Tipping the balance
How I took control of my health and put my inflammatory bowel disease into remission
In April 2008 Seb was just hours away from losing his colon due to an ulcerative colitis flare. He’d lost 10kg in two weeks and was going to the toilet every half an hour.
Fast forward 11 years and Seb is now happier and healthier than he's ever been, living symptom and medication free and in clinical remission (and with his colon fully in tact).
'Tipping the balance' is a detailed look at the lifestyle changes Seb took to help him get, and stay, in remission.
The book includes Seb’s own inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) story, what he does to stay in remission and stop flares fast, his daily routines and a look at the research behind why focusing on the mind, sleep, diet, movement and his environment have helped him.
Seb’s first hand account of his journey with ulcerative colitis from first symptoms through to today. He shares the worries, milestones and turning points he encountered along the way.
Detailed focus on the theory Seb has developed which he uses on a daily basis to keep his general health and inflammatory bowel disease in balance.
Putting the theory into practice. Seb explains what he does on a daily basis and why across five health elements of mind/stress, sleep, diet/nutrition, movement/exercise and environment to keep his health balanced. Includes referenced research and Seb’s daily routines.
IBD patients new and old who want to understand more about how lifestyle changes have impacted a fellow patient’s health
Healthcare professionals who want to understand more about their patients’ journeys
Parents and carers of IBD patients who want to learn more about living with IBD
People interested in finding out first-hand how simple lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on health
“This book could very well be life changing for many people.”
“Seb’s story was not only super inspiring, but it also contained lots of really detailed educational material and had the added bonus of making me feel like I’m not alone on this journey.”
“Seb's story really resonated with me and his balance theory has got me thinking about my own health and what I can do to improve how I feel.”
“I feel empowered to continue to make changes for the better and believe that it is possible for some people to control and live with this condition.”
Seb is a patient entrepreneur and health advocate.
He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC), a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in April 2008. He has spent the past seven years researching and exploring changes in his lifestyle which helped him achieve better health and improved UC symptoms.
Seb is passionate about improving patients’ quality of life and access to information. In 2016 he launched IBDrelief, a website providing information to inflammatory bowel disease patients. Since its launch more than 1.6m users from around the world have accessed its free resources.
Alongside this Seb speaks internationally at health conferences and events, to both patients and clinicians, about improving care and outcomes for patients living with chronic disease. He sits as a patient representative on clinical research and advises pharmaceutical companies on campaigns to IBD patients. He also mentors senior executives at the pharmaceutical company Janssen UK and health professionals on the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme.
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