You may remember Michael Hiltzik's LA Times article which questioned the relationship between UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine and Herbalife.
Well, today's Daily Bruin contains a similar article questioning the relationship between UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine and another LA-based company Roll Global. Roll Global is a company owned by Stewart and Lynda Resnick that sells POM Wonderful juices, Fiji water and Wonderful Pistachios, Almonds and Halos.
The article questions the relationship between the Resnicks and research being done at UCLA.
According to the article, "A Federal Trade Commission complaint in 2010 found that Pom used false advertising to claim their pomegranate products had certain health benefits – calling into question UCLA’s role in any associated research used to buttress Pom’s ads."
Later in the article, Eric Campbell, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who specializes in bioethics and medical conflicts of interest, says:
At some point, the relationship becomes so pervasive that you have to be skeptical about anyone weighing in on behalf of … huge donors like that," Campbell said. "I’m unaware of any institution that has as deep a relationship with a donor as UCLA (has) with the Pom folks."
By my count, that's three strikes against Block's Campus Jewel. The first was the Herbalife article, the second was allowing prestigious researchers to move their lab to u$c and this is the third.
Hey, Gene! You're out!