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OVERVIEW OF KIDNEY STONES
Kidney Stones are termed renal calculi
in medical language. When a stone passes down the ureter from
the kidney to the bladder, the pain produced is perhaps the most severe
of all pains man experiences in bodily illnesses.
When the stones remain in the pelvis of the kidney,
however, there is often little or no pain. The problem facing the
individual who has a kidney stone is either to leave it alone or to remove
it by dissolution or surgery of one type or another.
In considering the cause and the treatment of these
calculi found so frequently in the urinary tract, one should always look
at the disease syndrome as a physiological process rather than as a static
condition of a stone in place. For there are causative factors which
gradually distort the physiology of the body in such a manner that over
a long period of time a stone is formed, bit by bit - often without sign
or symptom. When the condition is discovered, the aberrant functioning
is finally recognized and must be either treated or left alone.
There is always a choice.
Three stages of kidney stone pathology may be roughly
defined: (1) tendencies toward calculi in the urinary tract - a condition
wherein normal eliminations are breaking down (the trouble has its inception
in the kidneys); (2) the acute or semi-acute stage, in which stones have
formed and are in the process of passing or causing chronic trouble; and
(3) the body has come to a relative balance and manages to maintain a
homeostasis in spite of one or more stones in the kidney's pelvis.
In this kind of a problem the stone may deteriorate at any point and cause
acute pain and difficulty as it starts to pass down the ureter.
On the other hand, some individuals live out their lives with a stone
in place and may never be bothered by any discernible trouble.
The traditional course of events is to ease the pain,
soothe the mucous membranes of the urinary tract, and either let the stone
pass or remove it surgically. Sometimes, it is the better part of
judgment to let it merely remain in the pelvis of the kidney if it is
not causing a problem.
In the Cayce material, the viewpoint is taken that
there is always a cause, and the correction of the condition involves
restoration of a more normal physiology. Surgery is sometimes needed,
but when undertaken unadvisedly can frequently cause more harm than benefit.
The incoordinations, subluxations, destructive attitudes, and accumulations
from inadequate eliminations must always be attended to and corrected
if possible. And this job sometimes becomes more tedious than many
sufferers are willing to undertake with enough persistence to be successful.
However, this is the story that comes out of the Edgar Cayce readings
given for those who were experiencing one degree or another of urinary
I. Physiological Considerations
The onset of symptoms from a kidney stone announces
that a process has been going on for a long time during which sufficient
precipitated or sedimented material has accumulated to form what we call
a stone (although not the best name for it). The stone can be composed
of a number of materials found in the body's bloodstream. However,
the liquid excreted by the kidney as it performs its eliminatory function
may be saturated to such a degree that portions are no longer in solution,
and the crystallization process or sedimentary process begins. The
length of time it takes to form a stone that would cause symptoms is really
unknown; it probably differs with individuals and circumstances.
But it most certainly takes weeks, months, or sometimes even years.
How does such a condition begin? Obviously,
there are more substances to be eliminated by the kidney than is possible
under existing conditions. Cayce describes the condition of the
blood as having "refuse forces accumulated by the activity from the lack
of distributing forces in the system." (843-7) Or said another way, "the
toxic forces that are being carried in the system without proper eliminations
through their proper channels" are among the causative factors. (1060-1)
But it is not simply the overflow of toxins in the
bloodstream. From the standpoint of physiology as seen in the readings,
circulation to the liver and kidney is impaired, thus causing a decrease
and an incoordination in the eliminatory process. Because of the
stresses on the kidneys themselves, accumulations begin. But this
is still an intermediary step. The actual beginning of the problem
is more basic.
In many of the readings, no specific reference was
made to the causes of impaired elimination - although trouble in the alimentary
process was always present. In other references, however, an injury
to the spine, a fall, a blow - often forgotten - produced faulty neurological
impulses to the liver and kidney (often also to the spleen, pancreas,
and intestinal tract), which in turn brought on incoordination and disturbed
functions. (141-1, 370-4, 1055-1) In one instance, lack of proper care
of the kidneys and eliminations during pregnancy and following delivery
brought on the stone six months later. Subluxations were causative
in another instance.
In the physical readings, past lives are seldom mentioned,
but in the life readings the Cayce source often stated that there are
no accidents. So these so-called accidents to the spine might be
viewed as karmic responses to past-life experiences and represent the
other major etiological factor - destructive attitudes. In one instance,
the kidney stone recurred. (843-7) Cayce suggested that the repeat performance
came from mental attitudes of fears, oversensitivity, and anger, and from
nonadherence to diets. The kidney, liver, gall bladder, pancreas,
upper intestinal tract, and spleen are all under the influence of the
adrenal glands (called in the endocrinology texts the "fight-flight glands").
These organs normally respond to any emotions or attitudes that activate
the sympathetic nervous system through the adrenals or the hormones that
arise in those glands.
We see, then, that the supersaturated conditions existing
in the kidney excretions, the incoordinations between the liver and the
kidneys, the toxins accumulated in the bloodstream, and even the injuries
which might bring about some of the problems may all have as an underlying
essence, as a primary cause, the attitudes and emotions that cause destruction
in the body.
Remember that the attitude of the body - towards
circumstances, towards individuals, towards conditions - ever has much
to do with creating an environment for disturbing or for helpful things
as related to the bodily functions...
Know that there are ever those experiences to be
met in the experience of each soul, that must be met. Meet these,
not in anger, not in wrath but in gentleness and the fruits of the spirit;
not in swearing vengeance or any of those attitudes. (370-5)
II. Rationale of Therapy
Throughout the Cayce readings, repeated references
are made to the importance of persistent follow-through in therapeutic
measures. In this particular problem, the theme is the same.
For a 53-year-old man, , with passage of a stone and a deteriorating
physical condition, Cayce saw the possibility of building the body back
to normal, "if there is the persistence and consistence in the activities,
the application and the attitudes of the body towards a constructive influence
throughout its bodily functioning itself, as well as its applications
to those things that may make for helpful influences." (370-4)
In cases in which the problem is quite complicated
physiologically or the physical condition can easily turn into a critical
situation, then all of Cayce's suggestions must be followed - these were
the instructions. To , a 37-year-old woman who had a calculus,
it was pointed out that the problem could be eliminated; but, he warned
her, unless they are "done consistently and persistently, for a sufficient
period to insure that the causes in the first, and the effects that have
already been produced, have been rejuvenated and resuscitated for their
normal activity, then don't begin them!" (1054-1) And another, a 53-year-old
man, , was told he would run into extreme measures of therapy [surgery?]
"unless all are done. . ." But, he added, if those suggestions would be
done cooperatively and in a way that would aid the body to produce helpful
influences, "resuscitating forces, revivifying energies, may be brought
about in the body." (1060-1)
In applying these suggestions to individuals today,
it must be kept in mind that every person is different. No two readings
contain exactly the same directions. Thus with mild, severe or asymptomatic
renal calculi, a given course of therapy - including consideration of
attitudinal changes - must be followed with patience and persistence.
It is always a process of aiding the body in altering its functioning
physiology in such a manner that balance is maintained and constructive
influences are always kept. And it is well to remember that healing
the body physical without giving it hope in the spiritual is to save a
body for destruction in materiality.
Therapies for Renal Calculus
In the readings studied, including all those currently
indexed under kidney stones, the following suggestions were identified
as being helpful:
- Turpentine stupes: These were prepared in different strengths.
For , 1/2 pint of spirits of turpentine was added to one to one-and-a-half
quarts of hot water. Heavy flannel, five to six thicknesses, was
dipped in the solution and applied over the bladder and pubic area,
"so that there may be the relaxation of the urethra and the penetrating
forces of the turpentine to alleviate." (843-4) Cayce gave some interesting
information to this man: ". . we find that the application of the turpentine
stupes over the area as indicated would offer a means for causing a
disintegrating of the stone sufficient for its passage without operative
forces; because of the very nature of the penetrating influences of
the turp." (843-5)
For a 35-year-old woman, , a milder solution
was suggested: two ounces of turpentine to a quart of water. The
pack was to be placed over the kidney area, and a massage done afterward
to the abdomen with a mixture of equal parts of mutton tallow, spirits
of turpentine, and spirits of camphor.
And in reading 1472-16, an even more dilute solution
of spirits of turpentine was suggested - one teaspoonful to a gallon
of water, heated to 90 degrees. The flannel cloth dipped in
this solution was to be applied for an hour across the kidney area
twice a week, followed immediately by massage with a solution of peanut
oil (one ounce), olive oil (one ounce), and melted lanolin (one-half
- Osteopathic manipulations were suggested frequently. Most
often those areas of the spine below the shoulder blades and down
into the lumbar and coccygeal vertebrae were designated as needing
most attention, but the upper dorsal and the cervical were frequently
mentioned. Treatments were to be given sensitively, deeply for
some and very gently for others, depending on their need and, of course,
their physical condition.
- Massage has already been mentioned. Various combinations
of oils have been suggested. In 843-6, for instance, Cayce suggested
a combination made up of equal parts of olive oil, tincture of myrrh
and compound tincture of benzoin, this to be massaged across the lower
back from the kidney area to the sacrum. Instructions were to
heat the olive oil, then add the other two constituents. The
massage was to prevent "the body from tiring so" and to relax the
patient. Another common massage formula is equal parts of mutton
tallow, spirits of turpentine, spirits of camphor and compound tincture
- Diet is a factor in all instances. Only foods that are easily
assimilated should be eaten. If foods are taken at all, cooked
vegetables and cooked fruits could be eaten when the problem is acute.
As a general maintenance diet one should eat one meal consisting of
only fresh raw vegetables or fruit, a simple breakfast (avoid combining
citrus and cereal at the same meal), and a dinner of principally vegetables.
Baked potato peel is very good; pears or grapes are perhaps the best
fruit. When able, such patients may eat fish, fowl or lamb as
protein. It must be kept in mind that the diet should always
be such as not to add more to the body than the body can tolerate
and use adequately. This means no alcohol, pastries, or desserts;
avoid sugars and to a great extent starches. Cayce reminded
one person that chewing food well would activate the salivary glands
to supply the "lactics - or the alkalines - as they enter the system."
- Mullein stupes and mullein tea were both recommended, but infrequently.
- Watermelon seed tea (made like any herb tea) has been found in
the readings to be beneficial in all kidney conditions, so it is not
surprising to find it mentioned where stones have been formed.
It was not a frequently recommended suggestion, however.
- Colonics and enemas are suggested for both these procedures increase
the elimination of toxins from the bloodstream, giving relief to the
kidneys in their attempts to return to normal conditions.
- The wet cell battery, radio-active appliance, and diathermy were
all suggested to at least one of these individuals for whom readings
were given, but it cannot be determined for certain that they were
specifically for relief of the kidney condition. In one instance,
reference was made to "vibrations" which would help to disintegrate
the stone, and we might assume that that was meant to refer to the
wet cell battery.
- A prescription of oils to be taken orally was suggested for a man
with nephritis and a kidney stone. To stimulate the dissolving
of the "sediments" and to bring about better eliminations through the
liver and kidneys, the following (in reading 149-1) was suggested to
be taken in a capsule once daily, along with osteopathic treatments:
Eucalyptol, 1 minim
Rectified oil of turpentine, 1/2 minim
Oil of juniper, 1 minim
- A pack of baking soda, saturated in hot water and applied over
the bladder area, was suggested in one case ( 149- 1) to ease stresses
in the bladder and urethra.
- Castor oil packs were recommended to aid elimination of toxic forces
that had gradually built up destructive influences in the body.
Laxatives for  at that time were not good; rather he needed
something that would not only aid eliminations but also build up vitality
and resistance within the body. It was suggested that the packs
be used for three-and-a-half to four hours, changed every 20 to 30
minutes, using two to three to four thicknesses of heavy flannel.
They were to be applied as hot as could be endured and gentle osteopathic
manipulations were to be done during the period when the packs were
being used. Two days later, another reading was taken on the
man, who had by then greatly improved (he had gall bladder gravel
as well as kidney stones). Cayce's psychic report was that the
sedimentary conditions in the gall bladder and the hardening in the
kidneys "have in a manner been dissolved by the use of the oil packs
and the manipulations that have aided same to be expelled from the
body itself." The one session with the packs was all that was needed.
After that, colonics and enemas provided cleansing for the intestinal
- For a teen-ager (427-2) who was diagnosed as having stones, or "sediments"
in the kidneys as Cayce called it, a prescription was given to be taken
"every second day" in the morning before breakfast:
Phosphate of soda, 1/2 teaspoon
Syrup of sarsaparilla, 2 minims
Oil of juniper, 1 minim
And, every fifth day, one minim of sweet spirits
of nitre was to be added to the mixture.
- Attitudes were always directed toward constructive thinking and
helpfulness. Anxieties were to be replaced by faith in the knowledge
that help is available. The 14th chapter of St. John was recommended
at least once in these particular readings, to be read every night
- For a man of 34 years who was experiencing an acute attack of kidney
stones, Cayce suggested (in reading 5580-1) osteopathy and the following
herbal remedy: To one gallon of rain water, add
Sarsaparilla root, 4 ounces
Wild cherry bark, 2 ounces
Yellow dock root, 2 ounces
Calisaya bark, 2 ounces
Black root, 2 ounces
Mandrake root, 30 grains
Buchu leaves, 10 grains
Reduce by simmering to one quart. Strain
while warm. Add three drams of balsam of tolu cut in four ounces
of grain alcohol. Give two teaspoonfuls four times daily.
- Finally, surgery was occasionally prescribed. For a 56-year-old
woman with a large stone, Cayce saw "accumulations in the kidney itself
from conditions where incoordination between the circulations of liver
and kidneys has caused sediments to form, irritations that, as to
size and condition, will require operative measures ... We would operate."
III. Suggested Therapeutic Regimen
For prevention of stones, the Cayce readings suggest
that one should always look first to one's attitudes and emotions.
Make corrections there, if needed. Then adopt a good basic diet
which avoids fried foods, red meats (for the most part), white flour and
white sugar products, and certain combinations of foods (such as cereals
and citrus at the same meal). There are many publications on the
market now dealing with Cayce's suggestions about diet, and these should
be consulted. Lots of green vegetables and fruits are good, with
fish, fowl and lamb supplying the protein.
Exercise regularly. Osteopathic or chiropractic
treatments at intervals, even when one feels normal, are good procedures
to follow. Full-body massages are good alternatives to the manipulations,
especially if the latter are not available.
For the acute case of kidney stones, it is vitally
important that relaxation be induced, so that the stone can pass without
surgical interference. Here, the turpentine stupes can be used as
well as the castor oil packs. Both of these tend to help break up
the stone, and so are helpful. Osteopathic manipulations are very
important in these instances; they aid in the relaxation of the tissues
and help in the coordination of the liver and kidneys. Colonics
or enemas are also helpful. The eucalyptol prescription in step
9 above might be helpful and, of course, it is very important that the
patient help all he can by allowing his body to relax. (While biofeedback
had not even been thought of when Cayce gave his readings, it is one way
of training people to relax portions of their bodies.)
Attitudes should be of the nature of believing that
the condition can be overcome. But it should be remembered that
acute renal calculus is a very severe condition, and the aid of a narcotic
to relax the ureter and the possibility of surgery as a final necessity
should not be ruled out.
For the chronic case of renal calculi, all of those
measures suggested for prevention should be utilized, keeping the body
in a constructive phase and letting dissolution of the stone come about
gradually - if it does come about at all. If the stone is large,
such as a "staghorn" calculus, pieces may break off as dissolution occurs;
these could cause acute problems as they try to pass down the ureter.
Turpentine stupes may be used over a long period of time - and other measures
that have been suggested in this commentary - but it must always be recognized
that each person must make choices for himself. A large stone residing
in the pelvis of the kidney is not an easy thing to correct. In
many instances because of the psychological makeup of the individual,
it may not be easily possible for the condition to be corrected.
On the other hand, if the Cayce readings are to be taken at face value,
it is always possible to clear up any condition. Choice is necessary
as well as prayer, then definitive action to arrive at the method and
But no matter what the problem one faces regarding
kidney stones - their formulation or their presence - the instruction
that Cayce gave to a 53-year-old man suffering from a kidney stone should
be kept in mind:
And let thy prayer oft be, in thy deeper meditation:
Father, God, Thou art life! Thou art hope!
Thou art justice! Thou art mercy! In these may I, Thy servant,
claim Thy care, Thy love; that my body may be cleansed as my mind may
be cleansed, that I may be before Thee holy and acceptable unto Thee to
do service to my fellow man in Thy name; and that the glory of Thy love
as manifested in the Christ, my Savior, our Savior, may be manifested
more and more in the earth...
And be consistent as to the applications of those
suggestions and those activities that may bring about this; for every
force and every power in the earth is of Him. Will you use it in
His service or in defying Him in thy vain glory? (370-5)
[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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