Humans have always used drugs, but current level of drug abuse could indicate a bigger problem that we’re driving people into addiction. What’s the connection between the increase in chronic diseases, mental illness and drug addiction in our society today? On this edition, Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the relationship between mind and body health – and what the rise of capitalism has done to destroy both.
Special thanks to KPFA in Berkeley, CA.
May 31, 2013 update from Dr. Gabor Maté via Facebook: “Contrary to what I say here, Afro-American males do not have a six-fold increase in the risk of dying of prostate cancer. What is so, is that they do have double the risk of having the disease as compared with Caucasians and, if they have prostate cancer, they have a worse prognosis for surviving it. I stand by the my point that this increased prevalence and death risk is due to stress, including the stress of racism and a legacy of economic and political marginalization.”
Dr. Gabor Maté, physician and author of several books including, “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction,” “Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers” (co-authored by Gordon Neufeld), and “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress.”
The very geography of the U.S. reflects how mercilessly our government crushed the over 500 indigenous groups who’d built societies, civilizations and raised generations of families long before Europeans invaded.
The map above is a good illustration of where these tribes once prospered. It supposes how the “lower 48” might have looked if current state territories mirrored the pre-Columbian names of the indigenous groups who lived in the vicinity.