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Lucrative corporate-political-scientific alliance revealed, working in the nutrition/malnutrition sector

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A British Medical Journal investigation has published findings that leading public health scientists working for the government-funded Human Nutrition Research (HNR) unit, who advise the government on nutrition, have received millions of pounds in research funding from food and drinks companies.

A total of almost £250,000 a year for the past decade has been given by companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Mars, and Nestlé.

So what’s new? Many scientists who advise the government have close links with interested nuclear, biotech, waste disposal, armaments and pharmaceutical companies.

revolving door peopleAnother case of the revolving door: Susan Jebb, a former HNR scientist is now chair of the food network for the government’s Public Health Responsibility Deal, lead or joint lead investigator on industry-funded research projects worth £1.37m between 2004 and 2015.

Last year it was reported that five of the eight members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which advises Public Health England and other government agencies and departments on nutrition and related health issues SACN’s carbohydrates working group had advised or consulted for the food and drinks industry, including Coca-Cola and Mars.


Mars, PepsiCo, Nestlé and Coca-Cola declined to comment.

Media sources:

The Scotsman,

The Telegraph

The FT

Relevant site links:

http://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h231

http://www.ncl.ac.uk/hnrc/people/profile/john.mathers

This weekend’s focus on the role of Prince Charles

Though in theory opposed to the concept of monarchy, the writer finds a head of state drawn from the present royal family infinitely more acceptable than one drawn from the suborned governing elite.

The Financial Times has directly or indirectly featured the prince’s work in articles this weekend:

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At 1.30 – Radio 4 will ask if Prince Charles’ activism is compatible with the position of King: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b047w9kn

Implicit criticism comes from MP David Blunkett, whose portfolio in past years has listed directorships /involvement with many companies, including Oracle Capital Group, a wealth manager serving rich families around the world, DNA Bioscience, Entrust, a large U.S. security software firm and substantial payments from First Group.

The writer’s theory: vested interests – including those in the fields of modern architecture, conventional energy generation, intensive agriculture, pharmaceuticals and construction – are understandably afraid that if he becomes king and his ‘activism’ continues, their interests – and therefore profits – will be seriously affected.

Our Secret State – 6: incidences of chemically induced disability and death are not recorded publicly in this country

A World Health Organisation list of preventable causes of death and another list of causes of death ‘by rate’, fails to mention intake of accidental or prescribed chemicals. However, following a lead from George Wescott, information was found on its Toxic Hazards page, recording that “An estimated 355,000 people are believed to die each year from unintentional pesticide poisoning”. 

philip case fwPhilip Case, deputy news editor of the Farmers Weekly Online (left) is said to have suggested, during a phone call, that the FW’s silence on the OP situation was due to the fact that they could find no deaths recorded as resulting from OP poisoning.

The only successful legal case was brought by John Amos Hill in 1997, who died recently. He won a case for compensation against his employer and the chemical company, as this was his one and only instance of using OPs, enabling him to prove the link between using the chemical and his ill health.

Richard Bruce (background here) writes:

“Death certificates often do not state the illnesses that lead to death, citing instead  organ failures such as heart or lung failure.

“When my late mother-in-law died we were able to see the original death certificate as my wife was a close friend of the funeral director. We noted with interest that the pneumonia that killed her was not even mentioned. It simply said multiple organ failure – but she had been given the pneumonia vaccine, the effects from which she never recovered. That may explain why it was not recorded. I suspect the same will be true for OP poisoning cases”.  See an informal case history here.

Mr Bruce would welcome two beneficial changes:
  • more accurate death certificates which include a doctor’s initial illness diagnosis.
  • open reporting of the proven dangers of OPs, including those from the organophosphorus herbicide glyphosate (used on GM crops) which has been implicated in countless poisonings and suicides around the world…..

Listed elsewhere as a social crime in a PCU draft: “government obliges the pharmaceutical companies by allowing unsuitable, poorly tested drugs to be prescribed, periodically attempting mass medication via fluoride, various vaccinations, unneeded statins and so on”.

A fatal illness originated by agro-chemicals or pharmaceuticals should be indicated on the person’s death certificate, however strongly the manufacturers object.