Posts by: Mel

Tuberculosis in Nepal

Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, TB disease can…

Public Health

I chose public health because I want to not just help cure people but educate them on how to live a better and healthier lifestyle. Public health refers to all organized measures (whether public or private) to prevent disease, promote…

Acne

The role of medication has become a popular and seemingly necessary for life in western society. Americans rely on medications to solve their medical problems no matter how minor. Medicalization is the control over bodies and behaviors through medical interventions….

Male/Female

The “culture of biomedicine” explains health in terms of biology. As we learned in lecture, it emphasizes the importance of body structure (anatomy) and body systems (physiology) in order to maintain health and treat diseases. It is also made up…

I Have Social Anxiety

In this episode of True Life: I Have Social Anxiety, we hear the stories of Nonie and Scott who both suffer from extreme social anxiety. Both fear being around other people, especially strangers. Social Anxiety has a negative culture and…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues (Mayo Clinic). Personally, I have heard of this illness but never really knew exactly what it was. I think this is one of the…

Obesity in the United States

I found an article called Obesity as a Culture-Bound Syndrome by Cheryl Ritenbaugh. The title automatically grabbed my attention because obesity is such a huge and ongoing problem in America. In the article Ritenbaugh talks about how anthropologists have been using…

Clown Doctors in NYC

Summary: The article, Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine, explains the close relationship westernized clowns, specifically a New York City group of clowns called The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, have to non-westernized shamans. The Clown Care Unit…