Vol. 2 No. 6 November,
MERIDIAN INSTITUTE NEWS
Included in this issue:
The 3rd annual Cayce Health
Professionals Symposium was held at the A.R.E. Conference Center October
3 and 4. 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
The Saturday session began
with a presentation by Eric Mein, M. D. on "Diagnosis Without Cayce: Where
Do We Go From Here?" Dr. Mein addressed the process of patient/practitioner
interactions from the perspective of the Cayce health information.
The talk featured specific assessment tools and the conceptual basis for
utilizing a "person-centered" approach which recognizes the uniqueness
of each individual.
Douglas Richards, Ph.D. Meridian
Research Director, provided an update on the latest "Nervous System Coordination
Research." Dr. Richards focused on physiological measurement of the
autonomic nervous system in various categories of illness. The presentation
also included examples of nervous system effects produced by manual therapy
techniques (such as traditional osteopathy).
Jeanette Thomas, an expert
in the Cayce pharmacopeia, reported on an extensive research project that
the Edgar Cayce Foundation (ECF) is doing on the medications and appliances
recommended in the readings. Jeanette requested that anyone having
copies of old formularies or pharmaceutical manuals should contact the
ECF. Such resources will greatly facilitate the research program.
ECF volunteer Paul Mazza supplemented Jeanette's presentation by bringing
in a recently donated energy medicine appliance recommended by Edgar
Cayce. The "Radioclast" is a radionics device used for diagnosis
and treatment. Paul promised to provide a demonstration of the Radioclast
for next year's symposium.
Bruce Baar, a manufacturer
of Cayce health products, discussed the use of various energy medicine
modalities with special emphasis on carbon and animated ash. Baar
explained the theory for these remedies and provided case reports of people
who have benefitted from using them.
Robert McNary, M. D. shared
his research into the "trophic" (nutritive) function of the lymphatic system.
The talk, titled "The Lowly Lymphocyte," focused on the growth and healing
aspects of the lymphatic system which are often overlooked when only the
defensive (immune) functions are considered. Just as Edgar Cayce
suggested, the lymphocytes serve many roles in addition to being
the warriors which protect the body.
Saturday's session concluded
with a question and answer period directed to a panel consisting of the
Meridian Institute researchers.
The Sunday morning session
was launched with a presentation on "Holistic Case Management." Beginning
with Gladys Davis, Edgar Cayce's personal secretary, case management has
played an important role in the application of the Cayce health information.
David McMillin, M. A., a professional case manager, gave examples of how
modern case managers can use a holistic framework for providing support
Deborah Thompson, R. N. manager/coordinator
or the A.R.E. Health and Rejuvenation Research Center (HRRC), gave a presentation
on the support resources that are available through HRRC. She focused
on two of the primary initiatives at HRRC: Individual research protocols
and the residential research program.
Chiropractors Scott Hollifield
and Carl Nelson concluded the symposium by discussing manual therapy concepts
from the Cayce readings and the early manual therapy literature.
Dr. Nelson gave a brief demonstration of some manual therapy techniques
included in the general treatment format so often recommended in the Cayce
The Cayce Health Professionals
Symposium for 1999 will be held at the A.R.E. Conference Center at Virginia
Beach during the weekend of September 25 - 26. This gathering of
practitioners and researchers will feature reports on Cayce oriented health
research, demonstrations of therapeutic techniques recommended in the readings,
and interdisciplinary presentations on the integration of spirituality
We are 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.
and the Gut Brain
One of the fascinating themes
which runs through the Cayce health information is the role of the abdominal
nervous system (the so-called "abdominal brain,"1 "gut brain,"2
"enteric nervous system,"2,3) with regard to a diversity of
conditions, especially neurological diseases. For example, Meridian
research programs have investigated the intestinal connection in epilepsy
and migraine, two neurological illnesses which the Cayce readings say are
often caused by problems in the abdomen which irritate the "gut" brain.
The irritation is then referred to the cerebral brain culminating in the
distinctive symptoms of these illnesses. The medical literature attests
to these interactions with numerous articles on "abdominal migraine" and
"abdominal epilepsy." However, most neurologists would regard gastro-intestinal
features as merely a side effect of the cerebral pathology.
Some recent medical research
may add yet another condition to this list of neurological diseases with
abdominal features. Autism has been linked to intestinal problems
and has been successfully treated with a substance called secretin, derived
from the gut of hogs.
Wakefield et al investigated
a consecutive series of children with chronic enterocolitis and regressive
developmental disorder.4 The twelve children (mean age 6 years)
had a history of normal development followed by loss of acquired skills,
including language, together with diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Additionally,
Murch et al (1998) report that 47 out of 50 autistic children they studied
showed significant bowel pathology.5 When subjected to
colon cleansing, these children showed notable improvement in their autism
symptoms. The researchers conclude, "We re-emphasize the fact
that there is a consistent pattern of gut inflammation in a high proportion
of children within the broad autistic spectrum. Understanding the link
between the bowel and the brain in autism may allow new insights into this
Further evidence of intestinal
involvement in autism has surfaced when a substance called secretion has
been surprisingly effective in the treatment of autism for some children.
After Victoria and Gary Beck successfully treated their autistic child
with secretin and triggered interest in this substance, Horvath et al studied
the therapeutic effects of secretin on three autistic children and noted
significant clinical improvement, both gastrointestinal and behavioral.6
Secretin is now being tested with more autistic children to determine its
Secretin is a natural substance,
produced in the intestinal tract by all mammals. While it is not a drug,
and it is not harmful, the FDA nevertheless requires that it be sold only
by prescription. Secretin is usually given by slow injection (infusion),
but there are other methods of administration which are being considered.
The only FDA-approved use for secretin is in the diagnosis of gastrointestinal
problems, not as a treatment for any disorder.
Interestingly, secretin is
similar to Ventriculin, a product recommended by Edgar Cayce for a child
exhibiting mild autistic symptoms (case 1179). Ventriculin was manufactured
by Parke-Davis until the mid or late 1950s. Ventriculin was derived
from the gastric tissue of hogs. It was taken orally in powder form
for general debilitation, anemia, poor assimilations, and a wide range
of other conditions associated with the digestive system.
Meridian Institute is creating
a research protocol on autism which will integrate a variety of therapies
to address the intestinal and neurological features of this syndrome.
1. Robinson, B. (1907). The
abdominal and pelvic brain. Hammond, Indiana: Frank S. Betz.
2. Gershon, M. D., Kirchgessner, A. L.,
& Wade, P. R. (1994). Functional anatomy of the enteric nervous
system. In L. R. Johnson, (Ed.), Physiology of the Gastrointestinal
Tract (3rd ed.). (Vol.1). New York: Raven Press.
3. Wood, J. D. (1994). Physiology
of the enteric nervous system. In L.R.Johnson, (Ed.), Physiology
of the gastrointestinal tract (3rd ed.). (Vol.1). New York: Raven
4. Wakefield, A. J., Murch, S. H., Anthony,
A., Linnell, J., Casson, D. M., Malik, M., Berelowitz, M., Dhillon, A.
P., Thomson, M. A., Harvey, P., Valentine, A., Davies, S. E. & Walker-Smith,
J. A. (1998). Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis,
and pervasive developmental disorder in children. Lancet, 351(9103),
5. Murch, S. H., Thomson, M. A., &
Walker-Smith, J. A. (1998). Author's reply. Lancet, 351(9106),
6. Horvath, K., Stefanatos, G., Sokolski,
K. N., Wachtel, R., Nabors & L. Tildon, J. T. (1998). Improved
social and language skills after secretin administration in patients with
autistic spectrum disorders. Journal Assoc Acad Minor Phys, 9(1),
As we continue to follow the
progress of participants in our various research projects, we will keep
you informed of this information. The following report was received
recently from a participant in the Parkinson's disease program:
"I am feeling and doing much
better (physically) than I can recall for the last several years.
It takes less effort to get things done. My smiley face is more natural
and easier to accomplish! My thought processes have more continuity
and fewer pauses while I get my ideas on the right track. The improvement
in my golf game is amazing. I have very selfishly kept this to myself.
Afraid that it would not last. It was kind of like hoarding it, jealously
keeping it to myself. In retrospect, I was trying not to believe
in the unbelievable. I am sure that we have taken the right track.
I believe, I believe, I believe. Keep the faith, eat well, meditate,
exercise, and love God!"