A witch doctor was originally a type of healer who treated ailments believed to be caused by witchcraft. It is currently used to refer to healers, particularly in third world regions, who use traditional healing rather than contemporary medicine. In contemporary society, witch doctor is sometimes used derogatorily to refer to chiropractors, homeopaths, and faith healers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_doctor
After relocating to Atlanta a few months ago, the term “witch doctor” came up a few times in random discussions about health, and I though it was weird. Then my 80-year-old dad called me a witch doctor flat-out and I was blown away. When he said it, it had a derogatory tone, so I immediately went to my friend Wikipedia to learn more about the history of this uncommon term. With a greater understanding of the definition a witch doctor, I can now see how some may use it to describe me.
For the record, I must say than I am not a witch, nor do I engage in witchcraft, unless you consider eating and recommending whole foods, herbs, plant essences, energy, meditation and massage therapy to be witchcraft. From what I can gather, these forms of healing have been used since the beginning of time to heal and restore hearts, minds and spirits. And in a world where contemporary medicine has the U.S. ranked 37th in health care among industrialized nations, maybe it’s time we get back to the basics.
I was a child when I started rubbing my grandma’s knees and back to make her feel better but it was fourteen-years-ago, when I committed to the study and practice of holistic therapies at Irene’s Myomassology Institute in Southfield, MI. After 500 hours studying anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition and various hands-on healing modalities, I wanted to be among the elite practitioners, so I added 250 additional hours studying neuromuscular therapies and myofascial techniques. In order to learn how to teach what I had learned, I enrolled in a 2-year instructor apprenticeship. I was preparing myself to teach hundreds of students the art of touch.
Because health is mind, body and spirit working together in symphony, I wanted to add mental health to my areas of expertise. I wanted to enhance my wellness tool-box so I could better support my clients. My spiritual healing techniques came as a result of learning energy field enhancement techniques from Royce Thomason, renown Transcending the Matrix Creator. Today, I am topping all those years of education and practice of complementary and alternative medicine therapies with Integrative Nutrition® and I really don’t believe these credentials equate to witch doctor. I choose to call myself a holistic health expert. What do you think?