As a holocaust baby, and one who works with homeless drug addicts, Mate understands traumatic events and conditions that weigh heavily on the soul and physiology of many of us. Gabor Mate is, by our standards a soulful deep thinking man and a quiet and influential activist. He is a physician, and bestselling author whose books have been published in twenty languages worldwide. He is a powerful writer and speaker and known for insight, wisdom and warmth and is incredibly honest with himself and others about suffering including his own. “Those” who suffer and “we” who help them disappear in his inclusive humanity to reappear in “us.”
Gabor Mate works from a multi-disciplinary perspective that brings together scientific research, histories of the people with whom he works, and his own insights and experience that empowers people in their own healing and that of those around them.
We share with him the belief that what underlies most diseases, addictions and struggles with mental health is traumatic stress. We recommend his books as highly informational as well as inspirational. These are just two: When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.