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RESEARCHING THE SPIRIT-MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Thermography involves the measurement of temperature displayed in a visual
format. This noninvasive assessment modality can provide helpful
information about physiological dysfunction. For several years Meridian
Institute has been exploring various medical thermographic techniques,
including liquid crystal thermography, infrared neurocalometry, and computerized
Liquid-crystal thermography (LCT) employs a range of interchangeable
detector "screens" that are impregnated with cholesteric methylester derivatives
that change color as a function of their temperature. An LCT screen
is placed on the body for a few seconds before a Polaroid camera takes
a color snapshot of the screen. Temperature variations show up as
color patterns in a range of about 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because LCT is simple and fast, it has been particularly
helpful in measuring abdominal temperature anomalies in epilepsy.
Edgar Cayce insisted that in all cases of a true epileptic nature that
a cold spot would be found on the right side of the abdomen between the
liver and caecum. According to Cayce, the cold spot is associated
with adhesions in the lacteal ducts (lymph vessels) that permeate this
area of the small intestine. We have previously reviewed the concept
of abdominal epilepsy as it relates to the enteric nervous system (see
Brain and Enteric Nervous System, Vol 4, No 4; July, 2000).
Our preliminary research involving seven individuals
with epilepsy is supportive of Cayce's hypothesis with respect to cooler
temperatures on the right side vs. left side of the abdomen in epilepsy.
In some patients, the cool spot is extremely distinctive (Figure 1).
In others, it is relatively cooler when compared to areas of temperature
variation across the abdomen. One of the major disadvantages of LCT
is that it produces visual (analog) data that is difficult to quantify
for standard statistical analysis. At this point, we intend to continue
collecting data from epilepsy patients. We are interested in working
with neurologists who have access to many epilepsy patients and are willing
to participate in this project. Eventually, we would like to obtain
a more sophisticated (and expensive) infrared camera that can provide quantitative
data without contacting the skin.
Infrared neurocalometry (IN) makes use of infrared technology for the measurement
of temperature variations along the spine. Edgar Cayce specifically
recommended neurocalometry as an assessment technique in reading 480-44
observing that "... there has been perfected or used in the chiropractic
association a thermometer, or a gadget that run along the spine shows WHEN
they coordinate one with another, see?"
Our research of IN has focused on two areas: 1) evaluation
of somatic dysfunction (such as spinal subluxation) and 2) effects of manual
therapy (spinal massage and manipulation). We are still in the early
stages of research in both areas. We are impressed with the computer
printouts provided by the IN system as it clearly distinguishes anomalous
areas (Figure 2). Also, the data can be downloaded to spreadsheet
for statistical analysis.
Computerized Regulatory Thermography (CRT) measures
the temperatures of various parts of the body associated with organ and
visceral function. Two sets of data are collected. The first
set of measurements assess the skin temperature of the body as adapted
to normal room temperature. A second set of measurements assess the
body's reaction to a controlled cooling of the environment. The comparison
of these data sets provides information about the organism's ability to
self-regulate. In this way, we can gain insight into focal areas
At this point, CRT has been used primarily in the
HRRC Assessment Center. As we collect more data, we intend to compare
thermographic data and interpretive indexes utilized by the CRT program
to other assessment techniques, especially the other thermographic modalities
AN INTEGRATIVE MODEL OF MIGRAINE BASED ON INTESTINAL ETIOLOGY
David McMillin, MA recently presented a paper titled
"An Integrative Model of Migraine Based on Intestinal Etiology" at the
5th Annual Cayce Health Professionals Symposium in Virginia Beach.
McMillin, a researcher with Meridian Institute, discussed the concept of
abdominal migraine as described in the Edgar Cayce readings.
In one reading that is typical of Cayce's views on
migraine, he observed that "... conditions to which the body becomes allergic
in the digestive system should be looked for - that deal with all migraine
headaches. So, this information might be used universally as to the
sources of such, if it would be accepted."
Thus, according to Cayce, the general pattern of
pathology in idiopathic migraine involves an allergic irritation in the
intestines which is transmitted to the trigeminal (fifth cranial nerve)
and also triggers an imbalance of circulation to the head. Cayce's
model of idiopathic migraine takes into consideration both the nerve and
vascular aspects of migraine.
The paper documents the historic and modern medical
literature that supports the concepts of abdominal migraine, dietary migraine,
and somatic dysfunction in migraine. Natural therapies intended to
address the underlying intestinal dysfunction are described. The
paper may be found on the Meridian Institute website at:
We will cover the full proceedings of the symposium
in our next newsletter.
LIGHT AND OXYGEN THERAPY FOR TERMINAL CANCERS
Edgar Cayce typically recommended animated or carbon
ash taken internally to increase oxygenation of the blood for persons with
cancer. After ingestion of the ash, ultra-violet light was shone
on the body to enhance the oxygenation process.
A report by Dr. Barry Wenig given at the annual meeting
of the American Society for Clinical Oncologists in New Orleans contains
remarkable parallels to Cayce's approach. In the new photodynamic
therapy advocated by Wenig, a cream containing the drug Foscan temoporfin
is injected around a cancerous tumor. After four days a light is
beamed onto it. When activated by the light, the cream releases oxygen
that destroys the cancerous cells without damaging healthy tissue.
In a trial, 64 patients terminally ill with skin
cancer were treated with the therapy. The patients were classed as
incurable and the only other option was to refer them to hospices.
An independent panel of experts judged that 58% of patients had extended
their survival times; 25% had achieved a complete or partial reduction
of the tumor; in 16% the tumor had been completely eliminated.
The therapy is not yet available for use in the USA
or Europe. A two-year trial is currently underway in Leeds, UK.
Acknowledgment: Thanks to Wayne Emley for calling
our attention to this research. The original article by Helen Rumbelow
appeared in the London Times on May 30, 2000.