A recent study of the most frequently requested health information from the Cayce readings revealed that Parkinson’s disease is a chronic ailment of great concern to our members. This is not particularly surprising in that over one percent of the U.S. population over fifty suffers from this ailment. Every year 50, 000 new cases are diagnosed. It’s no wonder that many people came to Edgar Cayce with this ailment, called at the time “paralysis agitans” as well as “Parkinson’s Palsy.” Symptoms of Parkinson’s include muscle rigidity, tremors, bradykinesia (the slowing down of movement and the gradual loss of spontaneous activity), changes in walking patterns and posture, changes in speech and handwriting, and loss of balance and increased falls.
In a commentary included in the A.R.E. Medical Circulating File on Parkinson’s, Dr. Eric Mein reports that forty-two individuals came to Edgar Cayce with a clear diagnosis of this disorder, making a total of seventy-seven readings. The result is a substantial body of information on this debilitating disease.
Parkinson’s is a chronic and progressive neurological disease. It is interesting that Cayce described an incoordination of the glandular system as being a root cause of the breakdown of a proper coordination of the sympathetic and cerebrospinal nervous systems, which is exhibited in Parkinson’s. One Cayce reading explained the neurological incoordination as follows:
“As we find, the conditions here have reached those stages where there is no control of the voluntary nerve flexes from brain to the locomotory centers, except when the body has lost its consciousness. This indicates how and where those activities are disturbing in the body, in the patches of the emunctory circulation that control coordination between sympathetic and cerebrospinal nerve systems.
“There is then the lack of stamina in the supply of those tendencies or energies that replenish through the glandular forces and to nerve force.” (Cayce)
Interestingly, Cayce also indicated in a small number of readings that medication, mercury poisoning, and “infectious forces” might also be causes of Parkinson’s. Current medical research, which is in a hot debate over the causes of this disease, also lists certain medications and toxins, such as manganese, carbon monoxide, and certain pesticides, as possible culprits. Research is also looking at oxidative stress as a possibility, a condition in which free radicals (unstable molecules) are either overly produced by a body or not properly defended against. Could this be Cayce’s “infectious forces”? One can only speculate.
Cayce’s Four-Point Therapy
Cayce outlined two physical treatments for Parkinson’s, made some specific dietary suggestions, and recommended one nonphysical “therapy” that together can constitute a complementary therapy regimen to the protocol recommended by your medical doctor.
The Wet Cell appliance was recommended in sixty-four percent of the readings on Parkinson’s, per the commentary by Dr. Mein referenced earlier. As you know, the Wet Cell is basically a battery with metal poles in a solution of distilled water, copper sulfate, sulfuric acid, zinc, and willow charcoal. A solution jar is connected, into which a curative element is placed. In the case of Parkinson’s, the element was generally gold chloride. One reading was quite specific, suggesting “use of the Wet Cell Appliance carrying the Chloride of Gold. Keep this up for thirty minutes each day, preferably of an evening . . . The attachments would be made as follows:
“The smaller copper plate would be attached to the 4th lumbar – that is, the lumbar center; not the segment itself, you see, but the center, so that the ganglia receive the impulse of the vibratory forces of the low electrical forces as pass through same. The larger nickel plate, through which the Gold Solution passes (in the proportion of one grain to each ounce of distilled water), would be attached to the lacteal and umbilical plexus.
“The Appliance would be recharged every thirty days, and the Gold Solution would be changed every fifteen days.” (Cayce)
Likewise, seventy-three percent of the cases brought to Cayce suggested massage. One very specific instruction of this nature follows the above Wet Cell instructions: “. . . massage the lower limbs, from the sacral area across the sacral area, and especially down the sciatic to the feet and through the feet, and especially in the muscular forces under the knee; with an equal combination of Olive Oil and Tincture of Myrrh. Heat the oil to add the myrrh. This does not mean merely to rub this combination on the body, but take thirty minutes each time to gently massage all the body will absorb. Afterwards sponge off with a weak bicarbonate of soda solution, and then – of course – with warm water, and then a little alcohol; but preferably grain alcohol, not rub alcohol.” (Cayce)
Cayce also gave some very specific recommendations regarding diet:
“Mornings – citrus fruit juices or cereals, but do not eat cereals and citrus fruit juices at the same meal. Coddled egg and very crisp bacon occasionally. Whole wheat toast. Any of these. As the seasons progress, other fruits may be taken in or with the cereals – or separate.
“Noons – only raw vegetables, or broths from mutton or fowl.
“Evenings – fish or lamb or fowl, with the leafy vegetables – only the leafy; not the pod vegetables nor those that grow under the ground; though yam and turnip may be occasionally included – but not white potatoes or the like. The artichoke – both those above and below the ground are very well to include. Especially about twice a week include in the evening diet the Jerusalem artichoke – for the adrenalin [adrenal?] effect upon the metabolism and katabolism of the body.” (Cayce)
Finally, Cayce gave one individual with Parkinson’s a suggestion that would be well for us all to keep in mind, no matter what our aliment:
“Can it be healed? Yes, but the attitude of the body, the faith in the Divine, must not merely be assumed or proclaimed – it must be practiced in the daily life with others.” (Cayce)
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