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Coke's Cookie Is Crumbling

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  • Gregory Hand, Ph.D., the former dean of the West Virginia School of Public Health, was forced out as dean because of his involvements with Coca-Cola
  • Coca-Cola reportedly gave Hand more than half a million dollars to start a nonprofit group tasked with spreading the word that lack of exercise, and not sugary beverages, is responsible for obesity.
  • The beverage giant also gave Hand $806,500 to conduct an “energy flux” study in 2011
  • Michael Pratt, senior adviser for Global Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, has also promoted and led research for Coca-Cola

By Dr. Mercola

Sugary beverages, soda chief among them, have been blamed for rising rates of obesity and related chronic diseases in developed countries, and there's evidence to support such claims.


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