Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, a top health care institution in the US, has finally given McDonald’s the boot upon the realization that fast food may just not be the best choice for the sick (or anyone, really). The riddance of the junk food restaurant is one of many changes the hospital is making to “promote healthy food choices, exercise, and a smoke free environment.”
Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said,
“Our goal is to reduce the risk factors that contribute significantly to chronic diseases.”
Well thank you, Cleveland Clinic! Considering that McDonald’s food is full of GMOs, MSG, eggs that are a strange ‘non-egg combination,’ dimethylpolysiloxane (a silicone that can also be found in Silly Putty), and calcium silicate (a sealant used on roofs and concrete), you’ll likely see an immediate improvement in your patient’s health.
Of course finding such ingredients in the fast food giant’s food isn’t so surprising – much of McDonald’s’ food is tainted in more than one way. For example, containing over 70 ingredients, the McDonald’s sought-after McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance. It also contains a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide.
Maybe this is why the fast food giant is losing money and closing stores across the nation.
Cleveland Clinic is the 7th hospital in the nation to remove McDonald’s from their cafeterias in the past six years. While this is a great step in the right direction, there are over 5,600 hospitals in the US, and an untold number of emergency care clinics and other healthcare facilities. Not all of them have on-campus fast food restaurants, but if just half of them got rid of the carcinogenic, toxic food they were serving their patients, we would likely see a revolution in health.
Though McDonald’s was once a household name in America, its popularity is declining. Other countries are refusing to allow the mega-company to pollute its people with questionable food ingredients. Iceland, Bolivia, Bermuda and Macedonia all told McDonald’s exactly where they could stick its chicken nuggets.
Might the US do the same?
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Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.