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Lecture 11

Lecture 11

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC2101
Professor
Kristen Tole
Semester
Fall

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Lecture 11 – CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine “a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine” CAM is…  A set of techniques: non-invasive, largely about lifestyle  A set of beliefs: something that is natural is better than something that is artificially created, the body is able to do a lot of healing for itself  A social movement  Define health as well-being  Not about the absence of disease  Body, mind and spirit connection  Individual responsibility for health  Health education  Use “natural” therapeutic techniques: natural does not always mean it’s good or that it is natural Three levels of health care:  Popular health care: things you don’t need a referral or professional for, stuff that you can do on your own  Professional health care: chiropractors  Folk health care: something that gets passed down Goldstein (1999) five core elements CAM: 1. Holism 2. The interpenetration of mind, body, and spirit 3. The possibility of high-level wellness 4. Vitalism (life suffused by the flow of energy) 5. The healing process: combines all of these elements and is also a different way of doing the healing process Who…  Those who have had bad experien
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