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Open Access Journal of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

OpinionOpen Access

Back to the Future: The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Protocol Persists as an Agent of Social Justice and Community Healing by the People and for the People Volume 2 - Issue 4

Claudia Voyles1*, Kenneth Carter2 and Laura Cooley3

  • 1Professor, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, USA
  • 2NADA President, MD, MPH, Dipl. NCCAOM, USA
  • 3LAc, USA

Received: June 20, 2020;   Published: June 23, 2020

*Corresponding author: Claudia Voyles, DAOM, LAc, Professor, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 4701 West Gate Blvd Austin, TX 78745, USA

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NADA arose from a community response to inequities. NADA calls on the acupuncture community to support such community-based responses now. In the early 1970s, young activists in New York City agitated for change. Collectives comprised of many civic-minded activist organizations led by the Puerto Rican Young Lords Party called out systematic racism and oppression including the effects of social injustice upon the health of the people of color in the South Bronx. The actions of the Young Lords Party, the Black Panther Party, White Lightning, and others addressed many health-related concerns: trash collection, lead and tuberculosis screening, food insecurity, incarceration conditions and addiction. The movement was political and focused on social justice.