Our Blog | August 2007

Saying Goodbye to the SUV!

by: Heather on 08/22/2007
Posted in: Activism

Franke James is a Toronto artist with a deep commitment to getting the message out about climate change. She has created a number of "visual essays" that are creative, compelling, inspiring and engaging. One of my favorites is My SUV and Me Say Goodbye - I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

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Guest Post - David Spero

by: Heather on 08/21/2007
Posted in: Sustainable Living

As mentioned, we are excited to be featuring guest posts from our authors. David Spero, author of Diabetes: Sugar-Coated Crisis has contributed this critique of the American, profit-based health care system. Thanks David!

Sicker than "Sicko"

I've never been a Michael Moore fan, but "Sicko" is way better than anything he's done before. He really exposes the madness of the U.S. medical system. But more important, he shows how and why societies such as England, Canada, and France are far healthier than the USA, while spending far less (44-62% as much per capita) on medical care. Even Cuba, a very poor country that spends 4 cents on health per person for every $1 the USA spends, has similar life expectancy and health outcomes.

There's a scene in "Sicko," where Moore interviews American expats at a dinner in France. They tell him how much easier and better life is for them there. Some express guilt feelings for living as they do when their relatives in the US are so much worse off. Moore asks them "How much sick leave do you get a year? 3 days? A week?" They don't even understand the question. "When you're sick, you don't go to work. It doesn't matter for how long."

This kind of thing explains the health differences much more than the medical system does. Health care probably contributes at most 15% to overall health in any society. Things like inequality, social support, stress, and opportunities to be physically active play much bigger roles than medicine. But as "Sicko" shows, both American society and our medical system are profoundly unhealthy.

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Welcome to our new Blog!

by: Heather on 08/20/2007
Posted in: Events

Welcome to WORD OUT! - the official blog of New Society Publishers. This is the place to find news about our upcoming and current titles, guest posts from many of our great authors, links to stories on sustainability and other relevant issues, and hopefully, discussion with our readers. We'd also love to hear your thoughts on what you'd like to …

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