Experiential approach seems to summarize my interest for medicine the most. I would like to become an OB for many reasons, however, I would like to be able to help women understand their own health, the process of birth, the options that they have within their own bodies, and help them to distinguish their own wants and those of society. Perhaps some women make the decisions they make based on the opinions of others, rather than their own wants and desires.
I believe that the distinction between illness and disease is the opinion of a medical professional. From the lecture, I gathered that an illness is more of ones belief that they have something wrong with their health, while a disease is the confirmation of a doctor, or an obvious symptom, which confirms a negative reflection of health. I do not believe that the two are necessarily independent of each other,
The article about the Naciremas sounded mysteriously like us of the United States right from the beginning. The location in which they were found, between Canada and Mexico, and the cultural hero in which they idolized. Only those of the US would look to a hero than a god. It is hard to separate myself from the rituals discussed of the Nacirema as I am the spawn of them. I could not imagine not having my own ritual on a daily basis attempting to make my body less “ugly”. I am guilty of taking magic potions on a daily basis believing that they will help increase my maximum health. Lastly, I have seen first hand the benefits of dental work and annual and biannual check ups, as I have dentists in the family. I do however, fully appreciate the advances in the field and am very grateful for only drilling when necessary and in order to prevent disease. I may be naïve in thinking that showering, vitamins and necessary medicine, and dental work on a regular basis is needed, however, until I am educated otherwise, I will continue to with hold the rituals of my predecessors from 50 years ago with pride. J