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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.
(2 comments) Sunday, August 18, 2019 How Animal Researchers Stay Out of the News
If you are like most people, you know a lot more about how farm animals are treated on factory farms than dogs, primates and other animals are treated in US labs. It is no coincidence.
(5 comments) Sunday, August 11, 2019 White Supremacy Goes To The Very Top Of The NRA
White supremacists and hate groups are some of the nation's biggest gun advocates. Like the NRA itself, which calls a registry and universal background checks the first step to a government takeover, they preach insurrection and stockpiling weapons against impending government tyranny
(4 comments) Saturday, August 10, 2019 Who Kills Your Meat? Illegal Immigrants Do
Few to no Americans want slaughterhouse jobs like knockers, stickers, bleeders and tail rippers. In fact, when Smithfield's slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, NC, offered inmates work release to work at the local slaughterhouse, the inmates said they would rather stay in their cells. Think about that.
(2 comments) Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Humor: From Underwear to Outerwear--Notes From Lollapalooza
On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock where blue jeans and headbands were the rule of the day, a new uniform was in evidence at Lollapalooza: bralettes and short shorts. Girls by the thousands flocked to the annual four-day music festival in what those of use over 30 would consider...their underwear.
(9 comments) Thursday, July 18, 2019 Pathologizing Kids, Pharma Style
According to data from IMS health in a Wall Street Journal article, many kids are being treated for non-psychiatric conditions that were often considered "adult diseases."
(4 comments) Thursday, June 27, 2019 Slaughter-free Meat is "Fake"?
It is hard to believe that "meat" that excludes slaughter, grazing, ranching, CAFOs, feed needs, toxic run off and many drugs given to the animals would be attacked by anyone but the meat industry.
(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.