Biology of Trauma® Podcast
With Dr. Aimie Apigian

Episode 39: How Does Trauma Manifest in the Body With Gabor Mate

"..the first step is to kind of witness your body and where you're aware of these physiological shifts. And then the second phase is really the narrative you develop about those physiological responses. If you see it through a polyvagal lens, you see the reactions as trying to protect you.."


Show Notes:

When there are physical symptoms involved, that is what you will learn about how unresolved trauma manifests physically in the body, and we must be careful to start in the right way. In this episode, I have with me Dr. Gabor Mate, who is a leader in seeing the body expressing stress and trauma, a family medical physician who also worked in palliative care and addiction medicine, and the author of When the Body Says No and Hungry Ghosts. We will be answering the big question – How does unresolved trauma manifest physically in our bodies and how can understanding this connection lead to profound healing? So, where do we start?


What you will hear in this episode:
  • Virtually every chronic condition you ever deal with has a traumatic template to it [03:02]
  • The role of dysregulation versus genetics in diseases [10:05]
  • Stress and helplessness on a cellular level [14:58]
  • The interplay of copper excess and relational trauma in postpartum depression [18:14]
  • How unresolved trauma creates a disconnect with yourself and your body [25:22]
  • Where to start to repair the disconnect [26:08]
  • Illness as an attempt on the body’s part to wake you up to who you really are and what your needs really are [36:28]
  • The role of community and your changing your world on the healing journey [38:30]
  • The role of somatics and parts work addressing unresolved trauma in the body [43:25]
  • How long it takes to start seeing results [53:36]


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6 Responses

  1. I studied PTSD at Energy Medicine University and did all the protocols on myself. I think that was my turn around to handle myself. Very simply, I put a thought stopper on an unwanted thought. Then, if I find myself open I used that space to forgive. To let it go. I’ve found my inner house is getting cleaner.

  2. This podcast was shared with me from my sister-in-law and it was very helpful as my daughter started with physical issues 3 weeks ago requiring hospitalization. She is stress overloaded and they are working with her trauma. I’m excited to share this with my daughter and am encouraged that she could find a new start with your 21-day challenge. I’m even interested in maybe going through this along with her to support her in the process! Looking forward to purchasing some of Dr. Gabor Mate’s books. I know it’s a process so I definitely took away from the podcast to go slow. (Parents always want to “fix” their babies issues fast). Thank you for your desire to help those with trauma!
    Frances B.

  3. Dr Aimie,

    I’ve taken the 21 day journey with you and it’s been about 2 years ago. Listening to this has given me many reminders I needed. Much love , I’m so grateful for your work.

  4. Your comment about some people wanting to hold on to their trauma caused me to wonder if the reason for doing that is related to something I read today about grief. The essence of the comment about grief was that some people hold on to their grief as a way to maintain a connection to their departed loved on. I wonder if some people might hold on to their trauma in order to maintain a connection to whoever created this trauma response in them? I realize there can be other reasons, but just wondered about this as a possibility.

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