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Title Unnatural causes. Bad sugar / produced by California Newsreel; in association with Vital Pictures; presented by National Minority Consortia; produced and directed by James M. Fortier (M├ętis-Ojibway); co-produced by Sativa January
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014


Description 1 online resource (1 video file, 31 min.) sound, color
Summary The Pima and Tohono O'odham Indians of southern Arizona have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world, half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown here. Researchers have poked and prodded the Pima for decades in search of a biological, or more recently, genetic, explanation for their high rates of disease. Meanwhile, medical-only interventions have failed to stem the rising tide not just among Native Americans, but globally. What happened to the health of the Pima? During the 20th century, the diversion of river water to upstream white settlements disrupted the Pima's agricultural economy and customary ways. Local tribes were plunged into poverty and became dependent on the U.S. government. Healthy traditional foods like tepary beans, cholla buds, and wild game were replaced by surplus commodities like white flour, lard, processed cheese and canned foods, a diabetic's nightmare. A sense of futurelessness took hold, and so did diabetes. According to Dr. Don Warne, a trained physician and traditional Lakota healer who works with the Pima, health problems like diabetes begin long before people get to the clinic or the hospital. While obesity and diet are risk factors, so is poverty. People in the lowest income brackets are at least twice as likely to become diabetic as those in the highest. For the O'odham and other Native Americans, the stress of living in poverty is compounded by a history of cultural, economic and physical loss, which researchers believe magnifies its impact on health. Attorney Rod Lewis has spent the last several decades fighting to restore his tribe's water rights. In 2004 he helped negotiate the largest water settlement in Arizona history, which not only guaranteed the return of water but provided crucial funds to build roads, dams and other infrastructure. Now the Pima are beginning to farm again. Leaders are cautiously optimistic that community empowerment, along with sustainable and culturally appropriate development can help restore prosperity, hope, and health
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally broadcast on PBS in 2008
Subject Pima Indians -- Arizona
Tohono O'odham Indians -- Arizona
Diabetes -- Arizona
Documentary films.
Diabetes Mellitus
Documentary films
Pima Indians
Tohono O'odham Indians
Genre/Form documentary film.
Documentary films
Documentary films.
Documentary films, television films.
Form Streaming video
Author Fortier, James M., producer, director.
January, Sativa, producer
Warne, Don, contributor
Lewis, Rod, contributor
California Newsreel (Firm), production company.
Vital Pictures
National Minority Consortia, presenter
Other Titles Bad sugar