Politics as War
The 2016 presidential race was made for the media, fully loving the Trump-Clinton battle and debacle. It was ugly and it’s likely going to get much worse in the coming months and years. Of course, everyone has his or her views and the right to vote is honorable and representative: but it’s a battle for sure.
After listening to many passionate speeches back and and forth, and seeing so many people engaged and involved deeply in this polarized political process, with anger and many “fighting words.” I realize that politics is a form of war.
I am also aware that this approach of warfare exists at many levels of our society and culture in addition to Politics, including Medicine, Farming, Food Manufacturing, and Personal Relationships. These are all areas where our traditional “attack and conquer” approaches have potential negative consequences, and where a more integrative approach has had, and can have, long-term positive benefits.
As a physican I am particluarly aware of this “attack and conquer” mentality in much of conventional Western medicine. Throughout my 40-year career, both in my practice with patients and in my books, I have emphasized the importance of a more integrative approach, which encompasses Natural and Eastern medicines, more awareness of lifestyle, especially nutrition, and considers the health of the environment as crucial to our personal health. Plus, I am always looking to find and correct the underlying causes of problems rather than just treating the end result, or the symptoms.
Over the coming weeks, as we approach Election day, I am going to continue to explore these questions in this blog. I hope you’ll join me in the discussion.