3 common things that keep people stuck in chronic illness

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Are you going round in circles trying to get better from a chronic illness despite your best efforts to get better?

Have you tried medication after medication, diet after diet, with little improvement?

You’re not alone.

Many people with chronic health conditions like autoimmune diseases feel trapped on what I call the “disease merry-go-round.” No matter what they do, lasting relief seems impossible to achieve.

But there is a way to get off this ride.

In this post, I’m going to share with you the three common things people unknowingly do that keep them stuck in chronic illness, even when they’re desperately trying to get better.

I’ll also reveal the ONE mindset shift that helped me finally get my daughter’s debilitating autoimmune symptoms under control after years of struggle. These same shifts can help you rewrite your health story too.

Ready to get off the chronic illness rollercoaster for good? Read on to find out how.

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The three things that people do

The 3 things that people with ongoing chronic health conditions do that keeps them stuck no matter how hard they try to get better:

  1. They go round in circles trying to find the right medications, tests and treatments for their diagnosis.
  2. They keep trying out various new diets including going gluten and dairy free for a few months and add supplements without seeing any results.
  3. Lastly, they keep waiting for ALL the answers before they start supporting their body’s healing process.

Focusing only on getting the right treatments and medications without supporting your body through proper nutrition and lifestyle changes wastes precious time as your disease keeps progressing. Trying out various diets and supplements without understanding your body’s unique requirements means that you don’t see any improvements and feel frustrated and hopeless. And instead of supporting your body’s healing process, waiting for ALL the answers means that you wait for a really long time, years and maybe even decades before you take action.

And because of that you can remain stuck in what I call a “disease merry-go-round” for a very very long time.

My journey to finding answers

About 9 years ago, I was desperately looking for some answers myself.

You see, my daughter was dealing with severe health issues for which she was put on immune suppressing medications.

I wanted answers to questions like:

  • How could I get my 7 yo daughter to get off her immune suppressing medications?
  • How could I ensure that she grew up to live a happy and healthy life without struggling day to day with her health issues?
  • More importantly, how could I figure out exactly WHY she had this condition and WHAT could be done to heal her from the inside out?

At the time, she was dealing with severe health issues and no matter what medications the doctors prescribed, her symptoms were never really under control.

We had already waited for more than 3 years for some answers and during this time she had suffered a life threatening infection and a month long stay in the hospital as well.

Finally, out of desperation and a determination to help her, I did 3 things that finally changed our lives as I was able to bring my daughter’s health back into balance:

  • I STOPPED waiting for others to give me all the answers and I did my own research for a year before I finally came across FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE that helped address the root causes.

  • I STOPPED believing that suppressing her immune system with strong medications were the only way for her to get better that I found a way to bring it back into balance again.

  • And I TOOK complete responsibility for her healing journey.

But I did all of this NOT by stopping all medications or treatments, but rather making lifestyle and dietary changes on top of the medications that she was on.

And after 2 long years, we got her off all medications.

There is HOPE for healing chronic illness

It’s the same for my own coaching clients – clients who get off their long term medications, reverse their eczema and asthma, lower their thyroid antibody levels and stop their chronic diarrhea after 7 years!

You can also read about others like Dr Terry Wahls who brought her MS under remission, Dr Susan Blum and Dr Amy Myers who have both reversed their autoimmune thyroiditis condition, Dr David Perlmutter who reversed his chronic headaches and migraines, Dr Frank Lipman who reversed his chronic fatigue, insomnia and digestive issues.

And you can read their inspiring stories in the books I have shared below.

There are countless others who are doing the same with the help of Functional Medicine practitioners and Functional Medicine Health Coaches like me to address their root causes and reverse their health conditions.

Don’t get me wrong!

Medications, tests and treatments are absolutely essential for proper diagnosis, recovery and treatment for any condition.

But the problem with only depending on this conventional approach to deal with any chronic condition does not help to address the root causes and because of that people go round in circles and get stuck in what I call a “disease merry-go-round”.

The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

– Hippocrates

The mindset shift that changed everything

So just taking medications to deal with the symptoms doesn’t address WHY you have this disease in the first place. This is connected to your inner and outer environment – your diet, lifestyle, stress and toxic load.

In my daughter’s case that’s where she was stuck for a very long time, almost 5 years. Trying out one immune suppressing medication after another to avert any dangerous side effect and also to prevent organ damage from them.

It was only when I made this ONE mindset shift around her disease that helped me find the solution that I was desperately looking for.

And I want you to know that you can do this too!

This MINDSET SHIFT is one that I take all my clients through as a part of the 3 pillar framework called “BODY WISE HEALING FRAMEWORK” inside my coaching programme.

This is a part of the model that I use inside this framework called



D- Develop a healthy relationship with food
O- Own your healing journey
T- Treat your body with care and compassion
S- Start simple and build healthy habits

Take ownership of your healing journey

The biggest mistake people make is thinking that if they get a diagnosis and get enough tests done, they will find ALL the answers they are looking for.

They believe that unless they have all these answers they need to keep on waiting because they can’t really do anything to help themselves to HEAL.

But that simply keeps them from getting better and preventing any further damage. This approach undermines their confidence in their body’s own healing capabilities and prevents them from taking any action.

So the biggest MINDSET SHIFT that I want you to make today is to OWN YOUR HEALING JOURNEY.

Because the reality is – unless you take complete responsibility for your own healing journey, you will feel helpless and frustrated as you keep waiting to get better, to get your life back.

Outsourcing your entire healing to others, even if they are well meaning doctors prevents you from connecting with your own body. It doesn’t allow you to truly appreciate your body’s tremendous healing capabilities and understand what your body needs to heal from within.

As a result, you will keep waiting for years and maybe even decades for someone to finally tell you what to do while you keep getting more and more sick.

So if you are still desperately looking for answers, making this ONE change in your approach will change your life.

The MYTH that prevents healing

And finally, there is one debilitating MYTH around chronic conditions including autoimmune disease that I once believed to be true.

The myth is that since AI diseases can only be treated with immune suppressing medications to bring the immune system under control, we have no role to play in our own healing journey.

I completely get this, I believed this to be true for a very long time. And it prevented my daughter’s healing and recovery for many years.

It was only when I came to know this is not true that I was able to find a long term solution for her in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. Now I make my coaching clients aware of this myth right at the beginning of the coaching programme.

As a result of this belief, most people are unable to take any steps to get closer to WHY they actually have an AI or any other chronic condition and keep going round in circles. And they almost never find out that their GUT HEALTH is the key to reversing or improving their condition.

Otherwise, wouldn’t everyone who took immune suppressing medications get better?

Wouldn’t that prevent them from getting a second, third or multiple AI diagnosis in the future?

But that’s not the case for many people, is it?

So let me ask you, do you want to continue to rely only on suppressing your immune system or actually start addressing the true root causes of your disease?

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Focus on root causes, not just symptoms

Rather than believing that suppressing your immune system is the solution you were looking for, you now understand where you need to focus on to address the root causes – YOUR GUT HEALTH.

And now you also know that a huge MINDSET SHIFT that you can make today is to start OWNING YOUR HEALTH JOURNEY and find a way to support your body’s healing process.

This is based on the DOTS model inside my coaching programme designed for women with autoimmune conditions to help women with chronic illnesses such as autoimmune conditions to reverse their symptoms with their bodies as their guides.

But there are various other models such as the DOTS framework that I use in my coaching programme “Healing from within”.

If you would like to know more about how this programme can help you to reverse your symptoms by laying a strong foundation, click HERE to schedule a free call today!

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”

– Emily Dickinson

There is HOPE….

The path to healing chronic illness begins with a shift in your mindset.

When you take ownership over your health journey and focus on the true root causes rather than just symptoms, healing becomes possible. Not only at a physical level, but at a emotional and spiritual level too.

Your body has tremendous power to heal when given the right environment and support. Although the road may be long, have faith in your body’s wisdom, take it one step at a time, and surround yourself with a supportive community.

You have the strength deep inside of you. But you need to find a way to access it.

If you are ready to make a change and take charge of your healing journey, I am here to support you.

Reach out and let’s have a conversation. This blog is just the starting point – there is so much more we can explore together.

You can find me at:

I look forward to connecting and helping you rewrite your health story. You’ve got this!

Anindita is India’s first Functional Medicine certified Health Coach from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (FMCA). She is also an AFMC Certified Practitioner from the School of Applied Functional Medicine.

She helps women with autoimmune conditions discover their own power to HEAL using her “BODY-WISE HEALING framework” with their bodies as their GUIDE so that they feel happy and healthy and at peace in their bodies

She is also the coauthor of a children’s book called “I have eczema so what?” based on the real life story of her daughter’s and family’s experiences

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I am a Functional Medicine certified Health Coach and AFMC practitioner. I help women with autoimmune conditions reverse their symptoms with their body as their guide

I work with women who want to go beyond symptom management, reconnect with their bodies and learn how to get well and stay well by tuning into their body's wisdom 

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