… you’ll learn to define what’s really “normal” when it comes to your health. You’ll explore how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. And why Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person.
This conversation covers an investigation into the causes of illness, a critique of how our society breeds disease, and offers a pathway to health and healing. One of the surprising things you’ll learn has to do with authenticity.
“The loss of authenticity is one of the major impacts of trauma,” says renowned Canadian speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté. “It’s also a major cause of physical and mental illness.”
Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on topics like addiction, stress, trauma, and childhood development. He spent two decades in family practice and palliative care. He also worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (Canada) with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.
“And what I found out when I was dealing with addictions, chronic physical illness, chronic mental illness, the origins always traced back to childhood trauma,” Dr. Maté says. “And once I realized that, I also realized that my medical education, while it’s brilliant in the technical and biological sense, left out the human, social and psychological and the emotional element. And so, then I began to talk to my patients about this stuff, and they began to teach me about their lives.”