(2-AUDIO CD DISC SET) When the Body Says No: The Mind/Body Unity and the Stress-Disease Connection


Advancing Natural Medicine 8 ~ 2009

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These days stress is ubiquitous-in the work place, in the home, almost everywhere that people interact. It takes a heavy toll, unless recognized and managed effectively and with insight. Western medical practice separates the mind from the body, a disconnect contrary both to ancient human wisdom and to the latest findings of modern research. The brain and body systems and organs that process emotions are intimately connected with the immune centers, the hormonal apparatus and the nervous system. Thus emotional stress, especially of the hidden kind that people are not aware of, can undermine immunity, disrupt the body?s physiological milieu and prepare the ground for disease. In almost all chronic conditions, from cancer to ALS to multiple sclerosis to autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease or Alzheimer?s disease, hidden stress is a major factor. Dr. Mat‚?s presentation will be based on his book, When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress, a Canadian bestseller that has been translated into ten languages on five continents. His lecture includes research findings, compelling and poignant anecdotes from his own extensive

experience in family practice and palliative care, and also illuminating biographies of famous people such as the athlete Lance Armstrong, comedian Gilda Radner, and baseball legend Lou Gehrig. Some of the topics to be discussed include: The mind/body unity as explained by modern science; the nature of stress and its physiological consequences; what the major stressors are on human beings: loss of control; uncertainty; and conflict; how the early environment "programs" us physiologically and psychologically into chronically stressful patterns of feeling and behavior; why stress remains hidden in our culture; how to recognize stress and how to prevent it; the seven A?s of healing