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

When the Body Says No Understanding the Stress Disease Connection Praise For WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO Once thought to be in the domain of genes our health and behavior have recently been revealed to be controlled by our perception of the environment and our beliefs Ga

  • Title: When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection
  • Author: Gabor Maté
  • ISBN: 9780470349472
  • Page: 448
  • Format: ebook
  • Praise For WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO Once thought to be in the domain of genes, our health and behavior have recently been revealed to be controlled by our perception of the environment and our beliefs Gabor Mate, M.D skillfully blends recent advances in biomedicine with the personal insights of his patients to provide empowering insight into how deeply developmental experPraise For WHEN THE BODY SAYS NO Once thought to be in the domain of genes, our health and behavior have recently been revealed to be controlled by our perception of the environment and our beliefs Gabor Mate, M.D skillfully blends recent advances in biomedicine with the personal insights of his patients to provide empowering insight into how deeply developmental experiences shape our health, behavior, attitudes, and relationships A must read for health professionals and lay readers seeking awareness of how the mind controls health Bruce Lipton, Ph.D cellular biologist The interviewees stories are often touching and haunting Mate 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 Mate presents an open formula for healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress Quill Quire Medical science searches high and low for the causes of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and a host of other conditions Yet it often ignores one of the most pervasive factors leading to illness the hidden stresses embedded in our daily lives In this important book, Dr Gabor Mate combines a passionate examination of his patients life histories with lucid explanations of the science behind mind body unity He makes a compelling argument for the importance of understanding stress both in the causation of disease and in the restoration of health Richard Earle, Ph.D Director of the Canadian Institute of Stress Hans Selye Foundation Praise For SCATTERED One of the most comprehensive and accessible books about Attention Deficit Disorder Publishers Weekly starred review Utterly sensible and deeply moving The Vancouver Sun

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    1. “When we have been prevented from learning how to say no, our bodies may end up saying it for us.” - Gabor Maté, When the Body Says NoI think it’s common knowledge that stress takes its toll on the body and can cause chronic illness. Gabor Maté goes a step further in his analysis on stress’ impact on the body and looks in more depth into autoimmune diseases and how our reactions to life, as well as our upbringings, and our relationships with loved ones, might affect how our body reacts [...]

    2. Well, I'm new to this site. I'm currently reading another of this author's books, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, about addiction. So I was reminded of the important role this book has played in my life. I read When the Body Says No shortly after being diagnosed with a life threatening autoimmune disease. It's scleroderma, one of the illnesses he talks about. Doctors encouraged me to make peace with life, as well as to stop working immediately. I didn't have long, they said. I had a highly stress [...]

    3. One of my concerns when I started reading this book was whether he would adequately address the idea of personal blame. I was pleasantly surprised on his clear distinction between blaming someone for their illness versus looking at larger dynamics that can add an increased risk to autoimmune disorders. He is fully in the latter category, not at all the former. In other words, he's not simplistic in his approach and does not say just "If this, then that." I appreciated how he walks the reader thr [...]

    4. Finally, a book by a conventional Western doctor wholeheartedly supporting the concept of the body as a holistic organism. It's about time.Dr. Mate describes, in layman's terms, the newly combined medical discipline called psychoneuroimmunoendocrinology -- the inextricably interconnected systems of psychology, neurology, immunology and endocrinology -- and describes how underlying, ongoing, unconscious stress is directly linked with specific disease. This book is a wake up call for anyone facing [...]

    5. Another keeper from one of my favourite authors. Dr. Mate has many examples to make clear the connection between repressed emotions and disease. A reminder that you cannot fool Mother Nature by living in denial.

    6. A real eye-opening book about how stress and anxiety wear down the immune system and contribute to a host of illnesses. I didn't need to be sold on the connection, because it makes perfect sense to me, but I was glad to read the whys and wherefores. In the last chapter the author gives some advice as to how to confront the stress patterns that plague many people. This is well worth a read if you are interested in the mind/body connection and the medical research that backs it up.

    7. This is the third book by Gabor Mate I've read. The idea is that many common illnesses -- cancer and auto-immune diseases, to name a couple of wide categories -- are related to specific kinds of stress. In other words, while there may be an environmental or genetic component, the physical causes are not the most important. He thinks there is reason to believe that people from certain types of family backgrounds, living certain types of lives, will be more likely to acquire certain types of healt [...]

    8. After reading this book, I want to buy it for about a dozen people I know. While it covered a lot I knew or assumed about the stress & diseases connection, Mate does a good job of pushing the idea about ten steps further and makes a lot of connections and points in the argument that stress and disease should be considered 1) by viewing the body as a system of systems (hormones, autoimmune, nervous, etc.) and 2) by viewing the disease not solely as a physical manifestation, but within the who [...]

    9. I enjoyed reading this book - he is a GP/Psychotherapist and for this book he's interviewed people so you get their stories but also reprots back from studies. His view is that current medicine splits treatment to purely 'body' whereas health can only accurately be thought of in terms of mind-&-body. Coming from a science background I enjoyed all the descriptions of killer t cells, endocrine systems, cortisol etc etc. I think anyone would as it's written very clearly and simply. Plus it's ab [...]

    10. Repression-stress-lowered immunity as a trigger for disease, make sense and has been discussed before. A person only has to live through one major, stressful episode in his/her life to attest that the link between these is real. The author states repeatedly that it is only one of several contributing factors, however, like the majority of traditionally trained medical doctors, he ignores some very important ones: parasitic activity in our bodies, solvents and other toxins that have become omnipr [...]

    11. Description:Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a connection between inhibited emotion and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there a "cancer personality"? Questions such as these are emerging as scientific findings throw new light on the controversy that surrounds the mind-body connection in illness and health. Modern research is confirming the age-old wisdom that emotions profoundly affect our physiology. Repressed emotions frequently bring on stress–– which, in turn, can lead to dis [...]

    12. This is one of the best books I've ever read, and I can't wait to read more of Gabor Mate's books. Mate looks at the emotional components of various diseases and how stress (an environmental factor) affects the onset of cancer, MS, arthritis, alzheimer's, you name it. Each disease tends to have a particular personality profile that corresponds to it. With lung cancer, for example, Mate observes that we tend to think that smoking causes lung cancer. However, if that were true, then all smokers wo [...]

    13. Outstanding and fascinating look at how stress creates illness! Mate introduces and explains the research on what personality types get what illness. Essentially, the book discusses the idea that emotional repression results in stress that creates certain kinds of illness. While Mate mentions that inappropriate (i.e. extreme) expressions of rage also creates illness (heart disease), he does not discuss this in depth. I would have liked to know more about that aspect, but I suspect Mate chose ins [...]

    14. Every human being should probably read this book. This one was and is really difficult one to review. Maté delivers some pretty interesting theories that really make sense but are difficult ones to "prove" to be truth, but at the same time if they are true, they would and will change the whole perspective of how we understand or should understand different sicknesses. My was that a complicated sentence. On the other hand it annoyed me throughout the book how Maté does not explain his thoughts [...]

    15. This is a stunning book! The single best one I've read that not only describes but provides data to explain how repressing emotions can lead to disease (dis-ease). The stories and scientific studies paint a very vivid path from childhood incidents and trauma to repression of emotions and the stress brought on by them to chronic and often fatal diseases. He includes and thoroughly covers various types of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, asthma, ALS, Alzheimer's, and mor [...]

    16. Maté never disappoints. He devotes a chapter each to several of the worst ailments and conditions affecting people, specifically cancers and autoimmune problems. Not only does he go into the science of how our emotional systems and responses are physiologically connected to our immune systems and our physical stress response systems, but he also gives plenty of anecdotal evidence to show how people's childhoods, and the childhoods of their parents, contribute to people getting sick. He really d [...]

    17. I like Maté's books. They are a breath of fresh air about topics i have read about elsewhere but without all the drama and messianic heat. They are also sensible, informative, and in the behaviors taken from human examples, so Canadian specific. What can I say? We're not allowed to talk about moneyt if we're polite. Neither is it the least bit nice to lead off a conversation with 'What do you do for a living?' That's a huge inconvenience on a first date when you really need to know if he lives [...]

    18. This is easily one of the most important books I've ever read in my life. Once I've read it a few more times and understand the science a bit better I'm writing an extensive article on why everyone needs to read this book. My life will never be the same, and I can mark the moment in which everything got better the day I finished reading Maté's work for the first time.This is life-saving stuff. Illuminating. Painful. Marvelous research. Read it. Seriously. Just read it. You'll see.

    19. Gabor contributes his intelligence and insight to the realm of mind-body connectedness. He weaves together the latest advances in neuroscience, endocrinology and developmental science and leavens these with personal insight and a firm grasp of the humanities and philosophy. The end result is a truly powerful commentary and critique of western medicine and the approach we take to illness in our society. I was deeply moved and inspired by this work.

    20. Gabor Mate is a genious with an astonishingly generous heart and s beautiful spirit. I'd give 5 stars to every one of his books and I've read them all.

    21. Lots of good information about how the body and mind are really one super-system and how they influence each other. He also points out how we've lost the perspective of treating the entire person, and only treat symptoms, or narrowly focus on the affected sub-system. I also really liked his explanation of "gut feelings" and why we have them and why it is important to pay attention to them.

    22. Shifted my perspective on the causes of disease, including my own digestive issues. And now that I have changed my focus from looking for the foods that cause my distress to dealing with the stress that cause my distress, I have noticed a definite improvement. Anecdotal evidence, sure, but Maté provides plenty of actual evidence.

    23. According to Dr. Matè, compulsive regard for the emotional needs of others while ignoring your own is the major risk factor for diseases from irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, cancers (especially breast, ovarian, prostrate), asthma, MS, ALS to many more. With extensive explanations of our hormonal and immune system in response to chronic stress due to suppression of our own negative feelings, he is more than convincing. He has given evidence from a wide range of research, his own as [...]

    24. A very intriguing book that educates without resorting to fear-mongering or finger-pointing (except for the blurb on the back of this particular edition, which I found irritatingly alarmist. Other editions are better). Mate's sensitivity is especially important in a book that looks at contributing factors to chronic or terminal diseases. Mate is careful to point out that it is not only "morally obtuse" but also "scientifically unfounded" to blame the sufferer for their disease (p8). His goal in [...]

    25. Fine, call me a narrow-minded medic.What irked me particularly about this book is the fact that every chapter starts with a sad tale of loss, grief, abuse and emotional repression that simply 'happens' to happen in somebody suffering from ALS/MS/various cancers. And from this Mate draws the conclusion (kinda) that denying your feelings will give you scleroderma. Don't get me wrong here - I know fully well about the proper evidence (like, you know, academic papers and the likes) discussing the ev [...]

    26. I finally finished. This is a book I read in sections so that I could think about it in between. Many examples are given to support the belief that illness is caused by stress. And stress can be current or unresolved from all the way back to childhood. It's not only conscious stress but stress we're not aware of. That makes it insidious because how can one deal with a stress one is not aware of?At the end of the book he outlines the Seven A's of Healing. It's a simple list but each one is multif [...]

    27. Self sacrificing individuals seem to bring on a lot of stress and possibly chronic disease.Here's a video: youtube/watch?v=MuZMSZOmg, this book is full of horrible diseases. I'm going to skip around. There's the list from the last chapter:Ch 19. 7 A's of Healing - emotional competence (connect with others authentically)1 Acceptance2 Awareness3 Anger4 Autonomy5 Attachment6 Assertion7 AffirmationCh 17. False beliefs1. I have to be strong2. It's not right for me to be angry3. If I'm angry, I will n [...]

    28. He's going on and on about anger and how bad it is for you when it's stored up. Hmm I notice he's from Eastern Europe. I am certain people from Sweden get angry too, but they don't go about showing it. Nor do they get sick more often than people in Eastern Europe. Culturalisms! I came to believe the premise of this book was inaccurate, but it was required reading. Until I got to one page on which is described what happens to children when they are taught about feelings in one way, but they detec [...]

    29. Drawing links between stress and illness I found this book to be quite compelling. I really connected with it and see in my own life how repression of emotions has lead to certain physical problems. I know a lot of people discount the link between trauma, repression and illness but the author does a pretty good job of making the case for that tie. He doesn't state that it is the sole cause of some illnesses, just that it plays more of a part than the current medical system believes.The one thing [...]

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