Sarno Validates Freud



By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

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 …

“A lot of geniuses, they’re not recognized in their time, and I’m proud to say that when people finally understand who this guy was, I’ll say, ‘Yep, I knew him.'”

'Sarno Validates Freud' have 3 comments

  1. September 28, 2018 @ 4:07 pm Atom

    Re: You have any suggestions on receiving body dowsing from you?

    Books, blogs, and appointments to learn to DO IT YOURSELF.

    Eliminate the Middle Man (the fancy term is disintermediation).

    What good is a single Body Dowsing for one hour when a 40-year-old person has been alive for 350,000 hours?

    Yet there are “emotional clearing” marketers who delude people with these “hole-in-one” fairy tales.–e-books.php#Mind-Reading


  2. September 30, 2018 @ 2:44 pm James

    Which is Sarno’s best book listed above that describes his method of removing pain with Mind over Matter?


    • September 30, 2018 @ 3:15 pm Atom

      Considering Dr. Sarno was “flying blind” (confining himself to one emotion and not knowing how to Body Dowse), he accomplished much.

      My favorite book is The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders (2006).

      His title is more correct than his subtitle …

      There is no Mind Body disunion, only a Mind Mind discord.


      My Sufi teacher Adnan Sarhan warned …

      “If you don’t guard your intellect against your intellect, you will be destroyed by the intellect.”


      Paramahansa Yogananda (The Divine Romance, 1986) wrote …

      “Two people are separately dreaming they are in a hospital. One is cured, and the other remains sick. The first thinks, ‘Oh, how happy I am! How well I feel!’ The other thinks, ‘I feel so sick; how miserable I am.’ But when they awaken from their dreams, both realize that they were neither ill nor healed. In reality there is no disease or ill health at all. Delusion causes these experiences. As soon as you realize that everything is the condensed thought of God, the condensed dream of God, then you don’t mind this play of His. You have awakened from that dream of duality, that dream of sickness or health.”


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