Cayce Health Database
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
I. Physiological Considerations
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is defined as a degenerative
disease of the pyramidal tract and lower motor neurons, characterized
by motor weakness and the spastic condition of the limbs associated with
muscular atrophy, fibrillary twitching, and final involvement of nuclei
in the medulla. It is one of a group of diseases of the motor system
of the body, the etiology of which is and continues to be a mystery from
the medical standpoint.
The single case included in this file, a 33-year-old
man, had symptoms consistent with this definition. His walk was
slow and unsteady and he needed crutches. His muscles were twitching
and one arm was beginning to atrophy.
In the readings, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is
treated much in the same manner as multiple sclerosis, and the readings
give a similar cause in both conditions.
Physiologically, it appears that some factor influences
the body's ability to assimilate certain properties through the intestinal
tract. In this reading these primary causes are not clarified.
Apparently they have something to do with what Cayce in this instance
calls karma. In any event, he pictures the lack of assimilation
as creating a deficient of those substances in the bloodstream which will,
when they are carried throughout the system, help to replenish and rebuild
the nerve muscle forces which are affected. He sees a necessity
for constant rebuilding or regenerating of the cells throughout the body.
The nerve cells controlling muscular activity are no exception and he
indicates that the lack is so small that it takes a long period of time
for disease to manifest.
In the cases multiple sclerosis, the lack was gold.
It seems reasonable to assume that here we are also dealing with a lack
of gold assimilated in the normal manner through the intestinal tract
through those areas that he often pointed out as being primary in these
instances - the lacteals.
The primary deficiency apparently causes, then, a gradual deterioration
of anterior horn cells, which then results in deficiency in nerve energies
that creates the muscular atrophy. Perhaps this lack contributes
to the already present inability of the assimilatory system, by hastening
the progress of the disease. The readings described it in one place
as a lack of stamina in the nerve and muscle forces of the extremities.
II. Rationale of Therapy
In discussing therapy from this single case, the rationale
should be explored to some extent. Much information can be derived
from the multiple sclerosis file since Cayce saw so much relationship
between the two diseases.
Cayce suggested that, because the disease is of karmic
origin, attitudes must be definitely decided upon by the individual -
not merely assumed - as to the activities toward divine influences in
the body. Where karmic influences are present, Cayce always suggested
that attitudes must be definitely changed or no therapeutic results would
be seen. He said, "The attitude to be taken should be not merely
to be good but to be good for something. The expression of life
is of the Divine. The Divine is that influence or force called God.
Use same, do not abuse same." (5019-1)
Thus we would see the necessity of mental activity
bringing about a change before the physical application of therapy is
begun, and this particular portion must be emphasized in each case.
One directing the therapy can often not properly assess any changes, but
the individual who is ill will know within himself and must face the truth
of the statement as seen here in the readings.
Primarily because of the deficiency of gold, the wet cell appliance is
used to bring cleansing and healing forces to the body "by the radial
activity of the low electrical forces." (5019-1) The gold, then, is given
by mouth. It seems reasonable to assume, although not definitely
stated in this reading, that gold should be introduced by means of the
wet cell appliance in most cases (or perhaps it would have been suggested
in a later reading for this particular case had he received a second reading).
This would require the clinical appraisal of the condition by the attending
physician, and after a two-month period, if there is not progressive improvement,
the gold should replace the Atomidine and camphor through the appliance
and the Atomidine might then be given by mouth.
In order to introduce at this point a better understanding
of the disease process, a complete copy of reading 907-1 follows this
commentary. This is on multiple sclerosis specifically but, as already
mentioned, probably has a strong bearing on the etiology of amyotrophic
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
Therapy could be divided into five parts, as follows:
- First things first - mental attitudes
- Wet cell appliance
- Gold taken orally
In caring for one's attitudes, not enough can be said.
Read Deuteronomy 30 and Exodus 19:5. Then apply these to your life
and thinking. Cayce suggested these particularly in all those cases
where the trouble was deep-set, and was often seen in association with
karma and its physical consequences.
The wet cell with the regular charge was recommended.
Two solution jars are to be used: one with Atomidine, one ounce; and distilled
water, two ounces. The second contains three ounces of spirits of
camphor. These should be alternated, the camphor being used with
the attachment at the brachial axis or at the second-third dorsal area
of the spine one day; and the Atomidine solution at the fourth lumbar
area or the lumbar axis, as Cayce described it, the next day.
Massage should be done gently but thoroughly after the wet cell treatment
for a period of 30 to 45 minutes. It should concentrate on the spinal
areas but should start at the toes and proceed upward, including all extremities.
The sciatic center, the lumbar axis, and the brachial center should be
attended to especially, using a mixture of olive oil (two ounces), peanut
oil (two ounces), and lanolin (1/4 ounce, melted).
Every third day, one drop of each of the following
solutions should be added to 1/2 glass of water and taken immediately:
gold chloride solution, one grain per ounce of distilled water; and bromide
of soda solution, two grains per ounce of distilled water.
The diet should be low in carbohydrates, and there
should be nothing in it containing alcohol. An alkaline-forming
diet should be followed rather consistently.
As mentioned earlier, it would be wise to incorporate
into the treatment some of the information found in the more extensive
Circulating Files on multiple sclerosis. Most often gold chloride
was given via the wet cell appliance. In some instances it was also
taken orally. Thus, after two months, if regular improvement is
not noted, the gold chloride should be started in the solution jar by
means of the wet cell appliance. In this instance the attachment
of the copper plate should be at the ninth and tenth dorsals in the spine
one day, and at the fourth lumbar the next day. When this is begun,
Atomidine should be given by mouth in a series that would be best suited
to the individual. This would be up to the clinical judgment of
the physician. Atomidine has been used in doses of one drop per
day for five days, then left off for a period of time, then taken again.
It has been given one drop a day for five days, then four drops a day
for five days, and then five drops a day for five days. Then it
would be left off for a period of one to three weeks, then resumed in
the same manner. It has been given beginning with two drops the
first day, three drops the second, and so forth on up to ten drops on
the ninth day. Then it is decreased one drop per day until the original
dose of two drops is reached. Then a rest of several days and the
procedure is repeated.
As all of these factors are brought together into
a course of therapy, it must be understood that they need to be followed
for a long period of time in order to achieve proper results. In
nerve lesions and rebuilding of nerve tissue, it is only reasonable to
assume that a period of time somewhere between one and three to five years
would probably be involved in such a case.
With the rather distressing prognosis to be found
in this particular disease, there would be no reason to cease using a
program that is constructive in its approach.
"Do these, as we have indicated... Not as rote, but knowing that within
self must be found that which may be awakened to the building of that
necessary for the body, mentally and physically and spiritually, to carry
its part in this experience. For the application of any influence
must have that which is of awakening of the activative forces in every
atom, every cell of the divine awakening of the activative forces in every
atom, every cell of a living body." (726-1)
[Note: The preceding overview was written by William A. McGarey, M.D.
and is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook,
Copyright © 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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