I picked the applied approach as being the most useful for studying health because of what it allows you to do. This approach is a more hands-on than the other five. It allows you to choose between going to foreign countries and viewing the health practices of the inhabitants in that country, you can work in a hospital and help provide physicians with different methods to treating their patients, you can be involved with the government in making new policies on health, or can work in industry giving advice on potentially new treatment methods. To me the distinction between disease and illness is not obvious. They are two words that describe the same thing. For example, if you are infected with E. coli, yes, you have a disease but you are also going to be ill because of it.
The culture that Miner is discussing in the article is our own American culture. His detailed discussion of a number of the Nacirema’s rituals draws comparisons to some practices that our culture is involved in. He talks about some of the measures that these people go through just to receive substances that are supposed to have healing powers, which draws comparisons to some practices that are performed in America.
The realization that Miner was referring to our culture came to me near the end when he was discussing the methods the Nacirema have for altering body image. The holy-mouth-man applies substances to the villager’s teeth to avoid decay, much like how we go to a dentist to have our teeth looked at to avoid decay. Miner also talks about the daily body ritual performed by everyone called a mouth-rite, which draws comparisons to American’s daily tooth brushing activity. Finally, miner talks about the different methods the Nacerima go through in an effort to change people’s body image and draws comparisons to how vain the American culture can be about body image.