The All-important Acid/Alkaline
Balance in the Diet
by T.R. Aletheia
Although there are hundreds of diets and countless books written about them, when it comes to good health, the Edgar Cayce readings talk a lot about alkalinity and your pH. So what exactly is pH, and how does it affect your health? pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution as it relates to the concentration of hydrogen ions or, in this case, the tissues and fluids of a person’s body. The pH scale range is from 0-14. Neutral solutions, such as pure water, have a pH of about seven. Solutions lower than 7 are considered acidic: greater than 7 are alkaline.
The body functions optimally at an alkaline pH of approximately 7.35–7.45; any deviation just above or below this range can result in illness. Acid-base balance is maintained in the body by a number of intricate systems, of which the three primary ones are the blood, the respiratory system, and the kidneys. Illness or disease is a result of too much acid waste products in the tissues of the body. In fact, just as Edgar Cayce noted, an abnormal bacteria, fungus, or virus in the body can only survive in an acid environment. Unfortunately, acid waste that is not eliminated in a timely manner is reabsorbed from the colon into the liver and placed back into the general circulation.
It is thought that creating a more alkaline environment in the body can help prevent cancer. How then, does diet play a role in acid-base balance and cancer? All ingested substances, whether food, drink, medications, or supplements, and all circumstances, whether mental, physical, or emotional, that affect the body leave behind either an acid or alkaline (basic) ash residue in the body. Researchers have found that cold germs and flu viruses and other diseases, such as cancer, need an acid environment in order to grow and thrive. The goal, therefore, for health is to maintain a pH that is just slightly on the alkaline side. This is done by what many researchers refer to as the 80/20 rule in which 80 percent of the foods eaten are alkaline reacting, and 20 percent are acid reacting. This is the same recommendation given in the readings. In general, most fruits, vegetables, and herbs are alkaline-reacting while protein foods, starches, sugary foods (i.e., candy, cake), most dairy, and prescription drugs are acid-reacting.
Ironically, the Food Guide Pyramid recommended by the USDA, if followed as designed, actually promotes an acidic pH. The pyramid recommends two to three servings per day from the milk/dairy group, two to three servings from the meat group, three to five servings from the vegetable group, two to four servings from the fruit group, six to eleven servings from the bread/starch group, and to use fats, oils, and sweets sparingly. Thus, 65–67 percent of the pyramid is from foods that are acid-forming and 33–35 percent from alkaline-reacting foods. There has been much controversy surrounding the Food Guide Pyramid, with many opponents arguing that it should promote a healthier, plant-based diet. In addition, proponents argue that it was biased from the start, because it was developed by a group of people with strong ties to the dairy and beef industries whose goal was to promote their own products. In fact, in 2000, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) won a nine-month legal battle against the USDA for this very reason.
In the long run, the best diet to follow is one that promotes an alkaline pH using the 80/20 rule. The diet that best epitomizes this rule is the Edgar Cayce diet. This diet has been around for more than 60 years, and several books have been written about it (visit ARECatalog.com). Of course, it can be a challenge to practice this lifestyle, and even those of us who are educated on the effects of food and pH stray off course from time to time; however, just being aware of the effect of what you eat is half the battle.
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T.R. Aletheia, MS, RD, CNSC is a registered dietitian with a passion for holistic healing. She earned a master's degree in holistic healing from the Clayton College of Natural Health. Having one foot in each camp, so-to-speak, she likes to combine her knowledge of conventional nutrition with her love for holistic methods. Her interest in alternative therapies was born after the death of her father from cancer. The information in this blog comes from a variety of sources including conventional medicine, holistic therapies, and the Edgar Cayce readings. Cayce was considered the father of American holistic medicine and a medical clairvoyant. T.R. Aletheia is author of Cancer An American Conspiracy which discusses successful alternative
cancer therapies and why the medical establishment is hiding them from the public. Her website is HealthyNutritionOptions.com.
Disclaimer: The treatment options discussed herein are provided for your consideration and educational purposes only. Should the reader choose to utilize any of the information herein, it is done so entirely at the reader's discretion and risk. The author is not liable for the misconception or misuse of information provided. The information provided herein is not intended to replace the advice of your physician or a competent professional.
Longevity and Wellness
in the Cayce Readings
By Alison Ray
The concepts of longevity and wellness are as much a subject of discussion today as they were during Edgar Cayce’s lifetime. Scientific studies indicate that while lifespan is not only based on genetics, it is also based on individual lifestyle choices—including behaviors and environmental factors that can be modified. Most people would choose to live for a long time if they could remain healthy and energetic in body and mind. The psychic readings given by Edgar Cayce made numerous references to disease prevention and longevity, noting the importance of diet, exercise, and leisure long before the medical community noted their importance.
The Cayce approach to wellness begins with the idea that health is a state of wholeness and balance. Imbalance and incoordination can challenge us to grow and develop; thus illness can often be viewed as an opportunity for transformation.
From his trance state, Edgar Cayce reiterated that we are multidimensional beings; including physical, mental, and spiritual aspects, and must be viewed holistically. Since all healing comes from within, therapeutic interventions work best when assisting the natural, innate processes of healing. A healthy lifestyle is the key to staying well and preventing disease and each of us is responsible for making choices and applying what we know. The readings also stress that while all therapeutic modalities can be helpful, it is important to find the best combination of treatments for each individual using a person-centered approach that recognizes the uniqueness of each individual rather than limiting people to diagnostic categories and pathological labels.
Because we are physical, mental, and spiritual beings, “preventative measures” need to include all of these aspects. We can use balance in mental, spiritual, and physical activity using moderation, regular hydrotherapy, osteopathic treatment, exercise, proper diet, meditation, and prayer to prevent illness and extend life. We can also seek to reduce stress factors including extreme emotions, frustration, anger, and worry.
In a reading given for a 37-year-old insurance agent, Cayce said: “There are certain tendencies, certain weaknesses that are present in the body. They are not diseases–these are rather dis-eases, when certain stresses or strains are brought to bear in the mental, in the spiritual, and physical experience of the entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
This man was encouraged to adapt a more balanced lifestyle, improve his diet, and enjoy regular exercise. The readings stress that for life expectancy, health, and illness, the role of the mind was far more important than heredity and genetics. While Mr. 2533 had inherited a tendency for a glandular imbalance, he could focus his mind on a spiritual ideal and change his own expectations about aging and death: “…because your great, great, great, great grandfather died you will die too—is there, and is part of the expectancy of every cell of your body! It can be eradicated, yes. How? By that constant activity within self of expectancy that this condition does not have to happen to you!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 2533-6)
Also key to health and wellness is having a definite spiritual purpose or ideal and being of service to one’s fellow man. Having a purpose gives us a reason to continue when we encounter obstacles. Edgar Cayce taught this again and again. Here are a few of his readings on this matter:
“This the entity should alter within self, being not only good, but good for something. Lose self rather in the service of others…” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1726-1)
“Make the experiences of the life not only good but good for something, and we will find it will make the rest of the years of the entity’s experience in the earth much more worthwhile… For life…is an opportunity to show the appreciation to the divine within, with the divine in your fellow man, and if you act in that manner much more joy, much more worthwhile will be the earthly experience of this entity.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5294-1)
“... you will live as long as you desire and do good for others.” (Edgar Cayce Reading 5223-1)
Finally, keep in mind the importance of a balanced life. The following was from a reading given by Mr. Cayce for himself: “Moderation is the key to success or longevity!” (294-130)
The Cayce source implied that all knowledge is available within, if we seek patiently, persistently, and consistently. “For, as has been indicated so oft in each body, no medicine, no mechanical appliance does the healing. It only attunes the body to a perfect coordination and the Divine gives the healing.” (1173-7)
For more information on health and wellness, visit the online Cayce Health database.
This information should not be regarded as a guide to self-diagnosis or self-treatment. The cooperation of a qualified health care professional is essential if one wishes to apply any and all of the principles and techniques from the Edgar Cayce readings. Edgar Cayce Readings © 1971, 1993-20013 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
Holistic Pet Care – Catch the Wave of the Future
By Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH
Holistic veterinary care is in great
demand these days. The term "holistic" implies that the entire being—body,
mind and spirit—is being addressed. The whole is considered to be greater than
the sum of its parts. This concept stands in direct opposition to the Western
reductionistic view of life. Modern medicine tends to break systems down into
smaller and smaller pieces, reducing them to their basic building blocks to gain
an understanding. While this approach can help us understand how the body
works, often the modern doctor loses sight of the forest for the trees.
Holistic medicine takes many
forms, but there are common beliefs among these various techniques. First of
all, health is considered to be more than simply the absence of disease. It is
a state of well-being expressed as a vitality that resists disease. Health is a
dynamic balance of internal and external forces. From this point of view, there
is a broad spectrum of physical conditions ranging from perfect health to
As an animal declines from health
toward disease, she is first affected by dis-ease.
Dis-ease begins as an imbalance, which may go undetected by conventional means.
If left untreated at this early stage, detectable disease and possibly death
will eventually result. Often, holistic approaches to health can detect
problems at the dis-ease state and correct the imbalance before disease sets
The Energy of Life
Holistic therapies embrace the
vitalist concept that has been abandoned by conventional medicine. The
vitalists believe that there is more to the body than meets the eye. There is a
vital energy that animates the flesh. The Chinese call it "Qi," the
Japanese call it "Ki," the doctors of India call it
"Prana," homeopaths call it the "Vital Force," and
chiropractors call it the "Innate." It is this life force energy that
is the difference between life and death, and it must be nourished to maintain
The Body Can Heal Itself
While conventional medicine fights
disease, holistic therapies generally strengthen the body. The body is viewed
as containing its own pharmacy. Research bears this fact out. You may have
heard of the “placebo effect.” This medical anomaly predicts that 30% of
subjects treated with a sugar pill will improve; no matter what the disease is.
High blood pressure, low blood pressure, allergies—all can be alleviated by the
patients' own bodies. It is considered a case of mind over matter but it proves
that our bodies can heal themselves if conditions are right. The idea of
holistic therapies is to produce the right conditions for the body to produce true
Of course, fighting disease and
strengthening the body are not mutually exclusive approaches to health. For me,
holistic pet care embraces the best of what each has to offer. This concept is
referred to as integrative medicine. There are some cases for which surgery or
antibiotics may be the best option. At the same time acupuncture, chiropractic,
herbs or nutritional supplements may be used to speed healing in conjunction
with or in place of Western medicine.
Diet is the basis of health. It is
very difficult to build a healthy body if you do not supply it with wholesome
building materials. As is so often the case, when it comes to nutrition, the
closer we stick to Mother Nature, the
better off we are. Animals evolved over millions of years eating unprocessed
diets that are much different than what we currently offer them. Eating
strictly processed foods is as unhealthy for our pets as it is for us. Feeding
a balanced raw diet is best for pets.
Vaccines are an important tool for
disease prevention in veterinary medicine. Just like any tool, it can cause
more harm than good if used improperly. Yearly distemper vaccines should be a
thing of the past. Many studies now show that this vaccine lasts for years in
the majority of pets. Vaccinating an animal more than necessary does not make
them more immune to disease. Instead, it damages the pet’s immune system. Pets
should be vaccinated based on their individual disease risk and immune status.
The Wave of the Future
There is a reason that many pet
caregivers are seeking alternatives to conventional care. While Western
medicine can be important in some situations, there are times when holistic
methods work better. Combining the best of East and West is the emerging
paradigm of health care. This holistic-integrative approach to wellness is the
wave of the future, and in my view, is the best option for both pets and
Dr. Doug Knueven
Doug Knueven received his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987.
He owns and operates Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA (near Pittsburgh) where
he shares duties with 2 other veterinarians. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture,
veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. He also has
advanced training in natural nutrition, massage therapy and homeopathy. Dr Doug
has been practicing alternative veterinary medicine since 1995. He lectures on
the subject at state and national veterinary conferences including the annual
AVMA convention and the North American Veterinary Conference which is the
largest veterinary conference in the world.
written two books on the subject; Standby Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They ShareTogether, and The Holistic Health
Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. He also authors the “Holistic Pet
Care” column for Venture Inward
Magazine, available online to members at EdgarCayce.org/members. He’ll
be in Virginia Beach on Saturday, November 16 from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for the
Top Ten Practical
Tips on Holistic Pet Care program, a free event sponsored by the A.R.E.
Bookstore & Gift Shop.
Diagnosis from a Single Drop of Blood
By Kevin J. Todeschi
A recent article from The Wall Street Journal titled “Elizabeth Holmes: The Breakthrough of Instant Diagnosis” sounded eerily familiar. In the article, dated September 8, 2013, Joseph Rago interviewed Elizabeth Holmes, a 29-year-old chemical and electrical engineer and entrepreneur, about the company, Theranos, that she founded in 2003. Theranos is developing an entrepreneurial invention that could revolutionize medicine and diagnose any illness by processing more than 1,000 laboratory tests on a single drop of blood. Ms. Holmes's long-term goal is to provide cost effective, highly accurate, and simple diagnostic services to every American home.
More than 85 years ago, Edgar Cayce went into a trance-state to help a 46-year-old woman suffering from pelvic tumors and ovarian cysts. During the course of the woman’s psychic reading, Cayce foresaw the use of blood as a diagnostic tool, and even the possibility of diagnosing any illness from a single drop of blood:
“For, as is seen, there is no condition existent in a body that the reflection of same may not be traced in the blood supply, for not only does the blood stream carry the rebuilding forces to the body, it also takes the used forces and eliminates same through their proper channels in the various portions of the system… Hence there is ever seen in the blood stream the reflections or evidences of that condition being carried on in the physical body. The day may yet arrive when one may take a drop of blood and diagnose the condition of any physical body...” (Reading 283-2)
Although it may have seemed like science fiction in 1927 when the reading was given, this possibility has become scientific fact for many illnesses today. Blood tests are commonly used to diagnose diseases including cancer, AIDS, diabetes, anemia, and coronary heart disease. Tests can evaluate the function of organs including the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart, and even screen for risk factors for heart disease. With developments in technology especially those offered by Theranos, we now appear to be moving even closer to possibility of diagnosis of any illness from a drop of blood as predicted by Edgar Cayce.
Nearly 70 percent of the Cayce readings were concerned with the diagnosing of disease and the outlining of treatment. These readings are still being studied in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and around the world (with access to all of the readings via our member-only section
and on the DVD-Rom
). For many, Cayce was a last hope for an illness diagnosed by renowned medical institutions as incurable. While he had no medical training, when he entered into a trance-like state, he was able to tap into an endless source of health information. He could accurately diagnose illness and prescribe treatment for people he had never met or seen.
Since 1901, the information in the Cayce readings has been explored by individuals from every imaginable background and discipline. Throughout the last 100 or so years, the vast scope of information that was offered by Cayce has come to the attention of educators, historians, theologians, medical professionals, and scientists. No doubt, part of the attraction has been that regardless of the field of study, Cayce has continually proven to be years ahead of his time.
Kevin J. Todesch is the Executive Director and CEO of Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University, as well as a popular author and conference speaker. As both student and teacher of the Cayce material for more than thirty years, he has lectured on five continents. A prolific writer, he is the author of twenty books including best-sellers Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records, and Edgar Cayce on Vibrations. His latest book, Edgar Cayce on Auras & Colors: Learn to Understand Color and See Auras was written with professional psychic Carol Ann Liaros and explores tools for seeing the human aura and for understanding the interpretation of color.
Understanding Alkaline-Acid Balance
By Genevieve M. Haller, DC
Excerpt from the Circulating File “Acidity-Alkalinity”
discourse on the subject of the alkaline-acid balance can be either relatively
simple or endlessly complicated. This ranges from the simple advice of eating
foods that are “20 percent acid-producing to 80 percent alkaline-producing” in
order to keep an equilibrium in the body, as indicated in the Edgar Cayce
readings, (540-11) to the opinion presently held by some physicians that alkaline-acid
imbalance may be associated with degenerative disease.
Primarily, the condition of our blood must always be slightly alkaline, and a pH of 7.4 is
considered normal. (pH is the symbol used in expressing hydrogen ion
concentration. pH 7 is the neutral point. Above 7 alkalinity increases; below 7
acidity increases.) Any significant variation from this can spell death, so it
is necessary for the body to keep the blood at this level in spite of the
combinations of food we eat, the condition of our nervous system, and habit
patterns and local environment to which the body is exposed. However, there are
various tissues and organs of the body that vary in pH, and it seems they go
through continually alternating cycles from acid to alkaline in order for the
body to maintain the proper pH of the blood. Consequently, some body tissues
and fluids can be checked easily via secretions of saliva or urine in measuring
Dr. George Crile, in his book, A Bipolar Theory of Living Processes,
explains that when cells from the liver and brain were stained, the nucleus
stained acid, while the cytoplasm around the nucleus stained alkaline. In other
words, a healthy cell is composed of a proper relationship between acid and
alkaline; if it becomes too acid or too alkaline, it dies. In exhaustion and
death, or lack of sleep, the differential stainability of the cells is
decreased, or disappears. Thus, in a sense, death is associated with loss of
the alkaline-acid balance within the individual cells of the organism.
All life is composed of this duality, which must have started with creation itself,
and with the solar systems attracting and repelling each other on the basis of
positive and negative electrical charges. As the Chinese might say, everything
is “Yin or Yang,” positive or negative, masculine or feminine, day or night;
and these are the creative forces that produce life itself. Dr. Crile says the
brain, as the positive pole, sends out energy to various parts of the body,
which are negative, but which step up energy to positive and thus send impulses
back to the brain. There are various positive-negative relationships between
organs; and most significantly from the Edgar Cayce readings we are told:
In the body we have two poles acting to the living body, the
kidneys and the liver; the active principles are the same as two poles of
electricity in the body, those which give life to the body. The liver is the
stronger, excretive and secretive. The kidneys secreting, taking from the system
the impurities. That is the use of these organs. (4909-1)
there is an incoordination between these organs there is a disease potential.
The human body is a bi-polar electro-chemical mechanism, in which the
individual cells keep the flame of life burning. This continual energy
conversion (oxidation) supplies the electricity which is the vital force of the
Recommendations for Keeping Balance
A normal diet is about twenty percent acid to eighty percent
From the Edgar Cayce readings, and the consensus of many nutritionists, this is good advice. Dr. Bernard Jensen (nutritionist and owner of Hidden Valley Health Ranch, Escondido, Calif.) often suggests that four vegetables, two fruits, one protein, and one starch daily will provide this percentage.
The next question might be, What are acid foods, or alkaline foods? Unfortunately, foods do not react in the body as they do in a test tube, so, in reality, it is not always the foods eaten that determine the alkalinity or acidity, but what the body does with them. For example, when citrus fruits containing citric acid are oxidized in the body, they react as alkaline producers rather than acid. Even the tomato is non-acid forming (584-5). Yet dried prunes, plums, cranberries, and canned pineapple are acid-forming in the body according to Dr. George Wilson. He also notes that oatmeal, rice and whole wheat (alkaline foods) are oxidized by the body into acids. However, the acid of vinegar and hydrochloric acid are considered end products, and are not changed by the body.
Involved in this creation of acids and alkalines in the body, is the process of electrolytic combustion or oxidation, which, Dr. Wilson explains, takes place in the intercellular fluids. Its purpose is to burn up poisons, which may come from starches, sweets, fats and proteins that have been incompletely digested. Passing into the bloodstream, they become a part of the intercellular fluids. In such a state they clog intercellular spaces and cause stases, the forerunner of disease.
Information on checking the pH balance of the body was provided in the readings:
A general activity for a body in much of a normal condition is to
keep the acidity and the alkalinity in a proper balance. The best manner to
indicate this is to test the alkalinity or acidity of the body through the
salivary gland membranes, or by taking litmus paper in the mouth. This also may
be indicated through the urine. (540-11)
to overcome over-acidity were provided in the readings as well:
Whenever there is disturbance with this,
if it is in the glands themselves (salivary...and you checked with litmus and
found an acidity...pink color), then take citrocarbonate, that is, if it is
indicated in the salivary glands that there is an acidity, then take a small
quality of citrocarbonate. If the acidity is indicated through the kidneys, or
from the urine itself, then drink a little of the carbonated waters, (sodium
carbonate, being alkaline) as would be indicated with Coca-Cola—but that which
is bottled is the better, [In general, the readings strongly recommend the cola
syrup with plain water] or use a little of the Watermelon Seed Tea (alkaline). (540-11)
additional information, see the Cayce Health Database on the Basic Cayce
Genevieve Haller, DC,
(deceased) is former Director of Chiropractic Research for A.R.E. She served on
the Board of Trustees and participated in many conferences. This article was
excerpted from the April-June 2013 issue of Venture
Inward our member magazine and is in the Circulating File
“Acidity-Alkalinity,” available to members at EdgarCayce.org/members.
“I Refuse to Accept This
Limitation—God is My Source!”
By Suzette Faith Foster
Q. Can healing be instantaneous or is it always progressive?
A. The natural bent is progressive, but this does not indicate it may not be instantaneous.
Edgar Cayce reading (443-6)
We all hold, whether tapped or untapped, the healing and manifesting potential of the mind, body and spirit. It took one experience for me to validate the depth and power of this potential in myself.
I had met up with my friends for our weekly mountain bike ride, which involved leaning into curves, riding over obstacles, and jumping piles of logs.
We reached a familiar teeter-totter, one we had mastered many times, riding up one side and down the other. Then we stopped and contemplated one much bigger that was new to the trail. I wanted to try it.
In mountain biking, speed is your friend. I pressed forward.
My front tire made contact with the teeter-totter. But next, I found myself barreling headfirst into the ground.
My neck snapped!
Lying there, I tried to move—but couldn’t. I tried to talk, but no sound came out. I was totally paralyzed.
Then I stopped breathing—the imminent death sentence.
Caught between life and death, my training instinctively emerged. Daily, I had practiced, as I now help my clients practice, spiritual and holistic healing principles. In that moment, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to walk my talk.
I had no movement, no voice, no breath. But I had everything I needed within me; I had my mind and my faith.
A short, powerful mantra that I used daily rushed forth. Still on the ground, motionless, breathless, I willed my body, emphatically: “I refuse to accept this limitation—God is my Source!”
Boom! What felt like a huge, pain-free lightning bolt coursed through me. I repeated, “I refuse to accept this limitation—God is my Source!”
A second bolt instantly went through me.
Miraculously, I regained my breath! My lifeless form had accepted the dance of my mind, body, and spirit.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived after 17 minutes and transported me to Duke Medical Center. An ER doctor told me that my full paralysis was the result of my totally severed C2 neck vertebra and a very serious spinal cord injury, the same injury that the late Christopher Reeve had suffered. Soon, friends and family arrived. I told them, “This is temporary. See me dancing.”
The surgery to reconnect my C2 was successful. But I was still left a quadriplegic. Unbeknownst to me, my doctor, Robert E. Isaacs, Director of Spine Surgery at Duke, prepared a friend by telling her, “Don’t expect much improvement in Suzette’s condition.”
I knew the profound healing I desired was my responsibility from the inside out. I did affirmations, visualizations, and meditations. I also listened to CDs that bathed me with healing-sound frequencies.
When I awoke from surgery, I refused pain medicine. I experienced no pain. They said I would be in ICU for 7-10 days. I said I would be out in two, and I walked out two days later. They predicted my hospital stay would be three weeks, minimum. I said I’d be out in a week, and I was. Appearing perplexed, Dr. Isaacs said, “People like you don’t exist.” He explained that most people with severe spinal cord injury die at the scene, because they stop breathing. I had stopped breathing. He said even the surviving few who don’t stop breathing are left quadriplegic. Yet I walked out of the hospital.
My passion and belief in the teachings and tools that I had learned thus far along my spiritual journey directly influenced my outcome. In hindsight, it was my commitment to my spiritual deepening that literally saved my life and allowed for my unexpected healing. I’m grateful for my practice of having energy healings and going within to shift my old programming, limited thinking, and emotional wounds. All these had raised my vibration; a vibration that magnetized me to my remarkable healing.
Within months, I was fully functioning: enjoying dancing, hiking, and yoga. I am blessed that I am living the emotional and physical freedom that mind, body, and spirit principles allow.
A year later, Dr. Isaacs wrote, “Considering Suzette’s spinal cord damage, her results surpassed medical expectations. The rapidity and completeness of her improvement is more than would be comprehended. So I’m trying to make sense of it in my mind.”
Suzette Faith Foster is a life coach, distance energy healing facilitator, transformational author and speaker. To read her full story and many other personal and client stories and to get inspired to delve deeper into your own spiritual journey, read Suzette’s book, Calling Back Your Power. Her Web site is Choose2Thrive.com.
Cayce Hemorrhoid Remedy
Taps Unexpected Source
By Todd Burgin
Hemorrhoid inflammation is a condition that up to 50 percent of people will experience in their lifetime. Mild cases are often resolved through a combination of increased fiber and fluid intake, rest, and over-the-counter medication to manage symptoms, while severe cases may be treated through surgery. Edgar Cayce, often referred to as the “father of holistic medicine,” outlined a variety of treatments for this condition, including massage and manipulation, enemas (with specific mixtures), and an ointment (originally known as Tim, and now available as Tibbex*).
Hemorrhoids were, according to the readings given on this condition, a symptom of problems in the body’s eliminations, which would then cause inflammation, pain, and sometimes bleeding. “Again we find the effects of these conditions in the eliminations through the alimentary canal, and in the effect produced in the sphincter muscular forces we find the folds in that portion of the system becoming irritated in the form of hemorrhoids that give the distress at times… And we would make local applications…for those conditions in the portions of the system affected by the hemorrhoids. Using the combination of properties found in Tim will bring bettered conditions.” (678-2)
In reading 294-24, Cayce gave the formula for the hemorrhoid ointment that became known as “Tim.” This reading, which was volunteered and not given in response to a suggestion, states that the formula should be used for treatment of inflammation in and around the rectum. “This to be used as salve or lotion for such conditions or abrasions, internal or external. Apply that to the body. We will bring better relief and relations to the whole physical body, with the action of the physical when in the subconscious or subnormal conditions.”
Massage and manipulation, along with dietary changes, were often recommended to treat the root cause of the problem. Enemas (or colonics) were suggested to cleanse the colon and create an environment more conducive to healing. And finally, the topical ointment, Tim, was suggested to bring immediate relief of the symptoms as well as promoting healing in the affected tissues. “For the condition as gives trouble in the rectum at the present time, we would use a solution or a salve of this character…” (953-9) Tim was even suggested for use after a medical procedure, “we find that AFTER such treatments by the proctologist, it would be well to use such an ointment as Tim for the CORRECTING of the conditions as related to the circulation in those areas.” (1540-1)
In a later reading, Cayce described a “better formula” to replace Tim. With these improvements he said the new formula “does relieve, and with the proper precautions in diet and in exercise will remove hemorrhoids and piles, and do good for old sores also—as leg sores… The directions would be to apply as an ointment to affected portions once or twice each day. Rest as much as possible after application, with the feet elevated above the head. It'll cure it!” (Edgar Cayce Reading 1800-20)
Tobacco Plant Wikipedia
Photo credit: William Rafti
of the William Rafti Institute
Interestingly, tobacco is one of the key ingredients of this formula. Though it is primarily associated with poor health today, and Cayce did frequently warn of the negative health effects that tobacco use and addiction cause, tobacco also has a healing history, as evidenced by its inclusion in this remedy. According to cultural literature, the Mayans used tobacco for asthma, insect bites, bowel complaints, fever, skin diseases, and urinary ailments. Native American tribes in New England would wash burns with a form of boiled tobacco, and to this day it remains a folk remedy for certain injuries and disorders.
According to Cayce, nicotine (which is present in every part of the tobacco plant and one of the most highly addictive compounds known) has an important quality of drawing out toxins (though it should not be used when the body is already eliminating toxins). “…for being over sensitive [he had been smoking too much], naturally the nicotine from the tobacco brings those poisons in system that must be eliminated, and when the body is overclogged (as such condition exists at present), this merely adds to that condition wherein distresses are produced.” (294-96) Modern studies have also indicated that tobacco contains anti-inflammatory properties.
Benzoin, another component of the “better formula” now known as Tibbex*, is a resin used as an antiseptic treatment for dry skin and as an expectorant for respiratory conditions, according to The Cayce Herbal (a collection of fact sheets on herbs recommended by Edgar Cayce, available at EdgarCayce.org/members as a resource in the Edgar Cayce readings database). Cayce recommended it as a component in inhalants (such as Herbal Breathing*) and in massage oils where it acted as “…a material aid to stimulating the superficial circulatory forces, and thus enabling the body to gain better control of the muscular forces…” The other key ingredient is Atomic Iodine*, which is electrified iodine often recommended by Cayce as an external antiseptic or, in minute doses taken under a physician’s supervision, as a thyroid supplement, according to the Cayce Health Database.
Tibbex*, a new offering from Baar Products, the Official Supplier of Cayce Care products, replicates this latter formula. “We’ve researched the beneficial historical uses and Cayce’s recommendations for tobacco to formulate a product that provides soothing relief to those suffering with hemorrhoids,” Bruce Baar, Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) said. “We are focused on manufacturing products that maximize the body’s full healing potential and are excited to introduce one of Cayce’s most unique and effective formulas. Tibbex has already begun to receive positive feedback and testimonials.”
"...I was delighted to hear that many of your customers have found Tibbex to be almost a miracle product in the healing of Hemorrhoidal conditions. I can only tell you, that has certainly proved to be true in my case. The relief from burning and itching occurred within an hour of applying the Tibbex Ointment and by the next day the inflammation seemed to be gone completely."
- M.R., Rensselaer, NY
*Available from the official supplier of Cayce Care Products at Baar.com or 1-800-269-2502.
Todd Burgin is a freelance writer and editor and former associate editor of Venture Inward magazine.