Dirty Medicine – The Handbook


In his latest book, Martin Walker gives a full and detailed picture of people and organisations whose vested interests and connections with government mean that natural therapies are under attack, whilst the NHS pay out millions every year for drugs which have risks attached, and the environmental causes of ill health are ignored. He explains how to recognise corporate interests behind disinformation campaigns, and how to fight back.

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Dirty Medicine The Handbook follows the acclaimed original written over 20 years ago highlighting the unethical and illicit practices of drug companies. Today, we can still find a plethora of dubious and unethical practices linked to the industry. From ghost written papers and fraudulent journals, to reports of multimillion dollar damages against many major drug companies to depictions of abuse of the poor in Africa in novels like John Le Carre’s Constant Gardener. These issues have become a major concern of our day.

Learn more by buying Dirty Medicine The Handbook – an explanation of how it came about and a ‘Who’s Who’ of many of the key figures and organisations involved.

Quotes from the book

“Twenty years ago, the use of undercover groups and disinformation in aid of competitive marketing was restricted to a small number of toxic industries, such as those of asbestos and tobacco. As the run–down of the public sector has moved relentlessly forward, and the spaces left by ‘independent’ government–led bodies have been filled by corporate industry groups, so lobbying, undercover groups and disinformation have become, instead of peculiarities, the order of the day.

“Just as, in 1985, one might have mistrusted a news item obviously promoted by the tobacco industry, today it would be unwise to believe any news item about science and environmentally caused illnesses. Today almost all information about the environmental causes of ill health is corrupted with hidden messages slipped in by corporate interests.”

“…the public relations industry has changed radically over the past 30 years, from an industry that promoted the good effects of products and services, to an industry primarily concerned with hiding or downplaying the high–risk, high–damage aspects of products and services. … If we are looking for an analysis of how unsafe products are protected, we need look no further than the structure of the PR industry and its connections with government.”