The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture: (A FAN In-Person Event with Gabor Maté, MD)

Congratulations to Family Action Network (FAN) on their 40th anniversary season!

We are pleased to collaborate with FAN on their first in-person event since March 2020 as they welcome Gabor Maté, MD, author of the new book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture. Dr. Maté will be interviewed by Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D. This in-person event is free and open to the public. No registration or proof of vaccination is required. Masks are recommended but not required. Click here for more information. 

The event will be recorded but not livestreamed and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

About the Book: In his revolutionary new book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, renowned physician Gabor Maté, MD eloquently dissects 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?

Over four decades of clinical experience, Dr. Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. Now Dr. Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing.

About the Author: Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Gabor Maté, MD weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in over thirty languages, he is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Dr. Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers.

About the Interviewer: Nancy Burgoyne, Ph.D., is the chief clinical officer at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a faculty member in the Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy program, a licensed clinical psychologist and a family therapist who abides by the scientist-practitioner model. Dr. Burgoyne has more than 30 years of experience providing direct service to clients, and more than 20 years training, leading and learning alongside her fellow clinicians. She is approaches her work with cultural humility and believes that every human being is worthy of compassionate witnessing.

Event date: 

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium
7 Happ Road
Northfield, IL 60093
The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture By Gabor Maté, MD, Daniel Maté (With) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593083888
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Avery - September 13th, 2022

The instant New York Times bestseller

By the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.