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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"My life was filled with excruciating back and shoulder pain until I applied Dr. Sarno's principles, and in a matter of weeks my back pain disappeared. I never suffered a single symptom again...I owe Dr. Sarno my life." - Howard SternMusculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing toNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER"My life was filled with excruciating back and shoulder pain until I applied Dr. Sarno's principles, and in a matter of weeks my back pain disappeared. I never suffered a single symptom again...I owe Dr. Sarno my life." - Howard SternMusculoskeletal pain disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with most doctors failing to recognize their underlying cause. In this acclaimed volume, Dr. Sarno reveals how many painful conditions-including most neck and back pain, migraine, repetitive stress injuries, whiplash, and tendonitises-are rooted in repressed emotions, and shows how they can be successfully treated without drugs, physical measures, or surgery. The Mindbody Prescription is your invaluable key to a healthy and pain-free life....

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The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain Reviews

  • Mark Dickson
    2019-02-28 22:55

    Let me preface this review with the fact that the rating doesn't apply to Sarno's theory--that many physical ailments have mental causes--but rather to the book itself--to its execution. I feel like I could have gotten everything I needed from this book in the first chapter alone; the rest fel like overwrought redundancy, Sarno laundry-listing all of the ailments that are maybe/possibly/definitely rooted in mental causes.I should preface this doubly with the suggestion that this may, in fact, but a really useful book for folks suffering from chronic back pain.But here's the rub:The invocation of psychoanalytical theory is either too much or too little. It's there for a good reason--to help assuage the doubts of more analytical readers, giving a scientific basis to psychological side of the book. For my taste, it didn't delve far enough--it just let me with a lot more questions. Sarno, via a handful of noted psychologists, suggests that the root of psychosomatic ailments is in unconscious "rage". But this rage, to use a Kantian term, is noumenal; we have no way of accessing or addressing it directly. We experience it phenomenally, but often not as actual expressed anger. We may not "experience" it at all, experience being a conscious faculty. This rage may manifest itself as any number of physical maladies however. Sarno suggests this is because--particularly in Western society--we (a) are more likely to store this type of rage, and (b) have no/fewer means of coping with/mitigating this rage. The problem, then, is that this rage must manifest itself somehow. First off, why? Secondly, Sarno seems to think that this subconscious rage wants to express itself as actual rage, or perhaps tears of frustration, which are not socially acceptable affect displays in Western society. Thus, we must sublimate the rage. But wait. I thought this wasn't conscious rage. Wouldn't we be sublimating conscious rage in that case?I think perhaps what Sarno means is that stress is really damn hard on our bodies. Lots of things cause stress and we store that stress. And we probably lack good ways of releasing that stress. Sometimes this manifests as pain.Acknowledging the pain's origin as mental probably gives us a feeling of control--or alleviates feelings of helplessness. This helps reduce the stress at the core of the pain. (There are often feedback loops involved in this process; a person experience a twinge of pain, which causes fear/stress about the pain, which induces more pain, more stress, and so on. Injecting a sense of control into this process effectively eliminates the feedback loop.)See. Was that so hard? Sarno either needs to offer way less analysis, or way more.This doesn't work against his larger thrust, though, that unalleviated stress can instigate actual physical problems. I don't think too many readers would find that conclusion startling. And his solution, for the most part, is also somewhat unsurprising:1) Admit the problem is solely mental.2) Begin psychotherapy.It should be noted, very early on, that this only applies to maladies with no discernible physical cause. He then goes on to debunk a large collection of alleged physical causes (largely looking at various spinal and nerve abnormalities). The section on back and leg issues is pretty illuminating--probably the single most useful section on the book. Not surprising, given that this is his area of specialty. In most other sections, though, he over-reaches. He would have us believe that just about every physical ailment humans suffer from his psychological in origin. While I'm totally on board with his distrust of contemporary medicine's pervasive medicate/operate mentality, which focuses solely on "cure" and not at all on "cause" or "prevention". But let's be clear, other factors, like diet and exercise are extremely important.And sometimes there really are physical causes to physical problems. This fact may be dangerously underrepresented in this book.

  • Yelda Basar Moers
    2019-02-28 23:43

    Truly an amazing, life-altering read!! Within 24 hours of reading this book my leg pain disappeared! Dr. Sarno believes that back and leg pain can be due to repressed emotions that turn to an interior rage that then become masked as pain. Confronting the mind with this awareness can break the cycle, or so he explains in his brilliant book!

  • Stefan Kanev
    2019-03-03 23:05

    I'm reluctant to rate this book. It sounds very convincing and both the symptoms and history of my RSI issues fit the narrative perfectly, but I feel I should give it a fair shot before having an opinion.It's basically a very simple idea. A lot of chronic pain problems, (usually related with the back and the upper body) are caused by stress-induced tension, as opposed to serious structural anomalies/deviations/problems. Thus, treatment should be focus on psychological issues and not on physical ones. There are lot of details to go into, but it boils down to "An unhealthy mind can make the body sick and you should treat the cause and not the symptom".At first the ideas sounded a bit out there, but as I read on I become more and more convinced. The author is an actual medical doctor, he doesn't use wishful thinking and he keeps his exposition pretty reasonable and fairly scientific. He's very careful to make the point that (1) there is no magic to all this and (2) not all chronic problems are TMS. His claims seem to be backed up by a sizable online community that shares very similar stories.I am convinced to try his approach and see how it affects my condition. I might revisit this review once I've done that.

  • Aleksander Skjæveland Larsen
    2019-03-15 01:01

    This book is utter nonsense. In the book, the author complains his paper was rejected 7 times from different scientific publications. Itis my suspicion this was due to serious scientific mistakes, as thebook shows the author does not master this skill.At one point he finds it incredible that occurrence of RSI was increased by 467% between 1989 and 1994. I fail to see why this is problematic; use of home computers exploded in this period. You would expect people spending too much time at the keyboard to develop RSI-like problems. The numbers and variables he throws out are not controlled against simple metrics, as I just showed. He never discuss sources of error in his theories, like the influence of improved diagnosis on number of occurrences.The author also uses tired charlatan tricks, like blaming the victim. For this, he is not to be taken seriously. The book is full of basal mistakes, and I sincerely regret I bought this book. Don't do it.

  • Nancy
    2019-02-26 20:39

    amazing book for dealing with physical pain. Could not walk on my leg, had all tests done, was babying it. Book suggested to address it as caused by hidden rage - I did - leg's all better. WOW.If you have migraines, aches and pains, shooting pain in arms, hands related to use of computers (carpel tunnel)...READ it....IF you are willing to accept the idea that - if tests have been done and there is no physical cause of the pain to be found - that the pain is cased by your brain.

  • Stephane
    2019-02-24 17:07

    A life changing read! This book truly connects the dots between the mind and the body. It shines a spotlight on the impact emotional stress can have on the physical body. I suffered from back pain for many years prior to reading this book. That pain is now gone and when I feel it starting to return, I now know it is a sign that I need to deal with emotional stress. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

  • Paul Lyons
    2019-03-14 17:46

    TMS: Tension Myositis Syndrome is relatively new term that few doctors are aware of, or want to be aware of. Thankfully Dr. John E. Sarno has brought this fascinating, frustrating mysterious condition to light. Dr. Sarno's 1998 book "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" functions in a very special manner, in that educates and heals at the very same time. It's value goes beyond traditional study of what makes a book good or bad, in that it is the equivalent of medicine via paper.Dr. Sarno's theory, which has been proven as fact after years of practice and analysis, is that a fair majority of our traditional physical ailments are the result of a function of the brain, Each individual has both a conscious and unconscious mind. The conscious mind helps us observe, think, remember, see, feel, hear, touch and rationalize. The unconscious mind, however, is purely narcissistic, and completely irrational. What happens with TMS is that the trials and tribulations of life since childhood creates rage, stress, and extreme emotion in the unconscious, whether we realize it or not. Everyone has it due to the complexity of the psyche verses the selfish, irrational self hidden in the unconscious. It is this unconscious rage that triggers the brain to protect you from letting it all out. As a defense mechanism, the brain sends a signal to deprive oxygen from a certain part of the body, reducing the blood flow and this creating pain in affected area. The pain is real, yet it also serves its function as a distraction from the unconscious rage. That is the whole point of pain: to get your mind focused on your body instead of what's really happening inside your mind. In essence, pain is a trick of the brain.Common TMS maladies include back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive use injury, leg and shoulder issues, foot problems, ulcers, headaches, stomach-gastrointestinal problems, arthritis, and even auto-immune issues, and possibly cancer. Dr. Sarno is quick point out what TMS is, and what it is not, and that a self-diagnsosis of TMS (in general) should only be done after first consulting with a traditional doctor to make sure nothing is life-theaating. That said, traditional medicine too often misdiagnosis an issue without first examining the cause.Dr . Sarno raises a fascinating, too-overlooked point: we, as humans, have not survived all of these thousands of years on Earth because we are weaklings. If our bodies were as fragile as current fashionable medicine proclaims, humanity would have died out years ago. Carpal tunnel syndrome, for example, was not identified as a problem until the last 20-30 years, and it is the current awareness of it that inadvertently creates the problem in the first place.Reading "The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain," Dr. Sarno lectures on the same subject over and over again, in a variety of examples, covering the technical biological conditions and TMS symptoms in just about every part of the body, however the point is always the same: TMS is a practice of distracting your from unconscious rage, and that education and awareness can work wonders in healing and providing a permanent cure. However, as Dr. Sarno deftly points out, it takes some time and work to make the healing-cure happen, and each person has a different depth of unconscious rage to contend with. Some are cured just by reading the book, or attending a TMS lecture or two, others should get help with their unconscious rage through a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. No matter what the case, it all comes down to an individual learning about TMS, and buying into it one hundred percent."The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain" is not for pleasure-reading, nor is it meant to enthrall the reader with wonder. Instead, Dr. Sarno's book exists as an important tool for many of those who suffer chronic pain, and offers a solution that will change the way you look at both your body and your mind.

  • Dustin Davis
    2019-03-11 23:07

    I have the audio book. I listened to it all once through and started getting immediate relief to 10 years worth of RSI in my wrists. The pain then moved to my upper back as the book said to expect. Then to my lower back. After a month the pain finally went away. It sprang up again number times over the next couple of years. Every time it did I would listen to chapter 9 on my train ride commutes.Also, I have herniated my L5-S1 disc twice. It is ruptured. My neurosurgeon is amazed from my MRIs that I function pain free. I have permanent nerve damage to the point where I have no feeling in the posterior of my left leg and foot, but I have no back pain anymore.People might think I'm crazy, but this book completely changed my life for the better. I have recommended it to so many people.

  • Travis Callender
    2019-03-19 18:52

    Theory of Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) The unconscious mind may avoid dealing with painful emotions of rage, sadness, shame, etc. through causing a pain syndrome in the body, thereby distracting the conscious mind’s attention to the physical pain rather than the emotional pain. The mind achieves this through constricting blood vessels and causing local anoxia/ischemia. The areas most typically effected are the postural muscles, tendons and nerves (e.g. back pain, neck pain, sciatica); but reduced blood flow may potentially impact many other areas also. The unconscious mind will often choose to create the pain where there has been a physical alteration from aging or previous physical injuries. Amongst other things, John Sarno says unconscious pain often develops from low self-esteem: Deeply repressed feelings of inadequacy and self doubt lead to perfectionism, and goodism. Perfectionism and goodism lead to excessive self-imposed pressure which generates internal conflict and thereby rage. Perfectionists unconsciously set up standards for themselves they cannot possibly meet; their inevitable failure to live up to them results in unconscious shame and rage. Goodism (co-dependency) is the need to be excessively good. Driven to be helpful, to ingratiate, to want everyone to like them. Rage is generated when the individual excessively sacrifices what is good for them in the interest of others; when there is not enough appreciation from others for what they have given. John Sarno’s Protocol for the Treatment of Tension Myositis Syndrome1. Repudiate the structural diagnosis (e.g. the idea that your back pain is “caused by spinal stenosis” or “a herniated disk”). There may be a simultaneous physical phenomenon but if you have Tension Myositis Syndrome, then the pain is not caused by it. 2. Acknowledge the psychological basis of the pain.3. Accept that it is ok that your psychology and beliefs are the way they are. 4. When you feel the physical pain, ask yourself what you are feeling emotionally. Get in touch with your rage, grief, shame, etc.. 5. Write a list of all the pressures in your life. Acknowledge these and take action to reduce them.6. Set aside a daily session of reflection or meditation.7. Engage in psychotherapy.8. Re-engage in full physical activity (that you may have limited because of your pain syndrome).

  • Jane
    2019-03-01 22:40

    The message that he is trying to give is that your brain is causing pain in your body due to repressed emotions and your pain will go away by understanding this. For this information, I offer 5 stars. The delivery of the information could be better though. It's not a very captivating read but if you're suffering from any kind of chronic pain, the readability of the book is certainly the least of your concerns. If you have any kind of pain such as back pain, neck pain, knee pain or migraines (or almost any pain) you must read this book! You'll be happy to know that he is not saying that the pain is imaginary or that you're faking it. The pain is absolutely real. It creates pain the same way your brain can give you a stomach ache when you're anxious.I totally believe in the power of the brain. I know of people who have had pain disappear from reading this book. Years ago I had stomach problems which on hindsight I am certain were brain induced. I've also experienced vertigo but I was suspicious that my brain was experimenting with attempts at distracting me and it quickly disappeared. Even before reading this book, I had heard about Dr. Sarno and his books so I was fortunate to know this and it probably saved me from other unnecessary pain.A lot of the book is an explanation of all of the ways the body can be effected by your brain. On the one hand, I found this rather boring and disappointing that this was such a big portion of the book. On the other hand, I realize that this is exactly what we need to know. If I ever experience symptoms in any of these areas I will be able to nip it in the bud. If he didn't cover all of these ailments, my brain would be able to find a new way to distract me without making me suspicious. In fact, before reading this book I thought I was developing arthritis. I had pain in my hands and I didn't know that this was one of the places that the brain creates pain. Now that I know, the pain is gone. In general I am a big skeptic about most things but in this case it all rings true for me. I don't have a problem with the lack of science to prove his theory. To me, the fact that it works for so many people is proof enough. I appreciate that he acknowledges that there are parts of the brain that no one understands. Just because we don't know exactly how it happens doesn't mean the solution doesn't work.The only other thing that I wish he addressed is what the brain does with the repressed emotions once you have successfully stopped it from creating pain. Personally, I do transcendental meditation twice a day which I believe serves as a release but I wonder what others do.

  • Autumn
    2019-03-09 17:45

    I'm currently trying to solve an RSI issue. I had previously read It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!: RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals. Funnily enough, that book mentions Dr. Sarno's The Mindbody Prescription, but dismisses it because the authors take offense at the idea that it might be all in your head. And then I read a blog article in which the author took issue with It's Not Carpal Tunnel because the authors claim that RSI is a lifelong problem that can only be managed. The blogger said that he hasn't had a problem with RSI since reading The Mindbody Prescription.Now, on first reading the blog article and the synopsis of The Mindbody Prescription, my gut reaction was, "That won't apply to me. I'm the most emotionally stable person I know." But lo and behold, after the seed was planted, I started to realize just how much anxiety I was holding in. Sarno describes me to a T - I recognize that I have perfectionist tendencies, and I'm a goodist all the way. [Aside: one side of my family has auto-immune disorders in abundance; we might be a high-strung sort of family.] He also describes my physical problems as if we've talked. Every health professional I've discussed my problem with has given me a skeptical sort of look at the range of problems I've been experiencing, saying things like, "Well, it could be this, but that's usually only experienced in such and such a way." Or, "It's weird that..." So it was kind of nice to receive a certain sort of validation.Other than my initial reaction, it hasn't been much of a leap for me to believe that my physical problems might stem from emotional distress. The body is a complex organism, and I'm aware of many scientific studies that have shown how much of an impact the mind can have on physical outcomes. Also, given that I am physically fit and have been following the advice for treating RSI and have seen therapists to help me deal with my physical issues, after a couple of months of not seeing improvement except for temporarily, it seems fairly obvious to me that something else is at play here.So I'm trying Dr. Sarno's strategy. I've experienced some short-term relief, but I wouldn't call myself cured yet. I'll stick with it for a while before looking for the next fix, but I hold out hope that this will do it for me.

  • Jennifer
    2019-02-22 23:55

    4 stars is pending results in 2 months~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`I've seen this recommended by so many people; he also has a book strictly on back pain. Found it today for $1 at Half Price Books. I've heard so many testimonials about the roots and cures of back pain, which are backed up by what both MDs and DVMs know but don't understand... that the severity of radiological lesions in no way correlates with the severity of clinical pain in spinal disorders. Add to that the mysteries of the related pain syndromes -- Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome -- and their explanation by the Central Sensitivity Syndrome phenomenon and the Amygdala Hypothesis, as well as the relief that I've already found to my variously-labeled pain issues (over 20 years in the making), and I've got good reason to be interested in how/if this doctor ties them together and what methods he suggests to relieve it. I expect I'll be recommending this to many people if it's any good at conveying the ideas to the patient in a concise manner.

  • Melisa
    2019-03-02 17:08

    A life changer because it changed the way I view physical aches and pains. I mean the little aches and the excruciating pains: back pain, stomach aches, searing headaches, lingering pain from physical injuries. Get this: we find it easier to handle physical pain then sit with fear, sadness, grief. Yup, it's true. Only way to find out is use/follow the book to bring yourself some relief from what ails you.

  • Megan Cardon
    2019-03-07 16:45

    I have all sorts of pains in my body that are pretty much unexplained, including chronic headaches. This book has helped me deal with these pains. I suggest this book to anyone who has issues with pain. It is one of those things that might not work for everyone but I say it is worth a try.

  • Ruth
    2019-03-13 17:53

    Dr. Sarno totally has my number. I dip into this book or one of his other offerings therapeutically whenever I start to get an ominous twinge or ache. Good to have on hand right next to your Merck Manual.

  • Lavonne
    2019-02-28 22:50

    Dr. Sarno explains how the brain uses pain in the body by finding weaknesses to distract us from emotional pain. Very good at helping us see how the mind and body are connected. Highly recommend to anyone experience pain.

  • Tasha
    2019-03-16 18:02

    This book will blow your mind if you have any chronic pain syndromes. Migraines, Fibromyalgia, depression, anything. This man is genius!

  • David Tybor
    2019-03-11 20:45

    This book provides many nice examples of logical fallacies.

  • Lori
    2019-03-16 19:59

    I really liked this book and I appreciate the depths that Sarno goes into when discussing his theory. And I do think he provides a good starting place for dealing with pain that results from repressed emotions. However, I’m not sure I am entirely on board with all of the disorders he lists being solely about repressed emotions. Partly I think that is because this book is more than a decade old. That being said, I think some soul searching can help a person figure out if any of their pain is related to emotions. I’m pretty sure nearly all of mine (if not all of it) is. Even reading this book, my pain levels fluctuated and all I was doing was sitting and reading! Nice try, brain, but I’m going to learn about this! I definitely recommend this book for anyone who even remotely thinks (or has been told) that their pain might be “stress related.” But maybe use this as a jumping off point rather than a be-all-end-all. I certainly think more than just one repressed emotion (Sarno focuses only on unconscious rage) contributes to pain. And his “prescription” doesn’t include trying not to repress emotions...just knowing that unconscious rage is there. For me personally, that ain’t gonna cut it; I need to work on not repressing the emotions I find ugly and feeling my feels. So this book has been useful on my journey but it’s just a start.

  • Scott Friedman
    2019-02-28 19:07

    While I don't take issue with Dr. Sarno claiming he has treated a large number of patients with good results, the explanation of the cases is presented in an anecdotal fashion. Dr. Sarno does not present any statistical data to back up a lot of his claims, only the 80% - 85% cure rate mentioned many times. I will try to exercise his method to get rid of some chronic aches, so I am not discounting much of what is in the book. There are certainly a good number of health practitioners who promote examining the mind-body connection to prevent and cure illness. There are certainly a lot of invasive and expensive procedures done with mixed results, so there is really nothing to lose by considering a psychological approach to treatment, especially if the approach is mostly on the patient to self-administer.

  • Jabir Elyoumni-Pinedo
    2019-03-11 20:06

    Very helpful to the understanding of pain. I picked up this book because a few weeks ago I started feeling sore with my hand/arm. I spoke to the doctor who said everything looked normal and it could just be inflammation. I suspected it might be repetitive strain injury from work and I picked up this book at the recommendation of MIT website and other people who swear by it. Honestly it has been so refreshing to read, learn, and use the knowledge to improve myself. Within a day of reading it, I was able to work much more efficiently at work. I am still new to the concept so I hope to and I believe I will see improvements over the coming days.

  • Lorena Pantano
    2019-03-07 22:08

    Some of my pain disappeared after reading the bookIf you have gone through all the tests and doctors and there is no clear cause, you can give a shot.In my case it started as gastritis but after 2 months symptoms changed and stay for months. Still with them, I’ll post back in a couple of week.

  • Princi
    2019-03-09 22:54

    interesting concept and when practiced i actually did notice some improvement. but the book is SO incredibly tedious to get through. and sarno himself doesn't actually tell you what you need to do to see the improvements. had it not been for a letter he included from a previous patient, it never would have been clear.

  • Andrea Guevara
    2019-03-20 21:01

    Four stars for the concepts in this book, not the execution. While the painfully (pun intended) thorough body part by body part explanation might be useful to some I mostly wanted more in-depth info on how to counteract the psychosomatic pain—that’s where the book sorely lacked. I wish he had gone into more depth on therapeutic or mind training practices to undo deep-seated pain.

  • Chris Tucker
    2019-03-18 23:06

    I am looking forward to reading the book on back pain, but I found this book to be very helpful. I was impressed that not only has my lower back pain been significantly reduced, but also my fear using my lower back to lift and move has been reduced as well. I would suggest this book to anyone dealing with consistent pain.

  • pat
    2019-02-27 00:51

    I KNEW MY 30 YEARS OF PAIN WAS INDUCED BY SOMETHING OTHER THAN BAD DISCS I just began using the techniques, and they worked immediately. I plan to dig up all my rage and really heal back, stomach, headache, tension & anxiety maladies.I knew it was something, but rage didn't occur to me... and I AM conscience angry, can't wait to unearth the old rage too!

  • Mónica
    2019-03-07 00:55

    This book opened my mind with new ideas on how to consider my physical pain. If you have been suffering from painful conditions with no medical reason behind them , this book will offer you a very compelling case to free yourself from pain. I was particularly interested in his theory about autoinmune diseases and cancers having a mindbody component.

  • Risa Fey
    2019-03-21 23:58

    Words cannot express how much this book has somehow effected/contributed to/verified/debunked/destroyed everything I know and believe. There is more to think about and consider than just what is presented by Dr. Sarno. Can I give it 10/5 stars?

  • Rosalind
    2019-03-06 20:54

    It makes a lot of sense. I bloody hope it works.

  • Nick Harris
    2019-03-01 17:40

    an unorthodox method to treat chronic pain. very well written and researched, and meshes really well with my own opinions on consciousness and free will