9 - The Doctors Catch
“One striking concept has come out of the Cayce health readings,”
Dr. William O. McGarey said, “the concept that each cell has a
consciousness of its own. Apparently, Cayce was able to identify
clairvoyantly with the consciousness of these cells, to look at
every gland, organ, blood vessel, nerve, and tissue from inside the
body. His unconscious seemed to communicate with the autonomic
nervous system, traveling through the sympathetic and
parasympathetic systems, which it controlled, into each and every
The doctor’s lean, sensitive face lit up with interest as he held
out a slim finger.
“An uncomfortable cell in this finger might tell
Cayce’s unconscious there was pressure on it, and the unconscious
would recommend an oil that would soothe and comfort it. All through
the body, cells were apparently conveying their message to this
remarkable unconsciousness — for even as there are wars between
nations, cells war among themselves.”
And in this conflict, there
was disease or illness. Like many doctors who had studied the Cayce
readings, Dr. McGarey had begun to apply them to patients and was
gratified at the results.
“It requires an almost intuitive
knowledge, at tunes,” he observed, “for the practitioner to sense
when some of these measures may be most effective.”
remedies seemed broadly applicable.
McGarey knew Cayce only through reading about him. He was considered
a solid practitioner, operating a clinic in Phoenix, Arizona with
his wife, Gladys, also an M.D. Like other physicians, McGarey was
vexed and saddened when the orthodox didn’t work, left with a sense
of helplessness. There was so much about therapy that was a mystery.
Recognizing his own shortcomings, the doctor brought into his
assault on disease a certain humility.
He did not discount what he had learned at the Cincinnati medical
school, or in the training years that followed, but his mind was
open. And so as his interest developed in Cayce, he did something
about it. He pored over some of the Cayce health readings, studying
their results, and out of the health readings of the unschooled
mystic, came successful adaptation of some Cayce treatments.
McGarey’s greatest luck has been with castor oil packs which have
helped reduce sundry abdominal complaints: stomach ulcers,
appendicitis, colitis, gall bladder. Conventionally trained, he
applied the packs only after more conventional cures failed.
His most remarkable recovery, a la Cayce, was an eighty-year-old
woman with an intestinal obstruction. Because of an irritated bowel,
he was afraid of gangrene. Surgery was inadvisable because of the
patient’s condition. So, as a last resort, he began applying the
packs to the abdominal area, which was noticeably distended and
sore. Within twenty-four hours, magically, the obstruction had
cleared up; within a few days, the patient’s stomach was as flat as
a teenager’s, distention and stress clearly removed for the first
time in years.
As Cayce had suggested, in cases of hypertension and high blood
pressure, he found the packs had a quieting effect in some instances
on the autonomic nervous system.
“Apparently by speeding up the
lymphatic flow,” he observed, “the packs relieved stress on the
sympathetic system, which directly reacts when people get excited or
angry, what doctors call the fright-flight symptom.”
treatment usually embraced the whole system, not only specific local
areas. After the packs, olive oil was given to clear out the gall
bladder and stimulate the liver, stirring an apparent outflow of
toxicity via liver, kidneys, skin, lungs. Apparently, the castor oil
reduced local toxicity, soothing stiffened arthritic joints and
modifying local abcesses.
McGarey’s theory of how the packs worked has been elaborated on
elsewhere. Dr. George O’Malley of Galien, Michigan, practicing
successfully from the readings, suggested that the castor oil packs
beneficially stimulate the lacteals, tiny lymphatic vessels in the
“Some authorities,” he said, “suggest that the
vital life force of the human organism begins in these cells.”
O’Malley, an osteopath, has been applying the remedies Cayce dredged
out of his dreams, since the time a friend impishly gave him a copy
of Tom Sugrue’s book, There Is a River, which features the Cayce
cures. Intrigued, O’Malley obtained files of Cayce readings on
diseases particularly difficult to treat. He noticed that castor oil
packs were commonly recommended, as was Atomidine, an iodine
derivative. Where an eye specialist had failed, O’Malley reported
relieving a corneal ulcer with two drops of Atomidine daily, just as
Cayce had recommended.
But his most outstanding successes came with
castor oil packs. In one notable case, even as surgeons were
planning to operate on a fifty-fouryear-old patient for an abdominal
obstruction, O’Malley kept faithfully applying his castor oil packs.
When an electrical storm held up the operation, the packs were
additionally continued, and then an hour before the rescheduled
surgery, the obstruction dramatically cleared up, and the surgery
became unnecessary. O’Malley has reported similar success with
chronically inflamed gall bladder, chronic stomach disorders,
ulcerative colitis, chronic appendicitis, even swelling of feet—all
as susceptible to the packs as the obstructions.
From the Cayce readings O’Malley concluded that castor oil packs,
absorbed through the skin, served to relieve abdominal congestion
due to sluggishness of the lymphatic circulation.
Widely used as a
laxative internally, castor oil is sometimes known as Palma Christus—the
hand of Christ.
“The action of the castor oil on the skin is
twofold,” the doctor found. “It directly stimulates the lymphatic
flow through the superficial and deep lymphatic vessels, and
strengthens some deep organs of the abdomen.”
O’Malley applied the packs just as Cayce had outlined.
thicknesses of soft flannel soaked in hot castor oil were applied
over the abdomen in the area of the liver and gall bladder,
extending down over the caecum [right lower quadrant of the abdomen]
and appendix. A heating pad or heat lamp was used to retain the
heat, with the packs applied three consecutive days each week, for
one and a half to three hours per day. They were followed by olive
oil taken internally for the next three days.
doctor theorized, “the olive oil stimulates the increased production
of lymph, which acts to decrease the circulatory stasis [stoppage]
in most abdominal disfunctions. At the same time, it stimulates the
production of lymphocytes, a forerunner in the body-defense
Whatever happened, the relief of ailments which had been
troubling people for years was often miraculous.
One day, O’Malley made an emergency call on a middle-aged school
teacher, stricken with an apparent heart attack at the dinner table.
He soon discovered that she had a history of chonic pain aggravated
by injudicious, fatty foods. X-rays revealed an inflamed,
nonfunctional gall bladder. Her heart was sound. She was anxious to
get back to her classes, as only two weeks of the semester remained.
“Doctor,” she said, “it would please me and my class to finish the
Castor oil packs were relatively new in the O’Malley
armory at this time. He told the teacher about them, and she agreed
to give it a try.
“She was instructed to report any adverse symptom
at once,” the doctor said, “and keep us up on her progress.”
later the husband phoned to report his wife better than in years.
The deceptive heaviness in the chest had virtually disappeared. She
was to continue the packs for another week. The next report, weeks
later, came from the local superintendent of schools, as he
mentioned how well the teacher looked as the new term opened. In
three months there was no recurrence.
Ulcerative colitis was like a plague to most doctors, difficult to
diagnose, difficult to treat. An elderly woman, sixty-six, injured
in an auto accident, entered a clinic; the diagnosis was ulcerative
colitis, due to trauma and shock. Treated six months, she lost
considerable weight, as she was afraid to eat, since it immediately
irritated her bowel. When she complained of palpitations, the family
feared a heart condition and called in O’Malley.
prescribed castor oil packs.
“With the first treatment,” he noted,
“she began to respond. After three weeks, all the pain had subsided
in her abdomen. She began sleeping without medication.”
One of the more rewarding cures, so unexpected, came in treating an
eight-year-old girl for a recurring abdominal pain, dating back to a
siege of measles. She was operated on for chronic appendicitis, and
surgery revealed an old appendix rupture, complicated by an acute
abscess. Due to adhesions, the removal of the appendix was
difficult, and the child’s condition critical. There was abdominal
bloating, vomiting, high temperature.
Antibiotics were not effective. Finally, castor oil packs were used,
for an hour at a time, three times a day.
“There was slight
improvement during the first twenty-four hours,” O’Malley observed,
“but by the third day, the bloating began to subside, and the
The packs were continued for twelve days of
“It is my conviction,” the doctor recorded, “that the
castor oil packs stimulated the body’s defense mechanism, and with
the improved circulation, the medication helped to restore
homeostasis [equilibrium between cells]. It was of interest to note
that an anemia, which the patient had picked up, appeared to respond
much better to iron therapy while the castor oil packs were being
applied to the abdomen.”
As they relieved congestion, the castor oil packs were helpful also
in reducing excrescences such as moles, warts, and cysts, and in
psoriasis, gout, and kidney stones. Like McGarey, O’Malley not only
profited from treatment of specific cases, but gained a broader
concept of what some ailments were all about. The castor oil packs
seemed helpful in maladies where a lack of lymphatic circulation
resulted in improper removal of “toxins of the body or of the
This seemed to offer the possibility that the packs might
have even broader application.
“In tabulated cases of psoriasis,
cancer, and arthritis,” O’Malley observed, “the readings refer to
lack of absorption of lymph circulation through the alimentary
Many healers have pored over Cayce’s remedies for such mystifying
ailments as arthritis and cancer, looking for clues that would be
therapeutically helpful in their treatment. Many “cures” for
arthritis are recorded in the Cayce files, with testimonials years
later from those who got well. Cayce approached arthritis on a broad
front, understanding what many doctors have only recently come to
accept: that arthritis is the body’s—and mind’s—reaction to multiple
wrongs and abuses. Scores of readings on this crippling disorder
were closely examined by Dr. Henry George III of Wilmington,
Delaware, descendant of the noted economist.
In forty-nine of fifty-nine cases under study, Cayce recommended
olive oil or peanut oil massage, general osteopathy with special
stress to adjustments in the cervical (neck) and low dorsal area in
thirty-eight cases. Gold chloride or Atomidine was used in
combination with these therapies eleven times; colonic irrigations,
cleansing the system some fourteen times. In nine cases, he urged
the subjects to improve their mental and spiritual attitude. He was
strong on diet, banning large quantities of meat in half the cases
and pork in virtually every case. Many were told to avoid white
bread, potatoes, fatty foods and grease, encouraged to eat root
vegetables. The progress reports were interesting. Twenty-three were
cured or improved, eleven found the diversified treatment too
complex to follow, two died before they could start the treatment,
and the balance couldn’t be located for a report-back.
It was rather absorbing to follow the question and answer process by
which Cayce arrived at a dramatic cure. In one pertinent case, the
subject was a middle-aged nurse, who had made the rounds of doctors
and finally turned to Cayce.
She got right to the point.
“What,” she asked, “is causing the hard
places or knots to form on or around the joints of my fingers?”
“The lack of the proper eliminations through the general system,”
Cayce said, “and the stimulating of the circulation in the upper
dorsal and through the cervical areas [through Osteopathic
adjustments] should set up better eliminations through the general
alimentary canal.” A diet suggestion: “Add to the diet a great deal
of watercress and beet tops.”
Nurselike, she was persistent. “Should anything specific be done for
the hard place on the joint of my little finger which is now sore?”
“Application of an Epsom salts pack will bring relief to this area,
but the better eliminations set up in the order as indicated
[colonies every ten days] will relieve the conditions through the
There was a war on, and she was an enterprising soul. “Would it be
safe—not harmful to my health—for me to donate blood to the Red
“Not harmful under the present conditions.”
She threw in still another digressive question.
“What is the best treatment for a bedsore—I ask this for my
patient?” Cayce obviously didn’t mind two subjects for the price of
one. “The best application as a general condition for such is the
use of ichthyol ointment.”
The nurse followed the treatments faithfully, and they worked. The
adjustments were made by Dr. Andre Aillaud, an osteopath, of
Charlottesville, Virginia, and the patient did the rest Some ten
years later, in November 1952, she reported back enthusiastically,
both for herself, and the auxiliary patient, with bedsores. “The
knots on my fingers cleared up; I gave blood six times during the
war years. The bedsore remedy was wonderful; my patient never had
any more trouble from sores.” In December 1965, when last checked,
the patient was approaching seventy. She was described as “the
picture of health.”
Philosophically, Cayce often intrigues the scientists who use him.
“I could give twenty or thirty case histories of arthritis treated
by the readings,” reported M.L. Hotten, an osteopath, of Arvin,
California, “and indicate good results. But when one starts to use
these readings, one cannot help but ask questions about some of the
gaps in the information. There is a challenge to the material which
we cannot easily ignore. We can scarcely accept health readings, for
instance, and ignore the spiritual and psychological overtones. We
must not simply use what we want and throw the rest aside.”
observed the same clinical attitude toward the Cayce readings that
he did in determining the best treatment for a patient; he suggested
that other practitioners do likewise. Many of the Cayce readings
dealt with arthritis, and a survey of the recommended treatment
revealed enough similarities for Hotten to arrive at a therapeutic
“A simplification,” he pointed out, “shows four major
1. Improved circulation through salt packs and baths.
2. Specific massage with certain oils and resinous extracts such as
myrrh and peanut oil.
3. Dietary alteration to change the chemical balance and reduce
intake of certain minerals. 4. Osteopathic manipulation of the third
cervical, the ninth dorsal, and the fourth lumbars; these latter
three areas are most often mentioned.”
Like McGarey, he had become convinced that the body was acutely
conscious of its own state.
“We know there is a ‘consciousness’
innate in the entity, which is usually termed the subconscious or
unconscious. This is usually related to mental activity, but there
may be still another type of consciousness at a still deeper level
which is sensitive to the state of balance existing in the
sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems.”
Because nobody else could apparently explore this consciousness, the
Cayce readings, together with the underlying philosophy, became
doubly important. And so Dr. Hotten delved eagerly into Cayce’s
conception of the cause of disease, and of healing.
possible,” Cayce was once asked, “to give information through
psychic readings, which will lead to the cure of diseases now known
“We find that all conditions existent in physical bodies
are produced by that which may be met. There are in truth no
incurable conditions. For each ailment is the result of the breaking
of a law. Healing will of necessity come when there is compliance
with other laws which meet the needs. No healing is perfected
without some psychic force exerted. In regard to healing of any
kind, the counteracting force, whether operative or medicinal, or
self-producing, is nothing more nor less than the active force
exerted in psychic force.”
Apparently, this was one reason why Cayce preferred a request from
an individual for a health reading. He wanted subjects whose minds
were already prepared for help. Just as many skeptics have been
converted through exposure to the Cayce readings, Hotten feels that
science might learn more about healing if it would but consider
ideas foreign to orthodox medical concepts.
“It is really
unscientific and dogmatic,” he observed, “to indict any treatment,
concept or idea because one thinks it has no value.”
arthritic have been helped, so may the cancer-ridden. And just as
peanut oil was helpful in arthritis, that was the function of
almonds, frequently mentioned by Cayce in cancer therapy.
often emphasized the vibrations of various substances, and Hotten
“Is it the vibration of peanut oil, applied once or
twice a week, which helps prevent arthritis? What is the vibratory
nature of almonds that could alter the physiology of the body so
that, for one individual at least, one or two almonds a day would
help prevent cancer?”
Hotten was not saying that almonds would
prevent or cure cancer. He was just suggesting that the possibility
be scientifically explored.
“Now that cancer cells can be grown on
synthetic culture media, perhaps the chemical components of almonds
could become a subject for such research. Or,” he added with
delicate irony, “perhaps this is too simple an idea to appeal to men
who are searching for a drug to cure disease, rather than
considering the delicate chemical balance probably essential for
prevention of disordered physiology.”
The doorway on apparently universal knowledge was not closed to
those with open minds. “One man in our time, Edgar Cayce, with deep
inner desire and perfected vehicle, was able to be the perfect
channel, while in hypnotic trance. Let us not close the door on that
channel.” It is easy to see why even the most open-minded doctors
were baffled by Cayce. His knowledge of the anatomy, disease and
drags was encyclopedic. He was an authority on diet, down to the
last calorie and vitamin, and gave minute lists of meals for his
He not only prescribed the drags, but told how they should
be made, just as he once said how a glass of orange juice should be
ten minutes in the drinking. His treatments were many-sided. Not
only diet and drags, but massage and manipulation and therapeutic
baths, all for the same patient; whatever would help. A fully
documented report on one of his most outstanding cases was a marvel
of detail. Reading it, one wondered how even the most erudite
physician could have been so explicit in diagnosis and treatment,
not to mention one who had never progressed beyond grade school.
To the sleeping Cayce, the body was a connecting network of blood,
muscle, nerves, and bone, and when any of these were out of order,
the whole entity, as he described the individual, was out of order.
In one instance, the subject was suffering from paralysis of the
limbs, and had consulted many doctors without success. He was a man
of thirty-five, doomed to invalidism.
Cayce, reading for this man
three hundred miles away, whom he had never seen, said the patient
was suffering a disturbance in the lower lumbar plexus, affecting
coordination of the sympathetic and cerebrospinal nervous systems.
With great detail he advised adjustments of the spine, specifying
the dorsal and cervical vertebrae, and declaring that the resultingly restored vibration of the bod; would help step up the
blood supply and hasten the healing process.
As a supplementary aid,
he recommended a concoction of herbs and told how it should be put
together. Nobody could have consciously memorized it:
“First, we would take eight ounces of distilled water. To this add
garden sage one-half ounce, ambrosia leaves, no; much stems, but
Then: “Prickly ash and dog fennel,
one-quarter ounce, and wild ginseng, one-half ounce.”
continued: “Reduce this by simmering, not boiling too strong, to
one-half the quantity. Strain, and while warm, add one and a half
ounce 85 proof alcohol, with one dram of balsam of tolu cut in same.
Then add three minims tincture of capsici. The dose would be half a
teaspoonful four times each day, taken about fifteen to twenty
minutes before the meals.”
He then minutely described each meal. Breakfast would consist
principally of citrus fruits, though gruels might be added,
“especially those of the whole wheat, of the oat, or of those where
both the gluten from rice and wheat are combined.”
He even directed
how the patient should be handled.
“Positive suggestion, in a
gentle, quiet, easy way and manner. Blustering will only irritate.
To scold, or to be too much of the commanding nature, is to destroy
that which may be built up in the body.”
There was even a moral,
years ahead of its time: “Teach or train the body not only to be
good, but to be good for something.”
The first reading for the paralytic occurred in September 1930. To
make sure treatments were properly administered, the patient was
moved to the then functioning Cayce Hospital on October 6. He
remained a patient there until October 24, and then, showing marked
progress, was returned to his home to continue the treatment.
person who had sent him to Cayce noted with satisfaction,
have admitted their inability to help, and yet his cure will now be
a comparatively fast one.”
His appetite was picking up, he was
gaining weight, and beginning to move his limbs, and take a few
halting steps. In November, he was walking. He sent the Cayce
Foundation a grateful letter on November 17. “I am glad to tell you
that I am still gaining. I weigh 170 [a gam of thirty pounds]. I can
walk about a mile in a day, but of course I get awfully tired.” His
care was supervised by Dr. Theodore J. Berger, a New York osteopath.
On December 1, he had another reading, and the treatment modified
because of his improvement. Cayce stressed massage for the reviving
circulation. “We would change now to one general Osteopathic
treatment each week, and one massage with balsam of sulphur in the
lumbar and sacral regions, rubbing thoroughly along the limbs to the
knees and ankles, following the course of the muscles rather than
the nerves. Greater strength will be gained by the body through this
application.” It could be done by any masseur, or by somebody at
home, if thorough.
The balsam of sulphur, not too dry, was to be
“into the lumbar and sacral regions, and along
the muscular portions of the limbs, to the feet, ankles, and on to
the upper portion of the body, to the hips.”
The general diet was to
be maintained, along with outdoor exercise. And then Cayce
predicted, “It will be found that earlier than expected the body
will be able to return to daily labors.” An interesting sidelight
developed, when the subject asked if he should stop smoking.
“If in moderation,” Cayce replied, “does not become harmful to the
body.” In February of 1931, a few months after the first reading,
the patient was so much better that he asked for a life reading,
feeling that if Cayce was so right about the physical he most likely
was right about everything else.
Cayce kept to the physical at first. He altered the diet, since the
patient was now too heavy.
“Leave off too much starches for the next
thirty to forty days. The only character of meat being either kid or
lamb; nerve-building meats, no sweets, no butter; taking all foods
in as near its natural state as possible, without sugar.
No potatoes of any kind.” The drug intake was tapered off. “When
it’s to be filled again, leave off. Decrease in quantity until this
is gone.” Then some job advice: return to work at once, in congenial
“What kind of work?” the convalescent asked.
“That which has been followed, or found to be more keeping with the
nature or tendencies of the body.”
There was one last question. “Any advice regarding mental or
He was pleasantly reassured. In the discipline of getting well he
had also developed spirit and mind.
“As the body has built in the
mental force, this recuperation has begun. Keep an ideal and work
In May of 1931, the patient was reported fully recovered. The A.R.E.
record revealed a letter of gratitude to Cayce from his
sister-in-law. “It took a great responsibility off our shoulders. He
is fine, working every day and always talking about you.” Six months
later, the patient added his own testimonial.
His name was not used, but was available, together with this
“I am writing this letter in appreciation of all you did
for me. When I went under your care, I could not use my hands to
write, and my legs were partially paralyzed and I could not
straighten them out at all. I only weighed 140 pounds. I had been in
this condition for six months previous and was gradually getting
worse. I was not at the Cayce Hospital one week before I wrote
letters home and straightened my legs out and have gradually gained
I now weigh 184 pounds. Also medical doctors had as much as told me
there was no help for my condition. I was able to go to work May 5,
1931, eight months after I started your treatment and have not laid
off one day since. When I got home everyone was more than surprised
to see me walking as good as ever again. I cannot word this letter
to show my appreciation and thank you enough. As you know, when
people first hear about a reading they cannot believe in it. I did
not at first and I hope others who are sick will let you help them
before waiting too long.”
The Cayce concoctions amazed the
pharmacists, who had seen nothing like them before. As a young
druggist fresh from college in Richmond, Virginia, Milton H. Snyder
had knit his brow over the prescriptions of herbs and roots that
Cayce had sent into the Virginia Beach pharmacy where he worked.
In one prescription, for instance, the man who had never looked at a
medical book or pharmaceutical journal ordered for a patient two
ounces of strained honey, brought to a boil in four ounces of
distilled water, and then—before it had cooled entirely, but after
it had stopped steaming— added: Essence from wild ginseng, tincture
of stillingia, essence of wild turnip, essence of wild ginger (made
from the herb itself); essence of cinchona bark.”
“Shake the solution before the dose is taken, which
would be half a teaspoonful twice each day, preferably before the
morning meal and before the time for retiring in the evening. Take
the whole quantity.”
In time, Snyder moved from the drug to the
jewelry business, operating a shop in Portsmouth, Virginia. However,
his thoughts often turned to the eccentric Cayce.
recalled, could have shown more concern for a patient, including an
inordinate interest in the mixtures he had specified in his
readings, which he referred to constantly.
“He would stand over me
in the beginning,” Snyder recalled, “and make sure that I boiled a
preparation in an enamel pot rather than metal, so that there would
be no danger of contamination.”
There had been no potions like Cayce’s since the Middle Age
alchemists, Snyder reckoned, but the roots and herbs were certainly
harmless, it not helpful, and he had no compunction about filling
“There was no question of Cayce’s sincerity,” he drawled, “he
wanted everything just the way it was ordered.”
Had Snyder ever had a reading?
He could recall having one, back in January of 1931, not long before
the Cayce hospital closed. He was bothered by a bladder problem and
bad headaches, and his employer, S. J. Benstock, had made an
appointment for him. Snyder had not been impressed.
“I don’t think
he helped me,” he said reflectively, “but he was a nice man, quite
“I had understood,” I said, “that his treatments helped practically
everybody who did exactly what he said.”
“Well, I don’t remember now what he told me,” Snyder said, “it was
quite a time ago, but I finally went over to Charlottesville and
some medical doctor fixed me up.” “May I check through your
reading?” I asked.
Snyder laughed. “I’d be right curious myself to see what there was.”
It was no problem finding the reading. Snyder had been twenty-four
years old at the time. In the file, there was no complaint, no hint
of his ailment, just the request for a physical reading. The Cayce
reading was rather brief. By and large, Cayce said, the subject was
in good shape, organically sound though functioning improperly. He
blamed some of his difficulties on the digestive and nervous system,
causing at tunes headaches, as well as problems with eyes and
throat. At any rate, Cayce had the headaches right.
Additionally, the reading continued, these conditions distributed
toxins throughout the system, and produced pressures in various
parts of the body. Cayce’s remedy was rather simple, too simple
perhaps. He recommended a diet that would combat the “acid forces in
the body” and osteopathic adjustments in the cervical and dorsal
area, so that the nerve impulses, now under impairing pressure,
would function normally.
That was all for the reading, but Snyder had some questions.
causes the specific ailment?” “By the creating of a balance in the
digestive and assimilating system,” Cayce replied, “we will overcome
these disorders. Also those pressures that exist in the lower
portion of the system, for these are as of a filling up of the
I remembered Snyder telling me of a urination problem.
“Are the kidneys in good condition?” That question soon followed.
“These are in sympathetic disorder, from the over amount of the
pressure produced from the poisons [toxics]. Remove the pressures
that produce same, and we will bring the condition to normalcy.”
Snyder asked how often the spinal adjustments should be made.
“At least twice each week, until the muscular forces and nerve
centers are aligned through the cerebrospinal system.”
Snyder, who had been consulting a doctor, now asked, “Is treatment
now being given correct?”
Cayce replied drily, “If it had been, we wouldn’t have changed it.”
Reviewing the reading, it appeared to me that Cayce had been
half-right anyway. His diagnosis had been correct, headaches and
pressure trouble in the lower areas were certainly applicable to the
kidneys. How had he missed?
I got back to Snyder again. He was as affable as before.
A sudden thought had struck me.
“What did the osteopath do for you?”
“What osteopath?” Snyder said.
“For the adjustments Cayce ordered.”
Snyder’s voice came back pleasantly. “I never went along much with
that sort of thing.”
“Well,” I said, “that’s what Cayce suggested.”
“Is that right—well, I remember something like that now. I didn’t
put much store by it.”
“Then, you didn’t follow the treatment?”
“I guess not, because I didn’t go to an osteopath, and I didn’t get
any adjustments. I just couldn’t see anything like that then.”
Snyder’s voice became almost wistful. “I’d like to know now what one
of those osteopaths would say about what Cayce got for me—let me
know if you find out?”
A week later, I checked the Snyder reading with Harold J. Reilly. He
gave it an expert eye.
“The adjustment that Cayce described,” he
said, “could very easily have relieved pressure on the kidneys. That
was the area directly affected.”
Cayce’s Universal Mind explored public as well as individual health.
In view of current controversy on fluoridation, it seems noteworthy
that Cayce opposed indiscriminate fluoridation of the public
reservoirs, warning that fluorine could combine dangerously with
minerals already there. Cayce first considered the problem in
September 1943, when a research dentist asked,
“Is it true, as
thought, that the intake of certain form and percentage of fluorine
in drinking water causes mottled enamel of the teeth?”
“This, to be sure, is true,” Cayce replied. “But this is also
untrue, unless there is considered the other properties with which
such is associated in drinking water.”
His sleep voice elaborated,
“If there are certain percents of fluorine with free limestone, we
will find it beneficial. If there are certain percents with
indications of magnesium, sulphur and the like, we will have, one,
mottling; another, decaying at the gum.”
The dentist asked,
“Does too much fluorine cause decay of teeth, and
where is the borderline?”
“Read what has just been indicated,” Cayce
“It depends upon the combinations, more than it does upon the
quantity of fluorine itself.”
Still, an over-supply of fluorine
could bring on an adverse chemical reaction within the body,
manifested chiefly in the teeth.
“But, to be sure, too much fluorine
in the water would not make so much in the teeth, as it would in
other elements of activities which may be reflected in teeth; not as
the cause of same but producing a disturbance that may contribute to
Cayce repeated his admonition about magnesium and sulphur in
combination with fluorine, adding another warning about excessive
iron deposits. “Where there is iron or sulphur or magnesium, be
In a rather remarkable passage, considering he had no conscious
knowledge of the fluoridation problem, Cayce briefly reviewed the
natural appearance of fluorine in water, pointing out that in its
beneficial state it could serve as a safety control in artificially
fluoridating drinking water.
“There are areas within the United
States,” he said, “as in some portions of Texas, portions in
Arizona, others in Wyoming, where the teeth are seldom decayed. [And
where fluorine safely occurred.] Study the water there, the lack of
iron or sulphur or the proportions of sulphur.”
Cayce stressed that the success of any fluoridation experiment
hinged completely on the properties of the water to which the
fluorine was to be added.
“There are many sections where fluorine
added to the water, with many other chemicals, would be most
beneficial. There are others where even a small quantity added would
be very detrimental. Hence it cannot be said positively that this or
that quantity should be added save in a certain degree of other
chemicals (forming a beneficial combination) being combined with
same in the drinking water.”
He picked out spots in central Texas, northwestern Arizona, and
around Cheyenne, Wyoming, where fluorine combined with other natural
elements to offset tooth decay. However, supplementary water pumped
in from other areas could alter this natural therapy.
have been contributions from other supplies of water, there will be
found variations in the supply of magnesium and other chemicals—as
arsenic and such—and these cause destruction of the teeth.”
the best way of protecting teeth, Cayce said iron balance was of
“Keeping the best physical health of the body
and protecting it from iron or iron products that may become a part
of the body-physical in one manner or another. These (iron deposits)
are needed, but when their proportions are varied from normal, the
teeth do not show the proper relationships, when you lose that
quantity of iron needed.”
“What other factors are there,” the dentist inquired, “that control
and have an effect on mottled enamel and decay of teeth?”
The empirical Cayce replied, “The general health of the body and the
chemical processes that are a part of the digestive system, the
process of digestion, the chemical processes through same, and the
The dentist went back to fluoridation. “Should drinking water in
certain localities be prepared with a percentage of fluorine for
prevention of decay and for preventing mottled enamel in the teeth?
If so, how and where?”
Again Cayce stressed that the value of fluoridation depended
entirely on the type of water fluoridated.
“This would have to be
tested in the various districts themselves, much as has been
indicated. There’s scarcely an individual place in Ohio that
wouldn’t be helpful, for it will get rid of and add to that
condition to cause a better activity in the thyroid glands; while,
for general use, in such a district as Illinois (say in the extreme
northern portion) it would be harmful. These [possible fluoridation]
would necessarily require testing, according to the quantities of
other conditions or minerals or elements in the water.”
As remarkable as Cayce was, not all Cayce patients were satisfied.
Indeed I had met one, a psychic researcher, who was downright
unhappy about the treatment he had received. Even now, twenty-five
years later, he argued that Cayce was a fake.
“The treatment nearly
killed me,” he told me, with fire in his eyes. “Cayce didn’t know
what he was doing.”
As I had already talked to numbers of people miraculously helped by
Cayce, I suggested that something may have inadvertently misfired.
“Perhaps,” I said, “you didn’t do everything you were supposed to
My dyspeptic friend had been a victim of ulcers.
“I did what it said
I should,” he growled. “Cayce sent me to a chiropractor with my
ulcers, and he practically killed me.”
“Maybe,” I suggested, “the
chiropractor didn’t do what he was supposed to do.”
were often complex and an error conceivable. It had happened more
than once. Be sides that, there was always an allowable margin of
error, the claim being that Cayce was right at least 97 percent of
the time on his physical readings, a remarkable average if it
checked out. The researcher eyed me darkly.
“Don’t buy that tommy-rot,”
he said. “If it hadn’t been for the doctors I wouldn’t be here
Subsequently, I saw where my friend had chosen to criticize Cayce to
a reporter, who had added a criticism of he own, about the fees
exacted by the Cayce people. The las attack was patently absurd,
since there is no charge for treatment at the Cayce Foundation
today, and no treatment! In view of the charge, I decided to check
back on the questioned reading. It was all in the A.R.E. files in
Virginia Beach. The original reading was given on November 2, 1938.
Cayce found that the researcher, then forty, had “a great deal of
disturbance through the stomach, duodenum and throughout the
The subject didn’t have ulcers yet, but was
apparently on the verge. That was pretty good diagnosis, I thought,
since Cayce only had a name and address.
“There has not been
produced as yet lacerations or ulcerations in the pyloric end of the
stomach,” Cayce said ominously, “but there is more of a catarrhal
condition in the duodenum and the pylorus.”
He recommended a
“Not too much white bread, not too much of meats, and
never fried foods.”
My friend, like myself, was of a choleric
temperament, a researcher’s syndrome, it seems, and Cayce suggested,
“Whenever there is great anxiety or stress, do not eat, especially
raw apples nor bananas nor fruits of that nature which are
Additionally, he recommended hydrotherapy, a
colonic irrigation, and electrotherapy treatment,
to the system especially across the stomach, the diaphragm and the
centers in the cerebrospinal system from which the organs of
assimilation and digestion receive their impulse.”
I kept checking through the file. Four days after the first reading,
my friend, duly grateful, had written Cayce that the reading “was
remarkable and agreed in every way with the diagnosis of my
“I have suffered great pain for some
weeks, as you reported, due to partial closing of pylorus valve
under nervous tensions.”
He approached treatment hopefully. A month
later, I noted, poring over the file, that he still didn’t report
much relief. There was a request for a check reading, with Cayce
asked to be more specific: “How much electrotherapy—what kind?”
December 23, 1938, Cayce gave a second reading, pointing out that
“there is still some regurgitation from the duodenum to the stomach
through the pylorus.”
He recommended more hydrotherapy, but
cautioned against the electrotherapy.
“Not too strong with the
electrical forces that have been applied. These have been somewhat
severe. Use the same kind, but not so high, so much.”
later, on January 17, 1939, my friend wrote Cayce, asking for
another check reading.
“You certainly are being grand and most
helpful to me.” He asked: “Is former suggested treatment advisable
at this time?”
Cayce, disapproving of the electrotherapy as it was being given,
ordered its discontinuance.
“The reactions that cause almost an
extra flow of blood, or hemorrhage,” he said, “arises from too great
a quantity of the electrical forces.”
However, he suggested
osteopathic adjustments, and a new therapist My friend was again
impressed. Cayce, rather remarkably, had correctly visualized what
had happened, though at no time did he meet the patient, who was in
New York City all through this exchange.
“Your check reading was excellent,” my friend confirmed. “I had a
hemorrhage about two weeks ago, and apparently another one before
that while on the table taking a too drastic electrical treatment”
He had now returned to his own doctor, who was sympathetic to the
readings and wanted a test reading himself.
“Your own readings,” my friend continued, “have been amazingly
accurate and to the point—above all frank—even to censuring certain
well-intentioned treatments given. They have also been most
My friend now asked for a life reading, and an appointment was made.
Two weeks later, he again reported on his condition.
much better. Had a series of X-rays which confirmed report in your
readings. Also confirmed your statement that hemorrhage was caused
by too severe electrical treatment.”
My friend was bitterly critical
of the therapist, but had only praise for Cayce.
condition [another confirmation] was present, but with proper
treatment a hemorrhage could have been averted, as your readings
There was an exchange of friendly letters the next few years between
my friend and the Cayces, and then in 1952, seven years after the
mystic’s death, came the first indication of criticism.
“I did not
blame Edgar Cayce at the time,” he wrote. “I blamed myself for
having blindly followed the reading without double-checking.”
If anything had gone wrong—which it obviously had—it seemed clear it
had gone wrong in the application of the therapy, always a
possibility, at any clinic, hospital or health service, where human
frailty must be considered.
The criticism, where there once had been only praise, intrigued me.
“Do you know my friend?” I inquired of a Cayce intimate.
He nodded. “Yes, and I like him.”
“Do you remember his case?”
He hesitated a moment.
“It is my recollection that Cayce recommended
electrotherapy, and the therapist may have been more severe than he
should have been.” He looked up with a smile. “But I hadn’t thought
he blamed Cayce, since he wanted very much to do a book about Cayce
later, but Tom Sugrue got to do it instead.”
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10 - The Incurable Diseases
The Cayce file on cancer has been well-thumbed, and the various
therapies purifying the system given considerable attention.
However, one method of treatment advanced by Cayce made even the
faithful wonder. For Cayce, of all things, advocated the use of a
serum prepared from the blood of the rabbit. True, this was done in
only five cases out of the seventy-eight that he diagnosed as
cancer, but it was still rather bizarre.
He apparently recommended the rabbit in instances of glandular
cancer, of the thyroid, the breast. In two or three cases, he
suggested that the rabbit be freshly skinned, and the raw side,
still warm with the blood of the animal, be placed against the
affected area, in this case the breast of a woman. In one reading,
back in 1926, for a cancer patient in New York, he was quite
explicit about the use of the rabbit, both for external and internal
He had been asked,
“Should the fur be put on with the
raw side next to the body?” and he answered, “With the fur side out,
for the animal heat will add.”
And then he gave a description of how an anti-cancer serum should be
“or there may be prepared a serum from the infusion from
the pus from this body, injected into the rabbit between the
shoulder, and when this brings the infection, this injected or
placed on the sore will heal. Or the culture of same may be made and
injected in the blood of this body.”
Four years later, he read for a
cancerous woman, recommended the rabbit serum, and gave directions
for its manufacture. In the question period immediately following
the main reading, he was asked, “Through whom may this serum be
And he replied, “Hasn’t been made yet”
“How can this be made?”
Answering, he added cattle to the rabbit as a potential vaccine
“This should be drawn off—that is the wolve [or wolf of the
rabbit]—punctured by a hypodermic. This drawn off, and then a
culture made into the flesh of the same animal from which it’s
drawn, whether beef or hare. Then the culture applied to the human
body, or blood drawn and a culture made for the human body and then
applied to the body.
There must necessarily be experimentations,
with the proper heat, the proper precautions taken as to the
character of cell as is destroyed in the culture made, and in the
activity of the animal as well as human when being used. But for
this character of the condition [apparent breast cancer], this would
be most effective in at least fifty percent of such ills.”
dead more than twenty years when a startling announcement was
carried on the front pages in April of 1966: A team of doctors at
Wayne State University in Detroit reported an apparent cure for
cancer, a serum formed from the blood of rabbits and the patient’s
own cancer cells. It was apparently just what Cayce had anticipated;
particularly noteworthy was his warning of “proper precautions taken
as to the character of cell.”
Only twenty patients had been treated with the rabbit serum, so the
American Cancer Society wisely warned against raising false hopes.
Those treated with the new technique were all terminal cases. Still,
the research team headed by Drs. Paul L. Wolf and Norbert Czajkowski,
reported two complete recoveries, and “stabilization or retardation
of tumor growth” for eight. The remaining ten died. Total regression
came in a case of breast cancer and of cancer of the skin of the
jaw. Arrested were cancer of the skin, lung, and pancreas.
The Detroit doctors had begun their research project four years
“The technique,” the New York Times reported, “is one of
tricking the cancer patient’s body into recognizing his cancer as
foreign matter, and thereby triggering the immune-system to fight it
The process was akin to that described by Cayce.
patient’s tumor is removed. The tumor cells are then chemically
linked to a foreign protein, gamma globulin, from the blood serum of
the rabbits. The gamma globulin-tumor cell combination is injected
into the patient at intervals of several weeks.”
The New York Herald
Tribune reported that,
“Dr. Wolf set about attaching the patient’s
own cancer cells to a derivative of rabbit blood. He [Wolf] got the
cancer by cutting away some of the patient’s own disease and
breaking it up into individual cells. After treating the cells with
the rabbit blood and a Unking chemical, he injected the complex
mixture back into the patient.”
And so Cayce had indicated. In the
blood of the patients so treated, the medical team detected
antibodies against the particular cancer.
“Dr. Wolf hoped that if he
could produce an allergy to cancer, that is, antibodies against the
cancer, as the body sometimes does against penicillin, he might have
a chance of killing off the cancer. He knew, too, that it was
possible to stimulate antibody production to an ‘innocent’ chemical
by attaching that chemical to a protein totally foreign to the
One of the problems, as Cayce had pointed out in other cancer
readings, was that the cancer cell was an uncontrolled growth of
normal-like cells; it hoodwinked the body’s immune system into
thinking they had a right to be there.
“In these patients,” the
Times reported, “the body’s immune system does not recognize the
tumor tissue as foreign and does not produce antibodies against it.”
With heightened interest I turned to the Cayce file on cancer. What
else did Cayce recommend, and how far-fetched did it seem? Would
science take another twenty, thirty to fifty years to painstakingly
discover what he only had to go to sleep to learn?
On the cancer file was a warning that the extracts “are not to be
used as a prescription for the treatment of a disease” by the
layman. However, the information was available to licensed
physicians, if any wanted to use it.
Some of Cayce’s readings on cancer were given fifty years ago, the
last more than twenty years ago, when relatively little was known of
the consuming disorder. In all, Cayce gave 360 readings on cancer,
for 78 sufferers, and since his own death these have been
consolidated to present an over-all picture of the deadly malady.
Cayce said there were many kinds of cancer, nineteen variations,
externally and internally, arising from glandular or organic
disturbance, or from infectious forces arising from bruises.
Long before the modern concept of cancer, he described the
difference between benign and malignant growths.
“Ulcer is rather
that of flesh being proud or infectious, while cancer is that which
lives upon the cellular force by the growth itself.”
sarcoma, he said, was “caused by breaking of tissue internally which
was not covered sufficiently by the leukocyte [germ-killing white
corpuscles] due to the low vitality in the system.” Not necessarily
hereditary, tendencies were passed on and blood descendants should
build up their blood plasma.
In some cancer, he recommended mercury-type ultraviolet ray,
refracted through green glass; often combined with a substance known
as Animated Ash, taken in water. He urged also two ounces of beet
juice, the beets cooked in patapar paper so that the salts and
juices were retained. With his therapy Cayce expounded a whole broad
concept of cancer origin, linked to toxics overloading the system.
The ultraviolet, applied from the upper dorsal to the lower spine,
“will produce in the blood stream that which is as the strainer, or
eliminator, of the dregs of used tissue.”
He explained what he meant
by used tissue: “Each portion of the system uses so much vitality;
this [becomes] as used tissue, just as the corpuscles in the blood
stream become used.” Normally, there were accumulations of such
tissue in bruised areas, but it was either eliminated or so walled
in by white blood cells as to contain any potential damage to the
body. Many have found interesting what he had to say about X-ray
therapy. He found the ultraviolet through green-glass preferable
because “green is the healing vibration,” more effective even than
the penetrating X-ray that “destroys tissue, but not being enabled
to eliminate that destroyed tends to come back upon itself after
certain radiations.” la other words, destroyed tissue, too, became
noxious “used tissue.”
Cayce was a chronic pioneer. In 1929, the Animated Ash-Carbon Ash
was first suggested for a woman with cancer. A friend, seeking
information on how to make it, was told:
“Where carbon is used in a
near vacuum, if the residue produced by combustion [in a mercury
quartz arc lamp] were to be saved, it would prove to be a product
which, taken internally, would be more valuable than water treated
The friend experimented with the ash, manufacturing it until his
death ten years later.
“The product,” he reported, “is secured by
taking bamboo fiber and passing a powerful electric current through
it to secure partial combustion. The value of the resulting power
lies evidently in a vibration in a manner similar to the activated
foods being produced by German scientists.”
generally electrical vibrations; they reflected the health and
vitality of the individual. And Cayce again was decades ahead of his
time, learned professors only recently finding the human body one
big magnetic field.
“Life in its expression in a human body,” he
said, “is of an electrical nature. The vibrations from low
electrical forces, rather than the high vibrations [which have
destroyed tissue in this case] produce life-flowing effects.”
For both sarcoma and melanoma tumors, he advised special purifying
foods, in keeping with his concept of cancer as a by-product of
“Live mostly for a while,” he told one victim, “on
watermelon, carrots, beets, having these almost daily.” He
explained, “The watermelon is for the activity of the liver and
kidney, the beets and carrots for the purifying of the blood, as
combined with plantain tea and ointment.”
Both the tea and the ointment were to be made from the tender top
leaves of the plantain plant, the ointment drying up “warts or moles
that become infected and sore, and run,” the tea purifying
An ounce of prevention was clearly worth a pound of cure. Cayce
frequently cited the almond as a preventive.
“A form of vitamin may
be obtained from certain nuts—as the almond—that would be helpful as
Elsewhere he was more specific. “And if an almond is
taken each day, and kept up, you’ll never have accumulations of
tumors or such conditions through the body. An almond a day is much
more in accord with keeping the doctor away, especially certain
types of doctors, than apples.” The almond moved him to poetry:
the apple was the fall, not the almond; the almond blossomed when
everything else died.”
Almonds were a recurring theme. Somebody once asked if he should
resume peanut oil rubs. Cayce replied:
“Nothing better. They supply
energy to the body. And just as a person who eats two or three
almonds each day need never fear cancer, those who take a peanut oil
rub each week need never fear arthritis.”
Another gem was similarly
“Also there may be obtained from the turtle egg those
influences for longevity that may be created in certain cellular
forces in the body.”
Since Cayce’s diagnoses were often unconfirmed,
medically, skeptics argued that his cancer “cures” might have been
for anything from hysteria to hiccoughs. However, authenticated
“cancers” did come to him from doctors, and were helped, according
to follow-throughs made over the years by the A.R.E. One such
patient, a middle-aged woman, had been referred by a woman doctor,
who thought that massive surgery, recommended by other doctors,
would be disastrous.
As usual, Cayce gave his reading without seeing
the subject, in December 1937.
“While the conditions are very well
understood, the causes, and that which would counteract, are not.”
He identified the cancer, and its nature.
“This we find is a
sarcoma, an insidious condition, that is feeding upon the lymph and
the blood circulation.”
He described a sort of tug-of-war between
the cancer and the system’s natural resistance.
“Yet there is in the
system that which has at times gained upon the rebuilding and
replenishing system, and at other times the disturbing factors or
humor in the cellular destruction, which in its distribution
[through the body] have gained upon the physical forces of the
He traced the origin of this particular cancer.
“They [the cancer]
arose first, primarily, from too much of meats that carried an
infectious force and that, working with the mammary glands,
produced, through irritation, and through the breaking down of
cellular forces, the beginning or hardening in those glands in the
From there, as he explained it, the cancer drained into the
system, with various nodules, or little lumps arising in the
breakdown of certain cellular forces in the lymph, in turn affecting
the blood stream.
With all this, there was a weakening of the
organs. Cayce recommended for this particular cancer a course of
treatment stimulating the natural resistance forces of the lymph,
and improving both circulation and elimination.
centers in the cerebrospinal system, that make for the drainages
from the lymph through the eliminating systems.”
This was to be done
through electrical therapy, of a low vibratory force. Then:
least once a week give a maximum amount of atropine, giving it
through the electrical anodes [wet cells] attached to the ninth
dorsal plexus and to the lacteal duct (where the lymph forms) and
umbilicus center (the navel). The current should not pass through
the area for more than a minute in the beginning. The atropine taken vibratorially in this manner will stimulate the resistances in the
lymph, from which arises [the stress was Cayce’s] that producing the
breaking of cells in the body, thus destroying their effective
activity within themselves.”
There was a delicacy of treatment.
maximum amount of the atropine, though it may be begun with the
minimum amount in the anodes. Take the vibration, not injections,
for the age or conditions would prevent the injections from working
with the lymph.”
The disorder was attacked on other fronts. Cayce
suggested a purifying, low-carbohydrate diet, which the most recent
physician had already prescribed. Again he stressed the importance
“This should bring much nearer normal conditions,
and with proper precautions, without infectious forces or cold or
congestion or other conditions arising, should bring relief.”
other words, cancer was an affliction connected with the body’s
“When may improvement begin?” he was asked.
“During the first cycle, within twenty-seven days.”
A week later Cayce expressed the humility he felt about his gift in
a letter to the referring doctor.
“There is little use in trying to
comment on the information,” the waking Cayce said. “It speaks for
itself. Hope you will find it in some ways at least in keeping with
In six weeks, the sleeping giant received a report
from the treating doctor.
“As soon as I could get the machine
working [the wet cell appliance], I carried out the instructions.
The patient felt almost immediately that the treatment was helpful.
We really feel that the case is progressing exceedingly well and I
am hopeful of a complete cure.”
She added a grateful footnote.
most happy in feeling that I am, in a sense, working with you.”
Six months after the initial reading the patient asked for a check
reading. Miraculously, she felt better than she had in years.
the present time,” she wrote, “I am feeling far better and am
grateful for your suggestions to the doctor, to whom enough praise
and credit cannot be given for her faithful and untiring efforts in
bringing about a most marvelous cure in a potentially incurable
She had a number of questions for Cayce:
“How much of the
cancer condition is left in bloodstream at the present time? Are
further injections of atropine advisable? Has the malady affected
any organs or internal parts? If so, what course of treatment is
advised? Will there be a recurrence of the disease at any future
time? If so, how will it manifest itself?”
Cayce’s check reading was to the point.
“There are great
improvements in the general physical forces of the body. The
infectious forces have been eliminated. However, there are still
inclinations or tendencies. The system in combating same will need
more of the vibratory forces that have assisted in eliminating those
causes of disturbance.”
Treatments with the electrical appliance
could be gradually eased, then eliminated, The atropine could be
discontinued, unless there was a feeling of irritation in the
lymphatic circulation. But until the patient felt fully recovered,
she was not to extend herself physically or expose herself to mental
Cayce had not specifically commented on the question regarding a
recurrence. It was put to him again. His reply was rather
“This depends altogether upon the amount of irritation,
or how well the elminating is completed before there is a
resuscitation of the condition.”
The tendency lingered, but once the
condition was knocked out, and the health forces built up, so that
there was a normal balance in the system, the patient would be over
the hurdle. It all seemed to work. Four years later, the cancer had
not reappeared, and the patient, apparently fully recovered, had
moved to sunny California. Repeatedly, Cayce stressed there was
nothing incurable provided one got to the primary cause.
no point to treating symptoms. I had discussed Cayce’s healing
philosophy with a dear friend in Los Angeles, a voice teacher, who
had suffered from the disfiguring skin disorder of psoriasis most of
his life. The disorder had marred his personality, giving him an
inferiority complex with accompanying defensive ness and insecurity.
Sometimes, he wore long sleeve shirts even in the warmest weather to
hide the angry red scales or his arms; other times—when his
resentments got the better of him—he wore clothing which displayed
the inflamed sores to their greatest disadvantage. It was a way of
showing he didn’t really care. But one way or the other, it was
obvious he was never very far emotionally from his affliction.
doesn’t really matter,” he told me once sardonically. “I am a fat
old man, and nobody would love me anyway.”
Psoriasis was one of the first things I looked for in the Cayce
readings. I had stumbled through a thin file on the skin disorder,
when somebody mentioned that a local osteopath had been treating
psoriasis successfully from the dead psychic’s readings.
I made plans to see the osteopath, Dr. Olis M. Wakefield, a
respected practitioner, who had relieved my own sciatica three years
before with a series of simple adjustments. Meanwhile, I turned back
to Cayce on psoriasis. One reading was for a twenty-five-year-old
woman, bothered with the disorder for years.
Her mother, a
naturopathic physician, had asked Cayce:
“What is the cause of
psoriasis? What remedies will cure it, or what kind of treatments
will do the work? How long will it take until complete cure [of
daughter] is effected?”
The mother came to the obvious conclusion:
“If you can give this
reading, it will not only help our daughter but many others
afflicted with the same condition, for which medical science
apparently has not found a cure.”
As usual in health readings, Cayce got quickly to the point, picking
out conditions of a complex nature leading to incoodination in the
“While there is the thinning of the walls of the
small intestines and there are poisons absorbed through the system
that find expression in the attempt to eliminate through superficial
circulation, we find that there are pressures also existing in the
areas of the sixth, seventh dorsal that upset the coordination of
circulation through the kidneys and liver. These contribute to the
condition causing the abrasions which occur as red splotches or
spots at times.”
He suggested osteopathic adjustments, twice a week, for three weeks,
and then gradually spread out.
“There should only be required about
twelve adjustments, if properly made, coordinating the muscular
forces in areas where the sympathetic and cerebrospinal systems
coordinate in the greater measure.”
After six osteopathic
treatments, he recommended a compound prepared with equal
tablespoons of sulphur, Rochelle salts, cream of tartar.
teaspoonful every morning, either in water or dry on tongue, until
the whole quantity has been taken.”
Other recommendations followed:
“Then begin with yellow saffron tea, a pinch in a cup of boiling
water, allow to stand for thirty minutes, strain and drink each
evening when ready to retire. Occasionally, about two or three times
a week, drink elm water, a pinch of ground elm [between thumb and
forefinger] in a cup, filled with warm water [not boiling water].
Stir thoroughly and let set for thirty minutes. Drink this
preferably in morning rather than at the period when the saffron is
taken.” There was some diet advice. “Eliminate fats, sweets, and
pastries. Do have a great deal of fruits and vegetables.”
The mother inquired if psoriasis always had the same origin.
“No,” Cayce replied, “more often from the lack of proper
coordination in the eliminating systems. At times, the pressures may
be in those areas disturbing the equilibrium between the heart and
liver, or between heart and lungs. But it is always caused by a
condition of lack of lymph circulation through alimentary canal and
by absorption of such activities through the body.”
The reading was
given in April 1944, and I read along rapidly to see how the patient
fared. Unfortunately, the girl never followed the treatment. Years
later, the mother reported in response to a followup query,
reading was never carried out. She went to two osteopaths, and they
both made fun of it, so she quit.”
Cayce had better luck with his second psoriasis patient, a woman,
twenty-eight. The diagnosis was similar.
“The conditions that exist
through the thinning of the walls of the intestines allow the
poisons to find expression in the lymph circulation, producing the
irritation to and through the epidermis itself. Through the warm
weather these show the tendency for greater activity in the perspiratory system, causing greater irritations.”
Again Cayce prescribed the yellow saffron tea, but alternated this
with mullein tea, gathered fresh.
“Use an ounce of the flower and
leaf of the mullein to a quart of boiling water. Let this steep as
ordinary tea, and it may be kept for a period of a week, provided it
is put in the ice-box or kept very cold.”
He also recommended treatments externally.
“In the evenings when the
bath is taken, we would apply Cuticura ointment followed by Resinol,
both applied, you see, one following the other. Apply these
especially over the areas of the abrasions. Do not apply it in the
hair, but around the edges, and on all other portions of the body
where the skin is irritated.”
His dietary advice was a little more complex than before as there
was an obesity complication.
“Cut down on the foods that give the
great quantity of calories, increasing those that give the greater
vitamin content, especially B-l and B-4, as in all foods that are
yellow in color. Yellow corn meal made in bread, cakes, mush or the
like; carrots both raw and cooked; yellow peaches, let these be
practically the only sweets taken.”
He advised repeated use of grape juice, prohibited carbonated
beverages and sugar. After the saffron and mullein teas had been
used for three weeks, he suggested holding an ultraviolet ray rod
applicator in each hand for about three minutes at a tune, to step
up electrical vibrations. With all this went “patience, persistence,
and right thinking also.”
The woman began the treatment at once. In a week, she responded with
a happy testimonial.
“I just can’t tell you how much better I feel,
body and mind. The places on my body are fading away and I have lost
seven pounds in six days.”
There was a progress report five months
“The psoriasis condition cleared up completely, except in
places of scalp; there was some flareup, when careless of diet.”
I was now ready for Dr. Wakefield. I recalled Wakefield as a
down-to-earth practitioner, with one of the busiest practices on the
Virginia cape. He was a tall, spare, yet ruggedly built man,
reminding one of a middle-aged Gary Cooper. He had just returned
from a Rotary Club meeting, and was preoccupied with detail work as
president of the Virginia Osteopathic Medical Association. He soon
made clear his own views.
“If something helps a patient, even if the
treatment is not medically authenticated, I am for it. After all, my
chief concern is helping people, not establishing the superiority of
one concept of medicine over another.”
Recently, he had had some luck with psoriasis, clearing up the
scales of a twenty-two-year-old college student, son of a prominent
Virginia Beach attorney, who had vainly consulted specialists around
the country. The treatment had come out of the Cayce readings, and
in a strange way, as Wakefield recollected. In April 1962, a patient
walked in with angry red scales on his knees and elbow. It was a
clear-cut case of psoriasis, as to both location and appearance.
The patient was Lewis Love, an engineer. Dr. Wakefield told him he
was suffering from psoriasis, adjusted his spine, and prescribed a
mercury ointment. Spinal adjustments were helpful, but provided only
temporary relief. In all his experience, Wakefield had never before
cured a case of psoriasis. Love left, and he heard no more from him.
Eight months later, in January 1963, the patient returned to the
office, this time for treatment for a shoulder dislocation.
As he examined him, gently probing his body, Wakefield looked up
with a start. Love’s knees and elbow, he suddenly realized, were
There was not a mark of any kind on him.
happened to your psoriasis?” the doctor asked.
Love smiled enigmatically. “It’s cured.”
Wakefield fairly beamed. “You mean the treatment did that?”
Love shook his head. “I never tried your treatment.”
Instead, knowing now what he had, he had gone to the A.R.E. library
and studied the readings on psoriasis. He had then used the Cuticura
soap and the Resinol on his skin, and taken the yellow saffron and
mullein teas. Almost immediately, the scales had begun to disappear.
The next day, the open-minded osteopath was running through the
Cayce psoriasis file himself. And soon, with startling results, he
began to apply the Cayce treatment. Where patients followed the
treatment faithfully, relief was nearly always immediate and total.
The osteopathic adjustments helped, the osteopath meanwhile noting
that Cayce’s recommended adjustments so often named the third
cervical and the ninth dorsal, at which point the spinal nerves
branched off to major glands.
“Apparently,” Wakefield said,
“stimulation of the glands was vital to the Cayce therapy.”
It was four years later now, and I wondered how the Cayce therapy
had stood up. And so I phoned the Love home. His wife answered.
yes,” she said, “Lewis isn’t troubled anymore, except for an
occasional flareup, when he gets in a swivet. I suppose what happens
then is that he builds up an overload of toxics, and they permeate
through the thin walls of the intestines, like Cayce said, and show
up on his skin, where his weakness obviously lies.” She laughed.
“But he keeps calm, since he knows what’s good for him.”
What had Cayce said? Right-thinking. That appeared to be the
antidote for a variety of human ailments.
Though he never came up with anything like a Salk vaccine (so far as
anybody knows), Cayce was also ahead on poliomyelitis, advancing the
fortified-blood concept of gamma globulin, as well as recuperative
manipulation and massage.
In May 1934, he gave an emergency reading for a ten-year-old girl at
Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Without being told anything of her
condition, he diagnosed it as infantile paralysis, discussing the
“wasting of those centers of bulb gland or plexus forces along the
spine, attacking principally the locomotory centers.”
As part of the
therapy, he recommended a “transfusion from a body that has been
cured or relieved of that known as infantile paralysis.” In other
words, years before its introduction, he was advocating gamma
globulin to step up the body’s resistance to the infection. Because
of the girl’s critical state, he sent a telegram listing the
treatment There was internal as well as external medication.
three to five drops Atomidine thrice daily,” he advised. “Begin
immediately massaging not too briskly but to redden skin from base
brain downward on, not upward, even on lower limbs with compound as
follows, adding ingredients in order named: Russian White Oil, two
ounces, oil of cedar wood one-half ounce, oil of mustard twenty
minims [drops], tincture of benzoin one ounce, oil of sassafras
His directions were explicit: “Shake well each tune,
massaging what will absorb once daily or oftener if suffering
continues.” If a fever continued, he recommended the transfusion of
the built-up blood.
The doctors in New York had meanwhile diagnosed the child’s ailment
as spinal meningitis, whose symptoms are often similar to polio.
Cayce’s recommendations were resisted, though the child lay dying,
without any other help forthcoming.
The end with all its pathos was related by a family friend, who had
handled the request for a reading. Ironically, a transfusion was
effected, but of normal blood. “I got to the hospital at 3 P.M.” the
Mend reported. “It took me until 8 P.M. to get the doctors to give
the Atomidine, and to allow the rubbing, but only a transfusion of
‘pure blood’ was given. She passed away at 9:15 P.M., one hour
I was sorry that you didn’t get the reading for the little
girl sooner. She was beautiful; ten years old, sick nine weeks, and
looked just like Alice in Wonderland. They [the family] all
appreciated your [Cayce’s] willingness and aid, but it’s almost
impossible where doctors are so arbitrary.” Actually, the child had
little chance, as Cayce had said it would take from twenty-four to
thirty-six hours to respond to his treatment. Too little, too late,
a familiar story.
Of late, Cayce has been getting more attention
from the doctors than he did when alive. Quietly, many physicians
have delved into his readings, searching for clues to conditions
which resist orthodox therapy. Only recently an enterprising young
physician affiliated with the Harvard University faculty studied
extracts from the Cayce record on such incurables as epilepsy,
leukemia, and multiple sclerosis, and summarized the Cayce-given
etiological or causative factors and treatment program. His
abstracts in no way implied approval of the Cayce approach, but were
an effort to see whether a pattern could be worked out which would
lend itself to large-scale medical research. The doctor reviewed
ninety-five cases of epilepsy.
In a majority, he found lesions
(impairing injuries) of the lacteal duct (supplying the lymphatic
vessels) and the spine given as the basic cause.
“The lesions in the
spinal segments and the lacteal duct lesion,” he observed, “produced
what was described as an incoordination between the cerebrospinal
and the autonomic nervous system. From this data, it can be implied
that there was a type of reciprocal action between lesions in the
spinal segments and the lacteal duct.”
The endocrine or ductless glands were involved in some twenty-five
percent of the cases.
“Because of the disturbances in the lacteal
duct area and the spinal segments, the adrenals and the gonads would
be affected. These glands in turn would cause a response in the
pineal and pituitary glands in the brain. The end result of these
disturbances was an overflow of neuronal (nerve cell) discharge via
the central nervous system in the case of grand mal seizure, or the
temporary loss of consciousness in a petit mal seizure.”
The medical investigator stressed the explanation was incomplete,
unverified by present medical knowledge.
“The readings were more
concerned with treatment than cause,” he observed, “and usually only
gave as much theory as was necessary to understand and carry out the
Nevertheless, the Cayce readings tended to dissipate
the notion that epilepsy was inevitably tied up with a malfunction
of the brain.
The doctor briefly quoted from one reading:
Q. Do you find any condition existing in the brain, or is it reflex?
A. The accumulations that have been there are rather reflex,
produced by the condition in the lacteal duct [abdominal] area.
Q. Of what nature was the injury that brought about this condition
in the lacteal area?
A. This was a pressure, or a licking.
In another diagnosis, Cayce was considerably more explicit in
tracing the background:
"The causes arise from an injury received
some years ago, in the coccyx area [base of spine], and then
contributory causes later above the lumbar axis of the spine. These
caused a slowing circulation through the lacteal duct area,
producing a cold area there that has produced a partial adherence of
tissue. When there is the lack of proper eliminations through the
alimentary canal, coordination between the sympathetic and
cerebrospinal system is affected, governing impulses to the brain,
or a form of spasmodic reaction that might be called epileptic in
He warned that ordinary treatment would only make things
worse, increasing the attacks that “occur from this deflection of
impulse.” Asked the nature of the original accident, his Universal
Mind promptly replied: “Striking the end of the spine on a
In a minority of cases, brain damage was listed as a cause; even
fewer were involved with mental retardation. Where incoordination
between the autonomic and cerebrospinal nervous systems was
mentioned as a definite factor, the doctor found that Cayce usually
recommended castor oil packs, together with additional therapy.
“In order to break up the lesions and adhesions in the lacteal duct
area,” the physician noted, “a combination of hot castor oil packs,
massage, olive oil taken internally and manipulations of the spine
were employed. In addition, proper elimination and diet also were
supposed to have their effect upon the lacteal area. The hot castor
oil packs were usually given in a three-day series, and were kept on
from one to three hours over the entire right abdomen.”
The doctor, school trained for half a lifetime, was as technical as
the unschooled Cayce in describing how the pack was applied:
anterior and posterior from the right costal margin to the crest of
the ileum and covering the area of the caecum and the umbilicus.”
explained how it presumably worked:
“These hot packs were described
as being able to start the breakup of the lacteal lesions and
The heat alone would tend to increase the circulation to the area.
It was also implied that castor oil itself would have a beneficial
effect by absorption through the skin. In some cases, kneading of
the right side of the abdomen was advised immediately after the
removal of the packs, to help in the breakup of the lesions and
adhesions. This massage was done with either peanut oil, or a
mixture of olive oil and myrrh, and sometimes a combination of all
The doctor summarized the balance of the treatment, so effective in
“The olive oil which was given internally [usually two
tablespoonfuls] was to be taken at bedtime on the last day of the
series of packs. The olive oil as a fat would be absorbed through
the lacteal ducts and might help to increase the flow through them.
Osteopathic massage and manipulation on and around the spine
followed the day after the series of castor oil packs was finished.
The manipulative treatment was supposed not only to correct any
mechanical abnormalities in spinal segments, but also to stimulate
the autonomic nervous system to help overcome the imbalance between
the autonomic and the cerebrospinal nervous system, by an increase
in circulation and a relief of nervous tension. The hot packs seem
to be an essential preliminary step, that the manipulations would
have their maximum effect”
Cayce’s treatment extended to diet,
elimination, herbs, exercise. Olive oil was described as a natural
laxative. Colonics were recommended for those with a difficult
problem, diet was designed to be easily digestible, aiding
“The diet was low fat in nature,” the Harvard man
reported “with definite prohibitions of fried foods, pork, fat meats
and sweet milk. Alkaline forming foods and vegetables were
recommended but most tuberous vegetables were excluded
Acid-producing foods such as meats, sugars, starches, and condiments
In one respect, the treatment was exotic. Cayce
recommended a boiled concentrate of the Passion Flower to replace
the use of normal sedatives.
“Although in various places the
readings approved the temporary continuance of sedatives such as Dilantin or Phenobarbitol,” the doctor observed, “the ultimate goal
of successful treatment was the elimination of the need for such
drugs which acted as poisons in the system.”
He had a word about the
“This fusion was described as a nonhabit-forming
herb compound and not a sedative itself, though it was supposed to
have a calming action on the nervous system and to aid the
eliminations, as well as to help retard muscular contractions.”
Outdoor exercise was recommended both as an outlet for excess energy
and obtaining the fullest relaxation during rest He quoted Cayce,
“The body should take as much physical exercise, in the open, as is
practical each day, but not to be overstrenuous. Calisthenics or
anything which has to do with the general movement of the body in
the open is well. Walking is one of the best of exercises, swimming,
tennis, handball, badminton, any of these activities.”
The aim of the treatments, the doctor noted, was complete cure.
“Therefore, all traces of the underlying difficulties had to be
eliminated, as well as factors which would set up new tendencies. In
most cases the treatment recommended was at least six months.”
cure was not easy—but neither was epilepsy. Leukemia was one of the
more intriguing studies tackled by the Harvard doctor.
only eleven authenticated blood cancer cases in the Cayce readings,
and many of these were terminal, but Cayce did indicate a cause and
“The cause of leukemia was not given in a
detailed way,” the doctor observed, “but a disturbance in body
catabolism [normal breakdown of tissue to waste] was noted along
with loss of the energies of anabolism [normal food change to living
tissue]. Infection through the spleen was linked with an excess of
destructive forces of the lymph.”
The spleen has the function of
modifying the structure of the blood, and this is perhaps the first
time it has been pinpointed as the culprit in leukemia.
“It is a
medical fact,” the doctor pointed out, “that the red cell count
decreases and the white blood cell count mounts in leukemia. In the
readings this destructive process chiefly of red blood cells was
linked to an over activity and infection of the spleen.”
Oddly, the doctor noted, in one of the four cases of Hodgkin’s
disease in the readings (confirmed by autopsy), the described cause
and treatment was similar to that in the leukemia readings.
similarities,” the doctor suggested, “hint that perhaps there are
some similar underlying biochemical mechanisms having to do with the
endocrine glands and the spleen in various diseases of the blood.”
The sufferers invariably turned to Cayce too late—if they could have
been helped at all. Treatment, quite complex, was summarized:
Ultraviolet light (mercury quartz lamp) was to be. used forty inches
from the body with a green stained glass plate (at least ten by
twelve inches) suspended between the source of the light and the
body. The light was to focus for not more than one to one and a half
minutes in any one, spot with special emphasis on the spleen and rib
area, and not more than an allover total of five minutes.
Infrared light (thirty to forty minutes) was to be applied every
other day to the cerebrospinal area, particularly along the rib
zone. Also recommended was massage, osteopathic manipulations,
iodine trichloride (Atomidine), supplementary diet of beef juice,
rare calves liver, massive intake of fresh orange juice.
treatment was at least geared to where Cayce said the cause lay.
“The whole process of the disease,” the doctor indicated, “was said
to be caused by a glandular disturbance from unbalanced chemical
reactions in the body. This could point toward a biochemical cause
of the disease. One reading specifically mentions iodine deficiency.
This could be the reason for Cayce’s advising iodine trichloride as
a gland stimulant. In one case the thyroid gland was mentioned in
A lack of proper activity of the structural portions of the body
could refer to the red blood cell producing capacity of the marrow,
especially the ribs [which are mentioned specifically]. These
portions of the body could in turn be affected by the glands.
Mention was also made of the activity having become static in the
cerebrospinal system centers which control the marrow production
from the ribs. Apparently an attempt was made to stimulate these
centers through ultraviolet and infrared light, as well as manual
The same distinguished medical authority researched Cayce’s
treatment of multiple sclerosis.
However, he made the same reservations as with other abstracts, in
proposing controlled clinical trial.
“The summary of treatment is
not to be taken as an endorsement,” he warned, “the validity of the
data can only be decided by careful research in the form of
controlled experiments by qualified physicians. The etiological
[causative] mechanisms described are meant to be considered as
theories to be proved.”
The doctor pondered one hundred readings for sixty-nine subjects,
but was particularly impressed by one reading made at the request of
a physician, Dr. Charles Goodman Taylor, since this could be
scientifically validated as a case of multiple sclerosis. In
postulating how the disease formed, he integrated the material from
other readings with this specific reading.
“The basic biochemical
mechanism stated in the reading was that multiple sclerosis was a
result of a lack of gold which caused a glandular imbalance which in
turn resulted in a hormonal deficiency or imbalance. This hormone
was said to be necessary for proper functioning of the nerves.”
normal balance of metals in the system was out of equilibrium due to
a lack of gold primarily. In forty cases, gold was mentioned as a
factor which needed to be added to the system.
“The reason for the
lack of gold,” the doctor commented, “was tied to a defect in the
assimilating system [by this was probably meant the digestive
system] which in turn was kept in proper working order by the proper
hormonal balance from the glands.”
It was all part of a delicate relationship on which the well-being
of the body depended.
“Because the glands were in turn dependent
upon the proper amount of gold in the system, this would apparently
lead to a circular feedback relationship between gold, the glands
and the assimilating system. Though not explicitly stated, it could
be assumed that the disease was not caused from simply a lack of
gold in the diet, but perhaps from a lack of the capacity of the
digestive system to assimilate gold or perhaps inability of the body
to use the gold assimilated.
In this reading, a genetic factor was suggested as the underlying
cause of the imbalance between these three factors: gold, glands,
There was a way of checking this out.
connection of the normal balance of metals in the system could be
discovered in the male by a lack of sperm [i.e. some degree of
sterility]. However, it was not clear whether this was simply a
decreased sperm count or a lack of potency of the sperm due to a
lack of metals, most notably gold, in the sperm.” The doctor then
observed, “There is no medical data to confirm the theory that
sterility is a result of multiple sclerosis.”
However, as he pointed
out, impotency has been reported. Some type of glandular disturbance
was mentioned in numerous cases. In this case, in response to the
question “Which glands are involved?” the Cayce reply was:
about the liver and gall duct”
The liver was repeatedly described as
the direct link to the malfunctioning of the nervous system in
multiple sclerosis. There was a hormone deficiency but the lacking
hormone was not named. This missing substance from the glands was
supposed to be a nutrient to nervous tissue, and the nerves were
repeatedly said to lack proper balance of nervous energy or stamina.
Some of the apparent pathology was then noted.
“The reading stated
that this lack of nervous energy caused a poison to form in certain
nerve cells, and then other surrounding cells were poisoned. A
description was given of the pulling apart and elongation of
originally round cells. Perhaps this was the same process referred
to in one case in which the hormonal lack was said to cause a
breakdown of the cellular forces in the nerve walls and led to an
inflammation and irritation via an action on the nerve plexuses and
ganglia between the central and the autonomic nervous systems.”
was analogous to what medicine has since learned about the disorder.
‘This breakdown of nerve walls coupled with wasting away or
dissolving of the nerves could be taken as a description of the
pathological loss of myelin sheath or white matter in multiple
sclerosis. Pathologically, there is damage to both the ‘white’
myelin sheath and the ‘gray’ axone in this disease.” Cayce
remarkably mentioned a lack of “gray” matter.
The doctor analyzed three treatment approaches: addition of the
atomic effect of gold through a wet cell battery, massage and diet.
“The atomic effect of gold was said to be necessary for the
glandular production of the hormone which maintained the proper
structural condition and functioning of the nerves. However, gold
was not to be added directly to the system by ingestion or
injection, but vibratorily through the use of the wet cell battery.”
The wet cell was a weak battery composed of two poles, with a wire
from one pole suspended in a solution of gold chloride and then
attached to the body. The readings indicated that the vibration
given from the gold in solution would be electrically transmitted
into the body and have the [needed] glandular effect The vibration
did not act directly but only enabled other elements [perhaps gold
already in the body in an inactive form] to become active and have
the desired effect.
The wet cell was to be recharged [new solutions
added] every thirty days and to be used each day, preferably before
retiring, for thirty to sixty minutes.
Massage with nourishing oils was an important part of the Cayce
treatment. Curiously, years after the first Cayce readings, massage
became current medical treatment (as supportive therapy) for
As the doctor pointed out:
“It certainly helps
to maintain the tone of muscles which have lost their normal innervation [active nerve network], the advantage being that when
and if function returns, the muscle will not have atrophied and
However, there was a basic difference between the medical and Cayce
concept of the function of the oils. Where medicine attributes
chiefly a lubricating effect to the oils, Cayce said the oils
nourished weakened tissue, as borne out in his own cases, and by
Hotten in California, McGarey in Arizona, Reilly in New York.
There were two basic blends.
“The simple mixture,” the doctor noted,
“was usually a combination of equal parts of olive oil and peanut
oil plus melted lanolin in this ratio: two ounces of olive oil, two
ounces of peanut oil, one-quarter ounce of lanolin. The complex
mixture had an olive oil base plus peanut oil, various combinations
of Russian white oil, oil of Cedarwood, oil of sassafras root, oil
of pine needles, lanolin, oil of wintergreen, tincture of benzoin,
tincture of myrrh, spirits of camphor, spirits of turpentine, mutton
suet and/or oil of mustard.”
The directions varied.
“In the majority of cases, it was suggested
to massage from the spine to the distal [farthest] portions of the
extremities, but in some from the tips of the extremities to the
spine. Although the spine and extremities were mentioned most, the
chest and abdomen were also suggested.
A circular motion for the massage was recommended.”
With Cayce dead, of course, it was not quite clear what treatments,
even if generally effective, should be applied to a specific case.
As Dr. McGarey had said, commenting on his own research, it entailed
an almost intuitive rapport with Cayce’s subconscious to know when
to do what to whom, a la Cayce.
The recommended diet was consistent
with Cayce’s normal diet for the ailing, or well, for that matter,
“Foods containing B vitamins were
stressed,” the doctor found, “and sometimes brewers yeast or wheat
germ was advised. Seafood, liver, wild game and fowl Were
recommended as the meats, but broiled and not fried. The bones of
chicken and fish were to be chewed. Fried foods were generally
Raw vegetables such as watercress, carrots, celery, beets, and
salads with gelatin were stressed. Vegetables, fruits and cereals
were to be eaten much more than meat. None of the emphasized foods
were designated as providing gold in any form. Seafood was
explicitly mentioned as being especially important because of its
iodine content—the Cayce readings stating that iodine has an effect
on all the endocrine glands, not only the thyroid.”
The experienced Cayce reader had something to learn from the fact
that gold was not mentioned. Obviously, the problem was not so much
a lack of gold intake, but of activation of this gold, and this
apparently was provided by the wet cell’s vibratory influence. The
Harvard researcher pointed out that Cayce’s treatment was connected,
the massage immediately following the wet cell treatment, when the
body was extremely susceptible to external impulses.
scientifically, he added, almost regretfully, the Cayce readings
“only hope to give hints and point the direction for further
research which perhaps may unravel some of the present unknown in
the etiology and treatment of multiple sclerosis.”
After all, it only worked.
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