Facts and Ideas from Anywhere (Mcdonald’s at Cleveland Clinic Has to Go) (Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano) (Polypill Vs Polymeal) (Editorial)
IT’S ABOUT TIME The new chief executive officer of the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, a heart surgeon, has decreed that the fast food joints at the Cleveland Clinic have to go (1). Pizza Hut went quietly. McDonald’s, halfway through a 20-year lease, has declined to shut down a franchise that serves 12,000 doctors, nurses, janitors, secretaries, patients, and visitors each week. On its sprawling urban campus, the clinic also has a Subway sandwich shop, Au Bon Pain, and Starbucks. Of its 13,000 US locations, about 30 McDonald’s outlets are in hospitals. McDonald’s is fighting back: “If Dr. Cosgrove wants to say McDonald’s is inconsistent with the health goals of the hospital, he needs to take a look at the vending machines with candy bars and salty snacks, the cafeteria with deep fried chicken, baked pies and slabs of ribs,” said the director of US media relations for McDonald’s. McDonald’s has also suggested that Dr. Cosgrove is racist for targeting Turan Strange, the African American businessman who owns the franchise. They have raised the specter of unemployment for its 40 low-wage workers and said that closing will hurt the Ohio beef producers. They should never have had McDonald’s there in the first place!