Who were the witches?

by Winter on April 10, 2016

“Who were the witches? Where did they come from? Maybe your great, great grandmother was one!” So goes an old song I used to sing.  I remember telling numerous people who would ask if I thought I had been a witch that I had not, or if so, nothing happened to me.

But then I had what I can only call a “flash back,” a time warp, of being burned at the stake.  I didn’t watch it, I was there. Flames licked at my feet and the smoke was suffocating.  In the midst of it all, I screamed,”It isn’t fair!” (I write about this in more detail in my first book, Intuitions, Seeing with the Heart.)

A few years ago I was invited to give a keynote address at a conference in Salem, Massachusetts.  My opening comments started with, “I’m back.” And I had been back for a while, teaching medical students at Brown, offering classes to anyone who was interested.

We are all back:  doctors, nurses, acupuncturists and other complimentary medicine practitioners that I work with. And we are fighting the same battle to help people live healthy lives. It’s harder now because profit has control of our media, and our media controls what we think we want (food, water, entertainment.) We have to take our health into our own hands because our government, our health care system, our insurance companies, and especially our food industry is not going to.

After years of doing medical readings I have come to the conclusion that most, if not all of our ill-health is a bi-product of what we put into our bodies—physically, mentally and environmentally.  Changing the way we view health is one of the major reasons that Larry Burk, MD and I have teamed up to offer a five-day training in medical intuition (May 14-19) at the Monroe Institute in Faber, Virginia.

This program isn’t just about reading the subtle energy of another person or thing (although we learn to do that.) It is about a holistic approach to health. We look at diet, stress levels, and beliefs. Are we present-day witches to want to know these things? To want control over our lives, our bodies, our health?

So what did the witches know that we are just remembering? I suspect they knew that food can be a medicine or a poison. They probably knew that sugar and other carbohydrates can disrupt your brain function even if you’re not diabetic or have any signs of dementia. (A growing body of research suggests there’s a powerful connection between your diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, via similar pathways that cause type 2 diabetes, ie diabetes of the brain.)

As healers they must have known that:

• Tearing Romaine and Iceberg lettuce the day before you eat it quadruples its antioxidant content.

• The healing properties of garlic can be maximized by slicing, chopping, mashing, or pressing it and then letting it rest for a full 10 minutes before cooking. (In a Canadian study, garlic was the strongest inhibitor of tumor cell growth, blocking 100 percent of the growth of human cancers of the stomach, pancreas, breast, prostate, lungs, kidneys and brain. It kind of makes you want to run out and stock up on fresh garlic, doesn’t it?)

• The yellowest corn in the store has 35 times more beta-carotene than white corn.

• Cooking potatoes and then chilling them for about 24 hours before you eat them (even if you reheat them) turns a high-glycemic vegetable into a low- or moderate-glycemic vegetable.

• Carrots are more nutritious cooked than raw. When cooked whole, they have 25 percent more falcarinol, a cancer-fighting compound, than carrots that have been sectioned before cooking.

• The smaller the tomato, the more nutrients it contains. Deep red tomatoes have more antioxidants than yellow, gold, or green tomatoes.

• The most nutritious tomatoes in the supermarket are not in the produce aisles— they are in the canned goods section! Processed tomatoes, whether canned or cooked into a paste or sauce, are the richest known source of lycopene. They also have the most flavor.

• Storing broccoli wrapped in a plastic bag with tiny pin pricks in it will give you up to 125 percent more antioxidants than if you had stored the broccoli loosely wrapped or in a tightly sealed bag. (Did you know that broccoli begins to lose its cancer-fighting compounds within twenty-four hours of harvest?)

• Thawing frozen berries in the microwave preserves twice as many antioxidants and more vitamin C than thawing them on the counter or inside your refrigerator.

(I swiped most of the above bullets from a wonderful little witch, Lauren Breau (acupuncturist/herbalist.) Thank you, Lauren, for your excellent review of Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson, which I highly recommend!)

Witches were wise they say.

There’s a little witch in every one of us today.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sally April 11, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Ok then…a funny: I have a long black satin cape and a black peaked hat with red ribbon which I occasionally wear when I’m performing acupuncture. The sign on the treatment room door: “Please make yourself comfortable. Your witch will alight presently.” My familiar spirit is a green plush frog given to me–per my wish–for my 10th birthday. My maternal grandmother was reputed to be a herbalist who could heal folks, traveling by horseback to visit the sick. Grandmother was “doctor Rose” in those circles. Looking back, I wonder…


Winter April 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm

I had a sense when I wrote the blog I would be hearing from the likes of you!!! 🙂 (Great email name.)


Winter April 11, 2016 at 6:17 pm

Of course, it is easy to see you in your cape!


Sally April 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Used said cape in a virtual retort recently…was amusing and effective.
I might make it a habit, so to speak…


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