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Jack Roberts

It never hurts to ask

| January 11, 2013

I’m going to give you three quick lessons today. Two of them won’t apply to most of you. One of them pretty much applies to all of us

I’ve had horrible skin my whole life. I’ll spare you a list of all the weird crap that’s gone wrong over the years. But eczema was – for years and years and years – the worst one.

Eczema’s not contagious. But it is miserable. It’s basically dry skin. And it cracks open, which hurts. Or it itches like hell, which makes you scratch the living shit out of, which makes it bleed or crack open. It’s basically this endless cycle of pain, itch scratch.

And of course there’s no cure for it. In fact, doctors can’t even agree on what causes it: Is it genetic? An allergy? An immune system thing? They don’t have a clue.

Well, as it turns out, I know the cure. So here’s the first lesson for today: Somebody told me a few years ago that Omega 3-6-9 would cure eczema. These are basically big pills of fish oil. And there are various types of Omega. But the specific 3-6-9 formulation would do the trick.

Now, I’ve tried all sort of home remedies over the years and had my doubts. But guess what? It does work. It works really well, in fact. Within three days of taking the first pill, my eczema was gone. For the first time in 4 decades, I didn’t have eczema. It was, unbelievable.

So, to recap: Lesson Number 1 for today: If you have eczema, go get some Omega 3-6-9 and give it a try. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain

Lesson number two: After awhile, my eczema came back – worse than ever – on my feet. Nowhere else, just my feet. And man, was it bad.

But I didn’t go to the doctor and get it checked out.

There were a lot of reasons why: There’s really only one dermatologist in Tuscaloosa. And getting in to see him is a major pain in the as..

Besides, I was an expert on eczema. I’d had to all my lift. I’d talked to more doctors than I could count about it. I’d tried every cream and ointment known to man. I’d Googled it and read about it endlessly. And I knew there was no cure.

So I drew some conclusions: The Omega 3-6-9 worked. But it wasn’t getting to my feet. They’re way down there. And I think I’d heard somebody say something about circulation to the feet being sluggish anyway, which is way diabetics are always having to get theirs amputated. So, I decided, the Omega 3-6-9 worked. It just wasn’t strong enough to cure my feet.

Except they kept getting worse.

So, finally, just a few weeks ago, I decided – after putting up with basically having poison ivy on my feet for four years – that maybe I ought to go see the doctor.

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