Saturday, September 6, 2008

Inequality in America: Does it Matter?

This is a question that I will be asking myself a lot during the next two years. There is an incredible documentary that was shown on PBS last year called 'Unnatural Causes: Is inequality making us sick?' Unlike the biased, easily dismissed mainstream films like Sicko, which lack rigorous empirical evidence, 'Unnatural Causes' brings together the best research on social issues and health. It considers how our biological makeup (our DNA), our environment (exposure to toxins and violence), and our wealth and education influence our health status. Note that what we experience biologically, behaviorally, and socially in childhood influences our health outcomes throughout our life. 

Watch this video clip for a taste of the series. If you would like to see more visit the website.

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