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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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You Know the Relationship Is Over When...

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:50 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 | 1:48 PM


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Book Review Sobriety: A Graphic Novel

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 6:15 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

(11) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 4:23 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 | 1:33 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?

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:17 PM

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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Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Released in theaters on May 9, the documentary Fed Up untangles the roots of obesity in America's youth. Directed by Stephanie Soechtig and narrated by Katie Couric, Fed Up does not shrink from telling viewers how the government's decades-long capitulation to Big Food and its lobbyists has fostered an epidemic...

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What Would the Camel Filters Man Say About Messenger Bags?

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 4:06 PM

If you told American men 30 years ago that one day they'd be pushing strollers, hearing "erectile dysfunction" on TV or carrying "purses" called messenger bags, they'd think you were smoking something. If you told them gay marriage would be legal, shaved heads would be cool and men would ride...

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Have You Ever Heard of the JOBS Act? Neither Have Many Would-be Entrepreneurs, Especially Women

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:04 PM

The JOBS Act is a "game changer" that would allow "ordinary Americans... to go online and invest in entrepreneurs they believe in," says President Obama.

Do you know what PIPRs (private issuers publicly raising) are? Do you know what the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 or

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Is This Art Too Risky or Offensive to Display?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 1:04 PM

It has been 24 years since an inflammatory art exhibit vaulted the city of Cincinnati and its Contemporary Arts Center to national attention. A sadomasochistic photo installation by the late Robert Mapplethorpe, condemned by the late North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, forced what was believed to be the...

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

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:09 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 | 12:30 PM

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 | 12:52 PM

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 | 5:17 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 | 10:32 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 | 11:16 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 | 11:56 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 | 9:44 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 | 11:02 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 | 6:50 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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