Beyond the Brain

Beyond the Brain, Tanya Marie Luhrmann's look into the new understanding of schizophrenia, reinforces how much the medical must consider the social. From her article:

In his Second Discourse (1754), Jean Jacques Rousseau describes human beings as made up out of each other through their interactions, their shared language, their intense responsiveness. “The social man, always outside of himself, knows only how to live in the opinions of others; and it is, so to speak, from their judgment alone that he draws the sentiment of his own existence.” We are deeply social creatures. Our bodies constrain us, but our social interactions make us who we are. The new more socially complex approach to human suffering simply takes that fact seriously again.


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According to Andrew Newberg and Robert Waldman in Why We Believe What We Believe, we form our beliefs using four methods. First, we use evidence. We have first hand experience of something.

Second, we use logic. If this, then that.

Third, we use emotion. A strong emotional reaction creates an association.

Finally, we use society. Social expectation and/or belief, influences our beliefs.

What beliefs are you holding onto? Can you see how they might have been created?

Healthy Lead Generation

Speaking of the environment, I found Health Leads to be an interesting organization. The founder, Rebecca Onie, is putting college kids to work helping hospital clinic visitors find the assistance most medical facilities are ill-equipped to provide. Things like food assistance and housing help. A number of the people Health Leads help are made sick by their environments - such as low income housing with lead paint. As our economy becomes more divided between the haves and the have-nots, these social issues are only going to grow and as a result, greatly affect the cost of healthcare in the U.S.