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Gabor Mate (Author) A celebrated speaker, and bestselling author, Dr Gabor Mate is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr Mate 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 that of those around them. For twelve years Dr Mate 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. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr Mate is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America. As an author, Dr Mate has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, When the Body Says No, Scattered Minds and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His most recent book The Myth of Normal- Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture is a New York Times bestseller. Dr Mate's works have been published internationally in over twenty languages. Dr Gabor Mate has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Supporters of Dr Mate include Dr Rangan Chatterjee, Simon Amstell, Bessel van der Kolk, Johann Hari, Esther Perel and Russell Brand. He was recently featured in the highly publicised livestream conversation with Prince Harry where they discussed loss, trauma and the importance of healing. Daniel Mate (Author) Daniel Mate is an acclaimed composer-lyricist who has received the Kleban Prize for Lyrics, the ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award and a Jonathan Larson Grant. His musicals include The Longing and the Short of It, Hansel & Gretl & Heidi & Gu nter, Middle School Mysteries and a forthcoming adaptation of the Russell Banks novel The Sweet Hereafter. He also runs a popular 'mental chiropractic' service called Take a Walk with Daniel.

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Gabor Mate takes us on an epic journey of discovery about how our emotional well-being, and our social connectivity (in short: how we live), is intimately intertwined with health, disease and addictions ... This riveting and beautifully written tale has profound implications for all of our lives, including the practice of medicine and mental health * Bessel van der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps the Score *
Wise, sophisticated, rigorous and creative: an intellectual and compassionate investigation of who we are and who we may become * Tara Westover, author of Educated *
A book literally everyone will be enriched by - a wise, profound and healing work that is the culmination of Dr Mate's many years of deep and painfully accumulated wisdom * Johann Hari, author of Stolen Focus *
An astonishing achievement, epic in scope and yet profoundly down-to-earth and practical. I will read this book again and again * V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues *
Brilliant, compelling and groundbreaking. Gabor Mate offers us a way to bring clear seeing and a greatness of heart to the crisis of our times * Tara Brach, author of Radical Compassion *
A book in which readers can seek refuge and solace during moments of profound personal and social crisis * Esther Perel, psychotherapist and author of Mating in Captivity *
Gabor Mate's connections - between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political - are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished * Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine *
A compelling book that will challenge your views and help lift the veil of illusion to what is truly happening in your mind and in your body * Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness *
Gripping ... a powerful call for change in how we live with, love, understand, treat, and think about each other * Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explaining Everything To Me *

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