Biological approach is a useful tool in understanding a person’s health for many reasons; environments can be a cause of illness or diseases due to weather changes and living in bad neighborhood. genetic also contributes a fair amount to health issue because it can be inherited through genes from parents or families, making bad choices by individuals also relates to health issue because choices of eating bad food can cause illness and disease. I believe that biological approach is useful to me to understand the health because it helps me to understand the health issues through environment, genes, and individual choice which make more sense to realize how the illness or disease come from and so on.
The distinction between illness and disease is straightforward in the lecture, so no problem with understanding them. I believe that illness comes from human experiences, influenced by both in culture and biology. In addition, disease is an aspect of human environment that can also be influenced by individual’s behavior and socio-political factors. I think the distinction between them is obvious to me because I saw those concepts in some science books and magazines, so it can be easily interpreted right away and also approachable.
Miner represents the culture as North American culture in the Nacirema because it was from “their nation was originated by a culture hero, Notgnishaw,” so I will be able to recognize that it is from North American. In addition, mentioning Spirit of Truth also helps me to figure out which culture Miner is talking about. I realized this answer by reading the passage over and over again. It was a little confusing at first, but re-reading helps me to understand it better than first time.
I chose the ritual about latipso which refers imposing temple for sick people. The reason why I chose this ritual is now known as hospital treat sick people and let the patients to rest. However, this ritual has bad influence on many people because once people are in this latipso, people in latipso forces the patients to live in latipso forever. In addition, this ritual also affects on body-rites on men medicines and sometimes takes advantages of women through this ritual. Many people believe this ritual because people feel safe in latipso, and they also want to be treated by men medicines for their illness.
Other ritual that I chose is the holy-mouth-men because people in Nacirema want to see the holy-mouth-men to cure their teeth. However, when the holy-mouth-men use their tools to cure their teeth with magical powder, it actually makes them decay continuously. People still believe this ritual for their mouth is healthy to rely on the holy-mouth-men because they trust their ritual of healthy mouth makes their teeth better than before even though the holy-mouth-men use their tools to take teeth off by force without using any relief pain drugs.