Disease Proof

Health Points: Monday

Someone I know violated HIPAA. And his boss found out. And now things might get ugly for him. His life may change, dramatically, tomorrow when he has to meet with his boss, and his boss' boss, to discuss the matter. For now, he feels bad, which I guess is good for everybody involved.

The computers have eyes. The rumor mill every now and then recycles the old one about how the administrators are watching how much time the nurses spend playing games on the various computers around the hospital, then compare the data to the census reports from the nurses' units. Apparently, long ago, some nurses were fired for this. "You had 5 patients and played solitaire from 2:12 until 2:18 a.m. You're fired!"
What bugs me about high fructose corn syrup is that it’s added to products that don’t need it, like maki rolls.

It’s also in Heinz Ketchup, Miracle Whip, Claussen Pickles, Contadina Tomato Paste, Pepperidge Farm’s line of 100 percent whole grain breads, Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings (peach and pineapple), Stove Top Stuffing, and Campbell’s vegetable soup, according to the rapidly growing list started by Kate Hopkins and posted on the Accidental Hedonist. (Warning: The list may contain inaccuracies. Check ingredients yourself to be certain.
Burger King is enticing kids to order this “produce-free” behemoth through a series of TV ads featuring a crew of miniature construction workers that “diligently stacks meat, cheese, bacon and BK Stacker Sauce.”

If that’s not enough, “2.5″ collectible figurines of some of the most memorable characters from the BK Stackers television ads can be purchased online…Fans can purchase a set of three figurines, including Vin the Foreman, the Kid and the Cheese Welder.”

For parents who promote organic living and healthy eating, this is yet another example of how fast-food companies and advertising agencies pander to kids without any regard for their health. It’s irresponsible at a time when childhood obesity is epidemic.
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