Is the 'War on Obesity' Just a Massive Conspiracy to Sell Diet Pills?

There's no doubt that the weight loss industry in America is an inconceivably massive moneymaker for corporations and pharmaceutical companies. It's indisputable. A lot of rich people make a lot of money off the public perception that fat is wrong and that eliminating fat is a national moral mandate of apocalyptic… » 11/05/12 1:35pm 11/05/12 1:35pm

How Evil Is Your Birth Control Manufacturer?

Yaz and Yasmin manufacturer Bayer is under fire yet again, this time for withholding key data about blood clot risks from the FDA. We decided to see how Bayer stacked up against other manufacturers where evil is concerned. » 12/06/11 4:10pm 12/06/11 4:10pm

Do You Suffer From Restless Vagina Syndrome?

The brilliant headline "Restless Vagina Syndrome" had me primed to giggle at whatever Terry J. Allen wrote underneath it, but instead, I ended up fuming at Big Pharma and the patriarchy. So, you know, must be Tuesday. » 10/27/09 4:00pm 10/27/09 4:00pm

Salon Scribe Learns How To Manage "Love's Greatest Killer"

A story comes across the wires about an ill-fated 18-year-old girl who died on a snorkeling trip to Cancun. My thoughts in quick succession: Oh that poor girl and her poor family. Crap, I am never going snorkeling…Hmm, probably shouldn't go on boats again either… Oh gawd, don't even start with planes!… I should just… » 6/12/08 5:00pm 6/12/08 5:00pm

Women Who Bleed More Likely To Wear Dark Colors

There's a new pill that will end your period forever! Goodness we hate that smelly blood. » 7/17/07 6:21pm 7/17/07 6:21pm

God, don't you just wish all women were marathon-running workaholics who never took sick days and possesed the confidence to wear bright colors all the time? It's really too bad all those MBAs are destined to die out. [NY Times]

Taking Adderall Makes Me Hump Like A Guy

The pharmaceutical industry is sort of like women's magazines: Staffed by blandly attractive people determined to make you feel bad about yourself, and brimming with new ways to kill your libido. But wait! Pillhead may have found the elusive pink Viagra! In her second installment, Jezebel's resident pharmaceutical… » 7/05/07 3:08pm 7/05/07 3:08pm

Would You Like Some Despair With Your Diet?

Isn't the whole "idea" behind weight-loss about increasing self-esteem and happiness in this image-obsessed world? The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a weight-loss drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis SA increases the the rate of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. » 6/11/07 1:36pm 6/11/07 1:36pm

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Marketers Of Weight-Loss Drug Really Like Them Some 'Round Table'

The start of summer is still two weeks away, but it's just 9 days until the new weight-loss drug Alli hits pharmacists' shelves! And as writer Gillian Reagan reports in today's New York Observer, Alli's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, seems to have a soft spot for... pizza. (Who doesn't?) Not only are company's… » 6/06/07 10:25am 6/06/07 10:25am

Please Do Not Cough On Oprah; She Pays Her Doctor In Cash

According to this blog, for an upcoming episode Oprah invited Michael Moore come talk about Sicko, his new documentary on the US health care system, a movie we assume has something to do with how the health care industry has become more like fashion, with companies creating new diseases and ailments (acid reflux) so… » 5/25/07 12:45pm 5/25/07 12:45pm