Resources

Sarah Rainwater contributed hugely to this Resources Section. Thank you so much Sarah!

  • Unlearn Your Pain by Dr. Schubiner. More updated than Sarno’s work, but people LOVE Sarno, as do I. I’m beginning to love Schubiner just as much. Honestly, both American heroes (too bad more people don’t know about these two great men, ugh). A documentary with Schubiner is linked below in the “Documentaries” section called This Might Hurt. He also writes a blog on Psychology TodayHere is a link to Dr. Schubiner’s blog pieces in Psychology Today.
  • Hidden From View by Howard Schubiner and Allan Abbass Mostly written for other doctors and how to talk to patients about their neural pathways.
  • The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno. Note: You will notice that Dr. John Sarno will be mentioned in a lot of these pieces. He is the pioneer, and like I mentioned earlier, more sophisticated brain imaging has shed light on this subject and the vocabulary and information is more vast now, than it was with Sarno, but whatever... he was a genius and did not get the credit he deserved. Also, there are many other books on the topic. 
  • The Divided Mind by Dr. John Sarno
  • Healing Back Pain by Dr. John Sarno. More than simple back pain information, full of education for many chronic ailments. This is the first book I started with over a decade ago.
  • The Meaning of Truth by Nicole Sachs Focuses is on unconscious mind journaling and more. People love her! Here is a great list of definitions by Nicole Sachs and her team. I think you might have to be a part of her Facebook group to access.
  • Dr. Joshua Pate will be publishing a series of children's books soon. Here is Ted-Ed with Dr. Pate. Also, two books I recommend for teaching kids (and you) about their brain, specifically their amygdala, are Hey Warrior and Hey Awesome. The authors break this science down well. 
  • They Can’t Find Anything Wrong by David Clarke
  • The Great Pain Deception by Steven Ray Ozanich I’ve never read this, but a lot of people seem to like it.
  • Back in Control by David Hanscom
  • Painless: A Novel about the Chronic Pain and the Mind Body Connection I haven’t read this, but it looks cool, and I believe this author has a mind body coaching practice.
  • When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate 
  • Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv, will be publishing a book soon called The Way Out (actually, it’s available on pre-order).
  • The body keeps score by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk.
  • Dr. John Sarno
  • Dr. Howard Schubiner
  • Dr. John Stracks
  • Dr. Lorimer Mosely
  • Dr. Apkar Apkarian (Northwestern University). I’ve heard this guy is very popular right now in chronic pain studies using brain imaging.http://apkarianlab.northwestern.edu/
  • Dr. David Hanscom
  • Alan Gordon LCSW
  • Nicole Sachs LCSW, “Disciple” of Sarno and lots of great content on Youtube, Facebook, podcast and Website. Seriously, many many people have healed with her work. Honestly, I only found it recently unfortunately, because of her Youtube video about Covid linked above.
  • Dan Buglio: https://www.danbuglio.com/paintest?fbclid=IwAR0BEMz3uCNbBURZ3z5r1wpfXep9WjLO--Rw3Qi7szMzmXp4mqz97wgNFSM
  • Steven Ray Ozanich 
  • Dani Fagan (She does great work with TMS related rehabilitation and her website has good information. Her program is listed in the “Programs'' tab.
  • Dan Ratner:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2558944657729386&ref=watch_permalink
  • Note: There are many many many other doctors in this field and it is growing fast. Check out the Curable app and go to “Expert Interviews,” it’s a great start. Also, go to the “Lecture Videos” tab. Research on neuroplasticity has come a long way since Sarno. Yay! Check out the podcast Like Mind Like Body for other researchers and doctors on this subject too (it’s connected with the Curable app’s “Expert Interviews”).
  • Under Construction
  • Is Long Covid part of Mind Body Syndrome?
    During Q&As for the film This Might Hurt, Dr. Schubiner has reported that he has seen a few patients with Long Covid and has helped them recover using the same mind-body paradigm we explore in the film. He is cautiously optimistic that a significant portion of the millions with Long Covid have a neuroplastic, reversible condition.
  • Is Long Covid considered TMS or a Mindbody issue? Here's what Dan Buglio of Pain Free You has to say about this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l56SQudyQzo
  • Do you have Mind Body Syndrome? Go to Dr. Schubiner's website and find out:
    https://unlearnyourpain.com/How%20do%20you%20know%20if%20you%20have%20MBS-TMS
  • This Might Hurt  Trailer HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you are new to this. Focuses on Dr. Schubiner There are also live streaming events that I believe are free, and you can hear a Q&A with the directions and Dr. Schubiner at the end. Watch the film here. The website also has a great Long Covid recovery resources page: https://www.thismighthurtfilm.com/long-covid. During Q&As for the film This Might Hurt, Dr. Schubiner has reported that he has seen a few patients with Long Covid and has helped them recover using the same mind-body paradigm we explore in the film. He is cautiously optimistic that a significant portion of the millions with Long Covid have a neuroplastic, reversible condition.
  • All the Rage: Saved by Sarno Trailer. Focuses on Dr. Sarno Watch the film here.
  • What on Earth is Going On? An undeniable truth. A documentary on Thomas Overvik's recovery from ME/CFS. I had already seen some documentaries and I had a hunch this story would end well, but I still found it abolutely gripping and impressive to see what the mind can do. Also contains good explanations by Phill Parker (Lightning Process) and Vanessa Cecil. https://www.recoverynorway.org/2019/01/29/an-undeniable-truth-me-cfs-recovery-norway-thomas-overvik-randi-storseth/
  • Pain Brain Trailer I’m not sure, but I think it will focus on Alon Gordon. Features some of the Psychophysiologic Disorder Association team. That association is listed under the “Programs” tab.
  • Placebo Effect As Good As Surgery
  • BBC Documentary with Lorimer Mosely. This is only a clip, I’m trying to find the full documentary.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqGSeFOUsLI&t=216s
  • Curable--Is a great app with awesome expert interviews. The scientific advisory board is outstanding! Dr. Sacks and Schubiner are on it, as well as many other great doctors. Also, check out the “Success Stories” on this app too. I was thrilled when I saw this venture start up! And Curable is probably one reason Mind Body programs are becoming more widespread (Nicole Sachs has been an important advocate as well in pushing this forward). They offer some outstanding programs and workshops. Yay!
  • The Cure for Chronic Pain with Nicole Sachs, especially Episode 122 - Recovery From Covid Long Haul with Lieke. https://podcasts.apple.com/is/podcast/episode-122-recovery-from-covid-long-haul-with-lieke/id1439580309?i=1000510720985&mc_cid=666d2b12aa&mc_eid=5adb81d689&utm_campaign=666d2b12aa-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_05_02_55&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Website%20Emails&utm_term=0_bc330947cf-666d2b12aa-547183314 Nicole focuses a lot on expressive writing, but all of these resources are related. She worked directly with Sarno. She has a lot of healed people on her show and that helps a lot with belief. Belief is a significant step in healing (see the healing process of Sarah Rainwater on the Homepage).
  • Tell Me about your Pain with Alan Gordon. People love this podcast. They are doing a great job with neuroplastic brain work education. For you analytical skeptics types... you will probably like this podcast. His focus on making your brain feel safe. A lack of unconscious safety is, more or less, making your brain “stuck”, and that shows up as physical pain. 
  • Like Mind Like Body with Curable. Fabulous expert interviews. Really great digestible education for this approach to healing. They focus a lot on somatic tracking.
  • The Mind and Fitness Podcast with Eddy Lindenstein I've not listened to this myself, but it’s another place to get good information. People seem to really like it. I also think Eddie focuses on people who want to get back to sports, fitness, and physical activities. 
  • Note: With all of these, you might benefit from starting from the beginning of the podcast series as they lay the groundwork for brain science. They are all related and are mentioned in each other’s work.
  • Curable-- group with expert interviews, information, and videos with the amazing Dr. Stracks.
  • Curable Community-- place for people to talk about their ailments and support each other.
  • Tell Me About Your Pain-- science behind neurology and chronic issues. Alan Gordon is doing great work here.
  • Tell Me About Your Pain Community-- place for people to talk about their ailments and support each other.
  • TMS The Mind Body Syndrome-- smaller group, but one of the first, and the one I have been a part of the longest. Mostly focused around Sarno’s work. Since this group has been around the longest, I’ve noticed that there are more people in this group who are healed than there seems to be in the other groups, so you might find more “veterans” here. Nicole Sachs’s group has been around awhile as well. In order to join this group you have to read one of the main books: Sarno, Schubiner or Ozanich. 
  • Pain Free You
  • John Sarno Support Group
  • Note: Search these groups for your particular ailment. You will most likely find healing/healed people. And people who have healed from other virus neuro-changing events in their life such as Covid. Lyme disease is in these groups often, POTS as well, along with CFS/ME. But don’t forget, you don’t want to get hung up on your symptoms, it’s about your brain, not your pain, so go ahead and search your symptom, but eventually you will need to move past being hung up on your symptom, and instead lean into your emotional state (the emotions got you into this, the emotions will get you out).
  • Rosa's experience of the Lightning Process for Long Covid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxHCQ2utoeI
  • Here's George's recovery story using the Gupta Program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIoQohjESJc
  • Curable App A great place to start and maybe all you will need, but you have to be diligent about using it daily, that’s why programs and doctor appointments are sometimes better because you have accountability. They also offer group programs and workshops on their website. 
  • Curable Groups If I was really new to this work nowadays, I would probably try this. You also get a couple of chances to talk with some professional doctors (listed above) in a small group, which I think is really cool.
  • Curable Workshops Cheaper than groups, but more expensive than the basic app. 
  • Nicole Sachs’s programs and retreats Again, she has a huge following with lots of success. Great podcasts with lovely information right from Sarno.
  • Alan Gordons 21 Day Recovery Program Free
  • Freedom from Chronic Pain Schubiner is a part of this… yay! Click on programs and pricing. This looks like an awesome program.
  • Howard Schubiner’s Mind Body Program There are links to research papers, etc. here.  
  • Dani Fagan Yoga and breath work for TMS Great for people with chronic pain issues who are afraid to move their bodies. You will need to move your body because you need to rewire your neural pathways and tell your brain movement is safe, this is a great option for people in this predicament. People seem to love Dani Fagan. She has cool recovery stories on her website, and some good information as well.
  • The Lightning Process by Phill Parker has many Long Covid recovery stories: https://lightningprocess.com/tag/long-covid/
  • Dr. Stracks. Takes virtual appointments from Chicago. Insurance may reimburse. He has a monthly newsletter with great information and links. And weekly discussion groups with guest speakers. A lot of his stuff is posted on the Curable app Facebook page. He is in Chicago. I believe he does fairly priced group classes as well. And workshops.
  • Tame the Beast Program by Professor Lorimer Mosely from the UK.
  • TMS Coaches They are listed in the TMSwiki or you may have people respond to help you in the Facebook groups.
  • Pain Psychology Center Alan Gordon, mentioned above, is the executive director for this center.
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders Association People link this a lot in the Facebook Groups I am a part of. I do not know much about it, but take a look, you might like it. I believe it will be featured in the film Pain Brain (trailer link in “Documentary” section above).
  • How We Heal Course I have not completed this course, but Rebecca Tolin’s story is powerful, and this is her class. People speak highly of it. She wrote the article I linked below, but I will also link it here. Here is her story. You’ll notice that, like I, her story begins with hearing about Dr. Sarno. She does a lot with CFS/ME. Also a podcast with Rebecca Tolin
  • ISTDP Intensive Short Term Dynamic TherapyA lot of people with chronic pain say great things about Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy and it is in line with TMS methods.There is a great podcast with Allan Abbass (wrote Hidden From View) on the Curable app. He mentions this strategy and speaks highly of it. I’ve been meaning to try it myself.
  • EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessingI’ve noticed that a lot of people in the chronic pain Facebook groups mention this strategy as well.
  • Dan Buglio. I hear great things about Dan Buglio’s program also.
  • Mind Body Intervention for COVID-19 Long Haul Syndrome: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04854772 I'm looking forward to the results of this study. To contact Dr. Michael Donnino’s team, which is testing a mind-body treatment for Long Covid, email mindbodystudy@bidmc.harvard.edu.