Glenn Beck: The recession is good for your health


The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life


By Ben Sherwood

GLENN: Let me go to Ben Sherwood now. Hey, aren't you the author of that book thing?

SHERWOOD: Yes, sir. Aren't you the front page New York Times guy?

GLENN: Unfortunately I am. We were just looking at the we were just looking at the unemployment numbers. Stu, what are they? 665, 663,000. 663,000 people have been laid off now in the last month. Our unemployment rate is 8.5. We're going to easily hit 10% unemployment this year. And Ben, you actually say and by the way, Ben Sherwood is the author of Survivors Club. It's a great book. But you actually say that this is actually going to be good for people, the recession is. Really? It's good for people. How?

SHERWOOD: Well, you know, I went out looking for the facts about what happens to people in recessions and we all know that these numbers are, latest numbers are just awful. I mean, 663,000 jobs lost in 31 days last month. So that's 21,000 people out of work every hour and that's, in a minute that's 14 jobs lost in a minute. So no one is saying that the recession or unemployment is good. But the surprising science of recessions is that you think that bad things happen to people in recessions and you would think and for years the scientists studying the economy have said that there are lots of negative effects for people when the economy turns south. But the new science of a recession, and people have been studying this around the world for the last decade, they have found this incredible fact which is that for every 1% increase in the unemployment rate, for every 1% increase in unemployment, the mortality rate, the predicted death rate goes down .5%. So that means every time unemployment goes up 1%, about 11,000 in the United States, 11,000 predicted deaths don't happen because of the unexpected health benefits that's a strange thing to say but the unexpected health benefits from rising unemployment and economic downturn.

GLENN: I am so fascinated to hear what I mean, I'm eating pork rinds right now, man. What could the unexpected health benefit be from people losing their jobs?

SHERWOOD: So there's a professor in University of North Carolina in Greensboro, Christopher Ruhm, who is sort of the leading authority on this subject and he has studied 20 years of economic recessions in the United States and he's studied 23 European countries as well looking at what happens in the economic downturns. And he finds that when people lose their jobs, a few things happen. First of all, they are sort of, in the big picture of the economy, they tend to eat better and healthier, they tend to smoke less and they tend to, believe it or not, exercise more. And the results and he's got specific statistics. I mean incredible

GLENN: Hold it just a second.

SHERWOOD: Go ahead.

GLENN: Ben, they also commit suicide at a higher rate, they also drink more. You know, I mean, there's also a lot more stress just on the family alone.

SHERWOOD: So there's no denying that and I don't think that Professor Ruhm argues that recessions and unemployment and these things are good for mental health. In fact, he argues, of course, with the exception of suicide, he says that obviously for mental health this is a terrible, terrible thing. And Professor Ruhm does not advocate recessions to improve our health. No one is arguing that, Glenn. What I thought was fascinating, though, was there is this flip side which is that there are these unexpected health benefits overall. So you are right. Suicide according to Professor Ruhm, there are statistics that it does actually increase as the economy goes down and it decreases as the economy improves. But on these other factors and he can divide this up. So, for instance, you know, smoking goes down significantly. Severe obesity goes down. Physical activity goes up.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I mean, Ben, that's like saying, okay, obesity goes down. Because people are probably eating less. You know, to me it's like saying, well, gas is $12 a gallon. Boy, that stinks. No, no, because there will be less highway accidents because people can't drive. I mean, we are really trying to make lemonade out of lemons here.

SHERWOOD: Not trying to make lemonade out of lemons because no one, there's not a soul here, none of the academics, and I certainly don't sort of I'm not arguing that these are good things. But when you look at the overall impact of these things, the social scientists who just try to study what happens point out, you are absolutely right, Glenn, there's less air pollution because manufacturing decreases he says, and there are fewer people driving on the roads. So that's right, traffic accidents are reduced. And the point is not again to advocate for this. The point is just that there's some fascinating science about what actually happens, and it's not just, it's not just the statistics that have long been believed and in fact these health problems increase. He actually finds a reduction in the amount of alcohol consumption. Some people drink more but overall there is a reduction in the amount of alcohol consumption.

GLENN: All right, Ben Sherwood, the name of the book is The Survivors Club. You haven't done this stuff is not in the Survivors Club but I appreciate you letting me know about this. And I have to tell you, I think what this says is that you can't have central planning because even a recession has unintended consequences and some of them are positive, you know?

SHERWOOD: Well, that's exactly that's the only reason, when I reached out to your gang about this, I just thought that it's one of those things where when you dig into any story, there's another side to the story that goes against logic, and certainly no one is a proponent of this incredibly painful job loss. I think I mentioned to you that I've just been down to a place in California, El Centro, which has the highest unemployment rate in the nation at around 25% now.

GLENN: Oh, no, no. I just read an article. There's it may be this same city. Is it a grape growing area?

SHERWOOD: Yeah, Imperial Valley, California.

GLENN: It's now 41%, Ben. That's what I read just yesterday.

SHERWOOD: And so and I was at the food banks and I was in the Salvation Army shelter and I was there with the sister Maria Luisa who's out there every day and was literally overwhelmed with the pain of the recession. So I'm not here saying that recessions are good.

GLENN: Right.

SHERWOOD: I'm saying that there are these surprising health effects that have a lot to do with the way people's behaviors change to adjust and to accommodate.

GLENN: Right.

SHERWOOD: And overall it's a surprise and it happens around the world.

GLENN: You know, it's the exact reverse of the principle that sometimes when you try to do good, sometimes you get bad. And I think that's what we're living right now. Everybody said let me help the poor get into houses, let me help, you know, let's just help everybody get rich, help everybody have the American dream, et cetera, et cetera. Everybody trying to do good but it turned out quite, quite bad and, you know, some of us thought that made common sense but unfortunately too many in Washington didn't see that common sense. Ben, thanks a lot.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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