So that brings us right into migraine and
you’ll recognize that person — back there — I use my wife for everything. Do a migraine Debbie, and so she did and I applied a little filter to
make it a little more anonymous. That’s a pretty good migraine (probably). Abdominal
migraine — here’s one of those readings — now
this is one of those readings near the end of his life — the latter period, where he any really gets right down to it. … here it is. So you really
find these kind of jewels in that latter group.
“As we find while the body is in the developing stages, the sources of the conditions to which
the body becomes allergic in the digestive system should be looked
for — that deal with all migraine headaches.”
That’s one of those categorical statements — “all.” Eat three almonds a day and never get cancer … all this … all that … a categorical sort of thing. So the allergic reaction in the
digestive system … and when you go back and look at the
medical literature, in 1912, here’s a couple citations from 1912: “In the majority of migraine patients there is some fault in the gastro-duodenal-hepatic chain …” That’s the digestive system — gastric is the stomach — the duodenal is the small intestine — that comes right out of the stomach — and the hepatic chain — that whole idea of the hepatic system and how it’s interacting. That’s a medical doctor. This is a mainstream
neurology text in 1912 — this is not new age — this is not alternate medicine —
mainstream medical perspective. And even getting down, looking down into the colon,
here’s another medical doctor: “It is exceedingly probable that the saline stimulates elimination by the bowel” … (he’s talking about colonics here or colon cleansing) … “and it is a not
uncommon experience to find that a beginning migraine attack is frequently
aborted by a saline, taken as soon as prodromal symptoms are noted.” And you can get an aura in migraine —
you can get an aura in epilepsy — you can get an aura in migraine. Very often
it’s a visual kind of phenomena — something that precedes
the main part in the attack. And they’re saying in the early stages here, using a saline enema, saline colon cleansing, can avert the attack.
Isn’t that interesting. By the way, to back up to epilepsy for a moment, I
found out an article in an old Australian … like the JAMA version in Australia, a number of years back,
there’s an old-time MD there, wrote a
letter to the editor saying … by the way, when you get people with
these intractable seizures, particularly the ones that go on and on — if you give them an enema or colonic irrigation, you almost always stop the seizures … during the seizures — do that and it will stop the seizures … and he gave a number cases where that was true. We had (as a synchronicity, at a recent conference
here) … in fact, just in September, Eric Mein was
giving a talk and out of the blue someone comes up after the talk and starts talking about how … she worked in a rehabilitation program, for people with
various developmental disorders, and you can fairly high level seizures among those people … more so than general population — she said
the first thing we would we would look and say — are they
constipated? and eliminate the constipation, get rid of the
constipation and they won’t have the seizures, or they will have less seizures, are less severe seizures — just from the
bowel — interesting, isn’t it? Okay, so migraine — so epilepsy, something that Cayce traced back to the
intestinal tract, the digestive system, and he’s saying the same thing with
migraine — and as I said even if you come up into the more modern literature — 1942, somewhat more recent, it’s the “duodenal stasis” or sort of sluggishness, can be related to the “absorption of allergens” (that’s the auto-intoxication model we talked about earlier) where you absorb toxins from within the system — “reacts in his
inherent pattern of migraine.” Also you get “… recurrent abdominal pain pain is an early expression of migraine and strongly support a causal link between
recurrent abdominal pain and migraine.” That’s in 1995. One of the articles we found on dietary
migraine, abdominal migraine, there’s a very big literature on that — that
something in the abdomen — Cayce said that allergic reaction in “all”
cases of migraine, is what he said and you can find a lot in the literature on that type process. And you do find the abdominal migraine — and you find it in
children and adults, when you look into the
medical literature. These are mainstream medical citations — it’s not like
alternative medicine or whatever, it’s mainstream. Here are some of the common gastrointestinal symptoms in
migraine — not so different than epilepsy. I mean … this is the kind of stuff
you can get in that premonition, prodromal stage of epilepsy — very common in migraine as
well — to have this as either part of the migraine
attack, or in that aura, or preceding the migraine, to have these kind of symptoms. Now, in Cayce’s time the main
model for what was causing migraine was the vasomotor model. You hear that? Vasomotor?
We talked about the vasomotor this morning … something wrong with the circulation
pattern … Think of like, blushing when you get
that rush of blood to your head … there’s commonly what’s called red
migraine or white migraine — red migraine when you get a flush of blood to the head — a white migraine when you don’t get … when there’s less … not enough, like an over-reaction in the vasomotors — you don’t
get enough blood to the head — two different types of migraine — so this
is what we’re talking about — the vasomotor or vascular model of migraine. That was the predominant
model for many, many years. And more recently what’s being emphasized is what’s called the neurologic model, and it’s the trigeminal nerve. Remember I talked about the cranial nerves this morning — the trigeminal, the fifth nerve is what you find. And you find the two
melded together. So it’s the trigeminal-vascular model or the
vascular-trigeminal model — that’s the latest thing, in terms of how do you
explain what causes migraines. Let me hold on to that for a moment … what you find if you go back to Byron
Robinson, “The Abdominal And Pelvic Brain,” he has almost
a whole chapter devoted to the trigeminal connection with “The Abdominal And Pelvic Brain.” Now
the vagus nerve — we talked about earlier,
the wandering nerve that comes down into the abdomen, we know that. It is not
so well documented — that Robinson says this trigeminal nerve that comes up and innervates the side of the face
like this — he says it has associations all the way down into the lower abdomen. So when Cayce’s talking about, how does
this happen? Maybe that’s the association. But in
a number those readings, he says it’s the fifth nerve, hence you
have migraine … it’s the fifth nerve hence we have a migrainous condition …
something of that nature. Cayce made that connection. He also made the vascular
connection — that there’s a a rush of blood flow the head. So he
covered both those models in his migraine readings. I can show
you readings explicitly … and he connected in all these abdominal
symptoms as well when they ask: “Why do I have nausea, when I have these terrible sick headaches?” “Why do I have this and why do I have that?” He laid out the whole physiology of how it plays up through the system —
beginning in the abdomen, usually. There are some of the treatments and you can see why those
would be helpful for people with migraine, with this kind of abdominal pattern. Now we did a little migraine study
where we had five people that came here to a residential program. And three of the
people reduced their symptoms significantly, one person didn’t follow the plan at all, and one person had brain
injury, that was the woman, I said that, you know had the …
or maybe I didn’t say, but one of the ladies did have a brain injury which may have caused her migraines. And that’s pretty typical for a
lot of our programs. If we get people to follow the protocol,
they do pretty well. We get usually about a third of the people will follow it pretty close when they go back home for the
six-month period — about a third to do a little bit, but not
the whole thing — and about a third would never get started. And that’s kinda what we saw with
migraine. The people who stuck with it got excellent results. We had … two people virtually eliminate their migraines within a month or so, just by cutting out the
foods, mostly those allergic foods. One lady … (and she was
a hospital administrator) … a really sharp lady, and having terrible
migraines — when she came back for follow-up, she said: “You know, I eliminated my migraines with
that diet, I know it was diet — I know what it is … but I couldn’t stick with it … as
miserable as I am with my migraine, you know, when it came right down to it, I
had to go eat junk food for lunch,” or whatever it was. “I just couldn’t … eat the healthy diet. I couldn’t eat
the Cayce diet. You guys have got to find another way to simplify the diet.” We may have
gone a little bit overboard … we were doing the full Cayce diet with 80/20 balance and all those things … Maybe what we could have done … there some other studies here with they focused on certain food groups, and you systematically eliminate the food groups … it’s a specific kind of elimination diet, just
for migraine, that has a very high success rate — when you
eliminate certain food groups on a trial and then add them back, and see if the system reacts. So there’s
probably a way, and we if we do this kind of study again, we will probably try to use a
slightly different approach to diet. But getting people to comply, that’s
the big challenge in all our research programs. I wrote a paper on this and submitted
and presented at at our symposium in the year 2000, so if you’re
interested in this aspect a migraine, there is a technical paper with all the citations and everything.

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