When the Body Says No is the book by Gabor Maté, M.D., that I recommend to all my clients who have been diagnosed with a disease, especially if it is a chronic condition. It seems to me that, like Dr. Maté, when I encounter the energy of disease, I also run into a fortress of powerlessness and habitual self-negation. In these sessions, I usually echo a voice that has long been buried to confirm that “Yes, you can leave your wife or husband; yes, you can leave your job; yes, you can redefine the terms of engagement with your family, children, partner, co-workers or boss. In other words, I hear a voice deep within my client who knows what is best for them, yet this voice is persistently squashed and ignored for a variety of reasons. Dr. Maté presents the link between this silenced NO and compassionately witnesses the physical ravages that occur when the body is left alone to express the magnitude of our soul’s protest and guidance.
“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.”