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Big Tobacco racketeering ruling mirrors future Big Pharma prosecutions (opinion)

Friday, August 18, 2006
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, racketeering

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For decades, major tobacco companies have lied about the risks of smoking. A federal judge has now ruled that Big Tobacco engaged in decades of conspiracy and civil fraud, scoring a major victory for the Dept. of Justice, which sued tobacco firms seven years ago.

It has taken decades for this legal chess match to play out against Big Tobacco, and yet what we're witnessing today may foreshadow a nearly identical situation currently brewing: Big Pharma and its own racketeering behavior.

Consider the similarities between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma:

  • Both are led by powerful corporations with heavy influence in Washington.
  • Both sell products that were heavily pushed by doctors (yes, doctors once pushed cigarettes in TV and magazine advertisements).
  • The products of both companies injure and kill huge numbers of people.
  • The manufacturers of both products routinely deny their products cause any kind of harm.
  • Both have been caught burying clinical trials, bribing doctors and distorting science to fit their marketing agendas.
  • Both routinely engaged in anti-competitive practices designed to unfairly eliminate competing products imported from other countries.
  • Both rely heavily on consumer advertising (cigarettes used to be advertised on television) to brainwash people into thinking their products are good for them.
  • Both industries lack ethics or any real sense of value for human life, choosing to exploit lives in order to generate corporate profits.
  • Both have been caught trying to intimidate and censor their own scientists who dared to go public with the truth about their products.
  • Both engaged in deceptive advertising and marketing tactics.
  • Both targeted young children in order to create a new generation of repeat customers.
The similarities are downright spooky. But one big difference is that Big Tobacco peaked many years ago and has been on the downward spiral ever since. Big Pharma's power and influence is still peaking, and the tide has not yet turned against it (although that is beginning to happen this year).

In time, Big Pharma executives will be charged with serious crimes and prosecuted by the Dept. of Justice, much like Big Tobacco today. States will sue to recover billions of dollars in health care costs caused by dangerous pharmaceuticals. Doctors will someday shun promoting pharmaceuticals just as they now shun cigarettes, and just like Big Tobacco, Big Pharma will look to foreign markets to push their drugs as the U.S. market dries up.

From one generation to the next, the years may change, but the scams of powerful corporations don't. It's always the same scam: Pushing dangerous products onto people who don't need them, promoted through false advertising and the corruption of gullible scientists and federal regulators. Big Pharma is the evil twin brother of Big Tobacco, and someday taking drugs for things like high cholesterol or "social anxiety disorder" will seem just as stupid as smoking cigarettes.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

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