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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Health at Gunpoint

Author: James J. Gormley
Publisher: Square One Pub
ISBN: 0757003818
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Health & Fitness

Who controls the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and what are the real goals of this powerful agency? These are the central questions explored in Health at Gunpoint, a book that brings into clear focus the silent war being waged by the FDA against American consumers. The FDA was established in 1906 to protect the U.S. public from misbranded and adulterated foods and drugs. While the original intent may have been honorable, over the years, the mission has become tainted by lobbyists and money. In Health at Gunpoint, award-winning health writer James Gormley presents a history of this Federal agency’s long-standing battle against health products and examines some of its most controversial decisions and the troubling reasons behind them. Now, the FDA is once again poised to make decisions that would have a major impact on the public’s health—this time, by imposing restrictions that would eventually eliminate many of the nutritional supplements Americans take every day. Health at Gunpoint not only sheds light on what is happening, but also prepares you for the coming battle.

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.

Going Against the Grain How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health

Author: Melissa Smith
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780071507233
Release Date: 2002-05-10
Genre: Health & Fitness

Diets high in grains can lead to a host of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fatigue, and more. Going Against the Grain outlines the disadvantages and potential dangers of eating various types of grains and provides practical, realistic advice on implementing a plan to cut back or eliminate grains on a daily basis. This book also includes easy-to-follow grain-free recipes and helpful suggestions for dining out.

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.

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

Violence against Women and Mental Health

Author: A. Riecher-Rössler
Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
ISBN: 9783805599894
Release Date: 2013-02-01
Genre: Social Science

Violence against women is a global problem that includes domestic violence, sexual abuse of girls and women, trafficking of women, violence in humanitarian crisis settings, violence against female patients including abuse of doctor-patient relationships, and harassment and discrimination of women at the workplace. The mental sequelae of abused women includes posttraumatic stress syndromes, anxiety and depressive disorders, suicidality, substance abuse, and dissociative and somatoform disorders. However, to date, psychiatry and psychotherapy have widely neglected violence as an influencing factor on mental health. This book, which is the first comprehensive overview, discusses current evidence of the links between violence against women and mental health. It is authored by internationally renowned experts, and is both enlightening and thought-provoking. It reviews violence against women in different parts of the world and discusses its prevalence, nature and underlying causes. It looks at the implications of these findings for mental health policies and programs, and further, it strives to stimulate discussion and debate that will hopefully lead to pro-action not only in the medical but also in the political field. This book is essential reading for therapists and clinicians from varying fields, including psychiatry, psychosomatics, general medicine, and gynecology. It shall also serve as an important reference book for sociologists and policy makers.

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:
ISBN: 0816676496
Release Date: 2011
Genre: History

Alondra Nelson recovers a lesser-known aspect of The Black Panther Party's broader struggle for social justice: health care. Nelson argues that the Party's focus on health care was practical and ideological and that their understanding of health as a basic human right and its engagement with the social implications of genetics anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race.