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As a major humanitarian crisis unfolds in Gaza, Naturopathic Doctors must join the urgent appeal for a sustained and permanent cessation of violence, and meaningful humanitarian aid.

We are deeply concerned about cycles of violence causing such vast injuries and loss of life. As healthcare providers who seek to understand and address the root causes of disease - which are overwhelmingly social and ecological, driven by deliberate systems of power and oppression, including systemic racism - we grieve for the health impacts of crumbling of infrastructure; destruction of homes, places of worship, and schools; lack of food, water, medicine, and electricity; environmental devastation; and widespread displacement of millions of people in Palestine. The lack of protection of healthcare workers, healthcare resources, and infrastructure has resulted in the collapse of a healthcare system servicing millions of individuals in Gaza, the majority of whom are the most vulnerable population: children (1,2). The psychological wounds of inflicting, experiencing, and bearing witness to violence and human suffering - both on the ground and from afar - has catastrophic repercussions for the near future and for generations to come (3,4,5). Far from being optimal conditions for health, this is a formula for a public health disaster which will lead to more loss of innocent lives (6).

We are a profession that recognizes the interconnection of all living beings, and understands the underpinnings of and reverberating health impacts of trauma and grief.  The oath we took as naturopathic doctors calls on us to be advocates for health and healing.  We must take action to support sustained conflict resolution in Israel and Palestine, the unconditional release of hostages and return home of all who are unjustly held captive, and protection of fundamental human rights and determinants of good health for all. We must uphold the fundamental naturopathic principle of Primum Non Nocere  by standing in solidarity against antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism and hatred of any form, and Preventare by doing what we can individually and collectively to prevent conflict and promote the health benefits of peace (7).

1.  Bendavid E, Boerma T, Akseer N, et al. The effects of armed conflict on the health of women and children. Lancet. 2021;397(10273):522-532. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00131-8

2.  Shenoda S, Kadir A, Pitterman S, Goldhagen J; SECTION ON INTERNATIONAL CHILD HEALTH. The Effects of Armed Conflict on Children. Pediatrics. 2018;142(6):e20182585. doi:10.1542/peds.2018-2585

3.  Matheson K, Seymour A, Landry J, Ventura K, Arsenault E, Anisman H. Canada's Colonial Genocide of Indigenous Peoples: A Review of the Psychosocial and Neurobiological Processes Linking Trauma and Intergenerational Outcomes. Int J Environ Res Public He

4.  Kaufman J, Khan M, Shepard Payne J, Mancini J, Summers White Y. Transgenerational Inheritance and Systemic Racism in America. Psychiatr Res Clin Pract. 2023;5(2):60-73. Published 2023 Mar 8. doi:10.1176/appi.prcp.20220043

5.  Der Sarkissian A, Sharkey JD. Transgenerational Trauma and Mental Health Needs among Armenian Genocide Descendants. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(19):10554. Published 2021 Oct 8. doi:10.3390/ijerph181910554

6.  Murray CJ, King G, Lopez AD, Tomijima N, Krug EG. Armed conflict as a public health problem. BMJ. 2002;324(7333):346-349. doi:10.1136/bmj.324.7333.346

7.  Binns C, Low WY. Peace, War, and Public Health. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2022;34(5):481-482. doi:10.1177/10105395221109066

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