Sarno is not for everybody, nor for every ailment. He has helped thousands, but thousands more think he is a nut and a quack.
Rijssel, thanks for reading the book. Are you sure that you don't have any buried anger or sadness? You seem pretty sure of that, but I think everybody has some of these emotions buried away. How are you immune?
Sarno says that your pain is real and is serious; he just says that it is not always caused by anything physical because other people have the same physical conditions, but no pain. Your pain/symptoms may be your mind trying to distract you from painful emotions. (Allergies may have a psychological element, too, since it is an auto-immune response.)
If I had chronic back pain, I would run for the Sarno treatment to avoid back surgery and because it is all about pain management. GERD is definitely trickier since taking pills isn't too bad (if it works) and progressive GERD is scary. Unfortunately, GERD treatments seem to be failing more and more people, which makes me think that the best option longterm may be to treat the mind and hope that the body will cure itself -- mind-body medicine is the wave of the future, not drugs. But that is just my opinion.
I owe you a load of thanks! You have changed my life positively. I was newly diagnosed with GERD when I read your posting about Mind/Body and Dr. Sarno a few weeks back. I've never had heartburn but my Xray showed I had acid reflux and my trouble swallowing came from this. My doctor told me that I would need to be on the MEDS for the rest of my life, which did not go over too well with me.
I'm currently reading Dr. Sarno's book and doing a workbook to help me with the whole Mind/body process. Some of it is hard to swallow, no pun intended, however, I am trying to keep an open mind. I'm still having trouble swallowing but understand that this may not be a quick and easy solve for me. I am committed to changing my mindset and not letting my insides become a wreck. If these books don't cure my GERD, I know that I will still have a lot of positive to gain from this experience because I am not letting my future emotions ruin my health and life.
I can not thank you enough for your postings. They have motivated me so much. I am on this road to recovery because of you!!!!