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VIDEO: Gabor Maté: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress- Disease Connection

Stress is ubiquitous these days — it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully. Western medicine, in theory and practice, tends to treat mind and body as separate entities. is separation, which has always gone against ancient human wisdom, has now been demonstrated by modern science to be not only artificial, but false. e brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system. Emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind that people are not aware of, undermines immunity, disrupts the body’s physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for disease. ere is strong evidence to suggest that in nearly all chronic conditions, from cancer, ALS, or multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or Alzheimer’s, hidden stress is a major predisposing factor. In an important sense, disease in an individual can be seen as the “end point” of a multigenerational emotional process. If properly understood, these conditions can provide important openings for compassion and self-awareness, which in turn are major tools in recovery and healing.

Dr. Maté’s presentation includes research findings, compelling and poignant anecdotes from his own extensive experience in family practice and palliative care, and illuminating biographies of famous people such as athlete Lance Armstrong, the late comedienne Gilda Radner, or famed baseball legend Lou Gehrig. The presentation is based on When the Body Says No, a bestselling book that has been translated into more than ten languages on five continents.

2 Responses to “Gabor Maté: Mind/Body Unity and the Stress- Disease Connection”

  1. December 09, 2014 at 5:08 am, Darren Gregory said:

    The reality of the link for someone with a stress-induced illness, PTSD, is inescapably clear. Many of us look forward to the day when Functional Medicine approaches, replace the inadequacies that exist today in family practice relative to the diagnosis and treatment of this single issue. Trauma, I believe, is the root cause of social woes we live with in North America. As Dr. Mate asks frequently when confronting the question of addiction. “Don’t ask, why the addiction. Ask, why the pain.” Trauma, clearly rears itself in the life-stories of addiction: traumatic stress, setting the system up in the body for a life-time of struggle. Plugging the piggy-bank. I’d love to take this conference in.

  2. July 28, 2015 at 12:24 pm, Marcus Des Onia Aino said:

    I have diet-induced illness, what I eat effects me so strongly that it induces behavhour I did not agree upon so I spent most of my life discipling myself to be in control of my mind I can fast for two weeks if I want without a fear in the world if I have to so that I do not vomit more instead of less, but I am getting worse at regulating my body temptature it just takes to much effort if it gets to hot, and I can’t anymore, plus I have let my self go a little feeling some what safe so I eat better but at expense to thinking the way I would perfer, so you know sucks to be me, as I fear nothing, I do have concearn for others and I do get angry when people have no ethical stanards where before hand I had thought they must have ethics but they don’t they just obey Satan and so he will kill them and yet there is nothing I can do about it I am too weak, so funny other people talk shit they fucking obey him, what the fuck talk shit will you after you stop your harlotry might you bitches?

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