Vol. 1 No. 4 November,
MERIDIAN INSTITUTE NEWS
Included in this issue:
Professionals Symposium Held
The 2nd annual Cayce Health Professionals
Symposium was held at the A.R.E. Conference Center September 27 and 28.
The conference was co-sponsored by the A.R.E. and Meridian Institute and
featured presentations by Meridian Institute personnel, Cayce oriented
health professionals and researchers of the Cayce health information.
The Saturday session began
with a presentation by Kieth VonderOhe and David McMillin on "Partners
in Healing: A Spiritual Model of Support." An informal discussion
ensued which emphasized the importance of group support in the healing
process. Kieth and David have worked extensively as facilitators
in the various health research conferences sponsored by the A.R.E. and
Douglas Richards, Meridian
Research Director, spoke on Edgar Cayce's approach to nervous system regeneration
as it pertains to multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Dr.
Richards noted patterns of improvement in subjects over a period of several
months while using the wet cell battery and other therapies recommended
in the readings on these disorders.
Jeanette Thomas, an expert
in the Cayce pharmacopeia gave a wonderful overview of the research that
the Edgar Cayce Foundation is doing on the medications recommended in the
readings. Documentation of the various remedies and herbal medicines
is an important area of exploration in the Cayce health information.
Chiropractor Scott Hollifield
shared his experience of working with Harold Reilly, the physiotherapist
so frequently recommended by Edgar Cayce. Hollifield's insights into
the personality and methodology of Reilly was refreshing and practical.
Sandra Duggan, R.N., an expert
in the hydrotherapy of Edgar Cayce, gave an overview of hydrotherapy with
specific recommendations on doing fume baths and colonics.
The Saturday session concluded
with a brief presentation on the "Healing Journey" by David McMillin.
The lecture covered six forms of healing that are being researched by the
Meridian Institute: cure, care, quality of life, empowerment, enlightenment
and soul development.
The Symposium concluded Sunday
morning with a manual therapy demonstration by chiropractor Carl Nelson,
a clinical researcher with the Institute.
The Cayce Health Professionals
Symposium for 1998 will be held at the A.R.E. Conference Center at Virginia
Beach during the weekend of October 3-4. This gathering of practitioners
and researchers will feature reports on Meridian Institute research projects,
demonstrations of specific manual therapy techniques recommended by Edgar
Cayce for physiological regulation, interdisciplinary panel discussions
on the integration of spirituality and healing, a presentation on the physiological
effects of gold in healing, and a lecture on traditional and modern aspects
of pharmacopeia including a Physician's Desk Reference (PDR) on formulas
recommended by Edgar Cayce.
We are also seeking presentations
from health professionals knowledgeable in healing modalities recommended
by Edgar Cayce. If you are interested in presenting at the symposium,
please write a brief summary of your topic and submit it to us at our address
on the last page of this newsletter.
Following the symposium, the
A.R.E. will conduct a health related conference titled: Belonging to Mother
Earth: Indigenous Wisdom and Healing. The A.R.E. conference is scheduled
for October 4 - 9 and will focus on the healing and wisdom traditions of
Native Americans and indigenous peoples.
Support Group Reunion
The Parkinson's support group
held its first annual reunion in Virginia Beach. Eight Parkinson's
subjects and six support persons attended the four day event which began
with a dinner on Thursday evening, October 16. Although the weather
was windy and overcast, the fellowship and peer support were bright and
Friday's activities included
follow-up assessments and data collection with Meridian Institute staff
and psychic readings by Mary Roach.
Saturday's program featured
a day-long presentation by David Atkinson. David's inspiring story
of being healed of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's
disease) was uplifting and insightful. He provided numerous specific
and practical recommendations for applying spiritual and mental principles
on the healing journey.
The gathering concluded Sunday
morning with a planning meeting which focused on future events and strategies
for maintaining the mutual support network. The group strongly expressed
an interest in providing support to others who are interested in the Cayce
approach to treating Parkinson's disease. Persons wishing to contact
the Parkinson's support group may call or write:
6241 Tamar Drive
Columbia, Maryland 21045
9717 Ne Juanita Dr. #302
Kirkland, Washington 98034
The group is to be commended for their hard work
in organizing and running the program.
Meridian Institute is pleased
to announce its participation in an important publishing project
titled: Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The 1200-page
book will be an authoritative resource on the numerous healing systems
and therapeutic modalities comprising the emerging medical paradigm.
Edited by Wayne B. Jonas, M.D. and Jeffrey S. Levin, Ph.D., this extensive
work will also address the theoretical basis and sociocultural context
of complementary and alternative medicine.
Meridian Institute's contribution
is a 30-page chapter titled: "Edgar Cayce's Therapeutic Approach."
The chapter includes information on Edgar Cayce's philosophy of healing
and research projects conducted by Meridian Institute and other researchers.
The textbook is expected to be published in 1998.
In September, the first phase
of the Manual Therapy Project (see July, 1997 issue of Meridian Institute
News) culminated in the video taping of a demonstration and explanation
of a general treatment format by chiropractor Carl Nelson, a research
clinician at Meridian Institute. The content of the video was developed
in a series of monthly seminars in which Institute staff and Virginia Beach
health professionals explored numerous examples of general treatment from
the early osteopathic, neuropathic and chiropractic literature. After
practicing the formats on each other and discussing the similarities and
merits of each approach, a typical general treatment format was created.
Edgar Cayce often recommended general treatment in conjunction with specific
adjustment techniques in the thousands of readings recommending manual
therapy. The general treatment video will be available through A.R.E.
Press later this year.
In October, two new videos
were produced featuring appliances used in Meridian Institute research
projects. The Radial Appliance and The Wet Cell Battery will soon
be available from A.R.E. Press. The primary focus of these videos
is to provide the basics of how to use these appliances.
The tapes should be especially
helpful for future participants in Meridian projects. People will
be able to review the videos before coming to Virginia Beach. Education
and training resources can then be spent on addressing specific questions
and concerns rather than general training. The videos will also be
helpful after subjects have returned home and begin to use the appliances
on their own.