Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF LUNG CANCER
Lung cancer accounts for more deaths
than any other form of cancer in the United States. Annual rates
for lung cancer are currently an estimated 170,000 new cases diagnosed
in the United States resulting in an estimated 150,000 deaths per
Risk factors linked to lung cancer are highly associated
with cigarette smoking which accounts for 85 to 90 percent of all cases.
Other factors include exposure to substances in the workplace (e.g.,
asbestos and certain organic chemicals), radiation exposure, and radon
exposure (especially in smokers).
Standard medical treatment for lung cancer varies
with the form of the disease. Lung cancers are of two principal
types, small cell or nonsmall cell disease. For small cell lung cancer,
which spreads rapidly, radiation therapy and chemotherapy are primary
interventions. For localized nonsmall cell cancers, surgery is
the treatment of choice. Although surgeons may remove the affected
part of the lung, recurrences are common.
Treatment outcome is determined by multiple factors
such as the type of the cancer, the progression of the disease, and
the general health of the patient. Early intervention results
in better prognosis. Prevention of lung cancer is a high priority.
Thus many cancer experts advocate decreasing or stopping cigarette smoking
as a preventative strategy.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF CANCER
Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering
from a wide variety of cancerous conditions. Here are some of
the key points to consider with regard to Edgar Cayce's perspective
- CANCER IS AN ENTITY UNTO ITSELF. In most cases, cancer
is a group of cells or tissues which separates ("segregates") itself
and forms its own entity within the larger system of the body.
In a sense, cancer has its own separate identity like a parasite which
infests a host organism.
- CANCER REPRESENTS A FAILURE OF NATURAL PROCESSES.
Edgar Cayce observed that the same processes which result in cancer
are present in the body all the time. Cancer usually results
from the failure of natural processes such as coagulation and elimination
- CANCER DRAWS FROM THE VITALITY OF THE BODY. Cancer
uses the body's life-force energy to survive. Like any parasite,
cancer is a drain upon the resources of the host organism.
- CANCER HAS MANY CAUSES. There are many etiological
(causative) factors associated with cancer. Heredity, environmental
toxicity, poor eliminations, injury, lack of vitality, and depleted
immune system were the most often cited factors linked to cancer.
Specifically, chronic irritation or bruising were often said to be
triggering factors producing tumors which could become malignant.
- THERE ARE MANY FORMS OF CANCER. Edgar Cayce recognized
the various kinds of cancer. On two occasions he stated
that there are nineteen forms of cancer.
- CANCER CAN OFTEN BE PREVENTED. According to Edgar
Cayce, keeping a healthy diet and good eliminations can help prevent
cancer. Specific therapies such as iodex and ash ointment and
plantain salve were recommended by Cayce to prevent lumps and tumors
from becoming malignant. Gentle osteopathic treatment was also
often prescribed to set up "drainages" and improve eliminations thus
decreasing the chances for cancer.
- EARLY TREATMENT RESULTS IN BETTER PROGNOSIS. In agreement
with modern medicine's view of cancer treatment, Edgar Cayce noted
that early intervention produces better therapeutic results.
- CANCER INVOLVES MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL ASPECTS. Edgar
Cayce's holistic approach to health and healing is notable in the
readings he gave for person's suffering from cancer. The mental
and spiritual aspects of prevention and treatment were strongly emphasized.
Cayce also stated that excessive worry and negative attitudes can
make a person with a genetic predisposition for cancer more vulnerable
to developing the illness.
- CANCER IS SOMETIMES A KARMIC PATTERN. Consistent with
the perennial philosophy which acknowledges the continuity of consciousness,
Edgar Cayce observed that in some cases cancer can result from past
- THE TREATMENT OF CANCER INVOLVES MANY MODALITIES.
Edgar Cayce recommended a wide variety of therapeutic modalities for
the treatment of cancer. Treatments directed at decreasing toxicity
and increasing vitality were emphasized. On the whole, natural
therapies that worked with the body to heal itself were given priority.
- EDGAR CAYCE SOMETIMES RECOMMENDED SURGERY AND RADIATION.
In certain cases where the cancer was progressive and extreme, surgery
and/or radiation therapy were recommended. Modern chemotherapy
techniques were not available during Edgar Cayce's era.
- SOME CASES OF CANCER WERE REGARDED AS INCURABLE. Although
Edgar Cayce was generally optimistic with regard to the body's innate
ability to heal itself from almost any illness, in some cases of cancer
the disease was too advanced to expect a physical cure. In such
instances, Cayce would recommend therapies to decrease the pain and
suffering while emphasizing the mental/spiritual (soul) aspects of
EDGAR CAYCE'S APPROACH TO LUNG CANCER
Edgar Cayce gave approximately nine readings for
seven individuals suffering from lung cancer. This group of readings
naturally vary due to individual differences and variations in the progression
of the disease. Thus, the summary provided in this overview will
focus on the common features of causation and treatment.
Tabor's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary states that
cancer "may be caused by various forms of chronic irritation."
This view is entirely consistent with Edgar Cayce's perspective of cancer
- particularly with regard to lung cancer. This is also
consistent with the known causes of lung cancer such as cigarette smoke
and environmental toxins which continually irritate the lungs.
Two other important factors associated with cancer are decreased vitality
(resistance) and poor eliminations.
Thus the treatment of lung cancer involves specific
treatment to the lungs and general systemic therapies to improve eliminations
and increase vitality. The most common recommendations for the
treatment of lung cancer appear to be:
- Improve eliminations and decrease toxicity with cleansing diet
and hydrotherapy (castor oil packs and colon therapy);
- Utilize ultra-violet light therapy and animated ash to assist the
system in fighting the cancer while increasing oxygen in the system;
- Provide inhalant therapy to purify the lungs (apple brandy from
charred oak keg);
- Increase vitality with beef juice taken in small quantities as
- Create constructive attitudes and emotions by working with the
Keep in mind that the Edgar Cayce approach is complementary
to the conventional medical approach. This means that it can be used in
addition to other forms of treatment. This approach does not
require you to stop other forms of treatment. Work closely with
your physician in developing a treatment plan that is best for you.
Note: The above information is
not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult
a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information
contained in the Cayce Health Database.