Psoriasis Program Is a Success
Participants in the psoriasis research
project demonstrate their enthusiasm and camaraderie - the "gift of community"
as one put it.
By Deborah Seymour Taylor
[Note: The following article appeared in the
March/April, 1996 (Volume 12, No. 2) issue of Venture Inward.]
The first "Temple Beautiful"-style Psoriasis
Program took place during a blustery winter week in early November, in
a rambling oceanfront house in Virginia Beach. For 12 action-packed
days, nine individuals with psoriasis, ranging in age from 12 to 76, came
together to study and be studied - under the supervision of Dr. Eric Mein,
physician and president of the Meridian Institute, and John Pagano, a New
Jersey chiropractor who specializes in treating psoriasis and is the author
of Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative. The daily schedule
of events that began each morning at 7 a.m. with optional tai chi and meditation
and continued late into the evening, was geared to education, data collection,
and therapy including chiropractic treatments, massage, colonics, diet,
and exercise. Initially, a medical examination was conducted, along
with an "Intestinal Permeability" test - a type of urinalysis to determine
the presence of what is now termed "Leaky Gut Syndrome." Cayce was the
first to suggest that psoriasis was caused by the smoothing and thinning
of the intestinal walls that caused a seepage of toxins into the bloodstream
which were then eliminated through the skin. Medical science has
only recently begun to entertain this as a possible cause of psoriasis.
Chiropractic exams and treatments by Carl Nelson,
a Virginia Beach chiropractor, followed. According to Dr. Nelson,
"Cayce constantly emphasized problems around the 6th and 7th dorsal for
psoriasis sufferers. My focus was to determine if this was indeed
correct - which it was - and to specifically address it. Adjustments
were followed by a Cayce-Reilly massage aimed to relax, rather than "revivify
or tonify since these people were already too hyper-toned," explained Nelson.
"In fact, Cayce said psoriasis sufferers often exhibited a specific psychological
profile: deeply-held tension in the area of the solar plexus at the beginning
of the small intestine where, he said, toxins were being reabsorbed.
Whether this is the cause of the thinning of the intestine, as he suggested,
remains to be seen."
Further research on the subject followed with
individual medi-psychological profiles conducted by David McMillin, mental
health professional, to determine psychological factors that may have impacted
each person's condition and one-on-one interviews with Dr. Pagano to gear
treatments to individual severity levels, food allergies, and other factors.
Dr. Pagano also spoke at length about his own clinical experience with
psoriasis, illustrated with slide presentations to demonstrate the remarkable
healings he has witnessed over the years.
Tina Marie Mollica, nutritional cooking specialist
and co-author of a book Dr. Pagano is presently writing on psoriasis and
nutrition, then steeped the group in the Cayce dietary credo of 80% alkaline
and 20% acid diet, as well as the various dietary do's and don'ts.
Mollica also supervised the preparation of all meals by a trained cook
and accompanied participants on a shopping expedition in which they were
taught how to choose acceptable foods and scrutinize labels for harmful
Couched between therapy and one-on-one interviews
were a host of talks and workshops aimed at developing a positive mental
attitude. Dr. Mein spoke on the mind-body connection, Kevin Todeschi
on ideals, Raye Mathis on sound and music for healing, and Charles Thomas
Cayce on attitudes, emotions, and meditation.
As I wandered through the beach house on the group's
last evening together, I was touched by the obvious show of love and intimacy
in every direction. In fact, said Conference Facilitator Kieth Vonder0he,
the unusual camaraderie among group members was surprising to everyone.
"There is little question that the healing that occurred had as much to
do with emotional as physical healing. Actually, the participants
are convinced that they have been together before." Natalie Reid from South
Borough, Massachusetts, said it this way, "The conference had a magical
quality. We started out as nine strangers with little in common beyond
the psoriasis and ended up a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.
While you could say that's to be expected in groups living together in
close quarters, the truth is, the spiritual quality of the group dynamic
defies such oversimplification. I came here a loner, feeling 'lucky'
enough to have a room to myself, away from everyone. But by the end
of the conference, I had been blessed with the gift of community - not
only energized by it, but profoundly affected by its power to heal." The
purpose of the program, sponsored by The Meridian Institute, was twofold:
one, to help psoriasis sufferers understand and apply the concepts in the
readings; and, two, to gather scientific research and documentation to
confirm the concepts in the Cayce material so they can be integrated into
mainstream medical treatment. According to Dr. Nelson, the success
of the pilot project is cause for celebration. "It's not just that
we're sitting on a gold mine; we're sitting on the tip of a rocket about
to take flight. The American public is clearly embracing alternative
therapies and the AMA is scrambling to include an orientation to this.
The Cayce readings provide a running commentary on alternative therapies
with explanations of how and why they work. As a result, this material
has enormous value for further scientific validation and exploration.
In Work Reading 254-37, Cayce says, 'There is seen, there is being laid
out, plans for a work, that, as given, is to change the thought of mankind
in general, in many directions.' Right now, there's a potential that this
material could wither on the vine. It's important to make sure that
it occupies its proportional and proper place within the medical paradigm
of the 21st and 22nd centuries. That can only happen with research
and validation. The Meridian Institute was created as one of the
vehicles to do this." No doubt Edgar Cayce - wherever he is - is well pleased.
After their four-month treatment protocol at
home, participants will return to Virginia Beach March 15-17 to evaluate
progress and collect data for further research.