Posts by: walla277

Famine in Somalia

Somalia is a region of Africa that is currently suffering from a very impactful drought. As stated in a video from this week’s materials, it is believed that 29,000 children under the age of 5 have died in only the…

Clinical Medicine Anthropology

The area of applied medical anthropology that I chose to further examine is clinical medical anthropology. Clinical medical anthropology involves my personal interests and future plans because I aspire to be a physician. Applied medical anthropology is critical in a…

Erectile dysfunction

I believe that medications play a dominant role in the American society in terms of medicalization and biomedicalization. Throughout the transformation from medicalization to biomedicalization, the role of medication has became more prominent. In today’s society, the one of the…

Life/Death

“Culture of biomedicine” refers to the relationship between health (in terms of biology) and perceptions of the body that are influenced by culture. Since biomedicine is main form of medical practice in the west, this is an important concept. It…

Hmong Shamans in California

I chose to reflect the Hmong shamans in California. Shamans are cultural figures who who assist in the healing process of patients through magic, focusing mainly on the soul. The article, “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul”…

Brain Fag in Africa

Brain Fag Syndrome is a Culture Bound Syndrome that was defined in 1994 in the DSM-IV, and is seen among the African culture. Brain Fag symptoms include somatic complaints, cognitive impairments, sleep related complaints, and other somatic impairments. The somatic…

Lupus among African American women

The health disparity that I chose to examine was systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) among African American women. SLE is an autoimmune disorder. The body produces antibodies – molecules that assist in immune responses – in order to fight off infection….

Bad Sugar

Although I got a 7/10 on the Health Equity Quiz, I will admit that some of those were guesses based on things that I learned in a previous course.  One statistic that struck me was how much the United States…