if we are what we eat, what are we becoming?

养生 (yǎng shēng) or taking care of one’s health is a Shenzhen obsession. However, the difficulty of living a healthy life has given rise to cynical takes on the preventative measures of traditional Chinese medicine. A text message currently making the rounds, begs the question, “if we are what we eat, what are we becoming?:

百毒不侵的中国人是怎么炼成的?早起,穿冒牌运动服出门,买地沟油炸油条,切个苏丹红咸蛋,冲杯三聚氰氨奶,上班。中午,在食堂要一注水肉炒农药韭菜,有毒猪血,来碗翻新陈米饭,泡壶香精茶叶。下班,买条避孕药鱼,尿素豆芽,膨大西红柿,开瓶甲醇酒,伴根瘦肉精的双汇火腿肠吃个硫磺馒头。饭后在地摊上买本盗版小说盗版光盘,晚上钻进黑心棉被,睡了…

How is Chinese resistance to one hundred toxins cultivated? Get up early, put on a fake namebrand sweatsuit, buy an oil stick fried in gutter oil, cut a tonyred salted egg, pour a glass of melamine milk, go to work. At lunch, have a serving of water-injected meat fried with over-fertilized chives, toxic pig’s blood, have a bowl of repackaged old rice, brew a pot perfumed tea leaves. Get off work, buy a prophylactic fish, carbamide bean sprouts, enhanced tomatoes, a bottle of methanol liquor, clenobuterol hydrochloride ham, and a sulfur steamed bun. After dinner, go to the kiosk, buy a counterfeit novel and DVD. At night, snuggle into a black hearted blanket, sleep…

sigh.

2 thoughts on “if we are what we eat, what are we becoming?

  1. Ok, first thanks for that rather intensely grotesque thought. I am now cleaning out my pantry. Lol what does the black hearted blanket mean?

  2. As far as I can tell, a black hearted blanket is cotton filled blanket in which the cotton is old and moldy, or old and grimy. Recently, several kindergartens have been found to be using these blankets during afternoon naps.

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