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Eating NAFTATrade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico$
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Alyshia Gálvez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291805

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291805.001.0001

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The Disease of the Migrant?

(p.159) 6 Diabetes
Eating NAFTA

Alyshia Gálvez

University of California Press

The chapter “Diabetes: The Disease of the Migrant?” examines alternative etiologies for diabetes, including the syndemic connection drawn by some researchers between diabetes and emotional trauma. The chapter explores how this theory is supported by many of the vernacular etiologies of diabetes in Mexican communities. In this chapter, the possibility is raised that a “slow death” from diet-related illness has sinister ramifications in defusing and postponing calls for more just economic, trade, and migration policies.

Keywords:   Syndemics, Diabetes, Trauma, Migration, Etiologies of disease, Slow death

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