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In Sickness and in Wealth
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
What are the connections between healthy bodies, healthy bank accounts and skin colour? Our opening episode travels to Louisville, Kentucky, not to explore whether medical care cures us, but to see why we get sick in the first place, and…
Orgasm Inc. - The Strange Science of Female Pleasure
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women…
States of Grace - An Inspiring Journey of Resilience, and Renewal
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the…
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Place Matters
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Why is your street address such a good predictor of your health? Latino and Southeast Asian immigrants like Gwai Boonkeut have been moving into long-neglected urban neighborhoods such as those in Richmond, California, a predominantly Black city in the San…
All The Rage - The Connection Between Pain and Emotions
Dr. John Sarno's bestselling book "Healing Back Pain" was first published in the 1980's, and when co-director Michael Galinsky's father read it he was cured of chronic whiplash. The book - which connects pain with emotions rather than structural causes…
Motherland - An Intimate Look at the World's Busiest Maternity Hospital
Taking us into the heart of the planet's busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital's stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers. As the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the…
When the Bough Breaks
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
The number of infants who die before their first birthday is much higher in the U.S. than in other countries. And, for African Americans, the rate is nearly twice as high than it is for white Americans. Even well-educated Black…
Hungry for Change - Your Health Is In Your Hands
We all want more energy, an ideal body and younger looking skin. So what is stopping us from getting this? From the creators of the best-selling documentary 'Food Matters' comes another hard-hitting film certain to rock your world! HUNGRY FOR…
Magnificent Burden - A Former Socialite Becomes a Spokesperson for a Rare Disorder
Taylor Stein was a jet-setting party girl who became one of the most popular figures in the '90s New York social scene. Taylor could get anything -- and anyone -- she wanted. All that changes when she discovers, in the…
Near Death - The Intensive Care Unit at a Boston Hospital
NEAR DEATH is a film about the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital. The film is concerned with how people face death. More specifically the film presents the complex interrelationships among patients, families, doctors, nurses, hospital staff…
It's Not Yet Dark - A Paralyzed Filmmaker Directs a Film with His Eyes
Narrated by Golden Globe winning actor, Colin Farrell, IT'S NOT YET DARK tells the incredible story of a young Irish filmmaker who becomes completely paralyzed from Motor Neurone Disease, but goes on to direct an award winning feature film through…
Bad Sugar
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
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…
United in Anger: A History of ACT UP - The Grassroots Movement to End the AIDS Crisis
An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the…
The Beginning of Life - Breakthroughs in Neo-Natal Neuroscience
One of the greatest neuroscience breakthroughs is having discovered that babies are far more than a genetic load. The development of all human beings lies on the combination of genetics, the quality of the relationships and the environment they are…
Hospital - Daily Activities of an Urban Hospital
This Emmy-winning documentary by Frederick Wiseman shows the daily activities of a large urban hospital with the emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability of resources, organizational considerations, and the nature…
Becoming American
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
Recent Mexican immigrants, although poorer, tend to be healthier than the average American. They have lower rates of death, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses, despite being less educated, earning less and having the stress of adapting to a new…
Not Just a Paycheck
Part of the Series: Unnatural Causes
In the winter of 2006, the Electrolux Corporation closed the largest refrigerator factory in the U.S. and moved it to Juarez, Mexico, for cheaper labor. The move turned the lives of nearly 3,000 workers in Greenville, Michigan, upside down. As…
Prescription Thugs - America's Addiction to Prescription Drugs
In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma, an industry he had been brought up to trust,…
Food Matters - Let Thy Food Be Thy Medicine
This documentary is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures, we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and maladies.…
The Poisoner's Handbook
Part of the Series: American Experience
PBS
In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner's treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes…