Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD (Stanford Postdoctoral Fellow)

Founder, medical director and principal investigator of the Hunters Point Community Biomonitoring Program, Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai’s leadership in the environmental health and justice movement began on the morning of February 19, 1992 after signing the death certificate of her father — George Donald Porter — a career longshore walking boss and shipping clerk who died prematurely from pulmonary asbestosis.


We shall not cease from exploration…And the end of all our exploring…will be to arrive where we started…and know the place for the first time. TS Eliot


Legal Legacy of Harm to the Hunters Point Community

“On behalf of named plaintiffs and thousands of other victims to be named including residents, deceased family members and unborn children,” renown civil rights attorneys Bonner & Bonner filed a $27 billion lawsuit — on May 1, 2018 — for damages arising from “generational threats of cancer and other incurable illnesses attributed to the documented fraud perpetrated by US Navy contractor Tetra Tech in assuring Hunters Point residents and the City of San Francisco that the radiation contaminated land at the Hunters Point shipyard had been cleaned.”

In that historic filing…


Marie Harrison warned for years that the Hunters Point shipyard where she once worked on San Francisco’s southeastern edge was a slow-motion public health disaster.

Parts of the former Navy shipyard were contaminated during the Cold War by fallout from ships brought there after atomic-bomb tests. It’s a toxic legacy that left residents like Harrison, the mother of Bayview-Hunters Point’s environmental justice movement, to wonder if it might be connected to neighbors’ nosebleeds, breathing problems and tumors.

The Navy and public health officials long denied any links, and Harrison’s challenges ended abruptly two years ago, when she died of lung…


by Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai

Let’s talk about race — although there is mounting evidence it does not exist. That’s why race is so uncomfortable to talk about! Race is an imaginary construct that has been delegitimized by modern science yet continues to fuel wanton fear, violence and disharmony among members of the human family. Critical Race Theory recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past, according to the American Bar Association.

You may not be familiar with Critical Race Theory or CRT. You may think it is an esoteric concept being hotly debated in academic lecture…


Critical Race Theory and the Human Genome

Let’s talk about race…although there is mounting evidence it does not exist. That’s why race is so uncomfortable to talk about! Race is an imaginary construct that has been delegitimized by modern science yet continues to fuel wanton fear, violence and disharmony among members of the human family. Critical Race Theory recognizes racism is not a bygone relic of the past according to the American Bar Association.

You may not be familiar with Critical Race Theory or CRT. You may think it is an esoteric concept being hotly debated in academic lecture halls or a nebulous ideal that triggers fierce…


As a health, fitness and nutrition expert I fully agree these factors are proven to be linked to longevity in the worlds blue zones. I would expect the Ikarians to have conquered the earth by now.


Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Health & Justice Leaders Meet with High Ranking EPA Officials


To Mask…or Not To Mask…That Is The Question!

San Francisco is a very small city and a very important town! In general a community with more than 2,500 residents is considered a city while a town is defined as a populated area with fixed boundaries and a local government.

San Francisco is most colorfully described as an enormous health and wellness cult with a population of 769,000 immunization eligible residents over the age of 16. A village that embraces a successful community health improvement collaborative called the San Francisco Health Improvement Partnership or SFHIP. …

Ahimsa Porter Sumchai MD, PD (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Golden State MD Health & Wellness UCSF & Stanford trained Author, Researcher, PI HP Biomonitoring. Certified Clinical Nutritionist and PoliticoMD!

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