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BackTalk: Can Happiness Ever Be a Warm Gun?

BackTalk: Can Happiness Ever Be a Warm Gun?

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The topic of today’s integrative lesson is … guns. Wait a minute—this is a medical journal, not some checkout line rag. Why in the world are we going to discuss firearms? Well, there are several reasons. First, the topic and its associated tragedies are finally on the media table. Second, if we are to claim to be an indispensable part of health care, we have to address the vital issues of the day (I’ve been pushing for years to debate issues such as abortion, end-of-life choices, and our own professional hypocrisies, but all we seem to care about is whether chocolate is a health food). And third, my own involvement and education in the realm of weaponry is a direct result of naturopathic medicine.
That’s right—naturopathic medicine. A little background here—I am a child of the hippie sixties, a lifelong liberal who has spent 35 years in emergency medicine, with the first 6 as a paramedic on the streets of South Florida. I’ve spent the last 20 years working in our prison system as well, and have pretty much been antigun given the slaughter and social devastation I’ve witnessed. But about 3 years ago, when I was teaching a course at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, a faculty member and her fiancée, both prior police people, invited me to the Scottsdale Gun Club for a little target practice. Given that I had personally wiped out countless sandlot Nazi storm troopers back in my childhood days, I thought this would be fun.
The topic of today’s integrative lesson is … guns. Wait a minute—this is a medical journal, not some checkout line rag. Why in the world are we going to discuss firearms? Well, there are several reasons. First, the topic and its associated tragedies are finally on the media table. Second, if we are to claim to be an indispensable part of health care, we have to address the vital issues of the day (I’ve been pushing for years to debate issues such as abortion, end-of-life choices, and our own professional hypocrisies, but all we seem to care about is whether chocolate is a health food). And third, my own involvement and education in the realm of weaponry is a direct result of naturopathic medicine.
That’s right—naturopathic medicine. A little background here—I am a child of the hippie sixties, a lifelong liberal who has spent 35 years in emergency medicine, with the first 6 as a paramedic on the streets of South Florida. I’ve spent the last 20 years working in our prison system as well, and have pretty much been antigun given the slaughter and social devastation I’ve witnessed. But about 3 years ago, when I was teaching a course at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, a faculty member and her fiancée, both prior police people, invited me to the Scottsdale Gun Club for a little target practice. Given that I had personally wiped out countless sandlot Nazi storm troopers back in my childhood days, I thought this would be fun.

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Published by: InnoVision Health Media on Mar 21, 2013
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