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RESEARCHING THE SPIRIT-MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Headache is one of the most common problems observed
in clinical practice. It constitutes a public health concern of enormous
proportions, impacting both the suffering individual and society as a whole.
Apart from relatively rare instances of organic
etiology (from obvious head injury or such), the basic cause of headache
remains elusive. The primary classifications of headache used by modern
clinicians and researchers (i.e., migraine, tension and cluster headaches)
are all of unknown causation and incurable by medical standards.
Treatment is usually directed toward symptomatic relief and prevention.
The secondary forms of headache (resulting from
some other illness) may be relieved or possibly eliminated if the primary
condition is effectively treated. Yet, in such instances, the relation
of the headache to the primary disorder is often poorly understood.
Strictly speaking, the cause of most chronic illness is unknown.
Furthermore, the practical reality is that many patients seeking help from
a primary care provider present with a collection of nonspecific symptoms
(including headache) that do not fit easily into any diagnostic category.
To simply label headache as primary or secondary, without understanding
the basic etiology, pathophysiology and pathogenesis of the various forms
of headache, leaves much to be desired.
The Edgar Cayce readings are a valuable resource
on the causes and treatment of headache. A recently completed report
by Meridian Institute provides analysis of 810 Cayce readings that discuss
the diverse manifestations of headache. The report provides a comparative
study of the Cayce readings on headache, the historical medical literature
of his era, and the modern medical literature.
Previous studies indicate that it is extremely helpful
to look at Cayce's work in the context of both historical and modern sources.
The Cayce readings use the conceptual and technical language of the medical
systems of his era, especially osteopathy. Therefore several of the
appendices of the report contain excerpts from some of these historical
texts to provide a platform for considering the Cayce information.
Late nineteenth and early twentieth century osteopathic, herbal and standard
medical texts are the primary historical sources quoted extensively in
the report. These historical medical perspectives tend to view headache
more systemically, recognizing the role of the peripheral systems in the
cause and treatment of headache.
Cayce's readings are very consistent with the historical
sources in this regard. Cayce often cited problems with the digestive,
eliminating, and reproductive systems as basic causes of headache.
Nerve reflexes, particularly via the vagus nerve, are the link between
the viscera and head. Psychological factors, especially worry, was
also mentioned in numerous readings. Cayce tended to prescribe relatively
natural treatments to address basic causes and provide symptomatic relief.
The modern medical literature can serve as a bridge
between these historical sources (Cayce readings and historic texts) and
modern practitioners who are interested in applying this information in
a clinical setting. Thus the first two sections of the report
provide a selected literature review of the above sources leading to Section
III which contains a protocol and algorithm for applying Cayce's ideas
on headache in a clinical setting.
The report should be viewed in the context of a broad
research model consisting of phases. This is the first phase wherein
the primary focus is on scholarly research of the Cayce readings and related
information. This phase is essential because future clinical or basic
science projects will draw upon the concepts derived from this initial
review and analysis. The entire headache report is available online
at the Meridian Institute website:
ORGANIC VERSUS CONVENTIONAL CROPS
After comparing the published nutritional measurements
of organic and conventional crops, researcher Virginia Worthington concluded
that there appears to be a genuine difference in the nutrient content.
Because there are insufficient data from any one source, Worthington used
all available studies in her analysis, including studies of produce from
research plots and greenhouses, farm-gate produce, stored produce, and
produce purchased at markets.
Worthington noted that organic crops contained significantly
more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less
nitrates than conventional crops. The nutrient difference may reflect
the effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides on soil ecology and
Worthington V, (2001). Nutritional quality of organic versus conventional
fruits, vegetables, and grains. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary
SUGGESTIVE THERAPEUTICS FOR ENURESIS
We recently reported on the use of suggestive therapeutics,
a form of naturalistic hypnosis, for the Alzheimer's dementia (Vol. 5,
No. 2). The following anecdote documents the use of suggestive therapeutics
for enuresis (bedwetting).
"Of all the various problems of raising four children,
it took close to four years to find the solution for my son, Jason's problem.
If it hadn't been for Edgar Cayce's readings, Jason might still be wetting
"Getting a six year-old, who had wonderful bladder
control during the day, to stay dry at night, was like bailing water from
a boat with a hole in the bottom. A lot of wet work, without any
progress. Each morning Jason would awake wearing the same pajamas
he wore to bed, except he looked as though held been standing in the rain
all night. The youngster was fairly unconcerned because he never
remembered wetting the bed.
"I, on the other hand, was beside myself, what with
sponging him off, changing the sheets and hauling everything to the washing
machine. This was long before the days of Huggies, Depends and Chux.
I, as much as he, needed a solution. The laundry load was staggering.
"It wasn't as though his habit had gone unchallenged.
He was on a routine of no drinks after dinnertime, and when that didn't
work, I promised him a dollar. It was sheer bribery, and the child
nearly de-hydrated himself trying to collect. We were both disappointed.
"At one point I thought I'd impress upon Jason why
I was always in the garage at the washing machine. His job was to
change his wet bed. It was pathetic to watch him kneel on the mattress
and tug at the sheet corners while he was trying to get the linens off.
He would wad up what he could into a ball and trail the rest behind him
on the way to the garage. Several weeks of this went by; nothing
happened. We were also three weeks away from a family camping trip
to the Shenandoah Mountains.
"It would be nice if our hiking to enjoy the vista
of the mountains wasn't interrupted by scouring the town of Luray for a
"In preparation, I decided to take Jason back to
the pediatrician, because I was puzzled by one aspect of the problem.
Usually when I got Jason up in the middle of the night, he didn't go to
the bathroom; yet, once back in his bed, he would go.
"The pediatrician assured me, 'Mrs. Jones, believe
me, Jason will outgrow this.' I was having doubts. 'I suggest you
try one of several devices that can be very effective. One type is
a bed pad equipped with a buzzer to wake him up. Another, when it
gets wet, delivers a tiny electrical shock. Take your pick,' he said.
"A buzzer? An electrical shock? This
was not the solution I had in mind. Besides, we wouldn't have electricity
in the mountains. 'You know,' I said to him, 'On second thought,
maybe he will outgrow it.' I left, convinced there had to be a better answer.
"About a week before the camping trip I went out
to the A.R.E. and asked if there was any readings on bed wetting.
The librarian searched and came up with one. There it was.
In the reading the mother had been told to sit by the child's bedside as
the child went to sleep and make the suggestion that the child will awaken
and refrain from wetting the bed. Then I found another reading.
'This may be accomplished best by the suggestion in this direction as the
body is almost asleep, by one who makes the application of the massage
and rubs. POSITIVE suggestion! Not that she WON'T do, but that
she WILL do this or that, see? that when the desire is for the activity
the body will arouse and attend to same!' (308-2)
"Could it be that simple? Merely make the suggestion
to the subconscious mind?
"I continued to look and found another reading on
child care. 'Do not scold. Do not speak harshly. Do not
fret nor condemn the body-mind. But do tell it daily of the love
that Jesus had for little children, of peace and harmony...' (3162-1)
"When Jason's brother and sisters had finished their
prayers and were tucked into bed that evening, I stayed at his bedside
and spoke softly. I told Jason that Jesus blessed the little children
who came to him. And that Jason also would be a blessing to many
people. As he drifted off, I said that if he felt the need to go
to the bathroom, he would awaken, and that he could stay dry at night.
Once he was asleep, I added my own prayer of thankfulness.
"To my utter amazement, the next morning Jason jumped
out of bed, went to the bathroom, washed his face, brushed his teeth, wearing
dry pajamas. The following morning, the same thing happened.
I felt pretty good about the sleep suggestions. By the third morning
Jason still was dry, and feeling pretty good about it himself. He
wasn't sure why he was dry; something special had happened. He got
dressed, ate breakfast with his brother and sisters, and rushed out to
play. Without ever knowing it, Jason had reached a milestone.
"I continued the sleep suggestions right through
our camping trip. The chilly nights, the change in drinking water,
didn't affect his progress. He never wet the bed. Not then,
or ever again.
"Now when I think back on the suggestions I gave
to Jason many years ago, I cannot but help wonder if something even greater
happened. For he is, indeed, helping many people, and has been a
blessing. Jason is an Emergency Medical Technician, flying aboard
a C-9, transporting sick and injured military personnel to all parts of
the country. The airplane's crew recently won an award as being the
most efficient C-9 medical evacuation team in the world. He has saved
lives, he loves people, and he loves God.
"'For love healeth the wounded; it binds up the brokenhearted;
it makes for understandings where differences have arisen. For GOD
IS love.' (688-4)"