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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) SHARE Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Grassley Investigates Lilly/WebMD link Reported by Washington Post
A 2002 article on the gigantic medical site about pain and depression says "Lilly is a WebMD Partner," and an advertising award in 2004 went to the FCB "client" Eli Lilly & Co./WebMD--not clients.
Banner and skyscraper ads for Lilly's blockbuster antidepressant Cymbalta on WebMD's home page never seemed to yield to other advertisers in 2009--and the Washington Post reported Lilly and WebMD to be partners in 2000.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 27, 2011 The Drug Store in Your Tap Water
While pharma and water treatment professionals routinely deny the existence of prescription drugs in public waterways and drinking water -- easy to do when they are not tested for anyway! -- Mary Buzby director of environmental technology for pharma giant Merck was a little more candid in 2007.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, February 16, 2009 It's the Cymbalta Stupid
Starting with the death of 19-year-old Cymbalta test subject Traci Johnson in 2004--who hanged herself in the Lilly Clinic in Indianapolis and had no history of mental problems--it has been beset by reports of baffling, rapid, unprovoked, and out of character suicides.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 28, 2008 Are You Sure You're Not Psychotic Asks Shameless Drug Company?
For years, AstraZeneca has tried to convince depressed people they are really bipolar and need to take the atypical antipsychotic Seroquel (quetiapine fumarate) which is only approved for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
Now the FDA is saying cease and desist
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 17, 2010 Does the Pink Viagra work?
Despite its rep as a female Viagra, flibanserin really isn't. Viagra exerts mechanical actions, increasing blood flow to the genitalia without increasing desire while flibanserin does the opposite -- increasing desire not blood flow.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 22, 2012 The Ambien Made Me Do It!
ne woman in Pennsylvania woke up in the morning after taking Ambien only to find her fingers black. She soon discovered she had gotten up and drank a bottle of black shoe polish in an Ambien blackout. When she told her doctor he said to stop taking the drug. No kidding.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 17, 2014 Watch--Elanco is Becoming the Monsanto of the Animal Drug Industry
Now Elanco, Eli Lilly's animal drug division, is launching a campaign to make Biotech look like a new arm of the UN/WHO. It is exhorting activists to "feed the world" through supporting Biotech food technology and becoming "an advocate for a food secure future."
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 28, 2013 We're Eating What? 9 Contaminants in US Meat
Meat contaminants are not likely to go away because they stem from Big Meat's desire to maximize profits by growing animals faster, squeezing them into small living spaces and keeping meat looking "fresh" on store shelves longer
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 3, 2010 Before You Take That Antidepressant, Visit This Web Site
Pharma and the FDA may still be agnostic about SSRIs causing violence but 700 murders, 200 murder-suicides and 47 postpartum depression cases, including the 2006 case of Andrea Yates who drowned her five children on Effexor, don't lie.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Merry Christmas From the Gun Lobby
The gun violence is becoming so over the top it barely makes the Nightly News or delays the shopping, movie or football game. No one even asks anymore, "The gunman was carrying WHAT?"--or "The firearms dealer sold a weapon to WHO?"
(24 comments) SHARE Friday, October 15, 2010 Are Soldiers Suicides Caused by Prescription Drugs?
In 2009 there were 160 active duty suicides, 239 suicides within the total Army including the Reserves, 146 active duty deaths from drug overdoses and high risk behavior and 1,713 suicide attempts, says the Army's suicide report, released in July.
Not only are more troops dying from their own hand than combat says the Army report, 36 percent of the suicides were
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 27, 2012 We're Eating What? The Drugstore in U.S. Meat.
Food consumers seldom hear about the drugs oestradiol-17, zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate and the names are certainly not on meat labels. But those synthetic growth hormones are central to U.S. meat production, especially beef, and the reason Europe has banned a lot of U.S. meat since 1989.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 They're Feeding Turkeys WHAT?
Thanks to humane scandals at Butterball, Aviagen Turkeys and House of Raeford, many are aware of the cruel handling in commercial turkey production. Fewer people are aware of the food additives and fast-growth methods that put both turkeys and the people who eat them at risk.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 19, 2017 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.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 29, 2008 Spare Us Paternalism Say Organizing Chicago Sex Workers
As long as sex workers are morally quarantined by illegality and stigma, they risk being robbed, cheated, raped, knifed, shot, beaten up, strangled, abducted, arrested and given diseases said "out" sex worker and SWOP organizer Pussy Willow, 47.
(63 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 2, 2014 Are George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn "protecting" us?
Open and concealed carriers are so full of fear, they are afraid to go where normal people go--including children, the elderly and 90 lb women--every day unless they have their loaded lethal weapons. They clearly have a mental problem.
(19 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 10, 2014 If You Can't Stop Eating These Foods, That Was The Plan
There are three reasons Americans' love affair with snacks is growing-- along with their waistlines: the ubiquity of junk food, the ubiquity of junk food advertising and stealth food technology. People who polish off a whole bag of chips or cookies at one sitting (usually in front of TV) are often doing exactly what the product was designed to do--be addictive.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Government Report Finds Dangerous Residues in Meat
Many food consumers worry about pathogens like E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria in their meat. But according to a new government report, they should worry more about veterinary drugs, pesticides and heavy metals in their food.
SHARE Sunday, January 24, 2010 If You Liked Bovine Growth Hormone, You'll love Beta Agonists
While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of our diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 24, 2010 Who Were The Biggest Corporate Criminals in 2010?
a new study by the Health Research Group of Washington, D.C.-based Public Citizen reveals that pharma is now the biggest defrauder of the federal government. Since 2000, 25 percent of all federal False Claims Act payouts are from pharma versus 11 percent from the defense industry.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 27, 2015 Are You Taking These New Drugs From Our Brave New FDA?
There was a time when the FDA would not have approved drugs so irritating to the esophagus, you could end up in the ER if you lie down after taking one like the bisphosphonate bone drugs or drugs that suppress the whole immune system and invite cancers for less than serious conditions.
(40 comments) SHARE 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
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 1, 2013 They're Baaaaack--Old Pills for New Conditions
Pharma isn't going to deliver dappointing earnings to Wall Street just because it has few new drugs coming online and has failed at its very purpose. It is recycling old for brand new uses.
(21 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 29, 2014 We're Eating WHAT? Mad Cow Risks Ignored By Authorities
When the first U.S. mad cow was found in late 2003, 98 percent of U.S. beef exports evaporated overnight. There was such national revulsion to cow "cannibalism" when described in the late 1990s as the presumed cause of the fatal disease, Oprah Winfrey said she would never eat a hamburger again. Now spin doctors have made mad cow into a less scary occurrence
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 26, 2010 Have You Been Fooled by the These Dirty Pharma Marketing Tricks?
How does the pharmaceutical industry get a product through development, testing and approval and onto your insurer's formulary, television set and bathroom shelf? (And Wall Street profit reports?) And how does it do it so, so seamlessly you think it's your idea? Here are some of pharma's dirtiest tricks.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 2, 2015 What Sex Drugs Are on the Horizon for 2015?
Whether ED, HSSD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) or PE, there is clearly money to made in sex enhancement drugs. Less clear is whether the drugs work, are safe or will save a troubled relationship.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Have You Fallen for These Big Pharma Tricks?
Long before the Internet and direct to consumer advertising, the medical profession tried to reassure people about their health concerns. Sure fatigue and headaches could be a symptom of a brain tumor; sure a cough could be a symptom of lung cancer--but most doctors tried to assuage not sow fear. Remember "take two aspirins and call me in the morning"?
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 16, 2017 Please Help Me Eat This Giraffe
Last year, when12-year-old huntress Aryanna Gourdin posed with a dead impala, giraffe and zebra she had killed in Africa, the public was appalled. "You don't deserve any respect. Taking for granted the greatest gift of mother nature and the universe," wrote one of her many critics on the internet. "Sickening little witch" wrote another.
(15 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2009 Think You'll Marry After 40? Buy a Lottery Ticket Too
Your chances of getting married have been promoted from less than the chance of being harmed by terrorists to less than the chance of becoming Secretary of State or Speaker of the House.
They may even be greater than being on a plane that hits a cluster of birds and plunges into the Hudson River and being rescued while waiting on the wings.
SHARE Saturday, January 13, 2018 Trump Is "Healthy" Except for This Hair Drug He Takes
Last year, Trump's doctor disclosed that the president takes finasteride, a drug marketed as Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. While it's tempting to make Angry Creamsicle and "small hands" jokes, the dangers of finasteride are well documented.
SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2009 Farmers Protest Food Activist Michael Pollan at University of Wisconsin
The land grant, ag-based university, in the middle of dairyland, clearly doesn't remember its roots. It gave Pollan's In Defense of Food, another anti-agbiz screed according to industry, free to all incoming freshmen as part of its common book read program where everyone reads the same book, Go Big Read, in August.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Have We Learned Nothing From The COVID-19 Pandemic?
New animal epidemics ignored. Yet even as 41 countries now have outbreaks of avian influenza called HPAI or H5N1 including the US there is little to no reporting on the threat in the US press.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Pediatric Zyprexa Brochures Embarrass British Health Service
"Your medicine is called Olanzapine. Pronounced 'o-lan-za-peen,'" says the lime green kids' brochure for the antipsychotic Zyprexa, published by Britain's National Health Service (NHS). "Many children, teenagers and young people need to take medicines prescribed by doctors to help them stay well and healthy," says the text amid cartoons of happy children skating, roller blading and playing soccer.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 8, 2009 Egg Eaters Horrified At the Daily Grind at Hatcheries
This was not like run-of-the-mill abuse videos where management blames a few Bad Apples and vows to investigate while insinuating the acts were staged or instigated, law enforcement sits on its hands, distributors plead ignorance, the public boycotts the brand for 4 hours and an assistant night shift supervisor gets a 3 month suspended sentence.
The bad apple is the system of egg production itself
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Government "Washes its Hands" of Meat and Poultry Safety Inspections
Remember in the mid-1990s when USDA began telling people to wash their cutting boards and utensils after preparing meat and always use a meat thermometer? Because US meat and poultry is so full of pathogens, if you don't kill them they might kill you? That was the beginning of the government's move to pass food safety risks on to customers, and, more distressingly, to meat processors themselves. The move is continuing
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, July 1, 2016 Are You Eating These Products? They Contain Carcinogenic Antibiotics, Activists Charge
After an eight month investigation, food activists have produced evidence that Farmer John, one of California's largest pig farms and a subsidiary of Hormel, is using the carcinogenic antibiotic carbadox in the production of its pork products. The antibiotic is so linked to cancer, in April the FDA proposed removing it from the market to "reduce the lifetime risk to consumers." Series: We are eating WHAT? (16 Articles, 24295 views)
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, September 12, 2014 Unarmed Catholic Priest called "ISIS" by Illinois State Rifle Association
In an offensive email about the event, the Illinois State Rifle Association derided the Catholic Priest's "special brand of frothy-lipped lunacy" and "lies, the fabricated statistics, and the hysterical claims about how private firearm ownership is dooming mankind," and actually compared an unarmed religious leader to" ISIS!
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 8, 2010 Ads Are Cool But Gardasil and Cervarix Vaccines Aren't Selling
Prescription drug advertising can work miracles. With Vioxx, it got 20 million people to pay five times more for a pain reliever that doubled their risk of heart attack.
But advertising may not be working with Merck's Gardasil and GSK's Cervarix, vaccines which protect against Human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer.
SHARE Friday, November 11, 2011 How Safe Is Your Asthma Drug--Part Two
Sales pieces from Scholastic and Merck (who makes Singulair) called, "Health Ed 101-- Learn to Prevent Asthma Symptoms," told parents, "When your child breathes in an asthma trigger, such as pollen from trees or weeds, the body releases leukotrienes (loo-ko-TRY-eens)" and that Singulair blocks the loo-ko-TRY-eens.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 6, 2012 Move Over, ALEC--Big Pharma Wants to Write Laws Too
Pharma is losing so much money from rising co-pays and prescription abandonment, it has launched cagey, public service announcement-sounding campaigns about "patients not taking the drugs they need," as if it is a health and not revenue issue.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 31, 2013 Do You Have A Chronic Autoimmune Disease? Big Pharma Hopes So.
The profit party is over for Big Pharma except for one category--drugs for autoimmune diseases. Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and plaque psoriasis are rare in the adult population but a spate of new ads and self-diagnosing "quizzes" suggest they are Big Pharma's next focus.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 8, 2015 Brave New Food Animals--Part II
"You don't have to be a vegan to be repulsed by an account in The Times revealing the moral depths to which the federal government -- working as a handmaiden to industrial agriculture -- has sunk in pursuit of cheaper meat and fatter corporate profits," wrote the Times in a follow-up editorial.
(62 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2012 Thank You NRA!
f Jared Lee Loughner's Tucson rampage last year that killed six people, including a US district court judge, and almost killed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) didn't give lawmakers the resolve to check the gun lobby, Friday's movie theater massacre certainly won't.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 13, 2015 Ann Coulter Is Not a Fat Pig--Donald Trump
It is not too hard to find men who think of women as commodities to buy and dispose of like a good sports car or cigar--think Bill Cosby and Donald Trump. But it is hard to find women who think of women as commodities to buy and dispose of like a good sports car or cigar because they are, after all women.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 25, 2010 Are You Taking Any of These Dangerous Drugs?
Why would Americans take an epilepsy seizure drug for pain? The same reason they'll take an antipsychotic for the blues and an antidepressant for knee pain: good consumer marketing.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 15, 2010 Is Pfizer the BP of Drug Companies?
Pfizer is best known for Lipitor, a drug that brings cholesterol down and Viagra, a drug that brings other things up.
But the "world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company" which sits between Goldman Sachs and Marathon Oil on the Fortune 500, is also distinguished by an unrivaled series of corruption allegations.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 25, 2014 Is It The "Terrible Twos" or ADHD?
A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week confirmed what many have suspected: more than 10,000 2 and 3-year-old U.S. toddlers are being dosed with drugs like Ritalin and Adderral for "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." You read that right.
SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2012 Are You Ready for the New Diet Drugs?
Despite the 200 million Americans who could use a diet pill and the $60 billion a year such a pill represents to Pharma, the FDA has not approved a new diet drugs in 13 years. Worse, the last diet drug it approved, orlistat, found in the prescription drug Xenical and over-the-counter version, Alli has been a disappointment and the "butt" of jokes.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2012 Better Childhoods Through Chemistry
Where do parents and teachers get the idea there's "something wrong" with their kid and only an expensive drug can fix it? From Pharma's seamless web of ads, subsidized doctors, journals, medical courses and conferences, paid "patient" groups, phony public services messages and reporters willing to serve as stenographers.
(21 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 14, 2013 New Illinois Law Empowers George Zimmerman style Cop Wannabes
Even as the nation grapples with the fact that Walking While Black is a capital crime, a new Illinois law ensures future Zimmerman style vigilantes. There may only be six people in the nation who understand how stalking someone while armed and murdering them is "self-defense," but in Illinois more "enforcer" bloodshed is just around the corner.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, October 7, 2011 Are You Mentally Ill? If You Drink Too Much You Are, Says Big Pharma
Pharma's stratagems to grow its "mentally ill" franchise are well known. People with occasional anxiety are really depressed, then bipolar, then suffering from an assortment of amorphous "spectrum" diseases and dysrythmias with no known cause, no cure, no diagnostic tests and no turnoff valve on the pharmacy spigot.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 3, 2009 Will Fosamax be Vioxx all over again?
Like Vioxx which was launched a month early thanks to its collegial relationship with the FDA, Fosamax was rushed to market in 1995 six months after its application on the basis of two three-year studies.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, July 11, 2008 Gates Supported Heifer International Increases Suffering
It almost sounds like a joke. Set up dairy enterprises in rural African villages with no refrigeration, electricity, veterinary care or passable roads for a population that can't drink milk because it's 90% lactose intolerant.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Doctor Tells How To Get Off Dangerous Psychiatric Drugs in New Book
Peter R. Breggin, MD, has been called "The Conscience of Psychiatry" for his efforts to reform the mental health field. A Harvard-trained psychiatrist and former full-time consultant at the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Breggin has also been a consultant to the Federal Aviation Agency on the adverse effects of psychiatric drugs on pilots.
(25 comments) SHARE Monday, May 13, 2013 Corporate America is Stronger Than the NRA. Why Doesn't It Force Guns Laws?
Even the NRA bans visitors with guns at its headquarters despite being in a "conceal and carry" state and having a firing range on site, according to published reports. "They might be worried about deranged antis trying to kill them," or lack the proper "insurance," say NRA defenders online, citing the same reasons the organizations they blast for "gun free zones" use. Who can say hypocrite?
(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 11, 2014 Big Pharma Pimps Alcoholics--With Government Help
NIDA's pursuit of a bio treatment for addictions and alcoholism is not only stupid and cruel, it wastes money that could be spent on diseases that can't be treated with a cup of coffee in a church basement.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2012 Why Were These Drugs Approved?
Why did the FDA rush to approve bone drugs which turned out to have links to cancer, jawbone death, heart problems, intractable pain and eye disorders? Drugs which actually cause fractures and apparently cease working while patients take them? Why did it foster Merck's apparent marketing plan of making quick money before risks surfaced?
SHARE Sunday, February 5, 2012 Antibiotics Injected Directly into Eggs and Big Pharma Secrets
There is no scientific evidence that antibiotics used in food animals have any significant impact on the effectiveness of antibiotics in people," deadpans the Animal Health Institute, representing Abbott, Bayer, Elanco/Lilly, Merck, Novartis and Pfizer in a brochure.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 29, 2015 We Aren't Paying No Stinking Taxes--Pfizer
You would think the drug company that made the best-selling drug in the world--Lipitor--and the blockbuster Viagra would appreciate the country and patients who have been so good to it. You'd be wrong.
(12 comments) SHARE 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?
(9 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 14, 2015 Look What "Big Food" is Doing to Stop Food Activists
Officially, Big Food is not worried about the small number of "fringe" food activists who object to cruel, unhealthful and environmentally destructive products. But unofficially, it is a different story.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 1, 2014 Mad Cow-like Disease Growing in Deer Thanks to Deer Breeders
Many animal lovers have noted the hypocrisy of states citing deer "overpopulation" when they encourage deer breeding farms. What? Recently a four-part expose in the Indiana Star explores how "the pursuit of deer bred for enormous antlers and shot in hunting pens" on trophy farms is spreading CWD at an alarming rate.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 31, 2010 Hefner Feted in Chicago But Movie is as Creepy as Halloween
halfway through the movie, a creep factor sets in. Maybe it is the parade of dead talking heads presented as if they were alive -- Alex Haley, Robert Culp, Tony Curtis -- or the fact that Hef wannabe Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione just died.
SHARE Sunday, April 29, 2012 How Big Pharma Gets You To Stay on a Drug For Life
Most blockbusters are pills for conditions such as anxiety, high cholesterol or constipation that must be taken daily, often for months or years. They are designed for rich Americans who can afford to buy them says a pharma expert.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 19, 2012 Should the FDA Give Diet Drug Qnexa Another Chance?
Alli and Xenical encourage weight loss by blocking the body's absorption of fat but can cause "oily bowels" and "anal leakage." Comics had a lot of fun with them when they were first approved with lines like "With Allies Like This, Who Needs Enemas?" and "Free coupon for Depends."
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 11, 2011 Interview with Dr. Phil Interventionist, Joani Gammill
Joani Gammill, a registered nurse, recovering addict and mother of two has just written an account of her career as a professional "interventionist" after an appearance on the Dr. Phil Show that sparked her own recovery. The Interventionist, published by Hazelden, recounts some of her most dramatic and frustrating interventions, arranged by addicts' families, and how they have furthered her understanding of the disease of addi
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 30, 2017 This Pharma-Funded Group Is Also in Bed With Gun Lobby
AFSP volunteers are now told, writes lawyer Erin Dunkerly in the New York Times, they cannot talk about "gun control" and the links between a gun in the home and suicide. Of course, that is like telling people working against drunk driving they can't talk about alcohol.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2012 Are Foster Children Overmedicated? Government Seeks Improved Guidelines
Universal Health Services Inc., known as the "Standard Oil of mental illness," recently agreed to pay $6.85 million to the U.S. and the state of Virginia to settle allegations that its Keystone Marion Youth Center provided "substandard psychiatric counseling and treatment to adolescents in violation of Medicaid requirements, falsified records and submitted false claims to the Medicaid program."
SHARE Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Why Americans Have the Most Expensive Urine in the World
It's been said that Americans have the most expensive urine in the world because of all the unneeded vitamins they take. But there is another unneeded substance that Americans ingest, thanks to all the drug ads on TV, that is much more serious: unneeded prescription drugs.
(14 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 14, 2014 How Big Pharma Stoked the Opioid Epidemic
despite a near consensus among doctors and medical groups and public officials that narcotic painkillers are becoming a health catastrophe, the damage is not likely to end soon with Zohydro ER inexplicably approved this year and likely to become OxyContin 2.0.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Governor Paterson, Shut This Dairy Down
grisly footage that every farm randomly chosen for investigation--MFA has investigated 11--seems to yield, indicates the violence is not isolated, not coincidental, but agribusiness-as-usual.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 13, 2012 Shameless Drug Company Still Cashing in on Bone Market
There's plenty of ka-ching in selling "strong bones" products for the same reason there was plenty of ka-ching in selling "hormone replacement" products: one-half the population is female, and no one wants to look old.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2012 Are You Eating Antibiotics Without Knowing It? Probably!
In 2008, the FDA had announced that there was "evidence that extralabel use of these drugs [cephalosporins] in food-producing animals will likely cause an adverse event in humans and, as such, presents a risk to the public health," and called for their prohibition. But by the time hearings were held two months later and lobbyists had worked their magic, the "Cephalosporin Order of Prohibition," had somehow become a "Hearing to
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 25, 2010 No Charges Filed Yet in Dairy Atrocity Seen on Nightline
two months after a January television broadcast of calves' and heifers' tails cut off and horns burned with no painkiller and hours-old calves dragged away from their mothers, no charges have been filed against Willet Dairy in Cayuga County, NY by the district attorney's office.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 23, 2014 Living on our tax dollars but fleeing them-- tax inverters AbbVie and Medtronic
The Illinois-based drug company AbbVie is proceeding with its announced merger with the British drug company Shire, based on the small island of Jersey in the English Channel. The company "is expected to be resident in the UK for tax purposes," according to AbbVie's SEC filing. If the deal goes ahead, the company will have a bigger market value than Boeing, McDonald's and Cisco, writes The New York Times, t
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 29, 2013 Ghoulish, Live Animal Charity Has Poor Track Record
Just in time for Halloween, Heifer International's new catalogue is in the mail. Heifer International is a Little Rock-based Christian charity that "ends hunger and poverty" through sending live animals to poor people overseas. The images of cute kids hugging cute animals, many of whose throats will be slit after the cameraman leaves, are right out of Walt Disney or Pet World.
SHARE Friday, July 12, 2013 Will the"New" Female Viagra Drugs Work?
A new "pink Viagra" has surfaced, starring on the cover of the New York Times magazine in June and anchoring a heavily promoted book called What Do Women Want? by Times writer Daniel Bergner.
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 Gun "Carry" Extremists Causing Accidents
How many gun rights activists does it take to change a light bulb? 301. 100 to blame the burned out bulb on a gun-free zone; 100 to call the replacement a threat to their constitutional rights, 100 to post prepper remarks about Hitler and the ATF and 1 to change a light bulb.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, February 12, 2018 Are You Taking These Dangerous Drugs?
GERD medicines and antidepressants are among Pharma's top cash cows. But concerning risks continue to emerge as both drug classes are not the blockbusters they once were.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 17, 2015 They've nominated WHO to head the FDA?
Califf said "many of us consult with the pharmaceutical industry, which I think is a very good thing. They need ideas and then the decision about what they do is really up to the person who is funding the study," on PBS.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 9, 2012 Is Gunman's Spree at Chicken Plant Really "Puzzling"?
Why did a convicted felon and parolee have in his possession 24 rounds of .357-caliber ammunition, 21 rounds of .38-caliber ammunition and an expensive and rare .357 Derringer? Lawrence Jones had a long rap sheet of criminal convictions--sentenced to 13 years in prison for robbery in 1994 and three years for burglary and robbery in 1991. And why was Jones armed at work?
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Are You Mentally Ill? Phony "Patient" Groups Hope So
There are several sociological factors behind the "psychiatrizing" of America. Direct-to-consumer advertising works and doesn't just convince people they are "depressed," it convinces them they have GERD, insomnia and restless legs.
(18 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2014 Were These Knife Attacks Caused by SSRI Antidepressants?
It's was crime to jolt the most jaded TV News watchers. Last week, a 14-year-old girl in a Chicago suburb allegedly stabbed her 11-year-old half sister 40 times, killing her. News reports say the 14-year-old was angry over an argument the night before, set her alarm, got a kitchen knife and entered her sister's room. The suspect allegedly uttered that the younger girl was not thankful for what she had done with each stab wound
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 12, 2013 Angela Davis Addresses Gun Violence in Chicago
Observing that the recent 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's Washington march felt more like a "historical observance than the start of something new," Davis urged people to connect the dots in the struggle for justice--"imagine the future and inhabit our past." She received a standing ovation.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 18, 2017 Yes, Trophy Hunters Really Do These Things
This is not the first time the love of trophy killing has gone all the way to the White House. President George H.W. Bush, former Vice-President Dan Quayle and the late Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. were proud members of Safari Club International (SCI)--the bloodthirsty group that sponsored dentist Walter Palmer's murder of Cecil an African lion in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe in 2015
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, October 10, 2014 Breaking Chicago News--Train Massacre Narrowly Averted
The call came in just before noon yesterday. A man with an assault rifle was firing at a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train from a platform at LaSalle Street and Congress Parkway in Chicago's busy downtown where thousands commute every day. The suspect was carrying 60 rounds of ammunition.
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 10, 2017 How Big Pharma and Big Food Have Made Us Fat and Sick
We "suffer" from seasonal allergies, asthma, seasonal affective disorder, social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, erectile dysfunction, irritable bowel syndrome, dry eye, fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, spectrum disorders, chronic fatigue, restless legs, excessive daytime sleepiness, osteopenia, perimenopause, and lactose intoler
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 11, 2013 How Big Pharma Gets You to Think a Drug is Safe
Scratch the surface of many blockbuster drugs that went on to be discredited, or even withdrawn as risks emerged, and an elaborate "publication plan" emerges, developed by the drug company's marketing firm.
SHARE Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Chicago Furrier Pleads Guilty to Running Drug Operation
No one is surprised Adriana Furs was a front. A week after Christmas, Macy's was unloading furs at outtahere prices like $378 for a rabbit coat and $743 for a fox jacket and Saks was selling fur with dressed-from-the-waist-up newspapers photos normally associated with pay web sites and women who get in stopped cars
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 4, 2016 Don't Wait A Year To Stop Using These Dangerous Products
These products do not get you "cleaner" than soap and water but they do do a lot else: they encourage antibiotic resistance and "superbugs" and disrupt endocrine systems in humans and animals, just like pesticides.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 15, 2013 Gun-Happy Illinois Officials Take Law into Their Own Hands
Armed citizens like George Zimmerman who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida last year have been accused of vigilante justice--taking the law into their own hands. Now four Illinois state officials are doing the same thing.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, October 14, 2013 Don't Put Criminals With Guns in Jail Says NRA in Illinois
The NRA is opposing a bill that says if someone is arrested with a gun they're not supposed to have, they go to prison for at least three years. It could "ensnare" people with Illinois' new concealed carry permits who make a mistake about where they can and cannot bring their guns.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Behind HBO's "Death on a Factory Farm"
It was a Rodney King moment for the animal movement. A sow being hung by a Creston, Ohio hog farmer as a method of "euthanasia" in full view of a hidden camera.
And when the perpetrators are brought to court and the video introduced as evidence? Not guilty!
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 22, 2010 Is Meat and Milk From Clones in the Food Supply?
When Canadian agricultural leaders asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week after a scandal about unlabeled clone products in Europe if "cloned cows or their offspring have made it into the North American food supply," he said, "I can't say today that I can answer your question in an affirmative or negative way. I don't know."
SHARE Sunday, September 27, 2009 In Bad Times for Ag, Temple Grandin Speaks Out
Grandin, of course is the author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She is known for interpreting how the world looks to animals because of the alt perspective from her autism and considered the Ralph Nader of the packing house.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 24, 2017 Pharma's Best Salespeople? Patients Who "Kill the Messenger"
"Prince was not addicted to pain medication. Prince had a medical condition -- chronic pain --which is criminally under-treated.... Physical dependence is not addiction." So reads one of many articles that defend opioids and blame their restrictions for the nation's opioid crisis.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 10, 2016 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
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, April 3, 2009 Binghamton and Carthage Shootings Cause More Problems for Gun Lobby
Campus killers like Northern Illinois University's Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak and Virginia Tech's Seung-Hui Cho were legal gun owners, after all. So were Wisconsin church-killer Terry Ratzmann and immigrants Sulejman Talovic, the Trolley Square mall killer, Chai Vang, the Wisconsin hunter killer and Bart A. Ross, who killed a Chicago federal judge's family who had no trouble buying guns. Let's enforce existing laws!
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 14, 2016 On This Day in Gun Massacre History
It has only been eight years since Stephen Phillip Kazmierczak shot 25, killing 5 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL on Valentine's Day.
SHARE Tuesday, December 13, 2011 In Shocking "Pharmalateralism," FDA Strips Critic of Voting Rights
It's said that it takes 22 FDA safety officers to change a light bulb: 12 to defend the decision to install it, 8 to call it another "lighting option," 6 to quote Big Pharma studies and one to say it doesn't need changing, it just needs a better label. This week's hearings into birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Safyral confirm the FDA's dedication to pharmalateralism.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 15, 2017 Get Ready to Eat Chinese Chickens
Imported food regulation has many loopholes. By the FDA's own audit, six out of eight of its shrimp certifiers did not even know what drugs and chemicals were approved in U.S. exports. Series: We are eating WHAT? (16 Articles, 24295 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020 Breaking News FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Popular Allergy and Asthma Drug
"Due to the wide availability of alternative safe and effective allergy medicines with long histories of safety, we have reevaluated the risks and benefits of montelukast and have determined it should not be the first choice treatment particularly when allergic rhinitis symptoms are mild," said the FDA this week about the allergy and asthma drug marketed as Singulair.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 3, 2011 Pharma's War on Kids
Since 2001, high blood pressure meds for kids have risen 17 percent, respiratory meds 42 percent, diabetes meds 150 percent and heartburn/GERD meds 147 percent. Fifty percent of pediatricians also prescribe kids insomnia drugs according to an article in the journal Pediatrics.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Don't Fall for These Food Front Groups
Food front groups sometimes called Astroturf are created by Big Food to keep health and safety regulations from cutting into sales and profits. Monsanto is a big funder
(28 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 19, 2015 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
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 14, 2008 As Antidepressant Sales Sink Pharma Attacks FDA's Black Boxes
Ever since the FDA mandated black boxes on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants like Prozac and Paxil in 2004 that warned of suicidal behavior in children and teens--causing sales to drop 25 percent--pharma has been on the war path
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 1, 2015 Is the Age of McDonald's Over?
In fact the very things people used to like about McDonald's--fast, cheap, plentiful, predictable food--have become the features that are working against it.
(17 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 2, 2017 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 23, 2019 How Pharma Uses the Charge of "Stigma" To Sell Psychiatric Drugs
The elevation of everyday symptoms to "mental illness" and accusation that sufferers are victims who experience "stigma" is the best thing that ever happened to Pharma. Do you overeat? Did your boyfriend just break up with you? Does no one return your emails? Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from mental illness! Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, say
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 21, 2014 Author of New Book Discusses Shame and Codependency
Codependents often have trouble being open, honest and assertive with intimate partners says Darlene Lancer, an author and marriage and family therapist. In trying to manage, control and manipulate others, often by "people pleasing" or giving advice, codependents can "turn themselves into pretzels," says Lancer. Now, in her latest book, Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You, Lancer addresses the ro
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 26, 2017 Why Should Taxpayers Pay for the Opioid Crisis When Pharma Caused it?
Trump has announced a national public health emergency over opioids for scourge created by Pharma. When the extent of damage from cigarettes was revealed, Big Tobacco agreed to cease advertising and to pay, in perpetuity, various states to compensate them for some of the medical costs of caring for persons with smoking-related illnesses. Like Pharma, Big Tobacco said cigarettes "weren't addictive." Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Bone Drug--Another Wonder Drug That Wasn't
The bone drug market opened up for the drug industry 12 years ago when the hormone replacement drugs women were taking to prevent fractures were found to increase their risks of cancer and heart disease. Bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva (the latter, advertised by actress Sally Field) were quickly substituted as a way for women to keep their bones strong and stay young looking.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 23, 2018 How Wildlife Services Use Our Tax Dollars for Eradication
To kill blackbirds, the government even uses caged red-winged blackbirds as decoys to attract wild ones says Audubon magazine, "pre-baiting" an area with unpoisoned food to win the birds' confidence and ensure the most deaths.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 26, 2020 A Trump Sentence Commutation That Most People Missed
President Trump commuted Rubashkin's sentence. The commutation resulted from pressure from both sides of the aisle said the White House--both Nancy Pelosi and Orrin Hatch. It also came from high-ranking law enforcement officials said NBC, who argued "the sentence was far too harsh for a first-time, non-violent offender."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 30, 2010 No Free Pens But Pharma Influence Still Felt at Psychiatric Meeting
It was 95 degrees with 99 percent humidity. The Gulf had the biggest oil spill in US history. And attendees to this week's American Psychiatric Convention (APA) annual meeting in New Orleans had to brave 200 protestors chanting "no drugging kids for money" and "no conflicts of interest" to get into the convention hall.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 17, 2010 Mad Cow Fears Are Back -- As Are Chronic Wasting Disease
Now there are two "mysterious" cases of CJD in McLennan county, Texas says the Waco Tribune-Herald --"a statistical anomaly considering that only one in 1 million people worldwide is affected by the condition in any given year."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, October 16, 2009 Do You Suffer from Eyebrow Plucking Disease? Divorce?
Depersonalizing "she" ads--"Has She Become a Fixture in Your Office?" "She Hides Anguish Behind Arrogance" "Does She Call You Morning, Noon and Night?---were the norm when doctors, copywriters and drug makers were men and charged with getting women to behave. So was pathologizing everyday conditions, a phenomenon which did not start with direct to consumer advertising.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 2, 2014 Book Review: Sobriety: A Graphic Novel
Debby's addiction to benzos and alcohol lands her in a psych ward after she threatens to kill her parents if they take her two young sons--and tries to slash her wrists with a ballpoint pen. Matt ends up arrested after joining a Latin gang to avenge the death of his father who was also in a gang.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Looking For a Job in Pharma? Get Ready for a Headache!
while the nation gasps at AIG and Freddie losses, pharma is running a strong second with Merck paying out $4.85 billion for Vioxx, Pfizer $2.3 billion for Bextra (and $430 million for Neurontin) and Lilly $1.4 billion for Zyprexa.
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Beware These Pharma Dirty Tricks
Even during the recession of 2009 with people losing their homes and jobs, Pharma remained the nation's third most profitable sector. Now, with its recent five-digit Hep C drugs and six-digit cancer drugs, it is doing even better. (Though Pharma companies still want to incorporate overseas to dodge U.S. taxes.)
How is Pharma able to thrive when other industries are challenged? Here are some of the tricks up its sleeve.
(13 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 7, 2009 My Name Is Nadya And I'm a Motherholic
nstead of praise, the super-ovulating mother of octuplets and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Bellflower, CA where her births took place last month are eliciting hate and incredulity for their audacious medical extravagance during a time of national austerity.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 7, 2008 Junk Food Science Researchers Busted
Would a medical journal publish an article pushing for a higher Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein from an author whose email used to be firstname.lastname@example.org?
SHARE Monday, January 14, 2013 Prescription Drugs Are Often Behind Mass Shootings
SSRI antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil are so linked to violence, they were given the FDA's highest warning in 2004, a black box, for thei suicidal risks they can create in young adults.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Fragile: Handle with Risperdal
Risperdal (risperidone), an atypical antipsychotic, may have contributed to the deaths of 31 children since its 1993 approval according to the New York Times--including 11 treated for unapproved uses; it may have squandered millions of tax dollars, but it is a branding success story.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 17, 2014 Outrageous Pharma/Medical Conflicts of Interest
Almost all US large drug companies and 40 percent of all drug companies studied have leaders in academic medical centers on their boards. These drug company board members include deans, chief executive officers, department chairs, trustees at academic medical centers, school of pharmacy officials and university presidents.
SHARE Friday, January 17, 2020 SARS-Like Respiratory Disease Is Spreading
A SARS-like respiratory disease, originating in China, has now spread to Japan and Thailand and is causing deaths. The "new SARS" disease is caused by the same coronavirus as SARS and public health officials are concerned.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE Monday, September 2, 2013 Ladies--Read This Before You Take That Bone Drug!
Since the first bisphosphonate to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis, Fosamax, was approved in 1995, the widely prescribed drug class has been linked to jawbone death (osteonecrosis), irregular heartbeat, intractable pain, esophageal cancer, eye disorders and paradoxically, bone fractures.
SHARE Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Are These Dangerous Drugs in Your Medicine Chest?
Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising was legalized 13 years ago, Americans have become a nation of pill poppers -- choosing the type of drug they desire like a new toothpaste, sometimes whether or not they need it.
But here are drugs to avoid.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Selling Marked Up Drugs With Made Up Patients--Part 1
t's happened to anyone who's attended an open-mike session at an FDA advisory committee hearing. A queue of "patients" materializes out of nowhere to testify, often in tears, about the crucial need for approval of a drug the public has often not even heard of.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 3, 2018 "Potty" Ads Work for Pharma Giant AbbVie
To sell exocrine pancreatic insufficiency AbbVie has given it the snappy initials EPI----a contrivance which has also helped sell the conditions of ED (erectile dysfunction), Low T (low testosterone), SAD (season affective disorder) and HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder) and the drugs to treat them.
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, September 28, 2012 Is Your Child Mentally Ill? Yes, According to Big Pharma Funded Doctors
ig Pharma has spent millions on public relations campaigns that tell parents, teachers and clinicians to dose children at the first sign of problems. It knows if parents treat their kids early they will never know if the kids needed the druga in the first place and whether residual problems are "mental illness" or drug side effects. The kids will also probably be life long custome
SHARE Sunday, November 9, 2008 What Would Sarah Wear?
Chicago's North Michigan Avenue Magnificent Mile is noticeably light of shoppers this fall as Gucci stock tanks by two-thirds and Coach, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton stock by half.
SHARE Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Do You Have Shift Work Sleep Disorder? Excessive Sleepiness? Pharma Hopes So
hift work sleep disorder is only one reason for the national epidemic of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Other reasons are obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and narcolepsy -- Wink Wink -- for which Cephalon's drugs are also approved, non-restful sleep (NRS), restless legs syndrome (RLS) and middle-of-the-night insomnia (MOTN).
SHARE Friday, December 9, 2011 Seven Diseases Big Pharma Hopes You Get in 2012
To be a true blockbuster disease, a condition must 1) really exist but have huge diagnostic "wiggle room" and no clear cut test 2) be potentially serious with "silent symptoms" said to "only get worse" if untreated 3) be "under-recognized," "under-reported" with "barriers" to treatment 4) explain hitherto vague health problems a patient has had 5) have a catchy name--ED, ADHD, RLS, Low T or IBS--and instant medical identity 6)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 6, 2015 We are eating WHAT?
What if you took a spoonful of your morning cereal and had an allergic reaction or even felt tranquillized? But when you looked at the package labeling there were no ingredients that would seem to be red flags? Increasingly, thanks to an FDA loophole, food makers use additives and chemicals that they and not the FDA have declared "safe" and the ingredients do not appear on the labels.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Do You Have "Osteopenia"? Pharma Hopes So
TV personality Meredith Vieira dropped any pretense of professional objectivity in pushing bone scans. "They did a test on my heel, hip and spine, which only took a matter of five minutes. And it was totally painless. It's so simple to do." Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2009 Aren't You Glad Your Doctor Completed Pharma's CMEs?
Maybe your doctor passed Quadrivalent HPV Vaccine May Be Effective in Women 24 to 45 Years Old --which sounds like a sales pitch for Gardasil because it is--which "studies" a Lancet article written by Nubia Mu˝oz, MD, two Merck employees and other authors.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, August 21, 2017 How Pharma Keeps Health Care Costs Astronomical
Disease awareness campaigns, other than for depression, have been chillingly successful. A 2014 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that more than 10,000 two- and three-year-olds in the U.S. are now on the stimulants Ritalin, Adderall and their cousins for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Trump Was On Controversial Baldness Drug
In 2018, President Trump's doctor disclosed that the president takes finasteride, a drug marketed as Propecia to treat male pattern baldness. While it is tempting to make jokes about Trump's hair and even the sexual side effects that accompany the drug, it also has many disturbing adverse effects probably no men should risk for a hair drug.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 7, 2016 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 22, 2017 No, You Probably Don't Have Adult ADHD (sorry Pharma)
Now comes the news that----surprise!----Adult ADHD is likely another marginal "disease" trumped up by Pharma for no other reason than profiteering. "A new study suggests that adult-onset A.D.H.D. is rare -- if it exists at all," says the New York Times this week. The study "all but ruled out adult-onset A.D.H.D. as a stand-alone diagnosis," and "Most apparent cases of adult-onset attention deficits are likely the result of sub Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2020 At What Age is a President Too Old?
Reagan was the oldest person to assume the U.S. presidency, a distinction he held until 2017, when Donald Trump was inaugurated
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Humor: Who Are These Old People at My Class Reunion?
In science there is a concept called the "survivorship bias." It refers to the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that "survived" some process while overlooking those that did not survive because they are hidden. One of the best examples of "survivorship bias" is the class reunion. Series: cartoons (50 Articles, 50492 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 3, 2011 CeCe and BeBe Winans Rock the Chicago Theatre--Concert Review
Grammy Award-winning BeBe (Benjamin) and CeCe (Priscilla) Winans are the seventh and eighth of icon "Mom" and "Pop" Winans' ten children who have three Gold and one Platinum album since they began recording in the 1980's. While joking about his early bedtime and how young Mary Mary are, the trim and lithe BeBe danced like a 28-year-old to the kinetic, two-keyboard band.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 23, 2008 Pork-Caused Disease Not Improving in Sidelined Workers
n late November more than 20 people demonstrated at the Quality Pork Producers plant in Austin against the treatment workers who developed a rare, pork production disease have received from the pork processor.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 12, 2018 Shameless Pharma Lobbying and Offensive Ad Campaigns Pay Off
Pharma has two lobbyists for every member of Congress. Think about that. It spends more on lobbying than tobacco, oil and defense contractors combined. And all that shilling paid off. In a speech yesterday, Trump declared that Pharma's high prices are not the result of Pharma's high pricing. Pharma let out a huge sigh of relief and its stock prices rose.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 5, 2012 Michael Vick, Katrina Were Turning Points in Animal Welfare--Humane Leader
Two days after the human story about Hurricane Katrina first hit, the related animal story began to develop, recounts Pacelle: evacuees who left their pets, thinking they would be back two days and unable to reach them; residents who didn't evacuate but stayed with their pets and animal rescuers who rushed in to help animals even as more people fled.
(20 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 7, 2017 Congratulations! You are a Size Zero!
The average American man now weighs 194 pounds and woman, an astounding 165 pounds. In 2002, the average American woman weighed 153 pounds and in 1994, 147 pounds. Does anyone see a trend?
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 12, 2017 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."
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 7, 2016 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?
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 18, 2021 Five-Year-Olds With Breasts? Precocious Puberty Is Worsening and Reasons Are Clear
No scientists dispute that precocious or early-onset puberty is on the rise but reasons are not clear. Is it bad diets and lack of exercise? Is it soft drinks themselves, even when not linked to obesity? Is it the common chemicals known as endocrine disrupters that exert estrogen-like effects? Is it the many legal, unlabeled hormones used in the U.S. to fatten livestock?
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 5, 2013 Is Mad Cow A Worry Again?
Prions are not inactivated by cooking, heat, autoclaves, ammonia, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, phenol, lye, formaldehyde, or radiation, and they remain in the soil, contaminating it for years. Alcohol actually makes prions more transmissible by binding them to metal like surgical instruments.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2012 Why Do White Collar Fraudsters Never Go to the Prison?
From JPMorgan Chase to MF Global, the message is clear. No matter how much customer money the corporate officers lose through deceit or incompetence they won't be frogmarched off to pen like common criminals. The same is true for BIg Pharma--despite billions in wrongdoing settlements the elite corporate officers never do time. [[CEO]]
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Getting to Sleep in a Post-Ambien Society
To both drug makers and those afflicted with insomnia, the barbiturate/Dalmane/Halcion/Ambien sagas reveal two overarching truths: there is a huge market/need for insomnia drugs and the drugs have fallen woefully short when it comes to dangerous side effects.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2012 Will Women Have Short Memories About Hormone Replacement Therapy? Pharma Hopes So
This week a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmed the dangers of long-term HRT use. Neither combined estrogen and progestin (as in Wyeth's Prempro) in women without hysterectomies or estrogen alone (as in drugs like Premarin) in women with hysterectomies are safe on a long term basis, said the panel of independent experts after viewing the literature.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Will You Take An Immune Drug To Prevent Fractures? Amgen Hopes So.
Prolia is not your grandmother's bone prep. Unlike old fashioned "small molecules" made from chemicals, it is a "monoclonal antibody" derived from genetically engineered Chinese hamster ovary cells that inhibits a protein, RANKL, which causes bone loss.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2018 States Struggle Against Disease Outbreak at Commercial Deer Farms, Using Our Tax Dollars
It's happening on commercial deer farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Hundreds of captive deer stricken with the dreaded chronic wasting disease (CWD) are being euthanized. As state Departments of Natural Resources (DNR) try to contain the lethal, incurable disease which threatens their all important hunting revenues, cattle farmersnow worry the disease will "jump species." Deer on 11 farms in Wiscon
(5 comments) SHARE 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
SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2009 FDA Waved Through Asthma Drugs Despite Falsified Trials
Trials of Singular, Serevent, Foradil, Flovent, Xolair, Accolate and Xopenex conducted at the Tucson, AZ facility of Vivra Asthma & Allergy were corrupted by protocol violations and outright falsifications says Robert Davidson, MD, a former clinical research subinvestigator at the facility.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 24, 2008 Does Christie Hefner Have Any Regrets?
Not pretty enough to pose for her father's Playboy magazine and not male enough to rate the company stock he bequeathed to his sons in 1997, Hefner is the Poster Child of female subjugation and codependence--propping up a regime she neither created or benefits from like Condi Rice.
(7 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Is A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis the Latest Mania?
In his latest book, Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (the John Hopkins University Press) David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac, looks at the historic roots of our current "medicalized distress" in which half the population is said to suffer a mental illness at some point in life and babies are diagnosed in utero as bipolar.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Friday, August 7, 2009 Should Your 3-Year-Old Be On Antidepressants?
Even though the pharmaceutical industry has got 27 million Americans on antidepressants thanks to direct to consumer advertising--ten percent of the population--it is looking for depression in preschoolers. And guess what?
It's finding it!
(13 comments) SHARE 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
SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2019 How Has Coke Remained the "Real Thing" for Over 100 Years?
Coca-Cola provides funding to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School/Partners in Health and other other major universities. It also funds many recreation and fitness groups--with a focus on ethnic and minority organizations--and the CDC itself through the non-profit CDC Foundation
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 29, 2010 Overweight? Diet drugs may not be the answer
Thanks to human's "thrifty gene," diet drugs work until they don't work, say scientists. When the body senses it's losing its adipose stores, it actually changes the metabolic rules to retain saddlebags and love handles. Thanks for that.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 9, 2017 Is the Way Your Meat Was Produced Your Business?
It is no surprise that states, with the help of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have been writing "Ag-Gag" bills that criminalize producing, distributing or even possessing photos and video taken without permission at an agricultural facility.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 8, 2008 Secretary of Bloodsports and other Commerce
Richardson is among the one half of one percent of the public who is pro the sacred tradition of cockfighting which was legal in New Mexico until he sought the Democratic nomination for president.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Trump Exwives, Daughters Make Fur Great Again
It should surprise no one that Donald Trump's greed-is-good 1980's redux includes lavish displays of fur. Images of his fur-clad ex-wives Marla Maples and Ivana Trump keep alive the dated image of the "kept" women in diamonds--as dated as Trump's beauty pageant, grab-their-p*ssy approach to women in general.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Why do we need Prop 2? Ask these Norco Ranch hens
As the egg industry and agribusiness trot out "experts" to defend California's $337 million egg industry against Prop 2's humane changes, the diary of "Aaron," who worked at the Norco Ranch egg farm in Menifee, CA in August and September of this year stands in sharp contrast.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 14, 2011 The Ten Worst Employers To Work For
Now that the economy is bouncing back again, there is good and bad news. The good news is that companies are hiring. The bad news is: the same ones you didn't want to work for before are you still don't want to work for.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Do You Have Adult ADHD? Big Pharma Hopes So
The bad news is theADHD kid market has peaked out with 4.5 million U.S. children now carrying the label. The good news is adult ADHD is an emerging market.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, August 7, 2020 NRA Thrill Killers
To cement its access to the old boys network in Congress, the NRA funds the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, called a "charity" but "little more than the social directorate of the National Rifle Association," says the Tampa Bay Times. At a soiree thrown by the Foundation, lawmakers got to swoon over blowing away wild hogs in Myrtle Beach, S.C with silencers.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 8, 2010 Morning Blues? Try Nuvigil Not McDonald's!
McDonald's helps the morning lethargy with economy priced breakfast items. Nuvigil helps it with a drug that can cause "a serious rash or a serious allergic reaction that may result in hospitalization or be life-threatening," also known as Stevens Johnson syndrome. SJS patients are treated on burn units if they are lucky enough to survive.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 13, 2009 The Sex Scandal No One Wants To Talk About
Residents from Chicago' s New City neighborhood can be forgiven for not being too relieved that convicted killer/rapist Andrew Crawford is eligible for the death penalty. The reason is they have heard "we got the killer" before.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Unqualified NIDA Director Should Step Down
The signature symptom of addiction is "denial" which is why no alcoholic or addict would voluntarily take Volkow's vaccine (and why Antabuse/ disulfiram fails for most people).
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 27, 2010 Governor Strickland: Shut This Egg Inferno Down
Once again thousands of trapped animals have died from a factory farm fire.
250,000 hens at Ohio Fresh Eggs in Harpster died when firefighters "cut power to the chicken barns and ventilation systems to keep the flames from spreading," say news reports.
(1 comments) SHARE 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?"
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, December 30, 2019 New Year's Resolutions for Big Pharma
We'll stop conducting clinical trials on people who can't give informed consent and think they're getting medical care. We will stop marketing cholesterol drugs, HPV vaccines and lifestyle drugs to poor people whose major health problems are malaria, diarrheal diseases and potable water.
(12 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 24, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, January 20, 2020 Before There Was #MeToo There Was Playboy
Like female lawyers defending Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein, it was no doubt hoped that a female Playboy CEO, Hefner's daughter Christie Hefner, would show it wasn't sexist.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2015 We Don't Know How Bird Flu Is Spreading--Factory Farmers
Like the piles of dead piglets a few months ago,, factory farmers don't want the press to cover the thousands--maybe a million--dead turkeys. They don't consumers asking a lot of nosey questions about how meat is raised
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 13, 2014 Did You Take Vioxx? New Risks Have Emerged
in an improbable chain of events, Merck is returning to court against its will to face charges that Vioxx also caused devastating non-healing of spine/bone after surgical procedures, a charge supported by scientific studies.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 17, 2013 Selling Marked Up Drugs with Made Up Patients-- Part Two
Suicide prevention is a knee-jerk marketing tool for Pharma even though suicides are rising, not falling, despite the 400 percent increase in its heavily promoted antidepressants; it now accounts for 36,000 deaths a year. Hello?
SHARE Monday, October 5, 2009 It's Deja Vu All Over Again for Pfizer
Pfizer's $2.3 billion settlement announced last month by the US Department of Justice, for fraudulent marketing of Bextra, Geodon, Lyrica and Zyvox inducts the world's biggest drug maker into the pharma Three-Peat Hall of Fame.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2010 Better Lashes Through Chemistry: New Mascara is a Drug
According to patient information, Lattise- "may cause darkening of the eyelid skin which may be reversible [nee irreversible]... increased brown pigmentation of the colored part of the eye which is likely to be permanent"[and] hair growth to occur in other areas of your skin that LATTISE- frequently touches."
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 20, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 1, 2015 $1000 a Pill? Yes Says Big Pharma.
To stay a Wall Street darling, Pharma is rolling with new, uber priced drugs notably hepatitis C drugs that cost $1000 a pill. Gilead Sciences sold $12.4 billion worth of its hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, at that price last year, reports the New York Times "straining the budgets of insurance companies and Medicaid programs."
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 18, 2020 The Latest TV Awareness Ad? Tardive Dyskinesia
Before TV drug ads, doctors tried to reassure patients they were probably fine. Today, drug ads and online "symptom checkers" do just the opposite. The most insidious are "unbranded" ads that scare people about a disease without mentioning that they are selling a drug for it.
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2020 Meat-Related Diseases Are Booming
Now, a SARS-like disease is back in China. "Because some of the patients worked at a seafood market where birds, snakes, and organs of rabbits and other game were also reportedly sold," there is concern that the pathogen comes from animals like SARS reported Bloomberg this month.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 28, 2014 We're Drinking WHAT?
You don't have to see a doctor to imbibe a witch's brew of prescriptions pills. Antibiotics and psychiatric, cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy and heart drugs are in many public drinking water systems says the Associated Press.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 7, 2016 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
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 10, 2009 JAMA Apologizes for Cattlemen Tainted 'Science'
Would a medical journal publish an article pushing for a higher Recommended Dietary Allowance of protein from an author whose email used to be email@example.com?
JAMA did in its June 25 issue this year in an article titled The Recommended Dietary Allowance of Protein: A Misunderstood Concept.
(17 comments) SHARE Friday, December 27, 2013 Can this Violence Be Stopped? Not With Current Laws!
What if you had a boyfriend who was arrested and convicted for domestic violence against you? And even though you split up and he moved to another state, you know he is amassing military style weapons because you have an eight-year-old daughter together who visits him in Arizona?
(14 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 27, 2012 Don't Tell My Neighbors About My Firearm: Gun Owners
This week's publication in the Journal News of the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties has gun rights enthusiasts calling the news media what they are often called themselves: bullies.
(26 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 9, 2014 Guns as Cool As Cigarettes--NRA
NRA is shamelessly trying to "sell" how cool guns are the way cigarettes used to be sold. All businesses and corporations protect their customers from smoke while many allow them to be exposed to lethal weapons!
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, October 23, 2015 We're eating WHAT? Consumers Redress Big Food
A reporter described black women "assigned to the chitterlings room, where they would scrape feces and worms from intestines," workers throwing "a piece of shoulder at a friend across the conveyor" just to get his attention, and prisoners who preferred their cells to work release at the slaughterhouse
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, January 31, 2020 Live Animal Markets Caused the Coronavirus Epidemic
China's live animal markets sell wolf pups, scorpions, bamboo rats, squirrels, foxes, civet cats, raccoon dogs, salamanders, turtles, crocodiles (including crocodile tail, intestines, and tongue) and ostriches for human consumption. Nothing has been learned from SARS caused by the same wildlife markets.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 16, 2018 Beware These Health Myths
Twenty million people have come down with "depression" since direct-to-consumer drug advertising was legalized in the late 1990s -- many self-diagnosing. Often the symptoms (overeating, fatigue, moodiness or "sensitivity to rejection") resemble the human condition itself, before drug advertising.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 11, 2010 Are You Squeamish? Sarah Palin Isn't.
Do-it-yourself-slaughter to prove you're not squeamish or in denial about where your meal came from, is increasingly popular in warmer climes than Alaska often coached by gourmet chefs and foodies.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2010 Resisting Antibiotic Resistance
when the FDA issued a directive in 2008 to ban non-therapeutic use of cephalosporin ABs in livestock--drugs also used in humans--to curtail resistance, irate lobbyists stormed Capitol Hill and the Bush administration backed down.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 10, 2019 How Drug Makers Use Celebrities to Push Drugs
Singer LeAnn Rimes pushed awareness of eczema, Paula Deen awareness of diabetes, and Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5, sold ADHD in a campaign called It's Your ADHD. Own It."
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 25, 2017 There is Money in Dosing Kids
How did the once modest medical specialty of child psychiatry become the aggressive "pediatric psychopharmacology" that it is today? Thanks to Pharma-driven disease mongering, kids who were once considered normal now suffer from ADHD, conduct disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, mixed manias, pervasive development disorders, personality disorders and even schiz Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
SHARE Friday, April 23, 2010 Are You at Risk From Vaccine and Fibromyalgia Advertising?
t was only last year that Cymbalta maker Eli Lilly agreed to pay $1.42 billion for mismarketing its antipsychotic Zyprexa. Lyrica maker Pfizer agreed to pay $2.3 billion for Bextra, Geodon, Lyrica and Zyvox fraud in 2009 and $430 million for mismarketing Lyrica parent, Neurontin, in 2004.
Do the aggressive fibromyalgia and HPV campaigns imply forgiveness is cheaper than permission?
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 29, 2009 Craigslist Killer Shows Risk of Actress/Model/Singer Currently Stripping Lifestyle
when a woman has an improvident one night stand and does the "shame walk" home, when her "friends" post or sext her moments of dissipation or compromise or she "shares" them herself on her blog or webpage that's one thing.
But when she declares on the Web-- I am all alone in a room waiting to meet and provide erotic services to you, whoever you are--that's real prostitution.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 18, 2009 Born With A Statin Deficiency? Line Forms To The Left!
How could a drug company-funded study unabashedly designed to show why the general population should use its drug (Crestor, or rosuvastatin) not just people with heart disease and high cholesterol be anything but a sales pitch? Why did the press swoon?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Humor-- Rail Rage A growing Social Problem
When a train is approaching and you need to add money to your fare card fast, people who've never used the fare card machines decide it's time to learn--now. Behind them are people with borderline obsessive compulsive disorder depositing a decade's worth of nickels one at a time. Series: cartoons (50 Articles, 50492 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Deciphering Detox Therapies
Do "detox" diets and preparations really work? Doctors and health care practitioners do not agree. While almost everyone agrees that the environment is rife with pesticides, heavy metals, chemicals and endocrine disrupters that can store in the human body--especially its fat--how to cleanse the body of the toxins is the subject of great disagreement.
SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 Death of Meat Inspector Highlights Conditions at Nation's Slaughterhouses
Was Jose Navarro, a federal poultry inspector who died two years ago at the age of 37, a victim of increasingly noxious chemicals used in poultry and meat production? Chemicals like ammonia, chlorine and peracetic acid that are frequently employed to kill aggressive bacteria in meat and poultry?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 3, 2013 Mad Cow is Back in a New Form
After the discovery of a mad cow in its herds, Brazil is experiencing what the US went through in the early 2000's when three mad cows were found in its food supply: rapid, across the board boycotts of its exports
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, March 4, 2022 Pfizer is not Our Pfriend
Thanks to Covid, Pharma is no longer the industry responsible for 100,000 U.S. opioid overdose deaths just last year, a growing number of talcum powder-related ovarian cancers and 38,000 deaths (and 88,000 heart attacks) from Vioxx.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 5, 2009 New England Raid Is New Blow To Egg Industry--in time for Easter
It takes a lot to get state agriculture officials to raid an established farm in the company of state police. But that's what the Maine Department of Agriculture did to Quality Egg of New England and Maine Contract Farming in Turner, ME on April 1 with a search warrant and in consultation with Androscoggin County prosecutors.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Both Kosher and Halal Slaughter Cruel
Even though some Jews and Muslims might be bitter enemies, meat is one thing they agree on: Muslims "often substitute kosher foods when their own ritually produced and certified halal foods are not available," reports the Sioux City Journal.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 22, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 5, 2018 Are You Eating Meat With Drug Residues?
Factory farming which confines animal "units" to minimal space to save money has been a boon for Animal Pharma. Such "efficiencies" require high use of growth-producing drugs and drugs to treat and prevent diseases caused by crowding, stress, and immobility. Despite the drugs, tragic losses from bird flu and porcine epidemic diarrhea virus have occurred which Big Food has largely kept hidden from the public.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 28, 2011 Did Anyone Notice Pharma's Black Friday?
The pharmaceutical industry had two things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season. Three new wrongdoing settlements that broke right before the holiday were buried among yam and traffic jam news--and a new sleeping pill that isn't new at all but just Ambien with a new name became a leading "news" story.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 21, 2009 Is the Economy Why People Are Killing Their Families?
The occasional Susan Smith or Andrea Yates who kills her kids has given sway to the weekly child, sibling, parent, grandparent, spouse and all-of-the-above killer.
And like an Airbus A320 landing in the Hudson river rather than at the airport we adjust with sweeping efficiency.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, October 20, 2014 Breaking News--Indiana Deaths Show Plight of "Lost Women"
It has not been reported yet that the seven women whose bodies were found since Friday in Indiana were involved in high-risk lifestyles. But many in the Chicago and northern Indiana area remember the 1990s reign of terror from killers who targeted such women.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, November 22, 2019 Sleep Disorder? Pharma Thanks You
If you think you are seeing a lot of ads for sleep-related drugs lately you are right. Pharma is rolling out a banquet of "sleep disorders" like Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder, Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, Irregular Sleep Wake Rhythm, Jet Lag Disorder and Shift Work Sleep Disorder. These are on top of the predecessor conditions of Chronic, Acute, Transient, Initial and Middle-Of-The-Night Insom
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2013 6 Horrifying Things About Your Pork
The US pork industry is plagued by sanitation and humane violations. Soon, a Chinese company may own pork giant Smithfield Foods.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Oh That? Seroquel Marketing Undeterred by This Week's Deceptive Marketing Settlement
When you see the ads, who would know AstraZeneca inked the largest multi-state consumer protection settlement on record relating to deceptive Seroquel marketing just this week? For $68.5 million? Only a year after inking a similar settlement related to burying side effect and safety information for $520 million with the government?
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 5, 2009 Clotheslines Are Back--and So Are Their Problems
Sure, nothing beats the fragrant aura of sheets dried amidst pastoral breezes--but how about towels, assuming they even dry? Do they go in the linen closet--or in the garage as emergency sandpaper?
Raise your hand if you've hung wash in the climes like Phoenix or Vegas and found your royal blue shirt converted into a robin's egg blue shirt in about two hours?
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 19, 2009 What Happened to Anna Wintour's October Issue?
Why does Wintour's shellacked, pageboy helmet bob--last seen on Monica Lewinsky in 1999 when she was doing penance--not disqualify her fashion oeuvre? And the shrunken, osteoporosis blazers paired with A-line skirts? How about the sleeveless, abstract-floral orange print jersey dresses that look like, gulp, Butterick patterns? Am I missing something?
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 17, 2019 Are You Falling for These Pharma Scare Tactics?
Long before the Internet and direct-to-consumer advertising, the medical profession tried to reassure people about their health concerns. Remember "take two aspirins and call me in the morning"?
Flash forward to today's online "symptom checkers"--
(15 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2015 A Decade of Questions over a Paxil Study Leads to a Victory
Do you remember Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal, Darvon, Mylotarg, Lotronex, Propulsid, Raxar or Redux? They were all highly promoted drugs that were withdrawn for safety risks after millions used them. Sorry about that.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 21, 2017 Do You Remember This Pharma Hoax Against Women? It Is Coming Back (Part One)
How did menopause become a "disease" and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) the "cure"? It began with a bestselling book in 1966 called Feminine Forever by Robert A. Wilson, a Wyeth-funded gynecologist (Wyeth was bought by Pfizer.) The book referred to postmenopausal women as "flabby," "shrunken," "dull- minded," and "desexed," and warned that "no woman can be sure of escaping the horror of this living decay." Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, February 27, 2009 Vet School Defends Dog Labs as Pickens gift Withdrawn
Madeleine Pickens, wife of billionaire T. Boone Pickens, was about to gift the university's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences $5 million until she learned of the repeat and terminal surgeries performed on man's best friend in its labs and withdrew the largesse.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2011 Moms-To-Be--Are You Taking This Dangerous Drug?
the parade of heart, liver and muscle complications seen with withdrawn drugs has lacked the side effect that sends shivers down the spines of consumers, regulators and drug-makers: birth defects.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, November 10, 2014 Did you or your children use the blockbuster asthma drug Singulair?
World sales of Merck's asthma drug Singulair were about $5 billion a year until 2012 when its patent expired and it was the U.S.'s seventh best-selling drug. But in September, data from an FDA committee were presented that acknowledge "safety concerns" about "neuropsychiatric adverse events, including suicide and suicide attempts" with the drug.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 8, 2008 Obama-Hating NRA Down to Its Only Trick
As the economy tanks, the NRA is left with only its they're-gonna-take-your-guns bullet. Unfortunately, voters care more about butter than guns right now.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 27, 2018 Return a Violent Person's Guns To Him? It Happens All The Time.
This is hardly the first time gun-friendly authorities have returned weapons to violent offenders. Early last year, the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting suspect, Esteban Santiago, had his gun returned to him and proceeded to kill five and injure eight with it.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 4, 2017 Should 5-Year-Olds "Plink" Squirrels and "Gig" Frogs ?
While most of the U.S. is trying to get guns out of the hands of children, hunting groups and state legislatures are trying to put them in.
While the nation tries to mentor children academically, hunting groups and state legislatures are trying to mentor them in hunting.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 29, 2019 Cartoon--More Faux Thankfulness
Thanksgiving weekend is notable for its murder of turkeys, gluttony, mindless consumerism/capitalism replete with plastic waste and deer hunting--50,000 killed in Illinois alone. Entitlement, self-indulgence and environment destruction--what "gratitude."
SHARE Saturday, March 28, 2009 Thanks A Lot, HBO, Says Meat Industry
undercover "employees" with hidden cams who immortalize factory farm conditions on YouTube, websites and HBO are as big an occupational hazard to factory farmers than the ones that elicit FREEZE! IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE!
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, August 15, 2011 No Food, No Drinks, No Strollers, No Change: No Wonder US Retail is Tanking
Grumpy, overworked or absent employees are just the latest rung in a retail descent that began with signs in the window like No Food, No Drinks, No Strollers, No Change, No Restroom, No Soliciting, No Backpacks, No Refunds, No Exchanges, No Bills Over $20, No Credit Cards, No Special Orders, No Pets, No More Than 3 Students At A Time and even No Leaning On The Counter.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Brave New Animals Exposed by New York Times Are Tip of Iceberg
Did you read this week's New York Times' expose about the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center's experiments to help the meat industry make animals more "profitable"? The Center's experiments, funded by our tax dollars, combine the worst of factory farming with the worst of animal research. And the cruelty, which horrifies even veterinarians, is to help private industry, Big Meat, with public funds. What?
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 28, 2013 Few Have Fur On Their Black Friday Shopping List
The fur biz, like the ivory biz, is forgotten but hardly gone. Not too many Americans wear fur or buy ivory anymore--or beam at the photo of the hunter Melissa Bachman posing with her murdered lion. The problem is the bloodshed has gone overseas.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 6, 2010 Remember Vioxx? Cymbalta and Lyrica May Be Vioxx 2
Though Vioxx and Bextra are gone and Celebrex is under a darkening cloud, the practice of prescribing unsafe drugs for simple pain that can just as easily be treated with older and over-the-counter drugs is alive and well.
(10 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 29, 2013 How to Talk to a Gun Nut (If You Must)
till, after their threats, paranoia and persecution fantasies have been aired, most gun extremists settle on these five, shopworn arguments that a fourth-grader could refute.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 17, 2013 Another Mentally Ill Mass Shooter Passes Background Check
the Navy Yard massacre will not pry federal and state lawmakers out of the NRA's grip. Lawmakers barely blinked when one of their own, Congressman Gabby Giffords, was shot in the head by a conceal and carrying legal gun-owner who was mentally ill. Nor did the death of 20 first-graders on December 14, 2012 even inspire Congress to pass universal background checks in April.
SHARE Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Did You Take Risperdal? Did Your Grandma?
At least 15,000 elderly people in nursing homes die a year from drugs like Risperdal said FDA drug reviewer David Graham in Congressional testimony a few years ago. Eli Lilly who makes the similar drug Zyprexa and AstraZeneca who makes Seroquel have also settled charges that they churned the elderly drug market at the price of Grandma and Grandpa's lives.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2020 Yes, These Drugs Are in US Meat
Merck markets 49 vaccines for poultry alone to prevent diseases like fowl pox, turkey coryza, bursal disease, coccidiosis, laryngotracheitis, hemorrhagic enteritis, avian encephalomyelitis of course salmonella and E. coli. Yum.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 28, 2011 Eating a Pig With a Wooden Leg
You can't "eat cheeseburgers all day long and lose weight" said the hottie authors who come from the modeling world. "No wonder you're fat and bloated!"
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, December 23, 2016 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.
SHARE Thursday, October 18, 2012 Worst Radio Ads of 2012
You would never know there's a recession going on by listening to commercial radio in 2012. Car dealership ads were exceeded only by home remodeling and bank ads.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 8, 2015 Did Your Doctor Pass These Drug-Company Funded "Courses"?
A 2008 course called "Bipolar disorder: individualizing treatment to improve patient outcomes, part 2" was taught by teachers who were fundedby Abbott, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen, Novartis, Pfizer, Wyeth, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Shire and four more drug companies.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 13, 2015 We're Eating WHAT? Mad Cow Reported in Ireland as US ban is Lifted
Even as the U.S. lifts its 15-year import restriction on beef from Ireland (which was ground zero during mad cow scares) a likely new case of mad cow, BSE, has turned up in Ireland. Both Norway and Canada are also reporting cases of mad cow disease which they call atypical.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 25, 2012 It's Baaaaaack--US finds Fourth Mad Cow
This week's announcement has already cost the US export business. Ninety-eight percent of US beef exports evaporated within 24 hours when the US's first mad cow was discovered in Washington state in 2003.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 22, 2020 Humor: Old Clothes in Your Closet? They Will Come Back in Style
The last decades, leggings and yoga pants replaced blue jeans for women because they were more comfortable, offered a sleeker look and you could work out in them. Also, in the summer they were cooler. Now jeans are back. What a novel idea. Some are pre-torn--again just like before.
SHARE Saturday, July 3, 2010 Are You Ashamed Of Your Family? Your Pet? Your Car?
They say the opposite of shame is pride or honor but most people -- and most countries -- have a lot more of the former than the latter. While a lot of personal shame centers around age, income and weight, especially when they're going in the wrong direction, there are other rich sources of shame in life:
(4 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Here Is Why Covid May Start a Meat Export Trade War
The meat industry and public health groups say transmission of a virus like SARS or MERS through meat is unlikely. But apparently China, whose love of eating palm civet cats mired it into a huge SARS outbreak, is less sure. Scientists also have their doubts.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 30, 2017 How Offensive Ads Sell Drugs For Pharma
How did Pharma become the third most lucrative U.S. industry? In addition to millions doled out federal lawmakers and medical groups, it uses the world's best ad agencies and public relations firms to "move product." Series: Pharma (7 Articles, 12302 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 15, 2015 Do You Have Cyberchondria? You Have Drug Ads to Thank If You Do
As a tongue-in-check affliction called "cyberchondria" quickly developed, rare conditions were "sold" to a wide population like "restless legs" or made more serious like GERD--which was generally considered to be heartburn before DTC advertising
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 21, 2018 Pharma Has Good Friends in Media and Academia
Before the Internet, there was a strict firewall in newspapers and magazines between news and ads and ads were even marked "advertisement" to leave no doubt. Not anymore.
SHARE 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.
(9 comments) SHARE Friday, December 27, 2019 Humor: Remembering "Businessmen" and Hippies
Brief cases served an important social function. They were instant status. They told the world the men had jobs--they were "businessmen" who went to the office every day. ("Corporate executive" hadn't been invented yet.) Their dads had worn hats and hid behind newspapers on commuter trains for the same reason.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Big Meat Doesn't Want You to Know About This New Disease
Have you ever heard of African swine fever (ASF) caused by the African swine fever virus (ASFV)? A fourth of the world's pigs have died from it just this year -- half of all of China's pigs -- but like previous food animal pandemics, Big Meat has managed to keep it out of the news.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 30, 2009 "Naughty" Pharma Still Got Christmas Presents From FDA in 2009
The FDA gave he Christmas present of approving Seroquel and Zyprexa for children and hence, Medicaid reimbursement even as its own Division of Pharmacovigilance (DPV) reported a "a direct association between adverse metabolic effects of treatment with atypical antipsychotics" and children! A hypothesis the DPV report says is "provocative" and requires "robust" followup.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 14, 2020 Of Course Your Cat Can Get Covid--the Virus Came From Civet Cats!
Since Covid has become politicized and is being used to attack lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels, awareness of its grisly animal origin has been lost. Covid-19, also called SARS-CoV-2, derives from China's unhygienic and, to many, cruel live animals wet slaughter markets the pictures of which are stomach churning.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 16, 2011 Thank You For Arming Nutters, NRA
But an NRA brochure posted on the Internet in 2007 called Freedom in Perilhe United Nations, animal rights activists, illegal aliens, Katie Couric, Rosie O'Donnell, George Soros, Michael Moore, Nancy Pelosi, Sens. John Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein and York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg with crude drawings.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 22, 2008 Mad Cow Scare In Cattle Country
Ten years ago, Oprah Winfrey was in town courtesy of Texas cattlemen who sued her for disparaging hamburgers on her show. P.S. She won.
Now mad cow is back in the news as the Amarillo Public Health Department confirms a hospitalized local woman is being tested for the human variety--and cattle futures at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange are tanking.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 15, 2008 Service? Declining Retail Sector Will Special Order It for You
It's no secret the US retail sector is hurting as the holidays approach, having just reported its worst quarter since 1992.
But how much is its own fault with its ubiquitous anti-service signs like, No Food, No Drinks, No Strollers, No Change, No Restroom, No Soliciting, No Backpacks, No Refunds, No Exchanges, No Bills Over $20, No Credit Cards, No Special Orders, No Pets and No More Than 3 Students At A Time.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, January 16, 2009 Ann Coulter To Kiss No Babies on Book Tour
Ann Coulter could practice law or model clothes. She could teach first grade and single-handedly solve the problem of kids calling the teacher Mommy. She could work in a health insurance office and deny claims for a living. But for some reason--book sales? personality quirk?-- she would rather serve as a right wing pi˝ata, albeit a small one, to the media
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 16, 2010 An Animal Researcher and a Comedian
In a PowerPoint presentation at a National Institute on Aging workshop which appeared on the NIA web site until July one researcher finds the primates who will give their lives to science...funny.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 9, 2020 Pharma Finds Profit in "Geriatric ADHD"
People younger than Gen Xers may not remember that drugs like Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall were once street drugs that went by names like "Black Beauties," "White Cross" and "LA Turnarounds" and of course "meth."
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 11, 2018 Another Slaughterhouse Raid Turns Up Abuses
On April 5, with helicopters chopping above, 97 workers, mostly Hispanic, were detained----leaving a workforce of only three. Thirty-two of the detainees were released the same day, 54 were kept in detention and 10 were arrested for defying previous deportation orders.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 24, 2010 Unsafe At Any Dose: Deaths Seen with Hormone Therapy in JAMA
Pharma's lucrative estrogen plus progestin combo is already known to increase the chance of getting breast cancer by 26 percent. But an article in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows hormone therapy also increases the chance of dying from breast cancer, as follow-ups are conducted on women who took it.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 2, 2017 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? (16 Articles, 24295 views)
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, August 27, 2018 Look How Urban Birds Have Adapted to Man
It is not a surprise that urban birds have lost their fear of man and changed their behavior from living in built environment. What is a surprise is how quickly it has occurred.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Are You Eating This Pork?
Working in a hot, fly and manure infested hog barn amid screams of 2,784 sows, 483 sows with litters, 864 gilts, 5,400 nursery pigs and 15 boars could make anyone snap. But some of the workers sound snapped before working at Country View.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Birth Control Pills Linked to Breast Cancer--How Could That Happen?
While Pharma, the FDA and the medical establishment collectively plead "Who Knew"-- they knew. Almost 50 years ago the breast cancer risks of hormonal birth control pills were exposed by Barbara Seaman in The Doctor's Case Against the Pill and reiterated in her follow-up book The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women.
(3 comments) SHARE 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) SHARE Friday, October 26, 2018 Don't Fall for TV Ads That "Sell" Diseases
Most of us have our guard up when it comes to TV drug ads. We know the butterflies, sunsets and puppies are designed to distract us from terms like "blood clot," "heart attack," "stroke," "seizure," "life-threatening allergic reaction" and "death." We realize the audio----if not the video----is actually telling us why we don't want to "ask our doctor" about the advertised drug.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, May 9, 2014 Five Gross Ways Your Meat is Kept Safe to Eat
Big Meat has found some novel ways to retard the growth of salmonella, E.coli and listeria on commercially grown meat--but it does not necessarily want people to know about them and they are conspicuously absent from labels.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 14, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 14, 2013 More Bad News About Red Meat
If red meat had a publicity agent, he or she would be fired by now. Publicity agents are supposed to plant positive news about their client and kill any negative publicity. But ever since James Garner, the face of the "Real Food for Real People" beef campaign, suffered a heart attack in 1988, there has been nothing but bad publicity about red meat.
SHARE Wednesday, September 14, 2011 Was Perry Wrong to Push HPV Vaccine?
Whether you are against politicians helping Pharma loot our health care dollars or mandatory medicine, Texas Governor Rick Perry's facilitation of Merck's Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil, has angered Repubicans and Democrats alike.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Has Psychiatry Become Unhinged? This Doctor Says Yes
do psychiatrists, motivated by mysteries of the human mind and the desire to help people, really want to become mere "pill pushers" whose only contact with patients is 15 minute "med checks" as they hand patients off to less trained professionals for "therapy"?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Women Don't Fall for Pharma Commercials in Mainstream Media
This week the New York Times does some heavy lifting for Pharma screening and drugs. "Ladies...consider getting your bone density checked," Jane Brody writes in its Science section. There is "solid evidence that treatment with a bone-preserving or bone-building drug is beneficial when a bone density test reveals a level of bone loss defined as osteoporosis in the spine or a hip." Pharma thanks her.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Americans' New Food Preferences Threaten Big Agriculture
Whether egg-free mayo, non-dairy milks or meat alternatives, the U.S.'s food preferences are clearly changing. A full halfof Americans surveyed said they would support a ban on slaughterhouses and would prefer slaughter-free such as "lab-grown meat" and animal-free meat. Sixty percent of U.S. consumers claim to be reducing their consumption of meat-based products. Of those cutting back, 55 percent say the change is permanent.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 22, 2018 Ben & Jerry's Not as Green As Many Think
Many people remember Ben & Jerry's original "hippie," natural, anti-corporate image when it was founded in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont. But over the years, its eco-friendly, family farmed image has eroded, highlighted by its sale to Anglo-Dutch multinational food giant Unilever in 2000 and culminating with the Organic Consumers Association's shocking discovery last year of Monsanto's glyphosate (Roundup) in Ben & Jerry's produ
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Thank you Hillary for Exposing Big Pharma Price Profiteering
It is no secret that now that Lipitor, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Singular, Concerta, Cymbalta, Abilify and other blockbusters have gone off patent, Pharma is pricing drugs in the four digits to stay a Wall Street darling. Even generics, are ballooning in price as part of the profit party-- though there are no R&D costs attached to them and it is pure caprice.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Hormones: Still Pushed by Pharma; Still Dangerous
The medical press trumpeted again this month the shopworn pharma factoid that menopausal hormones may be good for you, not bad. This is at least the eighth time researchers have tried to resuscitate the therapy and its franchise profits since a government study linked it to cancer and heart disease in 2002.
(8 comments) SHARE Monday, May 28, 2018 Eggs Good For Your Heart? Not Likely!
Last week consumers heard the news that "an egg a day may reduce heart disease risk." Cynics might ask does a cigarette a day reduce the risk of lung cancer too?
(14 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 27, 2016 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
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, September 1, 2017 Why Are Newspapers and Books Waning? Clickbait is One Reason
The book business is struggling with nonreaders and how long a book takes to produce. They are old before they are new. Time-tested authors like Tom Wolfe, Eric Schlosser, Barbara Ehrenreich, Elizabeth Gilbert and even Bob Woodward no longer "chart" like they once did.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 22, 2021 Mainstream Media Shamelessly Boosts Its Top Advertisers--Drug Makers
As I have continually reported, the risks of brand name drugs are often ignored until the patent runs out and all profit has been made. Examples of risks only revealed post patent were seen with the drugs Vioxx, Lipitor, Fosamax, Paxil, Ambien, Adderall, Nexium and, apparently now with mirtazapine.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 21, 2009 Earth to Fur Designers
This year at Fashion Week people lack jobs clothing budgets and entertainment budgets for the few places they could wear fur (the opera and then there's the opera.) Even charities and arts events are folding.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 22, 2014 Hey Doc--I think I Have Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency!
Have you ever noticed how Big Pharma in the United States has things exactly backwards? Instead of developing new pills that people need like non-addictive painkillers and antibiotics for resistant infections, it develops new diseases.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2018 The Ambien Made Me Do It Says Roseanne Barr
Is a side effect of Ambien racism and anti-Semitism? Or does it simply lower someone's inhibitions so their innate racism and anti-Semitism come out? Disgraced TV star Roseanne Barr says taking Ambien explains her recent tweets which instantly moved ABC to cancel her show.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1,556 US Gun Owners Tried to Board Planes With Weapons Last Year
Recently, Shemane Nugent, wife of gun extremist Ted Nugent, "forgot" she had a Smith and Wesson .38 Special revolver in her carry-on bag with five rounds and 10 additional rounds in a side pocket at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. Her lawyer called it an "honest mistake."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Not Lovin' It! The Sordid Side of McDonald's
Activists have decried its treatment of workers and industrialized food production. The international community has deplored McDonald's trade practices and protectionism. Animal activists oppose its wholesale commodification of animals. Public health experts condemn its unhealthy, fattening food. And there's more
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 17, 2012 For Some Black Friday is Black Fur-Day
In addition to cruel methods of killing the animals, furs from China that are labeled gae-wolf, goupee, Asian wolf, China wolf and Mongolia dog have been found to be from...gulp...dogs and cats.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 20, 2010 Would You Use a Home DNA Kit?
San Diego-based Pathway Genomics Corporation planned to place the Insight Saliva Collection Kits in 6,000 Walgreen stores until the FDA said, "you're selling WHAT?" and it put its plans on hold
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, June 9, 2014 Once Again, NRA Shoots Its Own Moderates
The NRA's tactics are reminiscent of the saying about what to do if a tiger is chasing you and your friend. You don't have to run faster than the tiger, says the joke, just faster than your friend. Who will be the NRA's next target that runs too slow?
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, April 30, 2010 Do You Have Low T? Circadian Dysrhythmia? Pharma Hopes So
But pharma's recent plan to move from mass-market molecules into more lucrative vaccines and biologics did not see the anti-vaxer movement coming: millions of Americans saying You Want to Vaccinate Me -- and My Child -- with WHAT?? and condemning vials of H1N1, rotavirus, MMR vaccines and Gardasil and Cervarix to sit, well, way past their expiration dates.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 28, 2017 Will Hugh Hefner Be Remembered as a Visionary or a Flesh Peddler?
Some credit Hefner, with his eternal bathrobe and pipe, with helping the nation lose its 1950s Puritanism and gray flannel workaholism and enjoy recreational sex and drugs. Women, whose lives could be ruined at the time by unwanted pregnancies, were no longer "bad" if they consented to sex thanks to the Playboy philosophy.
(6 comments) SHARE 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
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 12, 2011 Are You Addicted to Starbucks?
How did Bucks convince America that Happy Hour should be wired not wasted and that they have a Macchiato deficiency that requires five dollars and 500 calories a day to treat? Are the sleeping pills Ambien and Lunesta lucky beneficiaries or was some kind of quid pro quo arranged?
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Is Animal Violence Approaching a "Me Too" Moment?
Some say we are approaching a "me too" moment in which public figures' love of animal violence will be no different than their abusing a partner or committing rape. It will no longer be ignored or condoned as "boys will be boys."
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 9, 2013 Gun Owners On "Winning Streak" Boasts Illinois NRA
Gun owners are on a "winning streak" Todd Vandermyde, the NRA's lobbyist in Illinois, told news media. Chicago-area lawmakers in the General Assembly "had better realize that," he threatened.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 23, 2012 We're Eating WHAT? McDonald's-Linked Slaughterhouse Shut Down
This week's suspension of Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, CA for abuses against sick and dying cows, recorded by Compassion Over Killing, shows that little has changed in the nation's slaughterhouses since the school lunch scandal four years ago.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Now Praised, Six Years Ago Aspirin Was Denigrated by Vioxx Marketing
It has only been six years since the COX-2 specific inhibitor Vioxx was billed as a super aspirin that didn't have aspirin's "risks" by Merck. Widely advertised and pitched by Olympians Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner, Vioxx turned out to double the risk of heart attack and was withdrawn from the market in 2004.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, June 4, 2010 Dairy Gothic: Cows Stabbed With Pitchforks at Ohio farm
Only five months after Mercy For Animals' undercover video at Willet Dairy aired on Nightline and inspired legislation to prevent future abuses, a new Mercy For Animals dairy video has even ag professionals crying uncle.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE Friday, August 6, 2010 Paralysis and Alcoholism Funny? Yes Said Cartoonist John Callahan
The year was 1989. Millions of wheelchair-users were about to be recognized for the first time by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Millions more had came out of "family abuse" closets to join Adult Children of Alcoholics 12-step groups. And John Callahan's just published autobiography, Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, made fun of both. Callahan passed away last week at the age of 59.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Who Says These Drugs Are Safe? Big Pharma
Senator Bernie Sanders says he opposes the confirmation of Califf. "Instead of listening to the demands of the pharmaceutical industry and their 1,400 lobbyists, it is about time that the FDA and Congress started listening to the overwhelming majority of the American people"
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Is A Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis the Latest Mania?
In his latest book, Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (the John Hopkins University Press) David Healy, author of Let Them Eat Prozac, looks at the historic roots of our current "medicalized distress" in which half the population is said to suffer a mental illness at some point in life and babies are diagnosed in utero as bipolar.
SHARE Monday, July 26, 2010 Recession Over? Not on the Radio!
Men: do you want to be bigger and thicker where it counts? Once upon a time, it was advertising about women's flow that raised questions of taste on broadcast media
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, March 21, 2011 The Few The Proud The Thin
In a report released last fall by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the United States is the fattest of 33 countries. Mexico and New Zealand are next runners up with India and Indonesia the thinnest.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Remembering Woodstock's Women Musicians: Both of Them
Despite Collins' 2004 book America's Women: Four Hundred Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines, she's yet to comment on the "position" of women performers at Woodstock--both of them, Joplin and Slick--which was probably as Black Power leader Stokely Carmichael said of women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) "prone."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 3, 2021 Free Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment? Drug Makers Can Fix That!
The isolation, disconnection and fear caused by the Covid pandemic has increased the number of people suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction. Yet the government proposes a high-tech treatment few will take voluntarily for a condition already treated for free-- killing non-human primates in the process?
(8 comments) SHARE Friday, July 24, 2020 Prepare For Millions More Covid Deaths Thanks to WHO
Covid, along with SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV were all caused by exposure to and consumption of wild animals. But WHO says eating wild animals is a great source of food and jobs. Why develop a vaccine when wildlife markets virtually assure that new animal viruses will emerge requiring new vaccines?
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 26, 2014 Another Botched Execution (Wilbur/Rosenberg)
As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, legal scholar in New York and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 30, 2011 Was Early Menopause Hormone More Pharma Spin?
the evidence for a "timing theory" was nothing more than some Godforsaken ovariectomized primates at Wake Forest and Mount Sinai medical schools behind three security doors, trials at major medical centers conducted by several Wyeth-linked researchers and pharma supplication to Wall Street.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 8, 2010 Wyeth Is As Contrite As AIG
Months after a Sen. Charles Grassley-led investigation into its ghostwriting and the unretracted falsified science it planted in medical journals, he hormone giant is behind new articles in the Journal of Women's Health and Menopause.
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, December 4, 2009 Fished Killed; Waterways Poisoned by Illinois Destroyer of Natural Resources
This week Illinois DNR practiced its poisonomics, again and dosed six miles of the Chicago Sanitary and Shipping Canal (CSSC) to save the $7 billion sport fishing industry from invasive carp and protect boaters from being "attacked" by carp which can "leap out of the water" and strike them.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 6, 2009 Can We Have An Overweight Surgeon General?
Isn't Obama himself a smoker? Doesn't his chief White House economic adviser, Larry Summers, require a reinforced chair not just for his adiposity but his narcolepsy in high level meetings? (Or was his nap, shown in a New York Times photo, a sugar coma?)
SHARE Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Why Are Pfizer's Ghostwritten Hormone Therapy Articles Not Retracted?
Plagiarism, "unethical research" and unreliable findings from "fabricated data" are grounds for retraction of medical journal articles according to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
But one look at the US National Library of Medicine database reveals that bogus, ghostwritten papers Wyeth (now Pfizer) planted in medical journals in a scandal which reached the US Congress last year, still stand, unretracted.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 30, 2009 Doctors Boo Obama in Chicago
the 236,000 member AMA which represents a fourth of the nation's practicing physicians, has always been obstructionist--fighting managed care, cost controls, posted fees, politicians, insurance companies, nurses and even a physician "glut" in the past.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, September 5, 2008 Wanna Buy a Car Lot Full of SUVs?
Thanks to US gas prices, SUVs have become the Thanks to US gas prices, SUVs have become the fur coats of the automotive industry: ostentatious, outdated, hard to defend and even harder to maintain.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 20, 2020 "Meat For Mental Health" Is Latest in Fake Nutritional Science
"Meat Improves Mental Health" mainstream media blasted out in late April, without mentioning the "study," published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, was funded by an "unrestricted research grant from the Beef Checkoff, through the National Cattlemen's Beef Association." Such fake science from the meat industry is becoming more common as people drop meat.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 4, 2010 How Was Your Veal "Prepared"? Like in this Video?
While Mercy For Animals (MFA) uncovered similar atrocities at two dairies this year, Locke, NY-based Willet Dairy (which ran on Nightline) and Plain City, OH-based Conklin Dairy Farm, results are often whitewashed as soon as they surface.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 29, 2021 Beware of These Drug Maker Tricks
Disease mongering removes the need for drug reps; patients tell the doctor both the condition they have and the exact med they need, making a mockery of medical school education.
(7 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 29, 2021 Remembering When Karen Wasn't An Insult
Karen has become code for an angry, entitled, racist white woman. Karen is "the kind of woman who asks to speak to the manager," and polices others' behavior said a piece in the Atlantic.
(15 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 12, 2014 Does Your Estranged Ex-boyfriend or Ex-husband Have a Gun?
It is no coincidence that violent "exes" are so alike. There is a definite "domestic batterer" personality. The dark behavior begins with possessiveness and extreme suspicion and graduates into violence including violence against their partners' pets.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 8, 2011 Are You Afraid to Display a Bumper Sticker? You Should Be.
Once upon a time, bumper stickers were a harmless way to engage other motorists on the merry way to work or a vacation in the Wisconsin Dells. But today, with road rage and polarizing politics, displaying a bumper sticker is more like establishing eye contact with a yard dog. A yard dog who doesn't understand "never mind."
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, July 15, 2011 Employees: Are You Dressing for the Job?
US workers are performing low-wage jobs with no benefits, future and, sometimes, purpose. Jobs whose main perks are air-conditioning and access to the Internet
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Why Are Gun Lovers So Angry at Starbucks?
Since Starbucks' decision last week to disinvite guns from its stores, gun lovers have become furious. Some say they will boycott the coffee shops, some say they will sneak their guns in anyway and at least one spokesman compared Starbucks' request to discrimination against gays.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 16, 2013 Bad Diets for Kids--and the Drugs That Enable Them
Over one-third of US kids are overweight, and 17 percent are obese--which, for a four-foot-ten-inch child would be a weight of 143 pounds. Obesity predisposes people to diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and musculoskeletal disorders.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, November 21, 2016 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? (16 Articles, 24295 views)
SHARE Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Sleazy Ways AbbVie Made Humira a Best Selling Drug
If you're like most people, you never heard of the prescription drug Humira until 2013. That's when Abbott Laboratories spun off AbbVie, to aggressively market the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drug which went on to become the top selling drug by 2019.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 23, 2021 Will People Lose Their Pandemic Pounds?
In the Covid-19 pandemic over half of U.S. adults gained weight according to an American Psychological Association poll; two out of five gained an average of 29 pounds and ten percent gained more than 50 pounds.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 21, 2015 Frankenfish Salmon Approved by FDA
Many are shocked that the genetically engineered AquAdvantage salmon (AAS), created by inserting genetic material from Chinook salmon and ocean pout into wild Atlantic salmon, was approved by the FDA this week Series: We are eating WHAT? (16 Articles, 24295 views)
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 9, 2022 Don't Fall For These Drug Maker Ruses
This week authors with 17 financial links to drug makersreported that the aggressively marketed rheumatoid arthritis drugs (think Humira) could lower Alzheimer/dementia risks in arthritis patients with cardiovascular disease.
(6 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Exclusive OEN Interview with Exposer of Fauci's "Beagle Gate"
This week major news outlets are reporting that Anthony Fauci's NIH division funded research for beagle puppies' to be eaten alive by insects, their vocal cords removed to stop barking and cries of pain. I interviewed the founder of the exposing group for OEN.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 12, 2008 Some Refuse Eid Animal Sacrifice
"I have been a proud, meat-eating Muslim all my life but the details of the slaughter spelt out in the English language make my stomach churn," writes writer and filmmaker Parvez Sharma on the Huffington Post website in an article subtitled No Eid For Me.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 19, 2021 Humor: Holiday Dieting--an Oxymoron
After months of salad, sit-ups and running (even on snow), you hear yourself say, "Please pass the spinach, mushroom and ricotta tart... and the mashed potatoes... and the cinnamon rolls," as if your evil twin has commandeered your mouth.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Can a Bad Drug Get a Fair Hearing at the FDA? Seroquel Hearings Begin
Seroquel has been bad news. Court documents shows employees illegally marketed the drug for off label uses--you don't make $4.5 billion a year selling to schizophrenics and bipolars, after all--and AstraZeneca buried the drugs' diabetic risks. Now FDA considers widening its use
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 16, 2021 White Supremacy? It Goes To The Very Top Of The NRA
This week, many are cheering the news that the NRA is now as financially bankrupt as it is morally. Last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James sued four current or former NRA executives for "illegal financial conduct," leading to the gun group's recent declaration of bankruptcy.
SHARE Tuesday, November 8, 2011 How Safe Is Your Asthma Drug? Part One
The popular asthma drugs Symbicort, Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus, Dulera and Foradil warn on their labels that they cause an increased "risk of death from asthma problems."
(10 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 15, 2022 Junk Food Sellers Target Poor Countries
Big Food is increasingly targeting poor countries as "emerging markets" to please Wall Street and shareholders. The marketing is especially unethical since obese people are more likely to get and give COVID-19
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 4, 2014 A Year After This Pig Farm Abuse, No Charges Filed!
The cruelty against pigs videotaped at West Coast Farms in Oklahoma last year was so sickening Tyson Foods immediately dropped the supplier. The National Pork Producers Council demanded that authorities "bring criminal charges against workers who abused animals." Yet a year later, workers have apparently not been charged and may have fled town as the Creek County District Attorney's office drags its feet.
SHARE Saturday, May 19, 2018 Gun Lobby Thanks Public For Short Memory
It has been a whole 24 hours since nine students and a teacher lost their lives in a shooting at Santa Fe High School, not far from Houston. Already the news cycle has moved on and Twitter has gone dark. The gun lobby and pro-gun politicians thank the public for its short memory.
(6 comments) SHARE Monday, September 13, 2021 Is Obesity the New Smoking?
In the 1960s, 42 percent of Americans smoked. Ubiquitous cigarette ads, eventually banned in the US, promised that smoking made men more masculine and women sexier and thinner. Plus cigarettes tasted good.
Now, in 2021, only 14 of the US population smokes but 42 percent of the population is obese. Have people just switched rooms on the Titanic? Is obesity the new smoking?
SHARE Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Prescribed and Abandoned; Another Drug Settlement
Even before this week's settlement, Pristiq had few friends in the Pharma community. "Pristiq is not a good drug by any standard," wrote an anonymous poster on the industry chatroom cafepharma when the FDA declined the menopause indication.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 21, 2009 Depressed? Hopeless? Stop Looking at the Help Wanted Ads
Unlike the 2000 recession, this one has no faces to blame like Jack Grubman, Henry Blodget, Frank Quattrone or Dennis Kowalski. The nameless wonks at AIG, Fannie and Freddie still have their jobs! Thank goodness for Bernard Madoff.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, August 13, 2021 Lab Leak Theory Is An Insult To Scientific Intelligence
According to Live Science, COVID-19 is hardly the only disease to jump species from animals to humans. Pandemics from influenza to AIDS to the prehistoric plagues came from animal hosts, as did Ebola and Lym
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Victim of Chicago Killer, John Gacy, Becomes Anti-Bullying Activist
About 45 people gathered on a hot August night at a Chicago LBGT community center to hear a chapter in Chicago history that is often forgotten--how John Gacy prowled the streets of Chicago's northside from 1972 through 1978, picking up young men and murdering at least 33 of them.
(7 comments) SHARE Friday, February 11, 2011 Men, Avoid These Valentine Faux Pas
don't tell your wife or girlfriend she looks beautiful by the light of one candle. Impaired observer compliments haven't worked since Blanche DuBois covered the light bulbs in Streetcar Named Desire to look younger.
SHARE Wednesday, October 14, 2009 DogFighting Thrives in Chicago--even at Day Care Center
On the same day the nation watched a video of the beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert in Chicago, Cook County sheriff deputies were watching a video of an animal being burned to death on the cell phone of a man arrested the same day in connection with a dogfighting operation run at a suburban Chicago day care center.
(8 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 15, 2009 Massacres Set Pro-Gun Legislation Back
The problem is that gun "enthusiasts" like Michael McLendon and Bruce Jeffrey "Santa Claus" Pardo are increasingly becoming the gun lobby's poster boys.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 25, 2010 Has FDA Already Decided About Genetically Engineered Salmon?
Even though the FDA held hearings about how AquAdvantage Salmon should be labeled the day after hearings about if it should be approved this week, it said it has not decided yet about the genetically engineered fish.
Unfortunately, its invited speakers didn't get the memo.