American Heart Association
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"When he presented it live to the American Heart Association. They turned him down flat.  He said, I can't believe it. I've got a program here that's proven, that's reduced coronary plaque in the arteries, with angiograms and CAT scans to back it up. And they said, the average American was not going to adapt to a vegetarian food program.  They felt that the average American would opt for coronary bypass surgery. I couldn't believe it when they said that.  That's what stupid morons the American Heart Association thinks that Americans are.  They think we're so stupid, so constipated, and so stuck in our ways that we'd rather have a Skill saw cut through our sternum, cutting our veins out of our legs, stripping them out, cutting arteries out of our heart and replacing them. We would rather do that and be in Intensive Care for a week and a half and have a keloid scar from our throat down to our bellybutton.  If that isn't horrible enough, there's severe pain when you come out of the operation. They've cut your rib cage in half.  And, as Americans, we would rather do that, knowing that in ten years maximum we're going to be right back in the same place and knowing that every other artery in our body is still clogged. We'd rather do that than change our diet. I don't believe that.  My experience has been that the average American would rather change their diet and their ways. The American Heart Association has to be working hand-in-hand with the surgeons and medical doctors. They love each other.  [1996] Shulze Biser Heal Your Life videos (transcripts)


"You think that nonprofit organizations just give away their stamps of approval on products? Bristol-Myers Squibb paid $600,000 to the American Heart Association for the right to display AHA's name and logo in ads for its cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol. Smith Kline Beecham paid the American Cancer Society $1 million for the right to use its logo in ads for Beecham's Nicoderm CQ and Nicorette anti-smoking ads."--Book

The American Heart Association logo. It's just another marketing symbol for sale, and companies pay the AHA for the right to use it! Fact: The AHA logo appears in food items made with refined sugar! ----Mike Adams

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
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American Heart Association was paid $450,000 by the Florida grapefruit growers for exclusive grapefruit use of the association's heart-healthy endorsement. (Phila. Inquirer, 5/7/97)
 
American Heart Association has received $1.1 million (and an annual renewal potential of about $300,000) from food manufacturers as license fees to use the "heart check mark." (Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/7/97)
 
AHA charges $2,500 (plus a yearly renewal charge of $650) for a company to put the association's heart-check symbol on a package. Florida Dept. of Citrus paid $450,000 for exclusive promotion and advertising contract from 1994 until early 1997. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association paid $25,000 for its arrangement with the AHA to promote lean cuts of beef. For an agreement with ConAgra in 1992-93, the AHA received $3,500,000 for a TV program on nutrition. For companies that want an exclusive agreement with the AHA like that of the Florida citrus growers, the cost is $55,000 a quarter or $200,000 a year. Without exclusivity the cost is $25,000 a quarter or $90,000 a year. (New York Times, 10/22/97)
 
National Livestock and Meat Board gave $189,000 to the AHA to sponsor the HeartRide cycling series. AHA says the program will help ensure that people don't think that AHA recommends abstaining from meat. (IEG Sponsorship Report)
 
Merck is spending $400,000 to finance an AHA program teaching 40,000 doctors to treat cholesterol according to guidelines. (Wall Street Journal, 6/14/98)
 
American Heart Association has endorsed only Bayer aspirin. (NEJM 9/4/97, p. 700) According to Kramer Laboratories, Inc. (Miami), "Bayer, as we understand it, contributes over $500,000 a year to the American Heart Association." (Letter to AHA, 9/23/96) Web site is sponsored by Pfizer, Campbell, ConAgra (Healthy Choice), and Hoechst (Tufts Nutrition Navigator web site).