Sanjana Bafna Shah

I am a lawyer who was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 25. I was told by doctors that it is an autoimmune disease that has no cure. They said that it can only be controlled through daily medication and avoiding junk food. I had accepted the fact that, like many other people, I too was unfortunate to have a disease in my body that I didn’t have any control over! That was 3 years ago.

For the first 2 years, I kept having flare-ups even after popping pills every day. The symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis are not fun. My mental state was volatile and I was consumed by the physical pain from within.

During the Covid lockdown, I lived with my in-laws. There I was introduced to Simmi Saboo, our neighbour and a wonderful human being. When she heard about my problem, she told me about Puru and described him as a godsend who healed her health problems when she had no hope from the doctors she had met. I just knew at that moment that I too had to give this a shot. Even if there was a 10% chance of me getting healed and off medication, I wanted to take that chance with Puru’s magic.

There was no magic. Instead, Puru has a very scientific and holistic approach to problem-solving. That’s what I like the most about him. He looked into every detail of my past medical records. He demonstrated how my past problems were interconnected, and also connected to my present-day problems. He explained to me, based on my own medical history with antibiotics and lifestyle, and combined with the published scientific literature that he directed me to, how my healthy gut microbiome had been negatively affected to give rise to the Ulcerative Colitis over time. He also demonstrated based on the dates and events in my diary how taking certain pain medications during my periods was directly related to me having flare-ups. He changed my perspective toward medicines completely. I have now stopped consuming medicines unless there is an extreme requirement.

In the beginning, it all seemed too much. I even got irritated with him many times because of the kind of detail he expected from me about my everyday life. To fill in my log with granular details was just a lot to do at times. But when I saw the fruits of that labour as time passed, I was in awe.

The first month without a single medicine, I felt like a warrior. We achieved this within 9 months. My husband and I are thankful to Puru every single day for that. He did something that the doctors I met said was not doable. Months went by without taking medicines and that’s when I realized that our body is capable of healing itself. You just have to believe in it and treat it the right way. Feed it the right food that nature has provided and let go of the modern food habits that are introducing diseases into our bodies.

Puru was a mentor to me and not just for one specific problem that I approached him with. He also helped me with other difficulties and problems in life – work-related problems, family problems – all the more stressful things that you can think of!

The best part about him is that he is not money-minded. He is not doing this just to make money. I believe he makes us pay him so that we are disciplined. It’s been over 6 months now that I have graduated through his official mentoring, but he is still always available for me whenever I need him. And the discipline he inculcated in me has become a part of how I design my lifestyle now. He has changed my life for the better.

As strange as this may sound, the truth is that I have not yet met Puru in person. He has healed me by staying in contact with me using multiple tools and technologies. I cannot wait to meet him in person and thank him again for accepting me as his mentee.

Sanjana Bafna Shah
Lawyer, Wife, Warrior