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Rheumatoid Arthritis

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The seventh in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.

Rheumatoid Arthritis
Josephine Adamson, MD


 wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that often initially affects the small joints in the hands and feet. Unlike the wear-and-tear bone damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the membranes lining the joints, causing a painful swelling that can eventually result in bone erosion and joint deformity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are more than 1.5 million Americans with rheumatoid arthritis (compared to 27 million with osteoarthritis.)


An autoimmune disorder, RA occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's tissues. In addition to causing joint problems all over the body, rheumatoid arthritis sometimes can affect other organs like the skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels. Many research initiatives are trying to target the cause behind immune system malfunctions like RA. Current theory involves a possible environmental (chemical or infectious) trigger for those with genetic susceptibility.


The Mayo Clinic summarizes the common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis as:

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Morning stiffness that may last for hours
  • Firm bumps of tissue under the skin on the arms (rheumatoid nodules)
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss

Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms may vary in severity and may even come and go. Treatment focuses on controlling symptoms and preventing joint damage. Anti-inflammatory, immune suppressing, and new Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic (DMARDs) footballdrugs can relieve symptoms and slow disease progression, but the drugs have serious side-effects. Physical therapy and sometimes surgery can also help RA patients.

THE CAYCE READINGS’ PERSPECTIVE ON RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

In Cayce’s day, rheumatoid arthritis was referred to as “atrophic arthritis.” Medical scientists in the early 20th century did not understand the complexities of the human immune system, though they did notice that “atrophic’ arthritis patients presented in a different way than those patients with osteoarthritis. Interestingly, the Cayce readings describe atrophic or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as the body’s reaction to an accumulation of toxins. Scientists today are learning that those toxins are released from the patient’s own cells. Recommended therapy in the Cayce readings focused on supporting the body’s natural healing ability and thus calming the patient’s immune functioning.

THE CAYCE READINGS’ RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TREATING RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The Cayce readings detail four main therapies for RA:

fruits and veggies1. Diet/Assimilations

Changing the diet was a major component in the treatment for RA found in the readings. The readings recommended primarily a fiber-rich, plant-based, diet. For some, figs and dates were suggested to help with the laxative effect of the diet. Vegetable juices, cooked beets, and carrots especially were advocated. One meal of green raw vegetables at noon was frequently suggested.
Fish, fowl, and lamb were described as preferred meats for those with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The readings recommended that no fried foods should ever be used. One patient was told to avoid salt except in kelp or sea salts. Starches and sweets together were to be avoided along with carbonated drinks, alcohol, and stimulants. The readings advised following these diet suggestions to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal.

2. Avoiding Constipation/Eliminations

Though following the diet recommendations above would prevent constipation, the readings also encouraged Epsom salts baths, fume baths, and hot baths to gently stimulate the digestive system. For those who had a significant problem with constipation, colonics were suggested. The readings do not advise colonics, enemas, or cathartics for all with arthritis since these rigorous therapies might lead to chemical imbalances in debilitated patients.

3. massageMassage

Mobilizing and relaxing the body through gentle massage is very important for those with rheumatoid arthritis. The Cayce readings usually recommended massage with pure organic peanut oil. Olive oil and peanut oil, two ounces each, with one ounce of lanolin was also often suggested as a massage oil.

4. Endocrine and Immune Stimulation

The most consistent routine of therapy for arthritis mentioned in the Cayce readings was the combination of Atomidine, Epsom salts baths, and massage. Atomidine, an iodine preparation, was an important supplement for proper health in Cayce’s day. By the 1930’s, however, most Americans received the necessary nutrient of iodine through their diet in the form of iodized table salt. Those with RA should work closely with their healthcare professional to prevent endocrine insufficiencies.

Several Cayce readings recommended that those with severe RA take gold chloride by mouth. Gold salts therapy can be toxic to the kidneys, the liver, and the skin, but has been found to reduce self-destructive immune reactions. Though the patient taking these preparations must be closely monitored by a physician, oral and injectable gold salts are still an important and effective therapy today for severe RA.


The readings also mentioned using appliances like the wet cell battery for gentle stimulation of the immune system. A wet cell battery is a simple chemical battery connected to the body via wires and plates to produce a very low direct current. Interestingly, experimental medical treatments like Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) utilize the same theory of electrical stimulation as the wet cell battery.


medicineThough RA is a very painful condition, the Cayce readings warned of the side effects of sedatives and narcotics: "... injections and sedatives … are just clogging the body further and will make the body become more and more useless for activity later on." (3363-1)


Rheumatoid Arthritis remains a painful and challenging disease today, as it was in Edgar Cayce’s day. By understanding the healing principles found both in the Cayce readings and today’s scientific research, new therapies will be developed that are effective and have fewer side effects.



JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.


A.R.E. Members can download several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on arthritis including Arthritis: Rheumatoid from our online member section.

 

Stroke Wellness Wednesday

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The sixth in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.

STROKE
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor



wellnessWednesday06-2015Each year, more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke. More than 130,000 die as a result, and many more suffer significant disability. A stroke, or "brain attack," occurs when blood circulation to the brain fails. Brain cells die from decreased blood flow and the resulting lack of oxygen. There are two broad categories of stroke: those caused by a blockage of blood flow and those caused by bleeding. The most frequent cause, responsible for about 80 percent of strokes, is blockage of a blood vessel in the brain or neck.


Knowing the warning signs and controlling the risk factors will lower the risk of death and disability from stroke. Warning signs are clues the body sends that the brain is not receiving enough oxygen. The presence of one or more of these signs is a message to call 911!


  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.
  • Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or trouble understanding speech.
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness, or sudden falls, especially with any of the other signs.

Other danger signs that may occur include double vision, drowsiness, and nausea or vomiting. Sometimes the warning signs may last only a few moments and then disappear. These brief episodes, known as transient ischemic attacks or TIAs, are sometimes called "mini-strokes."

Controlling the risk factors of stroke will decrease the likelihood of a stroke occurring. Some of the most important treatable risk factors are:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Standard medical treatment for stroke, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), usually involves emergency medical care to address the acute condition, hospitalization for drug therapy and possible surgery, and rehabilitation to improve physical ability and reduce dependence.


STROKE IN THE CAYCE READINGS


Stroke Stroke was called "apoplexy" during the era in which Edgar Cayce gave readings. In the eighty readings indexed as stroke, "systemic toxicity" was one of the common causes mentioned. Specifically, hypertension (high blood pressure) was often linked to problems with constipation or poor eliminations. The readings also warn that endocrine (gland) failure to provide the substances needed to maintain the walls of the circulatory system may result in a stroke.


The therapeutic approach advocated in the Cayce readings is based on the concept of innate healing: the body has the natural ability to heal itself, even when the illness involves serious neurological pathology. Although a full physical recovery is not promised in every case, most of the readings contain indications of a positive outcome if the suggested therapies are applied consistently and persistently.


These basic therapies were encouraged to assist with the healing process and help to prevent future strokes:


The Wet Cell Battery


To help stroke victims recover, the readings advised using a wet cell battery, a simple chemical battery which is connected to the body via wires and plates and produces a very low direct current. The appliance was recommended to help the body heal the nervous system damage. Typically, a massage was to follow immediately after each 30-minute wet cell session. Interestingly, successful new medical treatments like Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) utilize the same theory of electrical stimulation as the wet cell battery. (Wet cells are available from the official Cayce Care supplier, Baar Products at Baar.com.)


Diet


Changing the diet to improve nutrition and prevent constipation was typically advised. The most important aspects of the recommended diet include: a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, limited meat, no fried foods, and no junk food (high sugar, starch, and fat-laden snacks). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) today recommends a diet very similar to the recommendations of the basic Cayce diet.


Hydrotherapy


The Cayce material and modern health science both recommend drinking plenty of water each day to keep the digestive tract moving freely. The readings also advise monthly colonic irrigation to assist eliminations through the colon.


Spinal Adjustments and Massage


The readings often recommended spinal adjustments to correct problems with the nervous system. It is difficult to obtain the osteopathic adjustments specified by the Cayce material, but a chiropractor may be of some help. Massages after each wet cell session are encouraged.


Exercise


Moderate daily exercise is encouraged to prevent stroke and assist in healing after a stroke. Walking is a good place to start for many people. The Cayce "head and neck exercise" may be helpful for persons experiencing sensory system impairment. Try to be outdoors in the open when practical. It is important for anyone with health issues to check with a physician before beginning any new physical activity.


Head and neck exercises
The Cayce "head and neck exercise"


Ideals and Attitudes


Working with attitudes and emotions is an important aspect of healing. Maintaining a positive attitude and applying the spiritual, mental and physical (lifestyle) recommendations found in the Cayce material will assist in stroke prevention and recovery. The Cayce readings encourage a strong spiritual emphasis in dealing with stroke recovery:

But grow first in grace, in knowledge and then apply the mechanical sources for the healing and correcting of the body. (Edgar Cayce Reading 3684-1)

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JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.


A.R.E. Members can download a circulating file—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic— Stroke/Apoplexy (Cerebral Hemorrhage) from our online member section.


Hypertension Wellness Wednesday

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The fifth in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.

HYPERTENSION
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor



wellness Wednesday blog05-20-015WHAT IS HYPERTENSION?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is an elevation in overall blood pressure, which is the force created by the heart as it pushes blood through the circulatory system. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers: the first, or top number, is the "systolic" pressure, created when the heart contracts; the second, or bottom number, is the "diastolic" pressure, or the period during which the heart relaxes. Normal blood pressure at rest is 120/80 or lower.


Hypertension affects about 70 million Americans (1 in every 3 adults.) The incidence of hypertension in the United States has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Elevated blood pressure means that the heart is working harder than normal, putting both the heart and the arteries under greater strain. Chronic high blood pressure may contribute to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and eye damage. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 7 out of 10 people having their first heart attack have high blood pressure, and 8 out of 10 people having their first stroke have high blood pressure.


A small percentage of people with hypertension have kidney or adrenal problems. Another small percentage have an underlying genetic factor. In the vast majority of people with high blood pressure, however, lifestyle-related issues play a huge role. A diet high in salt and sugar, physical inactivity, obesity, drinking too much alcohol, and tobacco use are all associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure.


THE READINGS’ PERSPECTIVE ON HYPERTENSION


HypertensionThe Edgar Cayce readings were all given before 1945. Obesity rates in the United States before 1945 were only a fraction of what they are today. Processed high-sodium foods were rare then, and most Americans were physically active. It is likely that the readings for hypertension that were given then were for individuals who had different causes of hypertension than most Americans of today.


The readings described what science has recently illustrated: how engorgements and clogs in the tiny capillaries and blood vessels slow blood flow and demand extra force (higher blood pressure) from the heart to pump the blood through the system and back to the heart to be replenished with oxygen.



THE CAYCE READINGS’ RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TREATING HYPERTENSION


Though the Cayce readings about hypertension may have been more generalizable 100 years ago, most of the therapeutic recommendations are, interestingly, widely applicable for Americans today. A positive attitude, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, moderate exercise, quitting smoking and excessive alcohol use—all of these Cayce recommendations have been shown in current medical studies to decrease blood pressure. Detailed therapeutic summaries from the readings include:

  • AVOIDING CONSTIPATION/INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight glasses of pure water daily, colonic irrigations (preferably) or enemas, and cleansing diet of fresh fruits and vegetables. Castor oil packs across the abdomen are recommended to improve eliminations. Regular exercise and a plant-based, whole food diet will prevent constipation from becoming a problem.
  • SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: For those individuals who have a neurological component to their hypertension, osteopathic or chiropractic treatment was recommended to relieve any pressures that may be hindering circulation. Special attention is to be paid to the thoracic vertebrae (2nd to 9th thoracic) as this portion of the spine was often cited in the Cayce readings on hypertension. If osteopathic or chiropractic treatment is not available, the use of an electric vibrator along the spine may be helpful. Finally, gentle massage is suggested to relax the body and balance the circulation.
  • DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet, intended to improve assimilation and elimination, is what modern literature refers to as Mediterranean: olive oil, fresh vegetables, almonds, poultry, seafood, and limited consumption of meat. The readings recommended avoiding foods which produce toxicity and drain the system, like fried foods and refined sugary carbohydrates ("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
  • RADIAL APPLIANCE (Radiac®): The Radial Appliance, also known as the Radiac, is a subtle energy device frequently recommended by Edgar Cayce to balance the circulation and relax the body. Most people do not feel anything during a treatment session but notice improved sleep and a sense of well-being with repeated use. The Cayce readings emphasized the importance of maintaining a positive attitude while attached to the appliance and encouraged individuals to meditate during the therapy sessions. Though there are no scientific studies to research its use, there have been no reported side-effects.
  • MODERATE EXERCISE: Moderate exercise is an important aspect of balanced living. Walking was a favorite exercise recommended by Edgar Cayce for people suffering from high blood pressure. A daily walk after dinner is a good place to start.
  • ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing are frequently discussed in the Cayce readings. Particularly, an attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important. A positive mental and emotional attitude can be created and maintained by focusing on a higher purpose (ideal) for being healed.

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JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.


A.R.E. Members can download a circulating file—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on Hypertension from our online member section.

 

Depression - Wellness Wendesday

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The fourth in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.

Depression
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor



wellness Wednesday 05Depression is more than sadness or grief during a difficult situation. Depression is characterized by unrelenting or recurring negative feelings in body, mind, and spirit: dejection, lack of hope, sleep disruption, physical pain, feelings of worthlessness, and diminished ability to think or concentrate. When severely depressed, individuals may also have persistent thoughts of death and suicide.


CAUSES OF DEPRESSION

Research suggests that there are probably many causes of depression. In recent years, great emphasis has been placed on the biology of depression. Scientists have explored the relationship between faulty chemistry in the nervous system and depressive symptoms. Specifically, research has focused on the chemical messengers (called neurotransmitters) which nerve cells use to communicate with each other. If there is a problem with certain neurotransmitters in the brain, communication between nerve cells may be inhibited.  When this chemical dysfunction occurs in the areas of the brain associated with emotion and cognition, depression may result. Presumably, the antidepressant drugs prescribed by medical doctors can therapeutically alter the chemical messengers used by nerve cells, resulting in better communication within the brain. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the number of Americans, especially women, receiving prescriptions for antidepressant medication has skyrocketed more than 400% in the past 15 years. Unfortunately, these medications are often ineffective and may come with significant side-effects.


THE CAYCE READING'S PERSPECTIVE ON DEPRESSION


Depression Wellness WednesdayThe Cayce material was decades ahead of medical research in providing graphic descriptions of nervous system pathology in cases of depression. The readings use the expression "lapse of nerve impulse" to portray the breakdown in nerve cell communication. The readings give many reasons for this characteristic "lapse in nerve impulse."  In numerous cases, hormone dysfunction was cited as a major source of the problem. The explanation found in the readings was that the nervous system is dependent upon the glands of the body to provide the chemicals essential for normal nerve cell functioning.  Significantly, modern medical research has also documented the involvement of endocrine glands in depression.


Environmental (including dietary) toxicity is another biological cause of depression found frequently in the readings. Some readings detail how the absorption of toxins into a nerve fiber can result in a "deadening" effect to the nervous system, which may lead to the characteristic "lapse in nerve impulse" of depression. Modern scientific research is currently examining the role of environmental and dietary toxins in psychiatric illnesses.


While the Cayce perspective has many similarities to the modern medical (biochemical) model of depression, there are important differences.  Instead of relying on medication, the readings recommended more natural methods, "holistic" therapies to help the body to bring its faulty biochemistry back into a healthy state.  Another difference is the role of mental and spiritual factors that may lead to depression of the nervous system. The readings describe how psychospiritual causes, such as unhealthy attitudes, or a lack of spiritual direction in a person's life, can precede nervous system pathology.


The readings contain many examples of mentally (i.e., psychosomatically) induced depression.  "Mind is the builder" is a prominent theme in the readings and is based upon the inherent association of mental processes with the nervous system. Self-condemnation was a particularly destructive mental pattern frequently noted in cases of depression. Failure to live up to an ideal (or even have an idea) was sometimes cited as a primary source of mental depression.  


TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEPRESSION


Although treatment recommendations mentioned in the readings varied, the therapies below represent some of the common suggestions for treating and preventing depression that are readily available to us today.

  • AVOIDING CONSTIPATION: Avoiding constipation and dehydration are high priorities, because the readings cite toxins as a common causal factor associated with depression. Hydrotherapy (fume baths and colonic irrigation), manual therapy, massage, exercise, and a healthy diet can all improve eliminations.
  • MANUAL THERAPY: Manual therapy (spinal manipulation and massage) assist in establishing better coordination between the central and peripheral nervous systems to help the "lapse in nerve impulse" of depression.
  • OUTDOOR EXERCISE: The readings consistently stress the importance of moderate outdoor exercise for relaxation, improving eliminations, and in certain cases, as a form of phototherapy (the use of light to treat illness.)  Phototherapy has been used for centuries as a natural means of treating depression. Current research into the effects of vitamin D on depression reinforces the readings’ recommendations. Exercise likewise releases feel-good natural chemicals in the brain.
  • SERVICE TO OTHERS: The spiritual phase of the basic model of treating depression encourages persons to take a broader perspective. Altruistic service provides a sense of interpersonal connectedness which can be extremely therapeutic in the treatment of depression. The Cayce material often recommended that depressed persons find someone who is in a worse condition and help them. Often the best way of helping self is to help others.
  • CONTEMPLATION and MEDITATION: The readings also consistently recommend that persons suffering from depression read and study inspirational material. Consistent with his Christian religious orientation, Edgar Cayce showed a preference for the Bible as a source of inspiration. Certain passages were repeatedly recommended for persons suffering from depression (most often the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy and the 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th chapters of John).

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Depression is a significant problem in today’s world, with almost 10% of adult Americans suffering from clinical depression. (CDC, 2014.) Modern medical research is confirming the effectiveness of the timeless holistic therapies for depression recommended years ago in the Edgar Cayce readings.



JJosephine Adamson, MDJosephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A former co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.


A.R.E. Members can download a circulating file—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on Depression from our online member section.

 

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