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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random House. Rosenberg has appeared on CSPAN and NPR and lectured at medical schools and at the Mid-Manhattan Public Library.
Vice Covers Controversial "Born With a Junk Food Deficiency"
The USDA seeks to support good nutrition and prevent obesity but it also helps Big Food market milk and cheese and other fattening foods and buys up surpluses. It is supposed to keep meat safe but protected the identities of US ranches with mad cow disease, putting producers before consumers.
Friday, May 12, 2017(4 comments)
Can't Resist Some Foods? It's Not Your Fault
Microwave popcorn's irresistible smell is from butter flavoring chemicals like diacetyl and Pentanedione which are dissipated by the heating process. They have been linked to "popcorn lung."
Tuesday, May 2, 2017(17 comments)
Don't Fall for These Pharma Scare Tactics
ADHD is not the only way Pharma has medicalized and monetized childhood. Temper tantrums are now called "Disruptive Mood Disregulation Disorder." Thanks to "pediatric psychopharmacology" children are increasingly diagnosed with oppositional defiant disorders, mixed manias, social phobias, bipolar disorders, conduct disorders, depression and "spectrum" disorders.
Friday, April 28, 2017
10 Gun Victims Killed on the day of JFK Assassination--Book Review
What if you didn't grow up amid America's gun culture but are still a member of the race which suffers the most from it? As Gary Younge, a black reporter who grew up in England, demonstrates in a moving new book, it might cause you to ask hard questions other reporters duck.
Friday, April 14, 2017(2 comments)
San Bernardino Murders--Latest Example of Gendercide
This week's San Bernardino killer Cedric Anderson is a case in point. Despite a 30-year history of battery charges and domestic violence allegations, he was not barred from legally buying a gun and killed his wife and a student this week.
Is There More to the Bacon Shortage Than Reported?
The pork industry doesn't mind news stories about bacon and how people love it so much they will probably be willing to pay more if there is a shortage What it does mind are stories about the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) outbreak of 2013 and 2014 in which one tenth of all U.S. pigs died. Yes, you read that right. Series: We are eating WHAT? (14 Articles, 16797 views)
Why Isn't Pharma Paying for the Opioid Addiction Epidemic It Caused?
Pharma marketed opioids for every possible affliction from headaches and lower back pain to non-pain conditions like depression, divorce and boredom, reported Bloomberg. IMMPACT, a Pharma-funded lobbying group even privately met with federal regulators to facilitate new opioid approvals.
Trump Wives, Daughters Keep Fur on Fashion Map
It should surprise no one that Donald Trump's greed-is-good 1980's redux includes lavish displays of fur. Daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, ex-wife Ivana and current wife Melania have all stepped out in fur notes the Daily Mail.
Will Trump Give Pharma a Pass on Overseas Jobs?
Pharma favors overseas trials for the same reason corporations ship out jobs. Less regulations; cheaper labor. Drug trial subjects are compliant and often believe they are being treated for a disease.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Ben Carson to Head What?
There are many question marks about Ben Carson. His pimping for supplement marker Mannatech and claiming they did not pay him--the speaker bureau did. Series: cartoons (50 Articles, 41971 views), cartoons (50 Articles, 41971 views)
Sunday, November 27, 2016(14 comments)
Pay No Attention to those Videos, Say Factory Farmers
Many factory farmers and ag professionals are miffed that the days of "it's-none- of-your-business" farming are over. Once upon a time, consumers cared only about the price and wholesomeness of food and didn't worry about--or investigate--its origins and "disassembly." Now consumers increasingly want to know how an animal lived, died, and even what it ate in between
Monday, November 21, 2016(4 comments)
Are Cloned Animals on Your Dinner Plate?
It has been six years since the BBC, while reporting on a cloned cattle herd in Britain, said cloned products have been in the U.S. food supply for two years. Margaret Wittenberg, global vice-president of Whole Foods Market at the time agreed. Series: We are eating WHAT? (14 Articles, 16797 views)
Trump, Ailes, Cosby, Ann Coulter Keep "Playboy Philosophy" Alive
Accused rapist Bill Cosby was a frequent guest at the Playboy Mansion and personified the "Playboy philosophy." But so do Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, the former Fox News chairman ousted last month over charges of sexual harassment with their widely reported sexist attitudes toward women.
Why the Gun Lobby Doesn't Mind Cop Deaths
The killing of law enforcement officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge demolishes all the gun lobby's pro-gun arguments from the real problem being "gun-free zones" to the claim that guns provide defense against "bad guys.
Breast development at 7? Yes it's happening in the U.S.
Padded bras for kindergarten girls with growing breasts to make them more comfortable? Sixteen percent of U.S. girls experiencing breast development by the age of 7? Thirty percent by the age of 8? Clearly something is affecting the hormones of U.S. girls--a phenomenon also seen in other developed countries. Girls in poorer countries seem to be spared--until they move to developed countries.
Why Won't Women Take Fracture and Jawbone Death-Linked Drugs Cry Bone Associations
Women are not taking the bone drugs made by our drug company sponsors just because they are linked to esophageal cancer, jawbone death, heart problems, intractable pain and the very fractures they were supposed to prevent! Not only is "untreated osteoporosis" a "public health crisis," said the press release, our Pharma sponsors aren't making any money! What is wrong with patients?
Breaking News: Walgreens Partners With Pharma To Churn Drugs
Just as the public is digesting the fact that former chairman and CEO of drug giant Genentech, Art Levinson, is now the CEO of a new Google life sciences venture with Big Pharma and that he also serves as chairman of Apple Inc., there are more insidious "partnerships" between Pharma and top corporations. Walgreens has now announced a "partnership" with Mental Health America, an advocacy group so steeped in Pharma money, it was
Saturday, May 7, 2016(1 comments)
Misguided Patients Pharma Loves You
Patients who think they are under attack are abetted by thousands of "professional patients" who Pharma jets to Washington and parades in front of state agencies to showcase the "need" for expensive new drugs. They raise health care costs especially in government programs