Posts by: fersztpe

Sexual Health in India

Sexual health in India has become a pressing issue in the past several decades. With the spread of HIV/AIDS to Southern Asia, rates have exploded and become a borderline crisis for Indian people, rising faster than almost any other country….

Depression

Medications have become a quick and easy fix for the overworked, overstressed, and all around busy Americans today. Being a capitalist society, pretty much everything has been commodified, even out health. Health is no longer worked towards and achieved through…

Nature/Culture

The ‘Culture of Biomedicine’ is labeling Western medicine’s ethnomedicine system as a cultural system, rather that it’s believed definition of being ‘natural’ and unbiased. Many believe that because biomedicine is founded in genetics and biology, that there is no room…

True Life: I Have PTSD

I watched the True Life episode following three men who recently served in the military. Upon ¬†arrival home, they began experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an mental illness after experiencing extremely traumatic events. These narratives fall under the Chaos Narrative, as…

Shamans in Mongolia

The resource I chose was the movie “The Horse Boy”, which depicts a family’s journey through rural Mongolia to interact with local shamans in hopes that it may help their autistic child. The parents observed the child had an affinity…

Indian Dhat Syndrome

Dhat Syndrome is an illness is found in several cultures, but it most prevalent and strongly known in India. This syndrome originates from the idea that semen and other bodily fluids are a life force and the most powerful fluids…

Tay-Sachs in Caucasians (Ashkenazi Jews)

NCHPEG. “Genetic Variations and Diseases in Health Groups.” Accessed July 10th, 2013.¬†http://www.nchpeg.org/nutrition/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=463&tmpl=component Tay-Sachs Disease is a debilitating nervous system disorder, caused by the lack of a specific enzyme leading to accumulation of fatty substances in nerve cells of the brain….

Becoming American

Honestly, I did terrible on the Health Equity Quiz! Some of the health paradoxes found in American I was aware of them, but others, like the fact that we spend twice as much on healthcare as other countries, but have…