Posts by: Ben Caldwell

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

LINK: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1728-4457.2004.00037.x/abstract   I chose to look at HIV and AIDS in Malawi for this week’s activity post. I have learned about this topic before in a previous anthropology class but it is interesting enough to look again. There is…

Low Testosterone

The role of medication in our culture is essentially the way to fix any problem. Balding? There’s a cream for that. Feeling blue? Take a pill. Can’t fight the urge to smoke? Use this patch. One condition in particular that…

Life/Death

The culture of biomedicine refers to the fact that it does not exist in solitude. Biomedicine is influenced by society, and in many ways is a society of its own. As far as being influenced by society, we need only…

I Have Social Anxiety

I watched the episode “True Life: I Have Social Anxiety.” This episode chronicles the experiences that two people, Nonie and Scott, have with the condition of social anxiety. Nonie’s experience is more of a chaos narrative, as she experiences crippling…

Fibromyalgia

The condition I have decided to write about is Fibromyalgia. Reading the blog from this week’s materials, the author’s description of the disease surprised me very much. It seems to be a combination of every awful, chronic disease that exists….

Obesity in modern Cultures

Since it is also the focus of my Weebly website, I thought it was only appropriate that I look at obesity as a culture bound syndrome. It will probably come as no surprise that there is a link between more…

“Shaman for the Soul”

The article I am reviewing is “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul.” This article describes the integration of traditional Hmong healing practices into the western medical system. The article specifically focuses on the Mercy Medical Center in…

Bad Sugar

I did very poorly on the health quiz (less than 50%) and I only got those few correct because of previous classes dealing with how the American health care system is severely flawed. That being said, the most shocking statistic…

Melanoma in White Men

As the graph I included above indicates, the incidence of melanoma in white men is much higher than in other races and genders[1]. Based on this week’s materials, there are a few possible explanations for this trend. One major contributing…