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When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2010
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2004
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
on July 22, 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2011
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
on February 21, 2014
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
on February 12, 2012
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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on March 23, 2010
I first heard of this book because the author was interviewed on Democracy Now. I especially liked the humility of the author, an MD who referred to his own unconsciousness about the complex and multidimensional relationship between his body and his mind. I am enjoying the much enhanced experience of actually reading the book at a slow pace, not because it is dense or difficult, but because I find myself liking to reflect on each chapter before I charge on. I find that in the reflection process between chapters, I discover many curious ways that the personal stories and observations about his patients apply to me or to people that I know. This book has clarified and codified in useful ways my own observations about the relationships between the illnesses that I and others have and the abiding life assumptions that attend to them.
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I heard Dr Mate speak last spring, left the auditorium and bought this book. I wasn't disappointed and since then in my job as a therapist I have recommended it to many clients. We are our bodies and anyone who pays attention to both body and mind should understand that. When we suppress trauma and strong emotions something happens in the complex chemistry of our bodies that, left unaddressed, can morph into chronic illness. While medical care is necessary so is the need to acknowledge locked in emotions that fester and leave the unconscious mind managing distress. This book is recommended to people who treat emotional and physical illness in a professional capacity, those who experience chronic illness and their caregivers.
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