Health and Socioeconomic Status Inextricably Linked
Gabor Maté: Social Connectedness Is Key to Well-Being
“Health is not an individual dynamic, but very much a product of the social and economic environment,” said [Vancouver addiction expert Dr. Gabor] Maté, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction and When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress.”
“(Medicine) thinks illness is an individual problem with individual solutions.”
“It’s organized insanity for the medical profession to ignore those links. The biggest predictor of health or lack thereof is actually social status. The socioeconomic system doesn’t support a healthy childhood and we try to medicate kids’ brains. It’s not just money; it’s the degree of control over our lives.”
Read Gabor Maté: ‘Organized Insanity’ For Doctors to Ignore Health, Poverty Link by David P. Ball at the Vancouver Observer.