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RESEARCHING THE SPIRIT-MIND-BODY CONNECTION
The 6th annual Cayce Health Professional's Symposium
was held at the A.R.E. Conference Center September 14-16. The conference,
co-sponsored by the A.R.E. and Meridian Institute, featured a wide variety
of lectures, workshops, and experiences for participants. Due to
difficulty with air transportation, some of the scheduled speakers could
not attend and the program was adjusted accordingly.
The Friday night session began with a lecture by
Douglas Richards, Ph.D. titled "Neurobiology and Transformational Experience."
Dr. Richards' presentation focused on the relationship between brain physiology
and altered states of consciousness ranging from temporal lobe epilepsy
to psychic experiences. Audience participation in the discussion
following the talk centered on the emerging field of "neurotheology" and
new ideas on brain-mind interactions.
The latter part of the evening featured a "Color
Meditation" by Sarah Cobb. The association of patterns of color to
spiritual centers (sometimes called chakras) is widely recognized by meditators
and spiritual healers. The meditative experience was greatly appreciated
as an expression of attunement on the "National Day of Prayer and Remembrance."
The first Saturday morning session also featured
Sarah Cobb presenting on "Cayce, Vision and Early Osteopathy." A
slideshow reviewed the results of a study of 437 cases from the Cayce readings
where various forms of light therapy were prescribed. Specifically,
the use of ultraviolet, violet ray, and infrared therapy were examined.
The second portion of the talk dealt with the cause and treatment of vision
problems in the Cayce readings. Spinal subluxations, poor eliminations
and dysfunctional attitudes were often cited by Edgar Cayce as contributing
to vision problems. Osteopathy, electrotherapy, diet and attitude
adjustment were common treatments for these conditions.
The second presentation of the morning was given
by a trio consisting of George Amberman, M.D., Eric Mein, M.D. and David
McMillin, M.A. The topic was "Cayce in the Clinic." The interactive
forum explored the challenges of applying the Cayce approach in a family
practice setting. Educational handouts, videos, and treatment specific
protocols were presented as tools for the clinician and patient.
Audience feedback provided diverse opinions on the theory and practice
of clinical integration of the Cayce concepts and related alternative medicine
approaches into mainstream clinical settings.
The final morning presentation featured Peter VanDaam
who explained and demonstrated Edgar Cayce's approach to exercise and fitness.
The importance of viewing exercise from a holistic lifestyle perspective
was emphasized with personal anecdotes and stories from the Cayce readings.
Proper attitude and consistency were cited as essential components in any
exercise program. The exercise session that followed the lecture
was both educational and invigorating.
Immediately after lunch, David McMillin, M.A. presented
a scholarly paper titled "Diet and Urinary pH: A Preliminary Study and
Brief Discussion of Relevance to Infectious Disease." The paper was
based on a study conducted in conjunction with a residential research program.
The hypothesis that eating a diet consisting primarily of alkaline-reacting
foods increased urinary pH was supported by the data. A literature
review linked these findings to other research indicating a connection
between increased acidity and vulnerability to infectious disease such
as cold and flu. The conclusion was that eating an alkaline diet
may help prevent certain infectious diseases. Ideas for further research
in this field were also discussed.
Two afternoon breakout sessions provided diversity
for attendees. David McMillin, M.A. explained Edgar Cayce's recommendations
for "Electric Vibrator Therapy." In over two hundred readings Cayce
suggested using hand-held electric vibrator as an alternative to osteopathic
treatment and adjunct to chiropractic treatment. A general treatment
format was demonstrated. The use of the vibrator for some specific
conditions was also discussed.
Carl Nelson, D.C. gave a workshop on manual therapy
techniques practiced by the early osteopathic physicians and recommended
by Edgar Cayce. Utilizing several massage tables in the massotherapy
classroom, Dr. Nelson's presentation provided hands-on training in general
treatment techniques recommended by Edgar Cayce as practiced by the manual
therapists of that era.
The Cayce Health Symposium for 2002 will be held
at the A.R.E. Conference Center at Virginia Beach during the weekend of
September 13-15. This gathering of practitioners and researchers
will feature reports on Meridian Institute research projects, hands-on
training of therapeutic techniques prescribed by Edgar Cayce, and strategies
for implementing the Cayce approach in the modern health care environment.
We are also 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.
For those who were unable to attend the symposium,
audio tapes of most of the presentations are available from A.R.E. Member
Services (800-333-4499). Audio excerpts (RealPlayer) and pictures
from some of the talks are on the Meridian Institute website.
PAGANO SPEAKS AT PSORIASIS CONFERENCE
On June 22, 23, and 24, 2001, the National Psoriasis
Foundation (NPF), the largest psoriasis organization in the world, held
its 8th International World Conference on Psoriasis in San Francisco, with
a record-breaking attendance of international dermatologists as well as
patients afflicted with the disease.
This annual event focuses on the latest medical research
on psoriasis with the world's most distinguished medical specialists in
the field. Every aspect of controlling the disease from the latest topical,
systemic and combination therapies, as well as gene research, was presented
to the many in attendance.
For the first time, Dr. John O.A. Pagano, Chiropractic
Physician from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey was asked to participate as
a featured speaker in the symposium and share with the audience his experiences
in dealing with this skin disease. From the outset, Dr. Pagano made
it clear that the inspiration for his dealing with the disease came from
the discourses by Edgar Cayce. For over thirty years he has worked with
the readings, and, combined with his own discoveries, worked out a treatment
protocol (regimen) that has brought relief and healing to hundreds of his
patients. His work culminated in his book HEALING PSORIASIS: The Natural
Dr. Pagano addressed a standing-room-only audience
on both days of the conference. Weeks before the start of the actual conference,
Dr. Pagano had been told by the staff of the NPF that his segments of the
conference entitled "Popular Alternative Approaches" were already sold
out! In his presentations, Dr. Pagano emphasized that it was Edgar Cayce
who first described the cause of psoriasis as being primarily due to thin,
porous intestinal walls that allow toxic elements to pass through and pollute
the bloodstream. The psoriatic lesions form as an external manifestation
of the body's attempt to rid itself of these toxins. While described at
great length in his book, in summary Pagano's entire approach (referred
to by the NPF as the Cayce/Pagano Regimen) focuses on diet and internal
cleansing as the route to take towards alleviation of the disease.
ALMONDS FOUND TO REDUCE CANCER RISKS IN RATS
The Cayce readings state, "Those who would eat two
to three almonds each day need never fear cancer" (Reading 1158-31). But
is there any scientific evidence that almonds are of use in preventing
cancer? There is a report in the April 2001 issue of the medical journal
Cancer Letters that suggests that Cayce was on target, although we still
don't know how strong the preventative effect is in humans. Paul Davis
and Christine Iwahashi of the University of California at Davis studied
the effect of eating almonds on colon cancer in rats. They fed the rats
whole almonds as well as almond oil and almond meal. They also injected
a chemical that induces cancer. After 26 weeks on the almond diet, they
looked at the colons of the rats to see whether cancer was developing.
For control groups, the researchers used rats who were fed either wheat
bran or cellulose, two high fiber foods that can help prevent cancer. The
whole almonds and the oil and meal all had cancer preventative effects.
The whole almonds were especially effective, and were better at inhibiting
the cancer than either wheat bran or cellulose. The authors suggest that
a combination of compounds only found in the whole almonds is necessary
for the full effect. They conclude that "almond consumption may reduce
colon cancer risk and does so via at least one lipid-associated almond
Davis PA, Iwahashi CK. Whole almonds and almond fractions reduce
aberrant crypt foci in a rat model of colon carcinogenesis. Cancer Lett,
2001 Apr 10;165(1):27-33.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized
by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points.
People with this syndrome may also experience sleep disturbances, morning
stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and other symptoms.
During Edgar Cayce's era, this condition was called muscular rheumatism.
Based on readings using this designation and other readings describing
fibroymyalgia symptoms, Meridian Institute created a treatment protocol.
The fibromyalgia protocol developed by Meridian Institute focuses on
several diverse therapies to cleanse and balance the system, including:
Diet, an herbal tonic, spinal adjustments and massage, fume baths, Radial
Appliance (energy medicine), abdominal castor oil packs, enemas, exercise
and developing an ideal attitude for healing.
The Fibromyalgia Protocol was followed very consistently
by a fifty-eight-year-old male for five months beginning November, 2000.
He had experienced fibromyalgia symptoms for about two years previous to
After five months of treatment he rated the severity
of his fibromyalgia as "much improved" stating, "Symptoms have almost disappeared..
Some muscle soreness still there but not so severe and more diffused.
Cramps gone. Sleep pattern better; awake feeling more rested."