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The Fate of a Good ManThe Investigation, Prosecution and Trial of Jim Wright by the MHRA.

The Fate of a Good Man, follows the fortunes of Jim Wright, a man who thought that he could help with the health of his community by distributing and selling natural treatments for a variety of conditions. 

Instead of being seen as a good citizen, someone of value in the community, Jim was investigated, prosecuted and tried by the Medicines and Health products Regulation Agency, a firm within the Government that is totally funded by the pharmaceutical industry and that will go to any lengths to see off the ‘competition’.

Jim Wright and his family were raided twice over a three-year period, before he was eventually being charged on twelve counts. In the trial that ensued at Swansea Crown Court, the prosecuting counsel, hired by the MHRA and not the Crown Prosecution Service, said that Wright was dishonest, a hypocrite and a liar, a man who would do anything to make a quick pound, a man who preyed on vulnerable sick people. The Fate of A Good Man gives Jim Wright’s version of how he was hounded and then put on trial by Big Pharma.



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The Brave New World of Zero-Risk  

In 1997, New Labour brought to power a strange brew of liberalism, anti socialism, public relations and corporate lobby groups. While Thatcher had encouraged the pharmaceutical industry, Blair made it a partner in government. The National Health Service, set up originally to provide health care to the British people regardless of income, was being sold off bit by bit, mainly to pharmaceutical interests.

The most serious consequence of letting corporate interests look after science, medicine and health is that the independence of science and any possible independence of health care can be obliterated.

Corporate lobby groups, in bed with Big Pharma, insurance companies and New Labour, now press for the least expensive and the most profitable solutions to health care. They attack alternative medicine, and campaign for animal testing and vivisection. They have politicised science and now control both its methodology and the results of its research. Using  spin, lies and propaganda they harass and isolate anyone who comes to conclusions critical of new technology or pharmascience. They preach zero risk and claim that new technologies can cause no harm.

This book examines the contemporary corporate politics of science in two areas, that of MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccination and the illness or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis). It shows how those who have fought for independent science have been bullied, attacked and discredited, using political strategies have nothing to do with science and everything to do with power and profit.





  
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Dirty Medicine: Science big business and the assault 
on natural health care  

Dirty Medicine had two printings, selling altogether over 7,000 copies. In 1998, it went out of print and since 2003, it has been sold by as a Pdf.

For those who want second-hand copies, of the original book, they often crop up on www.abeBooks.com but can be expensive.

Orthodox medical practitioners, pharmaceutical companies and industrial scientists, have organised against alternative and complementary medicine in Europe and America, since the last century. Dirty medicine traces the history of these campaigns, their proponents and institutions.

In 1987 the Wellcome Foundation one of Britain’s largest multinational drug companies, obtained a license for the drug Zidovudine, known as AZT. AZT was heralded by the media and marketed by Wellcome as if it was the answer to the AIDS epidemic. Packaged and promoted like any other commodity, public relations companies and advertising agencies hyped AZT from Rome to Romania. In 1992 the Foundation made nearly £200 million profit from the drug.

With the marketing of AZT, the campaign against alternative and complementary medicine was suddenly transformed from an academic dispute to a war. Dirty tricks, industrial sabotage and character assassination replaced traditional business and scientific practice.




  
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Cultural Dwarfs and Junk Journalism: Ben Goldacre, Quackbusters and Corporate Science.  

This book is an in depth analysis of the work of Ben         Goldacre the Guardian Journalist.