Dr. John Sarno and TMS: Similarities and Differences with Our Work
Dr. John Sarno Memorial Fund
by Jessica Shahinian, PPDA Executive Director and creator of GotPainCure
Many people who have heard about the mind-body connection are familiar with Dr. John Sarno and his work with Tension Myoneural Syndrome (TMS) and might be wondering why we prefer the term Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD). You might also be wondering about our opinion of Dr. Sarno, whether our approach to treating mind-body symptoms differs, and generally why there have been so many terms to refer to the mind-body connection over the years.
As Executive Director for the PPDA, and a recovered PPD patient myself, I wanted to set the record straight.
Fundraising Goal Exceeded!
On June 22, 2017 John E. Sarno, MD, passed away. He trained, influenced or mentored many in the PPD community. A memorial in his honor will be held in the fall of 2017, date to be determined. Contributions to the John E. Sarno Memorial Fund will help support continuing the research, study and practice of his work. Contributions (with ‘Sarno Fund’ on the notation line of a check) should be directed to The New York Community Trust, 909 Third Ave, New York NY 10022.
Clinical Research Fundraising
The groundbreaking controlled trial of psychophysiologic treatment methods in a group of patients with chronic back pain has reached 144% of its goal as of Friday, July 28. The extra funds will enable us to create a short documentary about the study as it is being conducted for future publicity. We are deeply grateful to our nearly 500 international donors.
Funding Exciting Research!
The Indiegogo campaign to fund groundbreaking research into the PPD approach to chronic pain has launched. Brain imaging by one of the world's leading experts will document improvement compared to two randomized control groups.
For more information and to donate please click here.
Beginning May 1, 2017 and continuing until $65,000 is raised, all donations to the PPDA will support an exciting research study to be conducted by the PPDA in conjunction with one of the world's leading pain researchers, Tor Wager, at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
For more details about this important work and how you can get involved, please click on DONATE at the right in the menu bar above.
PPD Training Workshop
PPDA Board Members Howard Schubiner, MD and Alan Gordon, LCSW will present a weekend of professional training in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in November, 2016. Further information can be found at the Kripalu Center website.
PPD Conference Recording Available
PPDA Board Member Howard Schubiner, MD and colleagues are presenting a two-day workshop for professionals who work with chronic pain patients. The training features the latest research regarding lifetime trauma and unresolved emotional experiences that often underlie these conditions. Clinicians will gain knowledge and learn skills that will be immediately applicable to their practices. The program will be the first weekend in May near Detroit, MI. For more information click here.
Healing Unexplainable Pain
An international conference on PPD held in London, UK in April, 2015 was hosted by our sister organization SIRPA. Several PPD Association Board members gave presentations. Reviews were highly favorable from both health care professionals and the public. Audio and video recordings are now available by clicking here. Proceeds are used only to support the PPDA and SIRPA.
Just received word from one of our former Board Members about an upcoming scientific conference in New York City on Sunday afternoon, January 11, 2015. The title is above, the subtitle is Advances in neuroscience and treatment of psychosomatic distress. For more information click here.
NY Conference a Success!
A common cause of psychophysiologic disorders that is not often discussed is a lack of self-care skills. These patients care for family, friends, co-workers and neighbors but not as much for themselves. Good screening questions for this issue are:
The Medical Blind Spot Continues
Nearly 250 mental health practitioners from eleven states and four foreign countries attended our teaching conference in October, 2012 at the New York Academy of Medicine. Evaluations showed most attendees felt significantly improved understanding of and confidence about managing PPD in their clients.
The latest evidence of the woeful state of care for Psychophysiologic Disorder (PPD) comes from my local newspaper. In a Health column, we find the following question from a reader:
“I have severe back pain but my MRI appears to be normal. What are my options? Can you help?”