I permitted myself to be a victim once. I finally realized that by viewing my acne condition as merely a nuisance, I was at the financial mercy of anyone that could offer me a cure. I spent thousands with aestheticians and doctors and then one day I acknowledged: “These people really do not have a clue as to why I have acne or how to get rid of it.
I just keep coming to them for sympathy hoping for a miracle. Meanwhile, they just keep taking my money, treatment after treatment. And I still do not have any clue as to what causes my acne.” I was helpless and still very ignorant.
Think about it- how long do you spend with your doctor at a checkup? Five minutes, ten minutes. What do you get to tell him or her? For example, can you tell them you get extra frustrated when you are in traffic, that you cannot imagine going thru the day without coffee, that you find red-heads especially attractive lately?
These comments may seem inconsequential to you (and maybe even to your doctor) but these are the type of daily side notes that give you insight into your health and outlook on life. What you know and do not know about yourself, or choose to ignore for that matter, will determine how much you get to enjoy life.
The day I renounced my search for an acne cure and wholeheartedly decided not pay anyone to cure my acne was liberating. Resolute that acne was message, I opted to decode the message for all of the information it would offer me.
This marked a substantial turning point in my life. How many times have you said to yourself “I’d do anything to get rid of this acne”? Well my friend, after you have read and understood my book, I hope you come to embrace acne as a life enhancing message that should always be interpreted and acted upon.
Thus, my book will serve as a guide to help you determine the myriad of messages that your acne is trying to communicate to you. I present acne as a message that is unique to each person dealing with this condition.
I expect that while going through the methods and exercises presented in this book that you will begin to better understand your own body and improve your health in the process. Deciphering my acne messages has enhanced my life a thousand fold.
For this reason, I can earnestly say that I am glad that I had a severe acne issue to deal with and that the Universe provided me with the tools to address it. I am writing this book to share this message with you, so that you can gain all of the blessings that come from understanding and dealing with acne.
My words may sound far-fetched at first. I have dealt with acne for almost a decade and I know how much you may want a quick and easy solution to the problem. You should know that anything worth valuing will take time to value.
That is, if I never took the time to learn about the messages of acne, I would have never known that I do not digest certain foods properly, that I need a certain amount of exercise or that my liver was seriously overworked.
I do not imply that you may have the same conditions, but somewhere within your body, acne is diligently trying to give you a message so that you can live in optimum health. You deserve this. Ignore the acne messages if you will. But I promise you that if you do, you will miss out on the supreme well being that the Universe wishes to grant us all.
Our bodies are designed to perform at the height of excellence. The body requires the appropriate environment and support to sustain this level of performance. Rest, work, diversion, and sound nutrition are all keys to being a robust human. You, and only you can ensure that your body is as it’s best. You, need to provide the appropriate environment and support for your body.
Again, no person can make you healthy. Health is an internal state of being and a choice. It is determined by psychological, social, physical and spiritual factors.
Since 2002, acne vulgaris has become nearly universal skin disease afflicting 79% to 95% of the adolescent population in westernized societies. Not only is acne prevalent among the young, but also in men and women older than 25 years, 40% to 54% have some degree of facial acne. Moreover clinical facial acne persists into middle age in 12% of women and 3% of men.
Source: Cordain L, Lindeberg S, Hurtado M, Hill K, Eaton SB, Brand-Miller J. Acne vulgaris: a disease of western civilization. Archives of Dermatology. 2002;138:1584- 1590.
I am convinced that the reason for the explosion in the number of acne cases that we have today is that humans are alienated from their own bodies and just do what seems easiest. If something is wrong with us, we are socialized to seek out an aspirin or another panacea to cure what ails us. Also, as far as food goes, we are conditioned to select what is easiest and requires the least amount of thought or work.
Sadly, we have reached a state where we refuse to delve into the deeper meanings of seemingly trivial ailments. Fortunately for me, I was raised knowing “If you get sick, you’re not going to a doctor.”
My family never had health insurance and it was rarely heard of in my community. This constant reminder – heard everyday as I ran out into the woods with my cousins- filled me with an obligation to be extra careful with my body and very creative in seeking out solutions if I were to fall ill. No, I did not play doctor in the juvenile sense, but I clearly understood that I am responsible for keeping me healthy.
There was really no pity for the ailing in our community. This may sound crude but it sure kept us out of hospitals for the most part. (I must interject that I did come from a loving community all the same.)
Nevertheless, as I moved away from home and acquired health coverage, I used it to seek out a cure for my acne. Only after coming full circle did I realize that there is not cure for acne. You cannot “cure” or “treat” a message, you have to respond to it. I want to help you interpret your acne messages as well.