When the Body Says No, Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Mate is a medical doctor that practiced as a family physician for 20 years. This also included seven years as medical coordinator for the palliative care unit at Vancouver Hospital, treating the terminally ill. He is the author of four books, including When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.

In this video he discusses how modern (western) medicine incorrectly separates the mind from the body and also incorrectly separates the individual from their environment. He points out that, “Who gets sick and who doesn’t get sick is not an accident.” Many individual case studies and clinical study results are provided to show that this information cannot be considered controversial.

There are quite a few interesting points mentioned along the way. Such as the common practice of treating over-stressed patients with additional stress hormones, such as cortisol. Physiological/mental connections within the body are also discussed.

Overall, he makes clear that, “Our immune systems are not isolated from our psychological, emotional, social relationships.” By being aware of the source of disease, the opportunity to heal is presented. “You are more important than your attachments. that wasn’t true when you were a kid, but it’s true as an adult.”


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