For years, you’ve read right here in the Daily Dose about how top government public health officials are secretly colluding with the junk food industry.
And what do I get for my troubles? Some people call me a conspiracy kook!
Looks like anyone who thinks this is some kind of crazy delusion is about to get served a heaping helping of crow, because new emails from the CDC show…
IT’S ALL TRUE!
One of the agency’s top officials — someone who is supposed to be working specifically to fight obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke — just quit after it was revealed that she’s been secretly advising junk food industry insiders.
The emails show how Dr. Barbara Bowman, director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, had been offering advice to Alex Malaspina — a former Coca-Cola executive who is founder and former director of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).
Don’t be fooled by the name.
The International Life Sciences Institute is an “institute” the way the way the Internal Revenue Service is a “service.”
It’s a lobbying agency that fights for the food industry, chemical companies, and Big Ag.
According to messages obtained by the advocacy group U.S. Right to Know, Malaspina wrote to Bowman for help dealing with the World Health Organization, which has been urging consumers to cut back dramatically on sugar.
Malaspina was incredibly honest about why he needed help.
“The threat to our business is serious,” he wrote in an email chain that included Coke executives, which he forwarded to Bowman.
Rather than send the email back and tell him where to stick that “threat to his business,” Bowman played ball.
She helped open doors, giving him advice and telling him who could help press his case. She offered so much advice that Malaspina wrote to thank her for the “very good leads” and invite her out to dinner.
If that’s not the very definition of “cozy relationship,” I don’t know what is.
Yet despite the outrageous secret emails that forced this CDC bigwig to skip town, the agency itself said it had no problem with any of it.
“It is not unusual for CDC to be in touch with people on all sides of an issue,” CDC spokeswoman Kathy Harben told U.S. Right to Know.
Well for once, they’re not lying. It ISN’T unusual, and that’s exactly the problem. For every bigwig taken down when they’re busted, hundreds of more are still operating behind the scenes, putting industry interests ahead of yours.
It happens at the CDC… FDA… USDA… and the rest of DC’s alphabet soup agencies.
So if you want the unvarnished truth, don’t rely on the government because you’ll never get it.
But you can count on seeing it right here in the Daily Dose!