"Motivated by their personal experiences with loss, two long-time friends -one a hospital worker and the other a State Teacher of the Year- present a powerful and inspiring film on the American struggle with communication and preparation at the end-of-life."-- DVD case.
There are two versions of the DVD available for loan, one has a personal single use license and the other has an educational use license. For group viewing please request the educational use product.
www.ConsidertheConversation.org for a chapter to chapter discussion guide, additional video clips, blog, weekly updateson news articles
"There is an unspoken dark side of American medicine--keeping patients alive at all costs. Two thirds of Americans die in healthcare institutions tethered to machines and tubes, even though research indicates that most prefer to die at home in comfort, surrounded by loved ones. The question How do you want to live? must be posed to the seriously ill because they deserve to choose. If doctors explain options--including the choice to forego countless medical interventions that are often of little benefit--then patients can tell doctors how they wish to spend the remainder of their lives. A doctor's heroic efforts to prolong a life can instead prolong that patient's death, and these traumatic measures also bankrupt the healthcare system. One third of the Medicare budget is spent on the last six months of life, often on technological interventions that are not helpful and inflict more suffering. Through the stories of six patients and six very different end-of-life experiences, Volandes explores the trajectory of events and treatments that occur with and without this essential conversation. He argues for a radical re-envisioning of the patient-doctor relationship--including videos to spark discussions--and offers ways for patients and their families to talk about this difficult issue to ensure that patients will be at the center and in charge of their medical care"--Provided by publisher.
"Narrated by Katie Couric, the film blows the lid off everything that was known about food and exercise, revealing a 30-year campaign by the food industry, aided by the U.S. government, to mislead and confuse the American public. Exposing the hidden truths contributing to one of the largest health epidemics in history, it follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of 'exercise and eat right' is not ringing true for millions of people." -- Worldcat
Narrated by Katie Couric
"From Laurie David Producer of An Inconvenient Truth" -- front cover
Food, Inc. lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing how our food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our environment.
"From the creators of the best-selling documentary Food Matters comes another hard-hitting film certain to change everything you thought you know about food and nutrition. It exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries don't want you to know about deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what's keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever." -- Worldcat
Foreword by Mark Hyman, M.D.
Companion booklet: "Hungry for change: ditch the diets, conquer the cravings, and eat your way to lifelong health".