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The Ecology of Health
Identifying Issues and Alternatives

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June 1996 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Our environment and our health are quickly becoming two major concerns in today's society and it is increasingly apparent that preservation and survival of both is ultimately linked. The Ecology of Health presents an extensive discussion of the ethics, issues, and choices currently emerging in health and ecology. Contributors first reflect on our concepts of self, health, and nature and how we perceive ourselves in relation to our bodies, our environment, and our beliefs about what is healthy. Next, contributors discuss the public concerns and challenges inherent in linking health and environmental quality. Controversial issues such as environmental and occupational cancer, ionizing radiation, and rational public policy are presented and discussed. Environmental issues are debated in relation to national and international public health. Finally, the contributors challenge the principle of modern biomedicine by presenting alternative therapies in health such as shamanism, yoga, and homeopathy. In addition, recovery fellowships, wilderness schools, bioregional farming, and permaculture are examined for environmental preservation. Throughout the text cultural context is stressed and the body's natural health abilities are emphasized. The Ecology of Health is essential reading for anyone interested in going beyond the traditional biomedical model of health and into a holistic view of health. It is also highly recommended for professionals and students in the medical and health sciences, public health, and social work.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHICAL REFLECTIONS ON HEALTH AND ECOLOGY
Carl Mitcham
Biomedical Technologies and the Environment
Rejecting Nature

 
Ivan Illich
Brave New Biocracy
A Critique of Health Care from Womb to Tomb

 
Frank B Golley
Deep Ecology from the Perspective of Ecological Science
Michael W Fox
Beastly Questions
Strachan Donnelley
Transgenic Animals and 'Wild' Nature
A Landscape of Moral Ecology

 
David J Hufford and Mariana Chilton
Politics, Spirituality and Environmental Healing
Robbie E Davis-Floyd
Birth in the Technology
Body Image and Worldview

 
Janice Morse
The Caretakers of Suffering
David E Young
Aboriginal Healing and its Relevance for Non-Aboriginals
B K S Iyengar and F Dean Lerner
Yoga for Health and Freedom
 
PART TWO: POLICY ISSUES IN HEALTH AND HEALTH ECOLOGY
William D Ruckleshaus
Risk, Science, and Democracy
Robert N Proctor
The Politics of Cancer
Judith Johnsrud
Radiation
The Ghost in the Biosphere

 
David Morris
A Molecular Basis for Development
An Environmental Policy for the 1990s

 
Janice Raymond
Productive Technologies
The Necessity for Limits

 
Marilyn Maridiros
Primary Health Care and the World Health Organization
Constance McCorkle
Intersectoral Health Care Delivery
Michael J Balick
Ethnobotany
Linking Health and Environmental Conservation

 
Robert Rodale
You Are What You Eat
 
PART THREE: NEW PATHS: TOWARD AN ECOLOGY OF HEALTH
Phil Nuernberger
Health and Self-Mastery
The Ecology of Personal Power

 
Jim Johnson
Addiction and Recovery for Individuals and Society
Philip Blackford and Stephen Couchman
Learning to See New Landscapes
The Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School

 
Hunter 'Patch' Adams
Humor and Healing
Or, Why We're Building a Silly Hospital

 
Edna McHutchion
Hospice
A Return to Compassionate Care

 
Hari Sharma
The Fallacy of the Active Ingredient
William Rea
Environmental Medicine and Individual Health
Wayne B Jonas
Homeopathy
Cause or Consequences in Therapy?

 
Sherry Wildfeuer
What Is Biodynamics?
Dorothy Blair
Eating in the Bioregion
Bill Mollison
An Introduction to Permaculture
Helen Nearing
Living the Good Life

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