Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health

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Prometheus Books, Apr 10, 2012 - Social Science - 373 pages
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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. 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 this important book.

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 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.

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Martha Rosenberg is a freelance writer and editorial cartoonist. She has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Providence Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. Her work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, the Arizona Republic, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Consumers Digest. In addition, she is a regular health columnist on many websites including the Huffington Post, AlterNet, CounterPunch and Foodconsumer. She is also the editorial cartoonist at the Evanston Roundtable.

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