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Most of the Amish will use modern medicine, after they have tried all of their home remedies without success. For example one of my Amish friends, Ed, had an accident with his horse and buggy. The horse was young and not use to pulling without another horse. While being passed on a gravel road by a car, his horse bolted, crashed the buggy, and ejected Ed out of the front of the buggy and over the horse into the ditch. Don’t worry about the horse, she is fine and only suffered minor injuries. Ed told me that the mare had been skittish all morning and that he shouldn’t have taken her out that day.
However, Ed did not fare as well. If you could imagine, Ed, Horse, and Buggy would have been travelling at almost 20 mph when all of a sudden the horse started to gallop then veer off into a deep ditch which caused the horse to go down with the buggy to follow. Without a seatbelt or airbags for safety, Ed broke through a small plastic window over the horse into the ditch. He stumbled up and cut free the horse. A neighbor found the horse and came to Ed’s aide. Please note that Ed is 65 years old and the father of eight children.
Ed told me that the first week that his wife and a community elder which has many years of knowledge of the healing practices could not figure out why Ed could not do his work without major pain. An English neighbor took Ed to a Chiropractor for an adjustment. It seemed that Ed had a pinched nerve in his back.
Since the Amish don’t have health insurance, they combine efforts and funding to cover medical expenses for any member of their community in need of financial assistance. Each community appoints a leader for their mutual aid fund.
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