Whilst in the UK recently, I bought a hardback copy of Gabor Maté’s thought-provoking new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture. Yes, today’s Western society capitalist culture is toxic, according to one of the world’s leading trauma experts.
Here is what the book’s introduction says:
‘It all starts with waking up… to what our bodies are expressing and our minds are suppressing.”
Western countries invest billions in healthcare, yet mental illness and chronic diseases are on a seemingly unstoppable rise. Nearly 70% [!] of Americans are now on prescription drugs. So what is ‘normal’ when it comes to health?
Over four decade of clinical experience, renowned physician expert and addiction expert Dr Gabor Maté has seen how health system neglect the role that trauma exerts on our bodies and our minds. Medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses our bodies, burdens our immune systems and undermines emotional balance.
Now, in his most ambitious and urgent book yet, Dr Maté connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living—with disease as a natural reflection of a life spent growing further and further apart from our true selves. But, with deep compassion, he also shows us a pathway to health and healing.
Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, this life-affirming book, co-written with his son Daniel, proves that true health is possible — if we are willing to reconnect with each other and our authentic selves.’
I can highly recommend this book. And check out this short film reflecting Gabor’s wisdom, made five years ago.