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    How Coca-Cola Controls and Manipulates Research - Dr Mercola

    STORY AT-A-GLANCE

    • FOIA documents obtained by U.S. Right to Know show Coca-Cola’s research agreements with certain universities give it the right to review and comment on studies before publication, and intellectual property rights connected to the research
    • The research contracts also give Coca-Cola control over study data, disclosure of results and acknowledgment of Coca-Cola funding, meaning the company could prevent the researchers from disclosing that their funding came from Coke, as well as the power to terminate studies early, without having to give a reason
    • Earlier this year, another batch of emails obtained via FOIA requests revealed Coca-Cola lobbied the CDC to advance corporate objectives over health
    • A (now former) CDC official provided aid and guidance to Coca-Cola in efforts to influence World Health Organization officials into relaxing its sugar limits
    • A recent Coke-funded study concluded that children with the highest odds of obesity got the least amount of physical activity on both weekdays and weekends. Children with the lowest odds of obesity were the most active throughout the whole week


    Coke’s Research Agreements Allow It to Bury Unfavorable Findings

    Big Soda’s core message has been that the obesity epidemic is driven by a lack of activity, as opposed to indulging in sugar-based foods and beverages, despite overwhelming scientific evidence you will never be able to out-exercise your diet.

    Recent FOIA documents obtained by the nonprofit consumer and public health watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK) offer an explanation as to how the company can influence research to support and promulgate this false idea.1,2,3,4 As noted in a commentary in The British Medical Journal:5

    “The research team, from the University of Cambridge, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Bocconi, and non-profit group US Right to Know, looked at five research agreements made with four universities: Louisiana State University, University of South Carolina, University of Toronto, and the University of Washington.

    They found that, although the contracts show that Coca-Cola does not have day-to-day control of the research, it has various rights throughout the process … This is despite Coca-Cola’s website stating that ‘in no event does The Coca-Cola Company have the right to prevent the publication of research results’ …

    The authors are now calling on corporate funders to publish lists of terminated studies and on scientists to publish industry agreements to show that their findings are free from influence.”


    Just how much influence do the agreements grant Coca-Cola? According to the featured paper,6 published in the Journal of Public Health Policy, the research contract provisions give Coke:

    • The right to review and comment on studies before publication
    • Intellectual property rights connected to the research8,9
    • Control over study data
    • Control over disclosure of results
    • Control over acknowledgment of Coca-Cola funding, meaning the company could prevent the researchers from disclosing that their funding came from Coke
    • Power to terminate studies early for any reason, including no reason

    https://articles.mercola.com/sites/a..._rid=620578469

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    On a side note...


    Coca-Cola is bringing back New Coke

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/21/busin...ngs/index.html

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    NOT surprised at all - Just like Johnson & Johnson knew (for years) that Talcum Powder causes Cancer!!!

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