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Dr. John Sarno caused quite a ruckus back in 1990 when he suggested that back pain is all in the head. In his bestselling book, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, he claimed that backaches, slipped discs, headaches, and other chronic pains are due to suppressed anger, and that once the cause of the anger is addressed, the pain will vanish. Relieved Amazon.com readers call this book "liberating" and say "it sounds too good to be true, but it is true." Sarno has returned with The Mindbody Prescription, in which he explains how emotions including guilt, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem can stimulate the brain to manufacture physical symptoms including fibromyalgia, repetitive strain injuries, migraine headaches, hay fever, colitis, ulcers, and even acne. If these psychosomatic problems all sound a little Freudian, what with the repression of emotions in the unconscious, it's because Sarno unapologetically borrows from Freud for the basis of his theory and cites childhood trauma as a major source of emotional problems. He also says that his program is a "talking cure" of sorts, since patients must be convinced their pain is rooted in their emotions before healing can begin.
The book reads a bit like psychology text, with Sarno quoting from psychoanalytic theorists including Heinz Kohut and Graeme Taylor and the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition). Sarno walks through the neurophysiology of mindbody disorders, lists the symptoms of dozens of disorders that he believes are emotion-based, and offers a basic program for overcoming psychosomatic pain and illness. His recovery plan includes meditation and sometimes psychotherapy, including behavior modification, and stopping any medication or physical therapy. While Sarno's ideas seem radical, they were commonly implemented earlier in the 20th century, when psychoanalysis was at its peak of popularity, and they promise to become more accepted in our current era of alternative medical therapies and anger management. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This is the best book ever. I totally believe in the mindbody connection and it is helping me in many ways.Published 7 months ago by Adele
Sorry about the review, but I haven't really been able to get into this book. I have heard many good things about it and the practices but I just cant really report on it yet. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Lee Hutchinson
This book was amazing. i dont like reading, but i had a herniated disk. I forced myself to read it. its a great buy. good read. and works!!! :)Published 21 months ago by chickiroo
I strongly recommend this book to pain sufferers and to those who know someone who is in chronic pain.
Reading it has had an enormous impact on me and one of my relatives. Read more
Even from childhood you hear about the mind having power over your body (hypochondria, etc). Dr. Sarno does a fantastic job of explaining it. Read morePublished on July 19 2013 by Lawrence Barber
This book gave me an introduction to, and an understanding of, the Mindbody disorder Dr. Sarno calls Tension Myotisis Syndrome. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2011 by Serenity101
The book is well written and is worth the money and time to read for anyone suffering from any kind of pain there is. This book might help you. Give it a try.Published on Oct. 17 2010 by Zach T. Savard