I scored a 4/10 on the Health Equity Quiz. I had expected to do better than this, but some of the facts were quite surprising. For example, the fact that we as Americans spend half of all health care dollars in the world and more than twice the average per person of other industrialized countries, and sill rank 29th in the world in life expectancy was shocking. One would assume that the more money being spent on healthcare, the more effective the healthcare is, however that is just not the case in the United States. Americans often think of themselves as superior to other countries due industrial success and standards of living, therefore it was surprising to see that even with all this money being spent, we are still behind countries that we tend to think of as inferior. This shows that even though money is being spent to improve healthcare, the cons of certain healthcare improvement projects can sometimes outweigh the pros and result in a high budget without yielding the proper outcomes for the entire population.
In the unnatural causes episode “Bad Sugar”, the development project to water golf courses and resorts disrupted the natural water sources of the Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians of southern Arizona, ruined their agricultural practices, which forced them into poverty and to become dependent on the United States government. Instead of being able to grow their own crops and sustain their socioeconomic stability, the local tribes were forced to begin a new diet of white flour, lard, processed cheese and canned foods, which in turn has resulted in the highest peaks of diabetes rates in history. In this particular case, the genetic factors of the disease rates are negligible because, the rates were normal prior to the disruption of their agricultural system due to development projects. The high rates of diabetes began only after the Pima and Tohono O’odham Indians were forced into poverty and a poor diet, leading to diabetes