When The Body Says No: The Cost Of Hidden Stress

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When The Body Says No: The Cost Of Hidden Stress

by Gabor Mate

Knopf Canada | February 3, 2004 | Trade Paperback

When The Body Says No: The Cost Of Hidden Stress is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 in

Published: February 3, 2004

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973124

ISBN - 13: 9780676973129

Found in: Health and Well Being

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Body talk This may be the most important book you read for many years—even though it was originally published in 2003, before the current economic woes plunged many of us into anxiety about our ability to cope in an increasingly unpredictable world. And although we’re a few days out of “Stress Awareness Month” (April) for this year, the message the author conveys to us in the book’s pages remains timely, if not critical. Now more than ever we need to be reminded to attend to what our bodies are telling us as we respond to the stresses—including self-imposed stresses—inherent in our daily lives. Unfortunately, our personal, social, and cultural conditioning is such that this attentiveness can be very difficult for us to give. For many, even an unexpected and apparently untimely brush with serious illness fails to activate the optimal responses our bodies crave for healing and the commitment we need to foster in taking the steps necessary to regain wholeness. Whether or not you still harbour any doubts about the relationship between chronic stress and serious illness, the wisdom imparted in the pages of this engaging and compelling study will enable you to step back and take a more compassionate and objective look at your own life and the lives of those close to you. Illness, or dis-ease, is examined as being not only a whole-person (BodyMindSpirit) phenomenon, but also as a process deeply rooted in our intergenerational and psychosocial dimensions. Our bodies are exquisitely sensitive instruments, tuned to experiences and emotions we may not even be aware of. Biochemically (including hormonally), immunologically, at the deepest cellular level, they are constantly responding and adjusting to the stuff of our lives. But their “hidden reserves of adaptability” are not infinite: even as we struggle to “manage” our stress, these reservoirs become depleted. And this is when illness strikes. The author shares with us his patients’ stories and the insights he’s gleaned from them. He shows and reflects on how our “emotional competence, the capacity that enables us to stand in a responsible, non-victimized, and non-self-harming relationship with our environment” is a strong determinant of our susceptibility to disease and our capacity to heal. The book’s 19 chapters are organized around common chronic illnesses, including cancer. The “biologies” of relationships, loss, and of belief are considered. In the last chapter, “The Seven A's of Healing”, the author summarizes in a sensitive and constructive manner the sort of personal growth and transformation goals we need look towards in order to give our bodies the support they demand. Gabor Maté is a Vancouver physician and bestselling author. His IN THE REALM OF HUNGRY GHOSTS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH ADDICTION (2008) won the Hubert Evans Prize for Non-fiction at last month’s 25th Annual BC Book Prize awards.
Date published: 2009-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant! This book is fantastic. Gabor Mate is brilliant! I had several 'A-ha' moments while reading this book. I highly recommend it. I will be giving a copy to all of my friends and family for Christmas. Everyone deserves to gain the knowledge that he has to share. His approach to medicine and how mind and body are linked would transform the world if everyone understood it.
Date published: 2006-08-20

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When The Body Says No: The Cost Of Hidden Stress

by Gabor Mate

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.82 in

Published: February 3, 2004

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0676973124

ISBN - 13: 9780676973129

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A Note to the Reader People have always understood intuitively that mind and body are not separable. Modernity has brought with it an unfortunate dissociation, a split between what we know with our whole being and what our thinking mind accepts as truth. Of these two kinds of knowledge the latter, narrower, kind most often wins out, to our loss. It is a pleasure and a privilege, therefore, to bring in front of the reader the findings of modern science that reaffirm the intuitions of age-old wisdom. That was my primary goal in writing this book. My other purpose was to hold up a mirror to our stress-driven society so that we may recognize how, in myriad unconscious ways, we help generate the illnesses that plague us. This is not a book of prescriptions, but I do hope it will serve its readers as a catalyst for personal transformation. Prescriptions come from the outside, transformation occurs within. There are many books of simple prescriptions of one sort or another -- physical, emotional, spiritual -- that appear each year. It was not my intention to write yet one more. Prescriptions assume that something needs to be fixed; transformation brings forth the healing -- the coming to integrity, to wholeness -- of what is already there. While advice and prescriptions may be useful, even more valuable to us is insight into ourselves and the workings of our minds and bodies. Insight, when inspired by the quest for truth, can promote transformation. For those seeking a healing messa
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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.

About the Author

Gabor Maté, a Vancouver physician, is the author of the bestselling book about attention deficit disorder, Scattered Minds. He has been a family physician for over twenty years, a palliative care specialist and a psychotherapist; he is also staff physician at a facility for street people in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. He was a long-time columnist for The Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail.


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Editorial Reviews

“His medical background and lucid writing style make complex biological processes accessible to non-scientific readers.” -- The Gazette (Montreal) “Maté carefully explains the biological mechanisms that are activated when stress and trauma exert a powerful influence on the body, and he backs up his claims with compelling evidence from the field…. Both the lay and specialist reader 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.” -- Quill & Quire “[An] enthralling exploration of the relationship between stress and disease. . . Maté probes deeply into the life histories and psyches of [his] many patients. . . . What emerges is nothing short of a revelation. . . . When the Body Says No has the power to change medical thinking.” -- The Edmonton Journal Praise for Scattered Minds : “Rare and refreshing. . . . Here you will find family stories, an accessible description of brain development and sound information. You will also find hope.” -- The Globe and Mail “Maté has done us a great service. . . . People who do not yet know they have [ADD] will have their lives transformed.” -- Canadian Medical Association Journal “An utterly sensible and deeply moving book written for a general audience.” -- The Vancouver Sun “One of the most
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