Gabor Maté on The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture

Dr. Maté talks with Joe Rogan in this two and a half hour interview about his new book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture. See the full interview with Joe Rogan here or below. Listen for Dr. Mate’s discussion of Darcia Narvaez’s research into our evolutionary pathway to wellness, our Evolved Nest, at the 1:53 mark in the interview.

Darcia Narvaez is the founder of The Evolved Nest Initiative, a Kindred Media sister-initiative, and the president of Kindred World, our parent nonprofit. Dr. Maté has written the foreword for her forthcoming book, The Evolved Nest, launching in 2023. You can join Dr. Narvaez for monthly LIVE discussion based on her short film, Breaking the Cycle. See the film, register for the discussions, and discover her award-winning research on the film’s website.

About The Myth of Normal

In The Myth of Normal (on sale 9/13/22), renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems are actually seeing an upsurge in chronic illness and general ill health. Prescription drug usage, high blood pressure, mental illness, and so many other troubling issues are on the rise.

Over four decades of clinical experience, Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how the toxicity of today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance.

Now Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. Co-written with his son Daniel, The Myth of Normal is Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet.

From Dr. Maté’s website.

About Dr. Maté

Dr. Maté, renowned addiction expert, calls for a compassionate approach toward addiction, whether in ourselves or in others. Dr. Maté believes that the source of addictions is not to be found in genes but in the early childhood environment. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts, his most recent best-selling book, draws on cutting-edge science and real-life stories to show that all addictions originate in trauma and emotional loss.

A Short Outtake of the Full Interview

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