Biology of Trauma® Podcast
With Dr. Aimie Apigian MD, MS, MPH
Episode 66

The Biology Piece We Have Missed In Trauma & Depression

(Part 1 of Lessons Learned of The Trauma-Chronic Illness Connection)

“Especially as physicians, trauma awareness was completely lacking. Yet, when you go out and practice and if your eyes are open, you realize that virtually every chronic condition you ever deal with has got a traumatic template to it.”
~ Dr. Gabor Mate

Show Notes: 

Welcome to this episode of the Biology of Trauma podcast! I’m your host, Dr. Aimie. 

To say that I was excited about this interview with Dr. Gabor Mate would be an understatement. Gabor has spent his career exploring the connections between trauma, childhood development, and stress. And it was his work that inspired me to pursue addiction medicine when I realized general surgery was not where I belonged. 

Trauma is something that we all experience at various points in our lives. It’s inevitable. 

And when trauma isn’t healed, it can manifest itself as a chronic illness. But going to your medical practitioner isn’t necessarily going to take care of the issue, especially when trauma is at the core of it all. 

In this episode, Gabor and I share our lessons learned as medical physicians working in addiction medicine and trauma.  We will answer the question: “In our focus on the emotional and social aspects of trauma, what biology piece have we missed?”

Here’s what you will learn:

  • Why chronic health conditions can be a sign of trauma & dysregulation
  • How most chronic illnesses are less genetics and more trauma-driven
  • The role copper plays in trauma and depression
  • How trauma makes your body more susceptible to toxins
  • The benefits of starting with regulation for chronic illness

Helpful Links

Part 2 of this interview on Lessons Learned Of The Trauma & Chronic Illness Connection when that drops next Friday, March 29th. 

My previous podcast interview with Dr. Gabor Mate: How Does Trauma Manifest In The Body With Gabor Mate

The Biochemical Imbalances For Those With Stored Trauma, Mood and Mental Health

Steps to Identify and Heal Trauma – If you aren’t sure why your body is experiencing the symptoms it is, this guide helps you understand potential physical manifestations of trauma, like chronic pain. You’ll also learn what trauma actually is, how to identify it, and steps to begin your trauma healing journey.

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