‘Treating Systemic Racism from a Holistic Medical Perspective’ By David Foster

If we can agree that racism is systemic, there is no reason we shouldn’t be able to apply the principles of medicine towards treating it. Western medicine has its place. It has achieved things with technology and emergency care that Eastern medicine could never come close to. However, we have a saying in the acupuncture world: That attempting to resolve chronic illness with conventional medicine is like going to an acupuncturist with a gun shot wound. In Traditional Chinese Medicine we do not chase symptoms, nor rob Peter to pay Paul in the form of side effects for short-term victories. My opinion is a similar logic can be applied socially, that defunding the police might be as mindless as not reprimanding them for abuse of power. Instead, we must address the root cause of the issue.

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