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Have you ever watched the “Dr Pimple Popper” programmes on TV?

The series features Sandra Lee, an American dermatologist, popularly known as “Dr. Pimple Popper”.  If you haven’t watched her programmes, I recommend that you take a look. Sometimes a bit gory, but always interesting and entertaining. Dr Lee is highly skilled and helps many people  deal with both their skin conditions and also their distressing emotional responses caused by their conditions.

The first question she asks new patients is: “How long has this been going on?’ Some will say “10 Years”. Some will say “15 Years”. Some, even “From birth”. Seldom does anyone say “It has just happened”. What I find particularly disturbing, is  they have neglected attending to their problem and they verbalise the emotional distress they are experiencing, because their chronic skin conditions are visible: “I don’t want to leave my house”. “I always wear a cap so people can’t see my head”, I feel self-conscious and embarrassed when people look at me”. “I have lost my self-esteem”. “My social life is in tatters.” And more…………..

So what do we learn from the patients’ responses to Dr Lee’s first question?  If you have a chronic (long-lasting)  or nagging health concern be smart and take the bull by the horns to avoid the lingering physical and emotional pain. Eg. chronic gastrointestinal diseases like obesity and IBD – Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis, can, often, be managed  by simple, correct lifestyle choices. “All disease begins in the gut”, Hippocrates’ notable quotation goes. Incorrect lifestyle choices, such as lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, poor sleep, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use and poor emotional health, such as stress & anxiety can affect chronic diseases. About 80% of chronic diseases are driven by lifestyle factors. (Revealed by Cleveland Clinic, USA).

I am embarrassed to tell you that I did the very same thing years ago. I suffered with gut problems for many years, but  was always “too busy” to seek help. My condition deteriorated and I was eventually forced to find time. In 2003, I was diagnosed with Crohns disease, a chronic gut disorder and the experts told me ” We don’t know what causes Crohns, there is no cure and you just have to live with it”. Therapeutic Reflexology helped me reverse my Crohns disease, without medical intervention. So, of course I believe in its effectiveness, because it helped me have more energy, feel better, live better and I am happier, healthier and fit. You can follow my journey from a chronic condition to recovery in my book: “How to be Free of IBD”.

What do you think happens if you get into the habit of ignoring your problems? They grow and grow until they can consume your life. They beat you up, burn  you out and fatigues you. It is said: “If we don’t learn the lesson, we’re destined to keep repeating it and the Universe will keep sending it to us until we do learn it.” That’s been my experience. What has been yours?

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PS  Besides having to deal with their nagging health concerns, sufferers of chronic diseases need to deal with the stress, anxiety and uncertainty caused by their health problems. Here is a free QUICK STRESS TEST to help you identify and manage your stress.



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