It was really great to be able to spend a couple of days with people who are gathered together in order to learn new methods of treating the seriously injured. The Amish Healer is a humble man indeed, but very passionate about what he is doing, on more than one occasion he became choked up on the verge of tears when talking about the children he has seen horribly burned. You can tell he truly cares for his fellow man, and when he saw 40+ people sitting there on the first day waiting to hear what he had to say, he became choked up and said "I never thought in my lifetime I would ever be doing this, this is a dream come true for me, thank you for coming here." After a lifetime of simply working away and helping people, the thought of actually passing on his knowledge to large groups of people all at once must have seemed like a fantasy to him!
Not only were we able to hear valuable information from the man himself, but he also shared with us many accounts of his helping the terribly wounded and his success by using largely natural methods. There was a photo album brought in and you could see the pictures of people who came to him with faces, feet, legs and arms practically burned right off! Then their progress back to fully regained flesh over their bodies was shown in pictures. One series of pictures showed a young girls foot and leg that was so badly burned the flesh was practically falling off of her, and in 16 days there was new flesh entirely covering the formerly destroyed area.
Another treat was being able to see the Amish Healer work on an actual wounded person right in front of us, again, like in the first burn seminar almost a month ago, this victim was a child, and seeing new flesh growing back over an area that was very badly damaged was truly inspiring to see.
On the first day you could tell the Amish didnt know what to think of us "english" sitting amongst them,they were quiet towards us and didn't say much to us, but during break periods MH, myself and a couple of others would gather and talk about a wide variety of healing methods and health issues, and they would quietly listen in until their curiosity got the best of them! When the Amish Healer sat down with us to eat lunch and we got involved with a big health discussion with him, I think everyone kinda let their guard down and they started joking with us and talking quite freely! The next thing I knew MH was going through a ton of information on his laptop computer with with an eager to learn amishman who couldn't get enough of what we were talking about! It was kinda surreal seeing MH outside of his native habitat. After being at his farm so many times and spending time with him there it was weird seeing him walking around in public, but once the subject of health and HERBS came up, the ole MH came out and spoke his mind!
One of the biggest topics during lunch that day was IODINE, where to get it, what the different kinds are, and what it does for human health. One fact about iodine lead to another, and when I told the Amish Healer about the dangers of "brominated vegetable oil" and how its put in GATORADE he about fell backwards out of his chair!!! Turns out he has heard of some Amish mothers giving their babies GATORADE, not knowing about its health dangers. Not so different from "english" mothers who put coke and pepsi right in the baby bottles!
This was a real treat, a very unique learning experience, an opportunity to make new friends,and a cultural exchange all in one trip! I look forward to many more in the future.