I recently was honored by allowing to speak at a interesting conference that took place in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation: The Gathering of Healers.
My topic was “Energy Medicine and Homeopathy”, which I was fortunate to be able to present on 2 separate days. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and who exactly would be attending. I was asked to speak by Vonn Hardy, wife of my long-time friend Mike Tutt, MD. (Mike and I trained together in Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital….years ago.) Both Mike and I have come a long way since our IM training, Mike went on to study rheumatology, and is now Chief Medical Officer of the Ft. Defiance hospital. He is fluent in the Navajo language, and believes in, and has patients use, traditional healing methods as well as the usual allopathic drugs. I have had training in different alternative modalities, but my forte is now homeopathy.
Attendance was from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Georgia, and as far away as Germany. Prior to the start of the event was a Navajo Blessing ceremony, in a hogan, which I was able to attend part of. Sitting inside hogan in a circle, about 30 people listened as a Navajo medicine man spoke, blessing the event, the contributors, as the fire ashes burned sage. Each morning was a ceremony outside with Indian blessings, singing, and some drumming events also.
The end of the conference was a 2 hour performance of varies acts, my favorite being a Celtic Harpist, Dave Hoover. He plays beautiful music and he performs for hospitalized patients of all types in Albuquerque, New Mexico to ease pain and shorten recovery times. “Music therapy.”
The comments and questions after my talk were excellent. The following day one participant came to me and said he had never heard something explained so well, and wishes he had heard this years ago. That made it all worthwhile for me. Others wanted to know if there were homeopaths in there part of the country! and where they could find one.
A few pictures from the event: