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Coronary Heart Disease

(Edgar Cayce Readings, Holistic Health, Wellness Wednesday) Permanent link

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

Coronary Heart Disease
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor



Wellness Wednesday 04-01-2015Coronary heart disease (CHD) causes 25% of all U.S. adult deaths and is the number one killer of both men and women. The small coronary arteries that supply the beating heart with oxygen become partially or completely blocked with calcified and fibrotic fatty deposits (atherosclerosis). When the heart muscle doesnt receive enough oxygen, the person may experience chest pain and a heart attack.


High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for coronary heart disease. About half of Americans have at least one of these three risk factors. Other factors that lead to coronary heart disease include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.


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Edgar Cayce gave 54 readings encompassing the full range of this disease process: from those he warned of the early stages of atherosclerotic plaque formation, to one man who had already had two heart attacks. The Edgar Cayce readings propose that these "growths ...of an insidious nature" result from a combination of poor eliminations, an unbalanced circulation, and a diet productive of an "excess of avoirdupois" or fat in the bloodstream.


The readings describe two factors that play a role in developing atherosclerotic plaque: diet and improper balance in fat digestion. First was diet, which is now known to play a direct role in determining our blood cholesterol levels. The Cayce readings consistently recommended a diet that recent discoveries have shown to lower blood cholesterol.


The second factor, balance, is a bit more complicated.  A combination of factors in the body could produce "a lack of balance in the chemical forces of the assimilating system" and affect the lacteal ducts in the small intestine. The majority of fats—unlike proteins and carbohydrates, which go through the bloodstream to the liver—are absorbed through the lacteal ducts into the lymph circulation before eventually joining the blood. Cayce implied that fats at times were absorbed incorrectly and that this could also contribute to the formation of these "lymph pockets" (a fascinating reference to the atherosclerotic plaques since the lymph carries the digested fat). The liver and colon are unable to process the fatty toxins that form the atherosclerotic lesions and, in the later stages of the disease, place a direct burden on the heart.


TREATMENT:


The Cayce readings approach to coronary heart disease included the following major areas:

  1. DIET—The three most common dietary changes suggested in the Cayce materials were the elimination of red meat, fried foods, and fats. Numerous contemporary studies have shown that eliminating these foods will lower one’s total blood cholesterol and improve the ratio of "good" to "bad" lipids in the blood. In one reading, he told the individual that the fats in chicken and seafood (as opposed to those in red meat), along with olive oil, would be beneficial. Current research has demonstrated that fish oil and monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) can decrease one’s risk of coronary heart disease.
  2. OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIONS AND MASSAGE—The Edgar Cayce readings proposed that bodywork would help balance the circulation and the sympathetic (fight or flight) nervous system and play a role in lowering blood pressure, all decreasing strain on the heart. Health researchers have found sustained decreases in blood pressure following a series of massage sessions.
  3. AVOIDING CONSTIPATION/USE OF COLONICS—Colonic irrigation of the colon was recommended for 27 individuals in all stages of CHD. The role of this cleansing was to improve the eliminations and help remove "poisons" from the bloodstream. Modern dietary recommendations all include increasing the amount of fiber in the diet. 
  4. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY—The Cayce readings recommended rest to individuals who were experiencing chest pain and other clinical symptoms of CHD. Activity or excitement places a stress on the heart and causes the heart muscle to require more oxygen. As the condition improved, activity could be gradually increased. The readings also suggested that those people with heart disease who were resting spend more time outdoors. In contrast, for one individual with only early pre-symptomatic disease, exercise was recommended as being useful.
  5. RADIO-ACTIVE [RADIAL] APPLIANCE—The readings recommended the use of a radial appliance to 10 individuals. This device, which consists of a capacitor and a resistor in parallel, was said to use the body’s own electrical force to help equalize the circulation. It was also seen as being helpful "to quiet and ease the body without disturbing the other portions of the system." Some basic research done on this device found no currents or voltages in the wires connected to an individual. Research on how this device might help balance an individual’s circulation would be interesting.
  6. ABDOMINAL PACKS—Different types of abdominal packs, like castor oil packs, were recommended to help the liver to function properly and to encourage movement in the digestive system.
  7. MEDICATION—The Cayce readings presented a fairly balanced perspective on the use of medication with CHD. The readings recommended one individual gradually taper his medication, but encouraged another five people to continue their medicine.
 

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The Cayce readings were ahead of their time (1905-1944) in describing the important lifestyle changes that doctors recommend today. Recommended dietary changes—eliminating red meat and fried foods, adding healthy monounsaturated fats, eating more fish—certainly are in line with current studies that emphasize a plant-based "Mediterranean" diet with no processed or fried foods. The readings also encouraged daily exercise and outdoor activities to prevent heart disease. The Cayce materials and modern medicine also agree that stress reduction and a positive attitude are important in decreasing the chances of dying from this common disease.



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 several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on Hypertension, and Heart: Coronary Thrombosis(Coronary Heart Disease]) from our online member section.


 

Type II Diabetes

(Edgar Cayce Readings, Holistic Health, Wellness Wednesday) Permanent link

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

Type II Diabetes
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor



Health blog 0320`5The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2014, 32 million people in the United States had diabetes. Most of these cases were Type ll diabetes. Diabetes usually begins in adults of all races and ethnicities over age 20, and is most common after age 55. Nearly one third of people with diabetes are unaware of their condition, because symptoms may be vague and often develop gradually. Diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves and decrease life expectancy.


Although there is no known medical cure for diabetes, daily treatment helps control blood sugar and may reduce the risk of complications. Under a doctor's supervision, treatment usually involves a combination of weight loss, exercise, and medication. Some Type II diabetics may require insulin injections.


Diabetes affects the body's ability to use digested food for energy. Diabetes doesn't interfere with digestion, but it does prevent the body from using an important product of digestion—glucose (commonly known as sugar)—for energy.


After a meal the digestive system breaks some food down into glucose. The blood carries the glucose or sugar throughout the body, causing blood glucose levels to rise. In response to this rise, the hormone insulin is released into the bloodstream to signal the body tissues to metabolize or burn the glucose for fuel, causing blood glucose levels to return to normal. A gland called the pancreas, found just behind the stomach, makes insulin. Glucose that the body doesn't use right away goes to the liver, muscles, or fat for storage. In people with Type ll diabetes, the pancreas usually produces some insulin, but the body's tissues don't respond very well to the insulin signal and don't metabolize the glucose properly, a condition called insulin resistance.


The symptoms of diabetes can be hard to identify at first. They may include fatigue, frequent urination (especially at night), and excessive thirst. Other symptoms may include sudden weight loss, blurred vision, slow healing of the skin, as well as gum and urinary tract infections.


EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE


Edgar Cayce provided many psychic readings for individuals who meet current criteria for Type II diabetes.


One cause of diabetes mentioned in the Cayce information is nerve damage to the digestive organs (particularly pancreas and liver). The readings describe that damage occurs when the 5th - 10th thoracic vertebrae press on nerve centers. Spinal adjustment (osteopathic or chiropractic) is a primary Cayce therapy for the treatment of diabetes.


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In addition to spinal adjustments, a root vegetable called the Jerusalem artichoke, also known as the sunchoke, is recommended as a dietary supplement. The readings suggest that eating Jerusalem artichokes may decrease the need for insulin.


Along with spinal manipulations, the recommendation of a plant-based diet, and Jerusalem artichokes, the use of colon hydrotherapy was also recommended to prevent constipation. Moderate exercise was frequently mentioned as well. In the following excerpt, diet is emphasized in addition to moderate general exercise (walking) and specific therapeutic exercise:


(Q) Is the body diabetic?
(A) A tendency.


(Q) What can he do to protect himself against it?
(A) As indicated, the diet—and exercise of specific characters that tend to tone up and to create a balance.



Keep away from meats, save a little fish or fowl. None of vegetables that are of the pod variety. Those of the natures that grow UNDER the ground are preferable, but plenty also of the leafy variety.


And twice each week take the Jerusalem artichoke, about the size of a hen egg; first raw—say on Tuesdays—and the next time cooked, say on Thursdays, but cooked in its own juices (as in Patapar Paper). Only eat one each time, you see. When cooked, season it to make it palatable, but do not eat the skin—save the juices and mash with the pulp when it is to be eaten. Eat it with the meal, of course; whether it is taken raw or cooked. Do not take it between meals, but at the regular meal.


Eat all of the vegetables especially of the leafy variety; such as spinach, kale or mustards and the like. These, too, should be prepared in their own juices—or in Patapar Paper.


Refrain from tea or coffee, especially if milk or cream is used in same; but these may be taken moderately without such. Refrain from any great quantity of butter or butter fats. None of pastries, or pies; though foods that are of the diabetic sugar—proof nature may be at times taken. Or, the use of beet sugar is preferable to cane…


Then the exercise; walking regularly, and a five to ten minute period of exercise morning and evening. This should not be strenuous, nor too great an exertion at one time, but: Raise the arms gently above the head. Then, with the arms lowered to level, stoop—letting the arms not be extended in front or toward the floor but keeping a balance, see? Then placing hands on hips, gently move as to circulate the body upon the lumbar axis.
(Edgar Cayce reading 1963-2)


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Finally, the Cayce health information consistently maintains that the mental and spiritual aspects of health are important. Therefore, the Cayce readings provide some specific recommendations for working with attitudes, ideals, and behaviors from a holistic perspective.


To summarize the Cayce approach to treating diabetes Type ll:


  • Spinal Adjustment to correct any problems that may exist in the nerve supply to the pancreas and associated organs;
  • Basic Diet recommendations focusing on maintaining balance with an emphasis on natural foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables;
  • Dietary Supplementation with Jerusalem Artichokes to augment the body's natural supply of insulin;
  • Moderate Exercise is encouraged in the form of walking and specific exercises;
  • Colon Hydrotherapy to improve eliminations and functioning throughout the alimentary canal;
  • Ideals Exercise to develop a healing attitude based on spiritual principles.


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 several circulating files—a collection of verbatim Edgar Cayce readings and reading extracts carefully selected and arranged by topic—on Diabetes from our online member section.



February 2015 Update

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February 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi



This is my update for February 2015 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:


YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
We have just moved into the final year of our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign (capital, endowment, and programs)… and we have raised nearly $27 million – just over $3 million to go! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and $6 million raised already toward our $7.5 million capital projects goal, we now need to raise an additional $1.5 million to renovate our Library and Conference Center; new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building. Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through your annual donations as well. We have raised almost $20 million for these great programs already! Join us for our CREATE Campaign “Capstone Year” Celebration event on Friday, March 27 from 5:00-7:00 in the Cayce/Miller Café to get inspired and throw in your support to help us reach the goal.


ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY – NEW DEGREE PROGRAM!
There are so many new and exciting things going on at Atlantic University right now. The University has just been approved to launch a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies! The first cohort will begin Spring semester 2016. Also, we have just hosted a group of outstanding students who are finishing their Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis certificates. These students not only completed three difficult courses to obtain this certificate, they also had to make the trek to Virginia Beach for a four-day in-depth residential. Congratulations to all of these dedicated students for completing all three levels of Regression Hypnosis!


We are accepting applications for Summer 2015! The deadline is March 15, 2015. For more information, go to www.AtlanticUniv.edu.


CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage continues to attract students from all backgrounds and ages, including military veterans, to our exciting program. We recently welcomed 14 new day and evening students to the School this past January. Students can complete their training in as little as 8 months – our next programs will begin in June and September 2015. We are the only school in the Tidewater region that has a specialized, institutional accreditation in massage and bodywork and we also accept Federal financial aid and GI Bill® educational benefits. We are excited about massage student community outreach at local sports events, EMT meetings, and senior care facilities. Our Continuing Education program is also thriving, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please click the link:http://www.edgarcayce.org/ce/ for more information.


Medical Intuition

HEADQUARTERS CONFERENCES
Headquarters Conferences is very excited to have Caroline Myss and Dr. C. Norman Shealy return with their program Medical Intuition: Self-Diagnosis and Healing with Your Body's Energy Systems, April 17-19. They will help you learn how to balance your own psychological, physiological, and physical states to create a life filled with greater health, energy, and vitality, creating within you a whole, healed and balanced state of being. Early registration is encourages as this program is on track to sell out! Additionally, we have a very limited number of spots left for our popular Foundation in Hypnosis Training and Certification Course with Dr. Jason Parker. After successful completion of this course, you will be certified in Hypnosis by the A.R.E.


CAFÉ IS NOW OPEN
cafe 2015The Leaping Lizard, a popular Virginia Beach restaurant once featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives featuring Guy Fieri, has opened in the Cayce/Miller Café offering healthy and delicious lunches to A.R.E. visitors, spa clients, conferees, and staff. Menu items include a soup of the day, chicken and tuna salads, hummus, tofu, quinoa, sweet potato biscuits, and much more. Learn more here: http://www.edgarcayce.org/cafe/ 


"CONTEMPORARY CAYCE" and COAST-TO-COAST
Earlier this month, I sat down with A.R.E.’s Marketing Director, Jennie Taylor Martin, to talk about the book I co-authored with Henry Reed, Contemporary Cayce. That interview has been posted on our YouTube Channel at the following link: http://youtu.be/kQCWHfW1Kbc?list=UUnyct2HCC6Q-brUcs6_iO-A.


Last week, I got a call from the popular Coast-to-Coast Radio program and was asked if I would discuss the book this upcoming Saturday, February 21 from 10 pm to 11 pm Pacific Time (1 am to 2 am Eastern Time). The program is the #1 late night radio talk show in the US and is heard by millions of listeners each night. Their website is: www.coasttocoastam.com.


China and Tibet 2015

WALK THE LAND OF YOUR DREAMS – A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
These mystical adventures could soon be featured in your scrapbook or on your Facebook Wall…

  • Southern Spain & Morocco –Led by Peter Woodbury,
    April 11 -22, 2015. Also offering an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert,
    April 22-26, 2015.
  • Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015. Also in the works: an optional extension with a visit to the breathtaking Algonquin Park and a 3-day stay at the nearby Lodge of Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick (authors of An American Prophet)!
    August 16 – 20, 2015!
  • China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken,
    September 15-28, 2015.
  • New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll,
    October 24-31, 2015.

If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at tours@edgarcayce.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!




Thank you for your ongoing support of this great Work!


Ever the same,


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Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO

 

Alzheimer's Dementia

(Edgar Cayce Readings, Holistic Health, Wellness Wednesday) Permanent link

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

ALZHEIMER'S DEMENTIA
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor


brainMore than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia, and it remains the sixth leading cause of death. The term "Alzheimer's disease" was not a formal diagnostic category during Cayce's lifetime; therefore, many of the health readings he gave which appear to be describing Alzheimer-type pathology simply mention “senility” as the problem.


CAUSES

There is a growing recognition of the complexity of major illnesses such as Alzheimer's dementia: the disease may consist of a group of related diseases with different causes, which result in the characteristic destruction of brain tissue associated with Alzheimer's dementia. Certain genetic variants seem to play a part in the disease development in some people. Researchers have not discovered a universal cause in all Alzheimer’s patients.


SYMPTOMS

Like many of the other dementias, Alzheimer's disease results in the progressive loss of "higher" functions, such as thinking, reasoning, and memory. The deterioration is usually gradual, beginning with mild symptoms, such as forgetfulness of minor things like telephone numbers or dental appointments. As the nervous system becomes more incapacitated, patients are unable to process new information and may experience difficulty controlling their bodies. They may also exhibit deep depression, crying spells, or temper tantrums.


While the course of Alzheimer's dementia may vary in individual cases, the ultimate prognosis is the same—incurable, with progressive decline in functioning at all levels. Premature death can be expected, either as the result of the organic deterioration or by related syndromes that are caused or exacerbated by the dementia

TREATMENT

Therapeutic options available for Alzheimer's dementia are mainly limited to adaptive measures. That is, when faced with an incurable progressive illness, the usual strategy is to minimize the effects on patient and family. Rather than directly treating the illness, therapy involves adapting to it.


These adaptive measures range from behavioral interventions (which organize and simplify daily activities) to general physical interventions (such as basic health maintenance). For example, basic health maintenance might involve bowel regulation; constipation is often a problem for persons suffering from Alzheimer's dementia. Dietary changes, drinking adequate water, and the use of laxatives can help to address this problem.


Individual counseling and support groups for caregivers are two additional forms of therapy that can facilitate the process of adaptation. For many families, institutional care (such as nursing homes) represents the final stage of adaptation.

Research has yielded some promising drug therapies over the years. Unfortunately, these drugs have not yet produced consistent results under the rigors of scientific standards of confirmation. Significant research funding is currently directed towards developing successful drug therapies for Alzheimer’s.


Recent novel experiments at Ohio State University and several other medical centers are exploring the use of deep brain stimulation (mild electrical shocks with surgically implanted electrodes) as a way to prevent memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. It is interesting that the Cayce readings also suggest stimulating the electrical circuits in the brain through non-invasive electrotherapy.


body-mind-spiritEDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF DEMENTIA

Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering from dementia. The readings are in close agreement with modern medicine on the physical pathology of the dementias.


Repeatedly, Edgar Cayce provided graphic descriptions of the nervous system deterioration indicative of these disorders. Often, Cayce's perspective was from the inside of the body, like a high-tech probe or brain scan. His portrayal of the delicate interactions within and between the nervous systems is particularly fascinating. The Cayce readings anticipated the results of modern brain research, which regards dementia as a progressive degeneration of nerve tissue in the brain.


However, Edgar Cayce's perspective goes beyond brain pathology. The Cayce readings discuss how the brain is dependent upon the rest of the body. Without the continual removal of metabolic waste and the supplying of nutrients, nerve cells in the brain will die in only a few minutes. Cayce explained that the various organs of assimilation and elimination are important in the cause and treatment of dementias such as Alzheimer's dementia. Cayce also emphasized the importance of “drainages” and nervous system coordination.


Edgar Cayce also recommended the use of electrotherapy to stimulate nerve regeneration. The use of psychological techniques such as hypnotherapy were suggested. Finally, the spiritual aspects of treatment were also strongly emphasized.


To summarize, Edgar Cayce provided numerous readings describing the pathological process and giving recommendations for the treatment of dementia. In general, his approach was to assist the body in cleansing and nurturing the nerve tissue in the brain by a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual therapies. In fact, Edgar Cayce even provided a “formula” for rebuilding the brain in cases of dementia.


CAYCE'S FORMULA FOR REBUILDING THE BRAIN

In reading 1800-16, Edgar Cayce laid out the basics of a treatment approach for dementia:


  1. Electrotherapy with gold and silver "vibratory" solutions.
  2. Spinal manipulations (osteopathic, massage, and chiropractic) to improve nervous system coordination and eliminations.
  3. Suggestive therapeutics (a form of natural hypnosis).
  4. Patience (a key spiritual attribute).
  5. Optimizing general health, including improved assimilations, circulation, and eliminations.

Adapted from an article by David McMillin.



Jo Adamson Women's HealthJosephine 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.

 

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