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The Myth of Normal

The Myth of Normal is a book by Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté.

Dr. Gabor Maté with Daniel Maté

The book cover shifts colour from red to pink to orange to yellow, moving from left to right. In the middle of the cover is an abstracted illustration of a human shoulders-up.

Gabor Maté's internationally bestselling books have changed the way we look at addiction and have been integral in shifting the conversations around ADHD, stress, disease, embodied trauma, and parenting. Now, in this revolutionary book, he eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their health care systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. So what is really "normal" when it comes to health?

For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today's culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. In The Myth of Normal, co-written with his son Daniel, Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society, and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. The result is Maté's most ambitious and urgent book yet.

Dr. Gabor Maté is a physician and author from Vancouver, B.C. He has written three bestselling nonfiction books that combine personal experiences with scientific research to explore the state of healthcare in Canada. His books are Scattered Minds, a book about attention deficit disorder, In the Realm of Hungry Ghostswhich tackles addiction, and When the Body Says No, a book about the onset of chronic illnesses like Alzheimer's, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. In 2018, Dr. Maté was appointed to the Order of Canada.

Interviews with Gabor Maté

Canadian physician Dr. Gabor Maté says our overall health is on the decline — and he blames the society we live in. He and his son Daniel Maté discuss trauma, the power of a good walk for our mental health, and their new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture.

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