In een nieuw, speciaal door Maori’s vóór Maori’s geschreven boek over gezondheid wordt de middelvinger opgestoken tegen de moderne westerse gezondheidsindustrie. Het boek werd uitgebracht door de Kotahitanga Community Trust, een speciaal voor Maori’s, mét belastinggeld opgezette liefdadigheidsorganisatie die gezondheidsdiensten aanbiedt aan duizenden van deze originele bewoners van Nieuw Zeeland.
Het boek beschrijft het recht van Maori’s om hun eigen leefwijze te kiezen, ook al levert dit hun schade op:
“Maori enjoy life. Maori like to smoke. Maori like to eat. Maori like to drink. Maori enjoy sex. Maori like to talk. Maori like to gamble and take risks. And Maori like to fight, on and off the sports field”
“If Maori enjoy it, the Crown is against it. If Maori have it and want it, the Crown tries to take it away. We support the choice of the overwhelming majority of our community to smoke. It is one way that Maori can say ‘Stuff you’ to the health Nazis and have a good time.”
The book has been condemned by Maori health experts as dangerous and lacking credibility.
However, Mr Caccioppoli and Dr Cullen say there is no reason why young Maori should not smoke. They advise Maori to lie about their smoking habits to avoid being hassled by “health Nazis”.
The pair say the health system is racist and opposes activities like smoking and eating fatty foods simply because Maori enjoy them.
Instead of expecting Maori to stop smoking or start dieting and exercising, the Ministry of Health should instead provide Maori with pills to prevent illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, they advise.
“The health system sees diabetes as a consequence of Maori being fat and lazy and not having enough willpower to do what they need to do.
“We are critical of the house niggers who preach this Pakeha message to Maori.
“The answer to diabetes is not diet and exercise but medication,” the book says.
The authors declare that cervical screening “contravenes significant cultural norms” and has been imposed on Maori by Pakeha.
Anti-gambling research is “rubbish” and Maori babies do not benefit from routine childhood vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio, they add.
“Anti-gambling research is rubbish. It can be seen as just another example of the health Nazis looking to extend their empire,” the book says.
Een heerlijk, verfrissend geluid… Toch?