Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF STROKE
A stroke, or "brain attack," occurs
when blood circulation to the brain fails. Brain cells can die from
decreased blood flow and the resulting lack of oxygen. There are two
broad categories of stroke: those caused by a blockage of blood flow
and those caused by bleeding. While not usually fatal, a blockage
of a blood vessel in the brain or neck is the most frequent cause
of stroke and is responsible for about 80 percent of strokes. These
blockages stem from three conditions: the formation of a clot within
a blood vessel of the brain or neck, called thrombosis; the movement
of a clot from another part of the body such as the heart to the neck
or brain, called embolism; or a severe narrowing of an artery in or
leading to the brain, called stenosis. Bleeding into the brain or
the spaces surrounding the brain causes the second type of stroke,
called hemorrhagic stroke.
Two key steps you can take will lower your risk of
death or disability from stroke: know stroke's warning signs and control
stroke's risk factors. Warning signs are clues your body sends that
your brain is not receiving enough oxygen. If you observe one or more
of these signs of a stroke or "brain attack," don't wait, call a doctor
or 911 right away!
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg on one side
of the body.
- Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.
- Sudden difficulty speaking or trouble understanding speech.
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
- Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially
with any of the other signs.
Other danger signs that may occur include double vision,
drowsiness, and nausea or vomiting. Sometimes the warning signs may last
only a few moments and then disappear. These brief episodes, known as
transient ischemic attacks or TIAs, are sometimes called "mini-strokes."
A risk factor is a condition or behavior that occurs
more frequently in those who have, or are at greater risk of getting,
a disease than in those who don't. Having a risk factor for stroke doesn't
mean you'll have a stroke. On the other hand, not having a risk factor
doesn't mean you'll avoid a stroke. But your risk of stroke grows as the
number and severity of risk factors increases.
Some of the most important treatable risk factors for stroke
- High blood pressure (hypertension),
- Cigarette smoking,
- Heart disease,
Stroke occurs in all age groups, in both sexes, and
in all races in every country. It can even occur before birth, when the
fetus is still in the womb. In African-Americans, the death rate from
stroke is almost twice that of the white population.
Standard medical treatment for stroke usually involves
emergency medical care to address the acute condition, hospitalization
for drug therapy and possible surgery, and rehabilitation to improve physical
ability and reduce dependence. (National Institutes of Health)
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Stroke was called apoplexy during the era in which
Edgar Cayce gave readings for persons with this condition. In the
eighty readings indexed as stroke, Edgar Cayce cited various systemic
factors which cause or contribute to stroke and its after-effects.
For example, systemic toxicity was one of the common
causes mentioned in the readings for persons suffering from stroke.
Specifically, hypertension (high blood pressure) was often linked to problems
with poor eliminations, especially in the colon.
(Q) What was the original cause of the high blood pressure?
(A) As indicated, chemical unbalance - that thinned the walls,
and a plethoric condition in the colon. (2971-1)
In the present physical conditions, as we find
much of that which is the cause of the acute condition in the present
is now known; this having arisen from poisons in the system that depleted
the activity of the eliminating systems and thus produced a character
of pressure in the circulation as to produce seepages in the arterial
(Q) What is the cause of my paralysis stroke?
(A) Toxic forces that are accumulations in the physical forces
of the body, that produced a hemorrhage in the blood vessels, and that
form in the present state of adhesion or lesion.
As first indicated by the activity, this did not
occur in the brain proper but rather in the circulation - and found lesion
in the brain through the circulation. (358-4)
Glandular dysfunction is also noted as a causative
factor in several readings. Specifically, failure of the glands
to provide the substances needed to maintain the walls of the circulatory
system was described:
In the body forces we find there were those breakings
down of the ability of the glandular force to supply the nutriment for
the walls of the arterial circulation. This being a glandular condition,
these produced then a chemical unbalance in the circulation itself; bringing
about first an unbalancing in the metabolism and the katabolism of the
nerve and blood supply. (2971-1)
Regardless of the physical causes of stroke, the Cayce
readings encourage a strong spiritual emphasis in dealing with its after-effects:
But grow first in grace, in knowledge and then
apply the mechanical sources for the healing and correcting of the body.
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
The therapeutic approach advocated in the Cayce readings
on stroke is based on the concept of innate healing. That is, the
body has the natural ability to heal itself, even when the illness involves
serious neurological pathology. Although a full recovery is not
promised in every case, most of the Cayce readings on stroke contain indications
of a positive outcome if the suggested therapies are applied consistently
Although there are variations in this group of readings
based on the uniqueness of each individual, some common themes are present.
When the illness produces severe effects such as paralysis or loss of
sensory functioning, some form of electrotherapy was often recommended.
The wet cell battery was the most frequently suggested appliance in cases
of stroke. The wet cell is a battery which produces a very low direct
current. This appliance was recommended to stimulate the glandular
and nervous systems. Typically, a massage was to be given immediately
after each thirty minute wet cell session.
A basic diet to improve assimilations and eliminations
was also typically advised. Hydrotherapy (colonic irrigation) and
moderate exercise were also commonly suggested. These basic therapies
were encouraged to assist with the healing process and help to prevent
Here are the therapeutic elements which form the basis
for the treatment plan presented in this protocol:
The Wet Cell Battery
The wet cell is a simple chemical
battery which is connected to the body via wires and plates for thirty
minutes each day. Edgar Cayce stated that this appliance can
help the body to heal the nervous system damage done by the stroke and
assist in improving functioning.
Basic Cayce Diet
The most important aspects of
the diet are: a great deal of fresh vegetables and fruits, no fried foods,
no fast food (e.g., hamburgers, pizza), and no junk food (high sugar,
starch, and/or fat snacks).
Remember that it is important
to keep the digestive tract moving freely. Try to drink at least
6 - 8 glasses of water each day. A monthly colonic
irrigation will assist eliminations through the colon.
Spinal Adjustments and Massage
Cayce often recommended spinal
adjustments to correct problems with the nervous system and to improve
assimilation and eliminations. It is difficult to obtain the osteopathic
adjustments specified by Cayce. However, a chiropractor may be of some
help. The frequency of the adjustments will depend on the recommendations
of the individual chiropractor or osteopath. Once or twice a week
is typical. Daily massages after each wet cell session
Moderate daily exercise is encouraged. Walking
is a good place to start for many people. The head and neck exercise
may be helpful for persons experiencing sensory system impairment.
Of course the type and duration of exercise is dependent upon each individual's
functioning. Consult with your physician on the type of exercise
which may be best for you. Try to be outdoors in the open when practical.
Ideals and Attitudes
Working with attitudes and emotions is an important
aspect of healing. You will be asked to do the Ideals Exercise to
examine your purpose for living and being healed. Then, each day
take a few moments to review your ideals. This will help you to
maintain a positive attitude and apply the spiritual, mental and physical
(lifestyle) recommendations which are inherent in this protocol.
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