"If I were asked to pick only one program
in which I could support research, both basic and clinical, I
would pick epilepsy, because this is such a broad subject that
almost any are of neurological research impinges directly or indirectly
Donald, B. Tower, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, National Institute of
Neurological Disease and Stroke
Epilepsy is characterized by sudden changes in the electrical-nervous
and muscular systems of the body. These seizures or convulsions
are categorized in three major forms: petit mal, usually noted
in children age 4 to 10 years, is indicated by short periods (few
seconds duration) of blinking or staring; grand mal, is designated
by generalized muscular jerks or rigid muscles or alternate periods
of each (few minutes duration); and psychomotor, found in older
children and adults, is denoted by repetitious, poorly coordinated
and purposeless movements.
An estimated two to four million Americans suffer with epilepsy.
One hundred thousand new cases are diagnosed each year. Thirty
per cent occur before age 5 and seventy-five per cent before age
18. With anticonvulsant drug therapy 50 % of epileptics can control
their seizures and live active lives. Another 30 % obtain partial
seizure control on medication.
"But for the remaining thousands of epilepsy patients there
is nothing to stop the seizures, nothing to help overcome the
legal barriers and social rejections."
Research into the Epilepsies, E.F.A., 1971
"Many physicians will find it curious, indeed almost comic,
that neurology should be concerned with the treatment of an important
entity (epilepsy) when it has little or no idea of its cause.
The plain fact is that the very nature of the nervous system and
this particular manifestation of nervous disease have defied analysis."
Raymond Adams, M.D.
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 1974
In contrast to Dr. Adams' statement, the Edgar Cayce readings
give detailed and fascinating insights into the nature of the
nervous system and of epilepsy. The readings delineate a number
of etiologic foci which can react through the lyden and adrenal
centers and their associated nervous plexuses to the medulla oblongata
to cause convulsions by pushing consciousness out of the body
through the pineal gland.
"... there is a breaking; or a non-coordination between the
sympathetic and the cerebrospinal systems. And it is is almost
the same effect of a shock, of an excitement, that would be produced
in a wire that is partially broken; when set in a certain way
the current passes through, but a turning of same causes sparks
or a disconnection and a reaction that makes for a flashing. So
with the nervous system." 1025-3
"Then this coordinating or connection with the solar plexus
nerve center, making for an incoordination with the cerebrospinal
nerve system, produces at the base of the brain - or through the
medulla oblongata - an incoordinant reaction." 1025-2
"When there is an expression or activity from the sympathetic
nervous system, or the sensory system that responds through the
sympathetic nerve system, we find there is the movement or impulse
to and from the brain centers themselves. Then with a lesion or
adhesion, the impulse is cut off - or deflected." 1025-2
"Q-3. From what part of the body do the attacks originate?
and why does body lose consciousness during attack?"
"A-3. From the solar plexus to that of the lyden gland, or
through the pineal. The lyden is in the pineal, see?"
"Q-4. Why does the body lose consciousness?"
"A-4 That;s just what we have been giving. It is the imaginative
forces and the cerebrospinal forces, or the nerve supply through
the cerebrospinal system cuts off - through the lyden forces -
which is the sealed gland, see? They lie within those of the pineal
themselves, see? When these become of such an activity, through
conditions as excite in the system - as thrown out from those
of the genitive forces acting through those - of the solar plexus,
and the attempt to coordinate they push in so much it pushes out
An incoordination between the cerebrospinal and sympathetic nervous
systems with resultant pressure or engorgement of the medulla
oblongata appears to be the common pathway for most seizures.
This "ungoverning" of impulse to the brain is due to
lesion of the pineal nerve axis.
The causative factor in "true" epilepsy, according to
the readings, is lacteal duct pathology from direct or spinal
injury, fever, fasting, or prenatal source. The manifestations
of this dis-ease are strictures, fusions, adhesions, lesions in
lacteal ducts and centers, umbilical center, and in the jejunum
and caecum. These conditions adversely affect body assimilations
and eliminations, create slowed circulation and COLDNESS in the
lacteal ducts, and impede nervous impulses. Other seizure forms
appear to result from spinal trauma, especially at birth, through
abnormal pressures and reflexes.
"... short-circuiting ... between the nervous systems in
the lacteal duct area ... the lack of coordination in the nerve
forces of the body; thus producing the contractions in the muscular
activity, the loss of balance or consciousness in the reactions
in the nervous system." 571-3
An important contributing factor in many cases is the dysfunction
of the organs of the pelvis, their nervous plexuses, and the lyden
center. Misuse of creative/sexual energies is of major significance.
"... seizures ... arise more form that as we have long given
- as from an activity in the pubic center with the ducts and glands
from the lyden (Leydig) forces in a portion of the glandular forces
of the body, through the lesions in lacteal area." 543-29
Conditions of the organs of elimination which are also related
to the lyden center seem to play a role in the causation of seizures.
It is quite apparent that epilepsy is a complex problem and requires
an holistic approach in evaluation and therapy. Attention to the
spinal system and centers, organs of digestion, elimination and
reproduction is imperative. Furthermore, the readings indicate
that seizures may be precipitated by "purely imaginative
"Q-1. Just what caused the three attacks last night?"
"A-1. Read just what has been given! Indiscretion, poor elimination,
changes coming about; and a reaction." 571-2
Diagnosis and evaluation of the individual with a seizure disorder
obviously requires the utilization of a variety of modern medical
tools and approaches, including detailed history, physical examination,
and appropriate laboratory testing. From the readings viewpoint,
a thorough osteopathic evaluation is mandatory to "... ferret
out ... conditions in the centers and ganglia along the system,
and in the segments of the cerebrospinal system." (693-1)
Spinal lesions generally will be found at the 1st cervical, 9th
dorsal, and 4th lumbar areas. Diagnostic palpation will also demonstrate
in "every condition that is of true epileptic nature there
will be found a cold spot or area between the lacteal duct and
the caecum." 567-4
Treatment for an acute attack simply requires placing "...
a piece of ice at the base of brain and it will stop immediately."
Long-term therapy generally involves osteopathic adjustments for
lesions detected in the spinal system, castor oil packs and abdominal
massage to activate "... the muco-membrane and lymph circulation"
(561-1) of the lacteal ducts, jejunum, and caecum, "... a
wholesome well-balanced diet, tending toward the alkaline"
(571-1) being "mindful that there are kept those reactions
that will keep the elimination and the activities throughout the
alimentary canal in near normal manner." (567-1)
Passion Flower Fusion (Mayblossom Bitters) was often suggested
as a natural, non-habituating anticonvulsant in preference to
bromides, phenobarbital, or Dilantin.
Common adjunctive therapies include fresh air and exercise, olive
oil by mouth in small doses "... helpful to any intestinal
disturbance" (567-7), general body massage with attention
to the neck for nervous system relaxation, Atomidine for purifying
the glandular system, and colonics, enemas, and laxatives to stimulate
The Cayce readings suggest that bodily adjustments are mandatory
in treating epilepsy. However, alleviation of symptoms and true
healing are two quite different entities form the standpoint of
the readings. Cooperation of mind - as the builder - is emphasized
through prayerful attitude, consistency, patience and expectancy.
The Cayce source indicates particular significance to seizures
in which consciousness is lost - that the individual is "...
possessed during that unconsciousness ..." (281-4), that
he or she is reaping that sown or projected in previous times,
and "... that these be cast out ..." (281-4) by commanding
in the Name and by the daily laying-on-of-hands.
"Hence each must be met in its own phase of experience, its
own phase of activity. Consequently, we find that no matter in
what form there may be the applications to a body for a disease,
they arise from the life-giving force which is ever the same;
whether that of creating a normal balance, that of purifying any
portion of a physical body, or the creating of such a united,
concerted effort between the phases of bodily emotions. So, whether
it be suggestion, vibration, mechanical application or its own
source of energy from the emotions of the body itself, or from
the plant, animal, mineral or vegetable kingdom, it is the motivative
force or power or life or God-force - if you choose - that is
healing, that brings harmony - as is experienced and known by
the body - that keeps the physical forces of this body, or any
other body in a normal balance as an individual unit." 1770-1
Robert McNary, M.D.