I chose the biological approach but honestly I would do a mixture of biological and environmental because both would be the best to understand. As I mentioned earlier my goal is to become a physician and the type of healthcare I want to provide is along the lines of preventive diseases. I think it’s important to see how different cultures/people interact with their environment but also how their environment affects each of their individual health (the biological aspect).
The differences between disease and illness are that a disease deals with how a person is biologically not healthy, showing symptoms relating to the disease (i.e. coughing, sneezing, fatigue). Whereas illness relates to the psychological effect on the individual from not feeling healthy like feeling depressed from having their leg broken or miserable from a stomach ach. It wasn’t obvious to me because I always thought disease and illness meant the same thing that it was just not being at a homeostatic level (or feeling healthy).
In the article Miner is talking about the “American” culture and I didn’t figure it out until reading the article a few times. A clear example would be with that the “Nacirema culture is characterized by a highly developed market economy which has evolved in a rich natural habitat. While much of the people’s time is devoted to economic pursuits” highlights the US free market economy that we see in media i.e. the corporate CEO’s and Wall Street people constantly chasing money.
One ritual about the “holy mouth men” the Nacirema have a “pathological horror” for their health of teeth. It shows that those who have great teeth are seen as socially acceptable they are suited for significant others and to have many friends. Where those who have horrendous teeth are seen as having no friends or lovers. Another ritual would be that of the shrine rooms, its purpose is to show their social stature and their placement in the pyramid of power. The more shrine rooms a family owned the more money and prominence that family held in society.