Description : The ability to obtain health care is fundamental to the security, stability, and well-being of poor families. Government-sponsored programs provide temporary support, but as families leave welfare for work, they find themselves without access to coverage or care. The low-wage jobs that individuals in transition are typically able to secure provide few benefits yet often disqualify employees from receiving federal aid. Drawing upon statistical data and in-depth interviews with over five hundred families in Oregon, Karen Seccombe and Kim Hoffman assess the ways in which welfare reform affects the well-being of adults and children who leave the program for work. We hear of asthmatic children whose uninsured but working mothers cannot obtain the preventive medicines to keep them well, and stories of pregnant women receiving little or no prenatal care who end up in emergency rooms with life-threatening conditions. Representative of poor communities nationwide, the vivid stories recounted here illuminate the critical relationship between health insurance coverage and the ability to transition from welfare to work.
Description : Is getting sick a random event-a stroke of bad luck that happens for no reason? If so, do you have to live in constant fear of catching every cold, infection, and virus that comes along? According to wellness expert Angelica Joy, the answer to both questions is resounding no. In this basic wellness guide, she reveals her own personal secrets for optimal health and immunity. Angelica shows you how to take control of your health with simple, easy strategies that don't involve counting calories, weighing yourself, or cooking elaborate recipes; you don't have to eat weird foods you dislike, or track your progress on fancy spreadsheets, either. Instead, this book offers a simple, no-nonsense approach for busy mainstream people on the go who need to live and function in the real world. Learn how to cultivate a strong immune system by creating an environment within your body that's hostile to bacteria, viruses, and disease. Use these strategies to optimize your personal health and immunity. In this ground-breaking book, Angelica debunks some conventional dietary and lifestyle myths that you grew up believing, and challenges some of your old and current definitions of balanced meals, health-supportive foods, digestively compatible food combinations, and appropriate lifestyle and entertainment choices. Sensible, no-nonsense alternatives are presented as well. Below are some of the steps you can take to amp up your health to whole new level: "Detectivize" your life. Manage food allergies. Create green environments where you work and live. Balance body pH with dietary and lifestyle fine-tuning. Learn the rules for good digestion that nobody ever taught you. Explore health-supportive nutraceuticals and holistic healing modalities. Angelica Joy is an in demand speaker and wellness consultant. For the past twenty-five years, she has been an avid student of holistic dietary and lifestyle principles and practices. In her book, Angelica imparts the fruits of her explorations and discoveries, sharing the health secrets she has personally adopted and fine-tuned to create a life of phenomenal wellness and immunity. Her health quest turned into serious avocation in the 1980's when she pioneered teaching popular whole foods cooking classes in several Connecticut communities in the days before the organic foods movement went mainstream. She also free-lanced as a whole foods chef. Her down-to-earth dietary and lifestyle strategies are easy to understand and follow. Angelica's comprehensive wellness agenda evolved from her efforts to solve series of personal health challenges. Her studies involved explorations into numerous holistic dietary and lifestyle approaches, including macrobiotics, "green" living, pH balance, food combining for optimal digestion, and allergy management. She also experimented with healing modalities of mind, body, and spirit, including homeopathy, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, and Reiki. I Can't Get Sick! offers a distillation of these explorations. Angelica is a retired educator with over thirty years of public school teaching experience. She holds Bachelor of Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University, a Master's Degree in French Literature from New York University, a Sixth Year Degree in Elementary Education from Southern Connecticut State University, and Reiki Master Certificate. At present, in addition to wellness coaching, she enjoys writing in a variety of literary genres, and tutoring students of all grade levels and ages in a variety of academic subject areas. She is the author of a children's book entitled My Cat, Merigold. More information is available on her website, ANGELICAJOYBOOKS.Com.
Description : The next best thing to a cure for the common cold: proven strategies to outsmart germs and help you stay disease-free. Coming down with the latest bug to make the rounds will never be on anyone's to-do list. After all, who has time to be laid up by, say, a cold or the flu? And now that the germs are getting bigger and badder, there's even more reason to try to stay healthy. Don't Get Sick makes the case for smart self-care as the key to stopping the spread of infectious illness. While germs may not be 100 percent avoidable, there's a lot that people can do to reduce their exposure and strengthen their natural defenses. Drawing on scientific research and expert interviews, Don't Get Sick reveals: • where germs are most likely to linger • how nurses, teachers, and others in high-risk professions manage to outsmart illness • which immune-boosting products really work—and which aren't worth the money Packed with real-world advice, along with a healthy dose of perspective on swine flu and other health risks, Don't Get Sick is a must-have resource for anyone concerned about their health.
Description : Healthcare expert Lori-Ann Rickard reveals the easy and practical answers that only an insider knows. Spin Your Healthcare Your Way and know what to do Before You Get Sick with her guide. Easy Healthcare: Before You Get Sick gives you the secrets no outsider would guess such as: • Your primary care doctor is your best first choice (and why) • The best and cheapest way to get better fast • Why you should avoid “urgent care” • When not to call an ambulance (and when you should) • The difference between “observation” and “admitted” at the hospital (and what it can mean for your wallet) • When to go to the ER and when not to (and why) This guide shows you how to get the best cost-effective care Before You Get Sick. Lori-Ann Rickard gives you The Bottom Line. With over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, HealthSpin founder Lori-Ann Rickard puts you in charge so you can Spin Your Healthcare Your Way!
Description : What do we really know about the ins and outs of the lives of those who exist in a world of extreme poverty or oppression. This thought-provoking book incorporates challenges for a Christian response regarding those whose daily plights fly in the face of what Scripture teaches about justice.
Description : How to avoid swallowing things that will make you turn green, and other backcountry health tips for only $8.95 Teaches campers and hikers how to avoid backcountry illnesses and even death due to food-borne diseases, sanitation problems, polluted water sources, and moreHandy pocket-sized guide gives practical, even humorous, information on camp cleanliness, waste disposal, water treatment, food management, and germ preventionHelpful appendices and chartsNothing soothes the soul like a great escape into the wilderness for a hiking or camping adventure, but what about your physical health? Without the proper awareness of the protozoa and parasites that await you, outdoor adventures can quickly become a nightmare of viruses and infections. Add animal-borne diseases like tick fever, rabies and trichinosis and many would-be adventurers might never leave their homes unless, of course, they have this book.This invaluable resource describes food- and waterborne diseases and explains how to prevent them; how to keep a clean c& how to choose the best water filter; how to select, manage, handle, and prepare foods; how to dispose of human waste and solid waste; and how to use leave-no-trace camping techniques in the backcountry. Don't Get Sick is is a must-have for everyone who spends time in the wild.
Description : With a two-week plan for optimum wellness, “America’s best-known doctor” (The New York Times) shows you what you need to know to be in the best health and have the best care. The crisis in American health has hit home in very personal ways. Every thirty seconds someone in this country files for bankruptcy in the aftermath of a serious health problem. And although America spends more on health care than any other country, the World Health Organization recently ranked our health outcomes lowest among the developed nations. Now, in this visionary New York Times bestseller, world-renowned pioneer in the field of integrative medicine Andrew Weil, MD, busts the myths underpinning our health-care system and provides cogent strategies for change as well as specific prescriptive information explaining how—beginning with his two-week jumpstart plan for optimum wellness—to get and maintain good health.
Description : Discover the complex work and personal experiences of women in the exotic dancing industry What kind of woman dances naked for money? Bernadette Barton takes us inside countless strip bars and clubs, from upscale to back road as well as those that specialize in lapdancing, table dancing, topless only, or peep shows, to reveal the startling lives of exotic dancers. Based on over five years of research and from visiting clubs around the country, particularly in San Francisco, Hawaii, and Kentucky, Stripped offers a rare portrait of not just how dancers get into the business but what it's like for those who choose to strip year after year. Through captivating interviews and first-hand observation, Barton recounts why these women began stripping, the initial excitement and financial rewards from the work, the dangers of the life—namely, drugs and prostitution—and, inevitably, the difficulties in staying in the business over time, especially for their sexuality and self-esteem. Stripped provides fresh insight into the complex work and personal experiences of exotic dancers, one that goes beyond the “sex wars” debate to offer an important new understanding of sex work.
Description : Over a decade after medical sociologist Phil Brown called for a sociology of diagnosis, Putting a Name to It provides the first book-length, comprehensive framework for this emerging subdiscipline of medical sociology. Diagnosis is central to medicine. It creates social order, explains illness, identifies treatments, and predicts outcomes. Using concepts of medical sociology, Annemarie Goldstein Jutel sheds light on current knowledge about the components of diagnosis to outline how a sociology of diagnosis would function. She situates it within the broader discipline, lays out the directions it should explore, and discusses how the classification of illness and framing of diagnosis relate to social status and order. Jutel explains why this matters not just to doctor-patient relationships but also to the entire medical system. As a result, she argues, the sociological realm of diagnosis encompasses not only the ongoing controversy surrounding revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in psychiatry but also hot-button issues such as genetic screening and pharmaceutical industry disease mongering. Both a challenge and a call to arms, Putting a Name to It is a lucid, persuasive argument for formalizing, professionalizing, and advancing longstanding practice. Jutel’s innovative, open approach and engaging arguments will find support among medical sociologists and practitioners and across much of the medical system.
Description : "Klaits' work is not only a major contribution to the anthropology of religion and the social scientific literature on AIDS, but also a significant intervention into debates on how Africanists should approach their understandings of sociality and relatedness."--Matthew Engelke, author of A Problem of Presence: Beyond Scripture in an African Church "The reader gets the sense of being a welcome party to a close conversation. Klaits sustains a direct, clear, humane, and jargon-free voice, and we come away with a radically challenged understanding of what it means in an African church to be 'born anew'."--Richard Werbner, author of Tears of the Dead: The Social Biography of an African Family