as part of the ongoing legal dispute between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and plaintiffs Food & Water Watch, the Fluoride Action Network and others who are seeking an end to water fluoridation. Throughout the historic lawsuit, the plaintiffs have argued that the practice violates the EPA’s Toxic Substances Abuse Act.

Hour 2

What You Should Know About Wireless Radiation To many people, the notion that cellphones or cell towers might present a health risk long ago receded into a realm somewhere between trivial concern and conspiracy theory. For decades, the wireless industry has dismissed such ideas as fearmongering, and federal regulators have maintained that cellphones pose no danger. But a growing body of scientific research is raising questions, with the stakes heightened by the ongoing deployment of hundreds of thousands of new transmitters in neighborhoods across America. ProPublica recently examined the issue in detail, finding that the chief government regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), relies on an exposure standard from 1996 when the Motorola StarTAC flip phone was cutting edge and that the agency brushed aside a lengthy study by a different arm of the federal government that found that cellphone radiation caused rare cancers and DNA damage in lab animals. The newest generation of cellphone technology, known as 5G, remains largely untested. Here’s what you need to know: Do cellphones give off radiation? Yes. Both cellphones and wireless transmitters (which are mounted on towers, street poles and rooftops) send and receive radio-frequency energy, called “nonionizing radiation.” The amount of this radiation absorbed by the human body depends on how close a person is to a phone and a cell transmitter, as well as the strength of the signal the phone needs to connect with a transmitter.

Question of The Day!

Hello Robert and SuperDon-
A 5G tower went up in my neighborhood this past week, which has me more interested in a couple things:
1. Understanding what measurement of signal is a red flag, in terms of MHz or any other measurable unit. Do you know if such a measurable threshold has been established by a trustworthy authority?
2. Knowing what type of device I might consider investing in, for the purpose of having empirical proof of what my family and neighbors are being exposed to
We obviously talk a lot about the wireless world and the impact it plays in our health. I’m hoping you can help me with actionable information to understand the invisible potential threats.
Many thanks and keep up the great work!

Special Guest Edward Dowd

Edward Dowd is currently a founding partner with Phinance Technologies a global macro alternative investment firm. He has worked on Wall Street most of his career spanning both credit markets and equity markets. Some of the firms he worked for include HSBC, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Independence Investments, and most notably at Blackrock as a portfolio manager where he managed a $14 billion Growth equity portfolio for ten years. After BlackRock, he founded OceanSquare Asset Management with two former BlackRock colleagues.

What is killing healthy young Americans?

2020 saw a spike in deaths in America, smaller than you might imagine during a pandemic, some of which could be attributed to COVID and to initial treatment strategies that were not effective. But then, in 2021, the stats people expected went off the rails. The CEO of the OneAmerica insurance company publicly disclosed that during the third and fourth quarters of 2021, death in people of working age (18–64) was 40 percent higher than it was before the pandemic. Significantly, the majority of the deaths were not attributed to COVID.

A 40 percent increase in deaths is literally earth-shaking. Even a 10 percent increase in excess deaths would have been a 1-in-200-year event. But this was 40 percent.

And therein lies a story—a story that starts with obvious questions:

  • What has caused this historic spike in deaths among younger people?
  • What has caused the shift from old people, who are expected to die, to younger people, who are expected to keep living?

It isn’t COVID, of course, because we know that COVID is not a significant cause of death in young people. Various stakeholders opine about what could be causing this epidemic of unexpected sudden deaths, but “CAUSE UNKNOWN” doesn’t opine or speculate. The facts just are, and the math just is.

The book begins with a close look at the actual human reality behind the statistics, and when you see the people who are represented by the dry term Excess Mortality, it’s difficult to accept so many unexpected sudden deaths of young athletes, known to be the healthiest among us. Similarly, when lots of healthy teenagers and young adults die in their sleep without obvious reason, collapse and die on a family outing, or fall down dead while playing sports, that all by itself raises an immediate public health concern. Or at least it used to.

Ask yourself if you recall seeing these kinds of things occurring during your own life—in junior high? In high school? In college? How many times in your life did you hear of a performer dropping dead on stage in mid-performance? Your own life experience and intuition will tell you that what you’re about to see is not normal.

Or at least it wasn’t normal before 2021.

Study suggests one solution to America’s opioid epidemic: Tell doctors their patients fatally overdosed There are no simple solutions to America’s deadly overdose epidemic, which costs 100,000 lives each year and is erasing gains in life expectancy. But a team of USC researchers have found one low-cost intervention can make a difference: a letter notifying providers their patient has died from an overdose. A 2018 study by the team found that notifying through an informational letter from their county’s medical examiner that a patient had suffered a fatal reduced the number of prescriptions they wrote over the next three months. The team’s new study, published today in JAMA Network Open, shows those notifications have a lasting impact up to a year later. “Clinicians don’t necessarily know a patient they prescribed opioids to has suffered a fatal overdose,” said lead author Jason Doctor, Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and Co-Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. “We knew closing this information loop immediately reduced opioid prescriptions. Our latest study shows that change in prescribing behavior seems to stick.”

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