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Martha Rosenberg

Martha Rosenberg is a Chicago columnist and editorial cartoonist who frequently writes about the impact of the pharmaceutical, food and gun industries on public health.

Her first book, Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp the Public Health, is available in hardcover and ebook editions.

A former medical copywriter, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Newsday and Consumer Digest. She contributes to Counterpunch, AlterNet, Buzzflash, FoodConsumer and other well known websites.



Intimidation, retaliation and marginalizing of safety at the FDA
COMMENTARY | August 11, 2012
The email monitoring and spying at the Food and Drug Administration was aimed at suppressing the safety opinions of people whose job was to give their safety opinions. Writer Martha Rosenberg interviews Ronald Kavanagh, a former FDA reviewer.

The antibiotics you're eating without knowing it
COMMENTARY | February 28, 2012
Over 70 percent of antibiotics go to livestock, not people; they are used on over 83 percent of grower-finisher swine farms, cattle feedlots, and sheep farms and found in 48 percent of U.S. streams.

Why did the medical establishment allow Pharma's 12-year bone scam?
ASK THIS | January 31, 2012
Creating a phony need, getting treatment of it Medicare-reimbursable – and greatly increasing the danger of esophageal cancer and other serious health problems.

Why does no one question the government blackbird massacres for industry?
ASK THIS | January 05, 2012
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service kills millions of animals a year, often in grisly ways. And it does it to help private industry.

FDA, VA approve drug despite its link to soldiers’ deaths
ASK THIS | April 09, 2010
Seroquel is a widely-prescribed medication, with almost $5 billion in sales last year. But survivors of dead servicemen, torn and angry, question its use as part of a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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