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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 the causation of cancer and other chronic illnesses. Maté is a medical doctor and bestselling author of Scattered Minds. 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 mobilized 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“His medical background and lucid writing style make complex biological processes accessible to non-scientific readers.” -- The Gazette (Montreal)
“Maté 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 Maté presents an open formula for healing and the prevention of illness resulting from hidden stress.” -- Quill & Quire
“[An] enthralling exploration of the relationship between stress and disease. . . Maté probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of [his] many patients. . . . What emerges is nothing short of a revelation. . . . When the Body Says No has the power to change medical thinking.” -- The Edmonton Journal
Praise for Scattered Minds:
“Rare and refreshing. . . . Here you will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information. You will also find hope.” -- The Globe and Mail
“Maté has done us a great service. . . . People who do not yet know they have [ADD] will have their lives transformed.” -- Canadian Medical Association Journal
“An utterly sensible and deeply moving book written for a general audience.” -- The Vancouver Sun
“One of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Anyone with chronic illness should read this book. Over time I was a law to discover the root causes of my chrones in relationship to parents and wounding. Read morePublished 2 days ago by junglewoman
best book i have ever read on emotions and the mind-body connection in relation with illnesses.Published 17 days ago by gaetan beaudoin
This books resonates so well with many health care consumers that I've worked with over the years, and yet it's also very palatable for anyone with a scientific or medical... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurie-Anne Muldoon
This is an important and very readable book. The greatest lies of the medical profession are: (i) to cover up the fact that its alleged remedies for the killer diseases of heart... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Denis Rancourt
Stunning revelations, and connections. Learned so much, I bought and immediately mailed out copies to my siblings. (And I never do that!)Published 3 months ago by AJ
This book has confirmed many things I've always believed and has helped me realize how important making peace with negative emotions is!! Read morePublished 7 months ago by LISA