Affluenza: How Over-consumption Is Killing Us--and How to Fight Back

Paperback | February 3, 2014

byJohn de Graaf, David WannForeword byAnnie Leonard

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Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done?to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment?by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as ?Swollen Expectations? and ?A Rash of Bankruptcies,? the authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of the affluenza epidemic. They also explore cures and suggest strategies for rebuilding families and communities and for restoring and respecting the earth.The 2008 economic collapse demonstrated how prophetic this book was and how relevant it still is. The third edition has been updated to reflect the role overconsumption played in the collapse and how our economy and society have changed since then. There is also information about new ways to measure social health and success, such as the Gross Domestic Happiness index, which could help us wipe out affluenza.

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Based on two highly acclaimed PBS documentaries watched by 10 million viewers, Affluenza uses the whimsical metaphor of a disease to tackle a very serious subject: the damage done?to our health, our families, our communities, and our environment?by the obsessive quest for material gain. In cleverly titled chapters such as ?Swollen Expe...

John de Graaf has worked with KCTS-TV, the Seattle PBS affiliate, for twenty-four years as an independent documentary producer. More than fifteen of his programs have been broadcast in prime time nationally on PBS. He is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards. He is currently active in the Hap...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.63 × 0.75 inPublished:February 3, 2014Publisher:Berrett-Koehler PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1609949277

ISBN - 13:9781609949273

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Symptoms
1. Shop til You Dropsy
2. A Rash of Bankruptcies
3. Digital Dyspepsia
4. Chronic Congestion
5. The Stress of Excess
6. Family Convulsions
7. Dilated Pupils
8. Community Chills
9. An Ache for Meaning
10. Social Scars
11. Resource Exhaustion
12. Industrial Diarrhea
13. The Addiction to Dissatisfaction

Part Two: Causes
14. Original Sin
15. An Ounce of Prevention
16. The Toad Not Taken
17. The Emerging Epidemic
18. The Age of Affluenza
19. Is There a (Real) Doctor in the House?

Part Three: Treatment
20. The Road to Recovery
21. Bed Rest
22. Aspirin and Chicken Soup
23. Fresh Air
24. The Right Medicine
25. Back to Work
26. Vaccinations and Vitamins
27. Political Prescriptions
28. Annual Check-Ups
29. Healthy Again