This Doctor Believes Your Back Pain Is All In Your Head

Sarno, a former professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, posits that bodily pain is caused by repressing one’s emotions and by stress, not by physical ailments. According to Sarno, “goodists,” or people who put other’s needs ahead of their own, are the most likely to suffer from chronic pain with emotional underpinnings.

Ah, New York, probably connected to the infamous Dr. Kolodny.

This is a new word for me: goodist.  So, now my chronic pain is caused by me putting other’s needs ahead of my own… after all, I’m a woman, and that’s what most women do, right?

“I consider that I practice very conservative, standard medicine,” Sarno says in the film. “My theories may involve the unconscious, but that doesn’t make them any less rigorous.” Still, Sarno’s success remains largely anecdotal and his methods have been largely unrecognized by the mainstream medical community.

Filmmaker: “What he is pointing out is that the vast majority of chronic pain symptoms are the repression of one’s emotions.”

Seriously, people, my pain is not caused by repressed emotions…

But, okay, for Dr. Sarno, I’m going to practice mindfulness for a moment…

Yeah, I’m back, still in pain.

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