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Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health By David Michaels,

  • Title: Doubt Is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health
  • Author: David Michaels
  • ISBN: 9780195300673
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Doubt is our product, a cigarette executive once observed, since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists in the minds of the general public It is also the means of establishing a controversy In this eye opening expose, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry s duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dis Doubt is our product, a cigarette executive once observed, since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists in the minds of the general public It is also the means of establishing a controversy In this eye opening expose, David Michaels reveals how the tobacco industry s duplicitous tactics spawned a multimillion dollar industry that is dismantling public health safeguards Product defense consultants, he argues, have increasingly skewed the scientific literature, manufactured and magnified scientific uncertainty, and influenced policy decisions to the advantage of polluters and the manufacturers of dangerous products To keep the public confused about the hazards posed by global warming, second hand smoke, asbestos, lead, plastics, and many other toxic materials, industry executives have hired unscrupulous scientists and lobbyists to dispute scientific evidence about health risks In doing so, they have not only delayed action on specific hazards, but they have constructed barriers to make it harder for lawmakers, government agencies, and courts to respond to future threats The Orwellian strategy of dismissing research conducted by the scientific community as junk science and elevating science conducted by product defense specialists to sound science status also creates confusion about the very nature of scientific inquiry and undermines the public s confidence in science s ability to address public health and environmental concerns Such reckless practices have long existed, but Michaels argues that the Bush administration deepened the dysfunction by virtually handing over regulatory agencies to the very corporate powers whose products and behavior they are charged with overseeing In Doubt Is Their Product Michaels proves, beyond a doubt, that our regulatory system has been broken He offers concrete, workable suggestions for how it can be restored by taking the politics out of science and ensuring that concern for public safety, rather than private profits, guides our regulatory policy Named one of the best Sci Tech books of 2008 by Library Journal
    Doubt Is Their Product How Industry s Assault on Science Threatens Your Health Doubt is our product a cigarette executive once observed since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists in the minds of the general public It is also the means of establis

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    1. Let s say that a corporation manufactures a popular and profitable consumer product and evidence emerges that the product causes harm cancer, brain damage, an erection lasting than 4 hours whatever What do you do One option would be to admit the problem, notify the media, pull the product from the market, and compensate the victims Instead many companies choose the following Suppress the evidence of harm as long as possible, then deny harm Raise doubt about the scientific evidence and point to [...]

    2. Meticulously researched and backed with historical evidence makes a strong case for transparency and integrity in scientific research and for prioritizing public health protections with the best science available.

    3. I skimmed this book, did not read it very thoroughly but did go through nearly every page The reason being is the book would make my blood pressure rise too much if I read it deeply It s a good book, but I get quite angry hearing about companies that are so calculating, misleading and obscure important information, all in order to improve profits People s health should not be disregarded so callously for a better bottom line The book is a very important book, extremely well researched and noted [...]

    4. I bought this book by mistake but read it on purpose It was very well written.Doubt is their Product is ostensibly about corporate shenanigans as it relates to manipulating science to sidestep regulation, putting corporate profits ahead of pubic and environmental health a perspective that is so commonplace that if a corporation were in fact to try to do something progressive or altruistic, it would be met with disbelief.What makes this book remarkable is that Michaels explains how mercenary scie [...]

    5. This is an extremely important book about the lows that corporations will go to to keep their harmful products on the market to maximize profits Michaels, the Assistant Secretary of Energy under Clinton, extensively documents the disgusting tactics of Big Pharma, the asbestos industry, Big Tobacco, chemical companies and plastics manufacturers in their bid to keep regulations low, killing or seriously injuring hundreds or thousands of people While this is not and easy book to read it can be dry, [...]

    6. This is the best book I have come across on the subject of corporate influence on science Prof Michaels details in case after case how corporations have used the tobacco strategy to muddy the waters and delay government regulation of harmful substances The case studies secondhand tobacco smoke, lead, benzene, beryllium, diacetyl, the list goes on and on start to blur together, so consistent is the gameplan.The main scientific takeaway from the book is this epidemiology is difficult to do correct [...]

    7. This book is an excellent story from a government employee who has been on the front lines of the battles over science in regulation The book discusses the ways that industry produces science both in terms of funding and publishing the research, and statistical and experimental methods that is designed to obscure and confuse findings of associations between various environmental exposures and health effects These range from tobacco and asbestos to beryllium that nuclear workers were exposed to, [...]

    8. The psychology of advertising with the appropriately sinister spin this book packs the necessary data and references that should make it mandatory reading for high school psychology But it s terrifying just how successful the industry is in twisting reality to suit their short sighted and damaging agendas The writing is clear and precise and difficult to dispute A rallying cry to wake up to the realities of media manipulation before science becomes witchcraft in the 21st century and we re wateri [...]

    9. Doubt is Their Product is a well researched and scholarly book It is also tells a very sad story The government we trust to keep us safe has put the foxes in charge of the henhouses OSHA, for example, has been so intimidated that it has quit trying to protect us The nuclear weapons industry has contaminated the countryside and used security as an excuse to hide the fact The FDA has little to no funding to protect us from drugs with serious side effects If you vote, you must read this book If you [...]

    10. A good look at how industry and the lack of governmental oversight is leading to a dangerous combination when it comes to public health safety The author does a fine job of describing many different issues where public health safety should be job 1, but instead industry, hiding behind sound science , has gotten to run the show over groups such as EPA, OSHA and NIOSH Of course it comes down to politics in many ways, but this is a good book to read if you want to know a better history of how these [...]

    11. Eye opening must read about how the oligarchy is affecting the regulatory departments of the government, and prolonging the destruction of public health and the environment It seems this was written in 2006 or 2007, so I would be interested to learn what the author has to say about the situation now.

    12. Covers some of the same ground as The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney, but through a practitioner s rather than a science journalist s perspective This author also goes back further in time and gets technical about the way, for example, industry manipulates epidemiological studies and seeks to exclude science from the court system.

    13. i wish i could give it 3.5 stars it s well written although a bit redundant in parts overall, it s a pretty solid read detailing industry s unquenchable thirst for cash even in the face of senselessly killing its employees capatilism

    14. A technical read for a very specific audience, but if anyone else is working in health implications from lack of corporate responsibility, especially in investigations, this book is a major eye opener

    15. Really important information, but of a textbook than a easy read Just unbelievable to read how badly the corporations have the government in their pocket.

    16. I m very interested in this topic possibly working in this area for my career however, it s non fiction, which I HATE so we ll see how far I get

    17. A must read for anyone in my field This book should be required reading in any type of environmental health or public policy program.

    18. A must read It starts to feel a little repetitive after a while, but then, hey, that s why it s a must read because it s so tragic that we allow industry to manipulate government this way.

    19. As reviewed by Carl F Cranor in The Tobacco Strategy Entrenched in the 5 September 2008 issue of Science.

    20. Excellent expose on the tactics of product defense groups and lobbyists and how they twist science to achieve political gains.

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