When the Body Says No

When the Body Says No

The Cost of Hidden Stress

Book - 2003
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In this accessible and groundbreaking book -- filled with the moving stories of real people -- medical doctor and bestselling author ofScattered Minds, Gabor Maté, shows that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness. Western medicine achieves spectacular triumphs when dealing with acute conditions such as fractured bones or life-threatening infections. It is less successful against ailments not susceptible to the quick ministrations of scalpel, antibiotic or miracle drug. Trained to consider mind and body separately, physicians are often helpless in arresting the advance of most of the chronic diseases, such as breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and even Alzheimer's disease. Gabor Maté has found that in all of these chronic conditions, there is a common thread: people afflicted by these diseases have led lives of excessive stress, often invisible to the individuals themselves. From an early age, many of us develop a psychological coping style that keeps us out of touch with the signs of stress. So-called negative emotions, particularly anger, are suppressed. Dr. Maté writes with great conviction that knowledge of how stress and disease are connected is essential to prevent illness in the first place, or to facilitate healing. When the Body Says Nois an impressive contribution to current research on the physiological connection between life's stresses and emotions and the body systems governing nerves, immune apparatus and hormones. With great compassion and erudition, Gabor Maté demystifies medical science and, as he did inScattered Minds, invites us all to be our own health advocates. Excerpt fromWhen the Body Says No "Only an intellectual luddite would deny the enormous benefits that have accrued to humankind from the scrupulous application of scientific methods. But not all aspects of illness can be reduced to facts verified by double-blind studies and by the strictest scientific techniques. We confine ourselves to a narrow realm indeed if we exclude from accepted knowledge the contributions of human experience and insight. . . . "In 1892 William Osler, one of the greatest physicians of all time, suspected rheumatoid arthritis to be a stress-related disorder. Today rheumatology all but ignores that wisdom, despite the supporting scientific evidence that has accumulated in the 110 years since Osler first published his text. That is where the narrow scientific approach has brought the practice of medicine. Elevating modern science to be the final arbiter of our sufferings, we have been too eager to discard the insights of previous ages."
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, c2003
ISBN: 9780676973112
Characteristics: 306 p


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Oct 14, 2017

Absolutely wonderful book for anyone wanting to understand themselves, their physical and emotional health. It made me reflect on my own life and childhood and how I can undo unhealthy thinking and behaviour patterns. Absolutely recommend it!

Sep 05, 2016

Dr Mate's book resonated with me. He is caring and very human - his book has lifted my spirits towards hope of healing my dis-ease by the empowerment through knowledge and biology of belief. Rating would be 6 stars if possible.

Apr 01, 2013

This book resonated with me on very many levels. It is compassionate, wise and utterly convincing.

Jun 19, 2012

a doctor who confirms 'the biology of belief' and 'molecules of emotion' by viewing his own patients - very perceptive. "you are what you think"."Stress, toxic emotions and non-serving beliefs held in the sub-concious will create dis-ease in the body and lead to chronic illnesses.
every doctor and patient should read this book.

Aug 22, 2011

Gabor Mate always brings a fresh look into the topics he covers. It was definitely an eye opener to keep the stress levels down and to display your anger in a productive manner. But his profile of personalities and their corresponding auto-immune illness is riveting. I only wish all doctors showed his level of compassion for the emotional aspect relating to illness.

Jul 05, 2010

A great read!

Dec 16, 2009

Physician Heal Thyself
This human has led by example. Thank you.

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