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  • Luz Huntington
    Mar 12 6:41 AM
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      Joanna,
      I can't think of any references off the top of my head. I think most of what
      I have learned has come from a couple of radio shows I heard on KUYI Hopi
      Radio. I do have some colleagues I can ask and I will see if anything
      surfaces in my assigned readings this week in my American Indian Health and
      Health Care class; we are just about to start our discussion on Diabetes.

      I will keep you posted, Luz


      >From: johooper@...
      >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      >To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: RE: [ujeni] Forgot one thing! My 2 cents...
      >Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 13:08:18 -0700
      >
      >Luz,
      >
      >You mentioned that you worked with the Navajo Nation. I am currently
      >working on a project looking at diabetes prevention among Native
      >Americans here in New Mexico. As part of my background research, I am
      >particularly interested in the food commodities programs and perhaps
      >how them impacted the local diet and changed it from the traditional
      >healthier foods to ones high in fat and high glycemic index
      >carbohydrates. Although I have heard people make reference to it, I
      >am having a hard time finding any information that documents this
      >historic event specifically in the literature searches that I have
      >done. Do you have any references or ideas as to where I could find
      >this information--for that matter, does anyone?
      >
      >Joanna
      >
      >
      >Quoting Luz Huntington <luzhunt@...>:
      >
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      > > <tt>
      > > Joanna, Scott, John and Mark,<BR>
      > > I am also a bit hesitant to contribute to this discussion but do
      > > think I <BR>
      > > have an important point to make. I really like Joanna's logical
      > > approach to <BR>
      > > monies spent on international health issues but ultimately I must
      > > side with <BR>
      > > Scott. I do feel it is extremely important to restore the health of
      > > the most <BR>
      > > productive adults in the community, those that need to provide for
      > > their <BR>
      > > children and elders. What will the future of African countries be
      > > like if <BR>
      > > AIDS wipes out their current generation of family providers?
      > > Treatment is <BR>
      > > very important and its success conveys a great deal of hope that can
      > > not be <BR>
      > > measured in terms of money.<BR>
      > > <BR>
      > > The specific point that I wish to add puts the focus back on our own
      > > <BR>
      > > country. Public health in the United States has shuffled much of its
      > > funding <BR>
      > > into bioterrorism preparedness since 9/11. It can be argued that that
      > > <BR>
      > > funding could be better spent on issues of malnutrition in our own
      > > country's <BR>
      > > poor or funneled into more immunization programs, etc. I witnessed
      > > the need <BR>
      > > for better immunization surviellance and nutrition programs in the
      > > Navajo <BR>
      > > Nation right here on American soil. I think a good bit of this
      > > discussion <BR>
      > > centers on social justice issues. And before we decide to stop
      > > funding AIDS <BR>
      > > chemotherapeutic agents in Africa we might want to simply look at
      > > ourselves  <BR>
      > > and the justice in the way we funnel monies in our own country. I do
      > > not <BR>
      > > mean to imple that bioterrorism preparedness is unimportant--I just
      > > think <BR>
      > > its important to reflect back on ourselves and our own country when
      > > it comes <BR>
      > > to limiting resources and social justice.<BR>
      > > <BR>
      > > I welcome any thoughts on my point and hope I have explained myself
      > > clearly <BR>
      > > so as not to offend any one.<BR>
      > > <BR>
      > > Thanks for the great discussion.<BR>
      > > Luz<BR>
      > > <BR>
      > > <BR>
      > > >From: "Holland, Mark" <holland@...><BR>
      > > >Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com<BR>
      > > >To: "'ujeni@yahoogroups.com'"
      > > <ujeni@yahoogroups.com><BR>
      > > >Subject: RE: [ujeni] Forgot one thing!<BR>
      > > >Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 08:23:21 -0500<BR>
      > > ><BR>
      > > >Since this isn't my area at all I'm going to risk sounding
      > > ignorant, but <BR>
      > > >there are some great books by Paul Farmer on this topic
      > > specifically.  <BR>
      > > >Twice at least in the past 20 years he has launched a treatment
      > > program <BR>
      > > >using first-world drugs in a third-world context, first for
      > > tuberculosis <BR>
      > > >and now for HIV.  His thesis is that since prevention is
      > > observably not <BR>
      > > >working there is an obligation to move to treatment, regardless
      > > of funding <BR>
      > > >considerations.  If the funds are lacking, he argues, it's
      > > necessary to <BR>
      > > >generate them.<BR>
      > > ><BR>
      > > >If I'm understanding correctly each new intervention he has tried
      > > has <BR>
      > > >eventually shown measurable results.  Whether the model is
      > > portable I don't <BR>
      > > >know; perhaps his success is due primarily to his personal
      > > abilities and <BR>
      > > >stature.<BR>
      > > ><BR>
      > > >The Uses of Haiti, Tracy Kidder's biography Mountains beyond
      > > Mountains, and <BR>
      > > >Infections and Inequalities are all worth a read.<BR>
      > > ><BR>
      > > >Mark<BR>
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