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This week, we look at the social and environmental roots of disease and poor health with physician Rupa Marya and journalist Raj Patel, co-authors of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. The book draws on Dr. Marya’s work treating sick patients, particularly those in marginalized communities, as well as scholarship on a range of global issues—from racism, to economics, to climate change—to reveal the hidden connections between the state of our bodies and the state of the planet. The two spoke to Anna Lappé about how we ought to be re-thinking medicine, and the links between illnesses that reside inside our bodies and the injustices that exist in society at large.
Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, artist and writer who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and executive director of the Deep Medicine Circle, a worker-directed nonprofit committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, learning and restoration.
Raj Patel is an award-winning author, filmmaker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.
Anna Lappé is a Bay Area-based, best-selling author of Grub and Diet for a Hot Planet. Her work has been translated internationally and featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and more. She has also contributed a regular column for Al Jazeera America. In 2001, Lappé and her mother Frances founded the Small Planet Institute to spread an empowering understanding of democracy.