Posts by: Connor Demars

Epidemiology

The intersection of applied medical anthropology I chose to investigate further is epidemiology. I am currently taking the online EPI 390 course with David Barondess and it has definitely opened my eyes up. The definition of Epidemiology is the incidence,…

Premature Hair Loss

Within the context of medicalization and biomedicalization, there is a huge role of medicine in American society. Medicalization refers to the control over bodies and behaviors through medical interventions and biomedicalization refers to the enhancement of them. An example of…

Male/Female

The term biomedicine is used to explain health in terms of biology. It is important because it focuses on the learning of body structures or anatomy, and of body systems or physiology in order to treat diseases and stay healthy….

I have social anxiety

The episode of True Life that I chose was “I Have Social Anxiety.” Social anxiety is a mental condition in which people feel scared or nervous to go out in public and talk to people. Many people have this condition…

Type 1 Diabetes

I believe that Type 1 Diabetes is commonly misunderstood in our culture. It is a condition in which our body doesn’t produce enough insulin to allow sugar to enter the cells for energy. Many people go through the day perfectly…

Clown Doctors in NYC

In order to entertain children in New York City hospitals, there is the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit. They are being compared to the Non-Western healers, like the Shamans. The Clown Care Unit was created in 1986 by Michael…

Latah in Malaysia and Indonesia

The culture bound syndrome of interest to me was Latah. This CBS originated in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Indonesia. Latah is behaviors associated with a person experiencing shock, which can include screaming, dancing, and cursing. This condition is…

Collateral Damage

I scored a 2/10 on the health equity quiz, so not very well. Almost every question surprised me. For instance, the U.S. live expectancy ranks 29th in the world and dozens of counties have passed the U.S. I thought we…

Caucasians and Cystic Fibrosis

The health disparity that I chose was Cystic Fibrosis among Caucasians. I decided to choose this disease because it is so prevalent in Caucasians and there are not many other diseases that have higher prevalence rates among the Caucasian race…

Sports Fanatic

Hi, my name is Connor DeMars and I am a human biology major. I will be a senior this fall and am going to be taking 5 years. I am originally from Kansas, but moved to Michigan where I attended…