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Non Discrimination Policy

Humanizing Medicine does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, the appointment to and termination from its Board of Directors, hiring and firing of staff or contractors, selection of volunteers, selection of vendors, and providing of services.

Humanizing Medicine is an equal opportunity employer. We shall not discriminate and will not discriminate in employment, recruitment, Board membership, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, or for any other discriminatory reason.

Anthroposophic Medicine is based on the world view of Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is a worldview, not a religion. However, it is a spiritual worldview and due its origin in 19th century Europe, some terminology is from Christian nomenclature. Anthroposophy recognizes the universality of the spirit throughout humanity and does not discriminate according to religion or belief.

Company Position on Rudolf Steiner and Allegations of Racism

Anthroposophic Medicine is rooted in Anthroposophy, especially in what Anthroposophy has to teach us about human development and health. The founder of Anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), dealt with questions of individuality, diversity, and race in his talks and writings in the early 20th century.

Throughout his life, Steiner spoke about the growing social and spiritual importance of diversity in communities of the future, principles of common humanity. There is no aspect of anthroposophy that Humanizing Medicine embraces as a dogma- except Steiner’s request not take any view of Anthroposophy as a dogma but rather to put it to the test. Does an idea allow us to see new relationships that ring with truth and beauty? What helps us make the world into a better place?

Having arisen in Europe prior to the rise and fall of the dark genocidal years of National Socialism, it is legitimate to ask how Anthroposophy relates to these years and to racism in general. In 1917, Steiner stated in a lecture, “Nothing is more designed to take humanity into its decline than the propagation of ideals of race, nationhood and blood.” In 1935, after the Nazi regime took power, the German Anthroposophic Society was banned and individual members were registered and monitored. Anthroposophists were human and not all made heroic choices during Nazi times but there was the tendency not to cooperate with the regime. The Anthroposophic endeavors faced extreme difficulties in continuing. By 1941 the last Waldorf school in Germany was closed by the Nazis.  The curative villages did work to prevent forced sterilization and euthanasia- often discharging the vulnerable children on paper and hiding them during inspections, sometimes managing to evacuate especially Jewish children at highest risk to villages in the UK.  In 2023 we lost a treasure of an Anthroposophic doctor, Traute Lafrenz Page, at 103 years old. She was a member of the Weisse Rose (White Rose), a group of mostly medical students in their 20’s who performed acts of passive resistance to the Nazis. Many, including her, were caught by the gestapo distributing anti-regime flyers in their university. She was saved from being beheaded like her friends due to the liberation. She credits her connection to the worldview of Anthroposophy that she was able to see the evils of the third reich.

We recognize that there are some vocal authors with blanket polemic accusations of racism toward Anthroposophy. In the 1990’s, a commission around the human rights expert Ted van Baarda was hired as a neutral third party by the Dutch Anthroposophic Society to look at the entirety of Rudolf Steiner’s ~89,000 pages of books, lectures, and other correspondence. They identified individual passages in Rudolf Steiner’s work that are considered racist today, but did not find any evidence of racist disparagement of others or of systemic racism. They found that “proportionally and in terms of content, the attention Rudolf Steiner devoted to the subject of race in his extensive work is so small that the existence of a racial doctrine cannot be considered, even if for this reason alone.” (Contrasted with Kant, Hegel, or Albert Schweitzer)

We acknowledge that there are 16 identified statements made by Steiner 100 years ago that are discriminatory and not explainable in context- these are categorically incorrect and offensive. There are around 60 statements by Steiner that could be taken out of context to be discriminatory. We do not support taking anyone out of context. Discrimination can be defined as viewing a person, not as a human being of equal worth but judging them in the context of some other quality such as gender, age, or skin color, etc.

Anthroposophic Medicine and Anthroposophy embody principles of respect for human dignity, the power of the individual spirit to overcome all outer circumstances, and the goal for all humanity to progress to freedom and universal fellowship. Any statements made by Rudolf Steiner that are in contradiction to these principles are not the basis for Anthroposophic Medicine or Anthroposophy and we unequivocally reject such statements.

We explicitly reject any theory or statement that characterizes or judges individual human beings as superior or inferior based on racial, gender, ethnic, or other group identity. We honor what diversity brings to the richness of human perspective. In addition, no patient is required to believe in any Anthroposophic viewpoint in order to benefit from Anthroposophic medicine.