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"No matter that there were no controlled trials to support industry claims. This idea was very popular for many years, before real controlled trials showed that HRT was very bad and had caused the deaths of tens of thousands of women as well as other problems. Hormone replacement therapy involves replacing the body's natural hormones after normal or surgically induced menopause. Common brand-name examples of HRT include Premarin (estrogen from a horse), Provera (progesterone), and Prempro (combination)."
- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"This problem has been a boon for the sleep-aid industry; millions are taking medications for insomnia, and the number is increasing all the time. In the past five years there has been a 100% increase in the use of sleeping pills. Older people and women have even higher rates of insomnia. Usage of sleeping pills is more worrisome for the elderly than for young people because they are more likely to have serious side effects from these drugs, like memory impairment, falls, and car crashes."

- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"Today, the alternative-medicine industry, which includes vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies, and herbs, is a $46-billion-per-year business, large enough to compete with pharmaceutical companies. Sales of vitamins alone are $17 billion a year and growing because a lot of us buy into the argument that vitamins are worth the money. If you were to follow the advice of one company (Life Extension), as many do, you would spend a minimum of $7,248 per year on vitamins."

- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"We've just been frightened or overly excited by vitamin manufacturers, the processed-food industry, and their supporters in the government into thinking we can benefit from supplements. We don't. The link between health and vitamins may have gained momentum in 1962, when Linus Pauling won the Nobel Prize. He was convinced that megadoses of vitamins were good for your health. But these claims were based solely on his personal experience with vitamins; his own research had nothing to do with vitamin C."

- J. Douglas Bremner, Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug industry May Be Bad for Your Health (Get the book.)

"The trade group also took credit for the old icon's 80 percent recognition rate, saying it is "due, in part, to the efforts of the food and beverage industry,"7 even though it wasn't so interested in taking credit for the fact that 96 to 98 percent of people don't follow it.8 In September 2005, the USDA (apparently needing a few more months to work out the kinks) unveiled "MyPyramid for Kids," chock-full of games and other entertainment of dubious educational value."
- Michele Simon, Appetite for Profit: How the Food industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back (Get the book.)

"We should not rely on the food industry to set public health policy, and especially not when it comes to marketing to children. The corporate imperative to maximize profits will always ultimately run roughshod over the ethical obligation to safeguard children's health and well-being. Ten Tips for Critically Evaluating Corporate Self-regulatory Ad Policies: 1. Always read the original corporate press release and don't rely on media or other secondhand accounts of what the policy says. Also, be sure to read the release to the end, where the devilish details can be buried. 2."

- Michele Simon, Appetite for Profit: How the Food industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back (Get the book.)

"Tommy Thompson, (former) Secretary of Health and Human Services While it makes sense that the food industry's profit motive to sell more food would bring it into direct conflict with public health, it's less intuitive that the federal government would also fail to act in the public's best interests. And yet, when it comes to solving the nation's epidemic of diet-related diseases, Uncle Sam is more aligned with Big Food than with the citizens it's supposed to represent."

- Michele Simon, Appetite for Profit: How the Food industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back (Get the book.)

"McEwan reported that two bills on cosmetics safety had been defeated, and he was especially proud of the industry's response to Assemblywoman Wilma Chan's bill that would have banned DEHP and DBP from cosmetics sold in California. He explained that CTFA had someone testify with a basket of fruits, vegetables and a bottle of water, and suggest how ridiculous it would be to test everything that goes into our bodies. It was an effective and compelling argument, he said. "
- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"We are the most unregulated industry under the auspices of the FDA and this makes us vulnerable," Kavanaugh said.21 It was clear that the role of CTFA was to keep it that way. Thomas Donegan, vice president of legal and general counsel at CTFA, explained how the US regulatory system works for cosmetics. Donegan Putting on Makeup Shouldn't be like Playing with Matches Which cosmetics company do you trust I with your daughter ? www.safecosmetics.org This image was displayed at the Cannes Film Festival in France. A version also ran in USA Today."

- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"For minimal A version of this ad ran in USA Today, pointing out that only 11% of cosmetic ingredients have been reviewed by the industry safety panel, based on the 2005 Skin Deep report. cost, 1,4-dioxane can be vacuum stripped out of products at the end of the manufacturing process to non-detectable levels — or avoided entirely by using ingredients that do not need to be ethoxylated. But the companies are not required to do so."

- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"Carpet industry, pesticide industry, drug industry, perfume industry, insurance industry. So many industries are affected by MCS, so many that he can sell his science spin services to." Those services do not come cheap. Gots's ESRI offers two member categories: Enterprise Membership at $10,000 annually, and Service Membership at $5,000. Gots claims that anyone is welcome to join, but fees like that restrict membership to people or organizations with deep pockets and vested interests."
- Peter Radetsky, Allergic to the Twentieth Century: The Explosion in Environmental Allergies--From Sick Buildings to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"The message I would like you to take home from this section of the book is that illnesses such as FM, CFS, TMD, or IBS are no longer "invisible" to researchers, whether they work in academia or in the pharmaceutical industry. That industry understands that fatigue and pain—whether localized to the mouth or the gut or widespread—are very common and need attention. They are responding to that need, but the process of identifying a molecule that may work and then being sure it does work with limited side effects is a lengthy one. In the meantime, you have this book and your doctors to help you."
- Benjamin H. Natelson, M.D., Your Symptoms Are Real: What to Do When Your Doctor Says Nothing Is Wrong (Get the book.)

"Groups such as CSPI, which has grown increasingly frustrated with inaction on the part of federal regulators, are turning to the court system for relief. As CSPI's litigation director Steve Gardner says, "Lawsuits are not the best way to resolve a dispute, but sometimes they are the only way."22 In January 2006, CSPI and the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) announced their intention to sue Kellogg and Viacom (the parent company of Nickelodeon) for marketing junk food to children."
- Michele Simon, Appetite for Profit: How the Food industry Undermines Our Health and How to Fight Back (Get the book.)

"There is a very large and growing industry that provides these foods, and that industry has made tremendous progress in giving consumers the kinds of foods they like to eat. Parents are also often concerned that having their kids on the GF/CF diet will make it harder for them to eat at restaurants. To some extent, this is true, particularly regarding fast-food restaurants, which primarily serve sandwiches and breaded meats, such as chicken nuggets, which many autistic kids seem to crave. However, most fast-food places do serve salads now."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"The government agency that is supposed to regulate the industry is the FDA. It has not done its job, especially in recent years. One problem is that the agency is under undue influence from the very industry it regulates. Since 1992, drug companies have paid "user fees" to the FDA. In 2002, this amounted to $576,000 per new drug application, for a total of $260 million. Sad to say, that money, now an integral part of the FDA budget, buys considerable influence. Add to that the practice of using outside experts to help the FDA reach its decisions."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Further illustrative is the April 1989 USDA proposal to end inspection of the nation's 6,300 meat and poultry processing plants and instead to rely on voluntary compliance. The proposed plan, originally entitled "Discretionary Inspections," and then euphemistically renamed "Improved Processing Inspection System," has met with a storm of criticism from sources including the American Meat Institute and major meat packers. It should be noted that an earlier draft of this report was submitted to FDA Commissioner Young on July 19, 1989. A reply of August 11, 1989, from Dr. C."
- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., What's In Your Milk?: An Exposé of industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking (Get the book.)

"I have respected for many years. Furthermore, it reinforces our duty to provide information as quickly and accurately as possible. PR Newswire Postscript to Dr. Epstein's August 18 Press Release In responding to inquiries, we did quite a bit of research. Dr. Epstein informed us that a respected journalist in the U.K. had written a story for The Guardian and published it on July 22. The journalist, George Monbiot, came to the same conclusion about the June 30 CODEX meeting that Dr. Epstein had. Following is a clarification of Dr."

- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., What's In Your Milk?: An Exposé of industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking (Get the book.)

"Moreover, the further growth of this market is now only being held back by the shortage of supplies. Organic milk is now being sold by large companies and grocery chains. These include: Horizon Organic, owned by Dean Foods, the nation's largest dairy producer, with $192 million annual sales, comprising 55% of the market; Organic Valley, the second largest seller; and Stonyfield Farms, owned by Groupe Danone, the leading French dairy company. Additionally, large grocery chains, notably Whole Foods Market and Safeway, have their own organic brands."

- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., What's In Your Milk?: An Exposé of industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking (Get the book.)

"Confirmation of such regulatory abdication is provided by the FDA's admission, in a November 1988 consumer report, that "illegal use of veterinary drugs can be an even greater threat to the public health than the illegal use of human drugs." These concerns are still further emphasized by the results of recent investigations demonstrating that up to 38 percent of milk sampled nationally is contaminated by illegal residues of antibiotics and animal drugs, posing grave potential public health hazards, including antibiotic resistance, carcinogenicity, and allergic reactions (13)."

- Samuel S. Epstein, M.D., What's In Your Milk?: An Exposé of industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of the Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk You're Drinking (Get the book.)

"Carpet industry, pesticide industry, drug industry, perfume industry, insurance industry. So many industries are affected by MCS, so many that he can sell his science spin services to." Those services do not come cheap. Gots's ESRI offers two member categories: Enterprise Membership at $10,000 annually, and Service Membership at $5,000. Gots claims that anyone is welcome to join, but fees like that restrict membership to people or organizations with deep pockets and vested interests."
- Peter Radetsky, Allergic to the Twentieth Century: The Explosion in Environmental Allergies--From Sick Buildings to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (Get the book.)

"There is a very large and growing industry that provides these foods, and that industry has made tremendous progress in giving consumers the kinds of foods they like to eat. Parents are also often concerned that having their kids on the GF/CF diet will make it harder for them to eat at restaurants. To some extent, this is true, particularly regarding fast-food restaurants, which primarily serve sandwiches and breaded meats, such as chicken nuggets, which many autistic kids seem to crave. However, most fast-food places do serve salads now."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"And although the cosmetic industry asserts that its products are safe, 89 percent of the ingredients used in cosmetics today have not been assessed by either the FDA or the industry itself.3 This is because there are major gaps in public health laws that allow cosmetics companies to use almost any ingredient they choose with no restrictions and no requirement for safety testing.4 Luckily for us, the Environmental Working Group researchers have created a remarkable database that pairs the ingredients in nearly 25,000 products against 50 toxicity and regulatory databases."
- Frank Lipman, Mollie Doyle, Spent: Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Feel Great Again (Get the book.)

"Giving the Government a Makeover We can't just shop our way out of this problem. Jeremiah Holland and Michelle Hammond — the parents from Berkeley, California, who, along with their two children, were the first family to be biomonitored in the US — have had many conversations about the chemicals found in their bodies. For Jeremiah, there is one key message to get across: "I think the most important thing is to not assume that you're going to make any kind of a difference just by change in the market [shopping]."
- Stacy Malkan, Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry (Get the book.)

"The rates of dermatitis in the agricultural industry are the highest in any industrial sector. The Cancer Connection Cancer still holds the number two spot on the list of top killers of adults; it is the number one cause of death in children. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the incidence of cancer was about 1 in 50 in the United States."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"The system tends to encourage professionals to carry out experimentation whose purpose is primarily to confirm the existing view of things, or to further develop technology for industry, rather than to serve up true innovation.? Everyone working on these experiments had the sense that they were on the verge of something that was going to transform everything we understood about reality and human beings, but at the time they were simply frontier scientists operating without a compass."
- Lynne Mctaggart, The Field - The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (Get the book.)

"The nail industry is not regulated, but the EPA is encouraging salons to convert their toxic products to eco- and people-friendly ones as increasing studies about the effects of long-term exposure to VOCs in nail care products emerge. California is the first state to pass a law that requires cosmetics companies to list all ingredients that can cause cancer and reproductive harm (even if they are deemed "inert"). Hopefully other states will follow. Most people assume that you need to have been exposed to a large dose of toxins in order for any health implications to occur."
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Those mercury-laden fish absorbed toxins from industrial operations, as hundreds of tons of mercury are pumped into the air by industry, predominately through burning coal in energy plants. Mercury is also a disrupter of normal hormonal activity in the body, along with PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and chlorinated pesticides that frequently get into this toxic mix. Swordfish and canned ("albacore") white tuna have taken a lot of blame lately for being the most mercury-rich fish, but other species of fish likely carry toxins as well."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"They are widely used in all forms of industry, agriculture, food processing, cosmetics, personal care products, household products, and so on. Most of us are familiar with what happens when we want a newer, faster computer or digital device that's been outdated by new technology. We have to discard the old hardware, which becomes electronic waste—and a main source of lead, mercury, cadmium, and chromium. Today the speed of technology and the rapid turnover of electronic products in our disposable society makes for an ever-mounting pile of metallic waste to contend with."

- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps (Get the book.)

"Again, the goal of the optical industry is to have you believe that there is nothing else you can do except wear minus-lens glasses. If you reject this common idea and feel that there must be something better you can do for your eyes and for your level of perception, then you have already moved toward a correct and more effective method. Your wish and your idea of clearing your vision has led you to this book—and others—that are aimed at giving you the understanding and your eyes the natural power they originally had."
- David De Angelis, The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness (Get the book.)

"Maybe, such revolution in the optic industry could be born, informing and awakening every single person who is interested in really treating his or her own sight. The project of informing people of their power and the possibilities of preventing or, at least, decreasing the spread of myopia, should contain the following phases: ?Informative campaigns by competent health bodies (commercials, magazines, special TV broadcasts) ?Distribution of brochures with necessary information ?"

- David De Angelis, The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness (Get the book.)

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