Dr. Gilbert Ross is the medical director of ACSH, American Council on Science and Health, a non-profit organization that promotes junk food and genetically modified organisms in food. Steeped in biotech propaganda and ties to the “Big Food” industry of junk science, Gilbert Ross served nearly four years in federal prison and had his medical license revoked for Medicaid fraud several years ago. He was convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and conspiracy. (1) The council on “science and health” runs seminars and consumer education consortiums that promote chemical-pesticide-food as healthy and the best way to feed a starving world in times of crisis. ACSH goes so far as to claim that GMO can survive droughts better, and ward off more weeds and bugs than organic food, and all of this with NO scientific basis or proof from any studies outside of the ones conducted by the same organizations that manufacture, distribute and sell the world’s deadliest pesticides, including the herbicide Roundup. In fact, Roundup’s core ingredient (combination) called glyphosate has been implicated as a probable carcinogenic, cancer-causing herbicide by the World Health Organization, but still ACSH has paid scientists, pamphlet and book writers, and policy advisors to run press conferences, seminars and media forum presentations that address public concerns over a damaged environment, sick animals and damaged public health – – as a result of chemical-based agriculture. (1)
Alternative media has been exposing ACSH for their continued racketeering, character assassinations and hired “shill” media tactics, but mainstream media has not picked up any of the coverage. This tasteless, attack journalism and corporate funding reveals this is the tip of the iceberg. It also reveals that glyphosate is a health and environmental danger, and that the ACSH is obvious in its agenda to cover up real science and the reason for their character assassination attempts at anyone who tries to reveal the truth about biotechnology and inserting the genes of pesticides into America’s food supply. (2)
Though ACSH decided to stop reporting its funding sources a decade ago, leaked financial documents reveal more than half of their “donations” come from huge corporations that contribute to health detriment in America with fast food, junk food and junk science addictions that drive the preventable disease money-generating industries of chronic sick care, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more. Monsanto and Pfizer top the charts in the financial investment debacle which entails the ACSH promoting genetically modified organisms and chemical pesticides as healthy for humans and the environment.
Dr. Gilbert Ross leads the charge of challenging the health community to prove GMO is toxic while presenting unverified and experimental (to say the least) industry research to defend the likes of BPA (bisphenol-A), flame retardants, fluoride and atrazine as safe choices for ingredients in food and as insecticides and herbicides that end up on dinner plates. ACSH is not more than a front group for the tobacco, agrichemical, fossil fuel and pharmaceutical industries. The judge who excluded Dr. Ross from Medicaid for ten years referred to him as a “highly untrustworthy individual.” (3)
ACSH purports that second hand smoke from cigarettes is harmless
Ross is a “repeat offender” apologist for the genetically modified world of chemical pesticides. ACSH has even gone so far as to claim that second-hand smoke presents no dangers to humans, when hard-scientific proof shows otherwise, and for years. ACSH also creates confusion between the vaccine-autism link, trying to discredit over two dozen studies that expose the link, not to mention top CDC scientist confessing to the connection of MMR2 vaccine to autism in African American boys under age three. (4) Plus, after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, ACSH went so far as to OPPOSE appointing a federal official to oversee aid to victims, claiming it would extend the bureaucracy of financial compensation.
Dr. Ross part of “Monsanto Mafia” team that wrote defamatory letter about Dr. Oz
Dr. Henry Miller and Dr. Gilbert Ross headed up the shady biotech industry front group and crafted a letter to try get Dr. Oz thrown off the Columbia University Board of Surgery (and ruin his reputation), but the letter failed miserably and was an embarrassment to all who drafted and signed it. (4) The letter was an obvious retort to Dr. Oz’s airing of a show based on the dangers of glyphosate, Monsanto’s herbicide and the world’s best-selling toxic weed killer. Because glyphosate is used on food crops, it is believed to be causing a cancer epidemic in America, and this Dr. Oz episode played counter-argument to the ACSH business model and mission to convince the American public that all chemical pesticides are healthy for humans to eat and they will one day feed a starving world. This is not much of a surprise since ACSH says asbestos and Agent Orange are healthy and claims that there is no such thing as “junk food.” (5)
Ross was one of ten “prominent” physicians who signed the letter to Columbia University trying their best to oust the beloved TV talk show doctor and host. In part, the letter stated: “We are surprised and dismayed that Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons would permit Dr. Mehmet Oz to occupy a faculty appointment, let alone a senior administrative position in the Department of Surgery … Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine, as well as baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops. Worst of all, he has manifested an egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”
Old-School Racketeering – – with ACSH at the Center
The attack on Dr. Oz is not “science” but racketeering. This network of paid-off doctors and scientists has a long history of making inaccurate statements about science in order to benefit their “donors” (huge corporations). This is quite similar to the AMA, American Medical Association, when it was run by one Morris Fishbein in the early to mid-1900s.
For example, ACSH claimed secondhand smoke isn’t linked to health problems like heart attacks. ACSH is known to attack anyone or any organization that is anti-GMO or that criticizes, researches or tests their “clients'” products for health or environmental safety. Their conservative “think tank” is an institution whose commitment to science is highly questionable, and may be chalked up to pseudoscience – – the very platform they are said to be trying to dismantle in their mission statement. (7) (8)
ACSH funding comes from Big Tobacco, Big Food and Biotechnology Corporations
Leaked financial documents reveal ACSH, the “council for science and health” receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from Reynolds American and Phillip Morris International, as recently as 2013. ACSH also receives donations from Coca-Cola ($50,000), Bayer Cropscience ($30,000), Syngenta and even McDonald’s ($$). This is not a good sign that ACSH will help the public prevent or even address any kinds of health issues while promoting tobacco, soda pop, GMO and fast food, each on its own, via years of consumption, can lead directly to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, obesity, strokes and more. (9)
ACSH also argues that fracking doesn’t pollute the water or the air. They say there has never been a case of ill health linked to approved pesticides in the USA. They claim that BPA, bisphenol-A, is not harmful to human health, even though several studies tie it to endocrine disruption and fertility issues. They even argue that human exposure to mercury, a potent neurotoxin, causes no harm to health. So much for “distinguished physicians,” – the ACSH seems to say whatever suits the donating corporate clients and their agendas. ACSH does not carry out any independent research of their own, but rather responds to hot-button environmental issues with catchy quotable phrases inserted into mainstream media and it’s all artificially promoted as science-based, and USA Today gobbles up the propaganda for discussions on “public health issues.”
In conclusion, it appears that Dr. Gilbert Ross and his ACHS have but one main mission: Play down any person’s fears that chemical pesticides and junk food can cause any health problems whatsoever. (10)
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