Epilepsy – The Edgar Cayce Approach

So let’s think about epilepsy as our
first condition we’re going to look at. Actually there’s a a reading right
before this … 254-81, I usually include this, that’s the one where he says: You call it research and enlightenment, but how much research do you really do … don’t get the cart before the horse. In
other words, just don’t take it as truth, you’ve got a research it. That was to 254-81, so the very next
reading — and this is toward the end of the reading and it’s coming out of nowhere. They’re not asking about this at all. He volunteered it — out of the blue. He says: “Again we would insist that this organization may give much to the world on one
particular disturbance that has baffled the wise and the foolish. This study on that called epilepsy for
three years and you will be undefeatable.” Wow! Just out of the blue, he said that. Now, we took Edgar Cayce at his word. We formed a study group back about ten years ago and and we went through over 100
epilepsy readings — we spent about three and a half years. That was part of the genesis of Meridian Institute. Doug, Carl, and I were three people from that group. The study group — epilepsy study group — along then, Eric became part of it and we picked up on
his — he had already formed a corporation — the legal corporation without really the organization. And we came together and formed Meridian Institute, but it came out of this reading, this concept — study epilepsy for three years and you will be undefeatable. So we kid ourselves a little bit from time to time — are we undefeatable yet? And epilepsy is still one of our leading focuses for research. Particularly this abdominal cold spot which I’ll talk about in a moment. In fact, here it is right here: “From EVERY condition that is of true
epileptic nature there will be found a cold spot or area between the lacteal duct and the caecum.” Every condition of a “true” epileptic nature. That’s the language again, “true” — what does he mean by “true.” When you go back and look at even the
history of epilepsy, they didn’t talk about “idiopathic” — about
60 to 70 percent of most conditions will be labeled “idiopathic.” That means we don’t know what causes it — it’s is not caused by some other disease or whatever — it’s not
secondary to another disease. It’s primary and it’s a core group and we don’t know
what caused it. In Cayce’s time it was called “true” or “pure.” So if you wanted that same group of 60 to 70 percent of epilepsy of unknown causation — “true” epilepsy — that’s what he’s referring to. Now, the other major group is
“symptomatic” epilepsy — that’s when you get banged on the head — an accident, a car accident or there’s a
tumor — it’s organic. You can say there it is. That’s
causing it. You know that’s what is producing the seizures. Well
that’s symptomatic, but that’s a small group — at
best 30 percent and may be much less than that. At least
60 to 70 percent is idiopathic — we got these seizures in the brain and we don’t know what’s causing it — we really don’t know. So Edgar Cayce says, in all cases the “true” epilepsy you find
this cold spot on the right side of the abdomen. Which is about this area from the lacteal ducts to the caecum, that’s where you are going to put the hot castor oil packs that he said would break up those adhesions in the lacteal ducts better
than almost anything else. He said make it as hot as you can stand and give it that massage — he gave a
specific massage pattern for breaking up the adhesions in the lacteal ducts. He says the lacteal ducts — there’s
something about this area — remember this is where we put the the large nickel disk with the wet
cell — right over the lacteal ducts on the right side of the abdomen. So there’s something about those atomic vibratory energies associated
with that part of the body, that somehow is
coordinating between the abdominal brain and this part of the
system — and this brain. It’s an incoordination that somehow short-circuits out there and the seizure eventually ends up in this brain, but it
starts down here — as an incoordination of the nervous system. Hot castor oil packs over the right side the abdomen. Now almost always for epilepsy that’s
where it is. Sometimes he would recommend, like I
showed earlier, for a spleen problem well get it over the liver and the spleen.
In some cases where there’s a colon problem, he said get it over the transverse colon or something. So the castor
oil packs can go in various places but in epilepsy, in virtually every case, it’s on the right side of the abdomen where he says this cold spot is. So we set out to try to measure it using liquid crystal thermography. It’s a form of thermography just studying temperature variations. This
particular device has a sheet plastic and it
changes color with temperature. So you can lay it on the abdomen or lay it on the back, and over a minute or two, colors come out. The more the brown is the cooler, and
toward the green and blue is warmer. So you see on the left one here, the
cold spot — I’ve pointed it out to you. It’s just kinda circular
and almost has a little thing hanging down from it, can you see
right here? And it’s almost — it’s hard to see on this
screen, but if you get a good resolution — there’s a navel, that’s a cold spot because there’s a hole. I mean it’s indented there, so that’s cool. See that cold spot there. The lacteals are in this area — the caecum is about here. The last rib is up here. So this is the area for the castor oil pack on the right side of the abdomen. That’s an adult woman with epilepsy for many years, and on the other
side is another … I’ll point it out to you. Do you see the cold spot there? That’s another woman, developed epilepsy as an adult after she had a
skiing accident — injured her tailbone — her tailbone was sore for months — she could hardly sit on it. Within 18 months or so, she started
having seizures. There’s a lot of Cayce readings on epilepsy
that start with that tailbone injury — reflex up from the coccyx — he said it would
throw the system out a balance — create those adhesions in the lacteal ducts
ducks on the right side of the abdomen — short-circuit out the nervous system. We had a conference where we had three people come with epilepsy. These are two adult women. See the spots there again on the right
side the abdomen — almost like a little protrusion, here — sort of circular with almost a little
protrusion here. And then this one had quite a bit
coldness, but clearly the biggest area of coldness was right to the side at the naval, on the one side. Then we had a couple people, more
recently, show up and for them there’s a little bit coolness above the
navel, up in this area, but it is not nearly as strong. And so whether or not this qualifies — one of these people had brain surgery. There was a lesion in the
brain — so whether or not it would qualify if as the type of
“true” epilepsy that Cayce was talking about, or more of a symptomatic epilepsy. But basically in
two-thirds to three-quarters of the people that we sampled — in our very small sample, there was a pretty clear cold spot on the right side of the abdomen.
We actually tested over 80 people as part of our research programs coming
through with all kinds of different diagnoses — from migraine to chronic fatigue, and asthma and so forth … multiple sclerosis.
We did this sort of thing and we didn’t really see that pattern of cold spot, except in
migraine, there was one lady that was having EEGs of seizures, along with the migraine and she had a nice big cold spot there on the right side as well — interesting. That will make more sense to you after I tell you about migraine. Okay, so what is it about the right side
of the abdomen that’s so interesting with those lacteal ducts? Over here on the left side — I took that
from an old osteopathic manual that was back before they probably had some
of the imaging devices we have now. That
pretty much show the lymphatics as being bilaterally symmetrical. In other words, well, the right and left kind of look alike. We got a little bit more right in here, right? A little bit more, maybe, than over here — maybe a little … But it’s pretty much bilaterally symmetrical. These are from a recent physiological texts. Look at this on the right side — look at this, in the
lymphatics — like a little racetrack there — see that little circular, that elongated thing there on the right side the abdomen? Look over here on this one — definitely
not bilaterally symmetrical. You get more of a circular pattern in in the lymphatics. The lacteals are part of the lymphatic system, by the way. So when Cayce says: There will be a cold spot … and in many, many readings he describes this — you can look under the lacteals, the lacteal duct adhesions in epilepsy, and over and over he keeps describing this — adhesions and a cold spot on the right side of the abdomen. So here’s the quote I showed you
earlier. What’s so interesting about this, he’s calling this area the “solar plexus
brain … those centers about the umbilicus which are the electronic and atomic vibratory radiations of a
human body.” This area where you put — (in this context he’s talking about
where you put) — the the plate with the appliances on the right side of the abdomen, but it’s right over that area, very close to where we’re
talking about with the cold spot. And when he does this, he calls this the lacteal duct. He said put the large nickel plate over the lacteal duct plexus on the right side of the abdomen — three fingers over, sometimes one or two
fingers up. So what is going on there? I’ve
told you before about Byron Robinson — “The Abdominal and Pelvic Brain.” That’s basically one way of thinking about it — there’s a whole nervous system going on there. I love that text. Basically
what he said was: This whole book is a treatise on the
“great sympathetic nervous.” When I talked earlier this morning about
the sympathetic system, the brain of the soul, the three faces of the sympathetic — this whole 671 pages, basically,
he says is just a treatise on the sympathetic system, to appreciate what it is. And it’s exactly
the same kind of system Edgar Cayce was describing — same terminology, and so forth and so on. Fantastic book! And that’s all on the
internet, on our website. I put the whole book and all the illustrations on our website — Meridian Institute website. OK, the enteric
nervous system. When you come up to date and you go on
MEDLINE, you will find over 600 references on MEDLINE (which is the main medical database) — over 600
references on the “enteric nervous system.” Enteric — the gut, enteric. And what they’re saying about that in
the mainstream literature is that: “The current concept of the enteric nervous system is that of a minibrain placed in close
proximity to the effector systems it controls.” In other words, Byron Robinson talked about levels of government — the national government, the state government, the local government — when they’re calling it a minibrain in close proximity. “Many substances are found in both the
bowel and the brain, a coincidence that strikes most observers as intrinsically
interesting.” About a third of your nervous system is
in your gut, in this enteric nervous system. If you think about how much of your nervous system — think about that. We usually think of the brain — you know, all of our nerve cells are there, and maybe a few kind of along the spinal
column — a third of the nervous system of your body is in your gut — in the lining up your alimentary canal.
That’s the enteric nervous system, the gut brain. The other thing we found when you
look in the modern literature is that there’s a number of articles about abdominal epilepsy. So this idea that epilepsy could
somehow be related to something in the abdomen, as Edgary Cayce kept insisting, there’s a lot of articles. Basically, what it amounts to
is, people with epilepsy have a lot of abdominal symptoms. And very often those abdominal symptoms
precede the seizure. It’s called a premonition or an aura. A premonition usually is longer before, sometimes up to several
hours before. They’ll have constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, funny feeling in the pit of their stomach.
Something’s going on in the abdomen and within a few hours they have a
seizure — and they know the two are connected. They know when they have that feeling, they are going to have a seizure. If it happens right at the beginning of
a seizure, its called an aura, instead of a premonition. An aura is actually part of the seizure, or
it’s a mini-seizure that precedes big seizure. The most common aura is a funny feeling in the abdomen. Here’s a recent article by a couple researchers — I could
communicate with these guys — I think … one of them is a
neurologist the other is a gastroenterologist. So you’ve got a stomach doctor (a digestive doctor) and a neurologist — nice combination. You see why they would be interested. They’ve done a couple studies and
published it — and they’ve shown that that although abdominal epilepsy most often occurs in children, when it’s diagnosed. And very often it’s diagnosed because the abdominal features are the prominent features. You might not even know they were having seizures, if you didn’t have them on the EEG. It’s the abdominal seizure, the mini, the aura, it’s so predominant with so many gastric and intestinal kind of problems, it’s diagnosed as abdominal epilepsy. And they’re saying it’s not entirely
clear that in the first place, they say — “The Spectrum Of Abdominal Epilepsy In Adults” — they did a couple of articles where they surveyed this and say, hey it’s
not just in children, there’s a lot more of this in adults than
anybody’s aware of — this abdominal epilepsy — shades of Cayce. And not only that, they’re saying that we assume that these
symptoms are being produced by this brain — the seizures here and the nerve impulse
comes from here to the abdomen, and that’s what causes the abdominal symptoms. But they’re saying just as well it could be in the abdomen and through the vagus
nerve (you heard me talk about the Vegas this morning — 70 percent of that pneumogastric-vagus nerve impulse is going in this direction. It’s going
from the viscera in the abdomen toward the brain. It’s mostly sensory, most of the impulse, 70 percent. And they’re saying, hey, maybe that’s
what’s going on with these cases of abdominal epilepsy, even in adults. Maybe the problem is in the abdomen and through the vagus it’s being
referred up to the brain, producing seizures. It’s exactly the kind of model Cayce was talking about. As I mentioned earlier, very often the
problem, Cayce would say, traces back to some kind of spinal subluxation — the coccyx was very
common. But it wasn’t the only one. Sometimes … some of the osteopaths would say, look to the cervical, and particularly the
chiropractors. Obviously you’ve got a brain problem and if your going to attribute it to something in the spine, go for the neck, right? It’s right close.
Well there are a couple of those, but I really appreciate some of the old
osteopaths. They kept meticulous records, particularly Charles Hazzard, one of these early osteopaths, very well-known and very respected. And he gives case reports — and he gives a
case report of a coccyx injury, where there’s a lesion in the coccyx —
corrected the coccyx, and the seizures went away. But sometimes he would say,
it would be farther up … even in the mid-thoracic — right
there close to the lacteal ducts would be the problem, and sometimes farther up in the spine. Let me back up — just something — a moment — talk about this vagus nerve. An interesting thing has happened in recent
years. When they have intractable epilepsy — doesn’t respond to regular treatments,
drug treatments, and so forth — one of the options is to do radical
surgery and cut the brain in half — the corpus collosum — or remove a
big chunk of the brain, or a small part of the brain — but to do something pretty radical with surgery.
What they discovered was, if they implant a pacemaker right here
on the vagus nerve, on the left side — the vagus, the wandering nerve that comes down, the cranial nerve that wanders through the whole upper part the abdomen and innovates those organs. As it comes down the spine and comes through left and right, and comes like here — if they put a pacemaker right on the
vagus nerve, in people with intractable epilepsy, very often the seizures will decrease
dramatically or go away entirely. Just from a pacemaker on the vagus, sending a regular sensory input to the brain is
enough. Now what does that mean? Could it be that it’s sort of getting in the way of, sort of blocking this incoordination that starts in the stomach as a seizure, and it can’t quite make it up the vagus … By the way, in a seizure, what is happening
is that there is a synchrony of the firing of the nerves in the brain. The
neurons are firing at the same time — that’s what makes a seizure. So whatever it is, it’s putting the brain into that kind of pattern. Maybe
this is sort of interfering with that. The osteopaths had a less invasive way of doing it. They
said if you could see the seizure coming on, put a piece of ice at the base of the
brain. And very often that will stop the seizure, or make it less, or decrease it. Well, the vagus comes right up along the neck, here in this area, where you put the ice. And Cayce also recommended it — you may have seen that in the Cayce readings — where he said put a piece of ice. Actually I found it earlier in the osteopathic literature, before I found it in the Cayce readings. So chronologically it precedes the Cayce readings. So he is obviously tapping into that. I have actually worked with some people
with children, with seizures not responding to anything else. If they sense the aura or premonition, they know it’s going to be coming on, put a piece of ice there and the seizure won’t happen, or it will be much less. This vagus nerve — isn’t that
interesting! Actually, let me give you one
other idea that we’re just becoming aware of with epilepsy, it’s called “reflex epilepsy.” Seizures can be produced
by all kinds reflexes — usually to the sensory system.
So a flashing light, certain kinds of music, even a smell — almost anything can become that trigger that puts the brain into that seizure mode — where all the neurons start firing at the same time. It just so
happens that included in that is “digestive
epilepsy.” It’s a little bit different than
abdominal epilepsy — but eating certain foods or even chewing the
food, eating them and getting them in the digestive system is one of the things that can produce epileptic seizures. So what we’re sort of, sort of our novel idea — it’s not entirely
novel because I’ve actually found it in the literature, the concept of “visceral reflex epilepsy.” Maybe what Cayce was describing was
reflex epilepsy where the main sensation is coming from the abdomen, from the digestive system,
the abdominal brain — whatever you want to call it — the enteric nervous system — through the vagus and that’s the source. So it’s a reflex
pattern — visceral reflex epilepsy. Now I’ve actually found as I searched on that — because I
thought, wow, I’ve come up with a new concept. And I went onto the internet and typed it in
and here come the hospital records showing the amount of
diagnoses for a month — in terms of how many of this and
how many of that — and one of the things they were listing was visceral reflex epilepsy — how many cases at this if we
have had. Not very often, but you could think of all those symptoms, the predominance of symptoms of abdominal features in epilepsy. Maybe that’s part of a visceral reflex
pattern. Maybe that’s what we’re looking at. So we’re going to submit an application next
month — actually this month now, it’s coming up within two weeks — to a national epilepsy organization for a grant
proposal, to see if they’ll give us money to study
that idea. So what do you do with cases of epilepsy from the Cayce perspective? We’ve already talked about the castor oil packs. Manual therapy — obviously if you’ve got
these reflexes causing a problem. Diet, and one of the treatments that’s become pretty popular in recent years is the ketogenic diet. Are you familiar with the ketogenic diet? It’s a high-fat diet. Again, for intractable epilepsy, if you don’t respond to drugs, then what are your options? Well, the ketogenic diet has been around
for a long time, particularly at Johns Hopkins. There was a movie a couple years ago
with Meryl Streep and some other actors, based on the ketogenic diet for
epilepsy. Now it’s become … people are very interested in it.
Well, a high-fat diet — that’s what the lacteals do, those lacteal ducts where Cayce said
there are adhesions. They absorb fats off the intestinal
tract. So maybe that’s what the ketogenic diet does — your just flooding the system — it
produces ketosis, to be sure. That can affect the nervous system. But maybe it has something to do with, when you just have fats, fats, fats coming through those
lacteals, maybe they draw enough circulation, and lessen the adhesions — increase the circulation by some absorbing all these fats through the lacteals — one idea. An herbal remedy called the
passion flower fusion. It’s just a mild sedative, natural sedative Cayce recommended. Spirituality is a big
part of almost all these programs. We emphasize: “What is your purpose for
being healed?” What’s your attitude? Trying to work with
the Divine within that is the source of all healing. The ice at
the base of the brain, either during the seizure or right at the
beginning, usually. And suggestive therapeutics, which is a form of natural hypnosis, particularly for children, as a treatment for epilepsy. We have published an article in a MEDLINE, “The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine.” So if you’re interested, that’s on our website — on “The Abdominal Brain and Enteric Nervous System. We focused on abdominal epilepsy, abdominal migraine, and autism — and how that could be another way of
looking at these neurological disorders.

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