HCA 230 week 7 Cultural Views on Health

HCA 230 week 7 Cultural Views on Health - 1 CULTURA VIEWS...

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CULTURA VIEWS ON HEALTH Cultural Views on Health Lyndy Boucher Axia College HCA/230 Jana Watters 8/28/2010 1
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Abstract In this paper the subjects that will be discussed are three aspects of health, organic, harmony and the idea of, disease a curse or stigma. From how different cultures view and socially treat some illnesses to how different ways of healing come together to benefit the sick. As well as the implications that a caregiver could come up against when dealing with people from other cultures, religious beliefs, and social standings. A person’s whole body health should always be the main focus in the healing process, if that means including their culture in order to help them, then that should considered as part of any health plan. No matter where you go in the world people and cultures have different views on health and how it is to be treated. People and their cultures have a great effect and repercussions on how one thinks of illness and disease and how the people with each kind of illness or disease should be treated socially and treated. These ideals vary drastically from one country to another. Some healers of one culture may believe that the body, mind and spirit must be in balance to be healthy. If one is ill then something is out of balance in their inner self or life and once that is rebalanced then their physical ailment should correct itself. While other healers in other countries believe that only traditional medicine is the key to healing all illnesses. It has only been over the last few decades that these two forms of healing have started to come together in order to please people’s cultures and traditions while helping to cure their ailments. The next hurdle that medical people are trying to contend with is peoples cultural mentality that those of their society with specific diseases, such as HIV, that these people or those associated with people who have this disease are not cursed and that there is no need to stigmatize them due to the fact that they are fearful of them and the disease, either due to 2
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lack of education or cultural misconception. Yet breaking these cultural misconceptions is more difficult to deal with at times more so then the disease itself. 3
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Cultural Views on Health When most people think of HIV, it is thought of as a disease that is dealt with like many others. Yes, more precautions must be taken in order to eliminate risk of spreading the disease, but beyond that it can be dealt with. HIV is one such disease that was given and still has a name that has its own stigma. With education and time people in most countries have come to understand that HIV is a disease like any other and can be managed with medications.
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