• April 20, 2014
  • 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 04/20/2014 10:00 am 04/20/2014 1:00 pm America/Los_Angeles When the Body Says No: Mind/body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection with Gabor Mate Half of North American adults suffer from chronic illness, a fact Western medicine views largely in terms of individual predispositions and habits. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 false MM/DD/YYYY

Stress is ubiquitous these days - it plays a role in the workplace, in the home, and virtually everywhere that people interact. It can take a heavy toll unless it is recognized and managed effectively and insightfully.

Western medicine, in theory and practice, tends to treat mind and body as separate entities. This separation, which has always gone against ancient human wisdom, has now been demonstrated by modern science to be not only artificial, but false. The brain and body systems that process emotions are intimately connected with the hormonal apparatus, the nervous system, and in particular the immune system. Emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind that people are not aware of, undermines immunity, disrupts the body's physiological milieu and can prepare the ground for disease. There is strong evidence to suggest that in nearly all chronic conditions, from cancer, ALS, or multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or Alzheimer's, hidden stress is a major predisposing factor. In an important sense, disease in an individual can be seen as the "end point" of a multigenerational emotional process. If properly understood, these conditions can provide important openings for compassion and self-awareness, which in turn are major tools in recovery and healing.

Dr. Maté's will discuss research findings, compelling and poignant anecdotes from his own extensive experience in family practice and palliative care, and illuminating biographies of famous people such as athlete Lance Armstrong, the late comedienne Gilda Radner, or famed baseball legend Lou Gehrig.

Topics covered:

  1. The mind/body unity as explained by modern science (psychoneuroimmunology)
  2. The nature of stress and its physiological consequences
  3. The three major stressors: Loss of Control, Uncertainty; and Conflict
  4. How the early environment "programs" us physiologically and psychologically into chronically stressful patterns of feeling and behavior
  5. Why stress remains hidden in our culture
  6. The stressful work environment: how to recognize it and transform it
  7. How to recognize stress and prevent it
  8. How the understanding of stress can inform and enhance clinical practice

A renowned speaker and best-selling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and child development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, 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 the health of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

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