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When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, by Gabor Maté M.D.

Date: September 8, 2014 Category: , ,

In this book, Gabor Maté, a physician specializing in addiction, stress, and childhood development, suggests that emotions express themselves physically and that, by investigating our emotional lives, physical ailments can be better understood and treated. While emotional stresses are by no means the only causal factors of illness to consider, I’ve found that they are some of the most often overlooked. I really appreciate that Maté advocates for each individual’s agency in the healing process through connection with their own personal life narratives and rejects approaches that place authority solely in the hands of the physician. Touching on the inadequacy of existing language around the mind and body, Maté says that, “even to speak about links between mind and body is to imply that two distinct entities are somehow connected to each other. Yet in life, there is no such separation; there is no body that is not mind, no mind that is not body.” —Jesse