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American policy 'unhealthy'

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

Terrorism has brought about an unhealthy climate of fear, so just remember the wise words of Yoda, “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to the dark side.”

Allan Connolly, a Vancouver physician and president of Physicians for Global Survival, spoke last evening about the health effects of the climate of fear created by state terrorism and took aim at American foreign policy for the unhealthy situation.

He pointed out instances, such as the American-led war in Iraq, that have created a general feeling of anxiety due to the loss of a sense of control of reality.

According to Connolly, anxious people generally begin to experience chronic depression, a process he says that he has seen in his experience working with mental hospital patients. “I think normal is now depression.”

The environment we interact in also plays a major role, Connolly said, adding our sense of control is related to our interaction with the environment.

“As all physicians know, there is never just one cause to a disease,” he stated, noting in order to cure the fear we must address what is debunking everyone’s sense of control and alleviate the misinformation that is a root of the problem.

Connolly noted that although we have been responding to our fear-induced depression the wrong way, there are methods that could potentially help. “We will change our practices when we see the errors of our ways.”

“You have to step back and look at the consequences because if actions are taken without considering the specific context, then we’re doomed to making the same kind of mistakes,” said fourth-year science student B.J. Vicks.

“It was eye-opening; I haven’t really thought about any of these issues,” noted first-year medical student Agnes Toth.



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