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When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-disease Connection


When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-disease Connection

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    Gabor Maté(Author)
Praise For WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO"Once thought to be in the domain of genes, our health and behavior have recently been revealed to be controlled by our perception of the environment and our beliefs. Gabor Mate, M.D., skillfully blends recent advances in biomedicine with the personal insights of his patients to provide empowering insight into how deeply developmental experiences shape our health, behavior, attitudes, and relationships. A must–read for health professionals and lay readers seeking awareness of how the mind controls health." –– Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., cellular biologist"The interviewees′ stories are often touching and haunting. . . . Mate carefully explains the biological mechanisms that are activated when stress and trauma exert a powerful influence on the body, and he backs up his claims with compelling evidence from the field. . . . Both the lay and specialist reader will be grateful for the final chapter, ′The Seven A′s of Healing,′ in which Mate presents an open formula for healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress." –– Quill & Quire"Medical science searches high and low for the causes of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a host of other conditions. Yet it often ignores one of the most pervasive factors leading to illness: the hidden stresses embedded in our daily lives. In this important book, Dr. Gabor Mate combines a passionate examination of his patients′ life histories with lucid explanations of the science behind mind–body unity. He makes a compelling argument for the importance of understanding stress both in the causation of disease and in the restoration of health." –– Richard Earle, Ph.D.Director of the Canadian Institute of Stress/ Hans Selye FoundationPraise For SCATTERED"One of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder." –– Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Utterly sensible and deeply moving." –– The Vancouver Sun

The potential for wholeness and health resides in all of us, affirms Dr Gabor Maté in When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress. But disease is often the body's way of saying "no" to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge, warns the author, who quotes the latest scientific findings about the roles stress and individual emotional makeup play in causing cancer and other chronic illnesses. Maté is a medical doctor and the bestselling author of Scattered. This work offers stories from his own patients in the belief that insight is more helpful to people than advice. Natalie, for example, develops multiple sclerosis after years of marriage to a drunken and emotionally abusive husband. In another case, a 74-year-old man diagnosed with cancer experiences spontaneous remission. His own body mobilised formidable immune responses to defeat the disease. "If we gain the ability to look into ourselves with honesty, compassion and with unclouded vision, we can identify the ways we need to take care of ourselves," says Maté, who invites us all to be our own health advocates by pursuing emotional competence in seven areas: acceptance, awareness, anger, autonomy, attachment, assertion and affirmation. If a link exists between emotions and psychology, he says, not to inform people of it will deprive them of a powerful tool. --Carolyn Leitch,

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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Gabor Maté(Author)
  • John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (11 Jun. 2003)
  • English
  • 3
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By Michelle L on 12 August 2015

    So insightful, really interesting. Balanced viewpoint that takes you on a journey through the mind-body connection and skillfully answers the questions it raises on the way. Covers 'stress' in the widest sense of the word i.e. the stress caused by repression of emotion even when outwardly you might not seem 'stressed'. Many real life examples that make it easy to relate to. Practical tips and guidance on how to manage stress/unwanted emotion.

  • By Fran on 21 July 2013

    I have Lupus and it is a real insight into my disease from a completely different angle...which was surprisingly spot on! Great book, a lot of help for me.

  • By Tam Berlin on 15 November 2016

    This book blew me away … anybody who has ever felt stressed and has a body should be made to read this. He is a few steps a head of the many GP's/MD's out there who like to tell you 'it is all in your head'. I look forward to a day when the western approach acknowledges the reality evidenced in this book and starts to address disease in a very different way altogether.

  • By Ms L. on 2 December 2014

    Lots to think about in here if your gut is telling you there is a connection between your illness/condition and emotional issues/ psyche. May encourage you to have therapy as well as medical intervention.

  • By JessH on 11 August 2017

    Very interesting book, with lots of thought provoking information/ideas

  • By Help2Talk on 27 October 2016

    Gives one something to think about. Very interesting.

  • By Guest on 7 April 2017

    Fascinating book . Full of really helpful information.

  • By shane leavy on 14 May 2017

    This is the best book on human health /illness that i've read.... Buy it now in fact buy a few and give them to your friends and family... Essential reading!

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