Vol. 4 No. 1 January,
MERIDIAN INSTITUTE NEWS
Included in this issue:
and Herbal Treatment of Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic skin
disease, with a variety of symptoms, most commonly reddened skin patches
and inflamed, swollen skin lesions covered with silver-white scales. It
is very common (about 3 million Americans affected), but the cause is not
known, and there is no generally recognized cure.
The Edgar Cayce readings say
that, although it appears to be a skin disease, most cases of psoriasis
are caused by toxins from the digestive system. There is a thinning of
the walls of the small intestine, and this thinning allows toxins to leak
from the intestinal tract into the circulation. These eventually find their
way to the superficial circulation, and trigger an immune response in the
In the past several years,
medical research has provided some evidence supporting the Cayce perspective,
but the only person to have systematically applied the Cayce recommendations
for treatment is Dr. John Pagano, a New Jersey chiropractor who wrote the
book Healing Psoriasis: The Natural Alternative. Dr. Pagano has many well-documented
cases of complete healing of severe psoriasis.
Meridian Institute has conducted
two projects confirming Pagano's approach, and exploring the role of intestinal
permeability or "leaky gut." Four years ago, in our first major research
project, we brought Dr. Pagano in as an advisor, and taught 10 people the
elements of the Cayce therapeutic approach. Within six months, most had
experienced some healing of their psoriasis, some with major clearing of
the skin lesions.
This past year, we repeated
and improved the psoriasis project, with five participants. In May they
attended an initial conference, in which they learned how to apply the
Cayce treatments at home. At the conference they underwent an initial cleansing
including fume baths, massages, and colonic irrigations. They attended
lectures on the importance of mental and spiritual attunement during the
healing process and were encouraged to meditate and develop an ideal attitude
The home treatment approach
included a diet consisting primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables, no
fried food, and no red meat. The diet was supplemented with herbal preparations:
saffron tea and slippery elm bark water. Their intestinal permeability
was assessed using a simple test involving drinking a sugar solution. Two
of the five people had abnormally high permeability.
After six months following
the protocol, the participants returned to Virginia Beach for an assessment
of their psoriasis symptoms. All had substantial improvement. In addition,
the intestinal permeability of all five people had decreased. Here are
comments from some of the participants:
"I've cleared up. I actually
just have a couple places on my back, my lower back, which is nothing.
And my head has not cleared. But other than that, I've cleared everywhere
else. So I'm thrilled with that."
"My skin has improved quite
a bit.. There's still some red spots, but it's not as thick and itchy as
it used to be. I'd say it's improved in the sense that I don't feel like
I'm leaving little bits of skin all over the place anymore. The bed isn't
all full of white skin when I get up. It's pretty clean. Percentage-wise,
I'd say between 70 and 75% probably."
"For the first time in 40 years,
my scalp had actually cleared up and stayed pretty clear for about a month
or so. Other parts of the body that had been pretty stubborn, have faded
out to the point of almost not being existent anymore. You could just barely
see them. I felt a lot more energy, a lot brighter overall outlook because
I was using a very natural approach, instead of all those steroids and
other things that the traditional dermatologists tend to give us. I'm really
happy with the results that I've seen."
"It's been very, very good
for my health, in addition to my psoriasis much, much improving. My hands
are clear. The psoriasis cleared up on my hands within one month, and it
has never resurfaced. The psoriasis cleared up on my elbows within about
two months of starting the diet protocol. Also my feet are 60% better."
Clearly the Cayce approach
can be an effective treatment for psoriasis. The most difficult part for
most participants was consistency in following the diet. When, for various
reasons including travel, they slipped in their adherence to the diet,
the psoriasis symptoms partially returned, confirming the importance of
this aspect of the Cayce treatment approach.
A complete report on psoriasis
is available on the Meridian Institute web site, and the treatment protocol
is available from the Health and Rejuvenation Research Center (HRRC).
Edgar Cayce's consistent assertion
that the nervous system is capable of regeneration is one of the most extraordinary
claims in all of the Cayce health information. Meridian Institute
has been engaged in projects to explore these concepts in neurological
disorders such as Parkinson's disease  and multiple sclerosis (MS)
in small group pilot studies. In addition to our residential programs,
a number of individuals have been following the Cayce approach on their
own for other neuromuscular conditions including muscular dystrophy [3,4],
Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome , motorneuon disease , and MS .
Alzheimer's disease is a chronic,
degenerative neurological illness that afflicts the elderly causing cognitive
impairment (such as short-term memory loss) and other functional deficits.
In such cases, Edgar Cayce typically recommended treatment via electrotherapy
with one of several appliances in conjunction with gold or silver.
The readings stated that these metals acted to stimulate the glandular
system to rejuvenate the nervous system. In one reading, Cayce actually
provided a formula for "rebuilding the brain." This formula included
gold and silver delivered vibratorily (wet cell battery or radial appliance),
osteopathic manipulations, suggestion, and patience.
For several years we have been
applying Cayce's formula with individuals who have sought help for this
devastating illness. The following letter written on February 9,
1999 by the wife of an eighty-two-year old man with third-generation, early-onset
"In 1994 Woody was diagnosed
with Alzheimers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
We were not surprised as the symptoms had started probably twenty years
before. My reaction was, 'Now we know what we are dealing with, so
lets find some holistic type of treatment.' True to the way God works
I acknowledged the need and the need was immediately filled.
"I learned of David McMillin
and the book he had ready for the publisher regarding the Edgar Cayce readings
and their application as a treatment for Alzheimers  -- mainly the use
of the 'Wet Cell'. Although I have a whole regime that we follow,
the Wet Cell is the backbone of the treatment that we've used. In
June, 1999 we will have used the Wet Cell for five years.
"Cayce suggested daily treatments
for three months and then a month's rest. We tried this but I felt
that there was slippage so we take a few days off every few months if we
wish to take a short trip and of course every so often there is a day when
it just won't work with our schedule but generally speaking Woody's daily
Wet Cell treatment and the prescribed massage following it is a part of
our daily life.
"We chose mid-afternoon as
the time for his treatment. Regularity and consistency are very important
factors. Woody likes a nap after his treatment and so I rest too,
and then we prepare dinner together. It does not feel like a chore
but is simply an accepted part of our lives.
"Our quality of life on a scale
of one to ten would certainly be 9+ which I consider excellent and we together
lead a very busy active life. Woody loves golf and tries to play
once a week. While he does this I usually play bridge. We both play
bridge with other couples at least once a week.
"Prayer is a very important
aspect of the Wet Cell treatment and I truly feel our lives are an expression
of prayer. It is important to mention that Woody does as much or
more for me as I do for him so this whole thing does not feel sacrificial
in any way. We love Life and Life is totally generous to us.
"The Edgar Cayce 'Wet
Cell' treatment and massage following it on a daily basis is the absolute
backbone of our regime. It is the entire system working together that I
feel has been very successful for us."
A Meridian Institute member
has conducted home visits each month for the past five years to change
the wet cell battery chemicals and provide emotional and technical support.
Since the letter was written, Woody has continued to maintain a remarkably
high quality of life. A few months ago, he and his wife won second
place in a local bridge club round robin tournament, a feat requiring considerable
short-term memory. Bravo!!!
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on Castor Oil for the Eyes
In the last issue we reported
on a letter to the editor of the Journal of Ophthalmology, Louis J. Girard,
M.D., of Houston, Texas, describing the use of a well-known Cayce remedy
- castor oil. Dr. Girard had been using sterile castor oil for the
treatment of corneal dry spots and mild keratitis sicca for 40 years.
Since we cited this report, we have received the following letter describing
the use of castor oil for eye problems:
"I just read the most recent
issue of Meridian Institute News and it was great as always. I read with
interest your article on Castor Oil for the eyes and I would like to tell
you of my experience here.
"About 12 years ago I began
to get lots of irritation in my eyes which felt like I had sand in them.
My eyes were red, they burned and they teared often. I left the problem
alone in hopes that it would return the favor but this was not to happen.
After some months I developed 4 cysts in one eye lid and 3 cysts in the
other. My doctor wanted to perform surgery to remove the cysts but the
prospect was certainly not an appealing one. I began a castor oil regimen.
I placed heated (cold pressed) castor oil packs (wool flannel) on my eyes
for half an hour in the morning and for half an hour before bed in the
evening. I also put one drop of castor oil in each eye before I went to
sleep for the night. I did this for 4 days on followed by 3 days off each
week. Within 2 weeks the irritation began to subside and in a month it
was gone. In about 6 to 7 months the cysts were completely dissolved and
have never returned. One more thing. For 7 months I drank 10 ounces of
carrot juice a day with a whole green pepper chopped in to it.
"I wanted to tell you about
it because now, whenever I get an eye irritation I put a drop of castor
oil in my eyes before bed time. As Tony the Tiger said, 'ITS GREAT!'"