Vol. 1  No. 3   September, 1997

MS Participants Report Improved Symptoms

Doug Richards, Meridian Institute’s research director, has completed the research report on the group of subjects who participated in a research project on the Cayce approach to treating multiple sclerosis (MS).

Nine participants took part in the research project to explore the effectiveness of the Edgar Cayce treatment recommendations for MS.  They spent 10 days in a live-in treatment and training program in September, 1996, then went home to continue the treatment protocol.  Of the original nine, seven returned six months later in March, 1997, for a follow-up weekend to assess progress.  Of the two who did not return, one person never began the protocol, due to illness immediately following the initial program.  The other partially followed the protocol, reporting some success, but was unable to return for the follow-up.  One of the seven people who did return had been unable to begin with the protocol until two months before the follow-up.

Physical symptoms were assessed both by physiological measurements of the autonomic nervous system (galvanic skin response and heart rate variability) and by subjective questionnaires.  Mental/emotional/spiritual states were assessed by subjective questionnaires.

Subjects who followed the protocol consistently (but none completely or perfectly) averaged moderate improvement in MS symptoms over six months, on both subjective symptom checklists and questionnaires, and objective measurement of GSR.  Three out of the seven reported major improvement.  The graph on this page illustrates improvement in symptoms over the six month period for the subjects in this project.

This rate of improvement was consistent with the typical Cayce prognosis of gradual improvement over an extended period of time.  Continuation for a full year and attention to complete compliance with the protocol should produce even stronger results.

Multiple sclerosis is a disorder involving the inflam- mation and degeneration of the myelin (a fatty material that insulates nerves) in the brain and spinal cord.  The loss of myelin  is  accompanied  by  a  disruption  in  the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain.  This results in symptoms including balance and coordination problems, weakness (especially in the legs), visual disturbances, fatigue, bladder and bowel problems, and cognitive and emotional disturbances.  In conventional medicine, multiple sclerosis is thought to be an “autoimmune” disease, in which the body attacks its own cells and tissues.  Heredity, infectious, and environmental factors may all play a role.

The Edgar Cayce readings take a very different approach.  They say that the primary cause of multiple sclerosis is a glandular imbalance, caused by improper assimilation of gold, and particularly involving the liver.  The treatment protocol based on Cayce’s recommendations included daily use of the wet cell electrical appliance with gold and Atomidine, massage, diet, and work with ideals, attitudes and emotions, meditation, and breathwork.

Meridian Institute will continue to monitor the progress of the participants of this project in the coming months.  A complete copy of the multiple sclerosis research report is available from Meridian Institute.  The report is also on the Meridian homepage.


One of the important themes emphasized in Meridian Institute research projects is that the process of healing is like a journey.  For some people the journey is relatively short.  For example, some of the people in the psoriasis and migraine projects arrived at a healthy destination within a few months.  Cleaning up and healing the intestines in these disorders is typically faster than regenerating the nervous system (as we have seen in our multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s projects). This should come as no surprise, for we see it over and over in the Cayce readings.

It is important that we monitor progress on the healing journey.  Granted, each individual heals at his/her own pace and healing can occur in various forms. However, we need to be able to inform persons interested in undertaking the Cayce approach as to what the journey may involve, even if we can only do this in a general way.

Doug Richards is continually monitoring the data sheets as they come in and noting patterns of healing which he documents in his research reports.  Another valuable resource is the personal accounts of those who have made the journey.   Jan Radtke was kind enough to send along the following information on the healing journey in some cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).  ALS is a terrible neurological disease which is usually progressive and fatal.  Jan relates:

 “I just got off the phone with David Atkinson (who essentially healed “incurable” ALS symptoms).  I called to coordinate his trip to be with us in October (or so I thought).  What happened was David gave me a dose of enthusiasm (interesting to note that the root of this word means en-theos or “with God”) which was much needed to “keep on keeping on” using the wet cell and other Cayce protocols.

He said in his experience in working with 100+ people diagnosed with ALS, discouragement typically sets in at 3 and 6 month times of using the wet cell.  He wasn’t surprised I was discouraged.  So in case you’re feeling similarly, I’m writing to relay David’s enthusiasm for wet cell and massage.

David said his symptoms continued to worsen until about 9 months, then all kinds of reversals began to occur.  He decided that when he was discouraged at 6 months, since he was still alive (he’d been told he wouldn’t be in the world of the living at 6 months!) that “I’m going to do whatever I can to kick this illness.  I’m a fighter and I want to live and will do whatever I can to stay alive.  You’ve no doubt heard of death with dignity – I’m going to go kicking, that is unless my Creator tells me it’s time to go.”

He said he tells people “unless your social calendar is so busy, why shouldn’t you persist?”  (I wasn’t thinking of stopping, I just wasn’t as enthused.)

David stopped using the wet cell at 14 months usage when he was cured.  I asked if others who used the wet cell 14+ months had had similar experience.  He said he knew of 2 men, one when he started could ONLY move his eyeballs (sure makes me feel grateful for my symptoms!).  After 2 years on the wet cell he can stand on his own and raise his arms etc. and doctors consider his changes a miracle.  The other man is truly a miracle, after using the wet cell 14+ months is now back to work at his law practice, jogging, etc.!!!

This is all to say, there’s GOLD in what we’re doing.  Literally, so keep it up!  This is written for me as well as you!”

Thanks, Jan for passing along this valuable information on the healing process as it pertains to ALS.  Here are further examples of the healing journey for two participants in the Parkinson’s Disease project.

Small Miracles by Ted Lyons

Turning over in bed might not seem to be in the same league with the earth changing events described by Edgar Cayce to be coming in the new millennium but, to someone with Parkinson’s disease, turning over in bed means a great deal.  I don’t know all of the technical reasons why I couldn’t turn over, but that was the case up until last month.

I  would just lie there until my muscles screamed out to MOVE. Then with a great deal of struggle, I would get up and go to the bathroom.  I didn’t really have to go.  I just went as an excuse to move myself and get that achy feeling out of my muscles so I could step.  I would then come back to bed and, in a while, go back to sleep — that is if I was lucky I would go back to sleep.  If I wasn’t lucky that night, I would wind up staring at the ceiling for a couple of hours.

Sleep is something most people don’t think about much, until they don’t get enough.  With Parkinson’s it is particularly important to sleep well.  The entire next day depends upon the quality of sleep I get the night before.  I know immediately upon arising how well I have slept.  If I have slept well I can walk.  If I haven’t I am a Parkinson’s stumble bum falling over my own feet.  The doctors call it festination, but it reminds me of Tim Conway on the old Carroll Burnett show when he played a very old man.  He would take very tiny rapid steps and move what seemed like a foot an hour.  In fact when we were with the Parkinson’s group in Virginia beach, we had a foot race.  The last one to cross the finish line won.

I have been turning over in bed for a month now, and the habit of getting up to move my muscles is slowly being broken.

One bit of trivia I have known is that it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.  It should be easy to smile.  But it’s not.  When your face is frozen into a mask a smile feels like a grimace.  I asked Glen, another Parkinson’s patient, how he improved his smile so much.  He said I practice in front of a mirror.  My girlfriend Grace hung a mirror up over my computer and I’ll be darned, it works.  My smile is not bad now, either.

What could this mean?  Is the A.R.E. Parkinson’s program utilizing the wet cell working?  Are there more improvements to come?  Am I being cured of this horrible disease?  I now have more sleep and just as importantly, more hope.  Turning in bed and smiling may not seem like much to anyone else, but to me they are small miracles.

Thank you God.

GLEN’S CHECK-UP by Glen Goessman

I was diagnosed as having Parkinson’s Disease nearly five years ago.  The time came last month for me to have my annual physical exam.  The first part of the exam was carried out by a G P and was followed up a week later by my neurologist.  In the year since I had last seen them, my physical condition had greatly improved.  I had taken part in a work shop sponsored by the A.R.E. and the Meridian Institute.  The program was based on principles espoused by Edgar Cayce and methods revealed in his readings, including use of the wet cell battery, dietary recommendations, exercise, breath work, and massage.  The work also included work with dreams and chiropractic therapy as well as spiritual meditation.  All were supposed to be incorporated into a daily practice.

My GP was surprised at the improvement in my strength and my general physical condition.  “To what cause did I attribute this general all around progress?” he asked.  When I mentioned Edgar Cayce and The A.R.E., he looked confused and changed the subject.

The next week I was met with the same questions by my neurologist, who also said he had discussed my greatly improved health with the first doctor.  I started to tell him about the Edgar Cayce foundation and the other practices that I was doing in my life.  He looked at me with incredulity and stated, “Well, whatever you are doing, keep it UP.

That is just what I intend to do!

Graph of changes in subjective MS symptom rating 1 = Much improved.  2 = Moderately improved.  3 = Slightly improved. 
4 = No change from baseline. 
5 = Slightly worse.  6 = Moderately worse.  7 = Much worse.