Should Hospitals Protect Patients From Hazardous Hot Dogs?
The World Health Organization has stated that processed meats, including hot dogs, are "carcinogenic to humans" and that there is no amount safe for consumption. Hot dogs are also the No. 1 choking risk for children.
If you think hospitals should exclude cancer-causing hot dogs from patient meals, and instead provide healthful, plant-based options, please sign the letter below to hospital CEOs.
Or send a tweet to hospitals using the hashtag #HazardousHotDogs! Sample tweets:
According to a survey by the Physicians Committee, several hospitals are serving cancer-causing hot dogs to patients.
These hospitals include:
Please sign this letter that will be sent to the CEOs of the hospitals listed.
Dear Hospital CEO:
The World Health Organization warns that processed meats, including hot dogs, are "carcinogenic to humans" and there is no amount safe for consumption. According to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery, colon cancer is increasing in young people (ages 20 to 34 years). "Particularly worrisome is the role of processed meats in children's diets," says Mariana C. Stern, Ph.D., a co-author of the WHO report. "Parents should know the risks associated with processed meats and learn to make alternative choices."
At least four children’s hospitals located in the colon cancer corridor, including West Virginia University Children's Hospital, already exclude hot dogs from patient menus. March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month would be a perfect time for your hospital to do likewise and demonstrate your commitment to health.
In order to promote healing and prevent disease, your hospital should increase the offerings of healthful, plant-based options that are popular with patients—like veggie chili and fruit smoothies.