(NaturalNews) Some of the health-related events that took place in 2009 were so stupid they deserve an award. So as a service to our comedy-minded readers, we've put together the "Dumb and Dumber and Dumberer" awards covering the dumbest things we've seen in the health industry throughout 2009.
Let's begin with the American Cancer Society which qualifies for the Dumbest Cancer Fundraiser Award for taking part in a BBQ meat cook-off even to raise money for cancer research. (http://www.naturalnews.com/025794_meat_food_...) Why is this so dumb? Because BBQ'd meat causes cancer.
The Dumbest Health Claim of the Year award goes to Kellogg's for shipping boxes of Cocoa Krispies printed with large letters claiming that the sugary processed food cereal helps your child's "immunity." (http://www.naturalnews.com/027386_Kelloggs_f...) They have since retracted the claim.
The Dumbest Denial of the Year award goes to SIGA Technologies which vehemently denied having anything to do with vaccines even though their own website boasted about their vaccine technologies (http://www.naturalnews.com/027483_SIGA_Techn...).
The Dumbest Medical Technology of the Year award goes to mammograms which, the world learned this year, actually cause the very cancers they are supposed to detect.
The Dumbest Nutritionist of the Year award goes to Eileen T. Kennedy, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, who led the fraudulent "Smart Choices" marketing gimmick that attempted to position sugary junk foods as healthy choices for children. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027077_nutrition_...)
The Dumbest Medical Researcher of the Year award goes to Dr. Scott Reuben, a Big Pharma clinical trial researcher who was caught fabricating 21 studies. (http://www.naturalnews.com/025852_anesthesia...) Second place for this award goes to all the other doctors and science writers who quoted Dr. Reuben's studies to support their own pill-pushing agendas.
The Dumbest News Service of the Year award goes to The Associated Press which declared war on alternative medicine and commissioned a series of articles with the stated purpose of discrediting natural remedies. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027424_medicine_a...)
The Dumbest Legislation of the Year award goes to the Democrats in the U.S. Congress who have passed a health care reform bill that, if signed into law, will bankrupt American families and businesses while doing absolutely nothing to improve the overall health of the nation.
Although this isn't necessarily health related, the Dumbest Terrorist of the Year award goes to the exploding underwear bomber who thought he could bring down an airplane full of Americans by planting a wedgie bomb between his butt cheeks. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027825_terrorists...)
Not just dumb, but evil
2009 wasn't just about dumb and dumber and dumberer -- it was also a year of evil corporations committing some rather egregious acts of dishonesty. They deserve an award too, don't you think?
The Most Dishonest Food Company of the Year award goes to Dean Foods for pulling a bait-and-switch on its Silk soymilk product, which was quietly and without any real notification changed to non-organic, even while keeping the same packaging, the same SKUs and the same price. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027450_food_foods...)
At a close second to Merck, the runner-up award for Most Evil Corporation of the Year goes to Monsanto, the company that's destroying the natural seeds of the world (and natural farming practices) in an attempt to patent and profit from its genetically modified seeds while driving the world's farmers into destitution.
The Most Evil Government Regulator of the Year award goes to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which has now resorted to the criminal kidnapping of its enemies in order to enforce tyranny against the natural health products industry. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027750_Greg_Caton...)
More awards are due to more corporations, of course, so if you have some to suggest, just list them in the comments section!
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