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Food and water are essential to everyday life. For Native Americans, acquiring food and water was difficult, especially with the interference by white settlers. The two documentaries, "Good Meat" and "Bad Sugar" talk about how diabetes has become common amongst the Native American tribes. Throughout the discussion, I will analyze the health problems that Native Americans face on a daily basis, how those problems started, and what is being done to fix these problems.

The two documentaries were similar in many ways. One of the ways was through diabetes. In the documentary, "Bad Sugar", Terrol Dew Johnson mentioned that "for 40 years in a row, the Tohono tribe has the second highest diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in the world". Similarly, "half
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Most of the stress that Native Americans were under, was how to grow food so they could feed their families, in a land that was completely new to them. In most cases, Native Americans were unsuccessful in farming, like Beau was in the "Good Meat" documentary. Beau was trying to grow a victory garden, so he could have healthy food all year round. However, he soon realized that the desert ground was extremely hard to work with, and he gave up. The documentary, "Bad Sugar", talked about an interesting correlation between stress and your economic situation. According to Donald Warne who is an MD, "there is a direct biochemical connection between those who live in poverty, and the stress they are under, and blood control". People handle stress differently, some get angry, while others eat. A common argument amongst doctors is the question of whether Native Americans are more susceptible to Diabetes. The documentary "Bad Sugar" answers this question, "populations like African Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Aboriginal peoples of Australia all suffer from high cases of Type 2 diabetes". Why? Because they were all dispossessed of territory, and they have been unable to recreate their traditional

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