Over the past 150 years, stunning breakthroughs in public health have enabled humans to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Clean drinking water, modern sanitation and good nutrition, along with the development of highly effective vaccines and antibiotics have increased average western life expectancy by an astonishing 35 years. But, the benefits of public health have yet to be extended to many of the poorest nations in the developing world.
Meanwhile, in the past two decades, infectious diseases that had nearly been conquered, such as tuberculosis, have come surging back, while devastating new diseases such as AIDS, SARS and West Nile Virus have emerged. Microbial resistance to many modern drugs is rising, threatening people everywhere. And in our world of globalized travel, the latest epidemic is only a plane ride away.
Rx for Survival examines what makes us sick, what keeps us health, and what it would take to give good health the upper hand through two broadcast components — a complete six-hour series and a special 2-hour program.