Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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In a nutshell, public-health professor Freudenberg finds that the greatest threat to the health and well-being of humanity is an upside-down health system. He contends that, rather than a political-economic system that supports the health of the general population, public health is compromised to support the well-being of our current political-economic system. He refers to what he calls a “corporate consumption complex,” a disproportionately small group of business and political interests, as if it is an entity that thrives on “hyperconsumption” by a mass populace whose good health is being sacrificed in the name of profit. He makes his case via examples of both blatant and unintentional disregard for public health within the food, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries, which value profit over consumer health. His argument is so strong, passionate, and laced with intemperate phrases that it is clear that Freudenberg’s intention is less a call to reason than a rallying cry for an army of Davids against a systemic Goliath. --Donna Chavez

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"Freudenberg details how six industries -- food and beverage, tobacco, alcohol, firearms, pharmaceutical, and automotive -- use pretty much the same playbook to defend the sales of health-threatening products. This playbook, largely developed by the tobacco industry, disregards human health and poses greater threats to our existence than any communicable disease you can name." --New York Times


"A reservoir of constructive indignation that can arouse all Americans who adhere to basic human values." --Ralph Nader


"Freudenberg lays out the labyrinth of connections between corporate misbehavior and the health of the world, then and gives a roadmap to fix it. I love this book." --Cheryl G. Healton, Director, NYU Global Institute of Public Health; former President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation


"After documenting how multinational corporations manipulate us into hyperconsumption, this book goes on to identify the strategies we can, together, use to liberate ourselves." --Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham


"Freudenberg brings clarity to our understanding of these fundamental determinants of population health in a way that no one else has." --Sandro Galea, Dean, Boston University School of Public Health


"A richly detailed account of how corporate power has been used to corrupt health and well-being, along with excellent advice on what readers can do about it." --Kirkus


"An exceptionally detailed and thought-provoking historical profile of how corporations have risen to power and maintained their influence in the shaping of our societies." --The Lancet


"Provides an advocate's perspective on how industry shapes health, and in Freudenberg's words, 'This is something not only to think about, but to rant about.'" --Health Affairs


"This book may well make you angry and inconsolable. You will ask yourself how a few industries--food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and auto-have managed to act with virtual impunity and enrich themselves at the expense of our health and the health of the planet... This is a comprehensive, gutsy, and absorbing book that tells a compelling story of the major vectors of 21st century diseases... It should be required reading." --American Journal of Public Health


"The text offers compelling evidence that an audience beyond academia could benefit from reading this book." -World Medicine and Health Policy



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  • File Size: 5505 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HQFO66Q
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