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)
My interests: cognitive science, the cosmos, spiritual development, nutrition, and a peppering of comedy and realistic fiction.
Gabor Mate's work is a healing one. I recommend this book to anyone, whether ill with disease or not. This research is revealing and tears back the curtain from where our ailments hide. In our fear, unexpressed emotions, and a lifetime, generations even, of suppression of the soul.
Very important work for both practitioner and patient. If you suffer from chronic disease; this listen is a wise choice. I won't lie, sometimes it's a little heavy and I can't wait to get back to some good fiction. : )
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Dust off your Ph. D. in chemistry if you purchase this book. The book is not for your average reader or even readers with advance degrees unless they are in the sciences. Please do not spend money on a book that, although well written, is outside the knowledge boundaries of most people. On the other hand, if this is your area of expertise then go ahead and give it a go.
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