Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health by Nicholas FreudenbergLethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health by Nicholas Freudenberg

Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health

byNicholas Freudenberg

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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Decisions made by the food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries have a greater impact on today's health than the decisions of scientists and policymakers. As the collective influence of corporations has grown, governments around the world have stepped back fromtheir responsibility to protect public health by privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and cutting funding for consumer and environmental protection. Today's corporations are increasingly free to make decisions that benefit their bottom line at the expense of public health. Lethal but Legal examines how corporations have impacted - and plagued - public health over the last century, first in industrialized countries and now in developing regions. It is both a current history of corporations' antagonism towards health and an analysis of the emerging movements that arechallenging these industries' dangerous practices. The reforms outlined here aim to strike a healthier balance between large companies' right to make a profit and governments' responsibility to protect their populations. While other books have addressed parts of this story, Lethal but Legal is the first to connect the dots between unhealthy products, business-dominated politics, and the growing burdens of disease and health care costs. By identifying the common causes of all these problems, then situating them inthe context of other health challenges that societies have overcome in the past, this book provides readers with the insights they need to take practical and effective action to restore consumers' right to health.
Nicholas Freudenberg, PhD, MPH, is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College and founder and director of Corporations and Health Watch (www.corporationsandhealth.org), an international network of activists and researchers that monitors the business practices of...
Title:Lethal But Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public HealthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Manufacturing Disease: Unhealth Products Become Ubiquitous2. The Public Health Evidence: How Corporate Practices Contribute to Global Epidemics of Chronic Disease and Injuries3. Corporations Take Control: A New Political and Economic Order Emerges4. The Corporate Consumption Complex5. The Corporate Ideology of Consumption6. The Health Impact of Corporate Managed Globalization7. Optimism Past, Present, and Future: The Buiding Blocks for a Movement8. Wanted: A Movement for a Healther, More Sustainable FutureAfterword

Editorial Reviews

"Provides an advocate's perspective on how industry shapes health, and in Freudenberg's words, 'This is something not only to think about, but to rant about.'" --Health Affairs