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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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Which is a Friendlier Town -- New Orleans or Chicago?

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 10:09 AM

As a Yankee, I fell in love with the City that Care Forgot (a.k.a. the Crescent City, the Big Easy and the Birthplace of Jazz) in my twenties and, like many a Yankee before me, moved there. (It was also called the Land of the Lotus Eaters because we forgot...

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Can You Heal From Severe Depression? This Author Says Yes

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 11:30 AM

Interview with Gayathri Ramprasad, Author of Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within


The just published memoir, Shadows in the Sun, is a first-of-its-kind, cross-cultural lens to mental illness through the inspiring story of the...

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There Is a Way to Stop Tragic Livestock Fires

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 11:52 AM

This week more than 1,000 hogs were killed by a fire at the farm near the Carroll County community of Cutler in Central Indiana.

The dead included about 500 young pigs who died in a nursery barn. Flora Fire Chief Mike Cottrell said the age of the...

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13 Drugs Whose Risks Emerged Only When They Went Off Patent, Part One

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 4:17 PM

Have you ever noticed how warnings about dangerous prescription drug always seem to surface after the drug is no longer marketed and its patent has run out? As in after the fact? Whether it's an FDA advisory or a trial lawyer solicitation about harm that may have been done to...

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6 Crimes Against Nature in Factory Farming (Pt. 2)

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 9:32 AM

If you are not aware of the horrors of factory farming, then you are not paying attention. Treating animals like heads of lettuce --"forget it's an animal" says one farmer magazine -- has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward animals, workers and the environment at the same time it harms humans who...

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6 Crimes Against Nature in Factory Farming (Pt. 1)

(16) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 10:16 AM

If you are not aware of the horrors of factory farming, then you are not paying attention. Treating animals like heads of lettuce -- "Forget it's an animal," said one farmer magazine -- has created institutionalized ruthlessness toward animals, workers and the environment at the same time it harms...

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The American Heart Association -- Protecting Industry Not Patients

(6) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:56 AM

By Barbara Roberts, M.D. and Martha Rosenberg

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines. They are an egregious example of much that is wrong with medicine today.

The guidelines propose a vast expansion of the use...

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Sick Birds, Sick Production Methods: 9 Reasons to Think Twice About Your Holiday Turkey

(30) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:44 AM

With Thanksgiving days away, U.S. turkey growers are probably relieved that no arsenic, salmonella or cruelty stories have surfaced like they have other years. But that doesn't mean the turkey on your holiday table is exactly wholesome. In fact, the chemicals, food additives and extreme production methods used...

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We're Eating What? Contaminants in Meat, Part 1

(11) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:02 AM

The Hidden Meat Contaminants You Might Be Eating

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to "relax" federal meat and poultry inspections, allowing meat processors greater leeway in policing themselves, already the agricultural trend. But most food activists ask how standards could be relaxed any further when drug...

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Antibiotics Have Gone From Wonder Drugs to Wonder-If-They'll-Work Drugs

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928 and its first use in the 1930s and 1940s, millions of lives have been saved from streptococcal and staphylococcal infections as well as syphilis and other deadly infections.

But in some senses, we have killed the goose that laid the golden egg....

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How to Talk to a Gun Nut (If You Must)

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Anyone who participates in online gun conversations has seen entries like this.

"You have no freedom to tell me what I can or can not do. Me packing a firearm is not a danger to you unless you are dim-witted enough to attack me. You have no right or freedom...
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Is Animal Treatment on Farms Our Business?

(31) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Did people just discover where meat comes from? Sometimes it seems like it.

Animal rights activists, with the help of miniaturized cameras and the Web, have forced farm animal treatment onto the national front page with a parade of cruel, upsetting and gruesome exposes. To capture the farm verite all...

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Does Medicare Eliminate Waste? Not With Popular Diabetes Drugs

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Walid Gellad, M.D., M.P.H. is an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a staff physician and researcher at the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center. His research focuses on physician prescribing practices and on policy issues affecting access to medications for patients. He recently granted me this interview.

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Think Concealed Carry Makes You Safe? Think Again!

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 10:33 AM

It is hard to find a more zealous group than conceal carriers. Like George Zimmerman, who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida last year, they see "bad guys" everywhere, have a high fear level and flatter themselves that they are keeping themselves and others safe.

Both are fantasies. Two years...

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These Chicago Murderers Passed Background Checks

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Every year at this time, thousands of walkers and runners in the Chicago area assemble for the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate, honoring the legacy of the former Northwestern University Men's Basketball Coach, murdered in 1999.

Byrdsong was shot and killed while walking with two of his...

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How the NRA Makes Sure Criminals Have Guns

(43) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:44 AM

"Criminals don't follow laws," and they are armed is the NRA's surefire, sanctimonious marketing position. We good guys need to be armed because the bad guys are!

But scratch the surface of the laws the NRA blocks and ones that it has pushed through behind the public' s back and...

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Will We Ever Stop Craving Things That Aren't Good for Us? Author Interview

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 3:44 PM

Cravings? Interview with Omar Manejwala, MD, Author of
Craving: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough

Dr. Manejwala, a psychiatrist, is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Catasys in Los Angeles and is the former medical director at Hazelden Foundation. Dr. Manejwala is...

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When the Publication Plan Is Ready, the Research Will Appear

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Where did the medical community get the idea that Vioxx, Trovan and Baycol were safe and the benefits of...

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A Way to Force Sane Gun Laws -- Boycott Starbucks

(11) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Despite its reputation for global consciousness and socially aware customers, Starbucks is actually a huge ally of the NRA by welcoming lethal weapons in its stores. By refusing to ban guns from its premises as it is allowed to as a property owner, Starbucks facilitates gun proliferation and the gun...

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Chicago Gun Shop Linked to Thousands of Street Guns Screams 'Unfair' About $25 Gun Tax

(22) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 3:10 PM

2,370 crime guns were traced to just one gun shop located in suburban Chicago between 1996 and 2000. Over 1,300 have been traced to the shop since 2008 -- as well as 20 percent of all Chicago crime guns used within a year of their purchase....

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