A Story of Love and Overcoming Grief
21,459 words, 60 pages
The story of Belinda, a ten year old girl whose father dies of cancer in 1922, caused by multiple familial polyptosis, an inherited disease. The story of her mother and father’s love, pain, and her mother’s grief. The two, mother and daughter, go on inspired by the love of Belinda’s Daddy. Belinda feels him pushing her on the swing at the park, as he did on their last walk.
Her mother learns to live again, with the help of a nurse, friend and a chiropractor. The chiropractor, a victim of racial discrimination, is mocked by a teacher and a Klan leader as not being a doctor, because he did not go to an all white graduate school. He has more education than any doctor in town, but he is an American Indian, the son of a chief and a school teacher on the reservation. His skin is brown, but when Belinda closes her eyes and listens to him, he seems to knows more than white doctors. He diagnoses the hereditary disease and helps Belinda and her mother to establish a vegetarian life style that may have saved Belinda’s and a number of her cousin’s lives.
The story, set in 1922, takes us back to an era with no antibiotics, few miracle drugs and simple physiological treatments for disease. At that time hydrotherapy was common in medical practices. Most hospitals and doctors had colonic irrigation rooms in their facilities. Enemas were routinely recommended for common illnesses. This story covers the hows and whys of enemas and colonic irrigation and why they are useful, help in treating colds, preparation for childbirth, and other health problems. It explains how colonic irrigations kept the father functioning and pain free for months after his terminal cancer was diagnosed. It also explains why his last colonic ended his suffering, as his doctor hoped it might.
All this has changed. Enemas are rare. Colonic irrigations are still common in Eastern European hospitals, but never used in American hospitals, and the routine order for good enemas, filling the colon, are unknown now. If an enema is given in a hospital to an adult, the amount of water given is less than would have been used in any pediatric ward in 1922. No reasons for this are given for these changes in this story, in fact, no reasons exist. Colon therapy was common during the time of this story. In the 86 years since then not one hour of scientific research has been done to show that enemas or colonics were ineffective in treating diseases as they were used then. Research has conclusively proved that more money is made not using enemas, but such research if difficult to publish in scientific journals due to various ethical violations. Antibiotics have cured many incurable infections. Modern surgery can cure many cancers, but the simple useful enema is still as useful as it was in 1922. Enemas are just not used anymore.
Part of the function of our writing is to open windows into the past to show truths and the lives of patients, doctors and nurses of a past era. Without history, stories and sharing of the past, what does the future hold?