SSRF publishes these case studies with the intention of providing some direction to our readers with regard to problems that manifest at a physical or psychological level, but which can have their root cause in the spiritual dimension. When the root cause of a problem is spiritual in nature we have observed that the inclusion of spiritual healing remedies generally gives the best results. SSRF advises continuation of conventional medical eczema treatment along with spiritual healing remedies. Readers are advised to take up any spiritual healing remedy at their own discretion.
Video on Overcoming Severe Eczema through Spiritual Practice
Please watch a video about how Sameer Sangha overcame severe eczema which he had for more than 25 years after doing eczema treatment by taking spiritual healing measures.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction and Editorial comment
We often get feedback from our readers that the content from the SSRF website has helped them to overcome obstacles in their lives. However every now and again, a reader shares with us a positive and dramatic turnaround in their life that is so exceptional, it leaves us in a state of sheer gratitude. The overwhelming feeling of gratitude is just because we are a part of the process that is helping people so profoundly at a spiritual level, worldwide. Here we share with you one such case of Mr. Sameer Sangha from Vancouver, Canada, wherein after he started spiritual practice sweeping changes at physical, psychological and spiritual levels were brought about. The following is an account of his experiences and eczema treatment in his own words.
2. The skin problems affecting Sameer and the eczema treatment he took to overcome it
Looking back at my life, it was studded with adverse skin conditions, food allergies, doctors and hospital stays that resulted in me being depressed a number of times and wondering why I was going through this.
Within two days of being born, I developed skin rashes and food allergies. When I was around five months of age, both these conditions became so severe that I had to be hospitalised. My mother would have to change my clothes two to three times a night and also had to change my bed linen because I would become so wet from all the water that was being discharged from my skin. At the age of two, I was hospitalised once again for two weeks to take eczema treatment due to the severe condition. I was in and out of the hospital until the age of three. To stem the problem I was put on a meat-based formula, and I was not allowed to have cow’s milk or soya milk. During this time my parents even tried living in the basement of another house because the doctor thought that the dry heater in our house was causing the eczema, and that the other house’s water heater would be better for my skin. This theory did not help and my skin condition remained unchanged.
This is a picture of me when I was three years of age and as you can see my face was covered with rashes.
When I was five years old, I was given eczema treatment of traditional Chinese medicine that consisted of drinking an herbal mixture with tea. It worked well and from the ages of five to eight a dramatic improvement took place. However the skin condition and the allergies were never cured but only suppressed for as long as I had the medicine. I had resigned myself to never really expecting a full cure. I was allergic to almost everything, including bread. My parents had to buy rice bread just so that I could have bread. I could only eat meat, some fruits, a few vegetables and rice – that was about it. In short it was a very restricted diet. I did not have the luxury of eating things that other kids enjoyed – no pancakes, no cookies, no chocolate and no pizza; I was allergic to all of them.
From the age of eight until fifteen I tried different types of eczema treatment and medicines for the skin condition and food allergies. Among them were many hydrocortisone creams, but none of them worked. There were so many creams that the list seemed endless. I was put on to a drug called prednisone many times when the condition would become severe. It helped to get the condition under control for a little while, but it would soon flare up again and I would be put back on prednisone. It was a cycle. The skin around my eyes including the eyelids had a purplish hue from the amount of strong creams I used and the constant rubbing.
At that age, I would always wonder why my skin condition would flare up all of a sudden seemingly with no cause. One day I was fine and playing outside, and the next day I was bed-ridden. Sometimes I would go to sleep well and then wake up the next morning with swollen eyes, red bumps all over the neck and face, and my skin would be flaky and white. My parents also wondered how this could happen all of a sudden overnight. We had no explanation. How I could go from ‘normal’ to ‘bad’ in such a short time-span just didn’t make sense. It was like going to sleep and stepping into a fist fight and waking up the next morning grotesquely changed. There seemed to be no identifiable explanation for how and why this would happen in such a short period of time.
The main areas affected with eczema were the face, elbows, behind the knees and behind the ears. Doctors said that I would have this problem for my whole life. They said it would not be so severe later in my life and that it would subside, but it would still be with me. Yet I felt they were very vague as they would end by saying that maybe I would be totally fine but they could never say when.
Between the ages of sixteen and twenty-three, even though the eczema was very visible, it did improve. My skin was not as flaky and my eyes were not as droopy as before. The food allergies too reduced somewhat, but the strange thing was that they would not be constant. Sometimes I could eat wheat for example, then the next year I could not, then again I could and then after some time I could not. It made no sense.
Then in 2007, when I was 24 years old, the skin condition deteriorated rapidly. With my history of eczema treatment by allopathic drugs being ineffective, I looked for alternative healing methods. This time I went to a Naturopath. She put me on a high protein diet and said I needed to gain some weight and become stronger before she would work on eradicating the eczema. This eczema treatment did not work at all, as the condition flared up so quickly that it overwhelmed me. Needless to say I quickly left her treatment program.
Next I went to a reputed holistic doctor who was certified in bio-energetic medicine and used Electro-Dermal Screening (EAV), with the proven sciences of Neural-Spinal Bio-Engineering (NSBE) and Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA). Through Contact Reflex Analysis, he was able to diagnose a Streptococcal infection that he said was causing the eczema. The body was trying to rid itself of the strep and the normal avenues for removing toxins from my body were not working. He said that the strep was trying to be removed through the skin and that was what was causing the eczema. He worked wonders and helped clean the bloodstream of the strep and my condition improved dramatically due to this eczema treatment. I was very grateful for this doctor’s help.
However, this was short lived as the next year, in the fall of 2008, my condition once again deteriorated. When it hit rock bottom with renewed intensity, it was very scary. Suddenly, while attending classes at the university, I became quite ill. I was forced to withdraw from classes. My skin dried up to such an extent that I was bedridden for most hours of the day. Even taking a shower was difficult, as moving my body caused the skin to hurt and crack and bleed.
The most unnerving part was that the skin on my face began to peel off because of an intense itching and burning sensation that would develop, causing me to scratch both the right and left side of my face. In turn, the skin would peel off and would bleed and an oozy wet fluid which would seep from it. Then it would dry up and seem okay, but after a few hours suddenly another intense bout of burning and itching would hit my face, causing me to scratch it. It felt like some sort of attack and I would get every few hours. It was a continuous cycle of bleeding, oozing, crusting, drying up and then the same symptoms would erupt all over again. It would hurt very much and cause a lot of discomfort.
Insomnia and nightmares: At about the same time, I began to have difficulty sleeping. Even when I did get to sleep, it would be full of really scary nightmares and I would wake up drenched in sweat. Then I would get out of bed, dry myself off or change my clothes and go back to sleep and the same thing would happen again. I would wake up drenched in sweat again because of another nightmare. I would just not be able to sleep until the wee hours of the morning at around 4 or 5 am. Even then I would get just a few hours of sleep.
After that I would still not be able to get out of bed because I was still so tired from all the physical distress my body faced. I would lie in bed until late afternoon before mustering up the energy to get up. Then, by the time I took a shower and had a bite to eat, it would very soon become dark. Then just as other people were preparing to sleep, I would be wide awake. I felt very lonely since I had little interaction with anybody except for a few words with my parents and brother while they were home after work. It would be the same story everyday, I would be up all night alone, wandering around in the house, watching TV etc. until 4 or 5 am, and then go to sleep.
Depression: Saddled with skin problems, food allergies, insomnia and nightmares, I found myself slumping into a state of depression. I was so weak physically that I thought I was going to die soon. I had constant negative thoughts. My mind rationalised that even if I did get better there was so much damage done to my body that I would get cancer in a year or so and die anyway. I felt like there was not much time left for me on Earth. It was a scary thought and along with severe itching, recurrent nightmares, night sweats and lack of sleep, it was more than I could handle. The physical distress was bad enough but the incessant disturbing thoughts were just as bad and I thought I was going insane.
I returned to the same doctor who did eczema treatment using Contact Reflex Analysis to heal me the year before. With my face looking how it looked, he said, “I do not know what to do.” I was hearing this statement from a person who was considered one of the most reputed doctors in Canada in alternative healing therapies. He told me that he could do nothing and that I should go to the hospital to get my condition more under control before he could begin treatment on me. Yet this time around there was no strep infection and there seemed to be no cause. I remember at that time losing hope since the best holistic doctor in Canada said he could not do anything. I reverted back to eczema treatment of applying a steroid creams, which helped to reduce the eczema but it was far from cured.
Then I began to see an Āyurvēdic doctor for eczema treatment in the same month when the condition was at its worst. This was right after seeing the CRA Doctor. The Ayurvedic doctor later told me that the first time he saw my condition and my face, he actually got scared of me as he had never seen anything like it. He prescribed a mixture of herbs. This eczema treatment helped to a certain extent but the condition was far from under control. Overall, I had been to Allopathic doctors, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopaths, a doctor certified in Bio-energetic Medicine and an Ayurvedic doctor for eczema treatment; but all worked only to a limited extent and only temporarily. It seemed like I had tried every type of eczema treatment and medicine available.
3. The break-through in eczema treatment
One day in January of 2009, I got out of bed with great difficulty. After taking a shower, I made it down to the computer room. That alone required all my energy and I kept thinking that I was going to die young. I was physically, emotionally and mentally drained. I began searching on the Internet for natural/holistic ways to heal myself since modern science had not been able to help me. I searched for “healing eczema naturally”. What appeared was a specific link that stated that eczema could be treated spiritually. I was so curious that I immediately clicked on the link. It directed me to the SSRF website that had two case studies of John and Madhav Gadgil who also had eczema that would not go away until they applied the spiritual healing remedy of chanting the Name of God. The article further stated that negative energies (ghosts, devils, demons etc.) and departed ancestors were the causes of the eczema in their cases. At that moment, I internally knew I had finally found the reason for my skin condition and the allergies that had bothered me since childhood. This was the only explanation left. Doctors from both medical sciences and alternative healing therapies had not been able to heal me by their eczema treatment. So the cause had to be a spiritual cause and not a physical one. I created a log-in and asked SSRF what to chant specifically. They promptly replied to my question and advised me to start chanting the Name of God according to the religion of my birth and “Shrī Gurudev Datta“.
At first it was difficult to chant for very long. I started with 15 minutes a day for each chant for a total of 30 minutes. Then with each passing week, I made efforts to slowly increase it. In about two months I was chanting for about 6 hours per day in total. Each day I was able to chant more and more continuously. When I first began chanting, nothing happened. The skin condition remained the same and at that time my allergies were severe. I had a very restricted diet and could not eat much otherwise my skin condition would flare up again. As I continued chanting it felt like it got worse.
There were times when it would suddenly flare up, but I kept reminding myself that this was not going to change overnight. Initially there would be good days and bad days. As time went on however, the good days began to outnumber the bad days and miraculously the skin began to get healthier. The skin symptoms began to visibly reduce after about three weeks of chanting. After about four months, I felt I had recovered from the food allergies and the skin was now only dry in a couple of spots like behind my neck.
The skin began to get its moisture back, the oozing on my face disappeared and the wounds began to dry up. Even the hair on my scalp that had disappeared began to grow back. It is now a little under two years since I began chanting and my skin condition has improved immensely. There is no more dryness, oozing, dehydration or bleeding. I was witnessing a miracle and I was right in the middle of it!
4. Other benefits of starting spiritual practice
This was just the beginning of the healing. After about 3 weeks, the food allergies were also beginning to reduce but I did not know it at the time. I later learned that my mom began slipping things I had originally been allergic to into my diet to check whether it would bother me if I did not know it was in my food. I began to eat whole grains like barley again and also roti (unleavened flatbread). Slowly I was realising the food allergies were beginning to disappear as well.
After about four months I felt I had recovered from the food allergies and the skin was now only dry in a couple of spots like behind my neck. In June 2009 I went to the Krishna (Krushṇa) temple with two other seekers from SSRF in the Vancouver area. This was after only a few months of chanting. While we waited in line for the food, I thought that I would not be able to eat anything because of my food allergies. I felt awkward since I would just be sitting there watching everybody else eat.
While in the queue, Rain and Kristen (the two SSRF seekers that I was with), informed me that perhaps my food allergies may really be a spiritual problem rather than a physical problem. They advised me to pray before eating and offer the food to God. So I put rice, black-eyed bean dahl and roti on my plate and prayed earnestly before eating. Suddenly it was as if I felt and knew I was protected. I ate the food and nothing happened! No reactions, no skin eruptions, nothing. I felt fine. That day, it was as if by knowing I was being protected by God, the subtle-entity could not attack me through the food.
Having gone through a transformation like this is itself very much a spiritual experience. What this really taught me is to look at every problem in a holistic way i.e., to apply solutions at physical, psychological and spiritual levels. I am so grateful to His Holiness Dr. Athavale. Under His guidance the SSRF research team prepares this invaluable knowledge to the world. My prayer to God and Guru is that this experience of mine illustrates the importance of spiritual practice in one’s life and similarly lets the readers of the SSRF website also reap the benefits of this knowledge as I have.
Comment by SSRF:
- The root cause for all the problems that Sameer had been facing since childhood was a negative give-and-take account with a departed ancestor.
- SSRF would also like to especially thank Sameer for coming forward and sharing this extraordinary experience with us which is a testimony to the power of spiritual practice. Another quality of Sameer that we observed was his willingness and promptness to go the extra mile to furnish us with whatever information we required. Throughout our conversations with him, the gratitude in his voice and emails was very palpable. SSRF wishes Sameer the very best in his spiritual journey and his second life.