FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE – 400 years ago it might have been witches. Today it’s systemic racism.
Regular discrimination can certainly take a toll on your relationships, job prospects, and mental health, and growing evidence suggests that it also has implications for your physical health.
In fact, a recent study found that individuals who report high rates of discrimination tend to have higher levels of some inflammatory markers in their blood as well as higher levels of specific bacteria in their microbiome.
These differences, in turn, might put them at higher risk for inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, among others.
The efforts to medicalize racism are medically unserious, but politically quite serious.
Along with the false declarations that “racism is a public health crisis”, the endgame here is to seize vast amounts of regulatory power and end freedom of speech.
The gameplan there has been clear ever since the New York Times began running op-eds arguing that freedom of speech is a threat to public health.
Pre-pandemic this sounded like a crazy conspiracy theory to a lot of people. Post-pandemic it seems par for the course.
Anyway, in this particular study, a group in Los Angeles that claimed to have been discriminated against, had medical tests.
“White, black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Asian-American people were included in the study. A significant number from each group landed in the high discrimination category; for white participants, high discrimination was usually due to age or gender discrimination, rather than race.”
“The blood tests, however, revealed some important differences. Black participants in the high discrimination group had the highest levels of PTGS1, an enzyme, and Hispanic participants had the highest levels of IL-1B, an inflammatory protein …