February 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for February 2015 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting
trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. A number of exciting things are happening
this month! Please share the following with your friends:
YOUR MONTHLY CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
We have just moved into the final year of our $30 million CREATE Comprehensive Campaign
(capital, endowment, and programs)… and we have raised nearly $27 million – just over $3
million to go! With the Cayce Hospital renovations successfully completed and $6 million
raised already toward our $7.5 million capital projects goal, we now need to raise an
additional $1.5 million to renovate our Library and Conference Center; new restrooms,
HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and
upgrades throughout the building. Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on
our Stairway to Heaven. You are still supporting our day-to-day program operations through
your annual donations as well. We have raised almost $20 million for these great programs already! Join us for our
CREATE Campaign “Capstone Year” Celebration event on Friday, March 27 from 5:00-7:00 in the Cayce/Miller Café to
get inspired and throw in your support to help us reach the goal.
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY – NEW DEGREE PROGRAM!
There are so many new and exciting things going on at Atlantic University right now. The University has just been
approved to launch a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies! The first cohort will begin Spring semester 2016. Also, we
have just hosted a group of outstanding students who are finishing their Integrated Imagery: Regression Hypnosis
certificates. These students not only completed three difficult courses to obtain this certificate,
they also had to make the trek to Virginia Beach for a four-day in-depth residential.
Congratulations to all of these dedicated students for completing all three levels of Regression
We are accepting applications for Summer 2015! The deadline is March 15, 2015. For more
information, go to www.AtlanticUniv.edu.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage continues to attract students from all backgrounds and ages, including military
veterans, to our exciting program. We recently welcomed 14 new day and evening students to the School this past
January. Students can complete their training in as little as 8 months – our next programs will begin
in June and September 2015. We are the only school in the Tidewater region that has a
specialized, institutional accreditation in massage and bodywork and we also accept Federal
financial aid and GI Bill® educational benefits. We are excited about massage student community
outreach at local sports events, EMT meetings, and senior care facilities. Our Continuing Education
program is also thriving, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please click the link:http://www.edgarcayce.org/ce/ for more information.
Headquarters Conferences is very excited to have Caroline Myss and Dr. C. Norman Shealy return with their program Medical Intuition: Self-Diagnosis and Healing with Your Body's Energy Systems, April 17-19. They will help you learn how to balance your own psychological, physiological, and physical states to create a life filled with greater health, energy, and vitality, creating within you a whole, healed and balanced state of being. Early registration is encourages as this program is on track to sell out! Additionally, we have a very limited number of spots left for our popular Foundation in Hypnosis Training and Certification Course with Dr. Jason Parker. After successful completion of this course, you will be certified in Hypnosis by the A.R.E.
CAFÉ IS NOW OPEN
The Leaping Lizard, a popular Virginia Beach restaurant once featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives featuring Guy Fieri, has opened in the Cayce/Miller Café offering healthy and delicious lunches to A.R.E. visitors, spa clients, conferees, and staff. Menu items include a soup of the day, chicken and tuna salads, hummus, tofu, quinoa, sweet potato biscuits, and much more. Learn more here: http://www.edgarcayce.org/cafe/
"CONTEMPORARY CAYCE" and COAST-TO-COAST
Earlier this month, I sat down with A.R.E.’s Marketing Director, Jennie Taylor Martin, to talk about the book I co-authored with Henry Reed, Contemporary Cayce. That interview has been posted on our YouTube Channel at the following link: http://youtu.be/kQCWHfW1Kbc?list=UUnyct2HCC6Q-brUcs6_iO-A.
Last week, I got a call from the popular Coast-to-Coast Radio program and was asked if I would discuss the book this upcoming Saturday, February 21 from 10 pm to 11 pm Pacific Time (1 am to 2 am Eastern Time). The program is the #1 late night radio talk show in the US and is heard by millions of listeners each night. Their website is: www.coasttocoastam.com.
WALK THE LAND OF YOUR DREAMS – A.R.E. 2015 TOURS
These mystical adventures could soon be featured in your scrapbook or on your Facebook Wall…
- Southern Spain & Morocco –Led by Peter Woodbury,
April 11 -22, 2015. Also offering an optional extension to the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara Desert,
April 22-26, 2015.
- Old Quebec & Montreal – Led by Patrick and Jane Belisle, August 10-16, 2015. Also in the works: an optional extension with a visit to the breathtaking Algonquin Park and a 3-day stay at the nearby Lodge of Sidney and
Nancy Kirkpatrick (authors of An American Prophet)!
August 16 – 20, 2015!
- China & Tibet – Led by John Van Auken,
September 15-28, 2015.
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll,
October 24-31, 2015.
If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator, Cheryl Bernath, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!
Thank you for your ongoing support of this great Work!
Ever the same,
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
The first in a series of discussions from the Cayce health readings.
Josephine Adamson, MD, editor
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s dementia, and it remains the sixth leading cause of death. The term "Alzheimer's disease" was not a formal diagnostic category during Cayce's lifetime; therefore, many of the health readings he gave which appear to be describing Alzheimer-type pathology simply mention “senility” as the problem.
There is a growing recognition of the complexity of major illnesses such as Alzheimer's dementia: the disease may consist of a group of related diseases with different causes, which result in the characteristic destruction of brain tissue associated with Alzheimer's dementia. Certain genetic variants seem to play a part in the disease development in some people. Researchers have not discovered a universal cause in all Alzheimer’s patients.
Like many of the other dementias, Alzheimer's disease results in the progressive loss of "higher" functions, such as thinking, reasoning, and memory. The deterioration is usually gradual, beginning with mild symptoms, such as forgetfulness of minor things like telephone numbers or dental appointments. As the nervous system becomes more incapacitated, patients are unable to process new information and may experience difficulty controlling their bodies. They may also exhibit deep depression, crying spells, or temper tantrums.
While the course of Alzheimer's dementia may vary in individual cases, the ultimate prognosis is the same—incurable, with progressive decline in functioning at all levels. Premature death can be expected, either as the result of the organic deterioration or by related syndromes that are caused or exacerbated by the dementia
Therapeutic options available for Alzheimer's dementia are mainly limited to adaptive measures. That is, when faced with an incurable progressive illness, the usual strategy is to minimize the effects on patient and family. Rather than directly treating the illness, therapy involves adapting to it.
These adaptive measures range from behavioral interventions (which organize and simplify daily activities) to general physical interventions (such as basic health maintenance). For example, basic health maintenance might involve bowel regulation; constipation is often a problem for persons suffering from Alzheimer's dementia. Dietary changes, drinking adequate water, and the use of laxatives can help to address this problem.
Individual counseling and support groups for caregivers are two additional forms of therapy that can facilitate the process of adaptation. For many families, institutional care (such as nursing homes) represents the final stage of adaptation.
Research has yielded some promising drug therapies over the years. Unfortunately, these drugs have not yet produced consistent results under the rigors of scientific standards of confirmation. Significant research funding is currently directed towards developing successful drug therapies for Alzheimer’s.
Recent novel experiments at Ohio State University and several other medical centers are exploring the use of deep brain stimulation (mild electrical shocks with surgically implanted electrodes) as a way to prevent memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients. It is interesting that the Cayce readings also suggest stimulating the electrical circuits in the brain through non-invasive electrotherapy.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF DEMENTIA
Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering from dementia. The readings are in close agreement with modern medicine on the physical pathology of the dementias.
Repeatedly, Edgar Cayce provided graphic descriptions of the nervous system deterioration indicative of these disorders. Often, Cayce's perspective was from the inside of the body, like a high-tech probe or brain scan. His portrayal of the delicate interactions within and between the nervous systems is particularly fascinating. The Cayce readings anticipated the results of modern brain research, which regards dementia as a progressive degeneration of nerve tissue in the brain.
However, Edgar Cayce's perspective goes beyond brain pathology. The Cayce readings discuss how the brain is dependent upon the rest of the body. Without the continual removal of metabolic waste and the supplying of nutrients, nerve cells in the brain will die in only a few minutes. Cayce explained that the various organs of assimilation and elimination are important in the cause and treatment of dementias such as Alzheimer's dementia. Cayce also emphasized the importance of “drainages” and nervous system coordination.
Edgar Cayce also recommended the use of electrotherapy to stimulate nerve regeneration. The use of psychological techniques such as hypnotherapy were suggested. Finally, the spiritual aspects of treatment were also strongly emphasized.
To summarize, Edgar Cayce provided numerous readings describing the pathological process and giving recommendations for the treatment of dementia. In general, his approach was to assist the body in cleansing and nurturing the nerve tissue in the brain by a variety of physical, mental, and spiritual therapies. In fact, Edgar Cayce even provided a “formula” for rebuilding the brain in cases of dementia.
CAYCE'S FORMULA FOR REBUILDING THE BRAIN
In reading 1800-16, Edgar Cayce laid out the basics of a treatment approach for dementia:
- Electrotherapy with gold and silver "vibratory" solutions.
- Spinal manipulations (osteopathic, massage, and chiropractic) to improve nervous system coordination and eliminations.
- Suggestive therapeutics (a form of natural hypnosis).
- Patience (a key spiritual attribute).
- Optimizing general health, including improved assimilations, circulation, and eliminations.
Adapted from an article by David McMillin.
Josephine B. Adamson, MD, MPH, CMT, is the Medical Director for Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. She received her MD from Duke University’s School of Medicine and Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of the Cayce/Reilly® School of Massage. A director and co-owner of a medical device company, she has a wealth of experience creating and maintaining health-related non- profit and for-profit businesses. She joined A.R.E. as part of the organization’s renewed focus on the health information, one of the most important, enduring legacies from the Edgar Cayce readings. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the health outreach and administration and interfacing with the stellar staff of the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage—which provides a comprehensive education in the art and science of therapeutic massage—and the holistic A.R.E. Health Center & Spa—which provides holistic therapies to clients from around the world in its oceanfront Virginia Beach, Va., setting complete with a Café.
"Good For Everyone" Herbal Tonic
By Bruce Baar, MS, ND
It was a day in late March of 1929, just at the beginning of spring, when the sleeping Edgar Cayce offered an herbal formula intended for both individual and more general use. Miss , the reading recipient, was a young woman of 19 years whose skin was marred by a severe case of skin blemishes that she was understandably anxious to resolve.
The first reading in her series of three had taken place in Virginia Beach, Va. Here the underlying cause, reflected in the poor state of the young woman’s complexion, was identified as a number of spinal lesions, especially in the dorsal (thoracic) and lumbar areas. The effect of the resulting "pressures" on the elimination systems was a throwing of toxins into the circulation. The detrimental effects that resulted included toxemia, headaches, chronic low grade fever, a tendency toward both colitis and ulcers, and the appearance of pockets of infection, or boils, on the surface of the skin. Other symptoms included nausea, weakness, tingling of extremities, heavy feet, abdominal distress, and extreme sleepiness.
Cayce’s primary treatment recommendation had been a series of osteopathic adjustments supplemented by doses of Simmons Liver Regulator (a ragweed-based preparation, which is no longer available. Substitute this with Baar Ragweed Tincture) for intestinal cleansing, hot Epsom salts poultices over the lower spine and hips, Violet Ray applications to the eyes, a balanced diet, and Tim (now called Tibbex™) as a liniment for the boils.
Her initial reading was followed by two check readings, and it was noted that some of the treatments originally prescribed were not being followed.
Reading 5450-3 found general improvements but insufficient change in elimination patterns to clear the skin. Now Cayce advised eliminating all sugars from the diet and increasing savory foods. Spinal adjustments were to be continued, as were the colon cleanses and the use of a mineral-based laxative.
Also recommended was a new herbal formulation with the provocative comment, "and this would be good for everyone as a spring tonic…" This is an old-fashioned term for the custom of the annual springtime purge that helps the body release toxins accumulated during a long sluggish winter. This formula, different from the first, consisted of sarsaparilla root, wild cherry bark, dogfennel, yellow dock root, dogwood bark, and prickly ash bark, with balsam of tolu, oil of sassafras, and tincture of capsici. As Cayce observed, "This will assist in clarifying the whole system."
Reports do not indicate whether any of these recommendations were actually followed. Indeed, correspondence more than 35 years later suggests that they were not and that the health issues under discussion were not resolved: "So it seems to us that those lesions in ’s spine were never fully corrected and that she needs the osteopathic treatments especially, with the other general cleansing treatments and tonics recommended in her own readings."
Fortunately for us, the New Seasons™, Herbal Tonic 545™ is now one that anyone can easily obtain. As an internal cleanser and energizer, it is ready to give the body a needed boost at any time of year. All ingredients work together for a specially calculated purpose, although it is also worthwhile to consider some of these herbs individually.
Traditionally regarded as a stimulant and blood purifier, sarsaparilla was valued by Cayce for its strengthening effect on the stomach and intestinal system:
"The Sarsaparilla Root is an emit, or a strengthener to the activities of the secretions in the stomach and intestinal tract." (Edgar Cayce reading #643-1)
"The Sarsaparilla works with the gastric juices of the stomach, and the eliminations in the peristaltic movement through the intestinal tract."
(Edgar Cayce reading #1012-1)
The bark of various kinds of cherries, including the black or wild cherry, has been employed as a sedative, stomach soother, cough remedy, and tonic for general weakness. Cayce emphasizes its stimulating effect on the respiratory system:
"The Wild Cherry Bark is an expectorant and a purifier, as combined especially with the other ingredients for the blood supply." (643-1)
"The active principle from the Wild Cherry Bark with the other ingredients is a stimulation to the lungs, throat and bronchials and those organs above the diaphragm." (2790-1)
Yellow dock has deep roots used for various tonic purposes and for its effect on various internal organs:
"The Yellow Dock Root is an emit and blood purifier, an active principle with the secretions of the liver." (643-1)
"The Yellow Dock acts with the DIGESTIVE fluids themselves." (1012-1)
Prickly ash bark has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, heart remedy, specific for liver complaints and all-around general stimulant. Cayce focuses especially on the liver:
"The Prickly Ash Bark is for the blood supply, as acted upon in the emunctory forces of the liver itself proper." (2790-1)
"The Prickly Ash Bark acts directly with the activative forces in the liver itself, in the gall duct, and as a stimulant to the pancreas and spleen’s activity." (1012-1)
These and the other ingredients work together to ensure that New Seasons™, Herbal Tonic 545™ is an excellent tonic for anyone’s needs at every season of the year!
Dr. Bruce Baar is founder and CEO of Baar Products, Inc. He has a Doctorate in Naturopathy, a Masters in Health, and worked for 18 years in the medical diagnostic industry. He started Baar Products as a health care and personal care company and Nature’s Blessing™ as a high-quality supplement line. The new facility in Pennsylvania is run on solar power—clean, sustainable energy, and environmentally friendly Solar Crafted™. Dr. Baar has lectured around the world on a variety of health topics that inform, encourage, and empower us to take charge of our health choices and decisions. Merging his knowledge of traditional health care with alternative therapies, Dr. Baar has developed an enterprise team that serves those seeking to impact their mental, spiritual, and physical well-being. Baar Products is the Official Worldwide Supplier of Edgar Cayce Health Care items. Visit Baar.com for more information.
Humor for the Body and Soul
By Louise Wild
We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Some of us know that a sense of humor is essential for physical, mental, and emotional health. It can also, due to the positive attitude that accompanies it, improve our outlook on life and, in turn, encourage us to pursue those avenues that will make for spiritual development.
In the Cayce readings we find many references to the benefits of humor:
Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous and retain the ability to laugh. For know only in those God hath favored is there the ability to laugh, even when clouds of doubt arise, or when every form of disturbance arises. For remember the Master smiled, and laughed oft, even on the way to Gethsemane. (Edgar Cayce Reading 277-1)
Keep an attitude of helpfulness, cheerfulness, hopefulness. Be optimistic! At least make three people each day laugh heartily by something the body says! It will not only help the body; it will help others. (Edgar Cayce Reading 798-1)
One that should cultivate more the humorous side of life; Not that which is at the expense of another; that is, never laugh at anyone but laugh with others often. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2327-1)
That the entity has a sense of humor has oft been a saving grace, in not only this experience but in others....Keep thy humor, keep the thinking well of self, but as well of thy neighbor. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2788-1)
At times the entity sees so well the humor in so many situations as to appear to see the ridiculous rather than that which is the creative force in humor. Do not lose this sense of humor. It will oft be a means for saving an unseemly situation. (Edgar Cayce Reading 2421-2)
Cayce’s readings addressed the ways in which humor aids spiritual development:
If ye lose the ability to laugh, ye lose that ability to be joyous. And the religion, the principle of the Christ – life is joyous! For remember He laughed . . . even at those that tormented Him. This is what angered them most. (3003-1)
The entity should attempt seriously, prayerfully, spiritually to see even that as might be called the ridiculous side of every question, the humor in same. Remember that a good laugh, an arousing even to what might in some be called hilariousness, is good for the body physically, mentally, and gives the opportunity for greater mental and spiritual awakening. (2647-1)
Obviously there is much agreement that an active sense of humor is beneficial to body and soul. We all know how good we feel after having a bout of laughter. In his conscious state, some have said, Edgar Cayce had a wonderful sense of humor. Apparently, that carried through to his readings, as is evidenced in the following witticisms:
Q. Any further advice on the body in general?
A. You better take a rest if you don’t want a long rest. (3436-3)
Q. Should I keep going to the same doctors?
A. If you want to die! (5051-1)
Q. Would it be better for the body to remain in bed without moving about?
A. It’ll move when you give it the castor oil, and that will be soon enough. (348-18)
Q. Which shoulder should be taped?
A. The one that’s hurt! (1710-5)
Q. If this treatment is followed properly, what period of time will be necessary to bring this body to its normal state?
A. One year, one month, one day, one hour, and 10 minutes from now. (4681-1)
Q. Is there any special name for the condition of the head?
A. Headache. (171-1)
Q. Give some specific lower limb exercise for the evening.
A. Those of the stooping, with the feet together, and those of the stooping with the feet, as the body raises, jumps up, and spreads feet apart – these are the best – be well to pull down the window shades though. (288-28)
Q. Have I ever contacted my husband in any other experience; if so, what way?
A. He bought you! Doesn’t he act like it at times? (1222-1)
The name then…was Lila. Before that it was known as Lulu, and was a lulu, too! According to the proverbial activity indicated from the name. (4046-1)
Q. Is the prediction true that I will die suddenly, at the age of 80, in Tibet?
A. If you go to Tibet and live to be 80, you may die there! This depends upon many, many, many circumstances. You will not die in Tibet, unless you go there; and there’s not the prospect now of going there! (2067-3)
…Hide not skeletons in thine own closet, for they will rattle when ye least expect them. (3246-1)
Q. What causes the bad disposition?
A. If the body had a more agreeable husband its disposition would be better! (2654-2)
Q. Will the body find himself in a lawsuit?
A. The body may find himself in any way. Best to find himself from within rather than in a law-suit. (213-1)
This last quote is certainly not a joke, but often an unexpected answer provokes laughter:
Q. Who will aid me most in my work and daily life?
A. God! (2444-1)
Don’t you feel better now that you’ve had a few laughs? Have a good laugh every day and give someone else one. You will de-stress and improve your health and disposition. Also, you will be more positive and more open to making the world a better place, rather than grumbling about it.
Excerpt from the Jan-Feb-Mar 2010 issue of Venture Inward magazine, available to A.R.E. members online at EdgarCayce.org/members.
Louise Wild received her M.Ed. from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and worked as an editor for educational publishing companies and as a reading specialist in public schools. She and her husband, Ken, were introduced to the Cayce material in Massachusetts and, after moving to Virginia Beach in 1989, immediately joined A.R.E. Wild worked as an A.R.E. front-desk staff member for 10 years before retiring in 2009. She continues to volunteer giving survey lectures at A.R.E. several times per month and spending one morning each week at the Volunteer Call Center.
Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. blog offers opinion pieces from contributors with a wide variety of backgrounds. These opinions are valued and create points of discussion. Opinions expressed in our blog may not necessarily represent the opinion of A.R.E.