One Beet a Day

A beet a day to keep the doctor away

PHOTO CREDIT:  MiriamWilcox via Flickr

A Taoist Alchemist has been working with my son and I for about four months.  He replied to an email I wrote while my son was in the hospital last year.  I wrote more than several emails during that time, but most of them carried the same message, which was that my family needed help.

I couldn’t believe it when he wrote me back.  He offered to help us and he has, in more ways than I could ever have imagined.  He quickly became crucial to the plan for recovery I was working on, which did get my son discharged.

The Alchemist is also a semi-retired Master Clinical Nurse.  He worked with the most severe cardiac patients in the hospital for about thirty years.  You’d never know by looking at him that he’s been around long enough for that history.  He has a youthful spirit and is in excellent health. 

He practices several modalities of holistic healthcare, including homeopathy, Chinese medicine and Oi-Gong.  The man has spent years studying these healing arts, along with nutrition and holistic healthcare.  Today he enjoys assisting people in prevention and recovery from just about any disease, including a stressful life.

The first time we met was to talk about my son.  Of course, this led to discussing my son’s childhood, background and me.  I was in his office for my own treatments shortly afterward. 

My toes had hurt for a while.  I kept waking up in the night feeling like somebody was pulling my toenails with pliers.  It was extremely painful! 

I briefly mentioned this pain, but I wasn’t there for the toe pain.  I was there to figure out how to help my son.  I was there because the energy I felt around this man evoked in me hope that my son could get better, possibly even well, which is not what psychiatry has told us for nearly a decade.

The Alchemist gave me a homeopathic remedy the first day I went for a treatment.  I told him that I hadn’t responded well to homeopathy in the past, but he said give it a try anyway.

The next day, the toe pain was gone.  It never returned like it was.  I’ve felt it on a much milder level, but only a couple of times.  They had been hurting nearly constantly and at one point, I recall being afraid of having to use a wheel chair if the pain continued.  The doctors said it was likely Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus.

I was surprised when the pain vanished after one treatment from the Alchemist.  I really didn’t know what to think.  Perhaps the homeopathic remedy worked.  Perhaps the energy the Alchemist carries is that of a true healer. 

I believe in healers.  I believe some people have access to energy that can heal sickness and disease.  Healing may not always look the same as the pain in my toes disappearing overnight.  Healing is a process and it takes time, along with a little determination, which brings me to the subject of BEETS!

“I want you to eat one beet a day,” the Alchemist said.  I cringed.  I’ve never eaten a whole beet in my life and that’s counting the obligatory servings I’ve had from the predictable holiday side dish.  I wasn’t sure I could do it.

“Can you make that face again?” the Alchemist asked me, laughing. 

“I don’t like the texture,” I told him.  “They are mushy,” and my face crinkled up again. 

“Oh, they’re not like that raw.”

“Raw?”

“Definitely,” he said.  “One raw beet a day for both of you.” 

“I want you to prepare this for your mother,” he then told my son.  “Do you think you can do that?” he asked him politely.

“Sure,” my son said enthusiastically.  He likes cooking.  He’s also pretty good at it.  Since he’s been living with me, we’ve split the chores.  His includes cooking and washing dishes.  (Yes!)

A beet a day goes a long way!We’ve had some great meals lately.  I have more energy.  I still have chronic fatigue and pain, but some days, I feel good.  Some days, I have energy.  I do believe a beet a day is a good thing!

My son is doing as well as I’ve seen him in ten years.  He still has challenges too, but we both have a little more energy and many more reasons for hope.

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Resources: Taoist Healing and Chi Nei Tsang by Dennis Lewis


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18 responses to this post.

  1. I have three fantastic healers (alternative medicine) who are helping me the most right now. It has been a long road. Hope it will work well for you, and thank you for visiting my blog.

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    • Fergiemoto,

      I’m glad to hear that you find much relief in alternative medicine. I must come read more of your blog! I would like to incorporate more into my everyday life. Thanks for your comment and encouragement!

      Michelle.

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  2. Hi Michelle, I cannot believe that this post has sat in my overflowing email box for 3 days, I am so happy that you and your Son are doing so great with this wonderful healer who has seemed to have transformed your lives..
    Im also smiling here as I see you are promoting Spring Forest.. 🙂 so happy that you too are finding QiGong such a help…
    It is amazing how our minds hold so much and stop our energy systems from functioning properly.. And how if we allow healing in, we can then get rid of old debris that we have accumilated throughout our lives and even past ones, as we work upon our energy centres..
    Plants and Foods help us in that role, and knowing which ones can help.. I have as you know also been helped with Acupuncture..another tried and tested method by me..
    I am so happy that you are getting your lives back in order Michelle, and that it sounds as if your Son too is progressing well..

    Thank you for commenting Michelle, I send you and your Son across the airwaves, and know that by the end of this year another hurdle will have been overcome.. as each of you will gain strength from each other..
    Love and Blessings my dear friend.. xxx

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    • Hi Dreamwalker,

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. You are forever giving and generous. Yes, things are much better. Some days it feels like one step forward and ten back, but I guess that is life. Today felt that way, but once again, it sure seems like we are finding ways to deal with our problems and hopefully, things will continue to improve.

      I am still a very light beginner with QiGong. The Alchemist uses a type of breathing QiGong, and my son and I are not ready for that yet. We do swinging arms and then another exercise (I can’t remember the name of it as I write) but it includes letting energy out, and then bringing energy back in. We talk often about the sky and earth, which I like because it is such an easy way to feel connected. Just look up or down, and see or feel, and WA-la! A sense of connection. I like that.

      As always, thank you for sending us your prayers and good thoughts! I send you mine as well. Love and blessings, Michelle.

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  3. Michelle,

    Do I have your permission to reprint part of this post on my blog, with a link back to your blog?

    Also, I apologize for not doing anything about the Versatile Blogger award to highlight other blogs that I like. I was very busy around New Year’s and bogged down with other projects.

    Hoping to hear from you,

    Rossa

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    • Hi Rossa, Yes, you can reprint any or all of this post. No problem and I am honored. Also, it took me a long time to accept the blogger’s award, so no worries 🙂

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  4. Michelle, This is such wonderful news! To get your son home with you is a blessing, and I hope things just get better and better. I love beets but I don’t know if I could eat them raw. (Making that face now) Next time I go to te supermarket I will look at them, maybe I will try!

    mo

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    • Hi Mo, Thank you. Yes, my son home is a blessing. We need to work on having more activity, and help him find a place in this world, but when people say he needs to do things, I tell them about the meals, and he has other important chores as well. If I had waited on the psychiatric community to teach him life skills, we would have waited a lifetime.

      Also, the beets look better after you get the outside part off, like a carrot. I buy organic beets, so I don’t have to worry about all those pesticides or feel like I have to peel them.

      Thanks for stopping to comment. I hope you like the beets!
      (((hugs))) Michelle.

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  5. What a joyous post to read. I am so happy for you and your son. I think tomorrow, I shall buy some raw beets!!! I am truly happy for you Rosa/Michelle, straight from the heart to yours. Love, Laurie

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    • Thanks Laurie! I’m happy that you read my post and enjoyed it 🙂 –I hope you like the beets. I usually chop them, but we grate them too. They go well with raw carrots. Let me know what you think okay? Love, Michelle xoxoxo

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  6. Wow. This is encouraging news. My son and I always get good results when we do alternative healing

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    • Thanks Rossa, Believe me, It is very good to be able to share some positive news!!! And I have truly enjoyed reading from your blog. It has helped me, and I look forward to reading your book one day too!

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  7. I’m so glad to hear that you have found someone who can help the both of you! I’m a firm believer in energy healing, having experienced some things with animals through the years that can only qualify as miraculous. One of my horses was even written up in a vet journal after she recovered from a “fatal” illness. I know the energy that healed her was not mine, but I was blessed to be able to open up my heart & soul and let a greater force, a Divine force, flow through me. So I do believe in miracles, having seen them.

    I’m sure addressing nutritional issues & using herbs & food as medicine is also a factor. I share your distaste for beets, but oddly enough, I read an article in the last week about healing foods, and raw beets were one of them!

    That meal looks amazing – tell Neil that he is doing a wonderful job! Maybe that could be a place he could focus his energy & look into as a possible future job! He clearly is a talented chef!

    Many gentle hugs, and hope & prayers that you both continue to improve! Peace & Love… Ash

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    • PS: I’m glad you’ve found your voice again & the “blog writer’s block” has passed! You write so well – I am still smiling over your description of your reaction to being told to eat a beet a day! I’m sure the face I made if it was suggested to me would be very similar to the one you made! Thank you for bringing a smile to my heart today!

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    • Hi Ash, You know, I think animals are a good example of how energy can heal. Like how when we are upset or happy, then our pets pick up on our vibrations and reflect that back to us. And I know what you mean about opening your heart. I have seen that make a huge difference when I have visits with the Alchemist. Sometimes, what he says isn’t easy to hear, although, mostly it is. I have learned that if I listen with an open mind, then it may not happen that day, but later, out of the blue, I’ll find that an energy has shifted.

      And the food really does make a difference. I’m convinced now that we really are what we eat! And, I really do love raw beets! I think the only time people need to be concerned about them is when they have a certain type of kidney stone, otherwise, they are GR8T!

      I’ll tell my son what you said too. Boost his confidence a little. I think he would do well if he decided to use his joy in preparing food in a career. Maybe one day that will happen again. When he was younger, he cooked and was locally famous for the pizzas he made. Good thing the owner of the restaurant liked him, because he told me my son once used all the artichokes they had when a customer ordered them on a pizza.

      Peace and Love, and big hugs xoxoxo,
      Michelle.

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  8. How wonderful Michelle. How did you find this guy? I need something for my stress.
    So pleased to hear you are both doing so well. Lots of love and best wishes
    Love
    Lynda
    x

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    • Thanks Lynda, I was writing emails and began searching within my area for alternative healthcare and the Alchemist wrote me. When he heard my story (our story) he offered his services. About stress, we do some bodywork that helps me, but also Qigong, even the easy beginner exercises, which are the only ones I know, well, they are great for stress. Google it and see if anyone is teaching it in your area. Good luck, and thanks for your comment too. Love, Michelle. (((hugs)))

      PS Try YouTube “Spring Forest Qigong“: http://youtu.be/nXwIRRTv7z4

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