Meridian Research Focuses
on Epilepsy, Appliances
By Robert J. Grant
[Note: The following article appeared
in the July/August, 1995 (Volume 11, No. 4) issue of Venture Inward.]
In 1935, Edgar Cayce concluded a reading with
a startling statement: "Again we would insist that we have asked that it
be taken as a study, as a thing or condition in the experience of mankind
- that this organization may give much to the world on one particular disturbance
that has baffled the wise and the foolish. This study on that called
epilepsy - for three years! and you will be undefeatable!" (reading 254-82)
Today an independent research group is taking
up Cayce's challenge. Meridian Institute, a nonprofit organization
in Virginia Beach, Va., has begun preliminary research into the Cayce readings
on epilepsy. Douglas Richards, Meridian's director of research, and
David McMillin, an independent researcher and chairman of the group, have
been reviewing the Cayce readings on epilepsy, experimenting with castor
oil packs, and using the Cayce electrical appliances. It's the first
step in Meridian's agenda to scientifically document, research, and apply
the Cayce medical readings.
Thanks to advances in technology, Richards and
McMillin have been able to explore a peculiar aspect to the epilepsy readings.
In most of those readings, Cayce mentions the presence of a "cold spot"
on the abdomen of epilepsy patients, indicating an incoordination in the
nerve plexuses in the abdominal region.
"Through the use of a thermographic camera," says
Richards, "we've been able to photograph this so-called 'cold spot.' The
Polaroid camera with special film photographs differences in body temperatures
in different colors, and we've been able to isolate this cold spot.
With such techniques to monitor abdominal temperature, we will be able
to follow the course of the Cayce treatments, and confirm their efficacy,
as well as confirming the overall Cayce view of epilepsy."
Meridian, organized in 1994 to do clinical research,
has received two grants - one from the A.R.E. and one from the Morrison
Trust, a Texas Foundation. It is using the funds for research on
psoriasis, the wet cell and radio-active appliances, schizophrenia, depression,
Meridian's mission is to "...expand the meeting
group between science and spirit by conducting and sponsoring clinical
and basic science research. We intend to examine concepts about the
body compatible with the premise that we are spiritual beings, and to approach
the healing process from that perspective."
The institute is headed by Eric Mein, a Virginia
Beach physician in private practice. In 1989, Dr. Mein was scholar-in-residence
at Atlantic University, and wrote Keys to Health: The Challenge and Promise
of Holism, based on Cayce's medical readings.
Richards, on the faculty of Atlantic University,
and A.U.'s former director of research, has published articles in several
McMillin has written books on the Cayce medical
readings, including The Treatment of Schizophrenia - A Holistic Approach;
and The Treatment of Depression - A Holistic Approach. He has been
the driving force behind Meridian's initial research into the wet cell
and radio-active appliances, which were recommended in the readings for
numerous ailments. McMillin and Richards collaborated on the recently
published Radial Appliance and Wet Cell Battery, the first in-depth publication
on the electrical devices.
Cayce said that the radioactive appliance balances
the circulation of the body. To research this concept, Meridian is
doing a double-blind study with 30 participants to measure the temperature-balancing
effects of the appliance. Participants use the appliance for 28 days.
Periodically, temperature probes are applied to the hands and feet to determine
the extent that their circulation has been balanced.
Another related area of research interest is nervous
"A lot of Cayce's health readings detail 'nervous
system incoordination,"' said Richards, "and that covers a wide variety
of illnesses - everything from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy, to mental
illnesses like schizophrenia and depression. There are well-accepted
physiological methods of measuring such incoordination, but modern medicine
hasn't yet devised effective treatments. The goal of this project
is to demonstrate the effectiveness of Cayce's prescriptions for treating
Meridian plans to explore the work of other medical
professionals who have demonstrated the effectiveness of Cayce's health
readings. Chiropractor John Pagano, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey,
claims nearly a 100 percent cure rate in treating psoriasis patients based
on the Cayce readings.
"Following upon Dr. Pagano's work," Richards said,
we're exploring the Cayce thesis that toxins leaking through the small
intestine are the cause of psoriasis. We will be able to monitor
the improvement of intestinal permeability during treatment. This
will lead to a greater acceptance of the Cayce treatments focusing on assimilation
Also in the core group of Meridian is Carl Nelson,
a Virginia Beach chiropractor who is the organization's clinical researcher.
Dr. Nelson has worked with Cayce's health readings for many years in his
practice. He is knowledgeable in the mental and spiritual readings
as well, as is John Van Auken, Meridian's vice president.
One of the unique aspects of the Meridian Institute
is that all the members are incorporating the principles of the physical,
mental, and spiritual readings in their studies. While the medical
research will have to be painstakingly documented, the consideration of
the mental and spiritual aspects of the case studies are important as well.
The group is dedicated to testing whether Cayce's readings are as applicable
to people today as they were to the individuals who received them.
The group plans to publish their findings in professional journals.
Meridian is not involved in the treatment of specific
illnesses; its focus is strictly research, and its findings may eventually
lead to new therapies for treatment.
"We've really just begun the initial stages of
research," Richards said. "These health readings have never been
fully researched in a modern, scientific manner that would provide data
acceptable to all healthcare professionals and agencies.
"It is our intention to conduct that kind of research."