There are many different cultures throughout the world. They each have their own distinct customs and beliefs relating to marriage, rites of passage, conflict resolutions, education etc... The most interesting aspect of each culture is how they incorporate their religious beliefs into the healthcare they receive. Some cultures are not affected by their religious beliefs when dealing with healthcare. They are not regulated in the terms of medical procedures and practices they can obtain from healthcare professionals. However, this is not true for every culture in this world. The Amish and Mennonite culture is depicted upon separating themselves from this world and living a plain life. These two cultures are heavily rooted in their religious beliefs and have tendencies not to stray away from those beliefs regardless of the possible benefits of modern technology. Amish and Mennonite culture may share some similarities, but they have some differences also. A culture’s religious beliefs will be the main determining factor in the healthcare they choose.
In the 1700s, the Amish settled mainly in the Midwest after fleeing persecution in Germany (Rearick, 2003). They are branched off of Christianity and came shortly after the Protestant Reformation (Weyer, Hustey, Rathbun, Armstrong, Reed, Ronyak, & Savrin, 2003).
The Amish are very dedicated to their faith and believe they should live their life like their savior. They do not believe in modern conveniences such as automobiles, electricity, and any other modern technology. “The Amish are also known as the “plain people” because they tend to separate themselves from the modern world” (Rearick, 2003).
The characteristics of the Amish has made healthcare professionals take in consideration their beliefs when administrating care. It was possible to get a firsthand account of the healthcare given to the Amish people through Mary Spath, Dr. Amy Shapiro, and Dr. David Coil (Rearick, 2003). Mary Spath and Dr. David Coil both have a significant percentage of their patients that are Amish. In their accounts, they noted that the Amish use their services only after seeing the local Amish herbalist and Chiropractor. They also must gain the trust of the Amish people especially the men. Amish families will seek out the blessing from their bishop before any major procedures are done. If they do not trust the healthcare professional then they would not be open to using the modern health system. In regards to the overall health of the Amish, Dr. Coil and Mary Spath stated that “because of their manual labor, consumption of fresh foods and their rare consumption of tobacco and alcohol” ( Rearick, 2003) they are at a lower risk for diseases.
The Amish people believe that illness is caused by sin. They also believe that a person has good health because of a good appetite, look well, and can perform adequate physical labor. In few instances, modern healthcare is needed for the Amish. When they cannot cure a person’s...