Food Justice: Why Our Bodies And Our Society Are Inflamed

Episode 187 1h 40m


A large part of my work in Functional Medicine is addressing inflammation. I talk a lot about how the food we eat, and our current food system as a whole, promotes inflammation and leads to chronic disease.

But it’s not just our bodies that are inflamed, it’s also our societies and our planet. Covid has only made racial disparities even more apparent, while the disasters that result from climate change continue to climb in frequency and severity as well. It’s all connected.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to host Dr. Rupa Marya and Raj Patel on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, to dig into decolonizing the food system to address the inflammatory state of our world and our bodies.

From preserving Traditional Ecological Knowledge to promoting food sovereignty and fighting social injustice, this conversation spans a broad range of topics that you might not have realized are deeply connected. Our current food system is rooted in an archaic model. Dr. Marya and Raj explain what the colonization of our food system means and the true cost we end up paying socially, ecologically, economically, psychologically, and physically.

Whether it is glyphosate, payday loans, the historical trauma of having your land stolen, or a slew of other offenders, these toxicities provoke inflammatory responses that are being passed through generations, especially in marginalized communities. We talk about addressing structural violence and using the concept of Deep Medicine to elicit healing throughout the entire web of life.

To decolonize is to reconnect—to not care “about” but to care “with.” I hope you’ll tune in to learn more.


This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market, AG1, and Pique. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The root causes of the rise of inflammatory disease around the world


  • How external stress creates disease and illness within our body


  • Monopolies and corporate dominance in the food industry


  • The anatomy of injustice


  • How has our food system been colonized, and what does a colonized food system look like?


  • Why singing is medicine


  • The populations with the most biodiverse gut microbiomes


  • The link between chronic disease and our political and economic structures


  • Going beyond food security to food sovereignty and nutritional security


  • Our food system and climate change


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Ep. 187 - Food Justice: Why Our Bodies And Our Society Are Inflamed