When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress Paperback – Feb 3 2004
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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)
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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.
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.
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.
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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I got this book from my local library and loved it so much I wanted my own copy. As someone who has survived cancer and it still surviving it this book served as a wake up call.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Just buy it!!!! Wonderful Learn so much about past and diseasePublished 1 month ago by Carol Taylor
A very important book on the cost of hidden stress. Dr Mate writes with great knowledge support & compassion to help those struggling with identifying and finding solutions for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by mary barratt
There are undoubtedly connections between emotional stress, coping styles and illness. But this author overstates these connections, highlighting only research that supports his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Darien
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