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Recalling the origins of global health

Nohemie Mawaka Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Permalink 0

While public health continues to be a growing field in much demand, the term global health appears to be a more recent sector of health. This encompasses juridic policies and legislations which have an impact on the work done in this sector. In the book Reimagining Global Health by Farmer et al., part of this text does great work at painting the voyage from which global health originated to where it is currently heading. Despite many of its triumphs, such as health interventions and disease preventions; the field of global health as we know it holds its failures. Celebrating ones victory is important, but my particular interest lies on analyzing pass failures of health initiatives and appreciating new solutions moving forward.

Particularly when looking at the many ways in which false information was delivered to the general public such as homosexuals being mentally ill and at the origin of HIV. Although research has proven this to be false, large corporations such as the UN which is parent to the World Health Organization; the largest health corporation from which most global health standards come from have failed to maintain its original goals such as keeping the peace between countries at the time of war in Rwanda. With these errors the general population becomes at risk. Not only did pass political errors unintentionally contributed by the UN lead to war between Rwanda and the DRC, Democratic Republic of Congo, this continues until today for reasons beyond the damage caused by the UN. Corporate failures in properly doing its work led to many diseases developing during war. Nonetheless, without such disasters organizations like the WHO would not be of much use. While reading Reimagining Global Health (chapter 2, p. 15-32), one learns that global health as we know it today is the product of many legalistic laws and structures put in place by those in power, moreover found in large corporations. Could organizations such as the WHO be who they are today as a product of larger corporations mistakes, which ends up costing the lives of many? Or do we look at global health as part of a corporative system whose pass good deeds out ways the bad?

#pornography use

Nohemie Mawaka Thursday, May 29, 2014 Permalink 0

By: Nohémie Mawaka

A few days ago I turned on Netflix and accidentally watched a movie about the journey of four recovering sex addicts. In this film came a sexual scene that was very graphic. Afterwards, I had this imagery stuck in my mind everywhere I went. This made me wonder: if a glimpse of a movie scene is hunting me this much, what clinical affect must pornography have on those who constantly watch it? Therefore, I read several articles on the affect of pornography and tried to understand why it is now a twenty-two billion dollar industry.

I have found multiple responses to these questions. The most popular response has been the convenience of receiving temporary sexual satisfaction at your own timing. Another one was that many people, mostly men, feel a sense of control in knowing that they are able to perform sexually without the pressure or approval of women. As well, pornography creates a mental fantasy that makes one believe in a sexual world that “may” happen by over indulging without having anyone know about it. Pornography research has consumers’ perceive realism of the portrayals. Such perceptions are likely to be important mediators of whether consumers may influence their beliefs and attitudes or behaviors in the real world, (Hald and Malamuth, 2008). While depicting people actually engaging in sexual acts, often portrays an unrealistic picture of sexuality as it is practiced in real life. Some who are not as sexually active, find themselves stuck with the visual imagery of pornography and therefore continuously go back to watching it for the sake of having that initial sexual fantasy. In marriages, some husbands have testified feeling ashamed to ask their wives to have sex of the sake of having sex, because their wives may want to be made love too instead of feeling used for just ‘sex’. On the contrary, to my surprise some marriages have even testified that pornography and masturbation saved their relationships by putting less pressure on both individual to perform in bed. These positive views tends to be rejected by religious groups to whom online sexual activity is an act of betrayal and adultery, correlating with emotional infidelity (Poulsen  et al. 2013).

Now, what might the consequence of this be? Many spouses prefer pornography over making love to their partner. Women more than men viewed the use of pornography as a doubt for rather their partner was committed to the relationship. A study done by Schneider in 2000 showed one-half of compulsive pornography users’ spouses reported that their partner who used online sexual entertainment compulsively had lost interest in relational sex. Furthermore, for some men whose women did not approve of them watching pornography, it made them redraw from the relationship. For men, for whom there is a higher pornography usage; they showed aggressive sexual behavior for the most part when watching violent pornography. This may also correlate with the fact that for pornography to be an attractive activity, it requires a certain threshold of sexual desire which is mostly held by men. This becomes dangerous among teenage boys who watch this as a form of education to learn about sex; alternating their view of women and marriage. Along with consistent exposure to pornography may influence an individual’s satisfaction with their partner’s affection, physical appearance, sexual curiosity, and sexual performance. Most research focus on the effect of pornography among men. Whilst some research show a smaller percentage of women admit watching pornography with their partners to helped express their sexual desire. Little evidence support the benefits of pornography usage, while many more studies appear to testify its negative short and long-term consequences. This is truly concerning since most of today’s society spends most of their time online where pornography is easily accessible.

F. O. Poulsen, D. M. Busby and A. M. Galovan. Pornography Use: Who uses it and How it is associated with Couple Outcomes. Journal of Sex research, 50(1), 72-83, 2013.

Gert Martin Hald and Neil M. Malamuth. Self-Perseived Effects of Pornography Consumption. Arch Sex Behav (2008) 37: 614-625.

Schneider, J. P. (2000). Effects of cybersex addiction on the family; Results of a survey. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 7, 31-58.

Mercy bears richer fruits

Nohemie Mawaka Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Permalink 0

By: Nohemie Mawaka

I love food, more importantly I love eating and drinking healthy foods. Why? You gain more energy, muscle strengthens, stronger immune system; the list goes on and on. Usually after each meal, I grab myself a fruit. When bored at home, when studying and loosing focus or after exercising; I usually make myself a delicious smoothie. Truth be told, I do not follow some sort of recipe when making drinks. I grab whatever is available and knowing my taste buds, I always enjoy whatever I make. Thus, I made: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas and almonds smoothie. These are fruits that I always buy at the market whenever doing my groceries; they also can be used for baking (banana bread) or salad (berries are delicious with Spanish and goat cheese), snacks (roasted almond at 400 degrees topped with Paprika, so good!).

IMG_6715Here are the health benefits are the following food items used:

Strawberries: Strong antioxidants (substances which slows down cell damage), strong source of vitamin C (good for skin, cell connector, iron absorber), lowers obesity and weight loss increase.

Blueberries: High in vitamin C, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease, its blue pigmentation fights off cancer causing radicals, removes bacterias in urinary tracts.

Raspberries: Increases enzyme activities in the body, which leads to foods being broken down quicker and digested faster. This causes lower rates of obesity, less likelihood of fat liver. U.S department of agriculture and science shows that organic raspberries carry more antioxidants than those manufactured with pesticides.

Banana: As the most widely used fruit in the world, bananas are free of fat, contains a lot of Potassium yet is very low in cholesterol and sodium, altogether lowers blood pressure. Lowers Asthma risk by approximately 34% in children, lower rates of childhood leukemia, high fiber intake leads to less rates of colorectal cancer, lower rates of type-1 diabetes. Good treatment for diarrhea effect.

Almonds: It’s a source of fat, YES FAT! Unsaturated fat (the good kind). Lowers LDL-cholesterol (the bad kind), lowers heart risk, great source of vitamin E ( important for immune system and metabolic process). The more the almonds, the lower the blood sugar levels. Surprisingly eating almonds makes you feel fuller, thus more energy for the day while remaining healthy.

All sources are found in the British Journal of Nutrition, 2011-2014.