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Dr Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté specialises in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology, as well as the study and treatment of addiction. He is the author of In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, and three more books, exploring topics like attention deficit disorder, stress, developmental psychology and addiction.


  • Born – January 6, 1944, Budapest, Hungary
  • Spouse – Rae Maté
  • Best Known for: his work on addiction
  • Books:
    • In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts
    • When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
    • Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder

The People Whisperer

Dr. Gabor Maté is known as the people whisperer.

Every time he comes onto my show, I end up opening up about my life in ways I haven’t before and Gabor provides insight I could never see myself. His interpretation of my addiction story has really opened up my eyes in ways that have helped me tremendously.

A renowned speaker, physician, and bestselling author, Gabor has written several bestselling books including the award-winning “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction”, based on his findings from twelve years of practicing medicine in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside, North America’s most concentrated area of drug use.

Addiction, Trauma & Stress

As well as addiction, he is known for his expertise on a range of topics including stress, the mind-body connection, and childhood trauma.

Gabor believes that addiction is manifested in any behaviour that a person craves and finds temporary pleasure or relief in, but then experiences negative consequences in the long term and doesn’t give up.

His work has earned him the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University where he is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology and the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence.

I’m always very grateful to be able to spend time with Gabor.

Join us as we discuss:

  • Gabor’s childhood and his own addictions
  • Inner Engineering and how this yoga practice helps him
  • His thoughts on John Joseph and the movie Ironmind
  • How important the first 3 years of a child’s life is
  • Vancouver, fentanyl and the “War on Drugs”
  • Teenage gangs, divorce, and Dr. Spock.
  • Krishnamurti and Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The problem with smart devices and children
  • EMDR, psychedelics, and the U.S. prison system
  • The real root cause of addiction
  • Gabor’s childhood experiences in Nazi-occupied Budapest
  • What he thinks of depictions of addiction in the media

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