Guest Blog: The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

“The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together ($33.7 billion) [in 2002]. Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit, this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.”
— Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine

Child Obesity Epidemic

Nearly one in three children is overweight or obese. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimated that nearly 17% of children age 2 – 19 years are obese. According to the Childhood Obesity Foundation in Canada, over 25% of the children are considered overweight or obese. Alarmingly, there is no great concern. No elected official, medical professional or childcare organization has sounded the alarm. The United States has more obesity than any other country.