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Western medicine likes to separate the mind from the body, but the truth is, they couldn’t be more connected. Starting at a young age, many of us face hardships that shape the lens through which we see the world. When left unresolved, adversity and trauma can lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices that directly influence our health.
In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. Jim Gordon, Lewis Howes, and Dr. Gabor Maté about how trauma can be stored in the body and why putting in the effort to work through it is vital to be a happy and healthy person.
Dr. Jim Gordon, author of Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing, is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist and the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Dr. Gordon is internationally recognized for using self-awareness, self-care, and group support to heal population-wide psychological trauma. He is a clinical professor at Georgetown Medical School and was chairman (under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush) of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
Lewis Howes is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and industry-leading show host. Lewis is a two-sport All-American athlete, former professional football player, and member of the US men’s national handball team. His show The School of Greatness is one of the top podcasts in the world, with over 500 million downloads. He was recognized by the White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30.
A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His latest book is The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture.
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