TO BE OR NOT TO BE... PAIN-FREE:
THE MINDBODY SYNDROME
by
Marc Sopher, M.D.

cover...TO BE OR NOT TO BE... PAIN-FREE: THE MINDBODY SYNDROME

 

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK

Prompted by requests from patients with TMS symptoms mentioned but not broadly covered in Dr. Sarno's books, I offer this book based on my work with a wide variety of these mindbody disorders. As a family physician, I take care of patients of all ages, from newborns to the very old. Family doctors provide comprehensive care of their patients--they treat the whole person. I am responsible for not only evaluating and treating signs and symptoms of illness and disease, but also helping to keep my patients well.

Like most family doctors, I am usually the first person my patients seek out to evaluate their symptoms and examine them. This makes my experience in treating TMS all the more valuable to you, the reader. Able to recognize that TMS is the culprit in so many situations, I have often been able to spare many of my patients unnecessary treatment, treatment that would be unsuccessful and only prolong their period of discomfort. By more quickly directing them to the proper diagnosis, they are able to eliminate their symptoms that much more expeditiously and improve their quality of life. Isn't improved quality of life what we are all interested in, ultimately?

It is my hope that this book will be a valuable resource; it offers knowledge that can help people to not only eliminate their pain, but to also remain well.

 

ABOUT THE WRITING OF THE BOOK

By a quirk of fate, I am indebted to not one, but two graduates of a small, now defunct school in Great Britain, Nonington College. In the summer of '99, my longtime friend Mac McGready, Nonington '79 and cyclist extraordinaire (especially when he actually stays on the bike) , good humoredly suggested I write a book about TMS. While I suspect his comment was meant to get me to stop talking about TMS and go off alone to write, a seed was planted.

While writing the book, amusing images would surface in my mind, images that I thought would help readers to start thinking differently. With the text done, I started scrambling about to find someone who could illustrate my brain's output. I was more than pleasantly surprised when Richard Evans, Nonington '84 and executive director of the Synergy Health and Fitness Center, offered his services. Though a close friend for more than five years, Richard had never shared with me this hidden talent. Producing such erudite and insightful graduates as these, I cannot imagine why Nonington College has ceased to be.

from left to right: Sopher, McGready and Evans

from left to right: Sopher, McGready and Evans

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