The answer to my search came to me in the form of a man — John E. Sarno, M.D., the Mindbody medicine pioneer who has, for the past 32 years, helped thousands of people to become pain-free utilizing a revolutionary approach to treat common persistent musculoskeletal pain.  Dr. Sarno’s provides an educational program that uses only knowledge and information as treatment and cure.

Of course, I didn’t understand any of that when I first heard his name. In fact, I felt nothing in particular when my friend Scott recommended one of Dr. Sarno’s books. At that point, I had learned not to get my hopes up. However, since I had made the commitment to try everything, I listened. Eventually, Scott’s enthusiasm provoked my curiosity and so I read the book. I was cautiously optimistic.

“Healing Back Pain” by Dr. John Sarno was a major turning point for me. This was my first exposure to the doctor’s work and I was thoroughly captivated. It was as if the doctor was writing about me.

“Wow!” I thought, “this is a completely new way of looking at the problem. Just what I needed!”

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Learning to be Pain-Free

by Ken Malloy

Attending Dr. Sarno’s lecture,  was comfortably reminiscent of a college class. There were about twenty people in the room. A mix of varying ages and walks of life. Although we were all total strangers, I felt a kinship with everyone, as if we were all part of a community. And, of course, we were. We shared the common experience of chronic pain.

Wearing a white coat and half-rim glasses, Dr. Sarno had the aura of a seasoned professor. He stepped to the front of the room and after roll call, he jumped right to his presentation, complete with projector, slides and a long wooden pointer. For the next two hours, he presented his entire lecture.

He spoke calmly in measured, balanced tones with the patience of a scientist explaining his theories to a group of laypeople.

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