Food Justice: Why Our Bodies And Our Society Are Inflamed

A large part of my work in Functional Medicine is addressing inflammation. I talk a lot about how the food we eat, and our current food system as a whole, promotes inflammation and leads to chronic disease. But it’s not just our bodies that are inflamed, it’s also our societies and our planet. Covid has only made racial disparities even more apparent, while the disasters that result from climate change continue to climb in frequency and severity as well. It’s all connected.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to host Dr. Rupa Marya and Raj Patel on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, to dig into decolonizing the food system to address the inflammatory state of our world and our bodies. From preserving Traditional Ecological Knowledge to promoting food sovereignty and fighting social injustice, this conversation spans a broad range of topics that you might not have realized are deeply connected. Our current food system is rooted in an archaic model.

Dr. Marya and Raj explain what the colonization of our food system means and the true cost we end up paying socially, ecologically, economically, psychologically, and physically. Whether it is glyphosate, payday loans, the historical trauma of having your land stolen, or a slew of other offenders, these toxicities provoke inflammatory responses that are being passed through generations, especially in marginalized communities. We talk about addressing structural violence and using the concept of Deep Medicine to elicit healing throughout the entire web of life. To decolonize is to reconnect—to not care “about” but to care “with.” I hope you’ll tune in to learn more.

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