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Unformatted text preview: Oral and intravenous medications might not be taken during the fasting times Might refuse treatment during Ramadan Health is important; they believe in free will, but Allah controls their destiny; may think doctors’ predictions are presumptuous Halah, the Muslim diet, forbids pork and alcohol, sometimes found in medicines and hospital foods Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. The Nature of Health and Illness Health as Organic Organic perspective: health understood as presence or absence of physical indicators Evidence­based medicine (EBM): treatment based on results of scientific studies Weakness is inability to account for conditions not easily verified Organic approach seems a bit cold and impersonal African Americans traditionally dissatisfied with health care because they emphasize community and religion and organic approach is more uncaring Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Health as Harmony Harmony perspective: pleasing sense of overall well­ being Traditional Navajo approach to health: balance among physical, social, and spiritual In keeping with biopsychosocial perspective Navajo who are more likely to balance life are less likely to get sick Asian cultures = yin and yang are polar energies whose cyclical forces define all living things Yin associated with coolness and reflection; yang with brightness and warmth Qi (Chi): one’s central life energy Illness and even death may result if Qi is wasted or yin and yang are not balanced Some Asian cultures resist surgery, believing these procedures will interfere with life energy and rhythms Communicating About Health, Third Edition, du Pré Copyright © 2010 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Across cultures, folk healing is typically oriented to lifeworld concerns Mexican American and Native American cultures believe in folk healing Health care that includes lifeworld has been praised as realistic and compassionate Healing: restoration of wholeness Curing: physical; may still...
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