by Madie Férère as told to Jamuna Rangachari
My name is Madie Férère. I studied naturopathy principally with Dr. Salila Tewari but also with other Naturopaths referred to me by Dr. Tewari for two years while living in New Delhi. She is my mentor, my source of inspiration with regards to knowing truly what health means and what it takes to preserve it, and I love her dearly. I do not believe in coincidences, our paths crossed because they needed to. I have three short stories to tell about our family’s experience with Dr. Salila Tewari. The first one led me to study and practice naturopathy with greater knowledge.
In 2005, I was diagnosed with Lupus due to an immune system deficiency. It started out as a tiny red pimple on the lower part my left cheek. It felt a bit like a tiny cut. By the time it was at its worst, I had a painful reddish/purplish sore, 4 cm diameter. My Dermatologist, a very well intentioned physician, prescribed cortisone cream, a drug quinine based, and steroids. He told me that I should avoid being exposed to the sun, did a biopsy. I wore total sun block, long sleeves, a hat and sunglasses. Meanwhile my husband and I were educating ourselves on the risks associated with both the disease and the medicine prescribed. Nothing made sense nor was acceptable to us. The ailment was to become debilitating eventually if I survived the side effects of the medicine. After a month worth of treatment my Dermatologist told me we needed to increase the steroid dosage and add another drug. I could not accept that. I did some research to find a naturopath and contacted Dr. Tewari.
I brought her all my tests and my diagnosis. She read them carefully, put them aside, looked at me calmly and said: “Why did you take so long to come to me?” I was not sure what to say, my heart sank I thought I came too late. I explained that though I did not take medicine as a rule, I got scared and turned to what I had grown up with; allopathic medicine. She smiled and said: “ No problem, your body will cure you”. I looked at her and said, half hoping she was right half incredulous, “ You mean, I will be cured, it will go away?” “Of course” she said, “do not worry, I guarantee it”. I followed a stringent treatment of 19 days, 4 hours per day. It took me another month to get back to normal and six months for that scary spot on my face to disappear completely. I returned to my Dermatologist who was so dumbfounded that he had to sit down to hear my tale. I explained to him my treatment, gave him Dr. Tewari’s contact information and asked him to give his patients that natural alternative. He was visibly shaken but deep
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