Sicko is an AWESOME documentary and ALL of us health care professionals owe it to our profession and the people we serve to see it!
Check out this comment left by someone at Amazon's King Corn site:
"Although not perfect, I'll give any documentary, movie, TV show or book five stars if it alters my life and King Corn definitely rates five full stars. I would highly recommend that everyone purchase or at least view this movie once; I had the opportunity to see it this week on PBS's series "Independent Lens." Corn is nothing but a "raw material" that is separated to almost its basic elements and used to build our daily "garbage" diet.
I learned about the relationship between obesity and the use of high fructose corn syrup (aka HFCS) by accident a few years ago when I made a visit to Victoria, Texas and they sold Dr. Pepper with "Imperial Sugar" and the 10-2-4 logo on the bottle. I didn't know that sometime in the early 70's that the soft drink companies switched from sugar to HFCS as the sweetener. Who would have thought that decades after being told that sugar is bad for your teeth, etc., etc. that it is actually much better for you than the HFCS alternative!
After watching this documentary I did some research and HFCS is in almost everything you buy. For example, it is that main ingredient in many of the ice cream syrups on the supermarket shelves... HFCS is in everything form hamburger and hot dog buns to "low fat" salad dressing! Honey graham crackers... EVERYTHING! Fast foods are full of this HFCS junk and this is only one of the many things you'll learn from this documentary.
Where I live in Corpus Christi most of the population is obese, they exercise little (if at all), have a high incidence of diabetes and fast foods are their favorite filler. In fact, at the local Driscoll Children's Hospital on one side you have the emergency entrance and on the other the "golden arches." No joke! It is really sad.
One can only project into the future after the wheat gluten from China killed our pets in the United States... Will we outsource growing corn to China so we can get even cheaper HFCS to fatten and kill our population off?
My only minor criticism is that the filmmakers didn't explore our government's role in ruining our diets by providing a version of "corporate welfare" to factory farms that produce this junk. As it turns out, they would not be in this business, save the subsidies they get from the USDA. Go figure!"
Edited by: DDOORN at: 4/27/2008 (12:13)
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