Understanding the Biology of Trauma and Science of Healing with James S. Gordon MD and Gary Roe

Original Air Date Wednesday, April 22, 2020 

We all will deal with some form of trauma sooner or later. For some, it may be a catastrophic event that alters the course of their lives. For others, it may be an ongoing struggle in a long-term relationship. In either case, the body experiences physical and psychological stress as changes occur even at the cellular level. Healing trauma and
transforming it into purpose can not only serve us but others as well.To better understand how we may achieve post-traumatic growth,Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two experts in the field of healing arts. Dr. James Gordon describes how humans respond to trauma, how it affects us biologically, and how food can heal our bodies and our minds. And, Gary Roe shares how we can overcome adversity to turn pain into purpose by being of service to others.

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James S. Gordon MD — The Biology of Trauma :
    Growing up in a household filled with trauma and combat was
    the catalyst for James to pursue a career in psychiatry. [1:56]
  • Trauma is a part of everyone’s life sooner or later. [4:31]
  • James describes the two basic, lifesaving responses to trauma
    built into human biology. [6:34]
  • James explains how post-traumatic growth is at the root of all
    religious and spiritual traditions. [12:59]
  • The Trauma-Healing Diet: How the gastrointestinal tract is
    damaged when we experience trauma. [15:39]
  • Why we want comfort foods when we feel stress and trauma
    and why meditation helps to calm anxiety. [20:34]
  • The practice of forgiveness and gratitude. [26:17]

Dr. James Gordon is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist, a former
researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the
White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative
Medicine Policy, and a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Family
Medicine at Georgetown Medical School.
Book: The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After

James Gordon MD 

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@JamesGordonMD on Twitter 




Gary Roe — The Science of Healing :
  • In his book, Difference Maker, Gary addresses how to turn past
    pain into purpose. [30:46]
  • Gary shares how we all can embrace our truths and serve
    others for the greater good. [43:32]
  • Every human desires to be seen, heard, and loved. [49:59]
  • Reaching out to the ‘invisible people’ can change your life, and
    theirs. [53:52]

Gary Roe is an author, speaker, and grief specialist with eight books
and over 500 articles in print. A former missionary and pastor, he now
serves as a hospice chaplain and grief counselor for Hospice Brazos
Valley in central Texas.

Book: Difference Maker: Overcoming Adversity and Turning Pain into
Purpose Every Day.


Gary Roe

@GaryRoeAuthor on Twitter

Gary Roe Author on Facebook

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