Stories by Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg is an investigative health reporter and the author of "Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health (Random House)." subscribe to Martha Rosenberg's feed

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The New York Times columnist discusses her new book, "As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda."

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Newly available emails reveal Merck was far from concerned when a disease linked to Fosamax surfaced.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Pharmaceutical industry ads convey unrealistic expectations for fall-to-sleep time. The pills they shill do not always even work.

Posted on: Oct 18, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Young children were once expected to outgrow their issues; now they're diagnosed with lifelong psychiatric problems.

Posted on: Sep 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Who belongs to this “untapped” market? Just about anybody.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The checkered history of weight-loss drugs explains why the FDA has not approved a new diet drug in 13 years -- despite the 200 million Americans who might use such a drug.

Posted on: Aug 2, 2012, Source: Truthout

"While I was at FDA, drug reviewers were clearly told not to question drug companies and that our job was to approve drugs," said an FDA whistleblower.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Dow's pesticide Dursban was banned for home use, but continues to be sprayed on our food despite horrific health threats.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

An interview with David Healy, an expert witness in homicide, suicide and birth defect legal actions involving psychotropic drugs.

Posted on: May 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Eating too much and exercising too little, considered the root of obesity, are not the only probable culprits.

Posted on: May 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Pediatric psychopharmacology is a billion-dollar business that sustains Pharma and Pharma investors on Wall Street.

Posted on: May 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Food scandals are so costly to Big Food that it has repeatedly tried to kill the messenger rather than clean up its act.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in the late 1990s, the number of people on prescription drugs for life has ballooned.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Marketers have been trying desperately for over a decade to increase the public's consumption of milk, but they keep failing. Here's why.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The government has rolled over once again for Big Meat and we may be in more danger from antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Big Pharma uses ads that sow hypochondria, raise health fears and sell diseases to adults and their children.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Supply-driven marketing not only turns the nation into pill-popping hypochondriacs, it distracts from Pharma's drought of real drugs for real medical problems.

Posted on: Nov 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Antibiotics and other drugs are common in the turkey that thousands of Americans eat every day.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Big Pharma and the FDA have known for years that some asthma drugs can cause asthma deaths, especially in children and African Americans.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The drug industry is coming up with ever more clever ways to pump Americans full of drugs they may not need -- and that may not even work.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Why is there no meaningful regulation of the meat and fish industries?

Posted on: Apr 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Can anyone remember life before Ask Your Doctor ads on TV?

Posted on: Jan 26, 2011, Source: AlterNet

With childhood obesity on the rise, many kids are suffering from adult ailments. But Big Pharma's role in pushing adult drugs on kids requires a closer look.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Even during a recession, pharma is still the nation's third most profitable sector. Here are some of the dirty tricks it employs to stay on top.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Here are some of the dicey drugs many Americans are hooked on, thanks to greedy pharmaceutical companies.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

In the pharmaceutical industry’s rush to get drugs to market, safety usually comes last. And the public suffers.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Drugs meant to strengthen bones may not work -- and many have a slew of harmful side-effects like a higher cancer risk, irregular heart rate, and stomach bleeding.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Big Pharma is still pushing its hormone therapy for women, despite the fact that it increases women's risk of cancer and other health problems.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

More soldiers than ever are on drugs that have been linked to suicide and violent behavior.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

From hideous cruelty and noxious gases to health risks and environmental blight, here are eight reasons to remove eggs from your diet.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

It's just a matter of time before we are eating clones, if we are not eating them now.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Diet drugs have proven to be ineffective and sometimes dangerous. Yet more keep coming down the pipeline.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2010, Source: AlterNet

To say that Pfizer has been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A new pill promises to cure low sex drive in women. Is big pharma just trying to profit from another made-up disorder?

Posted on: May 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

There's a huge push to market over-the-counter genetic tests. But the faulty tests can cause more harm than good.

Posted on: Apr 15, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Sleep sweating? Here are some new ways the pharmaceutical plans to make money.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Despite the Maybelline close-ups, Allergan's new drug Lattise is not mascara, but a glaucoma drug repurposed as an eyelash grower. And its side-effects are frightening.

Posted on: Mar 19, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Fosamax users were flooding message boards with complaints months before mainstream media picked up the story. What's wrong with this picture?

Posted on: Mar 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Martha Rosenberg and Rowan Chlebowski, a lead investigator of the Women's Health Initiative, talk about why doctors still promote hormone therapy despite its health risks.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

A potentially deadly drug manufactured by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has been linked to the deaths of soldiers returning from war. Yet the FDA continues to approve it.