- Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS)
- American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
- British Association for the Advancement of Science
Both the US Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) have been at the centre of the protection of the pharmaceu-tical industry competitiveness and the attacks on all kinds of alternative medicine. BAAS has been at the forefront of popularizing science and, in the 1980s and early 1990s, was also deeply entangled with the 'quackbuster' groups. The present president of the BAAS
is Lord David Sainsbury.
- British Campaign Against Health Fraud (CAHF)
In the first decade of the 21st century, HealthWatch was revamped by the new bigger and better-funded lobby, inaugurated by former Lib-Dem MP Dick Taverne, his PR company interests and their sibling organizations, Sense about Science and the Science Media Centre.
- British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
Set up in 1967, the BNF is related to its American counter-part, the Nutrition Foundation of the United States. Up until the mid-1980s, the BNF control-led most 'official' information about nutrition, which passed either to the public through the news media, or to parliament via the various ministry-related food committees.
- Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP)
- Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute (ESRI)
- National Council Against Health Fraud, US (NCAHF)
in federal court in 1976. The federal judge ordered the AMA's covert operation to shut down and to leave the chiropractors alone. The AMA files, library, etc., ended up in Stephen Barrett's 1800-square-foot base-ment in Allentown, PA. Barrett is an unlicensed psychiatrist, and one of the US's leading 'quackbusters'. The newly form-ed quackbusters quickly set up a series of interlinked websites and mastered the art of getting first-page listings on Google. These sites include NCAHF, Quackwatch, Acupuncture-watch, Allergywatch, Autism-watch, Bioethicswatch and Cancer Treatment Watch.
The PR agency Greys put the finishing touches to the emergent campaign. In his book The Great Medical Monopoly Wars (1986), P. J. Lisa suggests that the Pharmaceutical Advertising Council linked up with the FDA to organize campaigns against 'quackery' and to promote articles in newspapers, television pro-grammes and advertisements. He names the companies which supported these promotional strategies in the 1980s as Lederle, Syntex and Hoffmann-LaRoche, and says that Paul Chusid, a past President of Grey Advertising, which handled both Syntex and Lederle accounts in America, told him that many of the 'health fraud' campaigns originated in his office.
- Radiation, Risk and Society Advisory Group
This is probably the most important risk-spin organization in Britain. The purpose of the group was originally to spin
the work of the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), but it soon changed its remit to cover and spin all environmental threats to health. It is, in effect, the government's own crisis PR organization concerned with all aspects of public health and is a clear signal to the population that, in any future public-health crisis, the government will lie, and lie, and lie, and lie again.
- Regester Larkin
Regester Larkin is a risk-management PR company co-founded by Mike Regester and Judy Larkin. Larkin is also on the advisory board of Anglo-American risk-management PR company ECHO, which has a very large client list that includes AstraZeneca and Zeneca Agrochemicals, Bayer, Glaxo Wellcome, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Hill & Knowlton, Dow Chemical, Cellnet, Pfizer, Parke Davis and Rh^one-Poulenc. ECHO has worked for a number of UK government departments, including the DTI, the Ministry of Defence, the Industrial Development Board for North-ern Ireland and the Advertising Standards Authority.
- Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE)
- Science Media Centre
The Science Media Centre is supported financially by, among others, vaccine-manufacturing companies Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Chiron, Glaxo-SmithKline, Wyeth and PowerJet, as well as other pharmaceutical interests, which include Eli Lilly, manufacturers of Prozac, Elsevier, publishers
of The Lancet, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Pfizer. The centre is supported by Syngenta, the world's leading agribusiness company, and science organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Medical Research Council, and a scattering of food and drink companies. The two large media interests that give money are the BBC and Rupert Murdoch's News International. Murdoch's son James is a board member of drugs giant GSK.
- Science Media Centre advisory group
- Sense About Science (SAS)
GPC, Lord Taverne began championing these interests through the Science and Technology Committee in the Lords and through SAS. SAS opposes homeopathy, all alternative health modalities and any kind of religious beliefs.
- The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC)
Martin J. Walker
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