Posts by: Matt

Water Contamination in Guatemala

As I’ve been told in a number of (rather depressing) environmental health and policy courses, water quality around the world and it equitable distribution is a growing concern around the world. I have particularly focused on the country of Guatemala…

Epidemiology

This week I want to look at the intersection of applied anthropology with the field of epidemiology. I’ve acquired two specializations during my undergrad at Michigan State, one in Bio Ethics (BHS) and the other in Scientific Policy (STEPPS). A…

Obesity

I genuinely tried to find a better case of extreme medicalization in Western (particularly American) society, but the provided topic of obesity was an irrefutably superior example. Not only has the prevalence of this condition dramatically increased in the last two…

Healthy/Sick

The “culture of biomedicine” can be described in similar terms as the “culture” I defined in previous reflections; the most important aspect in biomedicine’s definition as culture is its linkage with many indirect social influencers. This is to say that…

True Life: I have PTSD

The episode True Life: I have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder follows the post-deployment stories of 3 individuals suffering from the insidious and long-term psychological repercussions of their tours in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The MTV reality show is generally based…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia “Syndrome” (FMS) is a condition in which inexplicable and widespread pain, fatigue, or general physical distress occurs within an individual. As described by the blog “Fibromyalgia + The Type “A” Personality= Chaos, Frustration and Near Insanity!”, this pain can…

Obesity in the United States

The phenomenal incidence of obesity is characteristic of industrial nations like the United States and therefore is a perfect example of a syndrome that is tied to the culture in which it is found. In an article published in JAMA,…