Against Health

Author: Jonathan M. Metzl
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814761100
Release Date: 2010-11-15
Genre: Social Science

You see someone smoking a cigarette and say,“Smoking is bad for your health,” when what you mean is, “You are a bad person because you smoke.” You encounter someone whose body size you deem excessive, and say, “Obesity is bad for your health,” when what you mean is, “You are lazy, unsightly, or weak of will.” You see a woman bottle-feeding an infant and say,“Breastfeeding is better for that child’s health,” when what you mean is that the woman must be a bad parent. You see the smokers, the overeaters, the bottle-feeders, and affirm your own health in the process. In these and countless other instances, the perception of your own health depends in part on your value judgments about others, and appealing to health allows for a set of moral assumptions to fly stealthily under the radar. Against Health argues that health is a concept, a norm, and a set of bodily practices whose ideological work is often rendered invisible by the assumption that it is a monolithic, universal good. And, that disparities in the incidence and prevalence of disease are closely linked to disparities in income and social support. To be clear, the book's stand against health is not a stand against the authenticity of people's attempts to ward off suffering. Against Health instead claims that individual strivings for health are, in some instances, rendered more difficult by the ways in which health is culturally configured and socially sustained. The book intervenes into current political debates about health in two ways. First, Against Health compellingly unpacks the divergent cultural meanings of health and explores the ideologies involved in its construction. Second, the authors present strategies for moving forward. They ask, what new possibilities and alliances arise? What new forms of activism or coalition can we create? What are our prospects for well-being? In short, what have we got if we ain't got health? Against Health ultimately argues that the conversations doctors, patients, politicians, activists, consumers, and policymakers have about health are enriched by recognizing that, when talking about health, they are not all talking about the same thing. And, that articulating the disparate valences of “health” can lead to deeper, more productive, and indeed more healthy interactions about our bodies.

Health Against Wealth

Author: George Anders
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547627984
Release Date: 1998-05-08
Genre: Health & Fitness

The HMO system is often praised for cutting runaway costs. It is supposed to act as a powerful market force to stop greedy doctors and hospitals from treating patients like pi-atas, to be cut open for profit. Health Against Wealth reveals that when you are confronting cancer, heart disease, or psychiatric illness, when you face a medical emergency or your child requires complex pediatric surgery, all those cost-saving rules and artful ways of keeping doctors frugal can turn against you. Wall Street Journal reporter George Anders explains why " managed care " is so appealing to employers and insurers and how HMO bureaucrats can thwart necessary, even life-saving treatment under the guise of cost efficiency. Health Against Wealth takes an unflinching look at the profit-hungry entrepreneurs who have poured into this new" health industry" and provides alarming examples of political manipulation by increasingly powerful HMO lobbyists. At the same time, the book explores the hopes and frustr

Boomerang

Author: Theda Skocpol
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 039331572X
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Medical

How did the debate on health reform turn into the most concerted attack on government in recent American history?

Violence Against Women and Mental Health

Author: Anita Riecher-Rössler
Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
ISBN: 9783805599887
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Medical

Too prevalent to ignore : violence against women, its prevalence, and health consequences / García-Moreno, C., Stockl, H. -- Gender-based violence in the Middle-East : a review / Madi Skaff, J. -- Violence against women in Latin America / Gaviria A., S.L. -- Violence against women in south Asia / Niaz, U. -- Violence against women in Europe : magnitude and the mental health consequences described by different data sources / Helweg-Larsen, K. -- Intimate partner violence as a risk factor for mental health in South Africa / Jewkes, R. -- Intimate partner violence and mental health / Oram, S., Howard, L.M. -- Sexual assault and women's mental health / Martin, S.L., Parcesepe, A.M. -- Child sexual abuse of girls / MacMillan, H.L., Wathen, C.N. -- Sexual violence and armed conflict : a systematic review of psychosocial support interventions / Stavrou, V. -- Abuse and trafficking among female migrants and refugees / Kastrup, M. -- Abuse in doctor-patient relationships / Tschan, W. -- Workplace harassment based on sex : a risk factor for women's mental health / Cortina, L.M., Leskinen, E.A. -- Violence against women and suicidality : does violence cause suicidal behaviour? / Devries, K.M., Seguin, M. -- Violence against women suffering from severe psychiatric illness / Rondon, M.B. -- Violence against women and mental health : conclusions / García-Moreno, C., Riecher-Rössler, A.

Junk Science Judo

Author: Steven J. Milloy
Publisher: Cato Institute
ISBN: 1930865120
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Reference

This book is a simple, easy-to-read guide to debunking health scares and scams before you get hurt.

Whitewash

Author: Joseph Keon
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550924565
Release Date: 2013-10-18
Genre: Health & Fitness

Got milk? You may wish you didn't.

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare

Author: R. Barnett
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137363732
Release Date: 2013-11-12
Genre: Political Science

The Affordable Care Act debate was one of the most important and most public examinations of the Constitution in our history. At the forefront of that debate were the bloggers of the Volokh Conspiracy who, from before the law was even passed, engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the case.

Body and Soul

Author: Alondra Nelson
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9781452933221
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

The legacy of the Black Panther Party's commitment to community health care, a central aspect of its fight for social justice

Natural Causes

Author: Barbara Ehrenreich
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 9781455535880
Release Date: 2018-04-10
Genre: Social Science

A New York Times bestseller! From the celebrated author of Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich explores how we are killing ourselves to live longer, not better. A razor-sharp polemic which offers an entirely new understanding of our bodies, ourselves, and our place in the universe, NATURAL CAUSES describes how we over-prepare and worry way too much about what is inevitable. One by one, Ehrenreich topples the shibboleths that guide our attempts to live a long, healthy life -- from the importance of preventive medical screenings to the concepts of wellness and mindfulness, from dietary fads to fitness culture. But NATURAL CAUSES goes deeper -- into the fundamental unreliability of our bodies and even our "mind-bodies," to use the fashionable term. Starting with the mysterious and seldom-acknowledged tendency of our own immune cells to promote deadly cancers, Ehrenreich looks into the cellular basis of aging, and shows how little control we actually have over it. We tend to believe we have agency over our bodies, our minds, and even over the manner of our deaths. But the latest science shows that the microscopic subunits of our bodies make their own "decisions," and not always in our favor. We may buy expensive anti-aging products or cosmetic surgery, get preventive screenings and eat more kale, or throw ourselves into meditation and spirituality. But all these things offer only the illusion of control. How to live well, even joyously, while accepting our mortality -- that is the vitally important philosophical challenge of this book. Drawing on varied sources, from personal experience and sociological trends to pop culture and current scientific literature, NATURAL CAUSES examines the ways in which we obsess over death, our bodies, and our health. Both funny and caustic, Ehrenreich then tackles the seemingly unsolvable problem of how we might better prepare ourselves for the end -- while still reveling in the lives that remain to us.

Crisis of Abundance

Author: Arnold S. Kling
Publisher: Cato Institute
ISBN: 9781930865891
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Medical

In Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care, economist Arnold King warns that no health care system is perfect. Under the status quo, Americans are not getting maximum value per dollar spent. A government solution is likely to require rationing to a degree unacceptable to many Americans. However, a market-oriented approach would require consumers to take greater personal responsibility for health care decisions and expenses. Kling outlines an approach for increased consumer responsibility, with fewer expenses paid by third parties.

The Case Against Sugar

Author: Gary Taubes
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780451493996
Release Date: 2016-12-27
Genre: Health & Fitness

From the best-selling author of Why We Get Fat, a groundbreaking, eye-opening exposé that makes the convincing case that sugar is the tobacco of the new millennium: backed by powerful lobbies, entrenched in our lives, and making us very sick. Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society. From the Hardcover edition.

Nursing Against the Odds

Author: Suzanne Gordon
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 080147292X
Release Date: 2006-03-01
Genre: Medical

A leading health care journalist unravels the complexity of the current nursing shortage while offering possible solutions to the resulting health care crisis.

When Harry Became Sally

Author: Ryan T. Anderson
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 9781594039621
Release Date: 2018-02-20
Genre: Social Science

Can a boy be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine “reassign” sex? Is our sex “assigned” to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender? What should our law say on matters of “gender identity”? When Harry Became Sally provides thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan Anderson offers a nuanced view of human embodiment, a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong. This book exposes the contrast between the media’s sunny depiction of gender fluidity and the often sad reality of living with gender dysphoria. It gives a voice to people who tried to “transition” by changing their bodies, and found themselves no better off. Especially troubling are the stories told by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later regretted subjecting themselves to those drastic procedures. As Anderson shows, the most beneficial therapies focus on helping people accept themselves and live in harmony with their bodies. This understanding is vital for parents with children in schools where counselors may steer a child toward transitioning behind their backs. Everyone has something at stake in the controversies over transgender ideology, when misguided “antidiscrimination” policies allow biological men into women’s restrooms and penalize Americans who hold to the truth about human nature. Anderson offers a strategy for pushing back with principle and prudence, compassion and grace.

Discrimination against the Mentally Ill

Author: Monica A. Joseph
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781610698924
Release Date: 2016-02-25
Genre: Psychology

How have individuals with mental illness been treated historically and what are their experiences today? This book investigates the historical and contemporary forms of discrimination faced by those with mental illness. • Provides a valuable resource for researching the hot topic of discrimination and injustice against a group of individuals—one that is often overlooked by society as well as by reference books • Supplies annotated primary sources that will serve to improve readers' research and critical reasoning skills • Examines the role the media has played in discriminatory practices towards mental illness • Explores several contemporary issues related to mental illness—including diversity, comorbidity, homelessness, veterans, and the criminal justice system—and their intersection with discrimination