ACE Aware Scotland

June 19, 2019 § Leave a comment

ACE aware Scotland just put together the most amazing conference in Glasgow last week. Gabor Mate was the guest speaker the Hungarian-born Canadian physician with a background in family practice and a special interest in childhood development and trauma, and in their potential lifelong impacts on physical and mental health, including on autoimmune disease, cancer, ADHD, addictions and a wide range of other conditions.

I counted 3 standing ovations during the day, amazing considering the bulk of the audience was made up of downtrodden thrid sector / nhs managers. For one day, listening to the speakers, they had hope. Hope that sense would prevail. Gabor spoke about illness caused by exposure to ACE’s and how it manifests itself in later life, in autoimmune diseases, mental health issues and even MS. Dealing with the elephant in the room, the trauma itself rather than the effects of the trauma results in a much better outcome – research led – evidence based. One of the biggest cheers came when Gabor spoke about when he gave evidence to a government committee in the USA. He spoke about ACEs and how we should include an understanding of them in treatment. They didn’t listen and just kept asking the same questions over and over again. Eventually he said ‘you expect me as a physician to practice evidence based medicine, but you don’t practice evidence based politics’.

For more about ACE go to mindschange.co.uk

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