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Freedom from Fibromyalgia : The 5-Week Program Proven to Conquer Pain Paperback – May 8, 2001

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Physician Selfridge and self-help author Peterson are former fibromyalgia (FMS) patients who credit their recovery to a program based on the work of Dr. John Sarno (The MindBody Prescription). The authors believe "rogue" brain chemicals are the culprits behind the all-over body pain of FMS. Since there are no pills to combat these chemicals, the authors have developed a five-week, self-directed recovery program based upon mind-body principles. The book is divided into three parts: "Understanding Fibromyalgia," "Tools To Battle Fibromyalgia," and "The Five-Week Plan To Battle Fibromyalgia." The structured program the authors have developed focuses on meditation, journal writing, and self-talk aimed at creating a psychological awareness of the emotions, thoughts, and feelings that produce pain in the body. The chapter on meditation is too brief, but the authors suggest additional resources to supplement their information. The writing style is positive and easy to understand, the charts and worksheets are helpful, and the information is based upon sound principles of behavioral change. A "Notes" section serves as the book's references; a list of resources suggests books, web sites and Internet groups; and a list of tools for initiating the five-week program is provided. Recommended for all consumer collections. Lisa McCormick, Health Sciences Lib., Jewish Hosp., Cincinnati
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“Fibromyalgia is a mind-body disorder that will spread in epidemic fashion if it is not recognized as such. Dr. Selfridge and Mr. Peterson are pioneers and humanitarians, and I salute them for their courage and their devotion to the needs of people who suffer from fibromyalgia.”
-- From the foreword by John Sarno, M.D.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (May 8, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812933753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812933758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 8, 2001
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Something's going on here/ But what it is ain't exactly clear --Bob Dylan
These lyrics from a few years back pretty much sum up the medical position on fibromyalgia. Selfridge, who is a medical doctor, and Franklynn, who is a professional writer, don't make it any clearer, but they have the considerable merit (especially from the point of view of the fibromyalgia sufferer) of having suffered from the disease themselves. Selfridge advertises herself as "90 percent cured" (p. 23) while Franklynn "feels at least 90 percent improved" (p. 26).
Although Selfridge rightly disparages the term "psychosomatic" (p. 40), it is clear that she believes that the proximate cause of fibromyalgia is the effect negative emotions have on the body, particularly the emotions of anger and rage. She believes that the "mind, brain, and body conspire to generate...real physical symptoms" (p. 60). Here's the way the authors lay it out on pages 58-60: "For sensitive people" having grown up "amidst tensions too overwhelming" for their "sensitive nervous system[s]," having been shoved "relentlessly toward the impossible goal of being perfect[,]...a significant loss--of a loved one, a job, status, or income--or a significant emotional shakeup, such as a car accident" can be the event that "may stimulate the production of chemicals that create fibromyalgia symptoms." In short (p. 61), "Fibromyalgia sufferers are more sensitive to stress than the general population." Are they right? Nobody knows for sure. Fibromyalgia, like some other chronic diseases that plague our society--the many kinds of arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, etc.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Kronman on May 23, 2001
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I almost tossed this in the circular file - the writing is at grade school level and often sounds like an infomercial - promising everything "at no cost". However, in spite of the amaturish writing, it made a lot of sense and was well referenced. But the really good news is that it delivers. As a long time sufferer of fibromyalgia - I followed the program outlined and within 3 weeks, I amazed myself - waking up pain free and with energy I forgot existed. I am ordering this book for two of my friends who also have had fibromyalgia - and instead of crying on our shoulders and sharing sad tales of new pains - I hope to soon be able to rejoice with them about our new freedom from pain. Thank you, Dr. Selfridge and Mr. Peterson.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 31, 2002
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This doctor really knows how to fix chronic pain. She has fibromyalgia herself, and cured it. I went to see her about terrible chronic muscle problems due to overuse and fibromyalgia that had spread to all parts of my body. I had been dealing with this for 3+ years and the Mayo Clinic told me that there was nothing they could do.
I finally gave up and tried this approach as a last resort (I am horribly skeptical of all forms of non-conventional treatment.)
It seemed like a miracle when my pain cleared up and I got my life back. Most of the pain went away in 3-4 months. I still deal with it from time to time but I have the tools to deal with it now.
This approach isn't easy, but with persistence it absolutely works.
I still apply her methods and Dr. John Sarno's today, and am now very much in control of my disorder, thanks to her help.
I highly recommend reading it and Dr. John Sarno's book, "The Mindbody Prescription." It really does work, especially it all conventional treatment has failed you.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 2004
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My mother sent me this book, and being a scientist, I was very sceptical. However, I had nothing to lose and decided to follow the program. That was three years ago and I rarely have any clinical signs now. It has convinced me of the health connection between the mind and the body. I hope you have the same success I did.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Sandoval on December 10, 2002
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As a sufferer of fibromyalgia for the past three years, I looked far and wide to find help. One can find testimonials for miraculous improvement from just about everything from colostrum, animal livers, getting rid of chemicals in fruits and nuts, too much phosphate, too little glycosamine...too many iffy possibilities!!!
Finally, I found a book which explains in plain terms how emotions cause the release of certain chemicals into the body and in turn, how these chemicals affect our health. This understanding of the mind/body connection from very measurable indicators has served to help me understand how my pain is triggered, and more importantly, how to control it. It is not fluff, it is NOT blame the victim. On the contrary, by taking control of one's thoughts, lifestyle, and state of mind, one also takes back control of one's life from a very real and very tenacious disease. Thank you, Dr. Selfridge and Mr. Peterson, it has helped a lot. I have shared this book with my Dr. in the hopes that he, too, will find it useful in treating his other suffering patients.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Iris Weverman on August 28, 2001
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My name is Iris Weverman. I am a registered physical therapist in Toronto, Canada. I treat, in my practice, a lot of people with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic pain. I thoroughly enjoyed your book and my patients come into the office and tell me how they feel about your book. They say of all the books they have read-and they read everything-your book has helped them the most. They say it really makes sense and they have gained a lot of insight into their conditions and themselves from its contents.
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