Posts by: Dan Wright

Collateral Damage

I did very poorly on the Health Equity Quiz.  The statistic that was most surprising to me was that white neighborhoods in west Los Angeles contain 31.8 acres of park space per 1000 residents while black and Latino neighborhoods contain…

Celiac Disease among Whites

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease of the digestive system.  Specifically, the disease attacks tiny projections of the small intestine, called villi.  These projections, when healthy, greatly increase the absorptive capacity of the digestive tract for nutrients.  However, for people…

Ethnomedical

I chose the ethnomedical approach as the most useful for studying health.  I like how it was described as examining one’s intellectual assumptions about how the world works.  I believe that this is an increasingly important factor in world health,…

Anxiety

Since both health and illness are terms used to evaluate a living thing’s state of being, they can only be defined by an individual describing what he/she senses.  For this reason both terms are subjective and specific to the individual’s…

Student Traveler

My name is Dan Wright.  I’m a physiology major senior.  So far I have taken intro to archaeology, biocultural evolution, and two forensic anthropology courses (London study abroad).  I am taking this course to work towards an additional major in…