Vol. 3 No. 5 September, 1999
MERIDIAN INSTITUTE NEWS
Hypertension Project Lowers Blood Pressure
As many as 1 in 4 American adults has high blood pressure (hypertension), but most are unaware of it. Because high blood pressure has no obvious symptoms or warning signs, it is often called the “silent killer.” People may not find out they have it until they have trouble with their heart, brain, or kidneys; it can lead to a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. For the past six months, three people with high blood pressure have been following a treatment protocol based on the Cayce readings, with very good results.
Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Each time the heart beats, it pumps out blood into the arteries. Your blood pressure is at its greatest when the heart contracts and is pumping the blood. This is called systolic pressure. When the heart is at rest, in between beats, your blood pressure falls. This is the diastolic pressure. Blood pressure is reported with two numbers: the systolic pressure over the diastolic pressure. Normal blood pressure is less than 130/85. All three participants began the project with blood pressures higher than normal for both numbers.
In conventional medicine, the cause of hypertension is not known. Edgar Cayce attributed high blood pressure in most cases to an “improper equilibrium of the circulation,” due to a lack of coordination in the nervous system. He also spoke of osteopathic lesions in the spine, and of problems in the digestive tract. For example, difficulties with elimination and “accumulations” in the colon were cited at times, leading to an “overquantity of blood.” In Cayce’s treatment recommendations, diet was emphasized repeatedly, as was the need for patience, persistence and faith in carrying out the treatments. Other suggestions included colonic irrigations, the radial appliance for equalizing circulation, and eating a lemon early in the morning.
The three participants spent 10 days in November in Virginia Beach, receiving information and training in the recommended therapies, so that they could return home and successfully follow the treatment regimen. The treatment regimen consisted of a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, with low fat, no fried foods, and little starch. It included occasional colonic irrigations, the radial appliance, and some chiropractic adjustments. Of particular importance was a focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the treatment.
Six months later, in May, they returned, with the following results, based on monthly averages of daily blood pressure measurements:
Person 1: November 142/90, May 128/78
Person 2: November 162/92, May 142/82
Person 3: November-January 158/88, May 153/83 (November through January were averaged,
due to small numbers of measurement)
Persons 1 and 2, neither of whom were using any medications, had major reductions in blood pressure. Person 3 had only a small reduction, but was able to decrease her medication, and felt better from less medication side effects.
Diet seemed to be the most important factor in the blood pressure reduction. According to the daily logs the people kept, all were very faithful in sticking to the Cayce diet. This was an impressive success, since fidelity to the diet had been one of the more difficult aspects of our protocols. They also each received from 6 to 8 colonic irrigations over the six months. Use of the radial appliance to equalize circulation was somewhat sporadic.
Especially encouraging was the success in blood pressure reduction despite stressful life events, without medication. For example, Person 1 experienced a move and a major change of employment. He noted that there was “currently a substantial amount of stress associated with the new job.pressure goes up at work.” Yet his morning and evening pressures consistently continued to fall.
There remain more aspects of the treatments to explore. More consistent use of the radial appliance, colonic irrigations on a reliable schedule, and guidance on food preparation might all contribute to even stronger results in the future.
Health Professionals Symposium
The 4th annual Cayce Health Professionals Symposium was held at the A.R.E. Conference Center September 18 and 19. The conference was co-sponsored by the A.R.E. and Meridian Institute and featured presentations by Meridian Institute personnel, Cayce oriented health professionals and HRRC staff.
The Saturday session began with a presentation by Douglas Richards, Ph.D. on the Cayce approach to therapy using gold. Gold appeared prominently in the readings, especially in relation to glandular and neurological disorders. Dr. Richards showed how, historically, gold has been used in the treatment of a variety of disorders, but is often toxic in the doses needed for effective therapy. The Cayce readings solve the toxicity problem by delivering the gold either vibratorially through the wet cell battery, or orally in very small doses.
The next presentation by Eric Mein, M.D. and Deborah Thompson, R.N., was a demonstration of a technique that uses skin temperature to assess disorders within the body. Computerized Regulatory Thermography (CRT) measures the temperature at several locations on the surface of the body associated with organ and visceral function. Based on measurement of temperature variations, a computer program shows patterns of stressed function. Edgar Cayce sometimes noted that certain areas of the body were prone to temperature variations which could be linked to patterns of disease.
There was also a demonstration of an infrared neurocalometer, a device recommended in Cayce reading 480-44. The neurocalometer measures temperature along either side of the spine as an indication of nervous system coordination and somatic dysfunction. As with CRT, a powerful computer program provides data and graphic printouts of the assessment.
In the afternoon Eric Mein and Deborah Thompson returned to demonstrate live blood analysis using dark field microscopy. This is another way to assess disease according to Cayce reading 283-2 which foresaw that, “The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body.” Sandra Duggan, R.N., followed this presentation with a talk on digestion and enzyme therapy. Saturday’s session concluded with a question and answer period directed to a panel consisting of the Meridian Institute researchers and HRRC staff.
The Sunday morning session was launched with a presentation on the Cayce Comprehensive Symptom Inventory (CCSI). David McMillin, M.A., creator of the instrument, discussed the administration and interpretation of the instrument using a typical Cayce physical reading as a template. The psychometric characteristics (reliability and validity) of the CCSI were also addressed. Symposium attendees were encouraged to complete the CCSI and two other inventories to provide normative data for the CCSI.
Chiropractor Carl Nelson concluded the symposium with a lecture and demonstration of basic manual therapy concepts from the Cayce readings and the early manual therapy literature. Dr. Nelson’s lecture began with a brief historical overview of manual therapy followed by a discussion of key concepts such as drainages, coordination, and general treatment. A video tape of Dr. Nelson’s presentation is available from Meridian Institute.
The Cayce Health Professionals Symposium for 2000 will be held at the A.R.E. Conference Center at Virginia Beach during the weekend of September 15-17. This gathering of practitioners and researchers will feature reports on Cayce oriented health research, demonstrations of therapeutic techniques recommended in the readings, and interdisciplinary presentations on the integration of spirituality and healing. We are 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.