Dr. Gabor Mate, an Hungarian-born physician in Vancouver, Canada, known for his study and treatment of addiction and also ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), believes in the connection between the mind and body to cause us pain or good health. Much of his work focuses on how events in our childhood influence our mental and physical health as adults which TMS researchers call the “Inner Child.” He is a Holcaust survivor from his childhood when his parents were imprisoned and his grandparents killed. He has become a medical doctor, newspaper health columnist, health speaker and seminar leader, and the author of four books on Mindbody subjects such as ADD, stress, developmental psychology, and addiction. Dr. Mate has several videos on YouTube that can be very helpful to us at TMSWiki.com. Especially of interest is a 2-part video based on his book, When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection. He says that the theory that the mind and immune system work together to cause ailments from arthritis to cancer goes back to ancient China and India. Also, that Socrates knew that the mind and body cannot be separated regarding pain. In Part One of the video, Dr. Mate says: “The emotional centers of the brain which regulate or behavior and responses and reactions are physiologically connected with the immune system, the nervous system, and the hormonal apparatus. They are systems wired together by chemical messengers so what happens emotionally has an impact onus physically.” In Part Two of the video, Dr. Mate explains how childhood stresses affect our unconscious mind and, when repressed, create anger which leads to inner rage and surfaces as pain. He says babies in the womb can be stressed because a mother’s anxieties from poverty, divorce, alcohol addiction and other stresses in herself that she may have suffered personally or inherited. When I had severe back and side pain a few years ago I emailed Steve Ozanich about my childhood and he said my stresses back then, more than 80 years ago, were a “perfect storm” of TMS. It took me a while to journal about the repressed emotions I had from early years in a family of divorce, poverty, alcohol addiction, and parental anger, and recognizing all that and forgiving my parents and myself led to healing me. We think you will find these two short videos of great help, especially in reinforcing your belief that your pain is very likely caused by repressed emotions you may not be aware of but go as far back as your birth and early years. We will be posting more threads of Dr. Mate’s videos in the near future and hope you will look for them in the General Discussion Subforum.