This week we focused talking on how people and our surroundings have an influence on our health. Whether they be a fake doctor on a television commercial or a real doctor telling you information in person, we believe them no matter what. Why? Because we see with our eyes that they are wearing a lab coat or because they have a stethoscope around their neck. Like we talked about in class, “whoever controls the media, controls us.” This really spoke to me at a personal level.
I’m not sure why, but when a commercial comes on the TV for a drug, I begin to listen and think of my health. I’m not sure why I do this, but I immediately pay attention to see if I needed to ask my doctor about this prescription. Even if it’s for a senior citizen, I still see myself falling in their trap and questioning my health. How did we get to this place in society where a single commercial will tell us if we’re sick. They elaborate on a specific topic for no more than two minutes but almost immediately have us hooked and have us question our daily habits.
I feel like this can also be related to agency & global health. When we look at what agency means and how it influences us, it terms to looking at an individual level. We see these commercials on TV and on billboards and immediately think, ‘Do I need that drug? Should I talk to my doctor about that?’ It also brings up the idea of how we can better ourselves and improve our health on an individual level. Maybe instead of watching those commercials on television, we should be out running or walking to get exercise and making ourselves healthier individually. Maybe we need to try to not let television tell us how to live our lives but instead create our own plan to be healthy.