Posts by: smithp50

Sexual Health in India

Sexual education in India is a currently debated topic in India. In July, Harsh Vardhan, India’s new health minister, released a statement criticizing the use of condoms to fight the spread of HIV and the current sex education program and…

Public Health

I chose the sector of public health because I believe that, along with the community sector, public health is a very important component of healthcare in the United States. It is the sector that helps inform and protect the public…

Aging

American society depends heavily on medication to make people feel better or even be a better person. The lectures this week discussed medicalization and biomedicalization in terms of Western Society. Medicalization is when medical professionals attempted to control a patient’s…

Life/Death

After reviewing the material for this week I took the “culture of biomedicine” to be the way Western countries understand and approach medicine, treatment, and general health and well-being. It is our practice of combining medicine and technology to not…

Male Postpartum Depression

I chose male postpartum depression as a misunderstood medical condition because in our culture, when talking about postpartum depression, emphasis is usually placed on the mother’s postpartum depression and discussion on how the father is affected is limited or absent….

I Have Narcolepsy

This episode of True Life focused on two women experiencing narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness. People with this condition often get very tired and fall asleep while they try to complete everyday tasks like, work or…

Obesity in America

The culture-bound syndrome I chose to examine was obesity. Obesity, by definition, is when the body mass index (BMI) is 30 or more. It is the cause of various health conditions, some of which include: high blood pressure, type 2…

Place Matters

I did very poorly on the health equity quiz (3/10). While I am glad that this is not a graded assignment, I really appreciated this particular learning experience. It provided me with information about our health care system in the…