Born with a Junk Food Deficiency Hardcover – 28 May 2012
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Approximately 100,000 Americans die each year from the side effects of prescription drugs. If this were a war with guns, our military would be out in force. The draft might even be revived. Instead, this is a war from within, as we permit our citizens to be poisoned for the sake of profits and bottom lines.
Here's hoping thinking Americans will read this book and take precautions for themselves, because our government and health care system are failing to protect them.
Martha Rosenberg exposes shoddy science (and outright fraud) by Big Pharma as it seeks to medicalize normal aspects of life, and advertises (incessantly) drugs which are often not indicated, with sometimes fatal consequences. The list is long from antidepressants, to hormones to medicines that are supposed to combat fractures but can actually cause them.
With the same courage and meticulously researched facts, she lays bear the horrors of factory farming and the threat it poses to public health. She delineates how the FDA is complicit by lax oversight or no oversight at all. Even the biggest offenders get at best a slap on the wrist and are allowed to stay in business. The emergence of multi-drug resistant bacteria, the transmission of mad cow disease to humans, the increasing pollution of the environment are all accepted as the cost of doing business. These chapters are difficult to read, especially when she talks about the cruelty visited on the animals we eat, but the knowledge she imparts is vital. I urge you to read this book.
Barbara H. Roberts, MD
I think there is something fishy with most of the negative reviews. It has six negative reviews, but four of them were all written on the same day, actually in the same hour! Until May 24, 2013 this book had gotten 14 reviews in the 14 months it had been on Amazon. On May 25, four people gave it a negative review, and these four people had NEVER written a single book review on Amazon. Also, none of those negative reviewers had an Amazon verified purchase of this book. These facts are suspicious.
The processed food industry is very powerful in America. I think they realized that this book had overwhelmingly positive reviews and they thought they had better do something to discourage Amazon customers from buying it. So they put up four fake negative reviews all in the same hour, knowing that those four would be the top reviews any customer sees when they click "See all reviews" (the default is most recent reviews first). Ironically, one of things the book talks about is how the processed food industry tries to trick the public into thinking their food is safe by discrediting anyone who comes out with the truth. (If you want to learn more about the dirty practices of dirty industries, the book "Lead Wars" really gets in to how industry discredits scientists who try to warn the public about health dangers -- public smear campaigns, trying to get researchers fired, trying to get doctors medical licenses revoked, etc.)
Consequently, I am writing this positive review so other people considering this book will want to give it a try. I read my daughter in law's copy - it was an amazing book that really opened my eyes about the American food industry and how it is bad for your health.
I do agree with reviewers who said that the author's cartoons are not the drawings of Rembrandt and her writing is not Hemingway. But she's a person who really did her research, that shows on every page. Whatever her flaws as an illustrator, the book is filled with verified (and verifiable) facts that will blow your mind. You will never shop for food the same way again.