When the Body Says No

When the Body Says No

Exploring the Stress-disease Connection

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. :, J. Wiley,, [2011]
Copyright Date: 011
ISBN: 9780676973129
Branch Call Number: 616.08 MAT 2011
Characteristics: xii, 306 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 31, 2019

Medical myths are dangerous because they often give patients a false sense of hope and a distorted view of their illness' cause, and can cause a delay in care and impair treatment.

In a nutshell, according to Maté diseases are caused by the stress of unresolved childhood trauma. This narrative is elaborated upon through long-winded and superfluous medical anecdotes which contain mountains of falsehoods and medical myths. Any science cited is cherry-picked at best. But the most preposterous (and dangerous) of them all is a reprint of a claim by one of his colleagues, a new-age self-help guru Dr. Christiane Northrup. According to his citation, Northrup says that she had witnessed firsthand a patient become cured of end stage ALS. How? The patient simply took the time for "self love and personal inventory".

serob Apr 13, 2016

Also read Hans Selye, acknowledged as the "Father" of the field of stress research:


xaipe Apr 11, 2016

A compassionate doctor's examination of the relationships between stress and psychological and physical illnesses. In our highly pathologized culture which has a pill for every complaint, this is a wonderfully wise book on the relationship between stress and an array of diseases as well as the effects of stress on the developing fetus. Gabor Mate's talks on You Tube are compliments to the book's topics.

Apr 08, 2013

If I could give this six stars, I would. A must-read.

Starling16 Apr 07, 2012

Fascinating book, pretty heavy emotionally so be prepared to read it, because basically it says that we are even more *!@#-up than we know, and it's time to make some fundamental changes.
He assigns much of the blame to Western civilization, and if you doubt it, he provides some compelling evidence.
One criticism I might make is that I wonder if environmental toxins play more of a role in emotional stress and disease, it would have been nice if the author addressed that topic. Whether you agree or not, very interesting to read and well-explained.

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