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From the COLlive inbox: Many back-pain sufferers are being told that Dr. John Sarno's method is "the only way," but is that true? Full Story

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Aaron
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Aaron

BS”D Hope you remain pain free

Thank you
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Thank you

This is an imp read as sarno advocates do have a hard time understanding this..they’re in a frenzy to convince everyone that this is the only way everyone must go.

Agree
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Agree

Agree it didn’t work for me as well:(

is this the only way?
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is this the only way?

Answer: ONLY after everything else was ruled out From Every Side by Top Notch Experts in The Field, But NOT Before That. Because You Can G-D Forbid End Up Missing The Boat…

Concur - a patient of dr sarno
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Concur - a patient of dr sarno

Glad you wrote this piece

I underwent 3 emergency surgeries- I fell 15 feet
Dr Sarno told me the method would not work for me and that I was “crazy” to believe or listen to ppl who says that mind body would fix the broken pieces of my spine

It’s important to write another follow up and to help ppl understand to be sensitive to ppl who are suffering in pain and also being asked to explain themselves to others who are in total belief that we can wish it away

in order to be helped
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in order to be helped

In order to be helped,you have to be open to it. u dont seem to be open to alternative medicine! go ahead and keep going to your drs.,hopefully u will feel pain free. remember what chasidu teaches us”moach shalit al halev” .

Mind over matter
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Mind over matter

For me, lower back pain usually signifies a uti or kidney stone. Can’t wish those away

where is your pain from?
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where is your pain from?

Sarno is for those who do not have a physical ailment…. you need to have no physical abnormalities like a herniated disc or damaged nerves. Its when the pain is coming from the mind not in the hurt area. Your mind cant fix herniates disks or sciatica. Your mind can fix emltional pain that manifests in the body.

Tracht gut
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Tracht gut

I understand how people in our community are taken in by this quack. Ignorance and a tendency towards magic thinking. Placebo can work in the short-term but will catch up with you. Back pain can be helped with conventional methods like exercise, physical therapy. Try losing some weight and getting in shape. You won’t regret it!

There is a boss
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There is a boss

Excellent writing, collive please have Rebbetzin Metzger write more often!

Works for some
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Works for some

Dr Sarno makes it clear in his book that you need to make sure you have no real physical problems first, before trying his method. I read his other book over ten years ago, heal the mind heal the pain, helped me tremendously. Good luck.

Author feedback
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Author feedback

Re Comment 6: Clearly I’m open to Sarno and tried the method. I also did acupuncture which is considered Alternative. At a certain point medical intervention is necessary. Agreed “Moach Shalit al HaLEV”. That’s why Sarno works for those whose pain issues stem from from emotional “lev issues”. This is why I shared so much detail about what is physically wrong with my back….so that it is OBVIOUS that the pain is not just in my head and heart. There are simply too many physical issues for the mind to control the pain. (4 out of my 5 lumbar discs… Read more »

Agree
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Agree

Excellent article. Kudos to the author. She wrote in a clear concise manner and it was very informative. I felt like I was reading a professional medical journal review.
May Hashem (the true Rofeh Kol Bosor) grant you a Refuah Shleimah. Thank you.

Back Surgery
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Back Surgery

I woke up one morning and could not move. I tried every alternative option out there for 3 months. I would read Sarnos book daily to will myself to feel better.

I felt better when after 3 months, I had back surgery. I felt better instantly. If there is something physically wrong with you, you need to get it fixed. Willing your mind will not remove nerve damage being caused by a herniated disc.

Aaron
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Aaron

BS”D how do you call an esteemed well credentialed doctor # 9 a quack,the emcee at the event has had approx 15 years of relief, 15 pain free years, hardly the definition of a placebo affect, usually the ignorant,unhappy and uneducated use such terms as you do, is it your job to discourage people, furthermore, the video testimonials were bybpeople who did not look to bevoverweight, in fact one was an avid basketball player

To Number 6
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To Number 6

I’m sorry, but for a treatment to be effective, you shouldnt have to be “open to it”. Medical treatments are effective because of their actual interaction and mechanism on the body. If you have a headache and take ibuprofen, it will reduce the pain whether or not you are open to it working.

I too tried Sarno
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I too tried Sarno

10 1/2 years ago, after many years of therapy, I too was told about Dr Sarno. I was told that back surgery was not good don’t do!! But when a collapsed one night, I was rushed to the hospital and told that my vertebrae was fractured all the way down from L-5 to S1! Had I not gone I would have ended up in a wheel chair. I remained in pain on and off for 9 years. I “learned” and lived Dr. Sarno. Last summer I was blessed with maricle, called a spinal cord stimulator, by Medtronic. I have been… Read more »

Author Unfortunately Does Not Understand the Sarno Method
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Author Unfortunately Does Not Understand the Sarno Method

The author wrote, “I was actually practicing the Sarno method (of essentially ignoring my pain) before I knew of its existence.” Sadly, that is not Dr. Sarno’s method. His method is to acknowledge (most for the first time) the rage behind the stresses in one’s life and to tell one’s mind, “I can handle my stresses without it manifesting in physical pain.” Ignoring the pain just is not the answer and is not what will cure a person.

Sarno works great!!!!!!
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Sarno works great!!!!!!

DON’T BELIEVE THE SKEPTICS! IT WORKS GREAT!

I had debilitating back pain R”L that left me spending the day laying on the couch for two months. That was over two months that I could not work and my family had no income! Wow!

Then, I picked up Sarno’s book and was healed in 4 days. That’s right, just 4 days.

All this happened 7 years ago, and B”H I’m fine.

the author is the best proof of sarno's wisdom
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the author is the best proof of sarno's wisdom

exactly as sarno says. that is what happened to her.

she has the surgery. feels better. and almost immediately a new problem sets in.

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