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Detection and control of harmful environments is a classical public health strategy. This strategy can be applied to the social as well as to the biological and physical environments. This article seeks to highlight some of the relationships between the health of individuals and the social environments in which they exist. It is indicated that in many instances, it may be desirable to change the public health paradigm from the bio-individual to the social level because some of the most powerful forces that affect change in disease patterns and in the health of populations can oJ~en operate at this level Although the discussions in this article are mainly rooted in the Indian social and cultural context, the conclusions...
Reliance on oil as an energy source for private transportation produces increasingly unfavorable social, political and environmental conditions including climate change, dependence on foreign oil, and the need for difficult choices between oil production and protection of biological systems. At the same time, the population is increasingly sedentary due largely to our reliance on the automobile for transportation. Adoption and maintenance of healthy weights and healthier lifestyles by substituting walking or biking for short trips currently taken by car could simultaneously improve health and reduce oil consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. We calculate the reduction in oil consumption and carbon dioxide emissions...
Detection and control of harmful environments is a classical public health strategy. This strategy can be applied to the social as well as to the biological and physical environments. This article seeks to highlight some of the relationships between the health of individuals and the social environments in which they exist. It is indicated that in many instances, it may be desirable to change the public health paradigm from the bio-individual to the social level because some of the most powerful forces that affect change in disease patterns and in the health of populations can oJ~en operate at this level Although the discussions in this article are mainly rooted in the Indian social and cultural context, the conclusions...