Being a healer in a post-SHTF world and what you should expect.
Hello my friend and welcome back! I meet many people who say they plan to barter their services as a healer when it all hits the fan and I’m afraid many of them will be in for a rude awakening when the time comes. This is the subject of today’s post so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.
The calling of being a healer is a great and noble calling. In a post-SHTF world it will be even more noble and not a lucrative as some seem to think. In today’s world, Doctors make a lot of money and can charge pretty much whatever they want. But what if there is no money? What if your calling as many call it won’t keep you fed?
Shakespeare wrote that the only medicine the poor have is hope. I fear when it all goes bad; it may be true again. When it SHTF hits, most people will be caught without any medicine to treat their ills. When this happens, people will turn to the healers for a cure. With no money and no hope, they will flock to you and demand that you heal them. Many will become violet and make threats against your life, after all, what do they have to lose?
As Preppers, many of us have stored vast amount of medicine to heal our own people with and if we start handing it out to others then we will soon run out. Then we will have none to treat the ones we love. Many have learned the fine art of herbal healing in hopes of taking care of themselves when they need it.
Herbs grow wild in most places so why not use it to heal the poor? The problem comes when everyone is running around picking the wild plants and herbs to eat or smoke instead of making medicine out of them. Unless you can grow you own and keep them under lock and key always, you could find that you too will have nothing to make your healing potions from.
So, what is the solution? As much as it hurts me to say this, you might be wise to not let anyone except members of your group know that you are a healer until after the die off. At that point you could begin to share your gift with others and feel relatively safe in doing so.
Think about this, if your child or spouse were sick and dying, and you knew someone who might be able to heal them, what would you be willing to do to save their life. I can easily see where a parent would resort to violence to save their child or love one. While they would gladly give you anything they may have, if they have nothing to give and you try to barter your services, you could find yourself in trouble very quickly.
Being a healer is a very noble calling, but it must be done for the right reasons and not for greed as it is today by many who practice the art. You need to have access to the herbs and medicine that you need to even begin to treat a sick person. Next you will need a solid knowledge of the human anatomy and how to recognize and treat disease. It won’t be as simple as handing out something you hope well cure them.
This will be a time when the bedside manner will once again become extremely important. Telling a man, you couldn’t save his wife is one thing, but telling an armed man you couldn’t save his wife or child is completely different. This will be no time for taking a casual attitude about it, but one where you will need to take their hand and help them through it. It is a time to let your love for humanity show and if you don’t have any, then you should not be a healer.
Even the best intentions could get you killed and you need to know that going into it. There will be no place for pride or vanity in the life of a healer in a post-SHTF world. You need to be sure this is your calling long before you ever start and for those who have the talent and skill, I say God bless you.
The point of this post is not to scare anyone away from helping others, but to open their eyes to the dangers they will face if they do. Just remember that no matter how good you may be at it, sometimes the only medicine you will have to offer is hope. Well I guess that is it for today and I hope you have found this post interesting and take something good away with you. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Save America!