A.R.E. members call us often with a variety of problems. One such woman, a 57-year-old diabetic, was losing her sight due to retinal hemorrhages that were resistant to therapy. Her vision had become so bad that she had to quit work. She confided to me (as she probably had not to her doctor) that she had not followed her diet, and felt quite discouraged. I emphasized that a constructive diet needs to be followed persistently and consistently, and told her how to use a potato poultice. She was to take a raw potato (like one uses for baking) and after washing, scrape – not peel – the potato onto a piece of cloth until there is a little mound of mushy material large enough to separate into two parts. Lifting the cloth with both hands, the mounds of potato peel were to be placed on the closed lids of both eyes. This is left in place for fifteen to thirty minutes, and then the dried material is washed off with boric acid water. She was to do this once a day, while paying strict attention to her diet.
Three months later she wrote me that she had followed the suggestions exactly, and had been on the prayer list at Virginia Beach for the three months. She had just returned to work, and was very happy. One eye was much improved, and she said (with a twinkle in her eye?) that the other eye “needs a little more potatoes.”[† March, 1975, Volume 10, No. 2, page 84, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]