I think that the ethnomedical approach would be the most interesting for me when it comes to understanding health in this course, although all six of the approaches are extremely important when learning/studying health. I say this because many science majors are well informed on the biological aspect of health. With me once being a human biology major I know for a fact that our whole college curriculum consists of the biological determinants. That was the main reason why I changed my major to interdisciplinary in social science and peaked interest in public health because it focused more on the ethnomedical approach. This approach allows all health care professionals to prevent and or treat a persons illness while at the same time meeting the needs and wants of the patients culture beliefs.
The distinction between disease and illness is kind of obvious now that I have taken a epidemiology and public health class, before if this question would have been asked I would have said no. So because of my previous knowledge I now know that there is a distinction between disease and illness. Disease can cause an illness, a disease is physical and/or mental structure of the human body that can be caused by genetic, physical, biological, or chemical factors. An illness deals with the feelings a person experience that is associated with the disease and is determined by a persons culture. Illness can also differ from person to person. To sum up illness it is basically a humans response to a disease.
The culture Miner is talking about in the Nacerima article is the American culture. I realized this when he started talking about Washington cutting down the cherry tree as well as the development of the market economy.
One ritual described in the Nacerima article is talking about the shrine that was built into the wall shows the importance of prescribed pills(potions) and medicines(charm pills) in the Nacirema culture which ties into they belief that the “human body is ugly”. Another ritual is the ritual referring to the holy mouth. This ritual shows that cleanliness and hygiene is important to them and is something that they value.