Aug 11, 2023 3-5PM ET

Friday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

New Study Confirms Link Between Gut Microbes and Autism — But Stops Short of Answering Which Comes First The connection between the gut microbiome and behavioral health has been the subject of intense investigation. But even when the link appears indisputable, associating the microbiome’s thousands of bacterial, yeast, fungal and virus species to specific symptoms or diseases may be challenging. Now, results from a study reported in Nature Neuroscience in June support the connection between the microbiome and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and provide clues about the microbes involved. These data may eventually lead to “natural interventions” that promote a healthy microbiome and, it is hoped, relieve some of the burden of ASD on those affected, according to the study authors. The difficulty with analyzing many studies The authors of the Nature Neuroscience paper reviewed results from more than 70 studies investigating the microbiome-ASD connection. A major problem with drawing conclusions from a large number of studies is that the sheer diversity of study designs, aims, methods and even investigators raises the possibility that the analysis will compare “apples to oranges.” One paper may look at kindergarten-age girls while another studies adolescent boys. Some investigations may include an intervention — requiring subjects to eat certain foods or take a drug or dietary supplement, for example — while others are purely observational. Additionally, not all “microbiome” studies focus on the same microorganisms or use the same analytical methods to find them. One study may look at proteins generated by bacteria while another measures genes from yeast. Both studies qualify as microbiome investigations but their conclusions may not be comparable. This is a common problem with microbiome research as there are potentially thousands of species involved and a dozen ways to detect and characterize them.

DANGEROUS MEDS: Pharmaceutical drugs becoming so tainted that the Defense Department is calling for outside testing The world’s pharmaceutical drug factories have become so filthy that the United States Department of Defense (DoD) is intervening to try to clean things up by bringing in an outside testing service to spot contamination. Valisure, an independent testing laboratory that deals with this kind of thing, was brought in by the DoD to test a slew of medications amid growing concerns about pharmaceutical drug contamination and other quality and supply issues. Under a multi-year agreement, Valisure will test dozens of popularly used drugs for dangerous chemicals. The lab will also rate manufacturers’ quality to help the DoD weed out those that produce substandard products. Because the cooperative agreement has been designated as a “research and development” operation to exchange information, the Pentagon will not be paying Valisure for these testing services. Some generic drugs contain cancer-causing contaminants The U.S. government is primarily focused on generic drugs made by foreign companies usually based in either China or India. Because of domestic shortages, increasingly more Americans are relying on foreign drugs to get their fix, and the DoD says it is worried that consumers are taking tainted products. The covid “pandemic” shined a really bright light on America’s growing dependence on foreign drugs, so much so that Congress ordered the DoD to take this next step in confirming their safety. “Drug shortages are at a nine-year high as manufacturers deal with quality issues, difficulty getting supplies and rising demand for certain drugs,” reports Bloomberg about the matter.

Vaccine hesitancy behind most decisions to not get COVID-19 vaccines A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that for three out of every four Americans who were not vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccines by mid-2021, vaccine hesitancy was the main reason for their refusal to get vaccinated. The study used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Research and Development Survey, given to 5,458 US adults in May and June of 2021.The authors of the study wanted to calculate the adjusted population attribution fraction (PAF) of vaccine hesitancy. In total, 40.7% of survey participants were hesitant and 67.2% were vaccinated. Through a series of questions, the authors found the adjusted PAF of non-vaccination attributed to vaccine hesitancy was 76.1%. Vaccine hesitancy, which began to grow steadily in the US during the early 2000s with false claims that common childhood vaccines caused autism, soared again during the pandemic, as employee vaccine mandates became political footballs. “This study found that the adjusted PAF of COVID-19 non-vaccination attributed to hesitancy (76.1%) is higher than the adjusted PAF of non-vaccination of routinely recommended vaccines attributed to hesitancy found in previous studies (which ranged from 6.5% to 31.3%),” the authors said. Targeting hesitancy should be the main focus of any COVID-19 vaccines campaigns going forward, the authors said.

Colorado’s childhood immunization rates decline as exemptions rise Immunizations among school-age children continue to decline in Colorado, falling below 90% for the second year in a row. Why it matters: Colorado’s vaccination rates remain among the nation’s lowest, and public health officials are warning parents about the possibility of outbreaks in the upcoming school year. What to know: The state requires at least six vaccines for students to enter child care and public school, all designed to prevent the spread of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, and chickenpox. Others, such as influenza and COVID-19, are recommended. The greatest decrease in rates is among kindergarteners. MMR coverage this coming school year is 86.8%, the lowest level since the 2017-18 school year, state data shows. What’s happening: More parents are exempting their children from the required vaccines, up to 4% at the kindergarten level, on religious or medical grounds The intrigue: Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat who opposes vaccine mandates, is at the center of the debate.

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Fauci referred to Justice Department for criminal investigation for allegedly lying under oath to Congress Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has referred Dr. Anthony Fauci to the Justice Department for investigation into possible criminal prosecution for allegedly lying under oath to Congress about his knowledge of gain-of-function research conducted at China’s Wuhan virus lab. In a letter to District of Columbia U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, the Kentucky Republican requested that the DOJ investigate whether the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), broke the law with false statements made in congressional testimony under a statute punishable by time in federal prison. “Before Congress, Dr. Fauci denied funding gain-of-function research, to the press he claims to have a dispassionate view on the lab leak hypothesis, and in private he acknowledges gain-of-function research at WIV (Wuhan Institute of Virology) to his colleagues,” Paul wrote. “A congressional hearing, however, is not the place for a public servant to play political games — especially when the health and well-being of American citizens is on the line. For this reason, I request that you investigate whether Dr. Fauci’s statements to Congress on May 11, 2021, violated 18 U.S.C. § 1001 or any other statute,” Paul added.

Special Guest Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt

The Honorable Gordon James Klingenschmitt (aka “Dr. Chaps”) is a former elected State Representative, and the national TV show host of PIJN NEWS on 8 networks in 222 million available TV homes. He has won election to the Colorado legislature, taught as affiliate faculty at Colorado Christian University, served honorably as a 20-year veteran who graduated the US Air Force Academy in Political Science, and made national headlines as the former Navy Chaplain who dared to pray “in Jesus’ name.”   An ordained Pentecostal minister, he earned his PhD in Theology from Regent University and was ranked among “the top 1% most endorsed in United States for Preaching” by Linkedin in 2013.

He is a well-traveled motivational speaker, having appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, The 700 Club, PBS, 300+ radio shows, and 200+ churches in 28 states, telling his true story of being vindicated by Congress after demanding his own court-martial, after he took a stand for the rights of military chaplains to pray publicly “in Jesus’ name.”  By sacrificing his own ~16-year officer career and a million dollar pension, by demanding his own trial for the “crime” of worshiping in public, he inspired 300,000 petitioners, 85% of polled voters, 35 pro-family groups, and 75 Congressmen who mobilized to overturn the national military “non-sectarian prayer” policy, restoring the rights of military chaplains of all faiths to pray publicly, in uniform, according to the dictates of their conscience, even if they pray “in Jesus’ name.”  His national petition organization, The Pray In Jesus Name Project, has delivered 5 million fax petitions to Congress supporting pro-life, pro-marriage, and pro-freedom causes, and overturned government bans, restoring free speech and religious liberty in 13 states and 3 times in federal law.  His 1999 founded charity Pray In Jesus Name Ministries feeds up to 1,100 orphans and children overseas since 2012, and cares for widows and homeless veterans, while broadcasting the gospel daily in millions of US homes.

Woody Harrelson appears to endorse conspiracy theorist Robert F Kennedy Jr in bid to unseat Biden Woody Harrelson appears to have endorsed Robert F Kennedy Jr’s campaign for president after appearing in a photo wearing a Kennedy 2024 baseball cap with the candidate’s wife Cheryl Hines. The 62-year-old actor, who has been accused of spreading Covid-19 conspiracies, is seen smiling next to Ms Hines in the photo posted to her Instagram account on Thursday. “Great seeing you Woody,” Hines wrote to her 143,000 followers, along with several love hearts and and an RFK Jr hashtag. The post attracted more than 11,000 “likes” and hundreds of comments within hours, with many expressing their disappointment at the Natural Born Killers star. “Woody, I love you, but I can’t be on your side politically, since a Kennedy candidacy could potentially give us Trump again!” wrote one commenter. “My enthusiasm is curbed,” another said, referencing Hines role in the HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm. Harrelson sparked controversy during a Saturday Night Live monologue in February when he told a long-winded story detailing the “craziest script he’s ever read” in which people were forced to take drugs in order to leave their homes. The comment was widely interpreted as anti-vax, and Harrelson said in an interview with Esquire in May that he was not at all concerned by the controversy. He described himself as an “anarchist” with a distrust of government, and both major political parties.

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