Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Illness as Degradation

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Illness as Degradation

Article excerpt

It is embarrassing to be ill, although the largest part of the population is involved with doctors, hospitals, and self-medication. (Consider the tremendous amount of nonprescription drugs devoured by the public.)

Many people feel shameful about being ill. Diseases and debilitation are considered weaknesses, deficiencies, or a lapse of fortitude. Females feel less feminine, males less masculine.

A visit to a physician can be demeaning. Too often a 3 o'clock appointment becomes 4 o'clock after an interminable wait while trying to evade the glances of other morose, depressed fellow-backsliders in the game of "keeping fit."

If you need to enter a hospital, the dehumanizing process is also heightened with endless waiting. With wristbands becoming handcuffs and with the abandonment of all dignity as bedpans, mini-gowns, a communal bedroom and abrupt awakenings during the night become a formula for seeking redemption for past sins.

Doctors and nurses would do well to recognize the humiliating factors that involve entry into this esoteric world. …

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