Effective Methods And Policies That Regulate The Flow Of Products That Negatively Affect The Wellbeing Of People

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establish effective methods and policies that regulate the flow of products that negatively affect the wellbeing of people. Woodward and colleagues (2001) suggest that WHO should help policymakers by monitoring and obtaining knowledge about the flow of harmful goods across borders, such as illicit drugs and small arms as well as human trafficking. Some argue that globalization has caused several health issues from all around the world. In other words, the exchange of tobacco products, alcohol, and the emergence of fast food chains have resulted in higher levels of cardiovascular disease, cancers, etc., and foreign countries should regulate the advertisement of said products similar to Western societies (Pang, 2004). Both ideas seem to be in the right step towards improving global health, but monitoring consumer goods and regulating advertising of harmful products takes a lot of time and resources to pull off. (I may add more to this discussion)
Another concern to global health is the fact that not all illnesses are recognized and treated within a biomedical paradigm. Specifically, somatic syndromes are ambiguous disorders that are not classified within a Western medical institution, and are hard to treat when using only a biomedical diagnostics. Since globalization and mass migration is rapidly impacting the world, it would seem crucial to understand how health and disease is studied within a global context. However, medical anthropologists tend to take either a biocultural…
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