I believe the applied approach is the best bet. This is because it is focused on finding a solution to the problem. As medical professionals its our goal to provide some sort of intervention to help the patient. Though having said that there has to be some consideration to the ethnocentric approach. There has to be clear communication from the provider to the patient and from the patient to the provider. Providers must also be respecting of the patients beliefs/customs while providing care.
To me the distinction between illness and disease is one in the same because either could be regarded as a divergence from normal health, as defined by the body’s maintaining of homeostasis. I think that many people feel this way and its because of how frequently the two terms are used interchangeably. Reflecting on the subject, disease seems to coincide with actually having a clinical diagnosis whereas illness is more correlated to the experience of the sickness that the person is having.
I read Miner’s article with great interest as he described this culture. It wasn’t until he described the “latipso” that I made the realization that he was talking about our American culture. One of the more striking things in his text was the worshiping of the medicine cabinet; how we turn to it for all of our ailments. In addition to this, he also describes how most medicine cabinets are filled almost to the point of overflowing, yet people seem to fear getting rid of any outdated items as it may compromise their health. He also did good to make light of our fascination with beauty. How people will exhaust themselves of time and money in order to achieve a desired look.