Recognized as one of the largest grassroots social movements in the world with Chapters in over 60 Countries, The Zeitgeist Movement announces its 5th annual 'Zeitgeist Day' ("ZDay") global awareness campaign.
This year the Toronto event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Gabor Mate, physician, bestselling author and featured speaker in Zeitgeist: Moving Forward. Dr. Mate will speak about his upcoming book:
'Toxic Culture: How Materialistic Society Makes Us Sick'.
Half of North American adults suffer from chronic illness - a fact Western medicine views largely in terms of individual predispositions and habits.
Western medicine imposes two separations, neither tenable scientifically. First, it separates mind from the body, largely assuming that most chronic illnesses have nothing to do with people's emotional and psychological experiences. And yet, a large and irrefutable body of research has clearly shown that physiologic and behavioural functioning of human beings can be understood only if we integrate our body functions with those of the mind: functions such as awareness, emotions, our interpretations of and responses to events, and our relationships with other people.
Second, Western practice views people's health as separate from the social environment, ignoring social determinants of health such as class, gender, economic status, and race. Such factors, in reality, are more important influences on health and longevity than individual predispositions and personal factors such as genes, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and so on.
This talk shows how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values stresses its members, undermines healthy child development and dooms many to chronic illness, from diabetes to heart disease, from autoimmune conditions to cancer.
For more information please visit Dr. Mate's website at http://drgabormate.com/
The evening lecture will take place after free Zeitgeist related screenings and information booths beginning at 4pm. If price is a barrier for the evening lecture we will be offering volunteer opportunities, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All are welcome to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!