CORPORATE TIES THAT BIND: An Examination of Corporate Manipulation and Vested Interest in Public Health
This forthcoming book (February 2017) is timely reading as we are now seeing a well-orchestrated tactic by various industry front groups to create a false scientific consensus in an effort to kill-off controversial health and environmental issues which threaten various industries.
From my perspective, a prime example is the condition of electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) which is being portrayed by the telecommunications industry and their “fellow travelers” as being exclusively a psychosomatic disorder (a false belief) unrelated to exposure to telecommncations frequency emissions. One only needs to read what Wikipedia and ACEBR say about the condition.
As for my particular interest in this book, Chapter 16,”Spin in the Antipodes” examines industry involvement in telecommunications health research in Australia. An earlier version was originally written as a chapter in my thesis The Procrustean Approach but as the topic wasn’t directly related to my thesis topic, telecommunications standard setting, it was decided to save it for another time and place. After several updates and revisions it is now published in this book.
But of course this is only one of 24 chapters which examine a wide range of current challenges to health. Order a copy in advance now!
From the publisher’s press release:
Who is winning the battle over public health?
The fight between corporate profit and public health has resulted in unnecessary disease and even death. Corporate Ties That Bind (Skyhorse hardcover, 2/7/17, $35.00) clearly shows how conflicts of interest, lies, distortion of facts, and the corruption of scientists affect our exposure to toxins and radiation—and the quality of our lives.
From a wide range of writers, here are groundbreaking pieces on:
The basis of bad science
Industrial influences on cancer epidemiology
Secret ties in asbestos
Hiding environmental issues
Downplaying radiation risk
And much more
Whether you’re concerned about how corporations have distorted the health impacts of their products or how their financial interests affect our well-being, Corporate Ties That Bind is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of public health.
A Scholarly and International Look at How Corporations Are Influencing Public Health
In the twenty-first century, corporations have worked their way into government, and, as they grow more powerful, arguments about their involvement with public health have become increasingly black and white. With corporations at the center of public health and environmental issues, everything chemical or technological is good, and everything natural is bad; scientists who are funded by corporations are right, and those who are independent are invariably wrong. Common ground between the two sides in these arguments is diminishing.
Corporate Ties That Bind is a collection of essays written by influential academic scholars, activists, and epidemiologists from around the world who scrutinize the corporate reasoning, false science, and trickery of those who present the scientific messages of organizations that attack and censure independent voices. It shows how we are bombarded with opposing messages, as producers fight to make big profits and those concerned with health try to warn society of impending toxic dangers.
This book addresses how the growth of corporatism is destroying liberal democracy and personal choice. There is a battle taking place between profitability and public health, and this book provides a detailed and scholarly intervention.
Martin J. Walker is a British activist, investigator, and writer. Since 1990, he has focused on lobby groups and the influence of multinational corporations on medicine, medical research, and public health. Walker contributed to Lennart Hardell’s paper, Secret Ties to Industry and Conflicting Interests in Cancer Research, which appeared in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and led to Walker, Hardell, and the late Bo Walhjalt producing this book.
“Congratulations to the courageous souls who wrote this book. Those who speak out about the harmful effects of toxic chemicals and radiation often do so at their peril. Corporate Ties That Bind is an important and much needed book that warns of the undue influence corporations have in perverting science, delaying public health policy, and swaying media information. A society that doesn’t protect its children doesn’t have a future. If you care about your health and the health of your children, this book is a must read.”
—Dr. Magda Havas, BSc, PhD, Associate Professor, Trent School of the Environment, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada
“Are we to blame for living in unhealthy homes and communities? Or are we being manipulated by governments and corporations that say the onus is on health scientists to prove that a new product or technology is harmful, rather than on industry to prove it is safe? The case studies in this book elucidate how corporations control us, our scientists, and our policymakers to maximize profits at the expense of our health and safety.”
—Joel M. Moskowitz, PhD, director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
“This monumental volume represents decades of dedicated research and expertise into major issues of industrial influence against national and international public health. This exposé will lead to more fairness in public and occupational health and to a new generation of objective public health-oriented advocates.”
—James Huff, PhD, formerly head of IARC Monographs Program (France) and Associate Director for Chemical Carcinogenesis, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (US)
“This timely and important book makes the compelling argument for reform of the so-called ‘industry safety standards’ that permeate our everyday lives. Lucid, authoritative, and essential reading for ourselves and our children.”
—Brian Stein and Jonathan Mantle, authors of The Microwave Delusion
“This book takes us another important step forward in the struggle for the health of future generations.”
—Professor Yury Grigoriev, deputy chairman of the Scientific Council on Radiobiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, President of Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, Member of International Advisory Committee of WHO EMF and Health Project
“The use of corporate power to ‘manufacture scientific doubt’ about the harmful effects of their products in the minds of the public and regulators has been documented for tobacco. Corporate Ties That Bind casts its net wider to include a host of other examples that reveal the depths that corporations can go to defend their products, creating distorted science, health and environmental harm, and huge taxpayer costs that fly in the face of the ‘polluter pays’ principle.”
—David Gee, retired senior science adviser, EEA, & visiting fellow, Institute of Environment, Health and Societies, Brunel University, London