Sarno Validates Freud
According to John E. Sarno, M.D. (1923-2017) …
“In view of the widespread Freud bashing of recent years I may be courting disapproval to state that my concepts descend from Freud’s clinical observations and theories. But I know this only in retrospect, for I did not set out to prove Freud right. My developing ideas were the consequence of clinical observations; they were not based on preconceived notions about the mindbody connection.”
Howard Stern called Dr. Sarno “the Steve Jobs of Pain Medicine.”
In a 2017 eulogy to Dr. Sarno, he said …
“I treated him like a rock star. He was my Mick Jagger.”
Howard Stern suffered extreme back pain and a frozen shoulder.
He had to do his radio shows lying flat on his back on the floor.
Mainstream doctors told him he needed surgery.
That all changed when he met Dr. Sarno …
“The medical community will not reward this man because he will cost them billions of dollars.”
Dr. Sarno was a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at the New York University School of Medicine and the author of …
Mind Over Back Pain (1982)
Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection (1991)
The Mindbody Prescription: Healing the Body, Healing the Pain (1998)
The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (2006)
John E. Sarno, M.D. (The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, 2006) wrote …
“The type of symptom and its location in the body is not important so long as it fulfills its purpose of diverting attention from what is transpiring in the unconscious. On occasion, however, the choice of symptom location may even contribute to the diversion process, something that is common with psychosomatic disorders. For example, a man who experiences the acute onset of pain in his arm while swinging a tennis racket will naturally assume that it was something about the swing that hurt his arm. The reality is that his brain has decided that the time is ripe for a physical diversion and chooses that moment to initiate the pain, because the person will assume that it stems from an injury, not a brain-generated physical condition that caused the pain. How does the brain manage this trick? It simply renders a tendon in the arm slightly oxygen deprived, which results in pain. This is how ‘tennis elbow’ got its name. If that sounds bizarre, diabolical, or self-destructive, you will see later that it is in reality a protective maneuver. My colleagues and I have observed it in thousands of patients.”
According to Howard Stern …