The Toxicity of Radical Otherism

Dennis Perman_Message of the Week

Dear Doctor:

I don’t know about you, but I was strung out for some baseball – as a fan for over 60 years, I couldn’t wait to see my team in pinstripes out there at Yankee Stadium.

Yet, memories of all the injuries over the last couple of years haunted me – can we keep our team healthy enough to compete at the highest levels? I longed for an opportunity to have someone with a more natural, chiropractic-flavored perspective provide some input to the training.

Well, the new strength and conditioning coach, Eric Cressey, decreased the concentration on weight-lifting, and initiated a program of yoga to increase flexibility, balance and coordination. Huge, ultra-muscular players like Aaron Judge, Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton have integrated yoga into their routines, to stabilize their structure and use stretching to avoid injury and enhance movement.

My lovely wife Regina is a certified yoga instructor, so I have seen the benefits up close and personal – it’s a five thousand-year-old answer to a modern question, relieving stress and creating wellness. It is as benign as it is beneficial, and millions depend on it as a daily health practice.

So wasn’t I shocked to see that the state of Alabama upheld a 1993 ban on teaching or practicing yoga in schools, for fear that it would cause the students to become Hindus – Alabama kids cannot be exposed to the principles of yoga because the authorities are afraid they will be spiritually hijacked and dial into something unlike their preferred norm.

I usually steer clear of political and religious commentary – I mean, why would I want to irritate half of my readers? And as an independent moderate, the lefties already think I’m too far right, and the righties think I’m too far left – oh well, while I can’t please everybody, I am surely not an extremist.

But I think that this kind of radical otherism is toxic to growth and progress in our culture – if we object to something as gentle as yoga, how will we handle issues of greater controversy?

It’s time that we looked at each other as valid, contributing friends and neighbors, not adversaries. We all want the same things – happiness, security, peace, success, and love, among other key values we share. There are myriad itineraries to arrive at those outcomes – let’s consider some new thought. Nowhere is this illustrated better than in the mad dash for jabs – those who choose not to participate in the hasty, marginally scientific immunization process risk being excluded from travel, public gatherings, and other social events, though the powers that be can’t prove that you are any less likely to get sick or spread sickness, only that you’re less likely to be hospitalized and die.

But only 1.8% of those who test positive die, which means that getting no vaccine at all is 98.2% effective at preventing death – hooray for our immune systems! So, should we spend billions and ostracize those who do not conform? A recent CDC study shows 78% of those hospitalized or dead are (or were) obese – instead of dosing everyone with “emergency authorization” gene therapy, how about a campaign on fitness and weight reduction that doesn’t care if there are variants? Few healthy people succumb to this virus. Actually, yoga seems more sensible and scientific than vaccination.

So, we need to be careful about the malignant trend of separating ourselves into the good team and the evil team – in my book, we all have a right to our point of view, and developing mutual respect and tolerance of each other is a sign of maturation and philosophical evolution. Let’s try it on for size, lose the hate and see what we can accomplish when we all pull together.

Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global

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