I think biological approach is the most useful to studying health. There are so many illness that are made or worsened by our poor choices or environment. After going through a physiology class and discussing main illness, the number one treatment is lifestyle change, If we exercised more or ate differently we could stop or weaken the illness. Many other disease have to deal with our genes, such as most cancers and heart disease, if it runs in the family you are more risk. This is why I believe its almost completely biological.
The distinction between disease and illness did make sense to me. Such as a Sexual Transmitted Disease you can have it but feel fine, no illness. You can also have a stomach ache and feel ill but have no disease, It could just be something you ate at the wrong time.
I have read the Nacirema article before, It is talking about us, Americans. It is from an outside view and shows us how we may be perceived from other cultures. The first time I read this article i did not think of it as being us but I did not think of this civilization as being weird, I just thought they know why they do what they do, they are doing what they think is right.
I found the thoughts about hospitals, latipsos, being extremely refreshing. This truly is the place where many of our loved ones “go to die.” But still so many of us keep going there to try to get better. Something that came into my head while reading this part was that many people can go in with something as simple as migraines and obtain another fatal illness and never get to leave.
The other appealing ritual is speaking of the dentist, holy-mouth-man. It was interesting to think about them being sadistic because they are always smiling at you while cleaning your teeth. Its also interesting to think that we do this to “draw friends” and we are worried if we do not have this we will lose them or be unappealing. It shows that we a very appearance oriented group of people.