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Take this time to reflect on how disease can ravage the body and sometimes in unexpected ways becomes fatal. We initially reviewed different perspectives of how people consider providing healing to loved ones in the introduction. As we close this course, read the following entry and use application skills to respond as a health professional:
Death is usually the last stage of the life cycle unless one believes in the afterlife. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the most devastating of health outcomes, especially when birth and death are so closely aligned. In most circumstances, the infant is not sick and there are no signs or symptoms of disease; it just happens.
How would you begin to address clients using the three world views first mentioned in this course? In your response incorporate all three perspectives: The first response should use a logical explanation; the second an emotional explanation; the third a spiritual explanation.
It is not necessary to deceive, just explore empathetic ways to reach groups that may not share your cultural comfort zone or health perspective.
In the last paragraph, add information about what has been the most helpful personally and professionally in this course. Although it was quick, hopefully something will be useful as you continue to study to become health professionals. The entire response should be at least four paragraphs.
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History of Disease
It was my intention to forego the usual review; however, after analyzing the textbook it seems more introduction to this subject matter is needed to better understand how to apply knowledge of disease as health professionals. Although perspectives and beliefs vary, it helps to have exposure to other trains of thought as it can enhance effective communication with future clients that may hold some of these beliefs and or practice behaviors considering beliefs, values or family expectations.
Typically, when I teach a class I speak about holistic health using the acronym SPICES for spiritual, physical, intellectual, career, emotional and social health. Some textbooks start the discussion of health from the beginning of civilization. If we take a step back to explore the foundation of health historically, it can make the current modern age make more sense. From that perspective, health begins when the earth was identified as having only three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa. People were described as Caucasoid (can include Biblical/Creation perspective – most well-known is King James Version originating from England), Mongoloid (Chinese) and Negroid (Egyptian). Although these designations are no longer used, it helps to understand how people interpreted their world. This holistic view is based on mind, body and spirit as described below.
Caucasoid or European descendants were considered logical (mind) and explored the world through facts which is frequently referred to as Western Medicine. Because of the difficult cold climate, a common view of the world was based on survival of the fittest. This is also typical in military doctrine. The strong must survive in order to protect the weak. Over time, this has transformed to individual benefit. This model works well in a capitalist society. Presently, access to health care is being debated as a right or privilege. Many European nations have social programs for health. The United States is in the midst of a philosophical change in how health care will be provided.
Mongoloid people came from what was called the Orient, today descendants are typically classified as Asian. Many in this country describe the health experience from this group as using Eastern Medicine and characterize it through terms like alternative medicine. Popular practices like acupuncture elevate the power of the mind to separate from the body (spirit realm). Pain can be interpreted as mind over matter. Having the ability to not easily or quickly react to physical ailments can be attributed to strong family influence.
Negroid or descendants of Africa were considered community centered units. Communal living and sharing was the norm. This group is considered passionate and health is treated from emotional influence as well as nurtured through plants and herbal remedies. Today, positive thinking and energy is acknowledged as part of the healing process.****

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