In When the Body Says No, physician and writer Gabor Maté explores the mind-body link and the connection between stress and disease. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a relationship between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer's disease? Is there such a thing as a "cancer personality?"
Drawing on scientific research and years of experience as a practicing physician, Maté provides answers to these and other important questions about the role that chronic stress and one's individual emotional make-up play in an array of common diseases, such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, and multiple sclerosis.
Maté carefully explains the biological mechanisms that are activated when stress and trauma exert a powerful influence on the body. He illustrates his ideas with interviews of famous people who've experienced chronic illness (Ronald Reagan, Gilda Radner, Stephen Hawking, and Pamela Wallin), interspersed with intimate life stories collected through his years of practice. Chapters deal with stress, emotional repression, hormones, the "cancer personality," the biology of relationships, and the power of negative thinking. He backs up his claims with compelling evidence from the field, citing many controlled studies that have demonstrated correlations between psychosocial factors and disease.
Maté emphasizes that to decipher the hidden factors in chronic illness is not to blame the victim, and the book is free of assumptions that all illnesses are the result of ego issues. Rather, he provides the opportunity to address the unintentional transmission of stress and anxiety through the body and across generations.
Dr. Maté has a gift for making complicated medical findings accessible for the lay-person, while still relevant to the professional. Both 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.
©2003 Gabor Maté (P)2011 Post Hypnotic Press, Inc
"This is a most important book, both for patient and physician. It could save your life." (Peter Levine, author of Waking the Tiger)
"Gabor Maté, M.D., skillfully blends recent advances in biomedicine with the personal stories of his patients to provide empowering insights into how deeply developmental experiences shape our health, behavior, attitudes, and relationships. A must read." (Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., author of The Biology of Belief)
"When The Body Says No is full of startling insights and hard won poetry." (Toronto Star)
Written by a doctor, this book is complex but compelling. Mate convinced me to make changes to how I lived and gave me some insight into my own health problems. Recommend for auto-immune disease sufferers who want to make life changes.
This book is amazing. Everyone should read it. It is at the cutting edge of joining psychology (which when I did the a level I found distinctly unscientific) and biology to explain the previously unexplainable.
So many diseases I have been taught were inherited or caused by some carcinogen agent, but really, the things doctors often pronounce with such confidence are so poorly understood. This book actually fills in the gaps and shows why certain people get certain illnesses.
Keep reading to the very end. If you have one of the diseases mentioned in this book, you may start to feel blamed if you don't make it to the final chapters which explain beautifully that disease is basically a psycho-social phenomenon, where the person is a product of many factors previously out of their control.
The good news is once there is knowledge and insight, healing can begin.
I found this book extremely interesting. I found it engaging and extremely informative. It is written in a way that allows you to understand the biological content without simplifying it.
I learnt a lot from this book and found it very helpful
This book is FANTASTIC!!! I highly recommend it, a MUST READ for greater understand how stress, childhood trauma and development can lead to disease! Eye opener. Grateful to the Author! 🙏💜❤💜
"Finally a wholistic view of humans ..."
The book discusses the duplicity of humans as mind and body and elaborates on the impact of suppressed emotions on our physical health. Stress will express itself in disease if not dealt with effectively.
An interesting read. I felt the author only went 2/3 of the way though. The spiritual and religious side of us and the interaction with God need to be considered in researching this topic. That - in my view - is what makes a "whole" person.
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