WELLNESS | Dr. Gabor Maté: Can Psychedelics Help Treat Cancer?
Addiction specialist and author of the bestselling book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts Gabor Mate, M.D.delivered an unusual message for an MD at the Psychedelic Sciences conference in Oakland, California earlier this year. According to Dr. Maté, the “unconscious mind” can cause medical afflictions like cancer, addiction and trauma. In his speech, Mate rejected the assumption that the human mind and body are separate entities, pointing to an inherant connection between psychological/environmental experiences and medical afflictions. He also discussed the potential ability of psychedelic substances, particularly ayahuasca, to reverse medical issues like cancer and addiction when coupled with therapy.
Click here to read the full transcript of Dr. Gabor Mate’s speech on Altnernet: “Psychedelics and Unlocking the Unconscious; From Cancer to Addiction.“
Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical “condition” distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own “high-status” addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.