TRACY?- About 16 practitioners gathered upstairs at the Helping to Heal storefront in Tracy on Saturday to share their experiences with alternative healing modalities.
"We're sharing some of what we have learned about to do the healing practices," said Charles Reinert, a former physics teacher and researcher at Southwest Minnesota State University and partner in Helping to Heal. "There's new things, some of which we had a hand in and some other things people need to know about."
Included in the day's activities were presentations on dietary supplements, demonstrations of Reiki, a Japanese art of stress relief and healing through the laying on of hands, a group exercise using the Emotional Freedom Technique of tapping pressure points and other healing traditions.
Photo by Steve Browne
Tai Chi and Qigong master Wu Jit and his student Roger Benson demonstrate push hands, a training exercise, at the Helping to Heal Winter Wellness seminar in Tracy.
The guest of honor was Louise N and her husband Larry from New Ulm. Louise was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma last year, an aggressive form of brain cancer with a very high mortality rate.
While undergoing treatment by conventional means of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Louise chose to work with Helping to Heal partner Wu Jit, a master of the Chinese health art of Qigong. Louise took daily dietary supplements, coffee enemas and saunas, what is called the Takamoto Protocol, along with Qigong therapy and guided imagery with Wu.
"My last two MRIs show no trace of cancer," Louise said.
Wu demonstrated Qigong techniques, similar in many ways to Reiki. The Chinese word "qi" or "ki" in Japanese means the subtle energy that is believed to flow through and around the human body along the acupuncture meridians. Practices that work with qi go under the general term of energy work.
"Today we're doing a demonstration of Qigong and learn about what Qigong can do for the human body," Wu said. "Stress, anxiety, cancer, disease and in people's everyday life."
Wu later demonstrated tai chi, a Chinese a form of kung fu also practiced for health and healing.
Rhonda Becker is a nurse working at a nursing home in Fulda. A few years ago, her sister, an obstetrics nurse, contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a painful and potentially serious bacterial infection resistant to a broad strain of antibiotics. According to Becker, her sister Deb had intensely painful erupting sores on her buttocks that made it impossible for her to sit down or lie on her back.
"She treated it with nano-silver three times a day, immune rich (dietary supplement) and a probiotic," Becker said. "It cleared up in one week. She's had one mild recurrence only and has been one year without a recurrence."
Janice Drietz of Marshall said she'd been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2005. She's been doing energy work and taking sulfur supplements and claims since she started her symptoms have been alleviated, her gray hair darkened and her nails have been growing more quickly.
"I could not hold a pen to write last year," Drietz said. "Now I can write."
Reinert did say their practice was a supplement, not a replacement for conventional medicine in the treatment of serious illness. And while there was plenty on display to arouse the skeptic, Reinert and Wu urged people to keep an open mind to the possibility of the human body's ability to heal itself with appropriate encouragement.