Culturaland religious beliefs vary substantially from one community toanother. However, faiths and cultures also have some similarities.Individual religious beliefs make people from different faiths unableto interact while the similarities encourage religious tolerance. Thepurpose of this paper is comparing and contrasting the religious andcultural differences of diverse societies.
TheWestern culture, especially Caucasians, embrace rely heavily onwestern medication that involves both surgical procedures andpharmaceutical products. The patients emphasize on protectivemedication. They ensure to conduct extensive research that enablesthem to understand their problems efficiently, as well as takeappropriate medication steps. In the recent past, home cures andtraditional medication have become famous for the old and rural folkswhen treating minor illnesses. Treatment aims at achieving long-termhealthcare. The African Americans of Western culture are similar tothe Caucasians in that they embrace the Western medicationprocedures. Nonetheless, they differ significantly from theCaucasians because they are present-oriented. This implies that theycould be late for medical appointments. Besides, they focus onacquiring short-term diseases treatments, unlike their colleaguesthat focus on acquiring long-term treatment. The Caribbean, Blacks orAfricans embrace Western medication, but they are also predisposedtowards spiritualism integrated with home remedies. The Asian culturedoes believe in Western medicine. Nonetheless, holistic medicineinfluences them substantially. On the other hand, Native Americansrarely speak of illnesses because they believe in holistic andspiritual cure of illnesses (Tamparo & Lindh, 2008).
Humansfrom diverse cultural backgrounds with strong beliefs inspiritualistic charms and folk remedies administered by varioushealers have a small chance of looking for regular medication.Individual faiths affect medical procedures administration in variousways. For example, Judaism restricts its believers from working onSabbath day, including seeking medical assistance. Besides, Judaismbelievers are supposed to eat kosher foods or dairy products whenthey are hospitalized. Vegetarian food is also acceptable. Similarly,Hinduism emphasizes on vegetarian diets hence, doctors prescribingspecial diets to Hindu patients should ensure to provide diets thatare compliant with vegetarian diets. However, Hinduism faithinfluences medical practitioners in that they only accept medicalpractices that cannot destroy patients’ life. In addition, Hindusmay decline painkillers or other drugs that might make themunconscious of their physical body. Professionals of both sexes cantreat both men and women, but women cannot treat priests. A priestwho touches a woman, or otherwise a woman touches a priest, he isconsidered as defiled. On the contrary, male Islam believers objectreceiving treatment from female practitioners. Similarly, Islamicwomen also prefer a woman to handle their treatment. Men are theprimary caregivers, decision makers and often receive a patient’smedical information prior to female patients getting the report(Tamparo & Lindh, 2008).
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