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The Mind/Body Prescription [Paperback]

John Sarno
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Book Description

1 Nov 1999
Dr. John E. Sarno's Healing Back Pain is a New York Times bestseller that has helped over 500,000 readers. Continuing the research since his ground-breaking book, the renowned physician now presents his most complete work yet on the vital connection between mental and bodily health.... Musculoskeletal 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. His innovative program has already produced gratifying results for thousands of patients. The Mindbody Prescription is your invaluable key to a healthy and pain-free life.

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Trade Edition edition (1 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446675156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446675154
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.9 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since TMS and its equivalents are initiated by psychological phenomena, an explanation of the psychology of mindbody disorders is the logical place to begin. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worked for me 22 May 2006
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Reading it thoroughly twice and implementing the recommendations in this book, has helped me address some debilitating RSI related pains which I'd been carrying for more than 6 years.

Different strokes for different folks and all that, but for me this book was a winner after spending years and countless trying to treat my symptoms
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common-sense pain relief 22 Aug 1999
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Why is it that common sense is not so common? Dr. Sarno's book has made a major difference in my life. I had decided that the remainder of my life would be spent with constant muscle spasms and a sedintary life style. I have thrown away the SI belt, resumed walking and swimming, talked to my unconscious mind, and have experienced little muscle pain in my back, legs, and arms since reading the book. Dr. Sarno explains in clear, if somewhat redundant, style exactly what happens when muscles are deprived of oxygen and how anxiety, anger, and fear contribute to muscle spasms -- being diagnosed as degenerative discs, nerve entrapment, etc. My copy is underlined, high lighted, and loaned out. This is revolutionary work that shows immediate and lasting results. Thank you, Dr. Sarno.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pain relief for the first time ever. 4 Jun 1999
By A Customer
I've been reading the book off & on for a few weeks and for the first time in the past 8 years, I've had relief from my pain. Dr. Sarno also covers OCD, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and more. The book cost a whole lot less than my 10 months of useless (although well-meaning) chiropractic care. If you're like most people, nothing gives you permanent relief from the pain. This book explains why and explains how to stop the CAUSE of the pain. The book itself is enough to help. It's a complete explanation of what you need to do to help yourself. Dr. Sarno is not trying to recruit new patients with this book.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works! 19 May 2006
Anyone mocking this book has not read it enough times or simply not understood the concepts being delivered!.. it makes so much sense and it really, really works. Before using this book i had RSI to the point where i couldnt type, chronic pain left over from whiplash in my shoulder and chronic jaw pain. I'd had physio on my RSI and whiplash but to no real success, and hospital treatment for my jaw to no real success. After 3 weeks of reading this book (over and over again) i was COMPLETELY FREE of any pain. I really couldnt believe it!!..

The fact modern medicine does not accept these pages as truth is an absolute disgrace - millions upon millions of pounds spent on healthcare which is entirely unnecessary.

If you are in pain, and are a sarno type (perfectionist or goodist), you need to read this book!!..
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great help 13 July 2006
I was suffering from RSI, not sure if its the book or the remedial massage therapy I'm having is what helped (or both), but my RSI is a lot better and improving every day.

Its a very compelling argument and conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers. My doctor told me to take pain killers which only tackles the symptoms not the cause.

UPDATE: Its been over 4 years and I'm RSI free, it did come back a few months after first getting it but I read one of his later books and applied the principles and it soon went away again. I used to get the occasional back pain too, but having read the book if I do get any symptoms (which is now very infrequent) I can make them go away just by running through the principals in the book before I go to sleep.

Dr Sarno offers a hypothesis and evidence to support it, if you accept it and believe it then it will work for you.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free from agonising back pain 29 Mar 2007
After many tests, painful physio, and painkillers that didn't work my Doctor was advising tests for secondary bone cancer. After following the instructions in this book, the excruciating pain in my spine, which had increased to the point where I was housebound and miserable, vanished in minutes! My Doctor concurred that given my circumstances it was conceivable that the pain had psychological origins and admitted that the tests for bone cancer she was advising were a 'shot in the dark' given that all else had failed to pinpoint a cause. As I continue the mental exercises the muscle pain is diminishing daily and I can contemplate a return to work soon. The Doctor is following my case with interest, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it from a real skeptic, this book can help! 30 Jan 1999
By A Customer
I bought this book Jan. 1 and have been working through the process experiencing pain reduction and hope for the first time in years. All along the way, I have seen confirmations that TMS is indeed the only diagnosis that fits my so called "idiopathic" problems.
Dr. Sarno shares his wealth of experience sucessfully treating people just like me. However, he is careful to recommend getting a throrugh diagnosis first to catch any problems that are not TMS.
I actually cried at times, feeling like Dr. Sarno had been spying on my life. He actually understood that the fear of pain can be as paralyzing to one's life as the pain itself.
If you're in pain, READ THE BOOK. And best of luck to you for a hope filled future!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RSI sufferers - it could be over 6 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I have suffered from RSI for about one year and, after a very depressing period of intense pain, it had become more manageable through osteopathy and anti-inflammatory treatments. A friend introduced me to Sarno's work saying that she had cured her long-term back pain with it. I am fairly sceptical about anything I perceive to be New Age and accepted her offer of a loan of the book without thinking my cure was around the corner. I read the book, recognised a great deal of what he says are particular types who suffer back pain/RSI and began the program. Within a few days the pain had receded significantly and within two weeks, it was virtually gone. Some people believe that this treatment "blames" the sufferer for their illness but what it does is show how certain types of people with certain behaviour patterns can be susceptible to psychogenic disorders and can then, once informed and convinced of that, cure themselves. I was sick of doctors and other health professionals reducing me to the position of "sick person" and found this enormously empowering. It may not cure everyone but I, and a growing army of other ex-sufferers, know that there is an answer out there for an awful lot of people to end the misery and impotence of chronic pain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvellous book - wish I'd found it years ago.
This is a marvellous concept described in simple terms. I used the approach with a painful & limiting left bicep tendonitis which just kept flaring up, growing steadily worse as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane Sleven
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
A most interesting read about a plausible concept which I imagine some people could find controversial. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Myles Bevis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is amazing and has helped me come to terms as to why I am in physical pain. It has made me face issues that I have hidden away. Read more
Published 3 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Whilst I don't agree with all his theories I found this an interesting book to better understand the whole mind-body connection with back pain.
Published 5 months ago by Nattus
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend this book.
Having read 'healing back pain' I found this book a little 'in depth' for me and not as much of an 'easy read' as the first one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
I read a book by him ages ago called The Divided Mind and it really turned me on to the idea of there being a link with emotions and physical symptoms as a distraction (he calls... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Patricia Worby
I bought this audiobook after suffering from disabling chronic leg pain for 4 years, as well as reading The Great Pain Deception by Steve Ozanich (also highly recommended). Read more
Published 12 months ago by igloo
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing book
After being diagnosed with a seemingly horrendous pain syndrome which I refused to accept I came across this book and it has completely changed my life. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary
2.0 out of 5 stars o.k.
Perhaps because I am ADD, I don't know, but this book was too involved with medical terms etc. It didn't make comfortable reading to me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by nettie
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of the most imporant books I will ever read.
Before I continue I must quickly explain why this review deserves your attention:

6 Months ago I suffered from a highly sensitive pain in both elbows which turned my... Read more
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