(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
) 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_food_cocoa.html
) 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_Technologies_vaccines.html
The Dumbest Surgeon of the Year
award goes to the doctor who misdiagnosed a patient with cancer and then unnecessarily amputated her leg. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027609_leg_amputation_medical_error.html
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_food_Tufts_University.htm...
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_drugs_medical_journals.h...
) 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_alternative_Associated_Pre...
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_underwear.html
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_Dean.html
The Most Evil Corporation of the Year
award goes to Merck, whose employees circulated a hit list of doctors to destroy and discredit if they spoke out against the company's drug products. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027116_Merck_doctors_vaccines.html
) In order to continue pushing the evil a little further, the former head of the CDC now runs Merck's vaccine division. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027789_Dr_Julie_Gerberding_Merck.html
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_FDA.html
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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