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2007 Policy #07 Health Top Books

Earth Policy #7: Health

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER)
The list author says: “There are ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and USA that matter if we are to get a grip on our future. Each of these 30 topics is addressed at www.earth-intelligence.net, and in Amazon discussion groups being created to bring together authors and readers to form a global information sharing network that will be superior to what secret intelligence and secret government bureaucracies can put together. This is how we save Humanity and our Earth–by taking back the power over relevant information and the policies that have here-to-fore been dominated by special interests instead of ourselves, the taxpayers and end-users.”
Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health
1.  Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health by Laurie Garrett
The list author says:
“This is THE book on the matter.  See my longer review at the book page for a quick orientation.”
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Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy
2.  Pandora’s Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy by Joe Thornton
The list author says:
“One of the most brilliant books I have ever read, connecting our pathological industrial reliance on chlorine to our national health short-falls.”
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Understanding Health Policy
3.  Understanding Health Policy by Thomas Bodenheimer
The list author says:
“Essential overview.”
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Health: The Basics (7th Edition) (Donatelle Series)
4.  Health: The Basics (7th Edition) (Donatelle Series) by Rebecca J. Donatelle
The list author says:
“Like the title says, the basics.”
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Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology)
5.  Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Paul Farmer
The list author says:
“Sadly, the elite today are less alert than the elite in NY in the 1920’s.  As Larry Brilliant likes to point out, plagues and epidemics have killed over 20 popes, presidents, prime ministers, kings, and queens.  Public health is for ALL of us.”
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Where There Is No Doctor
6.  Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
The list author says:
“Resilience and localized medicine are essential.  How can Cuba produce so many doctors (and nurse-practitiioners) that it can lend 10,000 of them to Venezuela?  Our medical system is both corrupt, and nuts for ignoring three quarters of the solution: lifestyle, environment, and natural or alternative cures.”
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The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care
7.  The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care by David Gratzer
The list author says:
“One of the solutions, but neglects the non-medical and the power of the people to negotiate to generic world average prices.”
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The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America
8.  The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America by Allan M. Brandt
The list author says:
“The really bad side of advertised death.”
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Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture)
9.  Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture) by Marion Nestle
The list author says:
“This is relevant to Earth Policy #1: Agriculture (including farm animals).  Politics is killing America, because decisions are being made by ever-more wealthy minority stake-holders and are focused on increasing their wealth rather than the public’s commonwealth.”
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The Safe Shopper's Bible: A Consumer's Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics, and Food
10.  The Safe Shopper’s Bible: A Consumer’s Guide to Nontoxic Household Products, Cosmetics, and Food by David Steinman
The list author says:
“This is an exciting book, in part because Amazon now has Scanback and can receive a bar code from a cell phone photo, and come back not just with alternative price information, but with HEALTH information in the case of food, and with “true cost” information in the case of everything (water content, fuel content, sweatshop labor hours, tax avoidance score).”
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The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry
11.  The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry by Paul Starr
The list author says:
“Beginning of healing.”
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The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food Movements
12.  The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements by Sandor Katz
The list author says:
“The neat thing about moving to localized agriculture and food production (processing) is that it elimiates both the carbon footprint and the need for preservative chemicals, while also making each community more resilient.  I dream of the day when we tear up strip malls, use the cement as landfill, and restore farms around every city, every town.”
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Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours
13.  Best Care Anywhere: Why VA Health Care is Better Than Yours by Phillip Longman
The list author says:
“This is true, once you get in the system.  75,000 amputees from Gulf II, and 250,000 disabled veterans from Gulf I, continue to have trouble getting into the under-funded system.”
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Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine
14.  Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine by John Abramson
The list author says:
“The Russians went right to Level IV antibiotics, which is why today we have, courtesy of Russia, antibiotic resistant tuberculosis (their prisons breed virrulent strains) and everything else, with the sexual diseases from Eastern Europe to America courtesy of German businessmen.”
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Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice
15.  Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice by Karen Glanz
The list author says:
“What my children have received in school in the way of health education is pathetic.  We have an industrial era school system going through the motions, and schools willing to put vending machines with sodes and sugar snacks in every hallway.”
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Nursing against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work)
16.  Nursing against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care (The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work) by Suzanne Gordon
The list author says:
“Bottom up funding, in my view, is helpful.  Nurses are more important than doctors most of the time.”
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Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (6th Edition)
17.  Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness (6th Edition) by Rachel E. Spector
The list author says:
“Always good to have the cultural perspective.”
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Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care
18.  Crisis of Abundance: Rethinking How We Pay for Health Care by Arnold S. Kling
The list author says:
“Paradoxes abound.”
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Health Policymaking in the United States, Fourth Edition
19.  Health Policymaking in the United States, Fourth Edition by Beaufort B. Longest
The list author says:
“Policymaking or policy wtichcraft?”
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CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008, 1e
20.  CDC Health Information for International Travel 2008, 1e by Paul M. Arguin MD
The list author says:
“Great global overview.”
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Epidemiology in Medicine
21.  Epidemiology in Medicine by Charles H. Hennekens
The list author says:
“Too few understand that early warning of anything, both the known and the unknown (as SARS was unknown) is vital to protecting the larger group.  Airports do not have the authority to quarentine all passangers on an airplane where someone dies in midflight and presents all the symptoms of plague.”
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Community Nutrition in Action: An Entrepreneurial Approach, 4th edition
22.  Community Nutrition in Action: An Entrepreneurial Approach, 4th edition by Marie A. Boyle
The list author says:
“Focusing on the community as well as the household is a very sane way to make it easier for individuals to be healthy “in community” with one another.”
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Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA's Betrayal of America
23.  Fight for Your Health: Exposing the FDA’s Betrayal of America by Byron J. Richards
The list author says:
“FDA has betrayed America–and worst of all–they do not even check anything out of China, such as the toothpaste with anti-freeze!”
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One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance
24.  One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance by Jill S. Quadagno
The list author says:
“Real patriots understand that the uninsured are a walking plague waiting to infect the rest of us.  If we do not have universal health insurance, we are sentencing our community to a slow death over time.”
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Health and Health Care 2010: The Forecast, The Challenge, 2nd Edition
25.  Health and Health Care 2010: The Forecast, The Challenge, 2nd Edition by Institute for the Future
The list author says:
“Forecasts always need to be studied in relation to their assumptions.  A strategic shift in America away from beef (see Diet for a Small Planet) and toward corn people can eat, and toward localized non-preserved food, would change all of this virtually overnight.”
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Marketing Social Change: Changing Behavior to Promote Health, Social Development, and the Environment
26.  Marketing Social Change: Changing Behavior to Promote Health, Social Development, and the Environment by Alan R. Andreasen
The list author says:
“Nation-wide health will not happen without a deliberate strategic push.  I think of Education, not Marketing, as the key, and the use of cell phones for point of sale education could be revolutionary in changing buying habits.  Also Green certifications for specific outlets.”
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Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America
27.  Mama Might Be Better Off Dead: The Failure of Health Care in Urban America by Laurie Kaye Abraham
The list author says:
“Good review of failure.”
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Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa (CBC Massey Lecture)
28.  Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa (CBC Massey Lecture) by Stephen Lewis
The list author says:
“Always ask yourself: is AIDS something that cannot be treated, or is AIDS something that Henry Kissinger believes is a perfect tool for eugenics?”
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Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer (4th Edition)
29.  Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs: A Primer (4th Edition) by James F. McKenzie
The list author says:
“We can never get enough of serious thinking along these lines.”
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History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine)
30.  History and Health Policy in the United States: Putting the Past Back In (Critical Issues in Health and Medicine) by Rosemary A. Stevens
The list author says:
“History helps.  Our elites have forgotten the hard-earned successes of the elites in NYC in the 1920’s.”
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Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching
31.  Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching by Michael Greger
The list author says:
“Many do not realize that we, the humans, are creating many of these mutating diseases.  We are killing the bees that help agriculture at the same time that we are spawning new mixes of diseases in animals, and the jump of diseases from animals to humans.”
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State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America
32.  State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America by James Colgrove
The list author says:
“Essential for any health library.”
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Introduction to Emergency Management, Second Edition (Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security)
33.  Introduction to Emergency Management, Second Edition (Butterworth-Heinemann Homeland Security) by George D. Haddow
The list author says:
“We have no spare hospital beds in America.”
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2007 Policy #07 Health Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesexternal link
Official website. Features diseases and conditions, policies and regulations, safety and wellness and food and drug information. Also provides links to HHS agencies. 1

National Coalition on Health Careexternal link
The NCHC’s diverse membership is united in support of the following principles as a framework for improving our nation’s health care: health care coverage for all; cost management; improvement of health care quality and safety; equitable financing; and simplified administration. 2

Public Citizen – Health Research Groupexternal link
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts. The Health Research Group promotes safer drugs and public health. 3
No Free Lunchexternal link
Site is hosted by health care providers who believe that pharmaceutical promotion should not guide clinical practice. Their mission is to encourage health care providers to practice medicine on the basis of scientific evidence rather than on the basis of pharmaceutical promotion. They discourage the acceptance of all gifts from industry by health care providers, trainees, and students. Their goal is improved patient care. 4

Health Care Reform.Netexternal link
A detailed, revolutionary plan is presented by a medical doctor to reform the health-care system by restructuring medical education. 5

National Health Law Programexternal link
The NHLP is a national public interest law firm that seeks to improve health care for America’s working and unemployed poor, minorities, the elderly and people with disabilities. NHeLP serves legal services programs, community-based organizations, the private bar, providers and individuals who work to preserve a health care safety net for the millions of uninsured or underinsured low-income people. 6

Medicare Rights Centerexternal link
MRC is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care. 7

Daily News Centralexternal link
DNC is an Internet publication that focuses on health news, as well as in-depth articles on current health topics, for English-speaking readers around the world. The goal is to arm health consumers with the information they need to play a proactive role in achieving excellent healthcare for themselves and their families. Daily News Central readers have access to the latest news on many health-related topics, including breakthrough research on a variety of illnesses and chronic conditions, new drugs and therapies, healthcare legislation, and new approaches to nutrition and fitness. In-depth articles on specific topics — relating to children’s health, seniors’ health or public health, for example — provide added value to Daily News Central site visitors. 8

National Academy for State Health Policyexternal link
NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. 9

Changes in Health Care Financing and Organizationexternal link
HCFO strives to bridge the health policy and health services research communities by reaching two primary objectives: to provide public and private decision-makers with usable and timely information on health care policy, financing, and market developments, and to bring together the policy and research communities through significant convening, issues identification, research translation, and communication activities. 10

National Alliance for Hispanic Healthexternal link
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health is the premier organization focusing on Hispanic Health. Alliance members reach over 14 million Hispanic consumers throughout the U.S. As the nation’s action, advocacy, and research forum for Hispanic health and well being, the Alliance informs and mobilizes consumers, supports health and human service providers in the delivery of quality care, improves the science base for accurate decision making by promoting better and more inclusive research, promotes appropriate use of technology, insures accountability and advocates on behalf of Hispanics, and promotes philanthropy. 11

Partners in Health, Healthcare for the Poorexternal link
Through service, training, advocacy, and research, PIH seeks to raise the standard of care for the poor everywhere. The work of PIH has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through long-term partnerships with sister organizations, PIH brings the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease. PIH believes that health is a fundamental right, not a privilege. 12

Factline: Tracking Health in Underserved Communitiesexternal link
Factline is a website sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and Meharry Medical College that highlights health disparities in underserved communities. Factline is organized into five major areas: Access to Health, Mental Health, Minority Health, Women’s Health, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Within each major area, there are several topic pages, including cancer, depression, obstetrical care, and barriers to care for immigrants. 13

America’s Health Insurance Plansexternal link
AHIP is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans. Member companies offer medical expense insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, dental insurance, supplemental insurance, stop-loss insurance and reinsurance to consumers, employers, and public purchasers. AHIP’s goal is to provide a unified voice for the health care financing industry, to expand access to high quality, cost effective health care to all Americans, and to ensure Americans’ financial security through robust insurance markets, product flexibility and innovation, and an abundance of consumer choice. 14

European Observatory on Health Systems and Policiesexternal link
EOHSP supports and promotes evidence-based health policy-making through comprehensive and rigorous analysis of the dynamics of health care systems in Europe. The Observatory is a partnership between the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, the Governments of Belgium, Finland, Greece, Norway, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Veneto Region of Italy, the European Investment Bank, the Open Society Institute, the World Bank, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Site features country information and research topics. 15