Discussion in 'The Howard Stern Show' started by Napoleon V, Aug 23, 2015.
or was it something else?
He thought he did, but he was out of his mind back then, Robin....
Howard is full of a lot of shit, but that Sarno is on to something; his teachings cured me of a few things.
He thought if he could get himself to quit begging guys to stick their beer can penises in his butt, that his back pain would go away.
I've been having a pain in my back and it's actually scaring me.....
My friends sister was diagnosed with cancer that way....
Howard cured his back and neck pain by laughing at it.
Back in the early '90s, when he had chronic back and shoulder pain, he visited Dr. Sarno at NYU for treatment. Sarno evaluated him and concluded, "There's nothing wrong with your shoulder and there's nothing wrong with your back." It was all in his head, Sarno told him. Howard's prescription was to read Sarno's very thin book about tricks the mind plays to distract you from psychological issues (including causing back pain), and to attend two of his lectures.
After attending his first lecture, Howard had a conversation with himself in his bedroom that night. He said to himself, "Your mind was distracting you -- keeping you from thinking about your career, your fears, your future ...
"As soon as these thoughts entered my head," he writes in Miss America, "In that split second, the OCD just went. It was gone. Flew right the fuck out the window to who the fuck knows where. ... I still couldn't tell [Alison] about the OCD, but I knew it was gone forever."
Hearing this story, Dr. Sarno responded, "Gee, I never heard of anyone saying they've been cured of OCD from this."
Howard's back pain went away just as quickly:
"On the way into work that morning, my back really began acting up. I had excruciating shooting pains running up and down my back. So I started laughing. I was laughing hysterically at the pain. And in one split second, it vanished. Totally. It was gone."
He told Ronnie the Limo Driver that he's just been cured of back pain.
"It just went away like that?" Ronnie asked. "Sure, whatever you say ..." Howard said he never had back pain again from that day forward.
But it doesn't end there. For some reason, Howard concluded that Sarno can also cure homosexuality, which Howard believed was a distraction from psychological issues -- just like back pain. In an interview with New York magazine, he said back pain and homosexuality are identical.
(I pulled this from my Fact-Finding thread on Howard's second book, Miss America.)
I do believe if stress was leading him to tighten his muscles that the Doc could help. Mind over matter can work. I doubt he said it could help with a slipped disk or pinched nerve like I needed surgery for. Did he?
It was the homo he had "cured" like my boy Benjamen just touched upon ^.
My favorite response to the back pain claims were when Artie just joined.
"BACK PAIN DOESN'T EXIST, ROBIN."
"What if you got shot in the back?"
"BEFORE 1950 (whenever) THERE WERE NO REPORTS OF BACKPAIN."
"Kuta Kinte never slipped a disc?"
You should have an MRI, then. Hope everything turns out well
Anxiety and OCD. It's all in the mind. It's absolutely a distraction. Sorry, gotta go back to SummerSlam!
The short answer is "no". The longer answer is also "no".
He went through all this to tell us he was gay.. He never had back pain or neck pain, he hated his wife and he was gay. End of story.
many people have lower back pain caused by stress they make themselves suffer. while the cause is in their heads, the pain and damage is real. he probably made himself ill by making such severe demands on himself to succeed. positive thinking and meditation work well to reduce self-induced stress so he could have helped himself although probably not for the reasons he claimed.
Awesome. Well done. Both are a bitch. Enjoy SummerSlam!
It's funny how he always claimed to be cured from his supposed OCD all the while displaying the most neurotic obsessive and compulsive thoughts, behaviors and demands. Remember how he made Grillo get him boiled water only from the store? It couldn't be boiled at the studio. And skim milk had to be purchased at the store, etc...Now the coffee he drinks has to come from outside the studio as well and God forbid anything of his get reheated in a microwave.
I mean that's just scratching the surface really. There's the handshaking-heck, we could do a whole thread on things Howard is at least a touch OCD about. That Dr. Sarnos did wonders for his OCD
Sarno's books are genius. Unfortunately, people who don't read them or are too stubborn or dense discredit and misrepresent his information.
Dr Sarno is a brilliant man and his books are worth a read. There is certainly a great deal of pain and suffering that is psychosomatic in nature. Howard Stern is a big dumb dolt however, and does a piss poor job of communicating the information in Sarno's books for one thing. He turns people off to the concepts in the books when he becomes so absolute, rigid and demeaning. He doesn't do the author any favors promoting his teachings in this manner.
Then, just because Howard feels he "gets" it he suddenly feels he is just as brilliant as the Dr. himself and starts adding onto the original premise (with the OCD and homosexuality, etc.) And so with his narcissism and histrionics he turns people off to things that aren't necessarily so convoluted and far fetched.