Renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté joins me for a powerful conversation on addiction and takes us into the heart of where trauma originates. With years of both scientific research and direct interaction with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction and mental illness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Dr. Maté offers a unique and authentic perspective on the topics of addiction, mind-body wellness and ADD.
In this interview, Dr. Maté illuminates how our modern society perpetuates trauma by fostering a culture of disconnection and dissociation. From childhood trauma to trauma passed down to us from the generations that went before us, many of us carry unresolved trauma that often materializes in addiction. Addictive behavior goes beyond hard drug and alcohol addictions; our society is wrought with addictions to things like caffeine, less-than-optimal foods and dissociative behaviors, such as watching TV.
So how can we heal and become the most authentic version of ourselves? Dr. Maté sheds light on some of the traditional healing modalities he has found to be successful through years of wide-ranging experiences. With lots of golden nuggets on topics like death awareness, spiritual-bypassing and authenticity strewn throughout, there is something for everyone in this insightful conversation.
**Please note: During this interview, we experienced some Skype glitches, so you'll hear a bit of echoing with Daniel's voice that was not able to be edited out. We apologize in advance for the audio hiccups, but we think the interview is well worth it (;
EPISODE BREAKDOWN: Daniel shares on: Regenerative foods Harvesting feral apples An exciting new Surthrival product Eating coyote A product discovery that will aid your spring water gathering How to pique someone’s interest in ReWilding Modern society and perpetuation of trauma What does addiction do for you? The essence of trauma is disconnection Our current massive cultural dissociation The most ideal social environment for children — humans crave connection The multi-generational trauma of First Nations peoples How medicines like coca and tobacco were traditionally used The healing power of ayahuasca What’s missing from AA and most rehab programs? Healing, awareness and the path to authenticity Spiritual bypass Awareness of death Dr. Mate’s prognosis for the future of the human species Where to find Dr. Mate’s work