Essay on The Global Organization Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis

1239 Words Dec 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Globally, chronic disease has become endemic, finding its way into new bodies daily. As the biomedical field lags in finding cures for many of these diseases, behavioural and lifestyle approaches to health become increasingly common. The principle that a proper diet, exercise, and mindfulness are key to survivorship for the incurably ill has become pervasive within healthcare discourses. This essay examines the global organization Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis, and their adoption of a behavioural approach of understanding disease as an organizational framework. I argue that this places the burden of mitigating disease exclusively on the individual, resulting in the “responsibilization” of health. This ignores the structural forces that make “taking responsibility” for ones’ health difficult. Subsequently, a narrative of exclusion and shame arises when one is unable to conform to nor adopt these new behavioural changes.
Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) is a global organization founded in 2000 in Australia, with chapters throughout Europe and North America. OMS is a non-profit organization, priding itself on financial exclusivity from the pharmaceutical industry (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: About MS). They aim to educate people with MS on ways to “overcome their disease” through the “preventative medicine” approach, as well as to empower people to “take control” of their disease and enable recovery (Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: Our Mission). OMS is a web-based…

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