First of all let us define the basic meaning of the term health. One of the definitions is that it is the level of functional efficiency of a living organism. According to the WHO (World Health Organization) definition given in 1947, health is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
Through observation and meticulous study of various stages of health, mankind discovered that there was a number of ways in which health could be affected and an equal number of ways in which that could be remedied. That was the birth of medicine, a science or a practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Since that time medicine has ever evolved and the administrative apparatus followed.
Today, when it comes to health there are many important issues to consider such as personal health, diet and exercise, nutrition and the importance of vaccination or dental care. Other significant matters are public health and the issues that accompany it or the branches of science concerned with health in general and the health care organization policies.
The documentaries and video materials in this category contain all of the relevant information on the issues of health, both mental and physical, health care systems and the evolution of the health related branches of science.
Follow the incredible story of people with different medical conditions who venture into the depths of the Amazon in quest for the cure for their condition. Discover the truth behind the unethical behavior of the leading pharmaceutical companies and how their sales representatives conduct business. Are chemicals that prevent tooth decay, in fact, the cause of a series of medial issues including infant mortality, congenital defects and other similar conditions?
Find the answers to these questions in a shocking, book based, documentary offering evidence to support these claims. Also have a chance to see the downside of excessive exercise in aspiring teenage bodybuilders and how this particular lifestyle regime can lead to serious medical issues.
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Food Inc. examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agri-business produces food in a way that is environmentally harmful, that is unhealthy, and abusive of both animals & employees.This documentary is copyright protected and cannot be shown here. If you’re interested, click the Amazon link above for information on how to purchase the full DVD.
Latest Documentaries in Health
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The film discusses the benefits that GM provides and the dangers associated with it.The world which is witnessing spiraling food prices has again shifted its focus to the problem of food security. With the world population likely to reach 9 billion in a few decades, the responsibility to feed every mouth is even a greater one.The film discusses if GM is an answer to the problem of food security and the evidence on the success or failure of GM to date. On the one hand GM is definitely seen as a boon that will enable to increase production of food grains and on the other hand as the movie suggest lurks a threat to the environment.The BBC documentary ends with the question if the food being genetically modified can save the world from famines or would it just turn out to be a severe environmental catastrophe as suggested by Prince Charles.
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Jimmy’s GM Food Fight’ is a documentary film made by Jimmy Doherty, a pig farmer, one-time scientist and poster-boy for sustainable food production.He takes the viewers on a journey across countries ranging from the vast soya plantations of Argentina to the traditional Amish farms of Pennsylvania; and from the cutting-edge technology of the GM laboratories to the banana plantations of Uganda, to find if GM crops can really stand up to the daunting task of feeding the world’s growing population or is it the harbinger of an environmental catastrophe.
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Join Dr. Andrew Weil and other leading physicians and scholars in this often-surprising look at the long history of drug use in different cultures worldwide.Since mankind’s beginning, in every civilization, human beings have found ways to alter their consciousness in search of something greaterthan everyday reality.To this end, we have indulged in and experimented with all manner of frightening, toxic, even potentially lethal substances, in many different rituals.Ancient Drugs delves into mankind’s psyche in search of the key to our pervasive drive to experience something beyond. Psychologists and physicians, including Dr. Andrew Weil, world-famous author of the bestselling Spontaneous Healing, offer insight into the physical and mental mechanisms and motivations behind this universal desire.Historians and spiritualists explore the ancient rituals of cultures worldwide that have sought visions and truth through altered consciousness, and illuminate the terrifying, exquisite visions that are revealed to those who journey beyond the constraints of the conscious mind.
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In this Peter Jennings special, we see a expose of the most popular illicit drug, next to Cannabis, MDMA, or Ecstasy. Peter interviews the proponents as well as the opponents of this mind altering drug. We also see how the DEA responded to the new epidemic and how a new culture has been developed around it.
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‘The English Surgeon’ is an award winning documentary film made by BBC based on the work of Henry Thomas Marsh, born in 1950, a leading British neurosurgeon, and a pioneer of neurosurgical progress in Ukraine.‘The English Surgeon’ is an award winning documentary film made by BBC based on the work of Henry Thomas Marsh, born in 1950, a leading British neurosurgeon, and a pioneer of neurosurgical progress in Ukraine.Marsh is a truly gifted brain surgeon, currently serving as a senior consultant neurosurgeon at the Atkinson Morley Wing at St George’s Hospital, one of the country’s largest specialist brain surgery units. He specialises in operating on the brain under local anesthesia and was also the subject of a major BBC documentary ‘Your Life in Their Hands’ in 2004, which won the Royal Television Society Gold Medal. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.This film delves deep into his personal life to find answers about his humanity, achievements, failures and the complex relationship he shares with his patients to surrender their lives in his hands. To help others in every possible was, Henry has been going out to Kyiv for over 15 years to help improve upon the medieval brain surgery he witnessed there during his first visit in 1992 and thus is deeply revered by his patients, colleagues and people desperate for some miracle to save their loved ones.
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The documentary Cryonics: Death in the Deep Freeze, takes on a controversial theme of Cryonics. The film presents cryonics as an insurance policy for people who die before any significant development of technologies has taken place that extend lives of human beings.The film depicts a woman sufferring from cancer and her preservation. The film is high on emotional content as it delves into the life of a woman terminally ill and her future after her death.Besides, the film brings out the challenging questions related to the ethics of the Cryonics, making it one of the most challenging works of the production house.
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"This documentary series by Michael Mosley takes a closer look at the brutal, bloody and precarious history of surgery. This five-part series maps out the history of surgery through its catastrophes and successes.1. Into the Brain. This part reveals how the art and science of brain surgery making it a life-saving discipline today, has evolved over the last 100 years through mishaps and misadventures involving crowbars through the skull to notorious lobotomies with ice-picks.2. Bleeding Hearts. This part shows Michael Mosley taking a personal interest, having a family history in this area and taking a go at heart surgery of a man with no heartbeat and witnesses an operation where the patient is cooled until their brain stops and has all of their blood sucked out.3. Spare Parts. This part unravels how the scientists in the early days struggled with transplant surgeries given they had no way of bypassing the human immune system which rejected the transplanted organ resulting in a lot of complications and even death at times.4. Fixing Faces. This part unravels the fact that though believed by many to be a modern day phenomenon, plastic surgery is a science practiced since the last 400 years. Michael Mosley personally undergoes both 16th-century and 21st-century botox in his journey of discovery.5. Bloody Beginnings. In the last part Michael Mosley finds out how the early days of surgery were murky and cruel, when the surgeon’s knife was more likely to kill than save."
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The Twins Who Share a Body portrays the lives of two girls who are a complete medical marvel. The twins are two separate people, however they share a body but have two legs and arms between them. The film focusses on the two girls upbringing and their distinct personalities.The twins born in 1990 in Minnesota are brought up and treated like everyone else. Friends and family members regard them as separate indivduals with different personalities, desires and tastes. The girls continue to serve as a mystery to the medical world as the twins are capable of doing everything from swimming to playing piano. The mother surely sees the two daughters as extremely inspirational.The family is very protective of the two girls and works hard to keep them safe from inquistive and peeping toms and also the family resists any kinds of medical test that wants to find out how the two girls can work in a coordinated manner. The girls no doubt remain a mystery for the medical world.
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‘Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World’ is a shocking documentary unraveling the ugly truth behind Aspartame, an artificial sweetener.The film explains that Aspartame is a toxic food that came into the world as an investment by Donald Rumsfeld, while ignoring the deadly effects the tests showed.It is not a natural product; it is a chemical, each molecule of which is made up of three components: Two amino acids, the so-called building blocks of protein and one Methyl Ester. Phenylalanine and Aspartic acid, the two amino acids constitute about 50% and 40% of the molecule respectively, while the third component, Methyl Ester, which constitutes the remaining 10%, becomes a real poison as soon as it is swallowed.Aspartame is thus dangerously harmful and the film advises that it is better avoided by being conscious of reading labels on food products before consumption.
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‘Half Ton Man’ examines the science of extreme weight loss and the perplexing lives of the growing number of people who seem intent on eating themselves to death.It tells the astonishing story of Patrick Duel, who reached a record breaking weight of 76 stone 8lbs, making him one of the heaviest men ever and a medical miracle. For taking him to the hospital, a wall of his house had to be knocked down, where he underwent a gastric bypass surgery and kept on a much disciplined diet making him lose less than half of his weight.Throughout the trauma, Rosalie Bradford, once the world’s fattest woman, supported, motivated and encouraged Patrick. She was 8 feet wide but she overcome her addiction to food once she realized the main reason behind her addiction, which was the abandonment she underwent in childhood, and consequently worked hard to lose 900 pounds!Scientists believe that a fat gene evolved in people to enable them to survive famines but now the modern unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle is making this gene turn harmful.Filmed originally by Channel 4′s Bodyshock series. Official page:http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bodyshock/episode-guide/series-2/episode-1
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From producer Nick Polizzi, this incredible documentary follows 8 people with life-threatening disease into the Amazon for a month-long ‘healing’ from local tribes people who claim to know of special herbs and treatments that science hasn’t yet discovered. As the last hope for most of these people, they leave their lives behind and hope that this sacred healing works. Out of the 8 people on this journey, 5 come back with real results, 2 come back disappointed and 1 doesn’t come back.Follow this epic story, and help support the film makers by purchasing the documentary here: http://www.thesacredscience.com
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‘Big Bucks, Big Pharma’ is a shocking documentary exposing the sinister ways in which the the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry uses, manipulates and sometimes even creates illnesses for making profits. They work with the close cooperation of doctors and media to market these seemingly normal harmless prescribed drugs to insusceptible audiences.This investigative documentary challenges the commonly held beliefs and confronts the uncomfortable consequences of relying on a for-profit industry for our health and well-being, and letting this industry form our perceptions
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An interview with Christopher Bryson‘The Fluoride Deception’ is a revealing book about the truth behind the seemingly harmless chemical that prevents tooth decay.But new evidence points to the contrary that it may be the cause of serious adverse health effects, including infant mortality, congenital defects and IQ.Fluoridation, which was first started in The US at the end of the Second World War to take better care of teeth, continued being used and eventually even added to to public water supplies across the country. But no study has been conducted on the consequences of exposure to huge amounts of Fluoride sending an alarm among people.Christopher Bryson in his new book, titled “The Fluoride Deception” by critically analyses the background of the fluoridation debate and even states that research challenging fluoride’s safety was either suppressed by the US government or not conducted in the first place.
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‘Sicko’ is a documentary film made by the much celebrated filmmaker and activist, Michael Moore, who had also made ‘Bowling in Columbine’, showcasing the prevalence of violence in American culture, and ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’, critically evaluating the September 11th attacks on the twin towers.In this film Moore focuses on the issue of healthcare in the United States from two perspectives – the uninsured and the insured, against the pharmaceutical companies making millions in profit.
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‘Run from the Cure’ brings to light the injustice done to millions of people suffering from the degenerative disease, Cancer.It tells the tale of Rick Simpson, who after surviving a serious head injury in 1997, tried to relieve his medical condition through the use of Hemp Oil and in the course found that Hemp oil, with its high concentration of T.H.C. cured cancer and other illnesses.In a bid to help others he propagated the use of hemp oil to sufferers, curing and controlling the illnesses of hundreds of people until the day when law declared hemp oil illegal and charged Rick of possessing and trafficking marijuana; this move deprived thousands of people of getting better.This film features interviews with people who were stopped from testifying on Rick’s behalf at the Supreme Court of Canada in the Infamous Rick Simpson Trial held on September 10, 2007; the highlight being the interview of a man who was totally cured of his ailment by the use of Hemp oil.
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The film examines the intriguing question of despite an obesity epidemic, there remains a few who do not succumb to it and remain thin and healthy.The medical world perplexed with this discrepancy provides answers that suggest becoming fat is not primarily about diet and exercise.The experiment conducted on overeating attempts to find out as to why some people fail to gain weight, irrespective of the diet and exercise regime followed.