Cultural Approaches to Health

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    How Does Traditional Chinese Medicine Work?

    What Is Traditional Chinese¬†Medicine? Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has evolved over thousands of years. They use an approach to mind and body treatment in the form of exercises like Tai Chi as well as herbal products to address health problems. Traditional Chinese medicine is popular around the world as a form of medical treatment.¬† A popular form you probably have…

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  • Herbs and Alternative Medicine: What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

    In this clip Charlotte offers a brief explanation of ayurvedic medicine. She discusses the doshas, and contrasts ayurveda with western medicine. What does ayurvedic medicine focus on, according to Charlotte?

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  • From Male Supermodel to Spiritual Healer: Yogi Cameron Alborzian

    The Today Show documents Yogi Cameron Alborzian and his assessment of Toni, a busy mom. As opposed to looking at Tonis health history, he examines her pulse, fingernails, skin, and eyes. He also uses ayurveda to treat a former athlete, Tamara. What combination of treatment did Cameron use with Toni? Which dosha did Toni have an excess of and what…

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  • Curanderas

    Curanderas: Awakening the Spirit shows interviews of four southwestern curanderas and curanderos in New Mexico. Each interviewee recounts their personal history and how curanderismo played a part in their lives. They each show different methods for healing; what methods featured can you identify? What overarching illnesses are curanderos attempting to treat?

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  • Native American Shamanism

    This brief clip gives an overview of Shamanism; natural and supernatural, human and nature are intertwined. This clip acts as a preview to the advent of Hmong Shamans to America. Considering the influence the worlds population has on its environment, what can we learn from the Shaman way of life?

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  • Cultural Competence

    This clip depicts how someone might feel in an unfamiliar hospital where their culture is not the dominant one. If they do not have someone who can help them interpret situations and communicate effectively with them, it can be an extremely frightening experience. What is the definition of cultural competency?

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  • Cultural Diversity Health Care

    This brief video clip explains why health care professionals should adapt their assessment based on cultural needs and preferences when treating their patients. Other than language barriers, what kinds of communication should be adapted? How can health professionals become culturally competent?

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  • Becoming American: Wealth Equals Health

    This brief segment from the PBS series Becoming American is taken from an episode titled Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? This segment shows how socioeconomic status has become increasingly relevant to health status. How has this relationship (between wealth and health) affected the immigrant community, specifically Latinos?

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  • How Unemployment Affects Families

    Another segment from Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? shows a roundtable discussion amongst unemployed members of a community who have recognized how unemployment affects the family as a whole. What are some run-off ramifications that children of unemployed parents face? How does it change the family dynamic?

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  • On Living Longer

    Dr. Craig Wilcox discusses his study of Okinawans and tries to identify reasons for their long lifespan. According to the study, their body ages slower than their calendar age. Dr. Wilcox examines family health history, hormone levels, and lifestyle. Not only do Okinawans have a longer lifespan than the worlds population, but they also have low incidence of many diseases…

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  • Does Religion Benefit Society?

    This clip focuses on the benefits found between religion and overall wellness (emotional and physical) as well as how religious people measure against others in society. The creator of the film cautions viewers that he has compiled references that show a link between religion and its benefits and has not intended it for use against other religions or beliefs. What…

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