- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (June 3, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626360715
- ISBN-13: 978-1626360716
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits 1st Edition
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This book tells about what happens when scientists with honor and integrity try to stand up to EPA Administration and government to try to protect human health. The scientists are fired, maligned, sued, and generally given the boot. However, heroes come in all shapes and sizes and Dr. Lewis is one of our nation's heroes. Not only did he discover that dental equipment was not being cleaned sufficiently to kill HIV and other pathogens and get dentists world wide to change procedures for sterilizing instruments, he became a whistleblower after being fired from the EPA after 30 years of outstanding scientific contributions. This gentle, soft spoken very intelligent man deserves our kudos and respect while we figure out how to protect ourselves from the toxic environment the EPA has mandated for disposal of municipal sewage sludge that impacts our air, water, and food.
What might be the saddest and most frightening thing, though, is that those who try to point out and expose this lack of integrity are so often attacked as being anti-science. In fact, the opposite is true: they want honest, objective science.
I commend the author for his courage and his commitment to being a true "public servant," even at the expense of his own career.
As the author explains in Chapters 3-5 to spread millions of tons of processed toxics-containing sewage sludge annually on our farms, fields, forests, parks, and gardens "was [EPA's ] worst conceivable plan of containing and disposing of the nation's industrial and municipal pollutants." Absent any credible science that supports this harmful practice, EPA, USDA, and the biosolids industry depend on "sludge magic" --their own term-- to assure us that land applying municipal and industrial wastes containing neurotoxins, carcinogens, mutagens, PCBs, dioxins, and pathogens will not cause any harm to health, agriculture, or the environment. They buttress this magic with millions of our tax dollars to fund a massive Public Acceptance Campaign consisting of silencing dissenters, misinformation, and outright lies.
Those concerned about the increase in reported cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), should read Chapters 7 and 8. Here the author reveals to what incredible lengths industry,the UK General Medical Council, and the British Medical Journal will go to defame and silence a gifted scientist, engaged in valid medical research. With patience, perseverance, and perspicacity Lewis spent over a year, digging deeply into a tangled web of UK General Medical Council transcripts, rulings of the High Court of England, and other relevant data to unearth convincing evidence that exonerates Andy Wakefield from false accusations of ethics violations and fraud.
SCIENCE FOR SALE must be read by all citizens, policy makers, and scientists who still believe that government agencies were created to serve the public interest; that sound environment and health policies must be based on honest and credible science, rather than on corporate-funded pseudo-science, and that threatening and silencing scientists and citizens for uncovering harmful products and practices violates democratic principles and basic human rights.