1. I thought I would have done a lot better on the health equity quiz but I honestly did pretty terrible. The statistics that I found most surprising was that Latino immigrants have better health when they arrive to the U.S. and then their advantages disappear. I thought this was interesting because I would have thought that the U.S. if anything would improve their health, but it makes sense because health care is so expensive here. Also I thought the fact the the top 1% of American families own more wealth than the bottom 90% combined. That is just terrible and is not right at all, it honestly just makes me sad because it just shows how they have so much unnecessary money.
2. The case study I chose to watch was “Not Just a Paycheck.” I was about a company Electrolux from Greenville Michigan closed and moved to Mexico. The workers in Michigan received $15 an hour plus health benefits while in Mexico they were able to pay the workers made $1.57 an hour. Many people were laid off but the company had to do what was best for them. It added $1 million a year to the company. It goes on to examine the consequences of job loss, which prove to be enormous. It shows that it is not just a lost job the stresses of money bring people sleep loss, nausea, anxiety, depression. It brings people to overeat and lead to obesity and with obesity comes all sorts of health problems. It adds such a stress on these people it is so sad. Some people just don’t know how to cope with the issues of being laid off. It was interesting too because it showed that after Electrolux closed at the nearby hospital the cases for depression increased so much. It shows that even with areas of development, urbanization, and globalization circumstances happen like loosing a job and because money is so important by means of survival here it creates all kinds of health problems.
3. Politics influence the development and spread, and treatment of illness because with their help politics can completely help a population, with advances in who is able to get medical care. Economics can influence because it has to do with the amount of wealth a person of area has so they more wealthy it is able to help the spread of illnesses, and allowing people the ability to get treated. Environment plays a big part as well because a more undeveloped environment might not have the necessary medical devices to treat illnesses which cause them to spread. Cultures can perceive illnesses differently. This could mean that a culture is about a holistic or spiritual approach which could lead to the spread of an illness because they aren’t getting treated as how someone in our culture would see fit. In biology some people may develop illnesses easier then others and also could have been given a genetic disease which keeps the disease spreading. Individual choice is your own beliefs and by certain choices a person can put themselves in positions to get illnesses like smoking can lead to cancer. Some people may even make the choice to not get treatment for an illness.