Posts by: chockle1

Leprosy in India

India has only recently gotten their levels of leprosy prevalence under the 1 case in 10,000 people limit that the WHO considers to be the threshold for control. It has several areas of high endemicity left to be dealt with….

Low Testosterone

American society is focused on being young and fit and we have a lot of medications that promise to keep us that way. Many of the changes that are part of aging are now seen as diseases in themselves instead…

Male/Female

The lecture materials touched on the difference between sex and gender. Sex is described as the genetically set identity of being male or female, whereas gender is the chosen role of the individual. Both of these words play into the…

I have Narcolepsy

The stories of both girls in the narcolepsy episode are chaos narratives. By the end of the episode both patients taking medication to manage the symptoms, but know that they will have to take it for the rest of their…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is hard for many people to understand because it doesn’t have any outwardly visible symptoms. There are no marks to verify that someone has Fibromyalgia so it is more difficult for them to take on the sick role. Some…

Dhat Syndrome in India

Dhat is a culture bound syndrome, primarily found in India, in which the afflicted patient is preoccupied by a loss of semen. The article notes that it is often accompanied by symptoms of depression and anxiety. These co-presenting symptoms have…

Shaman in Mongolia

The Horse Boy is about the journey of a family with an autistic child. They go to Mongolia to seek healing for the child from the shamans there. The boy seems to have a connection with horses which is why…

Becoming American

The third video I watched from the Unnatural Causes series was “Becoming American”. It began by discussing the Latino paradox and why immigrants are healthier when they arrive here and then it goes downhill. Some of the reasons that they…