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Martha Rosenberg is an investigative reporter whose work has appeared in Consumers Digest, the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Los Angeles Times, Providence Journal and Newsday. She serves as editorial cartoonist at the Evanston Roundtable. Her Random House food and drug expose, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, was cited in the American Society of Journalists and Authors 2013 Outstanding Books awards. She has appeared on CSPAN, National Public Radio and other top news outlets.

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This Is Why You Can't Put Down That Bag of Chips

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 1:01 PM

There are three reasons Americans' love affair with snacks is growing -- along with their waistlines: the ubiquity of junk food, the ubiquity of junk food advertising and stealth food technology. People who polish off a whole bag of chips or cookies at one sitting (usually in front of TV)...

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Sexism on the Job

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 12:59 AM

Sexism and Racism Still Infect Advertising Industry

The lawsuit filed earlier this year by Erin Johnson, the chief communications officer of J. Walter Thompson that led to CEO Gustavo Martinez's subsequent resignation, will surprise no woman who has worked in advertising. Johnson charges Martinez with subjecting employees "to...

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Why Is Mom Falling? Interview With Author of Not as Prescribed

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 10:37 AM

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Are you or an older adult in your life suffering from misuse of drugs? It is an increasingly common problem says a new book by Harry Haroutunian, MD because people are taking more drugs than ever before and not always aware of their...

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Is This 'Sportsmanship'? Yes, Says the NRA

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 1:58 PM

Many have questioned why the NRA retains as a board member musician Ted Nugent, whose hate speech is widely reported. But derision of women and minorities is only part of the Nugent controversy. Consider what Fox News reports that Ted Nugent tweeted in 2013. "I took my machine...

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FDA Loophole Allows Possibly Dangerous Chemicals in Food

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 1:33 PM

Don't Ask/Don't Tell Food Additive System Puts Many At Risk

Since 1958, the FDA has allowed everyday ingredients in food without requiring a lengthy approval process for them. Food companies and their suppliers have never had to prove, for example, that vinegar, vegetable oil or sugar are...

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If You Leave Me I Will Kill You: Why So Many Women Are Killed by Their Partners and Former Partners

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:31 PM

It happened on Black Friday 2014 at the Nordstrom's store on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, nestled between the Tribune Tower, Wrigley Building and Trump International Hotel & Tower®. Horrified shoppers watched as store employee Nadia Ezaldein was shot in the head as she worked at the accessories counter by estranged...

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An Interview With Dawn Lerman, Author of My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, With Recipes

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 3:52 PM

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Martha Rosenberg: Your book is different from other memoirs because it focuses on food and even has recipes. Who do you think My Fat Dad will appeal to?

Dawn Lerman: My Fat Dad is based on my column in the Well blog of...

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Everyone Has It, But No One Talks About It: Shame!

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 9:13 PM

They say the opposite of shame is pride or honor, but most people -- and most countries -- have a lot more of the former than the latter. While a lot of personal shame centers around age, income and weight, especially when they're going in the wrong direction, there are...

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No Wild-Eyed Vegan, New York Times' Nick Kristof Assails Chicken Abuse

(3) Comments | Posted March 21, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Do Cruel Animal Photos Change Your Eating Habits? Many Say No.

Thanks to the Internet, there is no lack of farm verite showing how animals are raised and slaughtered on factory farms. While some people change their eating habits and resolve to not support cruelty, others tune...

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Cartoon Humor: The Real Difference Between Men and Women

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 4:07 PM

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Cartoon Humor: My Brush With Motherhood

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 8:17 AM

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Cutting Back on Meat but Not Exactly Vegetarian? There's a Word for That, Says New Group

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Many people are cutting down on the meat in their diets for several reasons: their health, the health of the environment and the treatment of animals and workers. Not everyone gets a pang in their heart when they see how today's factory farms treat "animal units," but few today actually...

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Reading the Obituaries as You Age

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 1:59 PM

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Describing Your Lover Versus Your Ex-Lover

(4) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Big difference!

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You Know the Relationship Is Over When...

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Here are signs your relationship is going down the drain:

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Bears vs. Packers OUCH

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:48 PM

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Book Review Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:15 PM

Have you struggled with an addiction to alcohol, food, ecstasy, meth or Xanax? If so, you are like millions of others for whom the new book Sobriety: a Graphic Novel was written -- or actually drawn. Anyone who likes graphic novels will be engrossed in Sobriety's drawings, storyline, dramatic...

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Illinois Senate and Governor Candidates in Gun Denial

(12) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 3:23 PM

It barely made headlines earlier this month. A man with an assault rifle fired at a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train around noon on a weekday in Chicago's busy downtown. Police arrested Lorenzo Jones, 25, preventing what might have become Chicago's own Long Island Rail Road...

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Congratulations! You Are a Size Zero!

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 12:33 PM

Size Inflation Gives Americans a False Sense of Thinness

It is a sad fat that many want to ignore. The more we work out, the more "diet foods" we eat, the fatter Americans are actually getting. A chilling documentary released this summer, Fed Up, narrated by Katie Couric, highlights Americans'...

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Is Lethal Injection Cruel and Unusual Punishment?

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 11:17 AM

This post was co-authored with Robert Wilbur.

As the nation is horrified by another botched execution, a capital defense lawyer in Texas, a legal scholar in New York, and the former warden of San Quentin work against capital punishment.

There were only three people in the room: Jeanne Woodford,...

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