Healthwashing: Convincing Consumers Unhealthy Products Are Good for Them

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A reader asks: “What is healthwashing?”

Healthwashing is a term we use to describe what companies, manufacturers, retailers and other sellers do to make a product that isn’t particularly good for you seem healthier, safer or more nutritious.

A “healthwashed” product can be a new version of an old food or just a repositioning of a product that is already in the marketplace.

Think of a can of cola. One company might healthwash its drink by playing up the fact that it’s made with natural sugar, as opposed to artificial sweeteners. Another might repackage its cola in slightly smaller cans with the promise of fewer calories. You think you’re doing something positive for your health but, really, you’re still drinking a beverage with no real nutritional value.

Another example of healthwashing might come from your local farmer, who claims his pork was raised without antibiotics. The truth, though, is that in the U.S. absolutely no hormones can be used in hogs raised for consumption. Anyone selling pork with a no-hormones claim must, under US law, also add this after the hormone-free claim: “Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones.”

The word “healthwashing” is a hot buzzword but the dangers of it have long been known. And those dangers have even been scientifically studied. A 2016 study published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics found that when manufacturers added a claim about vitamin fortification (a practice the FDA says they aren’t actually supposed to do) to snack foods, shoppers were:

  • Less likely to look for nutrition information on the label
  • More likely to select the product for purchase
  • More likely to perceive the product as healthier
  • Less likely to correctly choose the healthier product

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via Healthwashing – What Is It?

Everyone Has Fallen for the Lies About Venezuela, by Lee Camp

Why the US coup in Venezuela was predictable.

Rise Up Times

There are three things that seem to provoke the ornery United States into overthrowing or bringing down a foreign government, no matter how many innocent civilians may die in the process

By Published on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by Truthdig

Our American empire knows no bounds to its nation-building (after nation-destroying).(Photo: Shutterstock)

There are three things I know for sure in this fanciful, sometimes inglorious experience we call life:

  1. You will never have a safety pin when you need one, and you will have thousands when you don’t need one.
  2. Wild animals are breathtakingly majestic until they’re crawling up your pant leg.
  3. A U.S. presidential administration will never admit that it invaded another country or backed a coup attempt in order to essentially steal the natural resources (oil) of said country.

This is why it was so very shocking last week when members of the Trump administration admitted…

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The New Women’s Movement to Reclaim the Commons

Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

by Sylvia Federici

PM Press (2019)

Book Review

This book is a collection of essays about capitalism’s continuing seizure and privatization of the “commons” and growing women’s movements in Africa, Latin America and Asia to resist enclosure and reclaim privatized land.

Federici divides her book into two parts. The Part One (“On the New Enclosures”) essays describe the original 15-17th century enclosure laws that drove my European ancestors off common lands they had farmed communally for more than 1,000 years. This process (which Marx refers to as “primitive accumulation”) laid the groundwork for capitalism in two important ways: 1) it allowed the accumulation of capital (ie land) to finance the industrial revolution and 2) it forced landless peasants into factories.

Part One goes on to explore how the World Bank and IMF continues to expel drive third world peoples from their communal lands, creating the largest mass migration of refugees in history. I was quite surprised to learn that communal land ownership survives intact throughout much of Africa and that women produce 80% of the continent’s food via subsistence farming.

This section also features excellent essays on the role the Chinese government has played in driving their peasant population off their communal lands – and the role of microcredit in inflicting debt on rural populations that were previously immune to the forces of globalization.

In Part Two “On the Commons,” Federici details numerous examples of third world women’s movements that are reclaiming the commons via such strategies as squatting on privatized land, urban gardening (growing crops on privatized land), time banks, savings pools, and programs to collectively undertake shopping, cooking and care of street children.

This section also offers an excellent critique of Marx’s failure to acknowledge the essential role under capitalism of the unpaid work of women and colonized peoples – nor of the degradation of the “commons” known as the environment.

The book’s final essay warns of the seductive nature of Internet technology and role it plays in distracting people from genuine face-to-face interaction that brings about real change.

House Unanimously Approves Sanctions on Syrian Reconstruction

This is the same script from Iraq where the US first destroyed water treatment plants then imposed sanctions so they couldn’t be put back online.

Friends of Syria

Unbelievable: Congress to Pass Sanctions Against Syria Reconstruction

The US/al-Qaeda regime-change onslaught failed so now posturing US politicians will do everything they can to make sure Syria goes through the same sanctions hell Iraq did 1990-2003:

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to impose new sanctions on the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and its allies, and those who do business with them. The move comes a month after President Donald Trump’s announcement to withdraw troops from Syria, and as some Arab governments are thawing relations with the Assad regime, which has all but secured a military victory after nearly eight years of war. The measure has been passed by the House twice in previous sessions, and a companion bill currently remains pending in the Senate.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., reintroduced the standalone version of the Syria bill, H.R. 31, which passed under fast-track…

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NARCO-POLITIK: Was The ‘War on Drugs’ Really A Race War That Had Nothing To Do With Marijuana?

Nixon’s War on Drugs was really a war on African Americans.

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Source – naturalnewsblogs.com

“…Former aide to President Richard Nixon pulls back the curtain on the true motivation of the United States’ war on drugs… John Ehrlichman, who served 18 months in prison for his central role in the Watergate scandal, was Nixon’s chief domestic advisor when the president announced the “war on drugs” in 1971”

Marijuana-the war on drugs was a race war that had nothing to do with the plant – By Thomasina Copenhaver

The Drug War was officially declared on June 17, 1971 when President Nixon claimed drugs to be “Public Enemy Number One.” But was that really the case? Could there have been another far deeper, carefully calculated plan that had nothing to do with marijuana?

It was a different time. Or perhaps not. In a nation struggling with civil strife, poverty, racial inequality/tension, corporate domination, ecological disasters, and a hated, highly protested Vietnam War—sharing a…

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America at War: Infographic Reveals How the U.S. Military Is Operating in 40% of the World’s Nations

“Democracy”: The number one US export.

New Human New Earth Communities

Earlier this month, NBC reporter and analyst William Arkin ended a 30-year career as a journalist, announcing in a “scathing letter,” Democracy Now! reports, that “he would be leaving the network. Arkin accuses “the media of warmongering while ignoring the, quote, ‘creeping fascism of homeland security.’” He does not equivocate in a follow-up interview with Amy Goodman. “The generals and the national security leadership” are also now, he says, “the commentators and the analysts who populate the news media” (Arkin himself is a former Army intelligence officer).

The problem isn’t only NBC, in his estimation, and it isn’t only supposed journalists cheerleading for war. Most of the conflicts the country is currently engaged in are un- or under-reported in major sources. His letter “applies to all of the mainstream networks, applies to CNN and Fox, as well…. We’ve just become so shallow that we’re not really able…

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Is Chemotherapy Worth It? Studies Prove That The Chemical Intervention Actually Worsens Quality Of Life And Has No Benefit To Overall Survival

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Research published in JAMA Oncology shows that for many patients, chemotherapy isn’t just inconvenient — it’s immensely damaging to quality of life and offers no significant benefits to overall survival.

Truth To Power

Chemotherapy may be the cornerstone of conventional cancer treatment, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Studies continue to demonstrate that chemo isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In addition to worsening quality of life, past research has shown that up to 50 percent of patients on chemo will die — from the drugs, and not their cancer.

Image: Is chemotherapy worth it? Studies prove that the chemical intervention actually worsens quality of life and has no benefit to overall survival

Some research even shows that chemo spreads cancer, instead of stopping it. The toxicity of chemotherapy is well documented; scientists have known for years that a number of chemo drugs are actually carcinogenicthemselves.

Even the American Cancer Society admits that cancers caused by chemotherapy are often even harder to treat than the original cancer. Combine that with the plague of fake cancer diagnoses peddled by shameless, profit-seeking “doctors,” and it’s clear that conventional cancer treatment is less about curing patients and more about making money.

Study finds chemo is…

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