Martha Rosenberg

These 12 warning signs signal you’ll get overworked and underpaid by an employer

With another jobless recovery at hand, it is tempting to accept any position offered to you. But there are 12 kinds of companies you don’t want to work for. Here are the warning signs:

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Inside the Medical Device Racket

Imagine a TV ad for a hip replacement device. Over scenes of the puppies and sunsets, a voiceover warns, "Hip replacements may cause tissue death, the destruction of muscles, bones and ligaments, nerve damage, mental changes, thyroid disorder, vision and hearing problems and heart failure." Such ads may soon be part of primetime viewing, not just because the device industry is starting to advertise but because medical device side effects are as scary as, if not worse than, drug side effects.

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How Big Pharma Infiltrated the Boston Museum of Science

Do you overeat? Did your boyfriend just break up with you? Does no one return your emails? Do you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning? If so, you may be suffering from mental illness! Mental illness is a highly stigmatized, life-long condition, which millions do not even realize they have and only a pharmaceutical drug can fix, claims Big Pharma and its operatives.

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Mental Health Inc: How Corruption, Lax Oversight and Failed Reforms Endanger Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

An excellent new book by Art Levine exposes how "indifferent professional associations, pharmaceutical-subsidized patient advocacy groups and government regulators that either push a drug-industry agenda or fail to halt what amounts to an epidemic of behavioral health malpractice” enable Pharma's worst excesses.

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The Atrocious Big Pharma Record of the New HHS Nominee

It should come as no shock that Donald Trump has nominated Alex Michael Azar II, a former Pharma executive and lobbyist, to head the Department of Health and Human Services. After all, Trump named Scott Gottlieb, a Pharma consultant and stock speculator FDA commissioner and EPA opponent Scott Pruitt to be head of the EPA.

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Funding Big Pharma to Help with Millions of Addicts They Created

The editorial did not beat around the bush. After decades of "expanding opioid use by minimizing the dangers of addiction," Pharma will now receive the reward of taxpayer money to undo what it did andreverse the opioid epidemic, writes the New York Times. Imagine the government giving Big Tobacco our tax dollars to reverse the damage it did pushing cigarettes and you see how obscene this is.

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Despite Its Celebrity Backers, Charity Heifer International Does More Harm Than Good

Every year during the holiday season, Americans receive a marketing catalog in the mail from Heifer International, a religiously based Arkansas live animal charity. Decorated with photos of cute animals and cute poor children who will eagerly receive them, it seems an appealing charity. What's not to like? Last year, its materials even put animals in Christmas sweaters.

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Why Should Taxpayers Pay for the Opioid Crisis When Pharma Caused It?

As everyone today knows, opioid narcotics like fentanyl, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, morphine and oxycodone have created a toxic epidemic in the United States with at least 100 daily overdose deaths. This happened because Pharma paid off doctors, medical associations and federal lawmakers to loosen opioid regulations.

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No, You Probably Don't Have Adult ADHD (Sorry Pharma)

Adult ADHD has been a goldmine for Big Pharma.

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Get Ready to Eat Chickens Cooked in China

China has sold rat meat billed as lamb, gutter oil billed as cooking oil, and baby formula contaminated with melamine. In the U.S., pet food madae in China killed many dogs and cats in 2007. Yet this spring, the U.S. agreed to import cooked chickens from China. Why? Because China agreed to accept U.S. beef imports after a 13-year "mad cow" scare in which many countries refused U.S. beef.

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Do You Have Hep C? Pharma Hopes So

The campaigns are everywhere. On ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, Animal Planet, the Game Show Network and Syfy. In People, Popular Mechanics and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. On the radio and along subway lines. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hep C, screams Gilead Sciences, which makes the Hep C drug Harvoni.

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Will Hugh Hefner Be Remembered as a Visionary or a Flesh Peddler?

Even in his golden years, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner made headlines like celebrities a quarter of his age. After his bride-to-be Crystal Harris left him at the altar in 2011, he rallied with a new show on NBC, The Playboy Club, and reduced the October issue of Playboy to its 1961 price of 60 cents to help buzz the TV show.

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Dark Secrets Behind Big Pharma's Renewed Push of Estrogen Supplement

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has twice been proven to cause cancer—once in 1975 and again in 2002. But you can't expect Pharma to give up on a medication that 61 million women took until recently and that brought in $2 billion a year. Already articles promoting the dubious therapy are reappearing.

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Big Corporations Like Nestle Are Aggressively Making People Even Fatter Across the Globe

There are now more than 700 million obese people worldwide, 108 million of them children, reported the New York Times recently. In Brazil, food giant Nestle sends vendors door to door hawking its high-calorie junk food and giving customers a full month to pay for their purchases. Such a deal. Nestle calls the junk food hawkers, who are themselves obese, "micro-entrepreneurs." Right.

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Don't Worry About New Alabama Mad Cow, Says CDC, but Facts Suggest Otherwise

Don't worry, eat your hamburger. That's what the CDC is saying as another "mad cow" was found in Alabama in July. The cow suffered from an "atypical" version of Mad Cow (BSE), says the CDC, which occurs spontaneously and cannot harm humans. Sounds good until you read that the atypical assertion is merely a CDC "theory" and the agency admits "transmission through feed or the environment cannot be ruled out."

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The Kings of 'Rotten Eggs' Are Going to Jail

A couple of rotten eggs finally got their due. Well, sort of.

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Why Eating Meat in America Is Like Going on a Trip to the Drug Store

Recently, Organic Consumers Association, along with Friends of the Earth and Center for Food Safety filed suit against chicken giant Sanderson Farms for falsely marketing its products as “100% Natural” even though it contains many unnatural and even prohibited substances. Sanderson chicken products tested positive for the antibiotic chloramphenical, banned in food animals, and amoxicillin, not approved for use in poultry production. Sanderson Farms products also tested positive for residues of steroids, hormones, anti-inflammatory drugs and even ketamine, a drug with hallucinogenic effects.

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Why Isn’t Big Pharma Paying for the Harm It Caused Like Big Tobacco?

Late last year, the Senate approved $1 billion of taxpayer money for “opioid prevention and treatment programs” as part of the 21st Century Cures Act. Yes, taxpayers are stuck paying for the opioid crisis which Big Pharma created for no other reason than to make more money.

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U.S. Beef Exports to China Will Resume: Who Remembers Why They Stopped?

U.S. cattlemen and agriculture professionals are ecstatic over China’s willingness to accept U.S. beef imports for the first time in 13 years. Yet few reports explain why the beef ban occurred in the first place.

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Has Western Medicine Completely Botched Painkillers?

No one living today would want to live in the days before antibiotics, anesthesia and antisepsis were discovered. In those days, patients could and did die from treatments like blood-letting (bleeding the patient), use of leeches and electric eels. Some attribute the death of the first president of the United States, George Washington, to excessive bloodletting for a cold/pneumonia. 

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How Big Pharma's Profit Machine Has Evolved

More than a decade ago, the job of pharmaceutical rep was enviable. Direct-to-consumer advertising pre-sold many drugs so doctors already knew about them. Medical offices welcomed the reps who were usually physically attractive and brought lunch. In fact, reps sometimes had their own reception rooms in medical offices and seemed to see doctors before waiting patients. 

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What U.S. Poultry Producers Do Not Want You to Know About Bird Flu

Once again, bird flu is back in the U.S. From 2014 through mid-2015, 48 million chickens and turkeys were killed in the U.S. to prevent the disease’s spread and protect farmers' profits.

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Proof That the Pharma Business Model Actually Wants People Sick

It happens with regularity during citizen open-mike sessions at FDA drug advisory committee hearings. A queue of “patients” materializes out of nowhere to testify, often in tears, about the crucial need for a new drug or new use approval. Some are flown in by Pharma. It can’t be a generic drug, the “patients” cry, because they are just not the same. It has to be the $1000-a-month drug or even the $1000-a-pill drug, so that taxpayers and the privately insured prop up Pharma’s cred on Wall Street.

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Big Meat's Dirty Little Secret: Few Jobs for Americans

Slaughterhouse conditions are rarely in the news—it’s bad for Big Meat’s image. However, it is safe to say that few to no Americans work as knockers, stickers, bleeders, tail rippers, flankers, gutters, sawers and plate boners in U.S. slaughterhouses. With very few exceptions, Americans simply won't work such dangerous slaughterhouse jobs that often pay as little as $6.25 to $7 an hour.

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There's More to the Bacon Shortage Than What's Been Reported

Just as Big Pork has gotten people hooked on bacon as an added ingredient everywhere—even in gum, candy and ice cream—a shortage has been announced. USDA reported that stored pork bellies fell to 17.7 million pounds last month, the lowest December inventory since records began in 1957.

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Could Trump’s Hair Drug Threaten His Physical and Mental Health?

This week, President Trump’s doctor disclosed that the president takes finasteride, a drug marketed as Propecia, to treat male pattern baldness. While it is tempting to make jokes about Trump’s hair, and even the sexual side effects that accompany the drug, it also has many disturbing side effects that neither the president—nor any other man—should risk.

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How Big Pharma's Lust for Profit Turns Their Customers Into Guinea Pigs

There is a reason drug safety experts recommend waiting five years before taking a new prescription drug. Before new drugs are released to the public, they are tested on a shockingly small group of people for a shockingly short period of time. Risks and safety problems, therefore, often don't emerge until millions try the drug as we saw with the withdrawn drugs Vioxx, Bextra, Baycol, Trovan, Meridia, Seldane, Hismanal, Darvon, Raxar, Redux and at least 11 others.

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They Aren’t All Safe: Pharma Is Willing to Look 'Unscientific' to Sell Vaccines

Why do progressive news sites that expose government and corporate disinformation in other areas accept disinformation when it comes to vaccines–actually calling activists “unscientific”?

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Why the Fur Industry Is Very Pleased With Trump in the White House

It should surprise no one that Donald Trump’s greed-is-good 1980s redux includes lavish displays of fur. Daughters Ivanka and Tiffany, ex-wife Ivana and current wife Melania have all stepped out in fur, notes the Daily Mail. Images of the fur-clad wives, including ex-wife Marla Maples, keep alive the dated image of the "kept" women in diamonds—as dated as Trump's beauty pageant, grab-her-pussy approach to women in general.

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Forget Cranberry Juice. This Biochemist Says He Has an Answer to Frequent Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), also called bladder infections or cystitis, are the bane of many women’s lives. They are the most frequent bacterial infection in women with half of women having at least one in their lives and up to 10 percent having a UTI in a given year. Worse, UTIs are recurrent and nearly half of sufferers get a second infection within a year of the first one. Some bacterial strains are clearly developing antibiotic resistance.

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Turkey Alert: Beware of Lies About Natural Growth, Chemicals and Humane Treatment

As Turkey Day approaches, animal lovers cringe, food safety advocates become vigilante and turkey producers hope you have a short memory. They hope you have forgotten that avian flu and its prevention killed so many turkeys last year—at least 7.5 million—that turkey giant Jennie-O laid off 233 workers. They hope you have forgotten that scientists at the Bloomberg School’s Center for a Livable Future and Arizona State’s Biodesign Institute found Tylenol, Benadryl, caffeine, statins and Prozac in feather meal samples that included U.S. turkeys—“a surprisingly broad spectrum of prescription and over-the-counter drugs,” said study co-author Rolf Halden of Arizona State University. And finally, Butterball hopes you have forgotten that four of its employees were convicted of sickening animal cruelty and veterinarian Dr. Sarah Mason admits tipping Butterball off about an imminent raid by Hoke County detectives to investigate such humane abuses.

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