Book Review: The Myth of Normal by Gabor Mate

This book is, quite simply, encompassing and amazing. I can’t think of any topic remotely related to health that did not make it into this book. I have loved all of Mate’s books so far, and this one I am finishing in record time, even though it’s a long one at 500 pages. I can’t wait to see where his thinking will go next. He goes through the most current research on stress and trauma to show that there are many sources of illness besides the most obvious looking ones. He also recounts near-miraculous remission of certain illnesses once these stressors are addressed. It really makes one think about how not only upbringing, but our culture itself, contributes to stress and eventually illness in the body. Best book this year so far! (Out now)

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