When I share something that goes against popular medicine, pharmaceuticals or science, I am deemed “irresponsible” and chastised for my “dangerous” behavior.
Some have even said, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Or, how about this comment on one of my articles:
“You certainly know nothing about cancer and should, therefore, shut up or learn. Greetings from a researcher working at the front.”
I also received an email from a woman that said, “I don’t need to read stuff about how my face could indicate disease by something that borders on witchcraft.”
She was referring to the ancient art of visual assessment that has been around for thousands of years. For more about that read here: Our Body Speaks to Us.
These comments are reminiscent, although certainly not as drastic, of what I’ve learned about the witch-hunts across Europe and the Americas from the 14th through the 17th centuries.
The witches were healers (mostly women) who were deeply connected to the earth and nature.
They were killed for their beliefs.
Having a connection to the earth meant they were consorting with the devil. A doctrine called the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) written in 1487 was used to identify witches and how to dispose of them.
Burning them alive, in view of the townsfolk, was the preferred method.
The witches used natural healing practices that included plants, herbs, and oils, and many had the gift of psychic ability as well. They could “see” beyond what the average person could: their mind was open to energy, insight, and intuition.
I’m sure you have all heard the term, “women’s intuition.”
Those women were destroyed because of that special gift.
These same women also aided the process of childbirth: they were midwives, essential to supporting the birthing process. Their innate wisdom and knowledge of female energy were invaluable to bringing human life into the world.
Many years ago I met an OBGYN surgeon that gave me a tongue-lashing!
When I mentioned I was in the room with my friend Jeannie massaging and caressing her as she was going through labor pains he said, “That is the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever heard. No one should be in the room except for a trained doctor that has gone to medical school. Childbirth is an emergency situation and it needs to be treated that way!”
The stress and urgency created in hospitals inhibit the natural process of birth. As well as the ridiculousness of positioning a woman flat on her back, with legs up in the air! What on earth?? The baby needs to slide “down” and “out” and the force of gravity certainly helps (use your science here, folks).
Thankfully, midwives are making a comeback after being snuffed out for a few centuries. They are doing what they intuitively know – how to aid the birthing process in a relaxed and stress-free way. Birthing should NOT be treated as an “emergency” unless it is an actual emergency.
You can read more about midwifery in a fantastic memoir called Baby Catcher, by Peggy Vincent.
Connection to the earth and female energy was (and still is) a threat to the male-based patriarchy that included the rise of science, medicine, and religion.
Even before the massive witch hunts that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, women were deemed “inferior” by some of the greatest scholars and intellectual minds.
The works of Aristotle portrayed women as morally, intellectually, and physically inferior to men; saw women as the property of men; claimed that women’s role in society was to reproduce and serve men in the household; and saw male domination of women as natural and virtuous.
Those archaic ideas were ingrained in society long ago and sadly, many of them still exist today.
Fortunately, today we’re no longer burning people alive in view of the entire town. Now, it seems, we’re only burning them inside radiation wards.
What’s interesting is that folks get flustered whenever anyone (female or male) has an opposing view to the masculine-based industries of science, religion, and medicine that rose to power during very dark periods in human history.
No matter what the “researcher working from the front” says, I stand firm in my belief that mutilation is NOT the best idea for the prevention of breast cancer. You can read more about that here, Mutilate My Body? Not Intentionally!
Whether it’s removing a uterus, chopping off the breasts, or testicles (for you guys still reading this), or any other body part to prevent cancer, intuitively, just doesn’t make any sense.
Body parts do NOT cause cancer.
I also stand firm in my belief that radiation and chemotherapy are extreme treatments. Cut, poison, and burn should be the last resort, not the first. Read more about that here: I Don’t Believe In Cancer.
There are many ways to prevent and heal illness.
We need to re-connect with the feminine aspect of healing and stop the nonsense.
The female virtues of patience, self-care love, intuition, compassion, and nourishment, need to have just as much voice in our healing practices as the masculine chopping, cutting, and burning.
Like many of the healers before me, I follow the belief system that resonates deeply within and feel connected to both the earth (feminine) and to the heavens (masculine) as well.
To live harmoniously in this world, I believe, we need to utilize the best of both.
As above, so below.
If you are curious and openminded and want to learn some of the feminine attributes for healing, like using nourishment, and food and herbs for healing, Get my FREE guide.
On the other hand, if you want to burn the witch… with all the compassion I can muster in my heart, please take a long walk off a short pier.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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