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 discrimated 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. PTGS1 plays a role in creating more prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that the body produces “in response to injury or infection and are major drivers of inflammation,” the authors explained. “Similarly, IL-1B is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that has been implicated in pain, inflammation, and autoimmune conditions.”
Meanwhile, the microbiome analyses revealed that levels of a bacterium called P. copri were highest in Black and Hispanic/Latinx individuals who had faced high levels of discrimination. “P. copri is considered highly inflammatory and has been found in rheumatoid arthritis and hepatic fibrosis,” the researched noted.
The authors concluded that their findings “suggest that discrimination may lead to a chronic state of inflammation, especially in Black individuals and Hispanics” and that this data, though preliminary, provides “a framework for understanding how unfair treatment is perceived and processed in the brain, and how these are in turn related to inflammation, gut microbiome, and psychological symptoms.”
So the study concludes that black and Hispanic people who face discrimination have high levels of a particular bacteria, but not white people who are discriminated against.
A scientifically rigorous approach would then be to determine the biological and medical causes of this rather than assuming that discrimination magically affects politically correct minorities more.
But the whole study was set up to produce this particular result which contends that somehow shouting racial slurs at a black person produces different gut bacteria than in a white person.
The witchcraft tests were more rigorous than this.
There are levels and levels of correlation here, but the researchers know what they’re after and what will get them attention and funding. That’s been the case for a while which is why we’ve been swimming in worthless studies that wasted a lot of time and money. Now we’ve got racism studies that further divide our society.