Cayce Health Database
BLOOD BUILDING DIET
Edgar Cayce often recommended specific
diets for persons suffering from debilitation and anemia. He typically
referred to such diets as "blood building." Here are some examples
of blood building diets recommended in the readings:
(Q) Please give in full a blood building diet
for my body.
(A) Those as indicated that have a quantity or an excess of
the calcium, and those that will make for a balance in the iodines with
the potassiums of the system itself.
Or in the use of Atomidine, or - more preferably
- occasionally Calcidin added as the medicant or medicinal properties
that make for addition of elements to the system. Not taken haphazardly,
yet not in such a manner that they become routine. But those manners
in which they are adding to the system the necessary elements and influences
for corrective measures throughout the body itself.
Quantities, then, of the orange, the lime, the
lemon, the grapefruit. These should form a portion of the diet
at most ALL times. DO NOT combine cereals or starches of a great
nature with the citrus fruit juices.
Liver, tripe, pig knuckle. Such are those
that will be body and blood building.
Salsify, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, tomatoes,
and such natures are those that carry the vitamins necessary for body-building
with THIS body.
Seafoods in moderation, but sufficient to keep
a balance. Beef juices. Wine taken as a FOOD, not as a drink.
An ounce and a half to two ounces of red wine in the afternoon, after
the body has WORN itself out; that is, two, three, four o'clock in the
afternoon - or cocktail time. Take it as a food, with brown bread.
Not beer or ale, nor any of the hard drinks - but RED WINE!
These, as we find, taken in combination with
the regular foods - and have three leafy vegetables to two of the
pod nature, or that ratio. (578-5)
Mornings - either cocoa as a drink, or a MALTED
drink; followed with - a little bit later, half to three-quarters of an
hour - citrous fruits, with rice cakes, whole wheat muffins, or a little
honey (in the honeycomb) with same at times.
Noon meals - preferably meat JUICES (this doesn't
mean broths, altogether), the JUICES of meats, occasionally mixed with
the juices of FRESH green vegetables.
Evenings - a well BALANCED diet, occasionally using
the diet that is more blood building in its nature. Plenty of oysters
that carry the greater part of iron, and as little of copper or manganese
as possible. Also all those foods carrying the BLOOD building properties,
as of calves' liver - especially; pig knuckle and tripe. These should
be a portion of the diet at most periods, though altered occasionally.
Beware of too much sweets. (4164-1)
Then bind about the body that of a band, or support,
that will hold (for three to six weeks) the stomach and the
diaphragm in its proper position, using throughout this time those
properties as the diet that will give the more vitality to blood
building, red blood building in the system - taking then those
in the diet, using little meat but at specified times, but much
meat juices, see? and a vegetable diet that rebuilds blood,
such as green vegetable forces: Carrots, beets, lettuce,
celery, peas, beans, and those of that nature, see?
Occasionally we would add those of the blood building,
once or twice a week. The pig knuckles, tripe and calves'
liver, or those of BRAINS and the like. See? Ready
for questions. (275-24)
When the bowels have been flushed, than begin with
a well-balanced diet that will make for nerve and blood building
forces for the body. This would be as an outline, through
it may be altered somewhat to suit the tastes; but be mindful that
- for at least three to four weeks - no candies, cakes or pies
Mornings - citrus fruit juices; corn cakes or buckwheat
cakes that are well buttered, and if a syrup is to be used on same
use honey - but at least half of those eaten at a meal should be
without it. Or, this may be altered to stewed fruits, mixed
fruits, figs, prunes, or rhubarb may be made as one meal - that
is, the morning meal, see?
Noons - a sandwich of chicken or mutton, or lamb,
or veal; or there may be included in this the whole wheat toast
with milk that has been brought not to a boil but ALMOST, or make
into milk toast. Or, there may be taken at this meal the
juices of meats or the juices of vegetables; but, preferably WITHOUT
the meats or the vegetables, see?
Evenings - at least three of the evening meals each
week should be of calves' liver with eggs (and only the egg yolks
used); with grits and gravy, or rice and gravy - or other cereals
of the same nature. And cooked vegetables, as any of the
LEAFY vegetables that are palatable for the body, or cooked in
such a manner as to BE palatable; that carry iron, and silicon,
and sulphur, and the like, for the developing body. Fish
and sea foods, or the shell foods may be used at the same meal.
At all times the body should drink PLENTY of MILK!
For this particular body, the dried milk or malted milks will be
better than cows' milk; for they will balance better with a
developing system and supply more of the vitamins necessary for
the replenishing of those forces within the system, through the
glandular activities of the body that have been depleted by the
activity of this parasite - or this FORM of parasite in the system.
As to the diet: Take plenty of those things
that are body and blood building. Plenty of citrus fruit
juices, especially orange juice. If a pint is taken EVERY
day it will be MOST beneficial for the body; though the same amount
might be taken morning and evening and still not be too much.
However, do not take cereals within several hours of any citrus
fruit juices. Leave off white breads and white potatoes,
unless just the skins of the potatoes are eaten.
Have plenty of vegetables cooked in their OWN salts,
preferably; rather than with meats or fats - and not in open water
but in their own juices (as in Patapar Paper). (459-9)
In the matter of the diet, keep those things that
are BLOOD building, as in this: Tripe, liver, codliver oil,
olive oil - these should be taken with most of the foods.
Not sweets, nor vinegars or of the acids that make for same.
Let the SYSTEM create that as for the body. Beware of too
much meats of any kind, save as those given. Pig knuckle,
or those that carry that that makes FOR
the characterization of that glucose in the blood, that may aid
in aiding and abetting, with that solvent force created by the
use of the salts, rubs, and massage, and that will work WITH the
GLANDS of the system, as will aid - or be aided by the Soda and
Gold in its assimilation in system. (484-1)
The foods, then, would be rather of the alkalin
reacting nature; but with the fats that would make for the body
and blood building. Hence a portion of the diet, as well
as the enzymes found in the Ventriculin, at least two or three
meals each week, should consist of broiled liver or pigs' feet
[fresh, not pickled] or pig knuckle, or those forces that carry
that which is building for the body, with the elements in same
that will assist in bringing a normal equilibrium - or build the
resistances to meet those inroads that have been made by the non-activity
of the gland secretions in the body. (726-1)
In the diet, keep those things that are body and
blood building as much as possible. Liver, tripe, and things
of such nature should be a portion of the diet at least two
or three times each week. Cereals, citrus fruit and such;
though do not eat cereals and citrus fruits at the same meal.
Meats of every nature may be taken except HOG meat. No fried
meats or fried foods of any kind. Two of the bulbular vegetables
should be eaten to one of the leafy vegetables. This is the
character of the diet, as we find. (1087-1)
Greater precautions needs to be taken in the diet
that there are blood building foods; as the whole wheat, beef juices,
boiled liver, pigs' feet and the like. These carry the hormones
and the gluten that supplies in the assimilating system the better
In the matter of the diet:
Keep to those things that are more blood building,
that supply especially the vitamins for blood coagulation, and
blood and body building. Include oft in the diet such as
broiled liver, fish, lamb - these all broiled or stewed. No
Take plenty of carrots, yellow peaches, yellow corn.
All of these, and foods that are yellow in color, should be a part
of the diet - especially for the next three months. (1796-1)
Let the diet be that as is nerve and blood
building. Let it be composed of - at least once each week
- tripe, liver, codliver, fish liver, hog liver, pig liver, calf
liver - any of those - at least once or twice each week, see?
and vegetables and fruits, as plenty of celery and the leafy vegetables.
If cabbage is taken let it be raw, rather than cooked. Lentils,
beans, peas, spinach, celery, lettuce, and the like. Fruits
- pears; no apples; cherries, BERRIES - provided they grow off
of ground, not ON the ground - these would be the better.
Ready for questions. (3842-1)
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