This blog engages with the politics and ethics of health, healing, and nature. We believe in collective care that is healing, affordable, and accessible to all. If you would like to learn more about social justice or plant medicine, then these articles are a great place to start.
Somewhere around December's new moon I began noticing a sensation in my tongue and my ears whenever I took notice of the beloved Linden in the front yard. The Linden had revealed its human-esque face in its bark to me only a few weeks prior but I wasn't expecting our communication to go any deeper. What could be more intimate than revealing a hidden face?
I grew up in a largely white, middle-class, suburban community on Long Island, so training at SUNY Downstate was a welcomed experience of checking my own privilege, power, and biases. I directly experienced how neither wealth nor health are random. Race and gender matter, as does the imperialist and capitalist history of medicine in the US.
President-elect Trump has promised to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or ACA for short. The legislation expanded insurance coverage to millions of Americans, and perhaps more significantly, symbolizes our right as Americans citizens to access to affordable healthcare. Obama is pleading with physicians to stand up.