Posts by: clarke28

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

HIV/AIDs originated from animals, which by hunting and eating in Africa, spread to humans. Due to lack of health regulations and restrictive access to resources, poor countries of Africa didn’t have the proper tools or protocols to prevent the transfer…

Epidemiology and Medical Anthropology

I picked epidemiology and medical anthropology because I believe they are both important complementary subjects that are useful when analyzing diseases. Epidemiology deals with control and distribution of diseases in populations. Medical anthropology, on the other hand, tends to deal…

Male/female

When we examine the “culture of biomedicine”, we examine all the factors that play a role in the development of biomedicine. For instance, in lecture we learn that the culture examined in biomedicine is outlined using the institutionalization of biomedicine,…

Insomnia

In American society, there is a type of medicine to control (medicalization) or enhance (biomedicalization) virtually every disease, illness, and now bodily function. American’s rely so much on medicine because they feel it gives them freedom over their body. In…

Gulf War Syndrome

Gulf War Syndrome is an illness that is common in Gulf War veterans. Although people’s experiences vary, common symptoms are fatigue, muscle pain, rashes, diarrhea, and cognitive problems. Gulf War syndrome can be caused by chemical warfare agents, psychological factors…

I Self-Injure

I chose the episode about self-harm, because it’s in addiction that I would say is a psychological illness. The episode follows three girls. 2 of the girls cut themselves and the other one has trichotillomania (pulling out hair or pubic…

Clown Doctors in NYC

In the article “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine”, author Linda Miller Van Blerkom analyzes the similarities between shamans and clown doctors and why they are becoming more prevalent in our society. The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit…

Brain Fag Syndrome in Africa

Brain Fag Syndrome (BFS) is a culture-bound syndrome with symptoms relating to physical health, cognitive impairment, and sleep related problems. It’s associated with poor study habits, poor sleep habits, and stress from written work. Brain Fag is a CBS common…

In Sickness and in Wealth

When I took the Health Equity Quiz, I got 4 questions correct out of 10. One of the most alarming statistics was how location can determine life expectancy, and the fact that the gap could be 15 years. The other…

Celiac Disease among White Americans

  I chose Celiac disease after researching some common diseases that affect Caucasians in America. Cystic Fibrosis was the obvious choice, but I wanted to venture into unknown territory. Celiac disease is a disease that affects the small intestine and…