very powerful........response.........thanks for sharing
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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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Oooh.... sounds very intersting indeed. Going to have to check this one out.
Have you ever watched Sicko? I haven't seen that one either, but it looks very interesting, and controversial, as well, about our healthcare system.
And of course, Super Size Me... glad to say that one stopped me from eating most fast food for good (I haven't been to a Mc D's since 2005 ~ and that one time in 2005 was because I was a chaperone on a field trip and that's where the bus stopped for lunch).
Well, as always Don, thanks for keeping us informed.
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I think I posted a while back about this documentary. I heard an interview with the makers of this film on NPR and it sounds fascinating and enlightening.
I was sorry to see that it never made it into the theaters, however most films that are in the least bit challenging of the status quo in this country never DO make it into the theater! In England and other countries they are broadcast for free on BBC or other public television channels! Here in the land of the free...? Uh, well, if you've got the cash to spare you can buy it in the stores...maybe the cut-out bins...lol!
Anyhow: "King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm"
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