La Satira News Service
Overwhelming barriers to entering the medical profession? Forget it. Difficulties in navigating the twin worlds of regulation and insurance? Not the problem. The rising cost of liability insurance? Not even close.
A new study from the University of Pomme-de-Terre in Bayview, Idaho, suggests that the true reason for the increasingly acute shortage of medical professionals in the United States is as unexpected as it is counter-intuitive: the proliferation of apples.
“Over the past sixty years, we’ve seen a strong correlation between the decline in the per capita number of practicing medical professionals and rising apple consumption in North America,” says Professor Jonathan Winesap of the University’s College of Statistical Folklore. “And since First Lady Michelle Obama started her initiative on healthy eating, the problem has only gotten worse.”
Asked how the growing consumption of apples, generally regarded as a health food, could be prompting the medical shortage, Professor Winesap refused to go into specifics. “There’s definitely room for more research on the topic. The main thing we learn from this study is that the old adage about an apple a day keeping the doctor away is, in fact, true; we’re just learning that this isn’t always a good thing.”
The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, is already attracting controversy.
“His logic is distinctly seedy,” said Professor N. V. Honeycrisp of the University of Punxsutawney’s College of Agriculture and Astrophysics, “if not rotten to the core. I’ve never seen such a blatant example of the causation/correlation fallacy–not outside the comments section of online news articles, anyway. Does he really think serious medical professionals have a vampire-and-garlic sort of relationship with apples? If you ask me, Professor Winesap is really barking up the wrong tree.”
Meanwhile, Professor Winesap is already developing a strategy for reducing the country’s apple footprint. “The first thing we need to do is rename a certain computer company to a different type of fruit. Then we need recall all food products containing apples. Oh, yes; and we need to recall all the copies of the game ‘Apples to Apples.’ It all sounds extreme, but it’s the least we can do to stop a medical catastrophe in the making.”
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