Cayce Health Database
The Edgar Cayce health information is a
rich source of research hypotheses with regard to anatomy, physiology,
pathology, and therapy. This section contains a variety of research
hypotheses waiting to be pursued.
OF GOLD CHLORIDE
Investigate therapeutic uses of gold chloride in
rheumatoid arthritis. More broadly, to understand role of gold
as an essential trace element.
Gold has been used therapeutically for decades for
rheumatoid arthritis. Although the effectiveness of gold therapy
is controversial, it is clear that treatment with organic gold compounds
sometimes result in severe side-effects.
A few studies suggest that gold may have a more extensive
application, serving as an essential element associated with nervous system
Edgar Cayce often recommended gold (usually gold chloride)
both orally and vibratorally (via electrotherapy). In a number of
cases, oral gold was suggested for rheumatoid arthritis. Over the
years, oral gold chloride has been taken by numerous individuals as per
Cayce's recommendations with few or no reported side-effects. Click
here to view a brief article discussing the role of oral gold treatment
as recommended by Cayce.
1. Do a clinical trial of gold chloride with
rheumatoid arthritis to determine clinical efficacy and possible side-effects.
2. Encourage basic research into gold as a possible
essential trace element involved in nervous system functioning.
BOWEL PERMEABILITY IN
Investigate the role of bowel permeability in psoriasis
by replication of previous studies. If bowel permeability is documented,
research therapeutic interventions such as herbal teas and dietary restrictions
intended to decrease bowel permeability.
Edgar Cayce often described a "thinning of the walls
of the small intestine" ("leaky gut syndrome") in cases of psoriasis as
a primary etiological factor. Toxins leaking from the bowel were
eliminated through the skin, resulting in the characteristic lesions of
psoriasis. Herbal teas and dietary changes were recommended to decrease
toxicity and heal the gut.
The medical literature contains numerous studies investigating
the role of bowel permeability and dietary factors in psoriasis. Click here to view an extensive literature review
on intestinal pathology in Psoriasis.
1. Do an analysis of bowel permeability in psoriatic
patients comparing two well established methods: 1) lactulose/mannitol
ratio and 2) 51Cr-labeled EDTA absorption test.
2. If bowel permeability is deemed a possible
factor in psoriasis, encourage patients to follow a simple protocol of
herbal teas (yellow saffron and slippery elm bark) and diet (mostly fruits
and vegetables) to determine the clinical efficacy of the Cayce approach
Investigate intestinal pathology as a significant
etiology in migraine. If intestinal pathology is documented,
research therapeutic interventions such as diet, hydrotherapy, and manual
therapy to decrease intestinal pathology.
Edgar Cayce often described bowel pathology in cases
of migraine. In one particularly significant reading he noted, "the
sources of the conditions to which the body becomes allergic in the digestive
system should be looked for - that deal with all migraine headaches.
So, this information might be used universally as to the sources of such,
if it would be accepted." Irritation to the nervous system of the
bowel (enteric nervous system) is one possible pathophysiological link
between the gut and central nervous systems manifestations of this neurovascular
disorder. Diet, hydrotherapy, and manual therapy were often recommended
for cases of migraine.
The medical literature contains numerous studies investigating
the role of bowel pathology in migraine. Click
here to view a literature review of intestinal pathology in migraine.
1. Analyze bowel mucosal architecture in migraine
patients compared to healthy controls.
2. If bowel pathology is deemed a possible factor
in migraine, encourage patients to follow a simple protocol of diet (mostly
fruits and vegetables), hydrotherapy, and manual therapy to determine
the clinical efficacy of the Cayce approach to migraine.
Investigate the role of somatic dysfunction in asthma.
If somatic dysfunction is documented, measures the effects of manual
therapy to decrease somatic dysfunction and improve clinical features
Edgar Cayce often cited somatic
dysfunction (i.e., "osteopathic lesion" or "chiropractic subluxation")
as a common etiological factor in asthma. The upper thoracic
and lower cervical spine were particularly noted in these cases.
1. Investigate the role of somatic dysfunction
in asthma via standard manual therapy assessment and physiological parameters
such as heart rate variability and mucosal blood flow to bronchial vessels.
2. If somatic dysfunction is deemed a possible factor
in asthma, provide manual therapy in a controlled study to measure the
efficacy of this treatment for asthma.
GINSENG TONIC FOR ULCERATIVE
Investigate the therapeutic efficacy of ginseng tonic
recommended by Edgar Cayce for treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disorder affecting
the inner lining of the large intestine. The inflammation causes the colon
to empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea. As cells on the surface of
the lining of the colon die and slough off, ulcers (tiny open sores) form,
causing pus, mucus, and bleeding.
From a medical perspective, the cause of ulcerative
colitis is not known and currently
there is no cure apart from surgical removal of the diseased colon.
About half of patients have only mild symptoms. Only in rare cases, when
complications occur, is the disease fatal. There may be remissions
- periods when the symptoms go away - that last for months or even years.
However, most patients' symptoms eventually return. Standard
medical treatment for patients with ulcerative colitis usually involves
medication or surgery.
Edgar Cayce often noted that ulcerative colitis (and
colitis in general) is produced as an after-effect of virus (usually flu)
which has settled in the system. One of Cayce's primary treatments
for ulcerative colitis is a remedy consisting of wild ginseng root, wild
ginger root, and lactated pepsin. This formulation has proven effective
in several cases of ulcerative colitis.
1. Test the clinical efficacy of the ginseng
tonic in patients with ulcerative colitis in a clinical setting.
LARGE BOWEL INVOLVEMENT
IN ESSENTIAL HYPERTENSION
Investigate the therapeutic potential of colonic
irrigation in essential hypertension.
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a noncontagious
cardiovascular illness that afflicts over 37 million people in the United
States. It is highly variable in its symptoms and severity.
The cause of hypertension is unknown, although in about 10 percent
of cases, hypertension is linked to specific illnesses such as kidney
disease and adrenal gland tumors. From a medical perspective,
hypertension cannot be cured. Therefore, standard medical treatment
of hypertension is directed at control of the illness with drugs
and lifestyle changes.
Edgar Cayce often cited congestion in the large bowel
as a primary etiological factor in cases of essential hypertension.
Colonic irrigation was one of the most frequently recommended therapies
in such cases.
1. Measure the effects of colonic irrigation in patients
with essential hypertension. A series of three irrigations in a
thirty day period is recommended. Measurement of blood pressure
and medication levels are compared to matched controls not receiving colon
ABDOMINAL PATHOLOGY IN IDIOPATHIC EPILEPSY
To investigate the possible role of abdominal pathology
in idiopathic epilepsy, especially with regard to abdominal temperature
variations, symptom profiles, and patient history.
Epilepsy is a group of serious neurological diseases
including various forms of seizure disorder. Some forms of epilepsy
(symptomatic) are linked to specific causes such as a blow to the head.
However, the cause(s) of most epilepsy is unknown (idiopathic).
One subgroup of idiopathic epilepsy is "abdominal epilepsy," known to
exist in both children and adults. Click
here to view an article on abdominal epilepsy.
Edgar Cayce consistently maintained that most cases
of "true" (idiopathic) epilepsy originated from the abdomen, specifically
in the lacteal ducts associated with the lymphatic nodes on the right
side of the abdomen. Decreased circulation, abdominal symptoms,
and aberrant nerve reflexes resulting in seizures were the result of
adhesions in the lacteal ducts. Hot castor oil packs and abdominal
massage were typical therapeutic modalities recommended in such cases.
Furthermore, the decreased circulation was said to produce a "cold spot"
on the right side of the abdomen (between the liver and caecum) in all
cases of idiopathic epilepsy. Thermographic measurements in several
cases of epilepsy with abdominal features has documented temperature
anomalies in several patients in preliminary studies.
1. Record abdominal symptoms and history of abdominal
features (including insult or injury to abdominal organs) in a group of
patients with epilepsy and matched controls without epilepsy.
2. Measure and compare abdominal temperatures
for both groups via thermography. Also, look for possible correlations
between abdominal temperatures, symptoms and history in epileptic group.
Rediscover the leydig gland and research its function
Franz Von Leydig was a famous and well-respected biologist
who discovered the cells of leydig in 1850 and the leydig gland in 1892.
The cells of leydig are interstitial cells located primarily in the reproductive
glands and are best known for the production of testosterone.
According to Leydig, the leydig gland is located in the mesonephros tissue
in vertebrates. Its function is unknown - Leydig thought its role
was to stimulate movement of spermatozoa.
Leydig's discoveries lay dormant for decades as it
was almost 100 years before medical science rediscovered the cells of
leydig. Now there are hundreds of articles on Medline documenting
the functions of these cells. The leydig gland has yet to be rediscovered.
Edgar Cayce often spoke of the leydig gland, describing
it as a small gland lying above the reproductive organs. In one
instance, he said the leydig gland (which is normally about the size of
a small pea) had become engorged to the size of a wren's egg. The
person was suffering from schizophrenia. From Cayce's perspective,
pathology of the leydig gland was sometimes associated with psychiatric
and neurological conditions such as schizophrenia, manic-depressive disorder,
and epilepsy. Cayce also linked the leydig gland to psychological
and spiritual development and functioning.
1. Obtain a copy and translation of the Leydig's
original paper documenting the discovery of the leydig gland.
2. Locate the anatomical position of the leydig
3. Analyze the tissue from the leydig gland to
determine biochemical and physiological attributes.
4. Encourage researchers to do further research
on the leydig gland to determine its relevance to medical science.
IODINE THERAPY FOR LEUKEMIA
To investigate the therapeutic potential of intravenous
iodine in the treatment of leukemia.
Leukemia is a form of blood cancer of unknown causation.
Leukemia is the most common form of malignant disease in children, but
is more common in adults. There are several types of leukemia, some
more responsive to treatment than others. Medical intervention
usually involves anti-cancer medications and frequent transfusions of
red blood cells and component solutions.
In reading 2208-1, Edgar Cayce made the remarkable
statement that with the use of iodine transfusions in cases of leukemia,
"there will be the ability to reduce the percentage of such cases more
than fifty percent." He noted that the effects would have to be
closely monitored and adjusted. He suggested that the initial research
be done on laboratory animals to determine therapeutics dosages.
1. Do transfusions with laboratory animals to
determine toxicity levels and therapeutic dosage for tincture of iodine.
2. Having set parameters for iodine therapy,
test iodine transfusion efficacy in treatment resistant leukemia.
THERAPY FOR DIABETES
Investigate the potential effects of Jerusalem artichoke
as a dietary supplement in diabetes.
Diabetes is a group of conditions in which glucose
(sugar) levels are abnormally high. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas
stops making enough insulin or the insulin that is produced is not effective
in the proper metabolism of digested foods. Diabetes can cause problems
that damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
Medical treatment for diabetes may involve diet, exercise, oral medications
or insulin. There is no known cure for diabetes; daily treatment
must continue throughout a person's lifetime.
Edgar Cayce provides a unique perspective of diabetes,
often linking it to systemic imbalances involving the nervous system and
digestive processes. One of the common recommendations for diabetics
was the use of Jerusalem artichoke to decrease or eliminate the need for
1. Include Jerusalem artichoke as a dietary supplement
in the diets of diabetic patients (3x per week). This is a complementary
medicine model which encourages the patient to continue all standard medical
treatments. Regular monitoring of blood-sugar levels are encouraged
to document any possible effects of the Jerusalem artichoke.
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