A Collection of Selves

    **Below is an interview by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, with Dr. Gabor Maté…

    Post-industrial capitalism has completely destroyed the conditions required for healthy childhood development.

    December 26, 2010

    AMY GOODMAN: From disease to addiction, parenting to attention deficit disorder, Canadian physician and bestselling author Gabor Maté’s work focuses on the centrality of early childhood experiences to the development of the brain, and how those experiences can impact everything from behavioral patterns to physical and mental illness. While the relationship between emotional stress and disease, and mental and physical health more broadly, is often considered controversial within medical orthodoxy, Dr. Maté argues too many doctors seem to have forgotten what was once a commonplace assumption, that emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness, addictions and disorders, and in their healing.

    Dr. Maté is the bestselling author of four books: When the Body Says No: Understanding the…

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