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When the Body Says No Audiobook

When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Brettha 02-13-15
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    "Must listening for All health professionals"

    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. : )

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MojoSnowToes 06-24-15 Member Since 2015

    My interests: cognitive science, the cosmos, spiritual development, nutrition, and a peppering of comedy and realistic fiction.

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    "Enlightening and terrifying"

    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.

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    Jenny Barrett 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Everyone needs to read this."

    A compassionate look at the root cause of a hurting world. Gabor Mate is amazing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Clara Madrigal 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "everybody should read this book"

    This book is a life changer. My understanding of emotions and illness has evolved so much thanks to Dr. Maté. I look forward to listening to his other books. The narrator did an exelent job.

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    J Darragh Houston, Texas 06-10-17
    J Darragh Houston, Texas 06-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Healing is an Inside Job .."

    Thank you doctor for giving us the tools to
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    his job. Dr Thomas Darragh DC

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    LizElwee 05-04-17
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    "Very thought provoking."

    A very nice exploration into the connection between our mental and emotional health and illness.

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    Sarah B 03-17-17
    Sarah B 03-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    helpful insights and anecdotes that show how the mind and emotions can affect the health


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Daniel Maté?

    The reader was fine. It was the replaying or rereading that was super annoying. I am sure that was an editing mistake.


    Any additional comments?

    There were 4 different times that a long passage was begun to be read again as soon as it was finished. I had to fast forward for several minutes each time to get to the correct place.<br/>So annoying! Who has time for that?

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    Leslie Seattle, WA, United States 10-08-12
    Leslie Seattle, WA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book with well need information!"
    Would you listen to When the Body Says No again? Why?

    Yes. There is lots of information put to get her in quite a comprehensible way.


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Maté – was your favorite?

    Question Not applicable to book.<br/>


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    Jeanette 06-19-17
    Jeanette 06-19-17
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    "Priceless information"

    Enjoyed the narrator's voice. Enjoyed listening to the stories and understanding the link between mind and body. This work is really deep and for me only really understood the implications by delving deeper within, with some introspection.

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    Afueramor 08-25-16
    Afueramor 08-25-16

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    "Self Knolwedge and Personal Development"

    This is another life changing book that you NEED to read. You will see the world through clearer lenses after this book.

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