Health of indigenous people suffers modern world ills

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:795
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    The impact of the modern world continues to wreak havoc with the health of indigenous people, centuries after entire civilisations of native Americans were first wiped out by diseases introduced by outsiders, according to a report launched this week by the pressure group Survival International.

    New roads and development schemes not only increase the risks of HIV and the spread of infectious diseases, but people are often forced into a sedentary life and become dependent on processed foods, it says.

    “This change in lifestyle and diet—from high protein …

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