Everything from livestock fatteners to government marketing dooms Americans looking to lose weight
” Americans have become huge. Between the 1960s and the 2000s, Americans grew, on the average, an inch taller and 24 pounds heavier. The average American man today weights 194 pounds and the average woman 165 pounds… …reasons are not limited to eating too much and exercising too little… “
Many otherwise healthy foods contain high levels of estrogen
Estrogen is blamed for many things thing from breast and prostate cancer and other hormone-linked conditions to obesity, sexual dysfunction and dropping sperm counts. Martha Rosenberg reviews some “good” and “bad” foods that have more estrogen than you may realize—or want.
Read 4 Surprising Foods Packed With Estrogen — The Chemical Linked to Obesity and Sexual Dysfunction, AlterNet, By Martha Rosenberg, April 10, 2014.
Few people are aware of Animal Pharma, the animal drug divisions within drug companies
American livestock is pumped full of harmful drugs, making our food dangerous and cruel at the same time.
” Most people are aware of Big Pharma, thanks to its advertising, but few are aware of Animal Pharma, the animal drug divisions within drug companies that sell livestock drugs by the ton. Unlike people Pharma, many Animal Pharma drugs do not require a prescription or a veterinarian and the hormones, growth promoters, feed additives and antiparasite and antifungal drugs are loosely regulated and monitored. The USDA tests for residues from the drugs in meat, poultry and egg products but repeat offender farms that release animals with violative drug residues into the human food supply are identified weekly. ”
How BigPharma brainwashes Americans into believing they’re sick
Most of us have our guard up when it comes to direct-to-consumer drug advertising. We know the butterflies, sunsets and puppies in the TV ads are designed to distract us from terms like “blood clot,” “heart attack,” “stroke,” “seizure,” “life-threatening allergic reaction” and “death.” We are aware that more than half the ads tell us why we don’t actually want to ask our doctor about the new wonder drug.
Unbranded advertising, however, is much more insidious. Instead of selling a drug, it sells the disease driving the drug sales and sometimes doesn’t mention the drug at all.
Five shady ways Big Pharma may be influencing your doctor
” Until 2010, when the Physician Payments Sunshine Act passed, requiring doctors to disclose payments, the only thing better than working for Pharma was being a doctor wined and dined by Pharma…. … Trips to resorts and strip clubs will likely continue to diminish under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, but there are many other ways, often sneaky, that Pharma can entice doctors to prescribe its expensive, patent drugs. ”
This hard-hitting exposé blows the lid off of everything you thought you knew about Big Pharma and Big Food. What goes on behind the scenes in these industries is more suspicious, more devious, more disreputable than you could have ever imagined.
Martha Rosenberg’s message is clear: the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries are tainting public health through marketing disguised as medical education and research, aggressive lobbying, and high-level conflicts of interest. If you’re concerned about the safety of the drugs you take and the food you eat, you owe it to yourself to read Born With a Junk Food Deficiency book.
Why is a drug tainted by eight corruption scandals, two illegal marketing settlements, and escalating troop deaths still a best seller—with sales actually increasing 700 percent in the 2000s?
Why were the dangerous side effects of a drug frequently prescribed to soldiers kept hush-hush in order to please Wall Street?
Why have Big Pharma, the government, and the medical establishment turned a blind eye to patients who fall victim to suicide as a result of antidepressants and other psychoactive drugs?
Why are women given largely unnecessary bone scans to help sell Big Pharma drugs that are linked to jawbone deterioration, esophageal cancer, and the very fractures the drugs are supposed to prevent?
Why was the Teflon Chicken Don—a man who was allegedly responsible for the biggest egg recall in US history in 2010 and nine related deaths, and who was cited with health, safety, and environmental violations since 1977—never punished and allowed a gracious retirement?
Why are Americans unwittingly eating beef, pork, and poultry raised with a growth-producing asthma drug—a drug perceived as so dangerous it has been banned in 160 countries—that is not withdrawn from the animals’ systems prior to slaughter?
Having gained the trust of more than twenty doctors, researchers, and experts who were willing to come forward and finally tell all, reporter and editorial cartoonist Martha Rosenberg presents us with her shocking findings. Explosive material from whistle-blowers, scientists, unsealed lawsuits, and Big Pharma’s and Big Food’s own marketers exposes how these industries put profits before public safety and how the government puts the interests of business before the welfare of consumers, creating a double whammy that “pimps” the public health.
What Rosenberg reveals about government complicity, regulatory food- and drug-safety lapses, and legislative injustices will both shock and appall.
Why have federal meat inspectors become pathetic figureheads in the nation’s slaughterhouses, laughed at by plant managers?
Why are medical articles that have been exposed in lawsuits as fraudulent still standing and not retracted?
Why was meat possibly containing the United States’ first mad cow sold to five California restaurants when the government said it wasn’t?
Why are parents giving their one-year-olds acid reflux medications and their three-year-olds bipolar disorder medications?
You’ll find the answers to these and many more disturbing questions in this revealing book.
Former FDA Reviewer Speaks Out About Intimidation, Retaliation and Marginalizing of Safety
” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is often accused of serving industry at the expense of consumers. But even FDA defenders are shocked by reports of an institutionalized FDA spying program on its own scientists, lawmakers, reporters and academics that included an enemies list of “actors” and collaborators. ”
Martha Rosenberg to Ronald Kavanagh:
You were an FDA drug reviewer from 1998 to 2008, working on well-known drugs like Cymbalta, Zyprexa, Concerta, Invega, Provigil and Saphris, and encountered the same kind of coercive working environment as the device reviewers.
What are some of the ways in which safety risks were minimized in drug evaluation and review? Would you give an example?
Like they are trying to pull the wool over the FDA’s eyes?
That is shocking. Wouldn’t the FDA managers want safety risks investigated?
You have recounted that this is what happened to you with the nerve gas drug pyridostigmine.
Another FDA reviewer turned down pyridostigmine before you?
So, you were just stating what should have been obvious?
Why would the FDA and DoD allow troops to be put in this kind of harm’s way?
Your training as a pediatric clinical pharmacologist has made you especially sensitive to drug risks for children. What are some of the unique drug risks children face?
Are there other risks with one-size-fits-all doses? Are the risks just ignored?
You have also spoken about the dangers of certain ADHD drugs and presented some damning data about Cephalon’s stimulant Provigil.
One of the pharma doctors actually tried to downplay SJS with modafinil, saying a child was hospitalized, but was not in the “burn unit,” according to the transcript.
The recent revelations of reprisals against FDA device reviewers must not have surprised you at all.
That is similar to the FDA’s claim with the device reviewers. Why do efforts to silence free speech always seem to be couched as “trade secrets”?
Still, the FDA transparency meeting transcripts indicate you not only went to members of Congress, you appealed to the Health and Human Services inspector general.
And in addition to this alleged wrongdoing, the public is at risk from unsafe drugs that were approved?