After reading his game-changing book "The Myth of Normal," it was such an honor to have Co-Writer Daniel Maté on the show to do a deep dive on trauma, sickness and health and the mind/body connection.
Daniel and I chat about how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?
This is one of my favorite conversations that I've ever had on the show. It may just change how you look at western medicine.
Daniel Maté is a composer, lyricist, and playwright for musical theatre based in BC and New York.
He received the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize for Most Promising Lyricist in American Musical Theatre, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cole Porter Award for Excellence in Music and Lyrics. He has presented his work at the historic Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and New York’s Lincoln Center, and was an invited participant in the inaugural Johnny Mercer Writers Colony.
Outside of music and theatre, Daniel runs the world’s only “mental chiropractic” service, Take A Walk With Daniel and he Co-Authored the brand new Internationally Bestselling book “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture” with his father, Dr. Gabor Mate.
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