Posts by: hauckamb

Alzheimer’s Disease in America

Alzheimer’s disease is prevalent all over the world, but in America, we seem to have a larger presence. The cultural factor that is most important to note here about this prevalence is the baby boomer generation. Post World-War II, between…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

I chose Clinical Medical Anthropology because it applies directly to my future career and personal interest.  I want to study and research Alzheimer’s disease to develop new treatments and support groups. Particularly, I want to help develop more personal treatments…

Obesity

The role of medications in American society is a large one (no pun intended).  “Over the course of your lifetime, you will be prescribed 14,000 pills…” (Pill Poppers) Medication not only keeps us healthy longer, but it gets us healthy…

Life/Death

The culture of biomedicine refers to the fact that western medicine has evolved our culture to believe that there is a cure for everything. Any perceived “ailment”, including some things that are perfectly natural to our bodies, can be fixed…

Ghost Sickness among Native Americans

Ghost Sickness is a culture bound syndrome that occurs among Native American tribes, originating from the Navajo. People that are preoccupied and possessed by the deceased are considered to have Ghost Sickness. Its symptoms include general weakness, loss of appetite,…

Clown Doctors in NYC

I decided to reflect on the “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine” for my reflection post this week. This article compared the different treatments between the Clown Doctors and non-western medicine.  The Clown Doctors, formally named The Big Apple…

Bad Sugar

I did absolutely terrible on the Health Equity Quiz. I got 2 out of 10 right.  I never would have known that we were so low on the charts for life expectancy, but we spend more than a lot of…

Old Age

My definitions of health and illness when doing the lecture were different than what they are now.  My initial definitions were health is the absence of disease and illness was any string of symptoms caused by a foreign body or…