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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.
(1 comments) Monday, June 10, 2019 Humor: Stop These Language Abuses
It is tempting to verbally abuse these poseurs. But of course they can't be insulted. When you say "Go to hell" they'll say "I'm sorry we're having trouble. I thought you said Wisconsin Dells?"
(13 comments) Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Is Fat the New Normal?
It is not just Americans who have become so fat, though they seem to be leading the way. A recent observational survey on Chicago's Michigan avenue failed to detect one normal-weight person during a 30 minute viewing sample period
(3 comments) Saturday, May 4, 2019 Rubber and Metal with Your Chicken? Tyson Obliges
Rubber and metal are some of the recent surprise "ingredients" found in Tyson chicken. In January, 36,420 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets were recalled due to rubber contamination. In March, a recall for possible metal contamination of ready-to-eat Tyson chicken strip products began which continues--now encompassing 12 million pounds.
(3 comments) Saturday, April 27, 2019 A Fashion Trend Returns
Leggings, which replaced blue jeans for women about 20 years ago, have been a mixed blessing in our national fat epidemic. Yes, they got women out of pantyhose (clearly invented by men) but they never failed to "fit," allowing undetected weight gain. In fact elastic waistlines were once called "The Devil's Playground" for this reason.
(3 comments) Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Will You Cave to Big Pharma?
To fight the current, similar proposal Pharma is using the same tear-jerking tactics with high budget PR campaigns that aggressively give the phone numbers of lawmakers. Ending Pharma's high "protected" drug Medicare prices represents European style "socialized" medicine says one hysterical ad rationing is just around the corner!
(40 comments) Wednesday, March 20, 2019 New Study Confirms--Eggs Are A Stroke In A Shell
For years animal agriculture apologists have tried to convince the public that "inflammation, not cholesterol, is the cause of chronic disease." Eat all the eggs, meat and milk you want, they cajole: you won't die from a stroke or heart attack at age 50. We promise. This week a JAMA study reverses the industry-friendly hype
(5 comments) Friday, March 8, 2019 The Downside of the World's Love Affair with Shrimp
More than half of imported shrimp is "farmed"grown in huge industrial tanks or shallow, manmade ponds that can stretch for acres. At least 150 shrimp can be crowded into a single square meter, where they're fed commercial pellets, sometimes laced with antibiotics to ward off disease
(12 comments) Monday, February 25, 2019 Shameless Pharma Execs Appear Before Congress to Defend Their Prices
Why have you raised the price of an insulin vial from $200 to $1,500? Why does Actimmune, for malignant osteopetrosis, sell for $350 in Britain and $26,000 in the U.S.? Why does Novartis charge $475,000 for its new cancer drug? Why does the gallstone drug Chenodal cost $42,570 a month?
(2 comments) Sunday, February 17, 2019 Beware These Foods
From mercury in tuna and wood pulp in parmesan cheese to ground beef treated with ammonia to retard E. Coli (called "pink slime"), the press does a good job exposing the dangerous and deceptive practices of Big Food. The problem is, the public forgets about the food risk or contamination, assuming that reform is in the works and that is just fine with Big Food. Often nothing changes.
(4 comments) Saturday, February 2, 2019 Yes, Some Detox Therapies Work Say Scientific Studies
Environmental toxins are everywhere including endocrine disruptors, phthalates, plastics like bisphenol A, pesticides like triclosan, herbicides like glyphosate (Roundup) and much more. In lieu of removing this morbid legacy from Big Chem, Big Food and so-called consumer companies, scientific reports say some natural remedies can help.
(4 comments) Sunday, January 6, 2019 Is The Healthocracy Making Your Pain Worse?
Despite the flood of narcotics, failure-prone surgeries and new, expensive procedures, pain patients are not getting better. They are getting worse and often becoming lifelong patients.
(1 comments) Tuesday, January 1, 2019 Humor: The Rationalizations Behind Holiday Overeating
If you drink too much during the holidays most peopleincluding youwill soon forget about it. But if you overeat during the holidays, tomorrow holds no similar reprieve for you. It is denial or the gym--or denial and the gym. It's sweat pants with a drawstring, sweater dresses as wide as they are long and Liz Taylor style kaftans. (Unless you still have a muumuu.)
(3 comments) Thursday, December 20, 2018 Pharma Profit Party Continues into 2019
When did you become aware of the obscene prices Big Pharma is charging for drugs? For many it was when a smirking Martin Shkreli, founder of Turing Pharmaceuticals, testified on the Hill in about his price hike of the antiparasitic drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750, calling lawmakers "imbeciles" in a tweeted goodbye. He is now enjoying some time at Club Fed.
(3 comments) Monday, December 3, 2018 George H. W. Bush Loved Lion Hunting
As the nation eulogizes George H. W. Bush, few mention that Bush along with former Vice President Dan Quayle and the late Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. were proud members of Safari Club International (SCI), a shockingly bloodthirsty group that promotes Teddy Roosevelt style big-game trophy hunting
(6 comments) Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Will Pharma Defeat the New Medicare Proposal as It Did in 2014?
In 2014, the Obama administration sought the same "price relief" for Medicare but was defeated by Pharma lobbyists. At the time, 100 pills of the "protected" psych drug Abilify cost $1,644, 100 pills of the "protected" psych drug Geodon cost $958, 100 pills of the "protected" psych drug Invega cost $1,789 and 100 pills of the "protected" psych drug Seroquel cost $2,000
Thursday, November 22, 2018 Opioids for Depression? Not So Fast Says An FDA Advisory Committee
The mental illness "franchise" has been very good to Pharma. While it could not "grow" the number of people with actual schizophrenia, it has successfully grown those diagnosed with amorphous "schizoaffective" and bipolar disorders and, of course, depression.
(4 comments) Thursday, November 15, 2018 Do You Have These Diseases? Pharma Hopes So
In the excellent book, Generation RX, Greg Critser traces the history of direct-to-consumer advertising and unveils early concerns from major drug companies that it would raise fears of disease, sell unnecessary pills and corrupt the doctor/patient relationship. That's exactly what has happened and Pharma is lamenting it all the way to the bank.