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

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

by Martha Rosenberg
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Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health by Martha Rosenberg

This hard-hitting exposé blows the lid off of everything you thought you knew about Big Pharma and Big Food. What goes on behind the scenes in these industries is more suspicious, more devious, more disreputable than you could have ever imagined. Rosenberg’s message is clear: the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries are tainting public health through marketing disguised as medical education and research, aggressive lobbying, and high-level conflicts of interest. If you’re concerned about the safety of the drugs you take and the food you eat, you owe it to yourself to read this important book.

Having gained the trust of more than twenty doctors, researchers, and experts who were willing to come forward and finally tell all, reporter and editorial cartoonist Rosenberg presents us with her shocking findings. Explosive material from whistle-blowers, scientists, unsealed lawsuits, and Big Pharma’s and Big Food’s own marketers exposes how these industries put profits before public safety and how the government puts the interests of business before the welfare of consumers, creating a double whammy that "pimps" the public health. What Rosenberg reveals about government complicity, regulatory food- and drug-safety lapses, and legislative injustices will both shock and appall.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616145934
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 825,455
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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

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Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, an engaging highly readable book to help introduce those whose curiosity has finally got the best of them or those who have seen the tragic results of irresponsible marketing and wonder just what is going on. This is not written in a scholarly manner, although there are tons of footnotes for anyone to check out the source of any claims - clearly a major improvement to counter the pervasive and relentless propaganda on the airwaves that consumers are assaulted with daily. I am glad to be know there is an easy read that helps put these major ethical lapses into focus so the consumer can better choose the proper course to protect themselves and their families. God knows, big pharma and their corporate hack brethren are not doing it. Books like these are needed to reach a very vulnerable and hard to inform public. After all, the big money is on the other side.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, while well intentioned is filled with more opinions than truths. Everyone has an opinion. If I wanted to read an op-ed, I'd go to CNN's website.