Posts by: newmans7

FGM in Sudan

Female genital mutilation, otherwise known as FGM, occurs in about 89% of North Sudanese women. Usual mutilation is to remove all external sexual parts and surgical closure of the vagina takes place. Culturally, female genital mutilation is seen as a…

Community Health

I chose to reflect on community health. I currently am serving in the community health field and that is why I chose this as my topic. Currently, I am an HIV counselor at Olin Health Center. My job is to…

PMS

The roles of medication in both the medicalization and biomedicalization eras provide insight into the ever changing ideas of well being, health, and success. The medicalization era, which occurred from the 1950’s to 1985, focused on “control over bodies and…

Life & Death

The term “culture of biomedicine ” is used to show how healthiness can be defined in terms of biology. Culture shifts the definitions of “healthy” and how different biological methods detect and treat illness and disease to make someone healthy…

I have a strange addiction

In this episode of True Life, two young girls lives are documented as they struggle with pica, an illness that makes people crave non food items to eat, and trichotillomania, an illness that makes a person pull out their hair…

Type 1 Diabetes

I chose to elaborate on Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong chronic illness that is caused when someone’s pancreas stops making insulin efficiently. Type 1 diabetes is usually treated by controlling of the diet and reducing the…

Koro in China

I have reviewed the article “Making Up Koro: Multiplicity, Psychiatry, Culture, and Penis-Shrinking Anxieties”, written by Ivan Crozier. Koro is a syndrome in which adults delusion their penis or vulva of the vagina are retracting up into one’s body. It…

Clown Doctors in NYC

I chose to reflect on the article “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine”. In this article, the author presents the daily lives of clowns working in NYC hospitals and the unique care they provide to patients. These “Clown Doctors”,…

Bad Sugar

I got 5/10 on the Health Equity Quiz. I was most surprised by the fact that the United States is ranked 29th in life expectancy. I knew that most Americans were not healthy; we eat fast food and do not…

Breast Cancer among White Women

  The relationships between health, genetics, and race are complicated for many reasons. As stated in lecture, one of the largest debates and controversies regarding these three topics is how someone’s race is determined. Scientifically, race cannot be determined by…