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Book Excerpts:

SpiritSite.com is pleased to offer excerpts from the following books.  You may click on a book's cover to begin, or on the links below:  

Selections from Dr. John Sarno's Mind Over Back Pain:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Selections from Healing Back Pain:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Selections from The Mindbody Prescription:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

SpiritSite.com is also pleased to offer the following interview with Dr. John Sarno:

SpiritSite.com interview

John Sarno

Dr. John Sarno is Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, and attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, New York University Medical Center.  

For over twenty years, Dr. John Sarno has been working with patients to help alleviate neck and back pain. His list of grateful, pain-free patients numbers in the thousands.   Dr. Sarno's revolutionary approach to back pain is based on his discovery that tension is the underlying cause of most back problems -- leading to an often unrecognized, but highly treatable, condition called Tension Myositis Syndrome.

Mind Over Back Pain

Mind Over Back Pain (review or buy) outlines Dr. John Sarno's approach to healing chronic back pain - an approach that works primarily with the mind and emotions, rather than drugs or surgery.  In Mind Over Back Pain, Dr. Sarno describes the manifestations and treatment of Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS), which is his name for the condition that causes much chronic back and neck pain. 

Healing Back Pain

In his follow up to Healing Back Pain, Dr. John Sarno builds on his earlier theories.  After identifying psychological factors in back pain, Dr. Sarno explains how many of his patients have gone on to heal themselves. Healing Back Pain (review or buy) touches on themes such as: why self-motivated and conscientious people are prone to back pain, how anxiety and repressed anger trigger muscle spasms, and how TMS can be cured through recognizing the emotional roots of tension and pain.

The Mindbody Prescription

Dr. John Sarno's most recent book, The Mindbody Prescription (review or buy), extends his theories to other pain-oriented disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia.  The Mindbody Prescription explores how the brain can produce physical symptoms and how emotions can lead to peptic ulcers, migraine headaches, and a host of other ailments.  "I had considered Dr. Sarno's idea preposterous, but ten years ago I was talked into seeing him. I haven't had back problems since," says John Stossel, a correspondent for the television show 20/20.