Charity Racket

[2006] Exposed: the secret corporate funding behind health research

''In the 1990s, Arise cooked up a project to promote the virtues of eating chocolate, smoking, drinking tea, coffee, and alcohol! The idea was to produce scientific studies to be used as propaganda fodder for press consumption.  The scientific excuse to promote these particular lifestyle habits was to avoid guilt, which the researchers rationalized, could increase stress and undermine the immune system. This could then lead to forgetfulness, eating disorders, heart problems or brain damage. In short, as Arise spokesmen said, “The ‘health police’ could be causing more harm than good.”  This lifestyle assessment project, which lasted from September 1993 to March 1994, generated 195 newspaper articles, radio and TV interviews in some of the world’s top media outlets. Much of this coverage centered around a poll Arise claimed it commissioned called “Naughty but Nice.”  In documents that have now just become available, Guardian reporter, George Monbiot, reports that funding for this project originated from Coca-Cola, Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco, and RJ Reynolds, among others.''   [2006] DEATH BY PROPAGANDA by Dr. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and Elissa Meininger