Sunday, February 21, 2010



By Polly Guerin

I’ve heard people explode that something was a “pain in the neck,” but what about that awful “pain in the leg” syndrome?” Although the sensation of pain or cramps in the leg seems to occur at night causing sleep deprived sufferers, this discomfort can also happen during the day. The condition may be noted by women wearing stiletto heels that can result in the shortening and tightening of the Achilles tendon. If the tendon is short and tight because of heels, the foot loses its ability to flex up and down, so switching from killer heels to flat shoes can cause heel and calf pain. Sports enthusiasts engaged in hard running performance often put severe pressure on their feet and that is why you may see any one of them stopping from time to time to stretch their legs. Teenagers engaged in challenging school sport activities may also suffer from leg cramps. Clearing no one is exempt from this condition. Older people seem to be especially vunerable to leg cramp or pain. In the British TV sitcom, “As Time Goes By,” Lionel, the male lead, in a senior moment kneels down on a pillow to propose to Jean, but when he tries to get up a leg cramp seemingly ruins the romantic moment.
Leg cramps can result in some startling situations. I was in a movie theater with an older Uncle one time and when the leg cramps came on unexpectedly he uttered such a strike of pain and stiffened up that the movie attendant was ready to call for an ambulance. The leg spasm and leg pain did not last too long, and although he had had attacks previously he had done nothing to curtail their re-occurrence. It’s unwise to let leg pain go untreated as it could exacerbate into other health problems. While there are some respectable leg cramp commercial products which anyone can purchase at retail, but America’s prophetic psychic, Edgar Cayce had some very easy-to-adapt recommendations that are worth applying. Cayce recommended, “If the feet and limbs give a great deal of trouble, we would apply Mullein Stupes over those areas of the ankle, foot and calf. Put these (Mullein Leaves) on hot and then bind about with padding or wadding to keep the heat. Apply these stupes at least twice each day. Preferably use the green or fresh mullein. This would be bruised, put in very hot water and allowed to stand a few minutes, the dipped out and applied between gauze over the affected area. (2227-3)
There’s a lot to be said about the simply application of Castor Oil rubbed on painful areas of the leg. One young man who consistently suffered from pain in ankles and leg took Cayce’s advice and simply rubbed Castor Oil on these areas for several days and the pain went away. I can also attest to the curative powers of Castor Oil as I use it frequently to relieve the pain, which crops up occasionally in the calf of my left leg. When there is severe pain, however, one may also consider that it may be emanating perhaps from the spine. In any case, though self-medicating is good, you should always consult a physician to determine the cause of the pain and the proper medical treatment.
Cayce also suggested Castor Oil packs to treat leg pain and for that matter other areas of pain in the body. It takes time and patience to do-it-yourself, and it does not have to be messy. For the at-home remedy the materials needed include: Castor Oil, a soft wool flannel cloth, (a size large enough to cover the leg area or body part), a plastic sheet or blue pads, plastic packaging tape, an electric heating pad, a bath towel and two safety pins. FOLLOW THESE STEPS: First spread the plastic sheet on the bed to protect it. Being a practical person I discovered that two or three blue plastic training piddle pads that they sell in pet stores for dog us are equally protective. Just put about three of the pads with the blue plastic side down on the bed lengthwise with the white soft side up so that you can rest on it during the treatment. In advance to lying down on the bed you need to have saturated the soft wool flannel cloth with Castor Oil, but not drippy. Before proceeding place an extra blue pad under the leg to be treated. Lie down and apply the Castor Oil saturated flannel around the leg and then take up the ends of the blue pad and wrap it snugly around the leg. I like to tape the ends together with wide self-sealing packing tape. On top of that place a heating pad and turn it up to “low” to begin with then to “medium” or high if you can tolerate it. Now place the towel around the entire area even over the heating pad and fasten the towel in place with the safety pins.
Let the Castor Oil and heating pad do its curative work for about an hour and a half and then turn it off. When the treatment is concluded remove the heating pad (do not leave it on overnight), but the Castor Oil pack itself can be left on your leg. However, if you prefer to remove the pack simply cleanse the area with a solution of soda water. (2 teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of water) Don’t discard the flannel pack, even if it still has Castor Oil on it. Merely store it away in a plastic container for future use, even on other parts of the body when needed. I have used this Castor Oil pack on numerous occasions on my legs and other parts of my body with pain relief and return to normalcy results.
We stand on our feet for long hours during the day and some people’s work exacerbates the painful condition that is called varicose veins, which aggravate and tire the entire body. Edgar Cayce said, “Thus the great distress is caused when the body is on the feet for any great length of time; causing not only the disorders through the lower limbs and thighs but in the feel also. As we find in the present, those pressures that exist in the lumbar and sacral axis, a s well as the lower portion or coccyx end of the spine are the areas that need the more adjustment to alleviate those tendencies for the circulation that carries blood away from the heart, and yet is so slow in the return of same; thus causing the enlarging of the veins in the lower limbs. He further states, “We would also take Mullein Tea. This should be made of the fresh, green leaves and let steep for about twenty to thirty minutes. Then strain and keep in the ice box, so that it may be kept fresh. Take about an ounce to an ounce and a half of this each day. Keep this up, and it will aid in the circulation, in the elimination of the character of acid in the system, and aid in the circulation through the veins, that are disturbing.” Harking back to the previous paragraph where in I mention Mullein Stupes Cayce continued, “When there is the ability to rest, apply the Mullein Stupes to the areas in the knee and along the thigh, and just below the knee where the veins are more severe. Yet he advises, “Yet the Tea taken internally will be more effective.” To all these treatments Cayce recommended, “Do have the corrections osteopathically made in the lumbar-sacral axis, AND the coccyx area; and coordinate the rest of the body, for the tiredness and for relaxing of the nerves, when these are done. (243-38)
Cayce said, “Remember, life is vibration. Illness and disability are a manifestation of a disturbance in the normal vibrations of the body. So one way or another, Castor Oil may be an agent for restoring the body’s natural vibratory pattern. How Castor Oil does these seemingly miraculous cures is a mystery, but one thing is certain Edgar Cayce teaches us to awaken our sleeping beauty and to recognize the source of healing is within to engage our own power to vibrate with glowing health.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


By Polly Guerin
Some say that a woman’s face is but a reflection of her inner beauty and perhaps the celebrated British poet, Robert Browning’s poem, ‘A Pretty Woman,’ concedes to this theory. One verse reads, “So, we leave the sweet face fondly there: Be its beauty, Its sole duty! Let all hope of grace beyond, lie there!” Ah, but how to maintain a beautiful, youthful face, that is the question. It is not only women in the performing arts, socialites, movie stars and celebrities who are drawn to products that insure an attractive youthful face it is every woman’s prerogative. This quest for maintaining one’s beauty has fueled a cosmetic industry rich in commercial elixirs, potions, creams and tonics all promising to keep the face youthful and wrinkle free.
“Mirror Mirror on the Wall Whose the Fairest of them All?” said the witch in the Wizard of Oz. In the same manner don’t we all look in the mirror and start to fidget pulling facial skin tighter towards our ears or pulling at the corner of our eyes and notice how those crow’s feet seemingly disappear. “Well, don’t we say to the mirror image, “That’s how I used to look!” So how did these aging signs happen? Excessive massaging of the face can break down collagen, heavy drinking can impair blood circulation, too much sun does its damage, heavy smoking encourages wrinkles, and yo yo diets with weight gain and weight loss extremes take their toll as well. When Edgar Cayce, the great American psychic was asked, “How can people avoid aging in appearance?” He replied “The mind! I couldn’t agree more. I had an aunt who was handsome but not really pretty. However, she was impeccably groomed and before she left her house she looked into a blue tinted mirror and the world perceived her as beautiful by her radiant smile and sparkling eyes.
In a healthy person a large amount of fat is packed under the facial skin and as we age, this fat tends to diminish and the skin becomes less elastic and begins to show the telltale signs of sagging. In response to an inquiry, “How can sagging facial muscles be avoided?” Cayce advised: “About twice a month, we would have mud packs; face and neck, and across the shoulders and upper portion about the neck; especially extending over the area of the thyroids---as an astringent and as a stimulation for a better circulation throughout the system. (1968-4) Obviously treatment for the face starts at the upper portion of the body. However, once the skin has matured and deep lines pave their way into your skin and brown patches appear routine care will not restore a youthful complexion but maintenance will---cleansing, cell renewal, moisturizing and sun protection are the four keys to curtaining further deterioration. Yes, there are injections that erase lines and wrinkles, creams that stimulate the growth of collagen and surgery to tighten loose skin, even face-lifts to make a visible improvement on your appearance, but these can only be performed by a physician. There may be justified reasons to resort to plastic surgery to correct nature’s errors and in the worst scenario to correct serious deformities from accidents or war-related injuries.
The great prophet Edgar Cayce advised that, “Cosmetic surgery, the face lift, can be postponed or avoided entirely with a program of good nutrition, general exercise, massage, hydrotherapy, and special facial exercise. However, when the muscles in the face become flabby, the face droops, sags, and ages.” He further is a great exponent of positive thinking. “Negative thoughts and poor circulation accelerate the appearance of lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and muddy color, while poor elimination will not only produce blackheads, pimples, and dry or oily skin, but is one of the chief causes of major skin disease. Cayce advocated exercises for the face with the logic that if we can go to the gym to tone up our bodies, why not exercises for the face?
Remember those head-and-neck exercises I described in an earlier discourse on maintaining a gorgeous complexion. Well, back to the drawing board or should I say back to basics. These head rolls are an excellent way to start the day and perfect as a break exercise when working at the computer. Quite simple roll the head very slowly over to right shoulder, then to the back then to the left shoulder and return to center (repeat in the opposite direction, and do each roll at least 10 times). When performed each day, according to Cayce, his head-and-neck exercise will stimulate the circulation to the entire face, head and neck: keep the throat and jaw line firm; and prevent the formation of double or multiple chins. No cost, just your time, you don’t even have to go to a gym. When I do the head-and-neck exercise it sounds sand grating or crackling sounds that tell me the body is doing its job at maintaining my looks and sending oxygen to my brain.
Having been a singer for a long time with a chorale group I am thoroughly convinced that singers’ good looks well into their 80s comes from the vibrations within their head when they are singing. I was delighted to find that Edgar Cayce seems to support this theory as he recommends, “Do as singers do and practice the vowels going up and down the scale singing as loudly as you can (benefits the mouth and cheeks)” as follows: Oh—Oh—Oh—Oh—Oh, Ah—Ah—Ah—Ah—Ah, Eeh—Eeh—Eeh—Eeh—Eeh—and Ooh—Ooh—Ooh—Ooh—Ooh—and repeat these vowels several times. Even a non singer can perform these exercises singing, of course, for her own amazement.
Alas we all want to put our best face forward to a critical world that seems to worship the cult of youth. However, there’s nothing wrong with growing old gracefully, but by applying some of these really simple and basic, common sense exercises the face can appear more toned up, brighter and less wrinkled. So how can you avoid aging in appearance? Well Cayce reminded us, “The Mind!” For how we think about the beautiful face we present each day, so it is in the eyes of the beholder.