I think its important for people to have their own beliefs when it comes to medicine and treatment. As it stated in the “does it work” lecture, different medicines and treatments work in different contexts but there also may be aspects of those medicines and treatments that aren’t beneficial or are harmful in certain ways. Even though a medicine may not be harmful to the patient, the waste or fluids released from the person on the medication may in fact be harmful to others. For example the lecture video “does it work” talked about how the chemicals for chemotherapy are in fact dangerous to those who handle them, and even to the nurses who administer it. Also the idea of a certain medicine or treatment being thought of as effective or not can vary all over the globe from culture to culture. Another thing the “does it work” lecture video covered is the idea of America going overboard with vaccines, drugs and antibiotics. Not all germs are bad germs and sometimes the medicines given to patients can actually cause more harm than good, especially when it comes to pregnant moms and babies. According to an article on WebMD, A mounting body of research suggests that exposing infants to germs may offer them greater protection from illnesses such as allergies and asthma later on in life(Zamosky). Many cultures and societies have there own medical practices and beliefs, especially when it comes to religion. A person being spiritual or religious has a big impact on how they may view their own illness and how they want to go about treating it. In the lecture video “Cartesian duality, bio medicine, and spirit” It talks about how the mind and body are in fact connected based on the placebo effect. The placebo effect is for example, when a person is in pain and when given a placebo or “fake medicine” from their doctor they think the pain has reduced or gone away. An ill person may go to a leader or pastor or priest for healing or a holistic healing treatment. According to the “Cartesian duality, bio medicine, and spirit” lecture video a group of people in Botswana and Namibia will gather together and have a healing dance that lasts all night long when someone is affected. The healers may even wrestle with the bad spirits and to them this treatment works which i would say is another form of your mind working with your body. Some people like to rely on science and medicine to heal while others like to rely on their religion for holistic and spiritual treatment.
Zamosky, Lisa. “Are We Too Clean? Letting Kids Get Dirty and Germy.” WebMD. Accessed July 22, 2016. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/d2n-stopping-germs-12/kids-and-dirt-germs.