why do the amish pull their teeth out

I lived among the Amish for 19 years. Each group has different rules and ways. I got very close to them women, they are my friends. My daughter also worked with their Midwives. The babies born at home DO have both certificates, as many of them travel to Canada and they now require they have on. No social serucity card ever. Theyalso do not accept any government help. A common belief among the critical is they pay no taxes. This is not true. They pay sales tax and property tax. Also on the date where they spend the night together, they BUNDLE which is wrapped and sometimes sewn together in a blanket all night. I have had many a heart to heart talk with these women, [against the elders rules}! and I asked isn't that a temptation to these young people. The answer was they know what they are not to be doing. , Subject closed. OUr group considered Old Order could not ride in a car unless it is to a Doctor appointment. I have takent them to many. If you are stoping at the store, Walmart, restaurant they may go in but cannot ask to stop. They use a lot of herbal remedies and chiropractors, before they will go to the Doctor. As for the dentist, they have acquired dental tools and yes numbing stuff and pull their own peoples teeth. HUSH HUSH STUFF. THey have an Amish magazine which they publish if someone needs Medical care money, and they have card showers. People from all over send $1. 00 it adds up. THey will accept private help if the hospital offers it from donations/ inheritance to the hospital. The dating works the same, and everyone knows its going on but is to be kept a secret until the marrige plans are published. Ours do not go past 8th grade, but let me tell you what they learn in those 8 years is amazing. Very sharp math skills and reading ability.


I used their books to home school my children. I was so surprised. They don't allow their pictures taken, but really don't hide from it either anymore. We have had three buggy accidents ain our area. One fatal. If you have ever wittnessed it it would break your heart. Even with signs that say share the road, with a buggy on it people are just too busy. On the other hand I have seem my froends riding along alseep at the reins and the horses know their way without a driver. They do get rebellious horses at times, and skid dish as well. My home is full of their wonderful items they sell. I have ceiling high book shelves, night stands, baskets, food, jelly and jams, quilt items. They do make a good living. They are frugal. They live very modestly to later, with cash many times building a nice home. They live in what we call morton building type buldings at first on their parents property. If and it usually doesn't happen they marry before 21, the parents must be pai. Why because sadly they young people make money for the parents, running stands, they watch the other children, sew ect. The men enjoy lots of travel and much more freedom. They attend lots of auctions in far away places. The families do travel as well. Women do travel to family and special clinics at times, usually at naturalist type. They always take the bus, plans are not allowed. They do hire drivers many times as well. They call us the Engligh. They women are not to wear bras or panties. THey us bindings, or a diaper like fabric pinned. Buttons are not allowed, the women safety pin their dress fronts. The men have zippers and hook and eye closers. I have gotten in trouble with the elders for sharing too much with the women, or giving them convienances they are not allowed to have.


I invited the mothers and children to a birthday party in town once. We lived in the country but had an Herb shop in town. So we had it in town. THey were shunned for it. GRRRRR all we had was cake and ice cream, hot dogs and chips which they eat. We played a cotton ball game. So simple. I used the word party, not allowed word. If I had called it a frolic, or gathering it would have been OK! I have have had dinner with many of them, bring all the ingredients for home made Pizza in the wood stove. YUM! Ice cream afterwards. They came from all over! I made 14 Pizzas. I have spent many a night at the hospital with them, and their children. I have made many an emergency trips to get them help. They are people with the same desires and cares of us, they just don't show a lot. That is a glimpse of my life with the Amish.
It's true. They exist! I first learned about them from my "son" He said, "We had our own. " "So what were they like? " I asked. "They pulled out our teeth. " He was talking about Amish dentists; self-taught on an 8th grade Amish education, and unlicensed. When I first learned of this guarded secret I could hardly believe it. I knew the Swartzentruber Amish - the most punitive and backward - don't teach daily oral hygiene, plus they allow their children to smoke and chew tobacco. I asked our wonderful son-in-love Harvey, "Did you go to an Amish dentist? " "Yes. He pulled out my tooth. " "Did he use? " "No. " "It must've hurt Harvey. Did you cry? " "I wasn't allowed to. " Hmm, I'd heard from other ex-Amish and English, who really know about Amish, that they have their own self-taught doctors and dentists, especially among Old and Swartzentruber Orders.


The day I took 19-year-old to our dentist - her first experience with a licensed professional - I learned even more! She was talking to our hygienist telling her that the dentist pulled out all her bottom teeth. When the hygienist asked about, Sarah confirmed that he gave it to her, which begged the question, Where'd he know to inject it? The hygienist asked if the dentist had any letters after his name or if Sarah called him "doctor" or by his first name. Sarah said everyone called him by his first name and he didn't have any letters after his name. I was wondering where he obtained the drug, reserved for professionals. Sarah assured me that he works only on Amish, not English. Well of course, I thought, English would report him for practicing without a license. ( And why were all her lower teeth pulled? Because of cavities. Old and Swartzentruber Amish don't correct a cavity, rather the culprit tooth or teeth are simply yanked out. I also wondered how the Amish dentist, without electricity, sterilizes his tools. Certainly he could not obtain a dental. Of all the ex-Amish I know, most have partials or full dentures. Monroe (Sarah's brother) told me their dentist "had a furniture store but Tuesday and Friday he pulled teeth all day. " Since learning this cultural secret, I've looked more closely at Amish and ex-Amish mouths. If the teeth are white and straight; they're probably false. And where do they get their false teeth? From an Amish who makes 'em. OK, I can just imagine a little Amish lady chiseling away at dentures in her kitchen. Self-sufficiency is great. but, not when it comes to critical dental and medical fixes. See ya next week. ~ Brenda (c)Copyright 2013, Brenda Nixon.

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