By AFEA member Nicky Douglas
Gabor Mate is a western physician with a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma and their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including autoimmune disease, cancer, ADHD, and addiction.
In a recent interview with Russell Brand for his video blog ‘Under the Skin’ he speaks about how we are failing to treat addiction, mental illness and chronic illness because our vision today is limited by a narrowly biological interpretation. We fail to integrate spiritual ideas into wellbeing even though unity and interconnection are supported by science which has shown that the emotional centres in the brain are inseparable from the immune system, and the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, the cardiovascular system and the gut.
He is calling for a re-integration of ‘shamanic modalities’ which will provide a different dimension to human experience.