Vol. 2 No. 5 September,
MERIDIAN INSTITUTE NEWS
Included in this issue:
Researchers Program Begins
One of Meridian Institute's
primary purposes is to "conduct and support ... clinical projects incorporating
a network of cooperating researchers and clinicians."
To begin the process of creating
such a network, Meridian Institute has initiated a program intended to
develop cooperative relationships with professionals working with the Cayce
A Cooperating Researcher is
a health care professional who is applying the Cayce readings, and is willing
to share with Meridian Institute the results of this application. This
sharing might include: presentations at Meridian Institute conferences
and workshops, contribution to a database on results of applications, and
contribution of new research protocols. A Cooperating Researcher might
also offer services such as massage or chiropractic, either as a volunteer
or for reimbursement to be agreed on for specific projects.
To clarify the relationship
between Meridian Institute and cooperating researchers, the following guidelines
have been developed:
Meridian Institute will provide
suggested research protocols, data sheets, and information on the results
of our own research projects.
There will be no obligation
on the part of either the Cooperating Researcher or Meridian Institute
to participate in any particular activity.
Cooperating Researcher status
applies only to individuals, not organizations or companies. If more than
one individual in a particular organization desires to be a Cooperating
Researcher, they would have to seek this status individually.
Cooperating Researcher status
is not meant to imply that Meridian Institute approves or accepts responsibility
for projects not under its direct control. It is your responsibility to
practice within the limits of your license or certification, complying
with all applicable laws or regulations. It is also your responsibility
to conduct research in an ethical manner, including informing subjects
of benefits and risks of participation, and maintaining confidentiality.
Meridian Institute conducts
educational and research programs, not training programs. Meridian Institute
does not certify expertise in Cayce therapies, and Cooperating Researchers
must not state or imply that they have been trained by Meridian Institute
to offer those therapies.
Meridian Institute does not
endorse products or therapists. Cooperating Researchers must not use the
Meridian Institute name in any advertising materials.
Meridian Institute is not
a membership organization. Cooperating Researchers are not "members" of
Meridian Institute. They are independent practitioners with an interest
in sharing expertise and research results.
Cooperating Researcher status
is granted for a specific time period, normally a year, and is renewable
by the mutual agreement of the researcher and Meridian Institute.
If you are a health professional
who would liked to be considered for cooperating researcher status, contact
us by mail, phone or e-mail and request a cooperating researcher application.
Manual therapy involves the
therapeutic use of the hands and is used by a variety of health professionals
such as osteopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, etc.
Because manual therapy plays
such a central role in the Edgar Cayce readings, Meridian Institute has
been doing basic research on manual therapy principles and techniques.
Francis Sporer reported his experience with application of a Cayce recommended
technique in a recent issue (see
An Experience with the "Third Cervical Release"
Technique, Vol. 2 No. 3, May 1998).
Doug Richards, research director
at Meridian Institute, has also used a simple manual therapy technique
to relieve pain associated with gallstones. Here is his story
of how he applied "inhibition" (a traditional osteopathic technique of
holding pressure on a nerve center to regulate its activity) to provide
symptomatic relief during gallbladder attacks:
Manual Therapy for Gallstone
"The gallbladder stores bile
from the liver, and releases it during the digestive process. When gallstones
form, they can occasionally attempt to enter the gall duct, causing "gallstone
colic," intense pain that may last for hours.
"The primary conventional treatment
for gallstones is surgery to remove the gallbladder. I preferred to try
a less invasive approach, so I used castor oil packs as recommended by
Edgar Cayce. The Cayce readings often
warned that castor oil packs might not be enough,
and that an operation might be necessary. I found that they provided some
relief, but did not seem to be dissolving the gallstones. I also tried
a popular gallbladder-liver "flush" using olive oil, but found that provoked
gallstone attacks in my case.
"After several painful attacks
lasting all night, I decided to opt for the surgery, but I could not schedule
it for several months. In the meantime, the doctor prescribed an anti-spasmodic
medication that I could take at the first sign of an attack. It worked,
but it took over an hour to take effect, and left me feeling a little sick
the next day.
"Carl Nelson, a chiropractor
with Meridian Institute, suggested a manual therapy approach. Much of the
digestive process, including contraction of the gallbladder, is stimulated
by the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve originates in the brain, and travels
outside the spinal cord through the neck to reach the organs of the body.
"Carl's recommendation was,
at the first sign of a gallbladder attack, to inhibit the vagus nerve by
pressure in the hollow in the side of the neck. This allows the gallbladder
to relax. I found that 5 to 10 minutes of deep pressure in the right side
of the neck was effective for stopping gallstone attacks. For the next
3 months, before I had my surgery, I no longer had to take the anti-spasmodic
medication. For me, this was a great example of the power of physiological
regulation through manual therapy."
As mentioned in our last issue,
Meridian Institute has created a number of individual research protocols
which may be used by persons who are unable to attend research conferences.
Each protocol is comprehensive and contains:
The format is a simple "pretest/posttest"
design. Participants are asked to provide background information
and data before they begin the treatments. After following the protocol
for six months, follow up data is collected so that we can assess the effects
of treatment. As an incentive, a rebate coupon is provided
which entitles participants to receive a partial rebate on the price of
the protocol when the data is mailed to do us.
An overview of the disease,
A specific treatment plan,
Detailed explanations of how to do each therapy in
the treatment plan,
Documentation (when available) of how this approach
has helped other people,
Data collection forms which emphasize the research
aspects of the project.
To keep you updated on the
latest protocols which are available, here is a listing of the protocols
which are now offered:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Cirrhosis of the Liver
Coronary Heart Disease
Diabetes (Type II)
Dysmenorrhea (Painful Menstruation)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The cost of protocols varies
depending upon the amount of documentation and supplementary resources
included with the package. Research Protocols are available from
Deborah Thompson, R. N. at (757) 496-6411.