Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
WHAT IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disorder affecting
the inner lining of the large intestine. Blood in the stool is the most
common and distinct symptom of ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis
rarely affects the small intestine except for the lower section, the ileum.
The inflammation causes the colon to empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.
As cells on the surface of the lining of the colon die and slough off,
ulcers (tiny open sores) form, causing pus, mucus, and bleeding.
An estimated 250,000 Americans have ulcerative colitis.
It occurs most often in young people ages 15 to 40, although children
and older people sometimes develop the disease. Ulcerative colitis affects
males and females equally and appears to run in some families.
The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are
abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Patients also may suffer from fever,
nausea, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, rectal bleeding, and loss
of body fluids and nutrients. Severe bleeding can lead to anemia. Sometimes
patients also have skin lesions, joint pain, inflammation of the eyes,
or liver disorders. Medical science provides little understanding
of why problems outside the bowel are linked with colitis.
From a standard medical perspective, the cause of
ulcerative colitis is not known and currently there is no cure.
About half of patients have only mild symptoms. Only in rare cases, when
complications occur, is the disease fatal. There may be remissions - periods
when the symptoms go away - that last for months or even years. However,
most patients' symptoms eventually return. This changing pattern of the
disease can make it hard for the doctor to tell when treatment has helped.
Standard medical treatment for patients with mild
or severe ulcerative colitis usually involves the medication. Despite
new drug therapies, an estimated 20 to 25 percent of ulcerative colitis
patients receive surgery because of massive bleeding, chronic debilitating
illness, perforation of the colon, or risk of cancer. Sometimes the doctor
will recommend removing the colon when medical treatment fails or the
side effects of steroids or other drugs threaten the patient's health.
While no special diet for ulcerative colitis is given, patients may be
able to control mild symptoms simply by avoiding foods that seem to upset
their intestine. In some cases, the doctor may advise avoiding highly
seasoned foods or milk sugar (lactose) for a while.
The risk of colon cancer is greater than normal in
patients with widespread ulcerative colitis. The risk may be as high as
32 times the normal rate in patients whose entire colon is involved, especially
if the colitis exists for many years. (The above information comes
from National Institutes of Health Publication No. 95-1597)
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
Edgar Cayce gave numerous readings in which inflammation
and ulceration of the colon was noted. Although the causes and treatment
varied somewhat for each individual, one of the common themes was that
many cases of ulcerative colitis can be traced back to viral infection
(often intestinal flu) that has "settled" in the colon. The lymphatic
system becomes disturbed due to the toxic build up in the colon.
Thus the various systemic problems associated with ulcerative colitis
(which baffle medical science) are traced to the toxins picked up and
circulated throughout the body by the lymphatic system.
Here are a couple of excerpts from readings which describe
the after effects of flu on the colon and lymphatic system:
"In this body we find there has been the after effect from a condition
existent some time back, when there was an attack of what is commonly
called flu. This at the time settled or produced greater inflammation
through the alimentary canal, and the inflammation has caused the areas,
through which lymph flows for the colon activity to have a form of colitis."
"These as we find arise from a condition that arose from intestinal
flu, so that the activity of the lymph circulation through the alimentary
canal causes a form of inflammation in the colon and in the lower portion
of the jejunum. This inflammation is the source or the cause of
the temperature that arises at times." (5057-1)
Another common pattern described by Edgar Cayce traces
the cause of colitis to problems further up in the digestive system.
For example, improper functioning of the stomach, small intestines or
liver can produce a toxic load on the lower intestines. "Over acidity"
was common in such instances.
"In the stomach itself proper we find there has been times, (no trace
of it at present; not just at this time) where there has been produced
from the over acidity produced in the duodenum, some signs of lacerations
as have been produced in the body. Hence the body has that condition
in the intestinal tract from this condition there, a catarrhal form, or
coming in a colitis form, through the traverse colon. These we see hinder
the action of the system itself in discharge of the foeces [feces?] from
the system, for the hepatic circulation becoming low through such times,
the lack of secretion is produced." (4420-1)
In other readings on colitis, the cause was linked
to pressures on spinal nerves which govern the digestive system.
Improper digestion and assimilation in the upper gastro-intestinal (GI)
tract led to inflammation in the colon. Spinal adjustment (manual
therapy) was usually included in the treatment plan in such instances.
"(Q) What will relieve the low blood pressure, colitis and the
(A) As indicated. These arise from those subluxations in
the dorsal area, you see. The congestion that arises from these,
or the tendency to produce the irritation through the eliminating system
or throughout the colon itself, arises from the sedimentary conditions
or congestions in the lacteal duct and in the gall duct area."
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC MODEL
Whether the colitis was produced by flu virus or other
factors, the treatment recommendations were consistent in emphasizing
the need to address the whole digestive system as well as the colon itself.
In other words, improving assimilation and elimination throughout the
entire GI system is helpful in supporting the healing of the colon.
Specific therapies for symptomatic relief are also included in the treatment
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily and a cleansing diet of fresh fruits and
- SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: Osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
is recommended to relieve any pressures that may be hindering assimilation
and elimination. If osteopathic or chiropractic treatment is
not available, the use of an electric vibrator along the spine may
- MEDICINE: A specific herbal formulation combining ginseng, ginger,
lactated pepsin and stillingia has proven very effective in cases
of chronic colitis. For persons experiencing diarrhea, another
herbal remedy based on alum root is suggested. Beef juice taken
as a medicine is recommended for persons who experience general fatigue
and debilitation as a result of colitis.
- GRAPE THERAPY: The use of grapes in the diet and in abdominal
packs may be helpful for individuals suffering from abdominal pain.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health