As I said, this "cure" has nothing to do with being new agey or not. I have done yoga for years and still do...but that is irrelevant to this approach.
Like you, I am skeptical, very skeptical of alt medicine. That is smart.
Sarno would say that he is not alt medicine, but instead treats patients with a clinically-successful regime that happens to involve no drugs or surgery.
To offer another perspective...remember that MDs used to think that milk would cure an ulcer. At that time, if you had suggested otherwise, you would have been ridiculed. MDs misunderstood the mechanism that caused that problem. Eventually the H pylori theory was developed and it finally became gospel. Today however, you are starting to see the first efforts to say that h pylori may not be the real issue and that it may be beneficial/protective. Oops, are the MDs wrong again?
Sarno contends that the effort to battle the symptoms of various pains (he has a long list of chronic ailments) may be misguided. He believes that the symptoms often are due to oxygen deprivation to muscles/tissue which creates pain and various symptoms. To stop the oxygen deprivation cycle, he has patients deal with buried emotions. In using this approach, he and a number of other MDs have started having very high cure rates for a variety of illnesses. Clinical trials are underway to try and better verify what has been happening. I wish it was something different, but that is what it is....I know, it sounds hokey and hard to believe...
But Sarno has been really successful. Sarno's success is why he was featured on the cover of Newsweek, has been lauded on Oprah (he cured her executive producer), has had a profile done on him by 20/20 and is mentioned alot on Howard Stern's radio program (he cured Stern, too.) Recently I heard an interview with him on NYC's major talk radio station; the other MD on the show was the head of some major division at Harvard Medical School and he was falling all over himself praising Sarno and his new approach. I can see why this is happening, because if you try his approach, it can be quite beneficial. Read the reviews of his books on any website and you will see dozens and dozens of testimonials. His books are all bestsellers for a reason. Lots of people give them as presents to friends....
So, that is my endorsement. If you are interested, go for it. If not, there is always drugs, surgery and the restricted diet thing. I decided to give this basically free and much-praised approach a try and as I have said, it worked for me. I feel great, use no drugs, am in better touch with my emotions and eat / drink anything.
Good luck to you all.