I began to use the do-it-yourself program you outline in The Mind Body Prescription. I stopped all physical treatments, and concentrated on your book. I was also. The Paperback of the The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain by John E. Sarno at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on. It became a medical controversy when Dr. John E. Sarno’s book, “The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain,” was published in

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In it, the renowned physician explained the vital connection between mental and bodily health, insisting that many painful conditions—including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash, and tendonitises—are rooted in repressed emotions. His prdscription, which has sold more thancopies, shows how these conditions can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures, or surgery. Does it seem to good to be true?

In the preface to his book, Sarno explains: Back, neck, and limb pain are rampant, and statistics indicate that the epidemic is spreading. Disability in American industry from low back pain continues to increase prescriptionn by year. The problem, Sarno suggests, can be found in the industries that employ large numbers of people to work at computers.


Millions of Americans, mostly women, suffer from a painful malady of unknown cause called fibromyalgia. While gigantic medical industries have arisen to diagnose and threat these conditions, the plague continues. In the early s, Sarno began to doubt the validity of the conventional diagnoses and treatment of the syndromes of neck, shoulder, and back pain.

In itself, this is harmless. Sarno believes the brain has seen fit to reduce the blood flow to the painful areas. The real culprit is the rage, and other powerful feelings in the unconscious.

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In most cases, Sarno notes, psychological factors were involved—life stresses, perfectionism, or childhood trauma. Repudiate the structural rpescription for the pain. Acknowledge the psychological basis for the pain. So we must bring reason into the process. Accept the psychological explanation and all of its ramifications as normal for healthy people in our society.

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Content may not be reproduced without written permission. I tell my patients they must consciously think about repressed rage, and the reasons for it whenever they are aware of the pain. This is in contradiction to what the brain is trying to do. It is essential to focus on unpleasant, threatening thoughts and feelings to deny the pain its purpose.


BeInkandescent: Dr. John Sarno Offers 5 Ways to Heal Yourself

Talk to your brain. The conscious mind addresses the unconscious, the more forcefully the better.

Successfully treated patients report that when they feel a twinge of pain, the kind of thing that used to be a harbinger of an attack, they talk to or shout at themselves and the pain disappears. Make a written list. List all of the pressures in your life, since they all contribute to your inner rage.

There are self-imposed pressures, typical of the conscientious perfectionist, and the pressures of everyday life—which also include happy things like marriage and children, since they also represent great pressure. You should also list presciption left over from childhood. By consciously identifying and dealing with sources of pressure, you reduce their potential negative effect sarnl the unconscious.

Set aside a daily reflection or meditation period. This is best done in quiet and solitude, so a time must be found each day when you can sit and think about what it takes to get better.

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