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  • The Cost of Hidden Stress
  • Written by: Gabor Maté MD
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (329 ratings)

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When the Body Says No

Written by: Gabor Maté MD
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
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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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Depression and Anxiety Warning: DO NOT READ

If you suffer from anxiety or depression, do not read this book. It will send you spiraling into hopelessness. I almost threw myself onto the train tracks, because based on what I have learned from this book, I am going to die of cancer anyway. If you have anxiety or depression, you already know how hard it is to manage through past trauma, complex feelings and relationships. You don't need additional pressure telling you that you'll also get cancer if you don't process those feelings properly. To further compound things, it will also tell you that your children will get cancer as well. I saw myself in each and every one of the 'cancer personalities'. 17 doomsday chapters and the last 2 tried to offer some 'solutions', none of which offer tangible hope. While I don't think that is the author's intent, that was definitely the effect. I think would be a useful book for academic purposes - for doctors to pay attention to emotional health as a key element of physical health. For people who are in HR or influence public health policies. If you are looking for help or answers for yourself as a struggling/stressed individual, there are none here.

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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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a real eye opener into what stress does to you

Just loved this book! Well written and stories from real people lives. Prompts me to take a serious look at the stress in my life and what I can do about it.

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Not the same without Dr. Mate’s voice.

I only got halfway through Chapter 2. I assume it’s his son reading it but without Dr. Mate’s soothing voice it’s not the same. It’s read way too clinically and I keep finding my mind wandering which is a shame because I love his YouTube clips. He should try reading his own books.

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A read medical doctor

This book, like the Myth of Normal, is an example of why we are all suffering from psychological problems stemming from our experiences. Mate is a real medical practitioner unlike the many who push pharmaceuticals to treat symptoms and not the causes of illness.

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Anecdotal at best. Utter lies at worst

I think the title says it all. I believe in a strong mind-body connection but, for example, this idea of those with ALS having a consistent "personality" is anecdotal at best, yet stated as a fact in this book. Can be dangerous for listeners mental health.

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Relates to everyone

Fantastic book really made me look at my life 62 year old woman living with a narcissist personality. Highly recommend. Love that he is a Canadian doctor

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