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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

Critic Reviews

“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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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Healing is an Inside Job ..

Thank you doctor for giving us the tools to
assist our doctor within to do her job to do
his job. Dr Thomas Darragh DC

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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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Recording Mistakes

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.
So annoying! Who has time for that?

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  • Leslie
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  • 10-08-12

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mixed review

This book has some great qualities. The Chapter titled "The biology of relationships" was so good that I purchased the book.

Too many anecdotes... They do blend together some. Also, somewhat repetitive.... Both in content and actual production. As other reviewers mentioned, about four different times about a 30-minute portion loops back through and repeats itself. I am not referring to the author repeating himself for emphasis, I mean this is a production error. I might recommend that Audible remove this book until the production error is corrected because it is quite annoying.

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Insightful.

As someone who's body has been saying no for years, this book was wonderfully insightful.

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