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How stress can cause disease

How stress can cause disease

  • May 13, 2014
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  • by Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté talks about how hidden stress from childhood and beyond can impact overall health and even evoke diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis. From disease to addiction, parenting to attention deficit disorder, Dr. Maté’s work focuses on the centrality of early childhood experiences to the development of the brain, and how those experiences can impact everything from behavioral patterns to physical and mental illness. While the relationship between emotional stress and disease, and mental and physical health more broadly, is often considered controversial within medical orthodoxy, Dr. Maté argues too many doctors seem to have forgotten what was once a commonplace assumption, that emotions are deeply implicated in both the development of illness, addictions and disorders, and in their healing.

Dr. Maté is the bestselling author of four books: When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection; Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do about It; and, with Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers; his latest is called In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.

Today we bring you all three of our interviews with Dr. Maté in 2010. In our first conversation, Dr. Maté talked about his work as the staff physician at the Portland Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, a residence and harm reduction facility in Downtown Eastside, a neighborhood with one the densest concentrations of drug addicts in North America. The Portland hosts the only legal injection site in North America, a center that’s come under fire from Canada’s Conservative government. I asked Dr. Maté to talk about his patients.

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

Now in paperback, the bestselling exploration of the effects of the mind–body connection on stress and disease Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality”? Drawing on scientific research and the author′s decades of experience as a practicing physician, this book provides answers to these and other important questions about the effect of the mind–body link on illness and health and the role that stress and one′s individual emotional makeup play in an array of common diseases. Explores the role of the mind–body link in conditions and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBS, and multiple sclerosis Draws on medical research and the author′s clinical experience as a family physician Includes The Seven A′s of Healing–principles of healing and the prevention of illness from hidden stress Shares dozens of enlightening case studies and stories, including those of people such as Lou Gehrig (ALS), Betty Ford (breast cancer), Ronald Reagan (Alzheimer′s), Gilda Radner (ovarian cancer), and Lance Armstrong (testicular cancer) An international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, When the Body Says No promotes learning and healing, providing transformative insights into how disease can be the body′s way of saying no to what the mind cannot or will not acknowledge.

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