Fate of China…

China 4Dr. Michael J. O’Connell commented that many articles are being written on the fate of China with its huge and growing pollution problem.  During many days in China’s largest cities, one cannot see buildings across the street.  Workers wear face masks for respiratory protection.  Beijing ‘outlawed’ pollution generation for the weeks before hosting the Olympics a decade ago, so attendees could see this amazing city, actually see it without the choking fog of pollution.  The day following, the factories all began spewing once again.

What Americans do not understand is that China was us, about thirty years ago.  Through economic/capital forces (the now infamous “flight of jobs overseas””), most all of our highly polluting industries were transferred to Southeast Asia, many to China.  Now our old problem is theirs.  Our air is cleaner than since 1950; our rivers support fish that haven’t existed since before I was born; toxic waste dumps are disappearing here, developing everywhere over there.  Remember Wal-Mart when Sam Walton was the owner and he claimed honestly that his products were all made in the USA?  Now all they sell is what’s made overseas with rare exception.  The great bulk of products are made in CChinahina.  Check the labels on shirts, shoes, underwear, hardware, etc.

So while the shift of jobs overseas has been brutally difficult for many Americans, particularly those without particular skills, the shift has a silver lining, removing the clouds of toxic pollution from our skies.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see: https://michaeloconnellmdnh.wordpress.com/

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