I saw Dr. Martinez at the Spine Center at New England Baptist in Boston today, a two hour appointment. Paradigm shift. I can resume all physical activity, even zumba and 10 lb. weights, because my pain--as we know--has grown from my frustrations and anger and perfectionism and family discord, as I have learned. Finding Dr Sarno's book was the beginning of embracing a new paradigm. I am completely blown away. I knew this was coming, and I am ready and I am so grateful. I still have pain, but it will not always be this way. He showed me some MRI images from former patients. One was an 82 year old woman with a completely fused, bent and deteriorated spine--no pain. Another was a 35 year old with a normal spine. Chronic debilitating pain. The medical profession is making us sick (iatrogenic illness). I believe even my own profession- clinical psych--has an investment in keeping people sick. Unfortunately, the trend in our society is to look for a physical basis for everything. Even psychotherapists have been angry with this doctor for suggesting their emotions and history of trauma may be involved. So he, like Sarno, discusses TMS with people who seem receptive. I am so blown away from learning what we know, and I encourage everyone to keep pursuing this path in whatever way works best for you.