Dr. Deepak Chopra: Michael Jackson Suffered from Lupus and Vitiligo

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Dr. Deepak Chopra

And the saga continues…

A well respected physician and author, Deepak Chopra, has come out to speak on his longtime friend and patient, Michael Jackson.

Dr. Chopra reports that the deceased musician has been suffering from Lupus, as a result of a traumatizing childhood.

“He had been diagnosed with lupus and he had vitiligo,” Chopra says. “There’s some recent research that suggests that if children have experienced either physical or verbal, mental, emotional or sexual abuse, then 20, 30 years later they can develop these autoimmune diseases including lupus.”

“Michael, he was never sexually abused but according to him, he was traumatized verbally and physically in his childhood, and it was a big issue with him.”

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes damage to any part of the body, whether it’s skin, joints or organs and destroys healthy body tissue. In the case of Michael Jackson, lupus affected his skin discoloration, also known as vitiligo.

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Deepak Chopra & Michael Jackson (Huffington Post)

“He had a lot of blotches on his skin, huge white patches all over his body. So he would cover up his body and that of course gave food for fodder to the press,” Chopra says.

Deepak Chopra’s son, Gotham, also close to Michael Jackson adds:

“It was very disturbing to him that people thought he always wanted to be white and he was bleaching his skin. [But] he identified as being a black person and so it was troubling to him that everyone thought that he was a hater of his own race,” Gotham explains. “And the lupus, why he didn’t just come out more clearly and say that was the problem, I’m not sure. But I know it was something that bothered him a lot.”

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