I define health as the nonappearances of disease and the body maintains homeostasis. When a person is in good health the mind, body, and well-being should be too. My ideas of health come from many sources for example my family, media, school, friends, and doctors as well. They all play a factor for me defining health the way I do. Especially in the media we see  so many ads about getting healthy to live a longer life. Illness is a sense of not being normal and healthy. The deciding factors for my definition of illness are friends, books, media, teachers, and doctors.

First is anxiety I believe it can be consider an illness because it is pondered to be a mental illness. Anxiety is a “distress of uneasiness of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune”. The definition alone is the reason why I say it can be could an illness. People I believe with anxiety don’t feel normal and my definition of illness is not feeling normal and healthy.

Second is sadness it was kind of hard for me to decide whether it’s an illness or it’s not because sadness is emotion. Also if you’re sad you could have a perception of your not being healthy. So I say sadness can be considered to be an illness. Sadness is defended as being affected by unhappiness or grief. Sadness can affect your health cause some people might not eat when they are sad causing themselves to become sick.

Third is the Flu I believe it can be considered to be an illness. The Flu also known as influenza is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. When you have the flu your body is not in the stage of health. The Flu I believe more in the disease category more than it is in the illness category.


The approach I chose that I believe will be useful for studying health is the applied approach. This approach seems to me have to do with all the aspects of health. It’s doesn’t only have to do with western medicine but includes other ways people practice.

The difference between disease and illness depends on the individual because some people believe disease and illness are the same while others consider they are different. I believe there is a distinction between disease and illness. A disease is described as an abnormal disorder affecting the body of a being. Illness is defined as a “state experienced by the body when one or more of the control systems lose the ability to maintain homeostasis”. Those two definitions is shy I believe there is a difference between illness and disease. “Every disease is an illness but not every illness is a disease”.

Miner is talking about the North American culture is his story The Body Ritual of the Nacirema. I recognized very early within the first two paragraphs of his article. The first is the “holy-mouth man” which in reality is called the dentist. Most people are cautious about how their teeth look and how their breath smells. No one really wants to hear from someone their breath smells bad or their teeth are not so clean. Society puts value the dentist because some want to have their teeth be as white as the stars teeth are. However the dentist is also there to help people who have pain associated with the teeth decaying or anything that has to do with the mouth. Second is the “listener” which I couldn’t get at first and had to read it two more times to get it. Society does place value on psychiatrists and etc. to help them solve problems they believe they can’t on their own. However going to see a counselor can very well save someone’s life. Third is the one I found most interesting “bake their heads in small ovens”. I personally love having my hair done a lot so reading it was an eye opener. Miner is basically saying American woman put so much value on their hair we are welling stuck them in small ovens to look good.

Florida Girl

Hello Everyone my name is Christin Tideau and I am junior soon to be soon. My major is Interdisciplinary Studies  Health and Society with a concentration in Psychology. I was born and raised in Florida but got a scholarship and decided to go to Michigan State.

This not my first anthropology class its my fourth one so you might say I really like anthropology.I am taking this class because my advisor wrote me and told this class can count for my major.

Miami Beach one of my favorite beaches to go to.