Is 'Toxic Childhood' a Chronic Disorder?

June 8, 2022
Hosted by Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

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Child abuse is pervasive and shocking and it's toxic reach may endure for decades when not frankly lifelong. It may include physical, psychological and sexual abuse in any combination, but it also encompasses neglect and willful deprivation. Once again, the causation is usually multi-factorial, including conditions like mental illness, substance abuse, personality disorders and a whole constellation of possible stressors. You will be fascinated and moved by Dr. Arcuri's account of his troubled upbringing at the hands of his mother, how he coped and navigated an early exit, later strengthening his position to overcome and triumph, while realizing all his adult goals. His book "Toxic Mothers: A Son's Guide to Healing and Moving On" encapsulates all the sentiments and strategies he himself used together with 'loving boldly.' His recovery is highlighted by the fact that he was his mother's caregiver during her last six months when she was ill with cancer. It is encouraging and uplifting to learn that reconciliation was secured on several fronts.


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The podcast focuses on health rather than disease. The conversation centers on resilience and epigenetics, the study of how other factors like behaviors and environment can influence gene expression. It also highlights daily healthful behaviors and techniques that may reduce the progression and facilitate recovery from chronic physical and mental diseases including chronic pain, addictions and trauma.

Lastly, it highlights helpful usable technologies as well as education on current trending medical delivery issues such as over-investigation and over-diagnosis. The aim is to encourage and educate you to take a more active and holistic approach to your own wellbeing.

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Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

Dr. Trevor Campbell has been a family physician for 40 years. His work has included occupational and disability medicine and chronic pain management, where his expertise is now focused on the bio-psychosocial treatments for pain, (which deals with the psychological and social issues along with the medical). Originally from South Africa where he was educated, he has been working in Canada since 1996. He is the author of The Language of Pain, a self-help book for those with chronic pain and their caregivers, as well as an online course of the same name. He is (also) an avid hiker, cyclist and reader.

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