This hard-hitting exposé by leading national muckraker Martha Rosenberg 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 Martha 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.
Why have federal meat inspectors become pathetic figureheads in the nation’s slaughterhouses, laughed at by plant managers? Why are medical articles that have been exposed in lawsuits as fraudulent still standing and not retracted? Why was meat possibly containing the United States’ first mad cow sold to five California restaurants when the government said it wasn’t? And why are parents giving their one-year-olds acid reflux medications and their three-year-olds bipolar disorder medications? You’ll find the answers to these and many more disturbing questions in this revealing book.
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.