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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (Feb. 3 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676973124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676973129
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“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)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Diana Ralph on Jan. 9 2010
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When I collapsed from burnout and a range of auto-immune disorders, Mate's book was the one resource that compassionately explained the emotional roots of these and many other illnesses, including cancer and MS, and offered practical directions for change. This one book gave me the permission to finally listen to my body and choose a less stressful life. I am now both healthier and far more relaxed than ever before.

Mate, a physician and former medical editor of the Globe and Mail, writes eloquently from his own experience and from his intensive work with patients. He offers a wholistic perspective, a refreshing alternative to the medical model and genetics. Throughout, his compassion, wisdom and self-critical humor shine through.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4 2004
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I hope anyone who wants to explore how the mind can adversely effect the body will find time to read this book. I would have wished for more discussion and illumination on the subject of healing - however, what there is, is good. Many times I found myself pausing and reflecting on new and different ways of seeing and approaching life.
There are many salient points worth re-reading. The authour discusses the physiology of stress, and explores psychological areas, such as assigning "blame." Often the reader is asked to consider the child that proceeds the adult. When all is considered: a thought provoking, disturbing, and illuminating work.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 5 2004
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Gabor Mate took a difficult subject (PNI, emotions, and the "cause" of illness) and made it understandable, readable, and very insightful. Whether you are just at the start of your journey in this field or if , like me, you have a library full of Myss, Hay, Chopra, and Brennan, you will find wonderful stories that you won't be able to forget and an adundant amount of research that will help you as you heal your life. I highly recommend it and am buying two copies to lend out, there is no way I will let go of my copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aycee on Feb. 28 2010
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Wonderfully written and insightful, Dr. Gabor Mate is both humble and knowledgeable. I work as a naturopathic doctor and professor, and regularly recommend this book to the patients and students that I work with. It helps to show how our unconscious belief systems are reflected in our bodies and is an excellent explanation of the mind-body connection. Dr. Mate is a gifted author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By unhappy on July 22 2013
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For anyone suffering from a serious illness and wonders why, this book is an eye opener that helps explain the mind body connection and personality traits that set us up for that illness. This book played a pivotal role in my cancer reversal and has changed my life for the better. I strongly recommend the book, Dr Mate is a genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Bentley on Feb. 21 2014
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This book should be required reading for health care providers, social workers, counsellors, coaches, and therapists - and also anyone who wants to create total health in their lives. Mate's work is thorough, nuanced, and scholarly - yet easy to read. Unlike many physicians, Mate can write in a clear, accessible, and engaging fashion. More importantly, though, this information is essential to understanding how human beings repress emotional stress; and how this correlates with chronic disease and illness. There is no arguing this point; Mate's research clearly demonstrates that mainstream health care need to take this information on board NOW in order to prevent (instead of merely treating with drugs) devastating illness and loss of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystabell on Sept. 26 2011
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To me this is a very important book.
We who are sick wonder, why us!
This book helps you understand what may have happened in your passed that is affecting you now. Stress is the problem and how we deal with it has made us sick.
Don't believe it, read the book, you'll see yourself in the stories of what the people in the book have learned.
We might not be able to fix ourselves but we will at least understand what has happened to us to make us this way.
I found it very helpful. I hope you'll give it a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sweetmaria on Feb. 12 2012
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I am greatly interested in mind and body connection and I love reading new books on this subject.
This book was very interesting also because it was written by an actual MD and a specialist in palliative care, and was based on real patients srories, unlike other books that are written by spiritual teachers with no medical background.
I hope in the future all doctors will considre mind/body connection when treating patients, and not just the physical body.
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