I chose global health and medical anthropology after finding the videos from this week’s materials incredibly interesting. After watching the Tribal Jazzman Scholar’s YouTube clip I began to understand more about medicine and western approaches in foreign regions of the world. With this, I now see how medical anthropology can and should be applied when crossing boundaries with other nations with different needs, wants, and cultural beliefs. In the clip it was clear that individuals from the western world were attempting to help with their scientific biomedical ways but sometimes this wasn’t always beneficial to the group of people in need. This intersection really doesn’t apply to my future at all but it was indeed something I had never really put too much thought into. I feel that the United States is constantly stepping over borders attempting to help with disease and rebuild nations or areas in times of need and struggle but I think that when it comes to healthcare, those giving the care should consult a medical anthropologist or review the ideas of it before implementing facilities, programs, healthcare. For instance, if I was working with a certified clinician and we were to travel to another country to provide some sort of aid, I think that we should all be reminded of the difference between a third world country and our country. We must note that our culture and practices may be polar opposites and it may be beneficial to learn parts of the culture and the spiritual healing practices that they may use. As the YouTube clip proved, our ideas may seem like they may be a positive thing, but in order to really know if they will be beneficial overall is to get the entire perspective of the culture. In the clip about Paul Farmer in Haiti, he spent his childhood aiding those in Haiti. He experienced their culture firsthand. Personally I think he met success in Haiti because the Haitian culture was a part of him.