At 21, and fresh out of Engineering College in 1984, I wanted to go to the Gulf to work as a Civil Engineer and earn big money. In 1985, I joined a company in Baghdad and was assigned the job of handling a complicated power-curbing machine (this machine laid curbs on roads after they were completed. There was constant pressure to keep up the pace and meet deadlines. This caused a lot of stress to end up being bottled up, with no outlet. After completion of the project, I returned to India in 1986.
Upon my return, I suddenly fell ill with severe bouts of loose stools with blood and mucous about 15 times a day. I took medical leave at once and consulted a doctor. Even after a variety of antibiotics, my condition did not improve. It was then that I was referred to a gastroentrologist. On hearing my case, his diagnosis was quick and spot on. I had ulcerative colitis.
The treatment began with steroids and other medications. I had to start eating bland food. I was also hospitalised to correct my electrolyte balance and for a blood transfusion.
My condition gradually improved. The steroids were tapered off but the other medicines continued. We consulted another doctor who was also a friend. He said, “You will require medication for the rest of your life, just like a diabetic or blood pressure patient. You’ll get the same advice even in America.” It was disheartening to know that my problem would remain despite spending a large amount of money on medications.
Looking for a solution
I started research on the condition and the results were the same, ‘continuous medications, eat simple, and live a calm and unhurried life.’ Unfortunately, my job as a civil engineer would not relieve me from stress.
I decided to experiment. I gradually tapered off my medicines and eventually stopped them. I also tried out alternate treatments. But over the months, they all ended the same way – with a relapse. This process continued till 1999, I was in and out of various hospitals. I had to give up my job. I tried different doctors, but the treatment remained the same.
Until one day, I read an article about Pranic Healing. With great hope, I visited them and started treatment sessions. In all, I took 56 paid sessions, and I responded to the healing process in about 6 sessions. Before I got back to work, I learnt the process to treat myself. Gradually, my interest in alternate medicine developed, and I started reading on different subjects. One book on Sujok therapy helped me a lot. I was much better within a few sessions and with minimum effort. Thereafter, I started attending seminars all over the country to learn various healing methods. I started offering help to morning walkers on Juhu Beach at the Gandhi Statue. Here, I met many members of the Lions Club and was invited to join them in 2000. Since then, I have since visited many cities across India and abroad.
We started a daily show Aastha to educate the masses on how to get well without medicines. The show airs at 12:45 am every day.
As of now, I have been off medications since 2000, which was the last time that I was admitted in a hospital. My sigmoidoscopy sample tested negative to the surprise of my doctor. Being a food lover, I, relish everything. I do take care not to over do it, but I know that if anything does go out of hand, it can be set right in a few days of drug-free treatment. Along the journey, I have gained 15 kg.
If it hadn’t been for my condition, I would have still been a civil engineer on some site working from 9 am to midnight. However, now I am fully involved in treating people, a job that I'm really enjoying. My family keeps asking me to slow down, but I often wonder if I ever will. All I can say is ‘Keep Smiling and be Thankful for what God has given you.’