It's an inquiry into the reasons why some neighborhoods have better overall health than others; why some populations live longer than others. For most people, the first solution that comes to mind is better access to health care. This is addressed in the first few minutes of the opening episode, entitled "In Sickness and In Wealth.
The answers lie in other factors in society. LA: What makes this work exciting to us — and more expansive than content confined to a television screen - is its value to those already working to improve Americans' health. The series taps into a vibrant movement of public health advocates, community activists and policy experts who are not only spotlighting the root causes of our health inequities but also advancing solutions.
This project is truly collaborative. It did not begin with the production nor will it end with the broadcast. Relationships with key partners were built before the first treatment was even written. Joined by other partners across the country, they will utilize the series and companion tools to reframe the public debate over what we as a nation can and should do to tackle health inequities.
LS: The ultimate value of the series will be determined by how effectively it helps the several hundred partners using it.
Our media partnerships are also important because they not only embraced the highest standards of filmmaking and programming excellence, but they brought to the table the racial and ethnic diversity that is a cornerstone of our message. How have viewers reacted to work-in-progress cuts of the documentary? How have people reacted to the overall message of the film series?
LA: We screened work-in-progress clips at dozens of meetings and conferences and got invaluable feedback. Reactions fell into three categories: gratification, surprise and sometimes anger. When presenting to the public health community, we usually get a sigh of relief and "Thank goodness. It's about time!
They know the data, supported by mountains of evidence, so they are heartened that the film helps to advance the social determinants message as it tells human stories. Like them, we question the individual, bio-medical model. Why, for example, are poor smokers more likely to get cancer than wealthy smokers? Why is our health status often determined by where we live, work and play or the color of our skin?
LS: Another set of audiences — perhaps more emblematic of the general public - finds the revelations in the series eye-opening and stunning. They come away with a new grasp of how society matters for health. The reality — that class and race-based inequality affects your health - is hard to wrap your mind around. Why should the rest of us care? LA: Apart from common decency, there are very practical reasons why we should all care about health inequities. Believe it or not, almost all of us are affected. First, there is a continuous wealth gradient, or pyramid, with health tracking wealth from top to bottom.
Those at the top hold the most power and resources and, on average, live longer, healthier lives. The rest of us do worse — some even much worse. But it's not just the poor who are sick and dying. Those in the middle are still almost twice as likely to die an early death as those at the top.
But the real question is, should how much money we have determine how long we live or who gets sick and who doesn't? We're all paying the price, whether we realize it or not. Health inequities are not about them. It is very much an "us" issue.
14 Inflammatory Foods That Cause Weight Gain
How does the research you present in the film series differ from that of previous films? Michael Moore's Sicko was about our health care system. Health care is what Robert Evans called "our repair shop," where we take our bodies when they break down. But what's wearing down our engines in the first place?
We found over 40 examples of these foods that cause inflammation and categorized them into 14 different inflammation-causing food groups.
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How can you cut back on inflammatory sugar? A simple swap is subbing out harmful high-glycemic foods which spike and crash blood sugar for low-GI alternatives, like whole grains and foods with healthy fats, protein, and fiber. A study in the Journal of Nutrition discovered that on an equal calorie diet, overweight participants who ate a low-GI diet reduced levels of the inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein whereas participants on a high GI diet did not. In fact, Americans are eating so many vegetable-oil-laden products that the average person has an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of around when it should be Another issue with these vegetable-oil-fried and processed foods is that they contain high levels of inflammatory advanced glycation end products AGEs.
These are compounds that form when products are cooked at high temperatures, pasteurized, dried, smoked, fried, or grilled. Researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that when people cut out processed and fried foods that have high levels of AGEs, markers of inflammation in their body diminished. Refined wheat flours have been stripped of their slow-digesting fiber and nutrients, which means your body breaks them down very quickly. The more quickly your body digests glucose-containing foods, like these carbs , the faster your blood sugar levels can spike.
This also spikes your insulin levels—a compound associated with a pro-inflammatory response. A Journal of Nutrition study found that a diet high in refined grains showed a greater concentration of the inflammatory marker, PAI-1, in the blood. On the other hand, a diet rich in whole grains resulted in a lower concentration of the same marker as well as one of the most well-known inflammatory biomarkers, C-reactive protein CRP.
While a moderate intake of yogurt can actually help decrease inflammation with its gut-healing probiotics, dairy is also a source of inflammation-inducing saturated fats. On top of that, studies have connected full-fat dairy with disrupting our gut microbiome, actually decreasing levels of our good gut bacteria which are key players in reducing inflammation.
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And lastly, dairy is a common allergen—30 to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, according to the FDA. Either way, any type of allergen can trigger inflammatory reactions through the release of histamines. If you feel particularly bloated after a few blocks of cheese, consider cutting dairy from your diet. A study published in Nature found that artificial sweetener consumption in both mice and humans enhances the risk of glucose intolerance by altering our gut microbiome.
Researchers also found an increase in bad gut bacteria that have previously been associated with type 2 diabetes. On top of that, artificial sweeteners disrupt the composition of our gut microbiota by decreasing levels of the good bacteria Bacteroides , which are known to help release anti-inflammatory compounds.
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