From the six methods of medical anthropology I think for me the Ecological approach will be most helpful in understanding health. The main reason I choose this one is because I am interested in the more broad sense of health. I am trying to get into a Public health master’s program and I think the ecological approach fits more so with the ways health is viewed and dealt with in MPH programs.
To me the distinction between disease and illness is that for me illness is defined more so in the qualitative factors, i.e. not feeling well, sore, hurting. And a disease is more of a defined medical problem that is often times a chronic occurrence.
Well when I first read this article I knew there was no such thing as the Nacerima, so I looked at the name and realized that it’s just America spelled backwards. I do think he raised some good points in the way people can be so biased with their views often explained as ethnocentrism. At first it seemed really strange, but a lot of that has to do with the way we view the world around us.
Well the first ritual I thought was really interesting was the idea of going to a mouth medicine man. I mean it is pretty true that many people still get cavities even though they go to the dentist twice a year. It’s pretty funny the way he tries to trick you into thinking that something as “normal” as brushing your teeth can be described in such a way that it seems disgusting.
The other ritual I thought was interesting was the idea of the healing temple or the hospital. It’s very true that people are turned away from the services held there despite the severity of their illness. It just goes to show you that in America you really do need money to be healthy and people will spare no expense to have their health.