Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF LUPUS
WHAT IS LUPUS?
Lupus is a disease which can affect joints, muscles
and other parts of the body. It is often described as an auto-immune disease.
This means that for some unknown reason people with lupus seem to develop
antibodies (which usually fight bacteria and viruses) that attack healthy
tissues instead. This produces inflammation in different parts of the
body resulting in pain and swelling. Lupus can also affect the skin, heart,
lungs, nervous system, kidneys and blood and in particular the immune
system. Lupus is a chronic, systemic disease. This means that it
tends to last a long time, usually for the rest of your life. However,
nearly all people with lupus have periods of improvement (remissions).
Some people have complete and long-lasting remissions.
There are three types of lupus: discoid, systemic,
and drug-induced. Discoid lupus is always limited to the skin. It
is identified by a rash that may appear on the face, neck and scalp.
Discoid lupus is diagnosed by examining a biopsy of the rash. In
discoid lupus the biopsy will show abnormalities that are not found in
skin without the rash. Discoid lupus does not generally involve
the body's internal organs.
In approximately 10 percent of the people with lupus,
discoid lupus can evolve into the systemic form of the disease, which
can affect almost any organ or system of the body. This cannot be predicted
or prevented. Systemic lupus is usually more severe than discoid
lupus, and can affect almost any organ or system of the body. For some
people, only the skin and joints will be involved. In others, the joints,
lungs, kidneys, blood or other organs and/or tissues may be affected.
Lupus tends to affect women in their childbearing
years. However, lupus can occur in young children or in older people.
The number of women affected outnumber men by nine to one. The disease
is commoner in Orientals and Blacks.
The cause(s) of Lupus is unknown. There is likely
a hereditary factor in some cases. A few drugs taken for conditions
like high blood pressure or tuberculosis can cause symptoms just like
lupus but these symptoms always disappear when the drug is stopped.
Although the symptoms of lupus can vary widely, persons
with this disease experience such common problems as: fever, headache,
fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, weight loss, easy bruising, aches
& pains, edema/swelling, hair loss, and swollen glands. However,
the following symptoms and signs are much more indicative of lupus:
- A rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose
- Rashes after exposure to the sun or ultraviolet light
- Ulcers inside the mouth
- Arthritis of two or more joints i.e., the joints hurt and are swollen
- Pleurisy – pain in the chest on deep breathing
- Raynaud's – fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold
From a standard medical perspective, lupus is an
incurable illness. Treatment focuses on symptom relief and suppression.
Medical treatment program for lupus includes medications, getting enough
rest when the disease is active and avoiding sun exposure.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF LUPUS
Edgar Cayce provided numerous readings for individuals
suffering from chronic systemic auto-immune syndromes which resemble lupus.
In one case (reading 5288-1), a 43 year-old woman was informed by her
physician that her condition indicated "disseminated lupus erythematoza."
Although the diagnosis is uncertain, the systemic nature of the illness
and skin manifestations are certainly noteworthy.
Edgar Cayce's reading for this person emphasized the
role of poor eliminations as a causative factor. When raw materials
are assimilated and used by the body's organs, waste materials are produced
which must be eliminated from the body. If these wastes are not
effectively removed, the body will be toxic (autointoxication or self
poisoning). There are four major eliminating routes in the body:
1) the bowel (defecation), 2) the bladder (urination), 3) the breath (respiration),
and 4) the skin (perspiration). Reading 5288-1 described a "breakage
in coordinations between the eliminating channels of the body" whereby
toxins were not being properly eliminated through all these channels.
Too many toxins were being eliminated through the skin with a great deal
remaining in the body producing a wide range of symptoms such as headache,
weakness, nausea, indigestion, cough, dizziness, blurred vision, and pressure
in the ear drums. According to Cayce, poor assimilations and glandular
dysfunction contributed to the systemic autointoxication.
Treatment recommendations in reading 5288-1 focused
on improving systemic functioning such as assimilation, elimination, and
circulation. Dietary supplements were suggested to improve digestion.
Electrotherapy and manual therapy (massage) were prescribed to assist
in cleansing the hepatic organs (especially the liver, gallbladder, and
kidneys). Colonic irrigation was mentioned as an option for cleansing
the large intestine. The mental and spiritual aspects of healing
were emphasized: "but keep the attitude of creative helpfulness for others
as well as for self."
Although the specific pathology that was responsible
for the autointoxication was not given, in other readings for individuals
with chronic systemic auto-immune disease, various etiologies were described.
For persons with psoriasis, bowel permeability (leaky gut) was often cited
as a significant factor. Toxins that are normally eliminated through
the bowel leak out of the gut and are eliminated through the skin resulting
in skin lesions. Frequently, toxins also settle in various other
systems of the body evoking an immune response and symptoms such as arthritis,
headache, depression, and heart disease.
For example, in reading 943-17, Edgar Cayce observed
that toxins were leaking out of the intestines. He noted that the
body was attempting to eliminate the toxicity through the skin, which
was producing the psoriatic symptoms. However, he went on to observe
that if the toxicity were to settle in some other part of the body, a
variety of serious illnesses could result:
Would this [toxicity] not be thrown off in the epidermis, or the lymph
and capillary circulation, with this particular condition of this body,
the intestinal tract would be full of pinholes; or, were it to go to the
lungs, there would be tuberculosis; were it to go to the valves of the
heart, it would be heart trouble - as would be called; were it to go to
the liver, it would be cirrhosis of the liver; were it to go to the spleen,
it would be a hardening of one end of it; were it to go to the brain,
it would be softening of the brain; were it to go to the glands of the
throat or thyroids, it would be that of goitre; or were it to settle in
some other portion - were it to SETTLE - it would become a tumor of some
character or nature. (943-17)
Perhaps for some individuals, the systemic manifestations
of lupus follow a similar pattern of systemic autointoxication.
Noninvasive tests which measure bowel permeability are available to assess
whether bowel permeability is a contributing factor in lupus. From
a therapeutic standpoint, maintaining the integrity of the alimentary
canal with diet while focusing on internal cleansing is emphasized in
Edgar Cayce's approach to systemic illnesses such as lupus.
Glandular dysfunction is another contributing factor
which is mentioned in many of the readings that Edgar Cayce gave for persons
with systemic autoimmune disease. Notably, in the numerous readings
which describe the causes and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, problems
with the glandular system are prominent. Purification of the glands
with a medicine containing iodine (Atomidine) in conjunction with hot
Epsom salts packs and baths are standard Cayce treatments for rheumatoid
BASIC TREATMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Conceptually, the Cayce approach focuses on assisting
the body in healing itself by the application of a variety of therapies
intended to the address specific (local) symptoms associated with lupus
as well as the general (systemic) aspects of the condition which may be
related to the underlying cause of the problem. The mental and spiritual
aspects of healing are emphasized from the standpoint of working with
a spiritual ideal.
Because of the systemic features of lupus, the Cayce
approach utilizes several therapies intended to improve systemic functioning
with regard to circulation, assimilation, relaxation, and elimination.
Harold Reilly, a physiotherapist to whom Edgar Cayce made frequent referrals,
created the term C.A.R.E. to describe the treatment pattern frequently
recommended by Cayce. The letters of C.A.R.E. stand for "circulation,"
"assimilation," "relaxation" and "elimination." Assisting the body
to become more normal in these key aspects of its functioning helps the
body to increase its vitality and to heal itself. Reilly’s C.A.R.E.
model relies heavily on several basic therapeutic modalities frequently
recommended by Edgar Cayce, including diet, manual therapy, hydrotherapy,
and mental/spiritual healing.
Here are some general therapeutic guidelines for persons
suffering from lupus:
- 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: Because persons with lupus often suffer from
poor eliminations and systemic toxicity, internal cleansing is important.
To assist with internal cleansing, hydrotherapy is recommended.
Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight glasses of pure water
daily and obtaining colonic irrigations to cleanse the bowel.
Following the diet should also assist with internal cleansing.
Castor oil packs help by stimulating the liver and cleansing the alimentary
canal. Small quantities of Atomidine taken orally is intended
to purify the glandular system.
- MANUAL THERAPY (SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE): Cayce often
recommended spinal adjustments to correct specific problems with the
nervous system and to provide general (systemic) coordination while
improving circulation, assimilations, relaxation, and eliminations.
It is difficult to obtain the osteopathic adjustments specified by
Cayce. However, a chiropractor may be of some help. The frequency
of the adjustments will depend on the recommendations of the individual
chiropractor or osteopath. The use of an electric vibrator may
also be helpful for individuals unable to obtain regular spinal adjustments.
Regular massage will also assist with eliminations and systemic coordination.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and spiritual 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 and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (spiritual ideal) for being healed.
SPECIAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SYMPTOMATIC RELIEF
The above general recommendations should
be helpful for addressing the causes of lupus. However
for symptomatic relief, here are some specific recommendations
which may help to relieve some of the numerous complaints which can
be associated with lupus:
- WATERMELON SEED TEA FOR KIDNEY RELATED PROBLEMS: For symptoms related
to kidney dysfunction (such as puffiness under the eyes and swelling
of the legs and feet), watermelon seed tea may be helpful in cleansing
the kidneys and improving eliminations through the urinary system.
- EPSOM SALTS BATHS FOR ARTHRITIC SYMPTOMS: Hot Epsom salts baths
increase circulation and eliminations which can relieve some of the
aches and pains of arthritic problems.
- BEEF JUICE FOR GENERAL DEBILITATION: Sipping small quantities of
beef juice may be helpful for combating prolonged or extreme fatigue.
- GRAPE THERAPY FOR ABDOMINAL PAIN: Edgar Cayce recommended eating
grapes and using grape packs over the abdomen for symptomatic relief
of abdominal pain and cramping.
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