Hypertension & political oppression

The Kashmir Doctors’ Association (KDA) reports that under revised guidelines established by the American Heart Association & American College of Cardiology more than 3.5 million of the almost 7 million residents of occupied Kashmir suffer from high blood pressure, also called hypertension. The affects of hypertension on the human body include heart disease, aneurysms, stroke, dementia, kidney failure.

You can’t just jump to conclusions or make facile comparisons about the pathology of hypertension but it is noteworthy that under the old, unrevised guidelines, 40-percent of American Black men & women had hypertension, one of the highest rates in the world. They not only sustain higher rates of hypertension but it develops earlier in life & is more severe. It’s no surprise that researchers started looking for the cause of hypertension among Blacks in their genes. Influenced by the antisocial idiocies of evolutionary psychology (more aptly called evo-psycho) which now dominate the social sciences, researchers are also looking for the biological roots of racism, misogyny, inequality & supremacy in the genes. If they were going to be scientific about the pathology of hypertension, it would be more useful to compare hypertension rates around the world by class & caste, by gender, by measure of oppression including war, occupation, persecution, genocide.

War, occupation, persecution, genocide are not good for human health. That should be as obvious to researchers with an ounce of scientific integrity as it is to the oppressed.