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When the Body Says No : The Cost of Hidden Stress [Paperback]

M.D. Gabor Mate

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3 Feb 2004

In this accessible and groundbreaking book--filled with the moving stories of real people--medical doctor and bestselling author Gabor Maté shows that emotion and psychological stress play a powerful role in the onset of chronic illness, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis and many others, even Alzheimer's disease.

When the Body Says No is an impressive contribution to 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 in Scattered Minds, invites us all to be our own health advocates.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking 4 May 2004
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I hope anyone who wants to explore how the mind can adversely effect the body will find time to read this book. I would have wished for more discussion and illumination on the subject of healing - however, what there is, is good. Many times I found myself pausing and reflecting on new and different ways of seeing and approaching life.
There are many salient points worth re-reading. The authour discusses the physiology of stress, and explores psychological areas, such as assigning "blame." Often the reader is asked to consider the child that proceeds the adult. When all is considered: a thought provoking, disturbing, and illuminating work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best NF I've ever read 3 Feb 2010
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For anyone in public health or the medical or mental health field, this alternative perspective on the social conditions that contribute to disease is a must read. Mate is engaging, insightful and dead-on. If we do not acknowledge and work to change these conditions, the health care system in America will collapse. Though Mate is not specifically advocating for social justice, he is enlightening us to what we need to know.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of information and insight 5 Jan 2004
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Gabor Mate took a difficult subject (PNI, emotions, and the "cause" of illness) and made it understandable, readable, and very insightful. Whether you are just at the start of your journey in this field or if , like me, you have a library full of Myss, Hay, Chopra, and Brennan, you will find wonderful stories that you won't be able to forget and an adundant amount of research that will help you as you heal your life. I highly recommend it and am buying two copies to lend out, there is no way I will let go of my copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book 16 Mar 2003
By Elsa D. Rosia - Published on
Amazingly written...a fabulous understanding of human emotions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 16 May 2014
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Drawing from his experience as a family practitioner in palliative care, Gabor Maté transports us to the world behind our body's signs. Hidden messages of unresolved pain, unprocessed experiences and emotions, in a language that everybody can understand. When the body says no is about the much needed time to pay attention to this message and DO something about it. As someone wise once said, if you cannot create without, you create within. Time to pay attention to the various ways we are unable to create without and why. Highly recommended!
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