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Online Courses for Chronic Pain

In the previous article, I wrote specifically about a course I came across based on the work and teachings of Dr. John E Sarno. It’s a course offered at MindBodySchool.com and it’s probably the best one out there. However, upon feedback from readers it’s been brought to my attention that it’s...

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Online Courses for Chronic Pain

Posted by admin | Posted in Health Education | Posted on 26-03-2014


In the previous article, I wrote specifically about a course I came across based on the work and teachings of Dr. John E Sarno. It’s a course offered at MindBodySchool.com and it’s probably the best one out there.

However, upon feedback from readers it’s been brought to my attention that it’s not the only one available. The work of John Sarno and his recent step down from practicing medicine has inspired a number of online courses to treat TMS and other types of pain syndromes.

John Sarno was a medical doctor from the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Center. As it turns out, amid the thousands of patients that he treated for TMS, many of them were fellow physicians. His results have been apparently so amazing that some of his physician patients were inspired to study “under” him. I use that term loosely because he never had an official mentoring program and several of the doctors I came across who professed to have studied under him, exchanged little more than a few phone calls with Dr. Sarno.

On any account, these physicians have taken what they learned from Sarno and used the information to treat patients in their own practices. The reality of treatment was something else. TMS treatment is incredibly time consuming and not realistic for a doctor who can usually spend no more than 7-9 minutes with a single patient.

As a solution to this challenge a few of the doctors have written their own books on treating TMS and few of them have created online courses, to which they refer their patients. The benefit of these alternatives vs the course offered by MindBodySchool is that the patient has an opportunity to interact with an actual doctor. It is strongly advised that patients see a doctor first, to rule out a serious or life-threatening medical condition that could be the cause of the pain. Infections and various types of tumors can affect the spine and create pain. If left untreated, the consequences can be dire.

MindBodySchool warns all participants that their course is not a substitute for medical advice. All students are required to see a doctor to rule out other problems before continuing, however, there is no way to know if patients do it.

Health Education

Posted by admin | Posted in Health Education, Uncategorized | Posted on 19-03-2014


Online courses are by no means limited to credited courses. Many have enjoyed the opportunity for advancing hobbies, personal interest, and self-help through online courses.

Test Tubes of Colored LiquidThe benefit of a course of this nature is that in some cases, it can be made completely flexible. The student or participant signs in whenever the mood strikes. He or she can complete one, two, or three sessions in a sitting. Even more if that’s what makes sense.

A particular course of interest that comes to mind is on stress and back pain. It’s for patients or fans of Dr. Sarno, who can’t see him for TMS related pain treatments. Dr. Sarno is now mostly retired and sees only a handful of patients. He is after all, in his 90’s.

The online course offered is called the TMS Healing Intensive. It gives people the opportunity to learn the same things Sarno taught in his seminars, but without leaving home. Is it as effective as the in person treatment? There’s no way to really know. Because his seminars are no longer available (and weren’t realistic for everyone because they were in Manhattan), does it really matter?

The course is rigorous and well planned, however, an in person touch may work better for some. Thousands of people have been treated and healed simply by reading his books, with no personal interaction with Sarno whatsoever. If those people can benefit, an online course is certainly worth a try.

If you have ongoing back or neck pain, or other pain syndromes you believe are related to TMS, I would certainly recommend the course. It’s reasonably priced, promises excellent results and offers a no questions asked money back guarantee if you’re not happy. Plus, it’s completely self-operated. You log in when you want and progress at a pace that makes sense for you and your schedule. If you need to go back and review a particular lesson or module, you’re free to do so. That doesn’t happen in a classroom setting.

Additionally, you can use your energy absorbing the information instead of furiously taking notes for future reference. The information is already there for you to look back on at any time. In many ways, this set up is better way to learn. For more info on the course, click here.

The Future of Education

Posted by admin | Posted in Education | Posted on 19-02-2014


There’s a new future in education. After working much of my life to help ensure equal opportunities for education for kids I’m finally hopeful. The cost of education, the necessary travel and the limited number of spots available means it would be technically impossible for the majority of high school graduates in America to attend college. Now I realize many of them are not qualified to get into college. But I’m not talking about those kids.

I’m talking about all the average performing kids who come from families with modest incomes and ambivalent feelings about higher education. Most of those kids don’t go.

On the other hand, average performing kids who come from families with means do go.

I became passionate about higher education because without it, I don’t know where I’d be today. My family unraveled when I was 16 and leaving home at 18, I truly had no safety net to fall back on. I was fortunate to come from a family where the saying is not if you go to college, but when you go to college. Thank god. It saved my life.

This was 20 years ago, so even though I graduated with what I thought was a mountain of debt, it’s nothing like what kids are graduating with these days. Economist argue whether the investment is one of benefit. Can you make enough money in a lifetime to make the cost of that education worth it?


While folks argue over the various forms of inequality in our higher education system, I would like to focus on where the future of education lies. Online courses. Online education. Ecourses. They are sweeping the nation—the world—and it’s very exciting.

In the next article we’ll look at some of the most interesting online courses available today that open up new possibilities from a financial as well as a physical standpoint.