This film proved to me even more that where you grow up determined how you grow up, which in turn had health impacts. Living in a low income neighborhood leads to an increase in risk for heart disease. The film emphasized that this is not due to one specific reason, but rather a culmination ofContinue reading The Health of Housing
Where you live can shape the way you turn out in life. Whether its the actual living conditions within your home, or its the neighborhood in which you grow up, these distinctions can truly make an impact on ones life. We learn in this film that SES is actually a truly accurate form in distinguishingContinue reading Place Matters
Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sicker? explores how environment and socioeconomic status affect health by comparing the residents of two low income areas on the West Coast. Residents of Richmond, California were the first to be interviewed. Though once a thriving “boom town”, the area’s wealth diminished once the white population relocated, leaving minimalContinue reading Place Matters Response
I thought that this documentary did a great job exposing the multiple factors that determines a person’s health. Environmental factors such as chemical agents, crime/violence, social interactions, and access to fresh foods all play a major role to the current health crisis facing the United States.For example, the community in Richmond, CA has greater ratesContinue reading Can We Share the Allostatic Load: Reflections
The documentary “Unnatural Causes: Place Matters” demonstrates that place determines what physical or chemical agents you might be exposed to, and ultimately determines health. Health is socially patterned, and it has been found that in Richmond, California, there are higher rates of asthma, cancer and diabetes. This is because the “choices of an individual isContinue reading Is mixed-income housing the solution?
In “Unnatural Causes – Place Matters”, we are introduced first to a middle-aged Laotian gentleman at the doctor in Richmond, CA. He had a rather aggressive heart attack recently; the doctor described its severity by saying, “you basically almost died once”. The physician’s instructions are to keep stress levels down to prevent spontaneous cardiac arrest–whichContinue reading Birth Lottery.
Food deserts are one of my favorite disparity discussion topics. Growing up in a pretty rural suburb, we had tons of supermarkets, farmers market, and pretty much any kind of fresh grocer right at our fingertips. When I was in my sophomore year of high school, we learned about nutrition in my health class. IContinue reading Be happy, be healthy…but only if you’re wealthy
This episode focused the drastic impact of where you live can have on your health.While our country no longer has formal segregation, there were many ways it has been perpetuated throughout our history. The creation of our suburbs caused a vicious cycle of poverty and ruin to urban cities, which specifically impacted minorities. Also, theContinue reading Place Matters Blog
In this episode of Unnatural Causes the main idea was that place matters. Location can determine your social environment, food availability, neighbors, chemical exposure, and the crime rate. This episode looked at Richmond, CA and High Point Community in Seattle, WA. Both are areas where most of the residents are living in poverty. In RichmondContinue reading Place Matters
Environment has one of the greatest impacts on human health, development and functioning. Numerous medical, biological, psychological and neuroscience studies have been conducted to explore negative effects of chronic elevated stress response on human being and animals. However this simple fact, a logical idea, seems to be not so simple and logical when it comesContinue reading Unnatural Causes: Place matters. Reflection.