Freedom's Harvest

Everyone knows the old saying “you are what you eat.” Food builds our bodies and supplies us with daily fuel. But what happens when “what you eat” is no longer your choice?

by James Rollins

In 1791, the Bill of Rights defined a set of personal liberties unique to our country: the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, along with many other inalienable rights of the individual. But one personal liberty was overlooked: the freedom to control what we eat.

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Over the last few decades, this fundamental right has been slowly eroded away and placed into the hands of corporations and government committees, with frightening results. Seed production is now under control of petrochemical companies like Monsanto. Last year for example, 90 percent of soybeans grown in U.S. soil and 80 percent of corn was genetically modified. These basic foods (along with rice and wheat) are no longer natural plants, but products of genetic laboratories. At the same time, cows, pigs, and chickens are being pumped with more and more antibiotics and hormones, creating antibiotic-resistant super-bugs and deadly E.coli outbreaks.

This is the modern American diet.

And do not be fooled. Control of the American diet isn’t just about profit. In this new millennium, food production is more about power and control than nutrition and health. For example, a sign at a local animal feed store recently read: “Due to the Bioterrorism Act, we must have your name, address and phone number to sell you feed.” This is literally a sign of the times. If the government can control it, they will control it.

When we hand over the freedom of “what we eat,” we give over control of our bodies and the health of our children. One only has to look at the childhood obesity epidemic to know that something is dreadfully wrong. For the first time in U.S. history, the life expectancies of our children are growing shorter. Something is horribly awry, and now is the time for serious and fundamental changes.

So what do we do? How do we preserve this freedom of choice? The answer is simple. It’s one word: self-sufficiency. We only have to remember the thousands of “victory gardens” grown during World War II. Half the homes in America grew such gardens, enough to feed their entire families.

It’s high time we did the same, to take back control of “what we eat,” to teach our children how to grow and tend gardens for the new millennium, what people are now calling Freedom Gardens. What better way to spend a summer day with your kids than to teach them where food truly comes from, to have them learn how the Earth sustains us, and to let them experience firsthand how much better a homegrown cucumber or vine-ripened tomato tastes compared to something bought from a store?

So start small. Work with your children in the garden. Take it step by step. If you’ve got a backyard, cordon off a small space for a dedicated garden. If you’re living in an apartment or condominium, there are books on how to grow an edible garden out of hanging pots. While you might not be able to sustain yourself right away, every little bit helps. And for what you can’t grow, seek out local farmers. What better way to spend quality time with your children than to pile them into the car for a Sunday drive through the country, stopping by roadside fruit and vegetable stands or going apple or berry picking?

Also that bounty doesn’t have to end with summer. Almost anything you grow can be preserved via canning, dehydrating, freezing, or fermenting. It’s a way to make the summer’s bounty last deep into winter. Again many resources are available for those unfamiliar with canning. Oregon State University has a whole series of publications that can be ordered online that teaches about preserving everything from fruits to seafood. Another good resource is the National Center for Home Food Preservation (see side bar for website).

Our bodies are indeed what we eat. But such lessons of independence and sustainability will yield an even greater harvest—it will grow children who are stronger and more self-reliant. Who could ask for a greater bounty during the summer?

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Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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