Discrimination: A Source Of Stress

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News (from Cornell Chronicle): “Adolescents who grow up in poverty are more likely to report being treated unfairly, and this perception of discrimination is related to harmful changes in physical health, reports a new Cornell study published in the July issue of Psychological Science.

“One of the first studies to explore the role of discrimination as a factor in the well-known link between poverty and poor health, the research suggests that the stresses associated with experiencing social class discrimination have a sizable negative impact. …

“As expected, poverty was associated with higher levels of allostatic load, indicated by increased body mass index, blood pressure and levels of stress hormones. The researchers found that perceived discrimination accounted for 13 percent of these negative effects of poverty on allostatic load. …

“’It is surprising that social class discrimination is so ignored within the public discourse and the research literature,’ said lead author Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Ph.D. ‘There is considerable attention paid to how racial stereotypes play out in daily life and influence how we think about and treat people, but these types of discussions are almost nonexistent in relation to social class stereotypes.’”

My Comment: In an equal society, some diseases disappear due to equilibrium with society, and some due to balance with nature. As a result of harmony with the environment, we will obtain absolute health in the integrally dependent world.

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