Diabetes; made in America — or iPhone 5; made in China?

Which “product” is superior?

But is diabetes a product? That is the question. SNL aired a spoof about the complaints that some Americans have about the new Chinese-made iPhone 5. (see video below) Three fictitious spokespeople from the tech industry shared their paltry complaints. Then, they brought out three peasant workers from an Apple factory in China—and they responded to the complaints. One complaint was “even though we asked for a thinner and lighter iPhone, this new iPhone 5 is just too light and too thin.”

To wrap up the segment, the host asked if the Chinese factory workers had any complaints about American-made products. At first they were stumped—and couldn’t think of anything that Americans made. Audience laughs. Finally, the male worker asked:

“Does diabetes count as a product? If not, we may have to get back to you.”

The new iPhone 5 — too thin, too light

As I have often said, many a truth is said in jest. But this one speaks volumes to the undisputed global leadership when it comes to the “disease care” industry.

Now, weighing in at over 18% of our entire economy (GDP), the world of promoting—then managing disease has become our claim to fame all across the world. No other country even comes close.

Without a doubt, we win the sweepstakes when it comes to the global marketing of the toxic western diet—the primary driver of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, COPD, restless leg syndrome and hundreds more. With internationally renowned brand titans like KFC, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Burger King—how could any other nation even think about equaling the damage we have done?

Here’s the way I see it. If there were a total of 100 points scored in the “make the world sick” global sweepstakes, I would wager that the final score would be something like:

United States 75 —- Rest of the world 25

Now for your viewing pleasure, the iPhone 5 skit (about 5 minutes)

Live from New York—It’s Saturday Night!

Consecutive Daily Blogs (numerals from Texas, home of many beef-loving cowboys who wish us vegan-types would take a hike)

Occasionally, it’s time for a little humor on this blog. Actually, this is the third (out of 621 blogs) whose primary message is humorous. Even so, all three of these blogs have also carried a powerful health-promoting element along with the humor. The other two blogs:

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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1 Response to Diabetes; made in America — or iPhone 5; made in China?

  1. That was a funny, mostly, SNL video. Thanks!

    Re GMO foods, watch the “Genetic Roulette” video on-line (for free, supposedly ending today, Oct. 17). My Letter to the Editor of our local paper:
    —————————————– LETTER
    Prop. 37: Label GMO Foods

    I had not paid much attention to “Genetically Engineered Foods” usefulness and problems until now. To help you decide Yes or No on CA Proposition 37 requiring labelling of “Genetically Modified Organism” food products, please watch the movie “Genetic Roulette” on-line at http://geneticroulettemovie.com/

    I expect that I’ll vote YES based on this education that faults GMOs for many reasons, including health damages.

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