Your ZIP Code Might Impact Your Health as Much as Your Genes

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From NPR: Doctors and healthcare professionals are increasingly recognizing the importance of social factors to patients’ health. Some hospitals and providers are now asking patients for information on their socioeconomic status and referring patients to nonprofit social services such as food banks and housing organizations.

“She hopes giving doctors more information about the home life of each patient will push health care in a new direction — away from more high-priced treatments and toward providing the basics.

‘My personal belief is that putting more money into health care is a moral sin,’ she says. ‘We need to take money out of health care and put it into other social inputs like housing and food and transportation.’

Friedman says that when Kaiser started addressing people’s social needs, one study found a 40 percent reduction in emergency room use.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, they seriously think that life conditions might affect a person’s “mental health?” Dude, what a radical concept! Next thing you know, they’ll discover that running into something causes pain in the parts of the body that are impacted! Or that hunger can be alleviated by eating food!

    We’re in a bad place when this obvious fact comes as a revelation to the field. What’s sadder is that it will be ignored by the psychiatric mainstream.

    • Lol, and so true. The staggering stupidity of the psychiatric field boggles the mind. How an entire industry can go off believing all distress is caused by “chemical imbalances” in the brain, lack of medical evidence of which is medical proof of “lifelong incurable genetic mental illnesses” is staggering.

      Distress is caused by real life distressing events, and has nothing to do with a brain disease, thus distress is not treatable with mind altering drugs. It’s a shame so few, none I ever met personally, within the “mental health” industry are intelligent enough to know this. But I guess you have to have an insane belief system (the scientifically invalid DSM belief system), and believe people are your DSM illnesses as opposed to being real people, if you’re going to rationalize your right to poison healthy people, and turn them into the insane with your mind altering drugs.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxidrome

      The child abuse covering up and profiteering, DSM believing “inmates are running the asylums.” At least according to their own medical literature, defaming child abuse victims with DSM disorders is the number one actual function of today’s “mental health” industry. Today, “the prevalence of childhood trauma exposure within borderline personality disorder patients has been evidenced to be as high as 92% (Yen et al., 2002). Within individuals diagnosed with psychotic or affective disorders, it reaches 82% (Larsson et al., 2012).”

      And those who fiscally irresponsibly create our money out of thin air, in other words those who actually rule the world, are luciferian, war mongering and profiteering child abusers.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTXF-fNIUqo&lc=z13ih124oofvvrgqm04cixnr2pajyz5ro0c.1493259306425128

      Oh, but I’m the crazy one to think we need someone other than fiscally irresponsible, war mongering, luciferian pedophiles in charge of the world. And never ending wars against a concept, terrorism, which have bankrupted our country, was a bad idea.

      I’m quite certain it’s the world we live in that is sick, not me. I’m so glad others are starting to see the truth and are speaking out. And I do so hope today’s “mental health professionals” do soon get out of the pedophilia empowerment business, although if they do, they’ll have next to no business. But “the dirty little secret of the two original educated professions” does die hard. Shame on the “mental health” industry for aiding and abetting pedophiles on a grand scale.