The J Michael McGinnis Page

An Architect of Health Fascism

J Michael McGinnis got involved with political wheeling and dealing when he was a student at UC-Berkeley, majoring in Political Theory. "It was a cold clear winter morning in January 1965 when a young J. Michael McGinnis, majoring in Political Theory, strode confidently and purposefully across the U.C. Berkeley campus to his 8am biochemistry lecture. Later that afternoon (for reasons undocumented) he would lunch with a legislative aide from Senator Kuchel's (D-California) office." He set up the "Cal in the Capital" program to funnel Berkeley students to intern positions in the federal government in 1965. "Initially, J. Michael approached the University administration, the Alumni Association, and the A.S.U.C. about the program. He found all three groups eager to offer their support and to help start the program. The University and Alumni Association agreed to jointly fund the program financially; on top of which the Alumni Association also offered both office space and administrative assistance to the new program."

"By the spring of 1966, J. Michael, having never been to the East coast, was ready to make the first Cal in the Capital internship recruitment trip to Washington D.C. A number of coincidental factors and "Cal connections" aided J. Michael in his pursuit of the internships. On the plane flight to Washington, J. Michael ran into John Gardener, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, who had been honored to night before in Berkeley as the 'Cal Alumnus of the Year.' After J. Michael presented and discussed the program with him, the Secretary gave his full support and offered six paid internships to the program. In Washington, J. Michael was able to meet with a number of other federal officials associated with the University. Glen T. Seaborg, a nobel prize winning professor from Berkeley and then Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, also offered a number internship positions to Cal students. Charles Clapp, one of the foremost experts on the legislative process and a PhD from Berkeley, allowed J. Michael to use his Capitol Hill Office to contact and meet with legislative aides from various Congressional Offices." (History of Cal in the Capital.)

History / Cal in the Capital

Past placements of Cal in the Capital include Emily's List; National Organization for Women Voter for Choice; NARAL; Pro-Choice America; Refugee and Immigration Services of America; Center for Public Integrity; Congressional Hispanic Caucus; Institute for Policy Studies; National Academy of Social Insurance; Department of Health; American Public Health Association; Taxpayers for Common Sense; Republican National Committee; Democratic National Committee; DCCC; American Bar Association; Georgetown University Law Center; Association for Women in Science; Smithsonian Museum; US Department of Commerce; CATO Institute; Brookings Institute; Heritage Foundation; European Commission Delegation to the United States; AIPACS; NPR; Washington Post; NBC News; Greenpeace USA; and the US Department of Labor. (Partial List of Past Internship Sites. Cal in the Capital.)

Partial List of Past Internship Sites / Cal in the Capital

According to the CDC official history: "By the late 1970s, then Surgeon General Julius Richmond conceived a 'Second Public Health Revolution' to tackle the agents of contemporary mortality, namely, smoking drinking, diet, sedentary living and poor safety practices. Dr. J Michael McGinnis was appointed as the Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in the PHS. 'The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention,' 'Healthy People,' and 'Objectives for the Nation' which set forth ambitious goals for all Americans to be achieved by the year 1990 were products of Dr. McGinnis' tenure." (dead link

In 1978, McGinnis testified before the US Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research of the Committee on Human Resources to peddle the "Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Act of 1978," a blueprint for government meddling in the public's lifestyles.

McGinnis, 1978 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Act / UCSF (pdf, 25 pp)

"On Monday, February 13, 1978, a meeting was held to consider the present and future role of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in cancer prevention. Eleven scientists, 6 from NCI and 5 from outside, were invited to this discussion by Dr. Arthur Upton, NCI Director. Both the Director and Associate Director as well as Dr. Domanski (in charge of extramural grants) were present during the meeting." It was cochaired by Dr. Bailar, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and Dr. Ernst Wynder of the American Health Foundation. Other participants included J. Michael McGinnis, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health; and T.C. Tso. (NCI Director's Meeting on Cancer Prevention, report by TC Tso.)

NCI Director's Meeting, 1978 / UCSF (pdf, 5 pp)

An excerpt from "Healthy People. The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," Background Papers, 1979. The report was written by the "Committee for a Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the U.S. Surgeon General," whom it is safe to presume were handpicked Lasker stooges (e.g., Lester Breslow), under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Said Julius B Richmond, Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General in his letter of transmittal to Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano: "Many people and institutions, too numerous to acknowledge, have provided valuable assistance in preparing this report. I would particularly like to express appreciation to Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and his staff, and to Dr. David Hamburg, President of the Institute of Medicine, of the National Academy of Sciences, for his leadership in mobilizing the resources of the Institute to provide the accompanying papers which present documentation for the report."

A midcourse review of the nation's health agenda. JM McGinnis, C Damberg. Corps Comment 1987 Winter-Spring;2(4):40-44. "In the fall of 1979, a group of experts were convened under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service to craft a national health strategy that would reduce preventable death and disease among Americans by 1990. Derived from this consensus-building activity were a set of measureable healthy objectives, guideposts for the nation to pursue in quest of better health for all (Preventing Disease/Promoting Health: Objectives for the Nation). A call to action subsequently was issued to all sectors and levels of society -- including business and industry -- to improve health status and reduce risks to health through preventive interventions and the adoption of positive health behaviors. This initiated a process, by which a national prevention agenda could be addressed."

McGinnis - Corp Comment 1987 abstract / PubMed

As milestones in the development of federal programs for health fascism, McGinnis credits the President's Committee on Health Education, during the Nixon administration in 1971; The Preventive Medicine Task Forces of the Fogarty Center and the American College of Preventive Medicine, 1974; the Department of Health, Education and Welfare Task Force on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 1978; The Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 1979; and "Promoting Health/Preventing Disease: Objectives for the Nation, 1980." (Prevention 80. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion DHHS (PHS) Publication No. 81-50157.) The President's Committee on Health Education was chaired by R. Heath Larry, and Victor Weingarten was in charge of the committee's staff.

Prevention 80 / UCSF (pdf, 148 pp)
Healthy People, 1980 / UCSF (pdf, 203 pp)

US DHHS Nutrition Policy Board

McGinnis was Chair of the Nutrition Policy Board at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1978 to 1995. "Contributions include: Initiation and development (with USDA) of the first HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (now in fifth edition); Initiation and oversight of the development of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health (1988); Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Food Marketing to Children and Youth (report issued in December 2005); Chair of the National Institutes of Health State-of-the-Science Panel on Multivitamins and Multiminerals in Chronic Disease Prevention (report issued May 2006)." McGinnis also credits himself for conceiving and launching the first HHS/USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, now in its 6th edition (1st edition coproduced in 1980 with Dr. Mark Hegsted, then of USDA—key early contributors: Dr. Wayne Callaway, Carol Tucker Foreman, Dr. Donald Fredrickson) in 1980; and the Surgeon General Report of 1980, the first Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health (Marion Nestle, key contributor.) (J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MPP. Institute of Medicine, accessed 10/10/07.)

McGinnis bio / Institute of Medicine (pdf, 15 pp)

National Conference on Smoking or Health, 1981

McGinnis participated in Work Group 5, "High Priority Federal Government Initiatives," of the 1981 National Conference on Smoking or Health, which also included John Banzhaf III of ASH; Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest; Charles A. LeMaistre; Michael Pertschuk of the Federal Trade Commission; Mary Lasker's lobbyist Nathaniel Polster; former Surgeon General William H. Stewart; Kenneth E. Warner of the University of Michigan; former Sen. Birch Bayh and former Rep. Paul G. Rogers. Philip R. Lee was the Work Group Leader. (Pages 10-11.)

Work Group 5, NCSH 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 21 pp)

1986 Surgeon General Report

McGinnis is listed as an author of a draft chapter or portion of the 1986 Surgeon General Report: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Smoking.

Acknowledgments - 1986 Surgeon General Report / CDC (pdf)

1988 Surgeon General Report

McGinnis was chairman of the Nutrition Policy Board of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which concocted the Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health. Dr. Robert I. Levy, former director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and president of Sandoz Research Institute, and noted lipid researcher, was a senior editorial advisor to the Board. (Summary and Recommendations. The Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, US DHHS, 1988.)

Summary and Recommendations, 1988 SG Report / National Institutes of Health (pdf, 12 pp)

Re Healthy People 2000

Health objectives for the nation. JM McGinnis. Am Psychol 1991 May;46(5):520-524. "National health objectives challenge the nation to improve the health of Americans through a coordinated and comprehensive emphasis on prevention. Substanial progress has been made toward achieving 1990 goals established with the 1979 Surgeon General's Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, entitled Healthy People. Still the nation is falling short of its full potential. Development of the year 2000 objectives used the experiences of the previous decade to create an agenda for the future, and has been broader in its focus and scope of participation. Healthy People 2000 sets three broad goals: increase the span of healthy life for Americans, reduce health disparities among Americans, and achieve access to preventive services for all Americans. Achievement of these goals and the 300 specific objectives calls for individualized and collective action."

McGinnis - Am Psychol 1991 abstract / PubMed

Why the "Office of Research Integrity" is a joke -

The health fascists' sacred belief that lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and smoking are the leading causes of premature death depend upon the deliberate use of confounding by infection to concoct bogus risks. The foxes are guarding the henhouse with the likes of McGinnis in charge.

PHS Announcement June 3, 1992

The "Sacred Lie" of Health Fascism -- McGinnis & Foege 1993

Actual causes of death in the United States. JM McGinnis, WH Foege. JAMA 1993 Nov 10;270(18):2207-2212. This vintage article by J Michael McGinnis and William H Foege is worshipped uncritically by public health bureaucrats with grandiose schemes for manipulating the public's lifestyles. Its false claim that tobacco causes 400,000 deaths is based on the SAMMEC, the CDC's infamous confounding-by-infection generator: "Using a specially developed software package, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that 418,630 deaths were caused by tobacco in 1990, including approximately 30% of all cancer deaths and 21% of all cardiovascular disease deaths. The CDC estimates have been widely accepted and provide the basis for the 400,000 figure included in the Table." BUT THEY CANNOT BY ANY STRETCH OF THE IMAGINATION BE CONSIDERED ACCURATE, BECAUSE THEY ARE BASED ON DEFECTIVE OLD DATA. IN THE LAST TEN YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPLOSION OF NEW INFORMATION ON THE ROLE OF INFECTION IN SO-CALLED CHRONIC DISEASES. It is likewise for the data they cite as the basis of their diet and exercise claims, which includes such moldering antiques as Doll & Peto 1981 (The Causes of Cancer. Quantitative Estimates of Avoidable Risks of Cancer in the United States Today. R Doll, R Peto. J Natl Cancer Inst 1981 Jun;66(6):1192-1308).

McGinnis & Foege - JAMA 1993 abstract / PubMed
McGinnis & Foege, JAMA 1993 / UCSF (pdf, 6 pp)

Concerning Doll & Peto: Note that "This article was commissioned as a report to the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, to provide background material for their assessment of "Technologies for Determining Cancer Risks From the Environment" (OTA, 1981)." On instructions from the Subcommittee on Health of the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the OTA subsequently concocted fraudulent claims of smoking costs ("Smoking-Related Deaths and Financial Costs," OTA 1985).

Doll & Peto - JNCI 1981 / UCSF (pdf, 117 pp)
Confounding By Infection
The Percentage of Cancer Caused By Infection

ABC News hypes their scientific fraud: The lying vermin don't even identify the authors of the study, and unquestioningly embrace its fraudulent methodology as a revelation of true underlying causes of death. We are expected to unquestioningly believe in corrupt anonymous "authorities" - whereupon they immediately launch into smug gloating over their ill-gotten victories.

ABC World News Tonight 6:30 pm ET November 10, 1993 Transcript # 3224-8. HEADLINE: North Carolina and Anti-Smoking Laws. BODY: PETER JENNINGS: We've another medical report tonight on the dangers of smoking. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that in 1990, tobacco was the biggest underlying cause of death in the United States, responsible for 400,000 deaths. By underlying, they mean going beyond the immediate illnesses such as cancer or heart disease to find out why people became sick in the first place. Tobacco, said the researchers, caused more deaths than drugs, guns, risky sex and auto accidents combined. Well, there does seem to be a growing public acceptance of the fact that smoking is deadly. The sentiment, however, is only beginning to catch on in tobacco country itself. ABC's Al Dale is in North Carolina. AL DALE, ABC News: [voice-over] In much of North Carolina, smoking is not just tolerated, it is appreciated - 400,000 jobs depend on tobacco, the state's number one cash crop. And efforts to restrict smoking often meet with undisguised hostility. Ist NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT: Tobacco pays my bills I would not go to a restaurant that you could not smoke at. AL DALE: I look around, I don't see a 'No Smoking' section. 2nd NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT: We have one. It's outside. AL DALE: [voice-over] But in the past few months, things have begun to change. More than half of the state's 100 counties have adopted some form of smoking restrictions, forcing people outside to indulge their habit. The flurry of regulations resulted from a new state law. [on camera] This summer, the state legislature passed a relatively mild smoking law that in effect guaranteed smokers at least 20 percent of the space in all public buildings. But the state left the door open for local governments to go further in protecting non- smokers from secondhand smoke. [voice-over] In Greensboro, where the Lorillard Tobacco Company's a major employer, the county health department adopted rules that will ban smoking in public places by the end of next year. That outraged many people, including county commissioners, who say they will replace anti-smoking members of the health board. JOE WOOD, County Commissioner: The health board failed to look at this from an economic standpoint, as well as a public health standpoint. AL DALE: [voice-over] So it's likely that the regulations will be rescinded before going into effect. That would please a lot of people here who say smoking is not harmful. RADIO CALLER: I don't believe the secondhand smoke stuff. BRAD KRANTZ, Talk Show Host: You Welcome to North Carolina, where opinion. don't believe it? Welcome to North Carolina. lung cancer is not a medical fact, it's an AL DALE: [voice-over] But all across the state, even diehard smokers admit that restrictions are coming, but not without a fight. Al Dale, ABC News, Greensboro, North Carolina. PETER JENNINGS: In a moment, we'll return to the debate - the Perot-Gore debate - how the White House used Mr. Perot's own tactics to take him on. [Commercial break]

ABC World News Tonight, Nov. 10, 1993 / UCSF (pdf, 2 pp)

From: "Worksite Smoking Cessation Programs: Health, Economic, and Demographic Implications. A Computer Simulation," at the University of Michigan. "At the state level, for example, Dr. Ronald M. Davis, Chief Medical Officer of the Michigan Dept. of Public Health and former Director of the federal Office on Smoking and Health, has expressed considerable interest in the relevance of the project to possible State of Michigan initiatives, and has volunteered to consult with us on the development and execution of the research. At the federal level, Dr. J. Michael McGinnis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and Director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, has also expressed interest in this dimension of the research and has offered to assist as a reviewer and advisor to the project."

"Workplace Smoking Cessation Programs" / Univ of Michigan

From: "The Essential Services of Public Health," JA Harrell, EL Baker, on the American Public Health Association website. "As the health reform debate progressed in 1994, improvements in the core functions of the "Clinton Plan" began to appear as public health advocates sought to inform and convince policy makers that a health care plan without public health would be a contradiction in terms. Slightly varying versions of this list appeared,... Clearly, one single list was needed to increase the likelihood that public health would "speak with one voice." Therefore, in the spring of 1994, a working group on the core functions of public health, co-chaired by Dr. David Satcher (Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Dr. J. Michael McGinnis (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion), and composed of representatives of the Public Health Service's Agencies and the major public health organizations, noted the confusion caused by multiple versions of the "core functions." It charged a subgroup, co-led by the CDC's Public Health Practice Program Office and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to develop a consensus list of the "essential services of public health." This sub-working group met and teleconferenced during the summer to produce a statement entitled "Essential Services of Public Health." This statement was subsequently reviewed and revised by the Core Functions of Public Health Steering Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Philip R. Lee (Assistant Secretary for Health) and Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders (Surgeon General) and composed of PHS Agency Heads and presidents of major public health organizations." Naturally, these organized professional special interests easily impose their agenda over the disorganized rabble called "the people."

Harrell & Baker / APHA

McGinnis praises Roz Lasker's book, Medicine and Public Health, a bible of health fascism.

Praise / New York Academy of Medicine

"Health opportunities for older people are key to a humane healthcare system," JM McGinnis, 66th Annual Meeting of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 25-28 Sept. 1997.

McGinnis / Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

"Center To Study Health Plans' Support for Healthier Behaviors." Center for the Advancement of Health news release, Jan 19, 1998. "Supported by a $391,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center's project is guided by a steering committee led by J. Michael McGinnis, MD, Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Sciences, and John Pinney of Pinney Associates, a Washington, DC, health studies and policy firm." John Mercer Pinney, Skull & Bones 1965, supervised the Surgeon General reports of 1977-81. (dead link

Morbidity and mortality attributable to use of addictive substances in the United States. JM McGinnis, WH Foege. Proc Acad Am Physicians 1999 Mar-Apr;111(2):109-118. More crapola from this king of crap. It is ironic that he is spouting this dreck at physicians, who unlike the public health establishment would lose their licenses to practice if they refused to update their knowledge.

McGinnis & Foege - Proc Assoc Am Physicians 1999 abstract / PubMed

From The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Secretary's Report, 1999: "In March 1999, J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP, joined the Foundation as senior vice president and director of the Health Group. Prior to his appointment, Dr. McGinnis served as special consultant to the Foundation..."

The Secretary's Report / RWJF 1999 (pdf)

McGinnis & Foege also wrote chapters for C. Everett Koop's book, "Critical Issues in Global Health," and former President Jimmy Carter wrote the Foreword.

Critical Issues in Global Health

"Expanding the Focus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." JM McGinnis, SA Schroeder. In: "To Improve Health and Health Care," The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2001. What a scam! McGinnis is still cruising along on his 1993 rubbish to pour RWJF's resources into health fascism.

"Expanding the Focus of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation" / RWJF 2001

The case for more active policy attention to health promotion. JM McGinnis, P Williams-Russo, JR Knickman. Health Aff (Millwood) 2002 Mar-Apr;21(2):78-93. An editoral whose main premise is founded on the fraudulent and flagrantly obsolete McGinnis & Foege 1993 paper in JAMA. "The authors are all with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in Princeton, New Jersey. Michael McGinnis is senior vice-president and director of the RWJF Health Group. Pamela Williams-Russo is a senior program officer. James Knickman is vice-president for research and evaluation." This editorial is the pretext for the fraudulent claim of the so-called "Wellness Initiative for the Nation" that "Seventy percent of avoidable costs could be mitigated by behavior changes that involve healthy lifestyle development, wellness enhancement, and early detection and intervention for the conditions listed above. Two‐thirds of chronic illness is caused by lifestyle and behavioral factors that are influenced by our mental, social or physical environments."

McGinnis / Health Aff (Millwood) 2002 full article

Can health promotion programs save Medicare money? RZ Goetzel, D Shechter, RJ Ozminkowski, DC Stapleton, PJ Lapin, JM McGinnis, CR Gordon, L Breslow. Clin Interv Aging 2007;2(1):117-122. The authors claim that "It has been estimated that approximately 70% of the total burden of disease (as measured in terms of premature deaths and potential years of life lost) can be traced back to illnesses that are preventable (Department of Health and Human Services 1991). Particularly noteworthy is research by McGinnis and Foege (1993) and Mokdad and colleagues (2004) who concluded that about half of all deaths in the US are caused by modifiable risk factors."

Goetzel - Clin Interv Aging 2007 full article / PubMed Central

PubMed search, McGinnis JM

Patricia G. McGinnis

McGinnis' wife is President and CEO of the so-called Council for Excellence in Government. The Council "works to build citizens' confidence and participation in the governance process." We smokers have seen what these two-legged vermin really mean: An unending, decades-long torrent of government lies, hate propaganda, and abuse, aimed at intimidating smokers and anyone who speaks up for them into silence, and culminating in our complete de facto disenfranchisement.

"She served as Deputy Associate Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Carter Administration, where she was responsible for numeous management and organizational projects, including the establishment in 1979 of the cabinet-level Department of Education. She has also served as a staff member of the Senate Budget Committee; as Director of Special Studies in the Office of the Secretary of Commerce; and as a member of the Secretary's Management Planning Group at the Department of Health and Human Services.

"Ms. McGinnis has served on numerous committees and boards including the Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Associates Council of the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University. She is a director of the Primarck Corporation in Waltham, Massachusetts, the Brown Shoe Company, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, and Imagitas, Inc., in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland and is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

McGinnis / Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (pdf)

The Brown Shoe Company owns the Famous Footwear, Buster Brown, Carlos, LifeStride, Dr. Scholl's, and Naturalizer lines. They are anti-tobacco fanatics who long refused to employ smokers. They should call themselves the Brown Shirt Company instead.

W. Patrick McGinnis is on the Board of Directors of the Brown Shoe Company as well. He is the President and CEO of Ralston Purina Company, and is listed on the AFL-CIO's salary watch: "In 2000, Patrick McGinnis raked in $19,076,327 in total compensation from Ralston Purina," plus $5,009,146 in stock option exercises, and has $15,730,379 in unexercised stock options.

McGinnis & McGinnis / Brown Shoe Company
P McGinnis / AFL-CIO

Ralston Purina Co.: W. P. Stiritz, Chm., Pres. & CEO (Large Employers of the St. Louis Region 1984-1985. St. Louis Regional Commerce & Growth Association, p. 34.)

Large Employers of the St. Louis Region 1984-1985 / UCSF (pdf, 75 pp)

The Brown Shoe Company and Clark M. Clifford, master political manipulator

Lasker Syndicate political manipulation dating from the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Clark M. Clifford Page

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