47 responses to Do Amish visit doctors?

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    Robin LaChance
    Do Amish visit doctors? (November 19th, 2010 at 15:02)

    Greetings,

    I was curious if the Amish accept the field of Physical Therapy and ever see a PT? As a student in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program, I, as a PTA, would be doing most of the hands-on treatments. If they (Amish) do attend Physical Therapy, (or accept house-calls) what do I need to know as far as verbal and non-verbals (or touch, etc..)to make the appointmet as respectable and caring as possible? Thank you for any information you can provide!

    Robin

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      Mike
      Amish and PT (December 1st, 2012 at 21:01)

      Amish and PT

      The Amish do visit PT’s when necessary. As you would know, treatment of any patient would be restricted according to your state practice act and would be under the supervision by a licensed PT.

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    Robin LaChance
    Do Amish visit doctors? (November 19th, 2010 at 15:05)

    Hello,

    I forgot to add that I live in Northwest Wisonsin (Chippewa Falls) and know there are Amish communities near in Fall Creek and Augusta, WI

    Robin

  • Do Amish undergo physical therapy?

    Hi Robin, Amish definitely do attend physical therapy when needed. One example, a friend of mine had a pretty serious hunting accident, and fortunately was able to get himself back to health after being told it was going to be a wheelchair for life. Here’s that story if it’s of any interest: http://amishamerica.com/harley-stutzman-gets-back-on-his-feet/

    Not being familiar with the field I don’t know that I can advise on touch and verbals but I suppose that as a baseline showing the same level of respect and decorum you would anyone else would be appropriate in this case too? But of course someone with experience working with Amish is going to be able to advise you better, have you maybe contacted any providers in Amish areas?

    Do Amish undergo physical therapy?

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    Robin LaChance
    Do Amish visit doctors? (November 21st, 2010 at 20:36)

    No I have not, but thank you for your reply! :D

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    Do Amish visit doctors? (November 21st, 2010 at 20:38)

    Sure thing Robin, sorry I wasn’t of more help!

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    Traci King
    Do Amish visit doctors? (December 8th, 2010 at 21:56)

    Hi Erik,

    I am a nursing student and am writing a paper reguarding how to gain a patients trust when from another ethnicity. How do you greet the Amish. Do they like direct contact, eye contact, etc. Thanks!

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    Henry Troyer
    Do Amish visit doctors? (January 8th, 2011 at 00:21)

    To Robin, Traci and Erik: May I chime in? You meet and greet the Amish pretty much like anyone else. Smile, say “hello”, make eye contact, and try to exhibit a warm and humble attitude. If you approach an Amish person with an aire of self-importance, you may loose their trust. Show an attitude of arrogance and you will have lost already. You might try saying “Vee Gates?” (emphasis on Gates) for “How is it going?” I used to teach anatomy to physical therapy students in Kentucky!

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    Mary S.
    Do Amish visit doctors? (January 23rd, 2011 at 22:50)

    So very happy to learn from Henry Troyer’s comment that a medical practitioner may loose the trust of the Amish by approaching with an “aire of self-importance” or by showing an “attitude of arrogance”. That’s how I’ve felt regarding medical practitioners (since most of them act like this – was told once “people expect doctors to act like they are God because the doctors think that the public expects it if you’re a good doctor), so it delights me to see somebody stand up to them and let them know that their attitude is inappropriate and objectionable (especially with what they charge their patients). Maybe if enough people reacted to this overbearing attitude of doctors the way the Amish do, the doctors would put a quick stop to it. Just one more reason why I love and have such tremendous respect for the Amish.

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    Tammie
    Do Amish visit doctors? (March 14th, 2011 at 20:17)

    I read alot of Amish type novels by authors like Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, and others and they r correct in the giving birth catagory. They are always born at home with a midwife or one of the elderly women in their community.

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    Aaran
    Visiting the Amish (September 17th, 2011 at 15:45)

    Visiting the Amish

    My husband and I would love to visit the Amish community for a weekend. Is there a way we could stay with a family near Kansas City Missouri? Do the Amish allow visitors of their community?

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    Deb
    dental visits/care (November 1st, 2011 at 12:19)

    dental visits/care

    Do Amish families go to the dentist? What are their beliefs on oral/dental health? Could they be contacted for free dental care? If so, how would someone go about it?

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      Do Amish visit doctors? (November 2nd, 2011 at 13:25)

      Hi Deb, on your question, there was recently a very interesting comment thread related to dentists, starting here:

      http://amishamerica.com/unusual-amish-occupations/#comment-22300

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        Deb
        Do Amish visit doctors? (November 2nd, 2011 at 13:47)

        Thanks for the link. It was very interesting to read. I live in central Wisconsin and we have Amish communities close by. I currently work for a Pediatric dental practice as their mobile dental coordinator and would like to reach out to the Amish for dental work. Just don’t know how to do that without offending them. Any suggestions?

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          Do Amish visit doctors? (November 2nd, 2011 at 13:51)

          Hi Deb, it is hard to say; I don’t know if I can be of much help here online. I always tell people it is a good idea just to get to know some folks and try to assess things that way. I don’t think you would necessarily offend anyone by asking someone in an offhand way especially if you had gotten to know them a bit first.

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            Deb
            (November 2nd, 2011 at 14:19)

            Sounds good. I wiil present this to my employers and see what they think. Thanks!

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              kerry
              Do Amish visit doctors? (November 2nd, 2011 at 19:17)

              Deb, here in my area of Ohio, many Amish do go to the dentist with their children (as with anything, the concern about dental health varies by family). The busy dental practice I go to has probably more than half of their patients as Amish. The more conservative Amish here are less likely to see a “real” dentist than others.

              I don’t know how the Amish schools are set up where you are at, but there are a number of schools here which are public but which have mostly Amish students. The schools have a dental program which is sponsored by the county in which a mobile lab is set up and children’s teeth are checked, sometimes cavities and other problems are addressed.

              The local hospital which is heavily Amish-oriented also occasionally promotes a similar program which focuses on Amish or other parochial schools. Perhaps you could start along those lines?

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                Deb
                Do Amish visit doctors? (November 3rd, 2011 at 09:31)

                Kerry- Thanks for all the good information. I think I’m going to start by contacting that county’s health department and see if they have any information regarding their Amish population and how they’re handling the medical/dental needs. Hopefully they can give me some answers.

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            Getting more Amish care (October 14th, 2012 at 19:04)

            Getting more Amish care

            I have a question, we have a physician who is now working with the Amish community as a family physician. He is thinking about doing this full time. How do we reach out to the Amish to bring him more patient. He is a modern/holstic physican

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              Do Amish visit doctors? (August 17th, 2014 at 15:21)

              I do not think a holistic “physician ” would be something that would be needed by Amish people. What they want is an MD go there once or twice and get it over with. With those Holistic healers they have people attending their meetings, buying their herbs and homemade foods. No. and i know that you know it is not the right thing to do to these trusting people leave them alone and let them do as they have always done.

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            Perin
            Hi Erik, Scabies (April 10th, 2014 at 06:24)

            Hi Erik, Scabies

            Hi Erik, I know this is a weird question, but can you ask an Amish doctor if they know a natural product that gets rid of scabies? My neighbor got it from her dog or feral cat and she had it all over her body and did not tell me what it was cause of embarrassment. Her doctor gave her Permethrin, but it did not work, so I told her to soak in diluted clorine baths and it worked…Now I have it and nothing is working, my doctor has no idea what to recommend other then Permethrin…Scabies or any mites have been around forever, so the Amish must have used something that worked for them at some point? Can you PLEASE inquire for me? I am about to shoot myself, its over a year now and I still have it…Thanks so much in advance, Perin Please answer here, not at my email…Thanks again…

            Hi Erik, Scabies

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              treatment for scabies (August 17th, 2014 at 15:13)

              treatment for scabies

              If two or more people sleep on the same bed those people all need to be treated the same time and all the sheets and pillows and pillow cases need to be washed in HOT water. It seems i have seen as a last resort the application of corticosteroids to help heal . It is imperative to keep a bodyclean daily including shampooing hair and not giving scabies any chance to live on your body

              treatment for scabies

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    Henry Troyer
    Visiting an Amish community (November 2nd, 2011 at 22:44)

    Visiting an Amish community

    Reply to Aaran concerning visiting an Amish community. There are several Amish communities within about 100+ miles of KCMO that I think would be appropriate to try to visit. There are a few I would not suggest visiting. If you are interested, I will give you the names of the communities. One way to make contact is to drive through an Amish community and stop to buy anything they might be selling along the road, like produce during the summer. Several Amish communities have produce auctions during the summer, and that would be a good way to mingle with the Amish.
    There is also a small community of Old Order Mennonites some distance south of KCMO who might be very interesting to get to know. They are very similar to the Amish in many ways, but are easier to relate to than the Old Order Amish. Interested Aaran?

    Visiting an Amish community

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      Aaran
      Visiting the Amish (April 5th, 2012 at 08:45)

      Visiting the Amish

      Henry Troyer
      We would love any information on specific locations you feel would be appropiate to visit and also a list of those NOT to visit. Why would you suggest not to visit some over others? Just interested? Also, we are completely mixed races (light brown skin, long dark curly hair). Would any of the Amish groups be opposed to meeting with mixed raced people. I don’t mean to sound completely ignorant but for my own safety and as a peaceful family we wouldn’t want to go were we aren’t welcomed. Thanks again Henry

      Visiting the Amish

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        mind your own business & they will mind their own business. (August 17th, 2014 at 15:41)

        mind your own business & they will mind their own business.

        What I do not understand is this: why do you want to visit people you do not know? You seem to be only curious as to the way they live and you would ask too may questions knowing they would not be able to call police to get you out of their home. Let the Amish be with the Amish. They are not on display for people to look at or to take pictures of. Every person who lives in the Amish home has a daily job to do and each contributes to the workload to lighten for the older ones or the ones in school .. They are very busy which is why they just get a basic education and then learn all the work that goes on in the farm. women learn sewing, making everything the family uses all by hand. i do not think you will expect a family of Amish to sit down with you and answer all your inquiries as if they are on trial. I wouldn’t like that either.

        mind your own business & they will mind their own business.

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    David
    I'm fasinated with the notion of Amish and health care. (November 27th, 2011 at 22:48)

    I'm fasinated with the notion of Amish and health care.

    I believe the medical industry and health care standards would be different if it were not so worldly and ruled by economics.

    I have discovered that our modern health care industry is more about creating and practicing medicine than the study of human immunity and healing. The natural industry of medicine is no more effective at actual healing.

    I wonder how open the Amish would be to real natural science that actually leads to actual healing and cures which requires no medicine or products? I find that mainstream society is not very receptive to actual cures that cut out medicine or hinder the industry of medicine.

    My research shows that man has the capacity for complete immunity just as the bible suggest but my research also shows that mainstream society is not receptive to something so destructive to the economy. Also there is the problem of over population with using natural science to prevent or cure diseases believed to be incurable by mainstream society.

    My fascination comes from wondering if the Amish would be more open minded to actual science that leads to immunity? A science that can severely damage mainstream science and medicine?

    I'm fasinated with the notion of Amish and health care.

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      Do Amish visit doctors? (October 29th, 2013 at 09:52)

      I think the Amish will be open to any real natural science that increases immunity. After all they go to a Holistic Cancer Clinic which is about 30 miles from San Diego for holistic cancer treatment were boosting thier immune system is part of the treatment. Does anyonw out there know the name location, phone numbers of this holistic Cancer Clinic?

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    Valerie
    Amish Babies born at home (March 29th, 2012 at 21:10)

    Amish Babies born at home

    Sorry to disagree with everyone.

    But I am a midwife serving English, Amish and Mennonite families in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Michigan. for the past 11 years. Amish are just like everyone else some are afraid to stay home and some like to have their babies in the hospital. Many at least in the communities do choose home maybe 60% as apposed to 20% Englishers. Some people may have the erroneous idea that Amish choose a midwife because they want a woman to attend them in Birth. The reality is the same as it is for the Englisher, as they call us, some feel safer at home and some choose home birth or a birth center because it is cheaper. They shop around which ever Midwife is the cheapest regardless or education or experience. At least that is what my experience is. I have seen whole communities that use the hospital for their births.
    They do appreciate a natural approach to health care.
    Valerie Monterrey CPM

    Amish Babies born at home

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    Amish are no closer to God than you or I. (March 30th, 2012 at 11:12)

    Amish are no closer to God than you or I.

    It saddened me to see the Amish are no wiser or closer to God than anyone else.

    Technology is destroying mankind through destroying the evolution of mankind and the Amish are not taking advantage of God’s promises and gifts anymore than capitalist do. It saddens me.

    Humans are the most superior life form on earth yet we have devolved to be the most inferior and fragile species when it comes to health.

    We have been taught to use science to emancipate ourselves from HOW GOD has created us. And I use the word “science” very loosely.

    It’s called “science” when it is someone’s best hypothesis but if it is true it is simply called the “truth”. Science is at best a guess not a reality or truth and because man has come to rely on such false reality man is paying a dear price.

    Whether you believe in God or not, man has the complete capacity to be immune and disease free just as the bible says. It could be just a coincidence but the fact remains.

    We as superior beings are intended to be in control of our immunity, the problem is there is no profit or patents in human immunity.

    In all my years of research I have never found a society that would put health or even God before profit and that is why humans are devolving at a rate that will surely end humanity as we know it.

    Amish are no closer to God than you or I.

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    Jennifer
    Do Amish visit doctors? (October 24th, 2012 at 10:28)

    Hi! interesting article. I am interested in knowing what the Amish think about believe about mental health and counseling. I am in my masters program for mental health counseling and I am researching Amish beliefs and I am having trouble finding information. Thanks!

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      Gayle
      Mental Health, marriage counseling (January 16th, 2014 at 15:33)

      Mental Health, marriage counseling

      Hello,

      I have the same question as Jennifer above regarding mental health and whether or not Amish couples and families go to marriage/family counseling or if they use their community members for mental health issues. I am currently working with an Amish couple on marital issues and there is not anything that I can find on Amish and Mental Health/Counseling. I am using traditional couples counseling, with Christian emphasis, but just curious how Amish communities address mental health, marriage and family problems. I saw that one therapist helps teenage Amish children during Rumspringer, but nothing for adults.

      Mental Health, marriage counseling

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    Jorge
    Cancer Treatment (December 29th, 2012 at 12:01)

    Cancer Treatment

    Have read the Amish commonly use natural treatments for cancer at clinics located in CA and elsewhere. Can anyone confirm this and provide the clinics contact details. Thanks.

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      Lattice
      Do Amish visit doctors? (December 29th, 2012 at 13:17)

      Hi Jorge,

      Many Amish will go to Mexico for treatment of cancers that are either refractive to the chemotherapeutic agents they have received in the U.S., or for “alternative” treatments. It is not difficult to find plenty of information about it by searching Google. You can call one clinic and they can direct you to another, more appropriate one.

      Mexico has pharmaceutical companies that produce medications for treating cancer that the FDA either will not begin testing (because the developer can’t afford to “buy” a clinical trial…don’t get me started on the FDA!) or is still testing, or even drugs that didn’t “pass the test.”

      Mexican clinics usually tout pretty good numbers, considering that the majority of U.S. patients are extremely sick before trying them.

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    Cancer Treatment (December 29th, 2012 at 12:56)

    Cancer Treatment

    Jorge, as far as I can tell the Amish are no more in tune with their bodies or disease than the average American.

    Cures for cancer relies on awareness, not clinics of natural medicine or western medicine.

    Your immune system is designed to cure any disease or keep you disease free. The trouble is, man relies lies, beliefs, opinions and hypotheses instead of truths and facts.

    I came to this forum to investigate whether or not the Amish have an inside track to the immune system as I do but was disappointed to learn that they too are equally ignorant of how the good Lord created them.

    I founded the very unpopular True Cures Foundation and you would be seriously surprised to know that cures will never be popular. Cures destroy the whole industry of medicine and that includes natural medicine.

    Natural medicine relies solely on placebo and rightly so, sugar pills have cured more diseases than any other pill and I took it upon myself to study why and I learned how to reproduce the effect with complete consistency but the problem is, people are too brainwashed to respect a cure that does not employ some form of gimmick medicine.

    People have been raised and molded to completely discount their God given ability to heal. Shame on us all. I’m doing everything I can to change the world but the mainstream media is not willing to let the cat out of the bag. It’s up to you to become aware of what is truth and what is hearsay.

    Cheers,

    David Flowers
    True Cure

    Cancer Treatment

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    Do Amish Seek Radiation Treatment for Cancer (December 29th, 2012 at 22:50)

    Do Amish Seek Radiation Treatment for Cancer

    Do Amish seek treatment for cancer? If so, do they believe radiosurgery is an option? r/George

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    mike m
    Do Amish visit doctors? (May 17th, 2013 at 18:13)

    An Amish friend of recently spent time at a well respected hospital in Washington DC for a kidney problem. He is doing much better and he has returned to work. My question is, do the Amish have health insurance?

    • Amish & commercial health insurance

      Glad to hear your friend is better Mike. The standard among Amish is not to carry any commercial form of health insurance. Amish traditionally rely on communal support when medical needs arise. This can be via a more formal community program organized and administered by Amish as seen in the large communities, or take a more informal “pass-the-hat” form in the more traditional communities.

      These posts will give more info:

      http://amishamerica.com/how-do-amish-choose-a-hospital/

      http://amishamerica.com/amish-health-care/

      Amish & commercial health insurance

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    Amish America (July 28th, 2013 at 02:16)

    Amish America

    Hello, my sister has gone through a rough time with chemo and radiation only to find out it spread to stage IV. I understand that the Amish to Mexican Clinics for cancer treatments but I booked 2 alternative clinics and they both turned out to be a scam. Can some give me a real name of an affordable clinic that does alternative treatment for lung cancer?
    Thank you,and God Bless
    Robert

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    Compassionate Care Program (July 29th, 2013 at 23:15)

    Compassionate Care Program

    Our Compassionate Care Program provides the most advanced treatment with a patient centered approach

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    Mexico Cancer Treatment (July 30th, 2013 at 10:34)

    Mexico Cancer Treatment

    All Mexico “cancer” treatment centers are based on either the same drugs used in the US or placebo. Placebo is powerful and to dismiss placebo is usually to dismiss your only chance at a cure because PLACEBO just means the body kicked in and did what it is suppose to do. Every living person is designed to be disease free.

    However, because no one truly cares about the science behind PLACEBO, most clinics throughout the world, not just Mexico WING IT so you roll the dice when you use ANY clinic.

    My suggestion to anyone wanting to be cured of any disease is to learn about their immune system but do not think for a second you will learn about immune systems or immunity through researching commercial science or mainstream educational methods. Society prefers you all be ignorant of your immune capacity so anything you read online or through higher learning or education is going to be misleading. If you want to be immune, you have no choice but to start thinking from scratch.

    Mexico Cancer Treatment

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    Melissa
    Amish home maker's magazine? (January 4th, 2014 at 12:36)

    Amish home maker's magazine?

    I was doing random searches on the Internet the other day & stumbled across a home maker’s magazine that looked like it was Amish in origin. I did not note where the website was and now I cannot find it. Do you know of something like this? I’d like to subscribe to it if possible.
    Thank you!

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      Linda
      Amish publications (January 4th, 2014 at 14:26)

      Amish publications

      Melissa, was it Keepers at Home? The Connection? Cooking & Such Magazine? Ladies Journal? Some of these publications are discussed in a 2010 post:
      http://amishamerica.com/amish-publications-addresses-order-subscription-info/

      http://amishamerica.com/do-you-read-amish-newspapers/ (2013)

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        Melissa
        Magazines (January 4th, 2014 at 14:40)

        Magazines

        Thanks, Linda, but it doesn’t look like nay of these are what I saw. The one I’m thinking of looked more ‘Amish-y’. If that makes sense. More old school ways of cooking and home making without electricity, etc.

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    Natural (March 31st, 2014 at 08:05)

    Natural

    One of my roommate was a conservative Amish. She would prefer to use natural substances over medicines, which are available in the market. I don’t think her approach was conservative but it was more natural and organic. Most of the times when her tooth was paining, she would only use a raw form of Propolis. She once said me that propolis
    contains anti-bacterial properties, which helps to stop growth of bacteria in our mouth.

    Natural

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    Perin
    Do Amish visit doctors? (April 10th, 2014 at 06:44)

    Hi Erik, I know this is a weird question, but can you ask an Amish doctor if they know a natural product that gets rid of scabies? My neighbor got it from her dog or feral cat and she had it all over her body and did not tell me what it was cause of embarrassment. Her doctor gave her Permethrin, but it did not work, so I told her to soak in diluted clorine baths and it worked…Now I have it and nothing is working, my doctor has no idea what to recommend other then Permethrin…Scabies or any mites have been around forever, so the Amish must have used something that worked for them at some point? Can you PLEASE inquire for me? I am about to shoot myself, its over a year now and I still have it…Thanks so much in advance, Perin Please answer here, not at my email…Thanks again…

    Do Amish visit doctors?

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    Savanna
    Do Amish visit doctors? (April 18th, 2014 at 14:01)

    What are Amish practices for hypertension?

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