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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616145935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616145934
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The perfect treatment for the epidemic of Common Sense Deficiency sweeping America today. Reading this will cause your eyes to pop with amazement and [your] jaw to drop with astonishment, and it might also save your sanity and your life."
-David Healy, Author of Pharmageddon and Let Them Eat Prozac

"A savage indictment of the Pharmaceutical-Industrial Complex. . . . More ruthless than any drug cartel, the prescription drug industry has corrupted our political institutions, infiltrated our regulatory agencies, and bribed the medical establishment to act as dispensers of its high-priced dope, all in the obscene pursuit of mega-profits, consequences be damned. This urgent book should serve as a warning label [on] an industry that poses a grave threat to the public health."
-Jeffrey St. Clair, Author of Born under a Bad Sky and coeditor of CounterPunch

"There’s a story in this book about a pig that is so delectable, it can’t be eaten all at once. While this book may make you question eating any pig ever again, it, too, is so rich that it can’t be digested in one gulp. We all know about junk food, but what’s in Born with a Junk Food Deficiency is bound to surprise you. A wonderful weapon in the arsenal against eating muck disguised as food."
-Ingrid Newkirk, President of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

MARTHA ROSENBERG (Evanston, IL) 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. She has also contributed to the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Arizona Republic, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Consumers Digest. In addition, she is a regular health columnist on the Huffington Post, AlterNet, CounterPunch, BuzzFlash, Foodconsumer, NewsBlaze, YubaNet, Scoop, and the Epoch Times.

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Hopefully, a better writer will take up this theme in a future book.
J. Davis
This books is well researched, with lots of citations from mainstream medical research journals and reams of government statistics.
Ocean City
This book is an expose of how the pharmaceutical industry has co-opted the processed food industry and led to health disasters.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Niall McLaren on June 29, 2012
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I bought this book to see if it had anything new to say about the growing scandal of psychiatric drug misuse. It doesn't, but what it does say is put in context, so I kept reading. After a few chapters, I was becoming annoyed by the gushy, frothy prose with no attempt at objectivity but, after a few more, the sheer wealth of her information of wrong-doing had silenced any quibbles I had with her style. What she has to say is astounding, showing a vast knowledge of appalling and dangerous behavior by people who cynically manipulate the public perception of their activities while profiting from misfortune. More evidence, if any were needed, of how human greed could well be our undoing.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By skater on May 3, 2012
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As a cancer survivor, other and Piates studio owner, I both applaud and highly recommend Martha Rosenberg's "Born with a Junk Food Deficiency". In straight, fact supported language, Ms. Rosenberg's book exposes how the practices of big pharma, agri-business and the U.S. government jeopardize the health and welfare of Americans. This book should be mandatory reading for every mother endeavoring to nourish her children and for every health professional dedicated to the best interests of her clients. Finally a book that speaks the truth, stands up to the lobbyists, and digs deeper than corporate pockets.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. Bleecker Liversidge on June 8, 2012
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As a mother whose child was killed by Zyprexa, I found it difficult yet rewarding to read this book. Ms. Rosenberg is an excellent investigative journalist who reveals the sad truth here. Her stories of what is happening to our soldiers who are given the label of P.T.S.D. was particularly disheartening. Put bluntly, they, too, are being killed by prescription drugs.

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.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By hswhite on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Martha has done a wonderful job of exposing the cover up that exist involving the durg companies and the federal government , expecially the DoD,VA and the FDA. Becareful of the drugs you take...they may kill you not help you.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Roberts on July 19, 2012
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This no holds barred look at the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) and agribusiness (Big Food) is a must read for anyone interested in staying healthy. After reading this book you may never again blithely pop a pill or dig into a pork roast.

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
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ocean City on May 26, 2013
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This books is well researched, with lots of citations from mainstream medical research journals and reams of government statistics. Some other reviewers gave it bad ratings, saying that it is "junk science" but I went to the trouble of looking at what sources the author used, and they are all from bona fide medical journals that only publish important science.

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.
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