This paper is intended to explain a short history of Mexican Americans living in the United States of America, traditional health care that some have chosen, and also a multitude of holistic medical treatments that some Mexican Americans believe in and use. This paper will include research conducted online (internet) and off-line (non internet) and personal interactions (self).
Mexican Americans / Health Care
As of the 2009 U.S. Census, Mexican Americans represent approximately 10.3 percent, 31.7 million, of the US population. By the year 2040, the Census Bureau projects that there will be 87.5 million Mexican Americans making up 22.3 percent of the nation’s total population. A majority of Mexican Americans relied most frequently on traditional medical beliefs and practices to resolve health problems up through the first decade of the twentieth century. In some situations, a physical ailment might easily be alleviated or eliminated by herbs or other natural medicines or remedies. Throughout history Mexican Americans have chosen traditional health care and also a variety of holistic treatments. The United States is home to the second largest Mexican community in the world second only to Mexico itself comprising nearly 22% of the entire Mexican origin population of the world. In addition, as of 2008 there were approximately 7,000,000 undocumented Mexicans living in the United States which if included in the count would increase the US share to over 28% of the world's Mexican origin population (some of the undocumented would be captured in the US Census count depending on their willingness to provide information). Most Mexican Americans live in the five southwestern states of California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Oklahoma, but there are large populations in cities throughout the country. In New Mexico one third of the population is Hispanic, in both Texas and California over one quarter, and Los Angeles has the world’s third largest...
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