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Steven Ray Ozanich Born in Warren Ohio Newton Falls High School Associates and Bachelors Degrees from Youngstown State University Masters Degree in Business Youngstown State University Hobbies: plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar, golf, enjoys comedy, quantum mechanics and matter formation, and American college football.
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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Cord Records, Inc.; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615462219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615462219
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Sherryyoga on March 28, 2012
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I hate writing reviews and rarely do. But this book is so good, I had to overcome my inclination to let the rest the Amazonians put their opinions out there without a word from me. This is a very dense book, packed with information on TMS. It's only 330 plus pages, but I think the author went for the smallest margin possible to max out the words per page. It's long and took me three months to read, and I'm a fast reader. It's a wonderful resource for those new to the concept of TMS and also for those of us who need a refresher. I've read everything out there on the subject and whenever I have a flare up I pull up the old standbys and slog through. But sometimes I think I can't take reading Sarno, Amir or Sopher one more time. So I was pleased to have something new to help with a difficult time.
When I first started reading I was a bit put off by the incessant puns, thinking the book could have been cut in half without the asides and word play. But then his style grew on me, and I felt like I was picking up a letter from an old and very amusing friend.
I also have to admit I cringed at his reference to The Secret and his (presumed) belief in the Law of Attraction; hence, the 4.5 stars for invoking my gag response. I really hate that stuff. But, who knows? Maybe he's right. I'm the one still struggling while he's not.
The chapter on his life and his trials with pain is heartbreaking. Reminds me of the maid in John Irving's The World According to Garp who laments when reading The Pension Grillparzer, "Do it never end?" But then Chapter 5 saves us when he reveals how he healed. It is epic, heroic and inspiring. I'm currently rereading both chapters, even though Mr. Ozniach tells us not to. He suggests we read something else, investigate further.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By R. laird on January 1, 2012
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One day in Dec 2007, I came home from my daily gym workout and sat down to an excruciating, sharp, burning pain around my tailbone. There was no physical trauma, it just came out of nowhere, At age 68, I was in excellent health and in good physical shape. I expected it to go away quickly as these things usually do. It didn't, it got worse and was triggered whenever I sat, on any type of surface, soft or hard.It has been four years since it started and it's still as intense as ever. The condition is known as coccydynia or tailbone pain. During this time,I tried pretty much every medical and alternative "solution" short of surgery; injections acupuncture,physical therapy, pain killers, chiropractic, massage, yoga stretching.
Nothing worked, the pain continued.

After the first year, I had a corticosteroid injection and x-ray by an "expert" who told me that part of my coccyx bone was "dislocated". After that I firmly believed that this was what was causing the pain, after all, he was an "expert". Around that time, I stumbled upon a book by Dr John Sarno, "Healing Back Pain", many people have been healed just be reading this book on which he describes TMS (Tension Myo-Neural Syndrome)as being the main cause of many common types of pain, the result of repressed emotions that manifest as physical pain.I was still convinced my coccyx was damaged so the book had no effect at all, except of course great disappointment which made the pain worse!

A while ago, a friend sent me an email about a new book "The Great Pain Deception"
and I got it.Over the past four years I've read about two dozen books related to healing chronic pain and I would gladly trade them all in for this one book.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Deborah on January 29, 2012
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For 20+ years, I suffered from disabling fatigue and pain (labeled by medical professionals as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and interstitial cystitis). My eyes were opened after reading books by Dr. John Sarno, which put me on the path to recovery. I've read dozens of mindbody/TMS books, but "The Great Pain Deception" is by far the MOST comprehensive one I have ever read on the subject. Best of all, it is written by a former sufferer who has overcome some of the most severe symptoms you can imagine. He knows all too well that the pain is real, and he explains the physical and psychological science behind the symptoms.

Don't let the ominous-looking cover scare you. This is an inspiring and empowering book that will give you hope that you can recover. Don't let the length scare you, either. After the first couple chapters, it's an easy read -- sprinkled with humor and anecdotes. He tells in detail how he recovered, and even shares the mistakes he made along the way.

I had new insights after reading it, and I've made even more strides in my recovery!

If you are a skeptic, read it with an open mind. You will intuitively know, deep inside, that its message is true.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Allan J. Masison on January 30, 2012
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First of all, it is important to define "TMS" and "TMS pain." "TMS" stands for The Mind-Body Syndrome, that the mind is truly connected to the body in more ways than we can imagine. "TMS pain" refers to pain that is related to the mind-body connection and is described as psychosomatic. Psycho refers to our psyche (our brain) and soma (Latin) refers to our body. The mind is an active participant in the process of pain. Dr. Sarno states that the TMS pain is induced by the brain to distract us from repressed anger.

For anyone to hear these statements for the first time, it is possibly overwhelming and unbelievable. As it was for the author, it was for me initially. My experience with back pain was in the summer of the year 2000 when Dr. Sarno's book was number 4,000 on Amazon's best seller list for this category. Now it is a well deserved number one on the list. There is my favorite website: ([...]) serving as a forum to help people understand. You may wish to check it out to review stories from other people that have been through the process.

Someone hearing that their pain is psychosomatic or emotionally induced may react that it is the same to them as hearing that they are crazy and that the pain is not real. It is difficult to accept and many give up at this point. However, TMS pain is not only real, it is one of worst pains that we can have.

Some people contend that Dr. Sarno is wrong. Some people say that he says that the pain is all in one's head. They contend that the pain is real. Well, the pain is in one's head and it is real. All pain is in one's head. The nerves at the site of an injury send the pain message to the brain where is it felt.
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