Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa suffered from terrible back pain in the late 90's. He was days away from having highly invasive surgery on his back when a friend sent him "Healing Back Pain". After he read the book he rapidly improved. As he said at a Senate hearing, he "hasn't had a back pain since". On February 14, 2012, Dr.John Sarno appeared before this Senate Committee on Health, Education and Pensions to address Pain in America: Exploring Challenges to Relief.