In Sickness and in Wealth...

, The following two companies are practically household names. But the vast majority of their customers are completely unaware that they've quietly got their fingers in a few different pies, and making a nice income out of it too, thank you very much.

1.) Eli Lilly are fairly well known for producing pharmaceutical drugs.

What many people don't know, is that Eli Lilly also sells rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), which is a growth hormone injected into cattle to increase milk production. It is marketed under the name Posilac, and has been banned in Japan, Canada, Australia, and the European Union, but is still sold in many other parts of the world.

They acquired it from bio-tech giant, Monsanto in 2008, even though they knew that Monsanto's own studies showed cows treated with  rBGH produced milk with high levels of hormones linked to cancer.

I guess Eli Lilly isn't too concerned by this.

Because they also sell cancer drugs, such as Gemzar. In fact, their anti-cancer drugs raked in a handsome $2.6 billion in 2008.

Cows treated with rBGH also suffer more bouts of mastitis.

Never mind. Eli Lilly have that covered. They also sell antibiotics to treat mastitis.

If this information offends your sensibilities at all, please consider joining the Stop Milking Cancer campaign, run by Breast Cancer Action.

2.) And how about Johnson & Johnson...the family company. (Or should that be family OF companies?).

They are well-known for producing baby bath products like talcum powder, shampoos, lotions, and body washes for our little ones.

Now, lets take a closer look at one of their products, Johnson's Baby Bath Milk...         

It has the following ingredients, in the following order:

"Water, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-45M, Citric Acid, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance"

Out of the above ingredients, 4 are known to be allergens or skin irritants, 3 have not been safety-tested for use in cosmetics, 3 caused cancer in animal studies, and 2 showed reproductive effects on animals, even at low doses.

But don't worry, because when your baby gets dry itchy skin, or suffers allergy symptoms, Johnson & Johnson will be only too happy to sell you some cortisone cream, some allergy medication, and if - God forbid - they were ever diagnosed with cancer, Johnson & Johnson will be able to supply some expensive oncology drugs.

That's right. Did you realise that Johnson & Johnson are also a pharmaceutical company, selling over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription medications?

Interesting, don't you think?

Is it possible that these companies are getting rich by causing the problem, and then providing the "solution" to the problem???


Anonymous said...

When I was pregnant with my first I was given a bottle of Bedtime Bath. I had run out of bodywash as home, so grabbed it to use myself. I developed exzema across my chest, that was 6 years ago and I still have bouts of exzema even after limiting soap/body wash use and going across to more natural products.

Evil stuff, so glad I used it first before using it on a baby, even though I have suffered for it.

The Ingredient Detective said...

Lady Astrid, It just goes to show, doesn't it??!! And babies have more sensitive skin than ours, too.

Evil stuff, exactly. How dare they?!?!

H_O_G_'s Blog said...

I posted info about Big Pharma producing cancer causing products then later producing the medications to treat the illness. This country will never be on track as long as they put WEALTH before HEALTH.

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