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“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7


Those were the last words of George Floyd as he lay on pavement with the knee of a police officer upon his neck. For about nine minutes, the police officer held his knee upon Floyd’s neck, three of which is reported that he had no pulse. He died of asphyxiation. This latest video of the killing of an unarmed black man by a police officer went viral. The shock waves sparked protests on the national front, as well as internationally. The outcry has been stranger than any I’ve ever seen. The voices of those who have been silent have found volume.

The country is in chaos.

Coincidentally, we are still in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, is still in full effect, and in fact on the rise. I just lost a childhood friend because of the virus. The pandemic is still alive and well, even as the nation grapples with continued racial disparities and injustices.

I repeat, the country is in chaos.

The parallels between the pandemic and the “I CAN’T BREATHE” protests are bone chilling.

The definition of COVID-19 is explained here from WebMD

“COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that can trigger what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs).”

In many cases, it’s been reported that the virus simply overtakes the lungs. Those who have to be hospitalized are in many cases placed on a ventilator. The struggle becomes the ability to breathe.


Do you think the the collision of these two events are coincidental? I think not.

I just completed a section of study on the respiratory system in my herbal studies. Traditional medicine often separates physical ailments from psychological ailments. Treatment for the two are often done independently. In holistic care, the two are often treated with respect to each other. In some cultural herbal medicine practices, it is thought that grief is carried in the lungs.