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Dr. Gabor Maté On How Trauma Fuels Disease

By September 5, 2022January 22nd, 2024No Comments
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Episode #702



In the most health-obsessed society ever, all is not well. At the root lies a sleeping giant: unhealed trauma.

Here to help us further explore this profound insight is renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté.

Returning for his second appearance on the show (his first being RRP #188) Dr. Maté is an expert in a wide range of topics, best known for his work on the relationship between addiction and childhood development.

If you are interested in truly understanding the nature of addiction, his book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts is an essential read that has influenced me profoundly.

Dr. Maté’s latest and most ambitious book to date is The Myth of Normal, a groundbreaking extrapolation of his addiction thesis that investigates the true causes of illness, the many ways in which our society breeds disease, and the pathway to health and well-being.

“A path towards wholeness is not supported by our culture.”


Dr. Maté’s work carries great significance for me personally. He has profoundly impacted how I think about addiction and recovery. It was thus an honor to continue a conversation we began seven years ago.

Of course, we cover addiction. But we also open the aperture of illness and healing to discuss the many problematic ways in which modern life is driving us apart from ourselves and others—and fueling mental and physical disease along the way.

Over the course of this conversation, Dr. Maté brilliantly illuminates what we can do to course correct and heal as individuals, and as a collective society at large.

The visually inclined can watch the magic transpire on YouTube. As always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I have great reverence for this man, and my hope is that Dr. Maté’s words inspire you to rethink your own behavioral compulsions, redress your own unhealed pain, and in turn treat those who suffer with more compassion and understanding.

Peace + Plants,

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