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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

In this accessible and groundbreaking book - filled with the moving stories of real people medical doctor and best-selling 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.

©2021 Gabor Maté (P)2021 Vintage Canada

What the critics say

“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

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New Insight into My Life

This book has given me new insight into my life and my family history. At first, every chapter made me more afraid, but by the end I felt more empowered to find out more about my emotional history and get counseling for my abandonment issues and past traumas.

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I loved this book.

I'm no good at words, but I found myself emphatically waving my arms around and stopping in my tracks during my long walks.. enraptured by these words. I'm an RN. thank you dr Mate.

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Not what I thought it would be

I read this as part of a book club choice. I live with a lot of stress, childhood trauma, PTSD from childhood and was looking for the connection between the body and stress, and how the body says No. The first chapters were good and I was able to identify with many of the points, and I thought "oh good, a book I can relate to". Unfortunately there were some intervening chapters that were so dry and long winded it sounded like someone's university thesis brought to life. Chapter after chapter tying certain kinds of stress to certain kinds of ailments and frankly I don't need that in my head, and thankfully I don't have any of those ailments. I don't need to be wondering if every little ache and pain is related to stress. I skipped to chapter 14 and carried on from there... and chapter 17, The Biology of Belief is the reason I skipped the previous chapters. I have read Dr. Bruce Lipton's book called The Biology of Belief and it is fantastic. I am very aware of self talk, ingrained beliefs and programming and what affect that has on the body. The following chapters to the end are worth listening to and value to be gained. The examples can still be long winded as they are "story like" and word for word recapping of conversations. A book that uses examples with less detail and more information on what I can do to change would have been much more valuable. If I had to buy this again, not sure if I would. I need a "how to" book on identifying, understanding, and changing old programming and beliefs so I can move forward... and this isn't it. :(

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honestly changed my life

a must read. what a detailed and clear explanation of how the body manifests all kinds of emotion and trauma and stress.
changed how I parent.

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Well done

The facts seemed to be well researched and leads you to a very good understanding of the power of mind

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tough read at times

can hit close to home, so only read it if you are prepared to make some changes in your life.

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very repetitive

lots of anecdotal evidence. He just kept repeating himself. I feel like it could have been a much shorter book.

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very eye opening

fantastic book with relatable information. Has given me lots to consider in my personal emotional and health healing journey. Definitely recommend

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  • Al
  • 2022-06-11

Solid information, good to know

Despite the fact that the information was solid and presented in a coherent manner, this was a difficult listen for me. The narrator wasn't the issue. In print form I know I would have chewed it up. Perhaps some books are better read than listened to?

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An Eye Opener

I really enjoyed this book. It explains so much about how disease develops and this was proven through years of research. The narrator was good, I enjoyed his performance.

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  • Matt Haag
  • 2021-07-29

Amazing book!

The best written and researched book I have found on the mind-body connection in relation to disease. I have multiple autoimmune conditions and have been reading and learning all I can for many years, I can’t recommend it high enough.

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  • jenjen
  • 2021-10-19

So validating! thank you for writing!

I've spent a lifetime being invalidated by passive aggressive people. Audible is telling me I need more words.

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  • herozero
  • 2021-09-28

A must read for anyone, ill or not

Would put this on required reading list for anyone who is a child, parent, friend, lover, or just a human. It's only going to help you better understand what gets in the way of being more fully Homan and more positively experiencing life. So much explanation, and ALL the science we've needed to back it all all. On a more personal note, I found myself saying "Amen! " , and "Thank you!" so many times, as so much of this my inner core self knew and occasionally my mind knew, but I've been shunned for living out of or considered rather woo woo for speaking about. The connection between physical health and having our needs for autonomy, affection, attachment, acceptance, approval, intimacy, love met, psychological/spiritual health has long been undeniable, even while I have lived my conditioned role of silent caretaker to my own detriment.

Thanks for this very helpful detailed validating proof, and explaining our options to heal, especially in audio form.
And thank you to the narrator for making it super easy to understand even tho there's plenty of science in it. Will recommend to anyone.

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  • Alexandru Cinca
  • 2021-07-29

Life-changing

It put everything in perspective and made me realize that even stuff I absolutely thought are helping me cope with childhood trauma are in fact making it harder. Truly a must read.

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  • Charlotte
  • 2021-09-15

Must read!

This book is life changing, I will use and share the resources that I have learned in this book! If you have been looking for alternatives for self healing and a better understanding to the human body & emotions than this is the book for you!

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  • berna
  • 2021-09-06

I wish there was more on the solution

It’s a good book if you are new to the topic however I feel that 90% of the book was all about making a case and connection to prove his point which already was clear in the first few chapters and left very little on the solution I feel this book is an introduction to the topic of emotions can make you sick basically lacks solutions

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  • Tatiana C
  • 2021-07-07

Insightful

This book was recommended to me by my nutritionist, I found it extremely insightful. And plan to listen to it again. There were some definitely aha moments.

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  • Olyia A Mimkho
  • 2021-06-28

Vital information

This book is phenomenal, truly. There is so much important, and very useful information, that I definitely will have to reread it again!

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  • EssieinSocal
  • 2022-04-14

too repetitive each chapter

the narrator is fine
after some 5 chapters I started to get annoyed by yet the exact same structure.
1. a patient with a severe illness such as cancer has similar emotional issues
2. mostly repressing their emotions for the sake of others

there was only some advice in the 19th chapter. I quit after 9 chapters and returned it.
how is this book so highly recommended? it's a repeating same story over and over without much solution or advice. the overall message is basically that the way you handle or ignore emotions, can lead to deathly disease smh

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  • RockP
  • 2021-09-20

Repetitive

Struggled to finish as the stories become repetitive and predictable. Overall okay for casual reading.

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  • Mari
  • 2022-01-18

Fantastic book

It showed me so much about myself that I need to explore more. Excellently written and understandable about the topic of profound impact our emotions have on our health, lives and the lives of others. I am considering giving it as a present for all my friends