I chose the biological approach because I feel that most PAs, doctors, and nurses today use this method the most when treating patients. If someone has a disease, there is almost always a biological explanation for this disease. It could be any toxin from the environment or any human or animal. Some people may be more susceptible to different things than others and have an allergic reaction. Genetic mutations themselves may be responsible for a disease, or they could make people more susceptible to the disease. The biological approach takes things like this into account to understand how and why people get sick. It is necessary to apply this approach in order to develop therapeutic methods in which to treat patients.
Disease comes from a biological problem like a pathogenic bacterial or viral infection. The disease changes a physiological process in the body, usually causing an immune response in the body that people call illness. Illness is the way people experience, feel, and describe the response to an infection. It usually is a negative, even painful experience that causes an alteration in one’s health. Illness can also just be an alteration in one’s health from any means, even if there is no disease causing the illness directly.
This distinction seems pretty obvious. Usually, when looking at a disease, I will think this is the way someone got infected, and this disease caused the illness.
The article speaks of the American culture. I noticed this when they referenced Notgnishaw/Washington to the Patomac and the cherry tree, then I noticed the backwards spelling.
Americans focus on the human body. People in America focus on appearing and feeling healthy. This is in order to appear more dominant and beautiful, and also to combat the natural ugliness, disease, and death that accompanies mankind. One ritual mentioned in the reading is for sick people to go to a temple for healing. They are stripped of their clothes and stuck with magic needles and given magic supplements. This is referring to a hospital, where doctors, nurses, and others are trained to help and treat patients. Adults are eager to visit the hospital when they are sick, because they believe they are not healthy, and if they see a doctor, the doctor will somehow make them healthy again. The article also mentions that people will go if they can afford it. In America, we do not have universal healthcare, so people can only be treated if they have insurance, or want to pay a lot of money.
Another ritual mentioned is that of a holy-mouth-man, or a dentist. Because Americans care about the health and looks of their bodies, the care of teeth is very important. We see dentists twice a year to make sure our teeth are staying healthy, and most people brush once to twice a day in order to keep teeth healthy.