MEDICINE WHEEL: ‘Toxic Culture’, How Materialistic Society Makes Us ill – By Gabor Mate M.D.

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“…Outdated beliefs about medicine, he reckons, align with materialism as a belief system in which “material things, and particularly the control and possession of the material things, are more important than human values such as connection, love or spiritual values, such as recognizing the unity of everything.” The good news, however, is that humans are wired for empathy, and reconnecting with our gut feelings can be a viable path to healing”

Toxic Culture: How Materialistic Society Makes Us ill – By Dr, Gabor Mate

“You have to understand that medicine is not simply a science. It’s much more than that. It’s also an ideology. It’s a way of looking at human beings. When we look at human beings as individuals without understanding the importance of the social relationships, the emotional, psychological interactions with others, that’s actually a manifestation of the individualistic perspective of the entrepreneur who says that only I matter, and what I gain or what I control matters, and we’re all in competition with one another. So you see that economical, ideological perspective also showing up in its own particular way in the practice of medicine.”

About this Talk

In this compelling presentation, Gabor Maté throws light on the current medical establishment’s approach to physical and mental health. It regards the body and mind as discrete entities, completely separating the health of an individual from their emotional, spiritual and environmental influence. These outdated beliefs about medicine, he reckons, align with materialism as a belief system in which “material things, and particularly the control and possession of the material things, are more important than human values such as connection, love or spiritual values, such as recognizing the unity of everything.” The good news, however, is that humans are wired for empathy, and reconnecting with our gut feelings can be a viable path to healing.

About Gabor Mate

Gabor Maté M.D. is a Canadian physician and bestselling author of Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. He is an expert on a range of topics, from addiction and attention deficit disorder (ADD) to mind-body wellness, adolescent mental health, and parenting. Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

 

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