Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and Dr. Gabor Maté having decades of experience as a practicing physician, these questions about the effect of the mind-body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one’s individual emotional makeup play a vital role in an array of common diseases.
That not only conscious stress but subconscious stress, the kind that you are not aware of, can over a lifetime make you ill because the stress of any kind that is chronic is no good for your body. Stress of any kind that is chronic leads to a situation in which your body cannot relax and allow itself to heal. Healing requires that your immune system is working at its peak to protect and heal your body.
Stress, especially repressed anger, makes us vulnerable to several types of illnesses, from anxiety, depression, autoimmune dysfunction, cancer and a host of others. There is quite a lot of research to document and support these conclusions.  
For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hardcore addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver’s unique Supervised Injection Site, North America’s only such facility.
He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss.
Dr. Maté is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, two of the most notable include When The Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and the award-winning book In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.
Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach.
Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction.
Maté’s knowledge of the body, mind and emotional connection is compelling to open one’s mind to their own possibilities of how their childhood and the way they were taught and raised to explore the profound effects it influences a person when they become an adult.
His extensive experience with clients makes for real-life stories which break down resistance to this new information and can, if one is willing to open themselves to the possibilities of what has been discovered, to unlock one’s own ability to have a clearer picture of their past and how they can begin to move forward in a healthy direction into the future.
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