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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
My Pain-Body Solution reveals how Michael J. Murray's struggle with undiagnosed pain helps him to discover the flaws in Western medicine and the powerful connection between the mind and body. Michael went from skiing the Alaska backcountry to being told that he needed a hip replacement within two weeks, which initiated a desperate search for solutions to relentless pain. After trying different medical professionals and almost losing hope, he opened a book he got from a friend and discovered the mind-body concept. Consequently, he embarked on a journey into his past and the things that caused him emotional turmoil at different points in his life. Michael J. Murray's book advocates for mental health awareness, which is desperately needed in a world that seems to be disconnecting quickly from the individual's well-being because of materialistic pursuits.
I was strongly hoping that Michael would find the best solution for his pain as I couldn't imagine having to choose between living with pain and fusing one's spine and other serious dilemmas. My Pain-Body Solution educates its audience with a practical, introspective narrative that grabs the reader's attention from the start and gets more immersive with every page. Michael takes readers through the deepest and most sensitive aspects of his struggles—both emotionally and physically—and covers such diverse themes as communication, family, healing, trauma, vulnerability, hiking, skiing, cycling, yoga, and writing. As someone who overcame a mysterious body weakness by linking it to and solving the emotional cause with the help of a psychologist, I strongly support Michael J. Murray's stance on the mind-body connection and his call for more people to research it before considering more demanding medical care.