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    When things just don’t add up!
    Alarming language by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
    have hinted of mandatory Swine (H1N1) Flu Vaccinations in the near future!
    Webster’s Dictionary defines a “Pandemic” as occurring over a wide geographical area and affecting an
    exceptionally high proportion of the population. (emphasis in bold added)
    STATISTICS as of 8/7/09:
    Worldwide: U.S.A. Percentage in U.S.A.
    Population: 6,706,993,152 304,059,724 N/A
    Annual Deaths from Regular Flu: 250,000 – 500,000 36,000 .000118%
    Reported Swine Flu Cases: 149,781 43,771 .000143%
    Reported Swine Flu Deaths: 1,030 477 .000001568%
    Would you consider this a pandemic?
    Interestingly, as of July 24th, Dr. Anne Schuchat, Dir. of
    CDC’s National Center, stated, “Friday morning’s posting of
    confirmed cases will be the last such posting because the CDC wants
    to de-emphasize testing for the virus.” * (The Arizona Republic, 7/25/09, Pg.7)
    *If a “pandemic” truly exists, and considering the gravity of being mandated (forced) to
    have untested, dangerous, toxic chemicals (see reverse side) injected into our bodies or
    our children’s, wouldn’t monitoring specific symptoms and cases of Swine Flu be critical?
    Think about the numerous side effects following each TV drug
    commercial and this untested Swine (H1N1) Flu Vaccine!
    It’s your decision, but before you offer your arm or that of your child’s, know ALL the facts
    Drug manufacturers providing Swine (H1N1) Flu vaccines refuse to release entire mix of ingredients proclaiming proprietary rights, however, a few of just some of the known adjuvants and their side effects are:
    Aluminium: A heavy metal which can interfere with normal brain function.
    It’s a potent neurotoxin which can cause more neurologic disorders than Alzheimer’s disease. “It is not just it’s connection with Alzheimer’s that makes aluminum such a danger to human physiology, it’s that aluminum can interfere with the formation and development of virtually a human nerve tissue in a fully unpredictable fashion.*
    Formaldehyde: A carcinogenic embalming fluid and known to cause cancer. Vaccines are not tested for carcinogenicity.*
    Mercury: A form of Thimerosal which is 49.5% mercury. It is “ethylmercury,” a true neurotoxin (nerve killer), and may cause permanent nerve damage and autoimmune disorders. Linked to Autism.*
    African Green Monkey’s Kidneys: “Diseased” flesh of African Green Monkeys (U.S. Patent No. 5911998). Research the method of producing a virus vaccine from cell line. ( (
    Squalene: An organic polymer, and an oil-based adjuvant to generate concentrated, unremitting immune responses over long periods of time. Squalene has never been approved as a vaccine adjuvant. It is called, “Freund’s Complete Adjuvant” and can cause permanent organ damage and irreversible disease – specifically autoimmune diseases. Squalene is contributed to the “Gulf War Syndrome.” Soldiers developed arthritis, fibromyalgia, lymphadenopathy, rashes, photosensitive rashes, malar rashes, chronic fatigue, chronic headaches, abnormal body hair loss, non-healing skin lesions, aphthous ulcers, dizziness, weakness, memory loss, seizures, mood changes, neuropsychiatric problems, anti-thyroid effects, anaemia, elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, deadly Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Raynaud’s phenomenon with paroxysms of lack of blood in fingers and toes, Sjorgren’s syndrome with blurred vision, chronic diarrhea, night sweats and low-grade fever.” Dr. Viera Scheibner, Ph D. Principal Research Scientist ( Excellent well-referenced information: and search, “Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed.”
    NOTE: FDA is “fast-tracking” clinical tests which should take 26 weeks, but the mere one to three weeks gives little time from now until October to test the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine. In these clinical trials, Squalene has been curiously left out! (
    Legal Liability Immunity Protection for vaccine manufacturers, WHO, CDC, Federal Government and its agents if the Swine (H1N10 Flu vaccine causes serious physical injury or death. Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Questions and Answers passed 2006 :
    Health Insurance Policy Exclusions state “experimental” drugs (FDA has NOT approved Swine (H1N1) Flu Vaccine) are not covered. Insurance companies abandoned coverage for damage to life and property due to Acts of God, Nuclear War and Nuclear Power Plant Accidents and Vaccinations! (emphasis added)
    Research Scandals Associated with Baxter Pharmaceuticals and Novartis Pharmaceuticals, both continue to be contracted by WHO to produce a pandemic vaccine. (


    Medicinal use of Castor Oil
    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has categorized castor oil as “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE) for over-the-counter use as a laxative.[17] However, it is not a preferred treatment for constipation.[18] Castor oil can also be used to induce childbirth, but doing so is sometimes cautioned against because it can lead to complications for the childbirth process, including dehydration of the mother and other risks associated with any inducement of pregnancy, such as fetal distress from too strong contractions, increased risk of uterine rupture, unintentional prematurity of the baby, and increased pain for the mother.[19]
    Undecylenic acid, a castor oil derivative, is also FDA-approved for over-the-counter use on skin disorders or skin problems.[20]
    Ricinoleic acid is the main component of castor oil and it exerts anti-inflammatory effects.[21]
    One study has found that castor oil decreased pain more than ultrasound gel or Vaseline during extracorporeal shock wave application.[22] Therapeutically, modern drugs are rarely given in a pure chemical state, so most active ingredients are combined with excipients or additives. Castor oil, or a castor oil derivative such as Cremophor EL (polyethoxylated castor oil, a nonionic surfactant), is added to many modern drugs, including:
    Miconazole, an anti-fungal agent;[23][24]
    Paclitaxel, a mitotic inhibitor used in cancer chemotherapy;[25]
    Sandimmune (cyclosporine injection, USP), an immunosuppressant drug widely used in connection with organ transplant to reduce the activity of the patient’s immune system;[26]
    Nelfinavir mesylate, an HIV protease inhibitor;[27]
    Saperconazole, a triazole antifungal agent (contains Emulphor EL -719P, a castor oil derivative);[28]
    Prograf, an immunosuppressive drug (contains HCO-60, polyoxyl 60 hydrogenated Castor oil);[citation needed]
    Xenaderm ointment, a topical treatment for skin ulcers is a combination of Balsam Peru, Castor oil, and trypsin;[29][30]
    Aci-Jel, a gel used to create or maintain the acidity of the vagina (comprises acetic acid/oxyquinoline/ricinoleic acid – vaginal)[31]
    How To Use Castor Oil and Castor Oil Packs
    Edited by Bruce Baar, MS, ND (candidate)
    Castor Oil has been used through out the ages as a natural therapy. Castor oil applied externally in the form of “packs” is very popular with natural health practitioners. The Edgar Cayce Readings inform us that castor oil packs are to be used to improve assimilations, eliminations and circulation; especially of the lymphatic system.
    A castor oil pack is made from several layers of flannel like material, enough to absorb and hold the castor oil during application. The flannel material is wool, cotton or the newly designed disposable pack, each of which you will need to saturate with cold-pressed castor oil before using. A common area to apply the castor oil pack is on the right side of the abdomen, between the upper part of the rib cage and the upper edge of the hipbone. Another common area is across the abdomen from the right to the left side of the body, covering from the sternum to the pubic or groin area. Application is usually for 1 to 2 hours. A heating pad is placed on top of the castor oil pack to keep it very warm during application. It is best to consult your health care practitioner to determine frequency of application. You can use the same castor oil pack for additional applications. It is important to discard the pack after a certain number of uses or when it becomes rancid. It may be helpful to store the pack in a plastic storage container and refrigerate between uses. The wool and cotton flannel packs can be used for approximately 25-30 applications before they are to be discarded. The new inexpensive disposable packs can be used for about 10 uses before discarding.. Before you begin, you will need to choose either the Wool Flannel (#757), Cotton Flannel (#759) or the Disposable Flannel (#755) Pack. Using either the wool flannel or cotton flannel is a personal choice. Some individuals are sensitive to wool. The Disposable Flannel Pack consists of “flannel-like” material which is absorbent on one side and is coated with plastic on the other side to protect the heating pad. This disposable flannel is also used to protect the area you are resting on. When used in this manner it replaces the old method of placing a plastic bag and towel underneath you as a protective cover.
    Directions for Using the Castor Oil Packs
    Place a Disposable Pack (#755) with the green plastic side down on your bed for protection against the castor oil soiling. Place the heating pad on top of this protective pack and turn it on to a medium or high setting. If the pack that you are using for application is a Wool Flannel or Cotton Flannel material, then protect your heating pad by placing plastic wrap on top of the heating pad. Next, fold the wool or cotton flannel into 3 layers and place it on top of the plastic wrap. Add castor oil to the flannel. The castor oil should be added to saturate all three layers of flannel, but not so much that it drips from the pack. If using the Disposable Flannel Pack for application, add the castor in a circle in the middle of the absorbent white material side. When doing this the green side will be against the heating pad in place of the plastic wrap. Wait about 5 to 10 minutes for the oil to become warm. When you are ready to begin, flip the castor oil pack and heating pad on to your abdominal area and relax. General application time is between 1-2 hours. After your session, clean the oil from your body with CastorWash #769. Many people store the castor oil pack in a plastic storage container between uses. Be sure to keep the pack out of the sun and in a cool dark place. After 3 days of using the castor oil pack take about 1 teaspoon of olive oil (NOT castor oil) by mouth. Taken usually in the evening before retiring. Always seek medical advice prior to use. Do NOT use during pregnancy or during menstrual flow.
    CASTOR OIL and other Poultice IDEAS
    Health and Rejuvenation Center Cayce Health Database Version 1.0
    This section contains anecdotal case reports on a variety of problems.
    Almonds for Cancer Arthritis Arthritis – Hypertrophic Arthritis – Loretta’s Story Arthritis – Olive Oil Taken Orally Arthritis – Peanut Oil and Castor Oil Baby’s Skin Treatment Broken Collarbone Cancer in Elderly Male Canker Sores and Vaginitis Canker Sores in the Mouth Castor Oil Stories r Alcoholism Allergic to Animals r Allergies r Animal Bites and Punctures r Ankle Injury Bed Down with Castor Oil r Bee Sting and Arthritis Calcium Deposits and Eye Irritation r Cancer Pain Castor Oil Against Allergy Castor Oil and Allergies Castor Oil and Animals Castor Oil With Camphorated Oil for Lesions r Castor Oil’s Age-Old Qualities (Facial Neuralgia) Childbirth and Castor Oil r Concrete Example of Castor Oil Use r Drug Overdose r Ear and Nail Problems r Ear Infection r Ear Problems r Fatty Tumor Is Dissolved r Finger Injury r Fingers and Eyes and Castor Oil r Flu, Cysts, Abrasions (1 of 69)6/23/2005 10:23:44 PM
    Dan Ginder, an A.R.E. member, writes, “Using castor oil to help control allergies was most helpful. By putting a few drops in my coffee on awakening, my hay fever didn’t seem as irritating as normal. But I forgot to do it until after the season started (about late August through September). Next year, I’ll try taking the castor oil a month beforehand – and perhaps I can avoid hay fever altogether.”
    Using five drops of castor oil in the morning as an aid to allergies was brought to our attention by Valentine Birds, one of our cooperating doctors, who had obtained the information from one of his medical friends from India.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1978, Volume 13, No. 4, page 174, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Animal Bites and Punctures
    Cat bites are difficult to treat and are frequent problems facing patients and physicians alike. Some time ago, I treated one such problem with castor oil packs, kept on continuously – without heat – for 16 to 20 hours daily; I also included the usual therapies. The hand and wrist cleared up remarkably and quickly – much more so than I had observed in my past experiences. Since then, whenever we receive minor puncture wounds from our palm trees or other desert-type vegetation, we rub castor oil into the skin several times a day; this therapy has produced excellent responses. Not one infection has occurred when we use the castor oil. Once or twice, after a couple of days, we have had to take out a piece of the vegetation that had imbedded itself in the tissues; but no infection was present, and rapid healing resulted.
    Our youngest son David brought home a rat, whose career as a laboratory animal had ended. He took good care of the rat, but at our annual New Year’s party, someone tipped over Zorba’s cage. She was not wild, but scared at all the humans putting out their hands to catch her. Gladys, my wife, was on the spot. She picked Zorba up to place her back in her cage. Zorba, however, still suffering from an adrenal fear response, reached around and bit Gladys on the finger. The important part of the event was that castor oil, rubbed into the rat bite for the next two days, caused the wound to heal painlessly without complication. This incident illustrates how we have used this oil – derived from the bean of the Ricinus communis – on puncture wounds, bites, minor cuts, and bruises, and found it highly successful for achieving excellent results.
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1978, Volume 13, No. 2, page 84, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Pregnancy stretch marks, smashed finger, rusty nail puncture
    The Thorntons in Ohio reiterate information already found’ in the Cayce readings on the nature of healing and the response of the body’s cells to the consciousness, vibration, or influence of a “healing” agent. Castor oil has an antifungal effect (this we know from published laboratory research). It also has an eliminatory (cleansing) effect, as evidenced by its most common usage. We have observed clinically how the vitality of cells is upgraded by the application of castor oil, perhaps from its cleansing effect, which frees the cells to function more vibrantly. We postulate that the effect of this oil from the bean of the Ricinus corninunis acts to stimulate the lymphatic drainage of the area being treated.
    Mrs. Thornton reports that during her last two months of pregnancy she massaged her abdomen nightly with castor oil; she attributes to this activity the fact that she had no stretch marks at all after her pregnancy was ended. The child born from this pregnancy then received some of the same treatment. The castor oil “works very well on his bottom when any redness appears.”
    Then Mr. Thornton smashed his finger. The family therapy, applied overnight, brought relief from pain and absorption of much of the blood.
    From South Africa comes another castor oil story. Hazel Tops, on a visit in the U.S., just by chance (!) boarded an American Airlines flight in Dallas bound for Phoenix; also, just by chance (!), Gladys and I were changing flights in Dallas on our way home from Nashville. Jim Dixon, another old friend, brought Hazel up to gate number 13, and there the four of us met with hugs and exclamations of delight. After the reunion was adequately appreciated, Hazel told us about her youngest daughter, who had stepped on a rusty pin. When she saw her daughter’s foot, there were two red streaks emerging from the puncture wound site in the sole of the foot and extending up just past the ankle. It was too late for the doctor, so a sloppy castor oil pack was applied and kept in place all night. In the morning, the pain and tenderness were gone, the red streaks had disappeared, and the patient was well. Castor oil does it again!
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1978, Volume 13, No. 6, page 269, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Pigmented mole, “lipoma tumor” on dog, and more!
    Castor oil applied locally has been reported to clear up a multitude of conditions. One of my patients had a pigmented mole in the inguinal area. After I discovered it, she did not show up again for some time. When I saw her next she told me she had applied castor oil to the mole for two weeks and it disappeared. I checked, and it was no longer there.
    An A.R.E. member applied castor oil to an acorn-sized tumor of the chest wall diagnosed as a lipoma. Three weeks later, after daily application, the “lipoma” spontaneously opened. A thick, cheesy, white material exuded from the cyst-obviously a sebaceous one-and in a few days the lesion had healed.
    An enthusiastic reader of the Bulletin was injured in an automobile accident, with a possible rupture of the spleen. Castor oil packs for four days brought a report from the doctor, who told her to “keep on with whatever it is you’re doing … it’s working!” She tells of unlikely uses for castor oil, applied locally, to treat chest colds, ear infections, and baldness (!). She has used the castor oil packs in her family for migraine headaches, which is one of the uses Cayce actually did mention in the readings.
    By the way, the acorn-sized tumor of the chest wall mentioned earlier was a veterinary problem – her dog is still happy!
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and are excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1976, Volume 11, No. 2, page 92, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Finger Injury
    Healing is everybody’s business or, at least, so thought the ten-year-old son of a laboratory technician, who corresponds with us. This is the story again of castor oil. It seems that Mike is the center on their football squad, and he really loves to play. His brother accidentally dealt him a low blow when he slammed a truck door shut on the index and middle fingers of Mike’s right hand. Mike had a most important football game scheduled six days later, and his right hand plays a vital part in such a contest. His mother continues the story:
    “At the hospital, his hand was sprinted and we were told he would not be able to participate in sports for three weeks at the earliest. Mike insisted that he use the castor oil packs 24 hours after the injury. The fingers were cut and had some infection in them. That boy soaked his own fingers in warm water for 20 minutes and applied the castor oil therapy himself. I returned from night school and he told me what he had done. He continued his own treatment for three more days @nd he played in that important football game. I had taped his fingers for protection, but no splints were allowed. By the following week, he was completely healed. I never thought his fingers would look right again – but today they are as if they had never been injured.”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1976, Volume 6, No. 2, page 272, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil For Cancer Pain
    Pain in the terminal cancer patient is perhaps the most feared complication of neoplastic diseases in the human being. One wonders where the pain actually originates-for pain is perhaps the most difficult symptom to pin down and the least understood. Methods of cancer therapy derived from unorthodox sources seem to produce some help in this direction. In my own experience with cancer patients who were too far advanced with the disease to be helped by any of the therapies available, I have seen one traditional aid bring much relief from pain during the terminal days. Quite recently, a 62-year-old man developed a cancer of the brain. By the time he came under medical observation, it was quite advanced; then, a second malignancy was discovered in the wall of the bladder. Weight loss had come rapidly, and the only therapy offered him was chemotherapy. When the family consulted us, the patient was terminal, in bed and obviously had not long to go. He was advised to use castor oil packs on the abdomen. He had not used any pain medication up to that point, and remained pain-free until twenty-four hours before he passed away. Then he developed some pain in one flank. The castor oil pack was applied locally there, too, and he became comfortable once again.
    An earlier instance of the use of these packs came nearly twenty years ago, when I was called upon to care for a woman who had a large abdominal cancer which was far advanced when I first saw her. She had become unable to care for herself. She refused surgery of any kind and went into a rest home, since she had no living relatives. There she received coffee enemas and abdominal castor oil packs daily for the next forty days, until her death. She had no pain at any time. One wonders if these cases – and I’m sure I am not alone in observing this – are simply coincidences, or does a soothing application with particular vibrations bring about a reaction in the autonomic nervous system of the lymphatic system which eliminates the situation that causes pain? At times there seem to be more cases that deviate from the rule than there are ones that obey it.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1976, Volume 11, No. 3, page 137, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Ankle Injury
    I have seen castor oil packs placed around an injured ankle relieve pain that had persisted for days after the repair of a laceration. Thus it was not with a great deal of surprise that I read the results of therapy applied by one A.R.E. member to her child. Isaac (Mrs. Bell’s tree-climbing-aged son) fell fifteen feet from a tree he had almost conquered and struck the ground with his hip. His family doctor recommended hot tub soaks; and his mother supplemented the treatment with one of the Cayce remedies for muscular sprains. However, repeated efforts in this direction brought only swollen tissues. The following afternoon, and again that night, a castor oil pack was applied with a heating pad; the next morning Isaac was up and ready for Monday morning school. There was no swelling and very little tenderness. After school the tenderness was gone, and Isaac had forgotten that he had failed in his effort to fly.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1976, Volume 11, No. 6, page 272, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Cystic Mastitis
    A 41-year-old woman had been having breast trouble for six years. She had been nursing her 2 1/2-year-old child for nearly two years, but since last October he had been weaned. Since then she has had twinges of pain, which her doctor felt were related to her cysts. In consulting with us, she felt she would like to use the therapies found in the Cayce material, so we suggested gentle, but firm massages of the breast, starting at the nipple and moving in a circular manner towards the outer part of the breast. This should last approximately five minutes. One night, she used cocoa butter, the next night Iodex ointment.
    After one week of this therapy, the pain disappeared and has not recurred, even during her menstrual period. She thinks the cysts have decreased in size, “but it may be just wishful thinking. At any rate, after my next check-up, I’ll have the doctor’s opinion. I have also had group prayers and have prayed myself I have resumed jogging (at least a mile a day). Just thought you might like to know the additional factors. Be that as it may – the modes may be various, but the source of healing is always God.”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1978, Volume 13, No. 2, page 83, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Head Injury
    We recently received a letter from an A.R.E. friend of ours whose son (six years old) took a nasty spill on his bike. Her written story is an excellent report on what happened with Rowan:
    “He had a ‘goose egg’ partially over his right temple and surrounding area. I checked his eyes, and they seemed to focus all right. I asked him if he wanted to go to church or stay home. He opted to go to church … but instead of going to his class, he stayed with me, head in my lap. When we got home he complained of not feeling well, and vomited. In talking to him, I discovered he couldn’t remember what had happened from the time he fell off his bike until sometime on the way to church. I was very concerned by this time-felt he must have a minor concussion. I put a castor oil pack on the bruise and around his head, and asked him to lie down, and remain comparatively quiet. If I recall correctly, in about an hour and a half he was asking for something to eat, playing a game on the bed with his sister-and when I checked the swelling, it was all gone. I removed the pack, and he got up. That night I put it back on until morning. No repercussions that I could see.”
    The therapy? It consisted of a mother’s concern, youth’s ability to recuperate, and castor oil. And don’t underestimate any one of the three.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1976, Volume 11, No. 6, page 276, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil for Ear Problems
    The ear benefits from local administrations of castor oil, as this report from a longtime A.R.E. member indicates. The story is told here in the subject’s own words, so that her appreciation of the Cayce material can be understood.
    “. ..Four years ago I had my ears pierced. They became infected and stayed that way for some time. I spent a small fortune on doctors and medicine. I finally remembered the castor oil and used it several times a day – and in three days’ time my ears were completely healed and I’ve had no trouble with them since.
    “My sister used warm castor oil drops in her ears after doctors had told her that her hearing had been impaired by having a shotgun go off close to her. She had a 50% hearing loss and a loud ringing in her ears. Since she began using the castor oil drops, her hearing has improved and the ringing has almost stopped. I am looking forward to a long association with the A.R.E.” No wonder!
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1978, Volume 13, No. 4, page 172, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Jerrie Welch, an A.R.E. member, wrote us from a village in Lampan, Thailand, about a little 11-year-old girl who developed jaundice, later diagnosed as hepatitis. She was sent home from school at once and apparently given antibiotics, but her condition worsened. On the seventh day, she was severely jaundiced, weak and quite ill. Here is Jerrie’s story:
    “Not being sure of the time needed for the packs to be effective, I told the mother to massage her daughter’s abdomen with very warm castor oil for 10 to 15 minutes, then apply the hot packs for an hour at a time, twice a day, for 3 to 4 days. I stressed keeping the packs hot and massaging the liver area. At the fifth day I returned and found the girl energetically playing with her friends. Her strength had returned, although her eyes still had a little yellow cast to them.”
    The doctor in the city saw her a bit later and pronounced her well and ready to go back to school.
    In addition to the castor oil packs, infectious hepatitis reacts well with a strong supportive dietary regimen. One of the most pleasing responses occurred in the case of a 59-year-old man, who developed hepatitis in the guise of intestinal flu. On his second visit to the Clinic, it became obvious that our original diagnosis was incorrect, and infectious hepatitis was verified by laboratory findings. Because of the distention and discomfort of his abdomen – which brought him to the Clinic in the first place – he had already started castor oil packs on our recommendation. And thus on his second visit he was feeling somewhat better. We found his liver to be enlarged 2-3 fingerbreadths down from the rib margin. The diet prescribed consisted mostly of clear liquids and was very low in starch and protein. On the fifth day he was started on a blender mix prepared from water, unsweetened frozen fruit, protein powder and yeast powder. Fish was added then to his diet. Each day a clinical improvement in his condition was reported. His laboratory findings ranged from a high on the second day to a normalization of all reports on the 28th day. The SGPT was the last to return to normal, moving from a high of 755 on the first test to 40 on the final test. The icterus disappeared rapidly; the total bilirubin in the blood returned to normal on the 15th day. On the 19th day the patient felt well enough to return to work.
    His diet remained light, high in vegetables and fruits. The only proteins were fish, fowl and lamb, supplemented with the blender mix. Castor oil packs continued over a three-month period, given daily the first three weeks and thrice weekly thereafter. This case indeed responded well to the treatments.
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1978, Volume 13, No. 4, page 173, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Optic Neurititis: How The Edgar Cayce Readings Helped With Blindness
    A Personal Account
    by Cathy C.
    About 10 years ago, at the age of 27, I suddenly lost the sight in my left eye due to optic neuritis. I went to three ophthalmologists including the head neuro-ophthalmologist at NYU hospital. I was offered only steroids as a treatment, which I was afraid to take because my body is extremely sensitive, and I was concerned about the side effects.
    Fortunately, a family friend told my mother to get me to a chiropractor immediately. I was a member of the Edgar Cayce organization,” The Association for Research and Enlightenment,” and I was aware that Cayce recommended chiropractic adjustments for all sorts of ailments, and that the A.R.E. had a listing of chiropractic members. I decided that I wanted to be treated by a chiropractor who would treat me with theCayce remedies for blindness.
    I called the A.R.E. And was given the name of Dr. John Pagano in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. I called him immediately, and he told me to come over right away. My mother agreed to drive me to his office, although she had always been skeptical about my interest in the Cayce readings.
    When we met Dr. Pagano, he told me that he had successfully treated a woman the previous year, who had been blind in both eyes for several months due to optic neuritis. Dr. Pagano told me that he could make me no promises, but he would treat me the same way he had treated her, according to the Edgar Cayce readings.
    The first thing he did was to take an x-ray of my neck. When the x-ray developed, he was excited to find that the deviation shown in the x- ray of my neck proved to be identical to the deviation in his previous patient’s neck. He suspected that my spine was pressing on the optic nerve and cutting off the circulation.
    Dr. Pagano massaged my neck with his hands and then with an electrical massager to increase the circulation to the area. He then adjusted my neck in the area that Cayce said affects blindness. When I got home, I made a phone call to the other woman whom he had helped. She was very encouraging. I told her that the three doctors I had seen were pessimistic about my prognosis. She told me not to worry, she had been told by experts that she would probably never see again.
    Later that evening, I was excited to find that my sight had begun to return. After a week of adjustments, my sight was completely restored. I went back to one of the ophthalmologists I had seen, and told her what had happened. She examined me and said, “It’s amazing — you’re cured!” I have never had a recurrence of the problem. Neither has Dr. Pagano’s first optic neuritis patient.
    Since then, Dr. Pagano has treated several more (optic neuritis, and otherwise) visually impaired patients, with varying degrees of success.
    I believe that the adjustments were what helped me the most, but Dr. Pagano also had me try the following Edgar Cayce recommendations:
    Head and Neck Exercises
    Potato Peel Poultice
    Carrot Gelatin
    Glycothymoline Packs
    Rolled Towel Stretch* (a Dr. Pagano therapy)
    Castor Oil Drops
    Healthy Diet
    Right Thinking
    Head and Neck Exercises
    While sitting up straight, gently roll your head over to the left side as if to touch your left shoulder. Slowly bring it back up and over to the right side. Repeat this several times. Roll your head forward and backward several times in the same manner. Then slowly roll your head to the right, forward, left and backward several times (in a circle). Then roll it in reverse order several times.
    Potato Peel Poultice
    Make a paste of potato skin peelings from thick-skinned potatoes. Include a little of the pulp. Place over your closed eyes for approximately 20 minutes. This helps to reduce eye strain.
    Carrot Gelatin
    Buy a bag of organic carrots. Grate them into a gelatin mixture as if making jello. Be sure to include the top portion of the carrots, including the greens if possible. It is better to use the unflavored jello, because you don’t want to pollute your body with sugar and artificial coloring. (See Healthy Diet). Cayce said that gelatin helps the body to assimilate vitamins and minerals 6 times better than it would otherwise do, and that the Vitamin A will be carried directly to the optic nerve.
    Glycothymoline Packs
    Soak two cotton balls in a 50/50 mixture of gylcothymoline and water. Gently squeeze them out and place over each closed eye for approximately 30 minutes.
    Rolled Towel Stretch
    Roll a towel into a tight cylindrical roll. Lie down with your neck stretched over it. Make sure it’s big enough to allow the arch of your neck to stretch out over it.
    Castor Oil Drops
    Place one drop of pure cold-pressed castor oil in each eye before sleep. (Cayce also recommended this for cataracts.)
    Healthy Diet
    In general, Cayce recommended eating whole grain cereals or citrus fruits in the morning – but never at the same meal. He suggested they be alternated from day to day. At noon he recommended fresh raw vegetable salads, including many different types of vegetables, and soups or broths with whole grain brown bread. For dinner, one should eat “a well coordinated vegetable diet, with three vegetables above the ground to one below the ground. Sea food, fowl or lamb; not other types of meats.” (Please see the Cayce files on diet for more in depth information on the subject.)
    Right Thinking
    Cayce stressed the importance of the mind and “right thinking” in any healing process.
    [NOTE: The above information was used with the permission of the author who has provided this information on her web site at:
    Dr. Gladys McGarey has been caring for a little girl whom she delivered herself. Coming into this environment was apparently not very acceptable to this particular soul, for she has been a thumb-sucker for months now. (Perhaps she wants to return to that more favorable environment which people who have died and come back have described.) Some months ago little Christy developed a colony of warts on that particular thumb. This “happens to most every individual in those periods of the change that comes about for glandular reaction; and it is the effect of the localizing of centers that attempt to grow – as they do!” (487-22)
    There are many kinds of treatment that can be used for warts. I’ve written a medical commentary on this subject in the Circulating File on Skin: Moles and Warts, available to A.R.E. members. On the basis of this commentary, Gladys applied castor oil time after time on Christy’s thumb, all to no avail. Recently, her parents brought her into the Clinic for a recheck on her general health, and the warts were practically gone. What happened? Her father told a story about how his mother used to take a potato slice, rub it on his own warts when he was a child, then bury the potato out in the yard when no one was watching. Within a few days, Christy’s warts started disappearing; now they are almost gone.
    It reminded me of one method used by Cayce – aside from his practice of rubbing the warts himself and making them disappear. This recommendation was given to [1206], a 12-year-old girl:
    For this body-the body itself (alone, not with others) should take a broom straw, measure each wart – press them as wide as they will; not to make them sore but to measure them, at least two to three ways. Cut each straw to fit the length. Then bury these – the straws – where no one knows excepting the self, and the very mental attitude will take away the wart! (1206-6)
    In the January 1977 issue of Consultant, Gordon Sauer, adjunct professor of dermatology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, makes this suggestion: “. . . apply a drop or two of castor oil on the wart and cover it with adhesive tape … leave the tape on for 24 hours and … reapply oil and tape daily until the wart is gone. [The patient] need not keep the tape dry … do this for 8 weeks, or until the wart is gone.”
    Another method, reported in the British Medical Journal, described one doctor’s way of removing warts from gullible four-, five-, or six-year-olds. Pay them sixpence for each wart. It worked. But the price has probably gone up by now!
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, January, 1978, Volume 13, No. 1, page 34, Copyright © 1978 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Self Manipulation for Back Pain and Seizures
    Pain syndromes create some problems for the average patient; sometimes the pain becomes intolerable. One such patient went through all the traditional methods to relieve a pain that had settled in her neck and shoulder. Manipulations did no good, so she went to a neurologist but found no real relief. After a number of unsuccessful attempts at diagnosis and therapy, she was referred to us for acupuncture. Little relief was obtained even after a number of treatments. The patient later developed a severe pneumonia. Being treated at home, she recounted that she was coughing a great deal, which apparently accentuated the pain in her neck. She lay there, massaging her neck on the right side where most of her pain was concentrated. Suddenly, while massaging the area, she heard a loud crack. Since that time, she has experienced no more pain in her neck or shoulder. She was able to go back to work typing and has remained pain-free since then.
    When one reflects on how often manipulative procedures were suggested in the Cayce readings, it does not seem strange that a “lesion” might be corrected by the patient herself during a time when the body muscles would be relaxed, allowing for correction of the subluxation-if that is what it really is. Another patient of ours had been afflicted with a seizure problem. She was caring for her six-week-old baby one day, bending over the crib and lifting him out, when she suddenly felt a “crack” in her spine. It wasn’t painful, and she felt somewhat better when she straightened up. After that occurrence, there were no more seizures. This fits in, of course, with the epilepsy causation theory found in the Cayce readings. He attributed many cases to an osteopathic type of lesion.
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and are excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1976, Volume 11, No. 2, page 94, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Diet for Ulcer Patients
    A recurrent peptic ulcer is often difficult to treat adequately, perhaps because of fixed emotional and attitudinal responses or deeply set pathological changes. But sometimes the response to therapy is highly satisfactory, and not only the patient but also the physician is happy about the outcome of the case. Thanks to S. J. Meda, one of our referral doctors, one such case study can be given here. Dr. Meda reports that a 37-year-old man had been treated for a bleeding peptic ulcer (proven by x ray) about three years ago. After a full two-and-a-half years of remission, the symptoms recurred and continued intermittently with moderate severity for a period of four to five months. There were no real significant physical findings-just indigestion, discomfort and “gas.”
    The therapy in this case revolved around some of the simplified suggestions in the Cayce material dealing with diet. Dr. Meda suggested a diet of fresh vegetables, yogurt, bran, grapes, milk, and lots of water; the patient was advised to avoid refined sugar and flour, carbonated beverages and fried foods. He was also instructed to use saffron tea before meals.
    The patient’s response was highly satisfactory. His symptoms abated entirely after four days, and there has been no recurrence up to the time of this report.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1976, Volume 11, No. 5, page 230, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Treatment For Mongolism
    Mongolism is one of the subjects covered in the Edgar Cayce readings. The file on Mongolism: Children, Abnormal, available on loan to A.R.E. members, was borrowed by one of the members recently. Apparently she could not find a doctor who would work with her on the problem which was manifested in the person of her new-born child. This is her story:
    “You asked how this file has helped-our baby is a Downs Syndrome, and for the first six months of his life we massaged him nightly with equal parts of olive, peanut and castor oils. We are now taking him twice weekly to an A.R.E. cooperating chiropractor for the Cayce recommended adjustments. We are much encouraged-the baby is alert, responsive-his appetite and eliminations have improved-he’s stronger physically and his gift to us on his first birthday (8/29/75) was to clap hands when we asked him to do ‘patty cake.’ We are grateful to Him for His ‘amazing grace.’ ”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1976, Volume 11, No. 6, page 275, Copyright © 1976 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Potato Poultice for Eye Health
    Application of enzymes is what one might call the use of a potato poultice placed over the eyes. We have had considerable experience in using these poultices with patients who have a variety of eye problems. And, if you have ever made up such a poultice, you are probably aware that the potato, when properly scraped (and not peeled), is loaded with enzymes that are released from the cells of the tuber.
    The following is an extract of a letter from one of our correspondents, who writes:
    “You may be interested to know that I have been using the potato poultice on my eyes, off and on, for several years, and my ophthalmologist (to whom I go every two years for a reading-glasses check) looked at me quizzically the last two times and said that my left eye was ‘getting younger.’ This last time he said that the right eye was only a very little bit worse, so I remembered that you instructed someone in the A.R.E. some time back not to peel the potato, so now I use the outside scrapings with the peeling on my right eye (as though perhaps you were thinking of some aid from the potassium).
    “I can tell the difference in my eyes (not overnight, of course – no one should expect this) in reading price tags and also in watching TV, as it used to seem as if some ‘hindrance’ was in the middle of my right eye. It is there no more. I’m 64, and my eyes seem much better than my friends’.”
    A poultice such as this is made by taking an ordinary raw baking potato, washing it, then scraping it with a kitchen knife – not peeling, but scraping it – until you have a small pile of mushy material. Divide it into two small mounds, separated so that the cloth it has been prepared on can then be taken up by both hands and the potato applied directly onto the closed eyelids. Lean the head backward, recline in a chair and relax for 15-20 minutes. The poultice provides a very soothing application for the eyes. The enzymes released by the scraping can enhance the lymphatic and circulatory activity in and around the eye, all of which spells increased eye function. Thanks for the story, Mrs. Weir.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, January, 1981, Volume 16, No. 1, page 47, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Leg Injury
    Certainly, if awareness of creative forces is the healing element in exercise, foods, medicine or surgery, then anything which will bring that awareness to the body prior to the onset of any disease process will prevent it. Indeed, it is the unawareness, the lack of consciousness of the Divine, which – in the final analysis – is the cause of disease, according to the readings.
    Let me quote from a letter received several years ago from Sally Schaefer. It tells a simple story in itself, a story of infection, pain and possible incapacity – all prevented (in little ways, to be sure). At the same time it is a story of how aiding the body’s physiological processes can bring it quick healing and save the sufferer not only problems but money that would otherwise have been expended on doctors or hospitals.
    “Shortly after my initial introduction to Edgar Cayce, during a weekend visit to my folks, the subject of home remedies, and castor oil in particular, emerged. I made no comment about my use of it, but rather pressed my dad, who reported that as a youth (50 or so years ago) he and his family applied it to a bleeding wart on one of their mules. They kept the bottle in the barn and made the application a part of the daily chores. He said it took a long time but that the wart healed and eventually hair grew over the spot.
    “. . I have discovered that just a little castor oil, rubbed on with the finger, on a beginning pimple or small boil, prevents it from forming; or if I’m a little late in treating, it very often disappears without coming to a head and draining on the skin surface. I suggested this to my nieces, along with a better diet, and it has worked for them also.
    “Approximately two months ago, I crashed into some wooden bleachers while playing volleyball. Before the evening game ended, I had an egg-sized swelling on my leg, just below the knee, in addition to the surface abrasion. After bathing, I soaked four layers of flannel, approximately 4” square, and tied this in place with an old nylon stocking. Next morning – no swelling, no signs of a bruise, no pain. I removed the dressing, and by noon I felt pain. By 2 o’clock, there was renewed swelling and signs of discoloration. I hurried home after school and immediately applied another castor oil dressing. In one hour, pain and swelling were gone, despite continued use of my leg. By the next morning, only faint discoloration defined the bruise, which surrounded the impact area and also trailed downward about one inch wide along the shin bone for about four inches. I continued the dressings for the next three evenings and through the nights.
    “I never did get a real bruise – to the amazement of the other teachers who wouldn’t believe I had used only castor oil. (Fact is, they couldn’t believe I had used castor oil!) The area never swelled again. And the abrasion healed quickly.”
    Prevention and cure are often born of the same measures, and there is not only wisdom, but also billions of dollars in health care being weighed in the scales as we consider what the New Age medicine would consist of.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1981, Volume 16, No. 2, page 92, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Spider Bite
    Referral doctors working with the Cayce readings have a variety of experiences, some of them drawn from their patients’ lack of definitive past improvement. (One of my doctor friends calls these patients the “Mayo Clinic rejects.”) Such an opportunity was given to Louis Mancuso, D. O., and his patient Jim Wagner.
    Jim apparently had been bitten on the heel by a brown recluse spider, had consulted three doctors and had been in the emergency room of two hospitals over a five-and-a-half-week period. He had received three different diagnoses (the last one being correct), had been given directions to soak his foot, had received eight antibiotic shots and had taken 112 500-mg. antibiotic tablets. The severe pain had subsided, the inflammation had left, but the swelling was worse at the end of the five-and-a-half weeks than it was at the beginning. Though he was able to put his foot on the ground instead of in an elevated position, he walked with a cane. This was his past history when he consulted Dr. Mancuso.
    Therapy suggested? Twice a day, sprinkle Epsom salts on the foot, cover with a damp cloth and leave for 20 minutes; massage the leg downward from the knee with castor oil, allowing the coating of oil to remain an hour or so after the massage; and apply zinc oxide as a paste over the foot overnight (wrapping it to protect bedclothes).
    Jim continues his story: “After the first use of Epsom salts, a carbuncle appeared around the toe area, about three inches from the original bite. With the second and following applications of Epsom salts, it ulcerated and began to run. I did the salts and castor oil treatment several times a day, and the zinc oxide at night for three days. The morning after the first day, the swelling abated dramatically. The second morning, I threw away the cane and walked easily. The third day, the foot was normal, the stiffness gone. The healing was complete.”
    The most interesting part of the whole story – at least to me was that there is no description in the readings for treating such a spider bite. The doctor developed this highly successful therapy program out of his experience in medical practice and his knowledge of the concepts in the Cayce readings. And the patient, of course, was the beneficiary.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1981, Volume 16, No. 3, page 138, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Flu, Cysts, Abrasions
    Castor oil packs seem to make a positive difference in a variety of conditions of human illness. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense that these packs, applied in different places on the body, bring a healing influence to sore throats, pilonidal cysts, contusions and abrasions. But the following stories tell how patients and doctors have made effective use of this product of the Racinus communis plant:
    “I had just begun coming out of a period of chronic sore throats which followed a bronchopneumonia-type syndrome that had been called, among other things, the Hong Kong flu. This was after two years of winter spells that left me bedfast every other weekend. I did not believe I would survive another year. After reading The Sleeping Prophet and just prior to the hay fever season, I began the back adjustments and used the inhalant recommended in the readings. The results were remarkable. I was still having regular bouts with sore throats, so one night I decided to try the heated castor oil pack on the abdomen. In 15 minutes the sore throat suddenly evaporated in what felt like a rush of running water. The next evening my wife came down with the same symptoms and applied the treatment with identical results.” (Gene Jacobson)
    “The patient is a 26-year-old male with a five-year history of episodic flareups of a painful pilonidal cyst. It was never larger than an olive until the last week of October, 1975, when it reached the size of an egg. Sitting and walking became more difficult. He finally went for medical help and was scheduled for surgery on the 29th of November.
    “I was visited by his mother who is my patient. She asked if there were anything I could suggest to relieve the pain since the doctor had only given him antibiotics. I recommended applying a four-inch gauze pad saturated in castor oil with a heating pad on high heat for one hour before bedtime. His wife was to give him a five-minute digital massage two inches from the border of the cyst, working in a circular motion towards the cyst but not directly on it. This was done and repeated the following morning. At 4 p.m. Sunday the pain returned, and his wife applied another compress. Within minutes he felt relief. The cyst opened and began to drain.
    “He reported to his doctor on Monday for the scheduled surgery, but indicated that since the cyst was draining he wanted to cancel the surgery and let nature take its course. The doctor insisted that the sac had to be removed, but the patient refused.
    “Within one week the cyst was down to the size of a pea, the smallest it had been in five years. He reported that with the first application he was able to sleep for the first time in ten days; now the cyst is barely palpable. He was instructed to continue the hot castor oil compresses for one additional week after cessation of the drainage.” (Dr. Al Giaquinto)
    “I have used the castor oil packs for a variety of conditions, from open abrasions to strained muscles, and all with great success. I have even converted my skeptical husband to the castor oil packs following an incident with our son. He had somehow managed to get his hand smashed between two rocks, not breaking any bones, but badly abrased and contused. Against my medical training and my husband’s, we applied a warm castor oil pack to the hand. The next morning the results were dramatic. The swelling had completely subsided and the healing had occurred at an incredible rate. By the third day healing was complete… The remarkable thing other than the healing was the absence of pain after an hour following the application of the pack.” (Georgia Van Wormer)
    Castor oil packs certainly have proved their worth and versatility.
    [Note: The preceding case reports were written by William McGarey, M. D. and are excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1981, Volume 16, No. 5, page 229, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Other Jet-Lag Cures
    Jim Wilson, A.R.E. Vancouver, B. C., Council Chairman, gave us an added tip for curing jet lag. Drink a full glass of water or orange juice one hour before the Right and repeat it every hour during the flight. No alcohol, just water or orange juice. Jim says it may drive the hostesses crazy, but never mind. He found, to his delight, “even after being awake close on to 24 hours on the first day in Europe,” he felt no mental or physical effects whatsoever-just as if the flight had never happened. He did note that the first three days after the flight the night tended to be the waking hours. In his “P. S.” he suggested sitting on the plane near the “wash room.”
    I’d be interested in knowing how one would get along using both Jim’s suggestion plus the cupful of baking soda and Epsom salts in a tub of warm water at the end of the flight (described in the Sept. 1978 issue of The A.R.E. Journal). If any of you have the opportunity to experiment with these, please let me know the results.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1981, Volume 16, No. 5, page 231, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    One of the benefits of an A.R.E. membership is borrowing the Circulating Files, which, incidentally, contain a world of good information. Use of the information in them by the membership has produced some hard-to-believe stories. However, when one considers healing as originating from changes in consciousness through body, mind or spirit, then the occurrences don’t seem so strange. The following letter exemplifies this kind of story:
    “Thank you for sending the requested preliminary report on the arthritis (rheumatoid) study … The report was interesting to me for a special reason – in March of 1976, I was diagnosed (blood tests and all) as having rheumatoid arthritis and gout. I immediately wrote for the Circulating File and began very seriously working toward the changes needed (without realizing that you at the Clinic were doing the same thing for patients at the Clinic – same time). I’ve been persistent and consistent.
    “This year at my annual physical checkup, the doctor noticed there are no more symptoms, and wanted to run another set of blood tests (‘arthritis profile,’ I think he called it). He was very impressed and called me a few days later to say that the results of the tests were quite negative – no sign of any rheumatoid arthritis or any arthritic – related diseases at all. He said, ‘Whatever you’re doing, keep doing it.’ I know I was led to working in the right direction toward eliminating detrimental things in my life (attitudes, diet, etc.) and in building up the more positive aspects which I’ve known all along, but had become in a stressful rut, and had neglected at times. Anyhow, thanks again.. .”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1981, Volume 16, No. 6, page 231, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Fingers and Eyes and Castor Oil
    The healing influence of the oil of the Racinus communis has been documented thousands of times now, and the following stories just amplify the documentation.
    Swelling of the left middle finger between the interphalangeal joints bothered Edna Atkins, but she fussed along with the swelling for many weeks before actually getting down to the business of treating the finger. She had heard how good castor oil was for a variety of ailments but had just never tried it. She related the following: “I finally got out some oil one evening while watching TV and just rubbed it around the second joint a while. I did this two evenings, leaving it on when I went to bed. The third night I was again going to rub the joint, but could not find the spot any longer. I couldn’t even be sure which hand or finger it was, as there was no sign of swelling or difference between any fingers any longer!” She didn’t even know the diagnosis, but the cure was great!
    From an unrecognized source – a nutrition columnist – the following account was sent in: “Recently a reader asked for help in treating granulated eyelids. I had this condition so bad that all my eyelashes fell out. The doctor’s medication did not do any good. My grandmother suggested that I rub castor oil on my eyelashes at night. After one month, my eyelashes began to grow back, very thick and long. I am now 26 years old and use the oil treatment once a week. People ask me how I got such long, dark eyelashes. I tell them and most of them laugh at me. But I know it works.”
    Lastly, an A.R.E. member developed a growth in the corner of his eye, with surgery apparently just around the other corner. “I gently massaged it every night for five minutes with castor oil. After about three or four months, it did not get bigger – but did not disappear. In the back of my mind I remembered a Cayce reading that suggested some bicarbonate of soda with the castor oil. Thought it worth a try. After the massage, I put a tiny dab of bicarbonate of soda on the growth. The growth got very irritated and sore for a few days, fell off, and never returned again. Did not even leave a scar. I have tried same treatment for brown patches on my face. Castor oil with bicarb of soda. Same thing happened: got sore for a few days and then the brown patches completely disappeared.”
    Cayce remarked about someone having a castor oil consciousness. This man had a castor oil/bicarbonate of soda consciousness. And it worked.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1981, Volume 16, No.7, page 287, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Success in the Temple Beautiful
    The 19th Temple Beautiful Program here at the Clinic produced responses that can only be attributed to the working of the Divine in the lives of His, created entities. Our senior member in this group came to the 17-day experience at the insistence of his son and accompanied by his loving wife. He was almost doubled over with pain, needed help in walking and could not manage more than 15 or 20 steps without stopping to sit down. He also suffered from debility and insomnia due to post-operative results of a prostate condition. He came, he said, praying for a miracle.”
    When he left, his color was healthy, he stood up straight, his pain was gone, he was sleeping well, his sense of humor had returned, and, he reported, “I received that miracle I was praying for.” Balance of body functions, massages, manipulations, prayers, visualizations, guided imageries, etc., spelled the difference. Not a miracle from one point of view; but from another, who is to argue?
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1981, Volume 16, No. 7, page 288, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Almonds for Cancer
    Ever since we left Virginia Beach, I have had in mind putting down on paper, as you requested – the story of my mother [5009], and the polyps and the almonds, so here goes:
    In July 1957, my mother was operated on for a malignant mass in the intestines. The surgeon removed a segment of bowel to which was attached a polyp, as well as the mass. He told my brother and me that he would have liked to have removed also a further segment on which two or three more polyps (benign, of course) were located but he feared she could not have stood that much nerve shock. He said he wished to watch closely by x-ray the polyps every three months. Subsequently, I urged Mother – as soon as she was out of the hospital – to eat several raw almonds a day – whether she believed in them or not (and although she tends to discount and negate a lot she was scared enough to heed me!). In three months the x-ray pictures showed the remaining polyps “somewhat smaller” – the doctor reported. In another three months the doctor said he couldn’t discern any polyps at all in the x-ray pictures and was so pleased that he changed her periodic x-ray pictures from every three months to every six months. In another year – he changed to x-ray photos only once yearly. It has almost been 31/2 years now since her surgery and there has been no return of any trouble or of any polyps (and her last x-ray photos were of her entire body-torso as well as abdominal region). So, this is a good report for “the almond.”
    [Note: The preceding report was recorded 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.]
    Bed Down With Castor Oil
    Castor Oil stories continue to be an almost daily occurrence in our experience. One of our patients who has used castor oil packs rather extensively became concerned about his landlord, who is a widower and who was diagnosed after a stroke as having high blood pressure and a large abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was in constant pain from it, and the medicines he obtained from the medical center where he was treated only seemed to make him worse. The advocate of castor oil packs finally convinced his friend to try using the packs on his abdomen in spite of the fact that the landlord couldn’t understand how in the world something like that would have any effect.
    After less than a week of using the packs, the pain had subsided so much that the landlord waxed enthusiastic. He waxed so much, in fact, that he started buying castor oil by the gallon. He purchased several yards of wool flannel and rigged up his bed like no prescription I have ever given. Over the mattress cover, he placed a large plastic cover. Then came several layers of flannel – then two more layers of flannel, then a blanket on top of that. The room was always heated, even while the landlord slept. Then he poured castor oil on the flannel over the entire bed and climbed in between the several layers of wool flannel. Every day he would add some castor oil to the bed, and apparently when the whole setup became too old to be of value, he would discard the blanket, the flannel, etc., and bring in some new materials.
    The story would just be humorous – even if true, which it is – if he derived no significant benefits from the treatments. He didn’t even wipe off the oil from the skin when he got up in the morning. Truly a monumental experiment for one man. But the experimenter still continues to see his doctor regularly, tells him what he is doing, and feels better than he has in years. Now he is able to do his gardening, do the carpentering needed around his place, and recently even climbed up on the roof to fix a leak. His physical condition is better; his blood pressure apparently is improved; and he has a new life in front of him.
    He did his own personal research project after reading much about the use of castor oil as given in the Cayce readings in the booklet, Edgar Cayce and the Palma Christi. Healings of the body indeed may come about in many ways and manners.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1975, Volume 10, No. 6, page 275, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    An alcoholic for more than 20 years is the description one of our correspondents gave herself in a research report which she submitted recently. But she used castor oil packs on her abdomen for an entirely different reason four years ago. It seemed that she had developed a severe abdominal pain. She did not consult her doctor, so her own diagnosis of “probably an intestinal disorder” will have to suffice, no matter how inadequate. She reports that her pain lessened a little each day, as she applied the packs on a twice daily routine. An apparent constipation was thoroughly corrected on the second day, but she continued the packs for a period of two weeks.
    The most remarkable result of her own little adventure in consciousness, however, is the real point of this story. She adds as a postscript to her report that “Since the day I first used oil packs, I have not touched a drop of liquor – nor have I had the desire to do so. I was an alcoholic for more than 20 years. I used to drink myself to sleep every single night.”
    My question is: What is it that happens to people that makes a simple act of healing turn their lives into a new channel of living? Why should applications of castor oil packs rival Alcoholics Anonymous in this particular event in time and space? Life offers us a multitude of unanswered questions, doesn’t it?
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1975, Volume 10, No. 6, page 276, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil and Allergies
    Castor oil can be used in a variety of ways. Hemet Pathak, M.D., brings us this story from his native India: five drops of castor oil each morning, taken on an empty stomach in a little juice or water, is often beneficial therapy for allergic manifestations in the G. I. tract, as well as with skin and naso-pharyngeal allergies. This type of therapy has its roots in Indian herbal therapy, with which Dr. Pathak is an expert. The anti-allergenic nature of castor oil used in this manner was discovered accidentally in a man who was highly sensitive to penicillin. He had been on the castor oil for another reason when he was given penicillin by someone who did not know of his allergy. When he realized what he had been given, he was frightened – but nothing happened. The allergy was gone. An unofficial report of some 140 cases has been made, with highly encouraging responses being noted.
    Dr. Pathak and Valentine Birds, M.D., reported in a letter that they have used two to five drops of castor oil orally on a daily basis, both with and without castor oil packs on the abdomen, and have noted encouraging results in the allergies of children. Further, they have noted that a single cathartic dose of castor oil given immediately after an accident when a whiplash type of injury is incurred often reduces the severity of the pain in the spinal musculature. They follow this up with osteopathic techniques, castor oil packs, pressure techniques and acupuncture as the situation warrants, and have found these patients respond in a more satisfactory manner.
    The use of the cathartic, of course, is a fundamental concept in the physiologic suggestions in the Cayce material. When an accident or an illness creates more toxins or waste products of any kind in the body, it is helpful to rid the body of them as quickly as possible.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, January, 1975, Volume 10, No. 1, page 37, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Respiratory Ailments
    Emphysema and charred oak kegs do go together, strange as it may seem. My story is a combination of a case history and some extracts from the readings which give a great deal of insight into the physiology of the disease (and healing) processes in tuberculosis and cancer.
    One of my favorite patients is afflicted with emphysema. In October of 1968 I started him using inhalations from a charred oak keg filled part way with apple brandy. He works as an inspector and drives a lot every day, and ran into trouble with his boss who said his car smelled like a well-kept brewery. Sir Boss insisted on a letter from me saying that my patient was smelling the fumes and not consuming the liquid.
    The fumes had their effect, however, for it soon developed that while they were not particularly curing the patient of emphysema, they were apparently keeping him free from respiratory infections. Correspondence with the head of a national distillery confirmed that the fumes where the brandy was aged did, in fact, keep an employee there free from any type of respiratory infections over a period of many, many years.
    Recently I had the opportunity to check up on my number one example of inhalation therapy a la Cayce, and found that he has not been subject to infections of the respiratory tract for the last five and a half years. He did have the flu once, but it was a generalized thing and did not affect his lungs or throat to any degree. I did a bit of research on this particular type of therapy (which Cayce suggested for nearly every case of tuberculosis) and found some extracts which I think you will find interesting:
    Prepare a charred oak keg, about a gallon and a half to two gallon keg. If a gallon and a half, put in same three-fourths gallon of Pure Apple Brandy.
    This keg should be so prepared that there would be two small openings in one end. One would act only as a vent when inhaling the fumes of the evaporated Brandy into the throat and lungs from the other opening, which would be prepared with a small tube – either of rubber or metal, or glass – that will not touch the brandy, but open into the vacuum above same, so that the fumes from the brandy may be inhaled two or three times a day. This should be kept where it will evaporate more quickly than ordinarily; not so much heat as to cause too great an evaporation, but where there is sufficient to create something more than the ordinary evaporation. Keep the vents tightly corked when not in use. (2978-1)
    Inhale these fumes 2 or 3 times a day. In the beginning, do not inhale too much. Do inhale it, do not swallow it. While it will not hurt to swallow it, it is not as helpful to the body. The gas will not only act as an antiseptic, but will, with the properties that should be increased in the body, aid the change in the circulation, aiding these chemicals in their proper proportion to the body assimilation and the body activity, or the whole of the digestive forces, and eliminate the cause of infection in the lungs proper, and we will find it will gradually heal those areas where at present there are openings, though not a great deal of live tubercle, but the adhesions as have been indicated are the more irritating for deep breathing. (5097-1)
    In discussing the problems found most commonly in tuberculosis, Cayce suggests that the basic findings are a systemic alkalosis (more accurately, portions of the body being too alkaline), and a problem with assimilation of foodstuffs into a circulatory system that lacks a proper activity in the pulmonary system itself, mostly due to the acid-alkaline balance. There is much more to his discussion relative to etiology and physiology, but this is a glimpse.
    The natural effect of any infection through the pulmonary system is to destroy the activity of that production between the blood flow as related to the acid and alkalinity of the system.
    Hence we find that in those systems where there is the excess of destructive tissue in the pulmonary system, there is a lack of the hydrochloric acid in portions of the system.
    Hence these properties are added in a manner in which there is the effectiveness through the intestinal system, and the assimilating system; so that we will have less reinfection in the blood stream, see? . . .
    These properties, then, become effective in any system where there are the infections, or reinfections – as of tubercular or cancerous natures. However, there are the needs for other lobules that are prepared for conditions where there is a segregation. The opposite effect exists in a system, of course, with tuberculosis and cancer. For one is a separation, the other is a segregation. (1548-2)
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1975, Volume 10, No. 2, page 81, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Against Allergy
    One of our correspondents reported the use of castor oil as an antiallergic therapy. She has a severe allergy to sugar and caffeine and when she takes in these foods, she reacts with “itching, running, scaling of the eyelids, red, inflamed and bloodshot eyes, and microscopic ‘bumps’ under . . . top eyelids.” About three years ago she added to this list a twitching of both eyelids occurring five to ten times daily. Strong corticosteroid ointments for the eyes could not control the twitching, although it did help the other symptoms.
    She had read about castor oil and its benefits, but would not try it until she read Edgar Cayce and the Palma Christi. Rubbing the castor oil on her upper and lower eyelids, the allergic victim found relief. On the sixth day of treatment, the twitching stopped. True, it recurs if she overloads her body with chocolate, for instance, but now she uses the castor oil daily and is not troubled with the problem.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1975, Volume 10, No. 2, page 84, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Potatoes and Eyesight
    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.”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, March, 1975, Volume 10, No. 2, page 84, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Eliminating Pinworms
    Pinworms in man are caused by a genus of nematode called Enterobius vermicularis. They are considered to be parasites. I thought you would be interested in what the psychic view of pinworms is – at least from the standpoint of the source of information which Edgar Cayce was able to tap.
    Q. How did the trouble of pinworms originate, or what caused it?
    A. Milk! You see, in every individual there is within the intestinal tract that matter which produces a form of intestinal worm. This is in everyone. But with a particular diet where the milk has any bacillus, it will gradually cause these to increase, and they oftentimes develop or multiply rapidly; and then they may disappear, if there is taken raw, green food.
    Q. Would you change the kind of milk she drinks?
    A. It isn’t so much the change in the kind of milk that is needed. Either add the raw, green foods as indicated, or give those properties as would eliminate the sources of same. But it is better, if it is practical, to induce the body to eat lettuce and celery and carrots – even a small amount. One leaf of lettuce will destroy a thousand worms. (2015-10)
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1975, Volume 10, No. 3, page 127, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Rub Out Mosquitoes
    Many massage oils were described in the Cayce readings; perhaps this is because massage was given as a therapeutic modality more often than any other type of therapy. From Quebec, Canada, comes an interesting story about one of these massage mixtures:
    “I would like to tell you about a discovery I made, just by coincidence. Last summer … I used to prepare the solution prescribed by Edgar Cayce, a beauty aid for the skin (the peanut oil, olive oil, rosewater and lanolin mixture). Since I have a sensitive skin towards sunburns, I prepared it and used it as a suntan lotion all over my body …
    “We used to spend the weekends in the Laurentian hills, north of Montreal. The mountains are very beautiful, except for the unbelievable amount of black flies and mosquitoes. Needless to say, they manage to destroy any hopes of a trouble-free sunbathe Within minutes we were beleaguered by literally thousands of them. Everyone in our group was bitten awfully except a friend and myself … (we used the lotion) … Not one bite. This news might not be important to city dwellers, but … ”
    I would agree with my Canadian friend that those susceptible to insect bites might find this adaptation of the massage mixture beneficial. The exact formula, taken from reading 1968-7, is: peanut oil, 6 ounces; olive oil, 2 ounces; rosewater, 2 ounces; and lanolin (dissolved), 1 tablespoonful.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1975, Volume 10, No. 3, page 128, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Coffee Controversy Continues
    Many years ago coffee became a way of life in my habit patterns. I was certainly not alone. My older brother influenced me in discontinuing sugar, and when I read a research report from Ireland nearly two decades ago – then found this substantiated in the readings – I also stopped using cream in my coffee. Now I’m a black-coffee drinker. Many of you may have heard that Cayce was against cream in coffee, but I suspect few of you have ever read anything from his material that discussed sugar as it relates to the great American drink. The following extract may be quite interesting to you.
    Coffee, fresh – without cream, is a food. In excess, with cream or with quantity of sugar, it becomes as a poison, or hard for a digestive system – if taken in excess. This may be taken in moderation. (684-1)
    Once again, the moderating influence found so consistently in the readings becomes evident. It’s not that a thing is always bad or good. Rather, there is a place for almost everything. Moderation in diet as in activities is to be searched for and attained. It makes even cream in the coffee all right. (Although I still won’t use it.)
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1975, Volume 10, No. 3, page 129, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Arthritis – Olive Oil Taken Orally
    Arthritis is a problem of eliminations according to the line of thinking expressed in the Edgar Cayce material. I received a bit of information that I’d like to pass on to you that came from a woman who was it longtime arthritis sufferer:
    “I was not taking any medication for arthritis, even though I have had this disease for over ten years.
    “I recently started drinking olive oil. I took approximately six tablespoons a day (during the day) for two weeks, then I took one tablespoon a day for two weeks. The pain in every joint was gone. I stopped this procedure, feeling maybe the arthritis may have been arrested, as some cases do.
    “After three weeks, the pain started to return. I knew it must be the olive oil so I started taking three tablespoons a day for one week then discontinuing dosage. After two weeks, the pain was only slight but returning. I took only three tablespoons just one day a week. All I take now is three tablespoons for one day, and it lasts one week and no pain for this period.”
    This kind of therapy was never suggested in the readings – although olive oil was given as being beneficial to the liver and to the entire body in its activity. Cayce rather suggested a course of therapy which was multilevel in its approach, working on things such as epsom salts baths, proper diet, Atomidine, manipulations, etc. But a person’s ingenuity allows for adaptation of techniques which often bring about interesting results.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1975, Volume 10, No. 3, page 129, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Packs for the Back
    A low back problem of 40 years’ standing was aggravated when a patient lifted a box of rocks. She went to her doctor and received some manipulative relief. She continues: “but by November the pain had not left – in fact was getting worse. I would have to wake up in order to turn over in bed – with the help of my hands. Sitting was always painful – especially riding in a car. I decided to use the castor oil pack with the treating pad, which I did for one to three hours every night for a week. By the end of the week, the pain was gone and has never returned. The castor oil left me wondrously pain-free and flexible for the first time in years.”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1975, Volume 10, No. 3, page 131, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Dental Extracts
    A dentist in Oregon, who knew nothing about Ipsab, treated an A.R.E. member early this year for what he diagnosed as pyorrhea. When the patient got no relief from the discomfort of her inflamed gums, she wrote for the circulating file on pyorrhea. She finally got some Ipsab from Virginia Beach and started using that on her gums. After one week, she reports: “My gums cleared up some and the swelling went down. Another week of use, they were no longer sore or red and at this time [after three weeks] they are in good shape.”
    Ipsab was tested by a practicing Virginia dentist in a double-blind study involving 39 patients. ‘The results were statistically significant and showed very good to excellent results in one out of three test patients while only one out of 17 control patients was found in this category. An interesting study!
    Dental problems are not limited to pyorrhea nor their treatment to Ipsab, although the latter is amazingly efficacious in a variety of dental problems. Another A.R.E. member sought a solution to the problem of a tooth with an infected root that showed troubles on X-ray. He was not eager to have it extracted, so he used a bit of creative ingenuity and adapted some of the ideas he had read about in the Cayce material. Twice a day, he would swab the gums around the tooth with Atomidine. Then he took a pledget of cotton saturated with castor oil and placed it between the gum and the cheek. Against his face, then, he placed a heating pad and lay down on a couch to rest for an hour. Twice daily he repeated this routine. After two weeks, the gums around the tooth became swollen and tender – this subsided during the next few days, and at the end of three weeks, the swelling was gone, and the soreness was easing up. After the fourth week, the tenderness and the swelling were clearly absent. He was able to chew with the tooth and there was no sign of trouble. He has not had it X-rayed, but it “feels” cured. I don’t have a dental opinion on this, obviously, but it occurs to me that there is a possibility that the root nerve to the tooth might be dead at this point. Time will tell the story, but the patient has a functioning tooth, which he considers to be better than no tooth at all. I would not argue the point.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1975, Volume 10, No. 4, page 170, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Gifted Gelatin
    Gelatin is important as a food tending to lower blood cholesterol, according to Dr. William Strain of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It was nearly ten years ago that he told the story of gelatin and vanadium, a trace mineral. It seems that this unlikely substance not only inhibits in a very normal way the formation of cholesterol in the human body, but it is a factor in preventing tooth decay; it helps to regulate the manner in which various fats are used in the body; and it is apparently part of the controlling biochemical mechanism in the utilization of amino acids. Dr. Strain suggested giving a heaping teaspoonful of gelatin before each meal in an attempt to lower the blood cholesterol. (Today’s Living, July, 1974)
    In the Edgar Cayce readings gelatin was recommended for people who had a variety of complaints: arthritis, anemia, kidney problems, “incoordination between assimilations and eliminations,” problems with lymph, poor circulation, Parkinsonism, general debilitation and multiple sclerosis, to mention just a few. Cayce suggested that raw vegetables be prepared with gelatin frequently, for the better health of the body. He also recommended the use of half a teaspoonful of gelatin dissolved in warm water, used as a drink once or twice a day. ‘The readings indicated that gelatin provided “vitamin forces” (849-74). In the next reading given this man, the vitamin effect was explained:
    It isn’t the vitamin content but it is ability to work with the activities of the glands, causing the glands to take from that absorbed or digested the vitamins that would not be active if there is not sufficient gelatin in the body. See, there may be mixed with any chemical that which makes the rest of the system susceptible or able to call from the system that needed. It becomes then, as it were, “sensitive to conditions.” (849-75)
    Cayce’s recommendations vary from the usual medical directions. He told one woman (1695-2) that a quarter of a teaspoonful of gelatin each day would strengthen the body, but that she should not start the gelatin until the “glands are purified.” This woman was bothered with incoordinations and a tendency toward anemia. Perhaps manipulations in her case would have been the proper thing to do first – or a series of Atomidine drops first, with a basic diet. To a man who was bothered with arthritis, Cayce suggested that gelatin would tend to develop muscle, tendon and nerve tissue, and should be used regularly. Knox gelatin was specified in the readings. It was not to be Jello, but rather plain gelatin. Vanadium was never mentioned, but it is interesting that chemical activity was discussed, and one wonders if this might not indeed be an electrochemical aid to the body. One more extract is interesting:
    Also every day we would take gelatin as an aid to the quick pick-up for energy, aiding the system – from the assimilation of this, with the chemical changes in the body – in creating those activities through the assimilating and glandular force for the energies that create corpuscle tissue in body. This we would take about a third of a teaspoonful … stirred in a glass of cold water each day. If this is taken around two or three o’clock in the afternoon it will aid the more. (2737-1)
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1975, Volume 10, No. 4, page 171, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Packs for Sprains and Pains
    In nearly twenty years of association with the concepts of healing and regeneration found in the Cayce readings, my experience tells me that all people should have the opportunity to bring about healing for themselves or for others. This can be done by prayer, of course, which is usually not dramatic, even though it is effective. Utilizing the same concept that all healing comes from within the body, the opportunity might come through application of a castor oil pack or vinegar and salt, or some such remedy that often is not only dramatic in its effectiveness but also satisfies that desire for healing. Such a thing happened to a Kansas City woman whose five-year-old boy stepped on a nail and developed typical red streaks of cellulitis. Her story needs no amplification:
    “First, believe me, when it comes to my children’s health, I am not in the least likely to take chances, so do not think I acted impulsively or took any unusual chances. It started on a Sunday morning when my five-year-old complained that his foot hurt and he had some red streaks on his ankle. I took his temperature, and it was normal, but his foot, where he had stepped on a nail the previous day, was now quite red. There were also two or three streaks raised like welts, almost to his knee. I had never seen blood-poisoning streaks before, but I was sure that it was indeed blood poisoning, though my husband didn’t think so.
    “I decided to try the Cayce castor oil packs and heat and would give it no longer than four hours. If he was running a temperature or was worse in any way by that time, I would call the doctor. I had used the packs for bruises and swelling but never for anything this serious before. I put the pack on and wrapped an elastic bandage around it, then fastened the beating pad around that and made him sit and keep his foot elevated. At the end of four hours, the red streaks were definitely fading and the swelling had disappeared. The pain was nearly gone also, and there was no temperature elevation. I left the pack on with heat the rest of the day, then that night took off the heating pad, leaving the pack in place.
    “By the next morning, the foot looked completely normal, and when my boy stepped on it, there was no pain. I watched him carefully for several days, but the symptoms never came back, and everything was great. No shots or pills and no doctor bill or hospital bill, and it cleared up so fast. I have since used it for the same type of infection with the same results.”
    This enterprising woman used the same castor oil packs for sprains and bruises, bumps and that sort of thing; for infected finger nails and even poison ivy. She told us also how she used the salt and vinegar pack on her 16-year-old boy who severely sprained his ankle.
    “I melted the salt with the hot vinegar and made a poultice and plastered the foot thickly with it and then wrapped it with old sheet strips. I left the poultice on until it was completely dried and started to flake off. His foot was much better that night and by the next day he was walking nearly normally and by the end of the week he was active, doing everything except jumping and running.”
    Then she adds her own philosophical observation, which I think is a fascinating bit of home-spun truth:
    “It’s a funny thing, though. In working with my kids, the ones that believe it will help are helped. The one daughter who does not believe in home remedies and faith healing, the salt and vinegar did not help her sprain even though all other factors were the same.”
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1975, Volume 10, No. 4, page 174, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Laying On of Hands
    A story of healing comes from a very active A.R.E. member in middle America. In the prayer and healing group to which he belongs, they have recently used the laying on of hands when asked to do so and have had some definite reports of success. One woman had been told after an examination by her doctor that she had a probable cancer of the breast and that a biopsy should be done to rule out this major problem. My correspondent was asked to be the one to “channel” the healing energy from the group to the subject. “I felt the creative energies passing through (had placed my right hand on her forehead and the left hand on the neck at approximately the thyroid gland). “There was much heat, not only in the hands but throughout the whole body. She felt the energies enter and felt the heat. Each member of the group said they felt the flow of the energy … when she went for another examination at the hospital on Monday (the next day), she was examined by four doctors. The lump had decreased in size to about tile size of a very small pea, and it was decided that there was no reason to perform the biopsy at all. The doctors were puzzled and asked what had happened. She told them about the laying on of hands. You can imagine the consternation. One, a woman doctor, followed our friend out of the examination room and confided that she had always been able to ‘see’ a patient’s illness before there was a physical examination but had never told anyone because she thought they’d think she had flipped her lid.”
    It’s too bad that such occurrences are not more widely accepted, but it is good, on the other hand, that they are being reported and that more doctors are becoming aware of their reality.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1975, Volume 10, No. 4, page 175, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Thrombophlebitis of the leg was an occasion in our family to use some of the concepts developed in the Edgar Cayce material. The physician is told to “heal thyself.” So my wife Gladys and I went to “work on her left great saphenous vein when it became inflamed recently. There was tenderness, moderate to severe pain, palpable thrombus but no edema. Inflammation appeared and coursed up over the medial aspect of the knee; five to six inches of the structure were clinically involved. The symptoms started one evening, worsened during the night, and therapy began midmorning the next day.
    Treatment in this case was: (1) light, high-vitamin diet with forced fluids; (2) castor oil pack over the affected area held in place with Ace bandage; (3) increased vitamin intake (probably not necessary if #1 is followed); and (4) the healing hands of a friend.
    Diet, in our opinion, is a valuable therapeutic tool in every illness, diet especially in an acute condition. The castor oil pack has always been the most important of these treatments, and we have used it over the years in similar cases.
    Her response was quite remarkable, as in some of our prior experiences with superficial thrombophlebitis. The pack was applied during the day on the first and second day. By the time 24 hours had passed, there was no redness, no pain, and only a faint residual of tenderness. In 36 hours, there were no remaining symptoms or abnormal findings; the patient was well; there was no recurrence.
    The usual response to conventional therapy (elastic bandage and an anti-inflammatory agent) is relief of pain and swelling in five to seven days. If not resolved by then, vascular surgery is often recommended; the excision of the affected veins can then hasten a cure and prevent deep extension of’ the thrombus and possible pulmonary embolism. Nothing is mentioned in articles or texts about the importance of dietary principles in either preventing or treating a thrombophlebitis. And certainly castor oil packs have not yet evolved into the medical literature.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1975, Volume 10, No. 5, page 222, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Concrete Example of Castor Oil Use
    Mabel Alford related a castor oil story during our week’s program on Home and Marriage in Virginia Beach last year. A longtime A.R.E. member, she has attended many workshops and read widely in the Cayce material. Though she is experienced in taking care of herself’, this time she forgot for a while. About a year ago, she was mixing up cement and neglected to put gloves on, thinking that it was not really necessary. No problem doing the work that morning, but later on in the afternoon, her hands started to hurt. As the pain grew more severe, the skin started to peel off in places. She took some aspirin that night, but couldn’t sleep because of the pain. She tried soaking her hands in aspirin water, but that didn’t help. Finally, in the wee hours of the morning, she remembered castor oil. She actually dipped her hands in the oil, put on stocking gloves and then, when she got back into bed, slept like a baby.
    Prior to using the castor oil, her hands were stiff and the tissues edematous, and she had visions of not being able to work the next week. (She is a check-out clerk at a supermarket.) But when she took the gloves off the next morning., there was no pain, no swelling, and she round no problems in using her fingers and hands at work.
    [Note: The preceding case report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, September, 1975, Volume 10, No. 5, page 223, Copyright © 1975 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Pterygium, Cysts, Epilepsy, etc.
    From Dr. Mayo Hotten comes the report that lie has used castor oil packs over the eyes in two cases to reduce the inflammation of pterygium – perhaps sufficiently to prevent surgery. Then I received a report recently about a twenty-four-year-old housewife who, when she underwent a routine examination, was found to have a golf-ball-sized cyst on her left ovary. She was scheduled for a return visit, but in the meantime applied castor oil packs to her lower abdomen for one hour each day, four days each week. She noticed that she received a very welcome relief from the menstrual cramps she had suffered with for such a long time. When she was again examined for the cyst, it had disappeared entirely.
    Another story, of interest to parents, is the case of a year-old boy who could not find relief after five to six months of chronic diarrhea. I told his parents about the use of castor oil packs, and the possibility of using Glyco-Thymoline packs also. They recently wrote me that their young son, now twenty-two months, has no problems with his G.I. tract – it cleared up completely on just the castor oil packs.
    They also told me about a friend of theirs who has had almost complete remission of his epileptic seizures by regularly massaging his right upper abdominal area with a mixture of peanut oil and olive oil, and taking small dosages of olive oil by mouth.
    Oil has a healing quality, apparently, that cannot be matched or really duplicated. I receive so many spontaneous communications from A.R.E. people from all over the country who have used these simple therapy ideas advantageously. The following quotation about application of oils is an example:
    “Within our groups here, we have had quite a few successes using castor oil – my husband has removed a very dark mole from the tip of his nose and is now working on another one on his forehead. One of our young men has been using the oils (castor, lanolin, peanut) on a scald mark which he suffered at the age of three years, and this has been developing new skin from the center out since he first started using the mixture about four months ago! I, myself, had tremendous success using castor oil while in the hospital for surgery. I came down with a cold that was making my eyes water so badly I couldn’t see. After using it just one night – with the nurse standing there watching me to make sure I wouldn’t drink it! – the cold was gone, and by morning there was not one single trace of my ever having it. Prayers are always used when any of us apply the oils, so we can vouch for the results on a Cayce treatment level!”
    [Note: The preceding report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1972, Volume 7, No. 6, page 285, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Dreams and Health
    All who have been associated closely with the A.R.E. know of the importance of dreams. Cayce instructed all to study their dreams as a source of much wisdom, containing direction of a physical, mental and spiritual nature. Recently I was given a dream report and thought you would be interested to see how one who is conversant with her dreams used the information in a constructive manner. Her story follows.
    “During the last week of May, 1972, I committed myself to a strenuous calesthenic program which, through overexertion, resulted in a great deal of pain in the lower abdomen to the extent that I felt unable to stand up altogether straight, and the pain seemed localized in the region of the bladder and uterus. I was in this condition for several days and was about to consider going to my doctor, when I had the following dream, which occurred on June 1, 1972:
    “In the dream I felt I was transported away to another dimension or plane. I found myself in a doctor’s office, on an examining table, being examined by a very nice old man in white coat and with a gray goatee. (He resembled a kindly Edward G. Robinson in appearance.) I was consulting him about the abdominal pain. He gave me an examination and told me that everything was all right, but that I SHOULD use a castor oil pack. Since I come from a family which has produced four doctors, all of whom have always been very ‘standard’ in their treatments, I just laughed and said something to the effect that I didn’t think I’d go for one of those things. The doctor told me to go ahead and give it a try anyway and then handed me a flannelette square. Just as he was telling me where to apply the pack, I woke up. I decided to give it a try, but couldn’t remember whether he said to place it over the liver or over the pelvis. I took it up with my Study Group, and they suggested placing it over the entire abdomen. I didn’t have any flannelette on hand, so used several old soft wash cloths, and had the electric heating pad turned to high. I used the pack for an hour a day for three days, and while using it, I either read the Bible, thought good thoughts, or read some Edgar Cayce books.
    “After one treatment, I noticed considerable improvement in my condition. After two treatments, all pain and discomfort had vanished. I used the third treatment for good luck. I am happy to report that there has been no recurrence of the pain, and my general health is excellent.”
    [Note: The preceding report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, November, 1972, Volume 7, No. 6, page 286, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Iron-deficiency Anemia
    Iron-deficiency anemia is thought to be due to lack of iron, as the name would imply. The lack of iron, however, often is simply in the blood stream, not necessarily in the diet. Two stories illustrate this point:
    The first case was a 63-year-old woman who had a hemoglobin of 9.3 grams prior to treatment with iron medication. After nearly two months of therapy, her hemoglobin went up to 9.5 grains, but she had developed a skin rash. I felt that this, was due to the iron, so I stopped it, and, with an eye toward cleaning out the toxins in the body, suggested that she take an ounce of castor oil, repeating the procedure in four days. She did as I directed and continued until she came to see me six weeks later. It made her feel so good, she said, and her rash was gone. I did another hemoglobin before starting her on iron again. This time it was 13.4 grams – so I forgot about the iron.
    The other case was a woman in her late fifties who had anemia and a moderate hypothyroidism. When she came to me she had a hemoglobin of 11.5 grams. I did not start her on iron (I rarely do, since there is plenty of iron in the diet if the body will absorb it), but I did recommend a couple of changes in diet and, because she had a sore back, started her on infrared lamp treatments for thirty minutes three times a week. The next time I saw her, some four weeks later, her energy was higher and she felt much better. Her hemoglobin was up to 13.9 grams.
    [Note: The preceding report was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1972, Volume 7, No. 4, page 285, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Canker Sores and Vaginitis
    Last January, at the medical symposium here in Phoenix, Dr. Harvey Rose discussed his work with local application of Atomidine, then Glyco-Thymoline, for the treatment of canker sores in the mouth. I requested some response from those of you who have had the opportunity to use this apparently very efficacious treatment. Dr. Ernie Poole obliged recently, and I quote most of his letter:
    “In your recent bulletin you ask if anyone had used Atomidine and Glyco-Thymoline on canker sores . . . I have used it quite extensively since the Phoenix conference with really quite fantastic results. I must admit I have not kept a statistical survey of same primarily because the treatment works. It may be of interest to you, going a bit further in extending the use of Glyco-Thymoline, that I have been using it on refractory cases of vaginitis with equally outstanding results. Several of these cases had been treated with Mycostatin, vaginal suppositories, Flagyl and gentian violet, etc. In desperation I used Glyco-Thymoline on a few of these, knowing that the mucous membranes of mouth and vagina are the same. The relief it gave was almost immediate and to date long lasting. I have not used Atomidine in these cases.”
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1972, Volume 7, No. 4, page 234, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Psoriasis #1
    A patient of Mike MacCaffery in Tucson wrote us about his response to Mike’s prescription for psoriasis. The prescription was from the readings, and included the following procedure: (1) rochelle salts, sulfur, cream of tarter – one teaspoon of water daily; (2) follow with yellow saffron tea (a pinch in cup of boiling water, steep thirty minutes); (3) elm bark H20, three times a week in the morning; (4) eliminate sweets, fats and pastries, eat fresh fruits and vegetables; (5) saffron and mullein teas; (6) Cuticura ointment and Resinol ointment daily. Mike’s patient was, in his own words, “cured” and was very happy about the results, thanking both Mike and the Edgar Cayce Foundation.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1972, Volume 7, No. 4, page 235, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Witch Hazel as Therapy
    A few months ago, I heard from a correspondent of mine in Detroit who had been afflicted with a dermatitis of the palm of her hand for some twelve years. After reading Jess Stearn’s book, Edgar Cayce, The Sleeping Prophet, she decided to use witch hazel on it in the manner described therein. She reported “great improvement” with just two weeks of this treatment. Hamamelis virginiana is a small shrub, the leaves and bark of which are Used to make witch hazel. There are two forms of the medication, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Witch hazel has been used internally for dysentery, but is most often used as an astringent or as a wash for burns, bruises, skin irritations and other forms of external inflammation. It has also been used for sore mouths and inflamed eyes. We repeat simple things are often the best!
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 184, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Psoriasis #2
    Twelve-year-old Kathy’s parents took her to dermatologists at Wayne County General Hospital in Michigan when her psoriasis had failed to improve after three months of ultraviolet ray treatments, bath oils, and a special sun lamp for her scalp. Under a new regimen consisting of sun lamp, ointments and Baker’s P. & S. oil, she improved slightly for a while and then, during this four-month period, the lesions multiplied and worsened. Kathy’s parents, using Fred Lansford’s medical commentary in the psoriasis circulating file, then put her on the diet that Cayce prescribed. Peanut oil was applied locally on the worst of the lesions and on the scalp, and camomile, saffron, mullein and elm teas were used. In two weeks she began to improve. After a year’s therapy, Kathy’s problem has cleared up, with the exception of two very small spots on her scalp, which also seem to be disappearing.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 184, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Canker Sores in the Mouth
    These seem to respond well to local applications of Atomidine, followed by Glyco-Thymoline. Dr. Harvey Rose reported on his enlarging file of such cases at the January symposium. Our business manager benefited from the information and found that the lesion on his tongue cleared up within three days.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 184, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Post-Operative Wound Healing
    Bob McTammany is a surgeon in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He told me the following story about a post-vaginal hysterectomy patient who developed a febrile course and a large pelvic abscess which improved on antibiotics and proteolytic enzymes, although a 10 x 10 cm mass remained. She refused further surgery, and after several weeks of malaise, fever, low abdominal tenderness and pain, and no general improvement, she was then convinced that she should begin application of castor oil packs, used one hour daily. She improved remarkably symptom-wise, and examination in one month showed almost complete resolution of the pelvic abscess. Bob feels that these packs might be beneficial to post-operative patients in order to improve wound-healing and reduce the incidence of infection.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 185, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Minimal Brain Damage
    Ernie Pecci, whose special concern is mental retardation, was one of the outstanding lecturers at the latest symposium. At his two Multipurpose Centers near Oakland, California, he has been working with castor oil packs applied to the abdomen. A recent letter from him states, in part: “In what I would call a major breakthrough, a University of California medical researcher wants to conduct some research studies on the use of the castor oil packs based upon our previous success. They are especially interested in investigating my hypothesis that ‘minimal brain damage’ is really an endocrine dysfunction which might be helped with the use of the castor oil packs. They have set up an elaborate EEG monitoring system which can be linked to computers which would indicate whether learning is really enhanced after treatment.”
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 185, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Palpitation and Castor Oil Packs
    An A.R.E. member in Irvington, New Jersey, wrote that he had had palpitation of the heart which had not responded to any treatment. He used hot castor oil packs over his abdomen three days each week for an hour and a half. Every third day he took one teaspoonful of olive oil. This therapy was continued for four weeks and the symptoms cleared up for eleven months, recurring when he underwent some psychological shock. Then, after another four weeks of therapy, the symptoms disappeared again, and have been absent for over a year now.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 185, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Castor Oil Stories: Nausea, Tumors, Cuts
    Three stories about castor Oil used in as many different ways. A letter from an old friend who has been reading the material from the A.R.E. for many years: she writes about her husband who “was very ill in the hospital for two months – taken because of continuous nausea and vomiting. [He had a large mass removed from his lung, his hiatal hernia re-done, but no one could find the cause for the continued nausea and vomiting . . . To make a long story short, he came home from the hospital still having the same symptoms vomiting, nausea.
    “All of a sudden the idea of castor oil packs occurred to me. After all, the medical profession wasn’t able to help him. After two packs she began to bet better! Blessings on Cayce! Now he is practically like himself except for tiring easily.” Five months they continued the packs. Persistence! And results!
    Secondly, a letter from another woman who applied information on her own: “I thought you might be interested in hearing that my mother had a lump near her vagina. We applied castor oil and camphorated oil. In three weeks, it reduced in size from the size of a walnut to the size of a pea; in five weeks it was gone, and has not returned.”
    Thirdly, a patient of mine who had cut his right ankle on a piece of glass had it repaired at the Emergency Room of Scottsdale Baptist hospital, but there was such extreme hyperesthesia and pain that the 17-year-old football player had to use crutches to get around. I saw him three days later, and at that point his entire ankle hurt, and the wound was painful to the touch. It was not infected, but I felt that the nerve supply in that area had been injured and possibly a ligamentous laceration had produced the extreme symptoms. In all event, he was instructed how to use castor oil packs over the wound. He felt markedly better two days later and was able to go without crutches. Sutures were removed at seven days, and he was back playing football six days after that. Instead of hyperesthesia distal to the wound area, there was now just a bit of numbness. Bob was told to continue massaging the area with the oil until the numbness was gone.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 108, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Healing Arthritis – Peanut Oil and Castor Oil
    Biochemical bases of understanding the functioning of the human body may have been adequate for the mind of the physician for many years here in the western part of the world, but it can no longer stand the test of experience, reason, and pure logic. For instance, how can oil achieve a healing effect? Witness these two stories, both of which deal with arthritis:
    From Pittsburgh, Pa., I quote this: “In reading Jess Stearn’s Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, I noted with much interest his references to arthritis and the use of pure peanut oil. As a rheumatoid arthritic I have found it to be of great benefit to my condition. After using peanut oil as a massaging oil for several years, I have to agree with Cayce’s belief that it not only lubricates but heals as well. I am sure that had I known about the oil in this use I would have been spared much misery. Why isn’t the use of peanut oil to reduce joint inflammation and pain in arthritis better known? Does the medical profession spurn it as a home remedy?”
    From California: “Mother had arthritis so bad she was committed to the hospital. She was there for two weeks and released with no apparent help. The arthritis was centered in her fingers which were doubled back in her palms – she didn’t think she would be able to open up her fingers again. Father brought her home and started a treatment of hot castor oil – rubbing her hands, arms, and shoulders and legs three times a day. Within a period of three to four months her condition improved to the extent she could walk, use her arms, and her hands straightened out and today she is completely cured. She was 76 years old when she was at her worst and is now 81.”
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 109, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Cancer in Elderly Male
    This was the case of a 78-year-old man who consulted our office in 1967 and died of a ruptured aortic aneurysm in July of 1971. In 1959, he developed an abdominal mass, was surgically explored and diagnosed as having a small abdominal aneurysm, but also a lymphosarcoma. He took the “grape cure,” and the mass disappeared, and he was apparently clear of the disease. However, in 1964, he developed an adenocarcinoma of the prostate. He had continued on dietary measures, but now became more strict, and was started on stilbestrol therapy also. Under our care for four years, he was given a multitude of supportive procedures to do. The mass in the abdomen reappeared, the prostate needed some special care from a urologist, and dietary measures were continued. Finally, he was admitted to the hospital with upper abdominal pain and the subsequent rupture of the aneurysm brought about his death.
    Here are two fascinating points about this man. First, his autopsy revealed that there was adenocarcinoma of the prostate with extension to the pelvic organs including the rectum and with metastases to the lungs, and hilar lymph nodes. There was also the presence of malignant lymphosarcoma in almost all the organs of the body if you recall the history, the prostate cancer lasted at least seven years from the point at which diagnosis was made; and there was found at surgery a lymphosarcoma some twelve years prior to the man’s death. It was apparently stopped with dietary means, but here was a man living with two malignancies for at least seven years, perhaps even longer, and he died from another cause.
    The patient in question followed strictly a dietary regime over a long, long period of time, and his wife was indeed a helpmeet for him in aiding him day after day, investigating new things which might be done to help, and generally giving him the idea that he did not need to give up. This tells a story about the relationship between disease and the human spirit.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, May, 1972, Volume 7, No. 3, page 111, Copyright © 1972 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
    Urinary Frequency
    One of our cooperating doctors told me about a 63-year-old woman who is fortunate that she can take trips around the world with her husband. They travel usually by boat, as they have lots of time and don’t like to hurry. She has had the problem, however, of urinary frequency which makes her first concern (no matter where they stop on their world trips) the location and availability of the restroom. She was unable even to sit through a church service without leaving at least once to empty her bladder. After her last trip, she complained about this in her visit to the doctor. He told her about riding a bicycle and its advantages of apparently correcting the parasympathetic outflow from the sacral plexus, at least to some extent. She bought a bike and has been riding it ever since. Now she has absolutely no trouble with her bladder, and furthermore, can play 18 holes of golf without even looking for the place.
    [Note: The preceding report was provided by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal,




    Sprouts are produced when seeds start growing into vegetable. Sprouts can grow from the seeds of the vegetables, from grains such as buckwheat, and from beans. Medicinally and nutritionally, sprouts have a long history. It has been documented that the Ancient Chinese physicians recognized and prescribed sprouts for curing many disorders more than 5,000 years ago. Sprouts are a main staple in the diets of Americans of Oriental descent. Although accounts of sprouting appear in the Bible, it took centuries for the West to realize its nutrition merits. It is really only in the past three decades that the “western world” has woken up to be interested in sprouts and sprouting. During World War II considerable interest in sprouts was sparked in the United States by an article written by Dr. Clive M. McKay, Professor of Nutrition at Cornell University, wherein he made a dramatic announcement which said: “Wanted! A vegetable that will grow in any climate, will rival meat in nutritive value, will mature in 3 to 5 days, may be planted any day of the year, will require neither soil nor sunshine, will rival tomatoes in Vitamin C, will be free of waste in preparation and can be cooked with little fuel and as quickly as a … chop.” Dr. McKay and a team of nutritionists spent years researching the amazing properties of sprouted soybeans. They and other researchers at the universities of Pennsylvania and Minnesota, Yale and McGill found that sprouts retain the B-complex vitamins present in the original seed, and show a big jump in Vitamin A and an almost unbelievable amount of Vitamin C over that present in unsprouted seeds. While some nutritionists point out that this high vitamin content is gained at the expense of some protein loss, the figures are impressive: an average 300 percent increase in Vitamin A and a 500 to 600 percent increase in Vitamin C. In addition, in the sprouting process starches are converted to simple sugars, thus making sprouts easily digested Sprouts can be locally grown and made available in all four seasons. These “wonder” vegetables are grown from seed to salad in only one week are the best natural health food available. That makes them a great “New generation” food that can be eaten raw or cooked. In fact, one pound of alfalfa seeds can yield 10-14 pounds of fresh mini-salad greens. It is amazing to note that this food can be grown whether you are on top of a mountain or in a war area bunker with artificial light. Sprouts vary in texture and taste. Some are spicy (radish and onion sprouts), some are hardy and are often used in oriental food (Mung bean), others are more delicate (Alfalfa) and are used in salads and sandwiches to add texture and moistness. can be locally grown and made available in all four seasons. These “wonder” vegetables are grown from seed to salad in only one week are the best natural health food available.
    “Alfalfa sprouts” have more chlorophyll than spinach, kale, cabbage or parsley. “Alfalfa, sunflower, clover and radish sprouts” are all 4% Protein. Compare that to spinach – 3%, Romaine lettuce -1.5% and Iceberg lettuce- 0.8%, and milk -3.3%. These foods all have about 90% water. “Grain and nut sprouts”, such as wheat and sunflower, are rich in fats. While fats in flour and wheat germ goes rancid quickly (stores should refrigerate them), fats in sprouts last for weeks. The valuable wheat germ oil in wheat sprouts is broken down into its essential fatty acid fractions over 50% of which is Omega 6. While sunflower oil is our finest source of omega 6, germination of the sunflower sprout micellizes the fatty acids into an easily digestible, water soluble form “Radish sprouts” have 29 times more Vitamin C than milk (29mg vs. 1mg) and 4 times the Vitamin A (391 IU vs. 126). These spicy sprouts have 10 times more calcium than a potato (51mg vs. 5mg) and contain more vitamin C than pineapple. If you examine what is happening during germination, it looks like a vitamin factory. While mature radishes contain 10 IU/100g of provitamin, the radish sprouts contain 391 IU, 39 times more!
    “Radish sprouts” have 29 times more Vitamin C than milk (29mg vs. 1mg) and 4 times the Vitamin A (391 IU vs. 126). These spicy sprouts have 10 times more calcium than a potato (51mg vs. 5mg) and contain more vitamin C than pineapple. If you examine what is happening during germination, it looks like a vitamin factory. While mature radishes contain 10 IU/100g of provitamin, the radish sprouts contain 391 IU, 39 times more!
    Alfalfa Sprouts are one of the finest food sources of saponins. Saponins lower the bad cholesterol and fat but not the good HDL fats. Animal studies have proved their benefit in arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Saponins also stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of natural killer cells such as T- lymphocytes and interferon. The saponin content of alfalfa sprouts multiplies 450% over that of the unsprouted seed
    Broccoli Sprouts have a mild peppery flavor. They are also high in cancer fighting compound sulphoraphane. Compounds in broccoli sprouts have been shown to reduce the risk of getting breast and colon cancer and to act as an anti-bacterial agent against Helicobacter pylori, an organism associated with causing stomach ulcers. Broccoli sprouts rich in these compounds, through raising the antioxidant and thereby the anti-inflammatory capacities of cells, can correct major dysfunctions such as hypertension and stroke Free radicals, unstable chemical byproducts of metabolism, damage cell molecules and lead to cardiovascular disease. Tissues have defenses to prevent the damage caused by free radicals. These defenses can be bolstered by eating foods rich in chemicals called phase 2 protein inducers, one of which is glucoraphanin. Broccoli sprouts contain high levels of glucoraphanin. Phase 2 inducers promote the production of phase 2 protein. These proteins either promote scavenging of oxidants or decrease the chance of the oxidants being formed. The result is a huge multiplier effect. One phase 2 protein inducer likely has the same effect as thousands of typical anti-oxidant molecules
    Grains and Seeds to Sprout
    Sesame Seed
    Moistening to the intestines, treats rheumatism.
    Poppy Seed
    Relieves vomiting and benefits large intestine.
    Brown Rice
    Diuretic, thirst quenching, nourishing, good for nursing mothers.
    Cooling, used with fevers, clears digestive tract, also calming and sedating due to wheat’s nourishing effect on the heart.
    Cooling thermal nature, dries dampness, benefits the lungs, high in protein (15-18%), fiber, amino acids (lysine and methionine), vitamin C, and calcium. It contains more calcium and the supporting calcium cofactors (magnesium and silicon) than milk.
    Cooling thermal nature, sweet and salty flavour, strengthens the spleen-pancrea, regulates the stomach, and fortifies the intestines. Builds the blood and yin fluids and moistens dryness, promotes diuresis, benefits the gallbladder and nerves, very easily digested. Treats diarrhea, soothes inflamed membranes, alleviates painful and difficult urination, quells fever, helps reduce tumors, swellings, and watery accumulations such as edema.
    Neutral thermal nature, sweet flavor, cleans and strengthens the intestines and improves appetite. Is effective for treating dysentery and chronic diarrhea. Rutin, a bioflavonoid found in buckwheat, strengthens capillaries and blood vessels, inhibits hemorrhages, reduces blood pressure, and increases circulation to the hands and feet. Rutin is also an antidote against x-rays and other forms of radiation.
    Neutral thermal nature, sweet flavor, diuretic, nourishes the physical heart, influences the stomach, improves appetite, and hleps regulate digestion, promotes healthy teeth and gums, tonifies the kidneys and helps overcome sexual weakness. Drink a tea decoction made from whole dried kernels to treat kidney disease.
    Cooling themal nature, sweet and salty flavor, diuretic, strengthens the kidneys, beneficial to stomach and spleen-pancreas, builds the yin fluids, moistens dryness, alkalizing, balances over-acid conditions, sweetens breath by retarding bacteria growth in mouth, high amino acid profile and rich silicon content, helps prevent miscarriage, anti-fungal, one of the best grains for those with Candida albicans overgrowth. Also useful for diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion, and diabetes. Soothes morning sickness.
    Warming thermal nature, sweet and slightly bitter flavor, soothing, restores nervous and reproductive systems, strengthens spleen-pancreas, builds and regulates qi energy, removes cholesterol from the digestive tract and arteries, strengthens cardiac muscles. Can be used in cases of dysentery, diabetes, hepatitis, nervous and sexual debility, indigestion and swelling including abdominal bloating. One of the richest silicon foods, oats help renew the bones and all connective tissues. oats also contain phosphurus, required for brain and nerve formulation during youth.
    Warming thermal nature, sweet and sour flavor, generally strengthening for the whole body, specifically tonifies the kidney yang(warming and energizing function of the body) and the pericardium functions. Compared wit other grains, it has the highest protein content. Contains more calcium than milk and is higher in fat content than any grain. A very good source of iron, phoshorous, B vitamins, and vitamin E.
    Wild Rice
    Cooling thermal nature, sweet and bitter flavor, diuretic, benefits the kidneys and bladder. Has more protein than other rice. It is rich in minerals and B vitamins and is a hardy food for cold climates, it cools the superficial tissues and concentrates warmth in the interior and lower body areas.
    Pumpkin & Squash
    Influences the colon and spleen-pancreas, diuretic, expels worms. Used to treat motion sickness, nausea, impotency, and swollen prostate. Valuable source of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.
    Influences the spleen-pancrea, lubricates the intestines, hastens the eruptions of measles.
    It is very easy to enjoy the health benefits of sprouting your own vegetables and grains.
    Sprouts have enormous health benefits, add zest to a salad or can be a replacement for your salad. Listed below are the most popular seeds to use for sprouting, their health benefits, and sprouting times. You can purchase many sprouting containers or simply use jars already in your kitchen. Start with Organic seeds!!! I use a quart jar with a cheescloth lid which is held in place by its metal ring. Cover the bottom of the jar with your favorite seeds and cover seeds with water. Let the seeds soak overnight. Drain and rinse the seeds a couple of times a day. Keep in temperature of approx 65 degrees F. in a dark place. Continue rinsing 2 times a day until your sprouts are the length you desire. Put into light the last day if you wish more leaf growth.
    Vegetable and Herbs to Sprout
    Alfalfa dries dampness, diuretic, appetizer, benefits the urinary system and intestines, detoxifies the body. Alfalfa cleans and tones the intestines and takes harmful acids out of the blood. Used for arthritis, edema, weight loss, bladder stones, plantar warts, chronic sore throat, fevers, gas pains, peptic ulcers, drug and alcohol addiction recovery.
    Contains: protein, carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sodium, sulfar, silicon, chlorine, cobalt, zinc, Vit. K & P and chlorophyll.
    For a 1 quart jar full use 2 tablespoons seed, soak 6 hours. 5-6 days sprouting time.
    Recently rediscovered for its anti-cancer properties. Broccoli is a diuretic, brightens the eyes and treats summer heat conditions. Used for eye inflammation and nearsightedness.
    Contains: Vit A and pantothenic acid which benefit rough skin, Vit. C, sulfur, iron, B vitamins and chorophyll. Caution is recommend for those with thyroid deficiency or low iodine levels as broccoli contains chemicals that disrupt the body’s ability to use iodine.
    Moistens the lungs, cuts mucus, removes food stagnation, and detoxifies. Regular use of radish will help prevent viral infections such as colds and flus. Used to clear sinuses, hoarseness, phlegm, and sore throats, indigestion, abdominal swelling, removing toxins, gallstones, kidney stones and bladder stones.
    To make a 1 quart jar full, use 1/4 cup seeds, soak 6 hours. Ready to eat in 5-6 days.
    Pungent flavour, influences the lungs, tonifies and moistens the intestines, clears chest congestion, improves energy circulation and dissolves stagnant or congealed blood. Use for cold and coughs to reduce the mucus associated with lung infections.
    Use 1/4 cup for a quart jar. Soak 6 hours, ready to eat in 5-6 days.
    Mucilaginous, moistens the intestines, benefits the stomach, improves digestion, beautifies the skin. Treats constipation, colds, whooping cough, mental depression and irratibility, rids the digestive system of worms, ulcers, skin eruptions, leg ulcers, varicose veins, arthritis, wounds and chronic cold feet.
    Contains: High sulfur content, Vit. U, C, and E, and iodine.




    Antibiotic/antiseptic, natural
    Athlete’s foot
    Canker sores
    Chronic fatigue syndrome
    Cold Sores
    Diaper rash
    Ear infections
    Food poisoning
    Fungus Infections
    Periodontal disease
    Sore throats
    Urinary tract infections
    used in treating secondary infections for aids and hiv sufferers
    Wash for veges and fruits
    foods of all sorts as well can be cleaned with it


    DMSO and it’s EFFECTS
    The Biochemical Reasons for the Health Benefits of DMSO (or MSM)
    Within an individual cell, the oxygen transport system will work to smooth-out differences in oxygen potentials between different organelles lowering the potential for damage in some while making more oxygen available to the mitochondria for metabolism. Of course, the mitochondria has to be able to use the oxygen effectively, which means the multitude of reaction systems employed by the metabolic process must be able to utilize the oxygen. As discussed in the “Antioxidant” Health Note, these reactions are promoted by enzymes supported by a wide range of other antioxidants. Thus, the DMSO-MSM transport system will provide additional energy only if the rest of the system can accept the increased oxygen availability. When they are all working together (as a complete, matched set), I believe that we are looking at a remedy for many degenerative diseases.
    A First-Line Treatment for A Multitude of Medical Diseases/Disorders
    Once it is understood that DMSO (& MSM) acts as a profoundly effective oxygen transport system, this opens up the opportunity to use this information to treat a multitude of medical disorders, immediate and long term that are caused by a deficiency of oxygen transport. As one example, it has been reported that DMSO is greatly helpful in minimizing the damage from a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head or a stroke. Now the explanation as to why it helps is clear. Brain cells, more than any other cells in the body can not tolerate a lack of oxygen for an extended period of time. The DMSO will enhance oxygen transport to the brain cells until there is sufficient healing to where blood flow and the conventional oxygen transport system is reestablished
    DMSO Penetrates Membranes and Eases Pain
    The first quality that struck Dr. Jacob about the drug was its ability to pass through membranes, an ability that has been verified by numerous subsequent researchers.1 DMSO’s ability to do this varies proportionally with its strength–up to a 90 percent solution. From 70 percent to 90 percent has been found to be the most effective strength across the skin, and, oddly, performance drops with concentrations higher than 90 percent. Lower concentrations are sufficient to cross other membranes. Thus, 15 percent DMSO will easily penetrate the bladder.2
    In addition, DMSO can carry other drugs with it across membranes. It is more successful ferrying some drugs, such as morphine sulfate, penicillin, steroids, and cortisone, than others, such as insulin. What it will carry depends on the molecular weight, shape, and electrochemistry of the molecules. This property would enable DMSO to act as a new drug delivery system that would lower the risk of infection occurring whenever skin is penetrated.
    DMSO perhaps has been used most widely as a topical analgesic, in a 70 percent DMSO, 30 percent water solution. Laboratory studies suggest that DMSO cuts pain by blocking peripheral nerve C fibers.3 Several clinical trials have demonstrated its effectiveness,4,5 although in one trial, no benefit was found.6 Burns, cuts, and sprains have been treated with DMSO. Relief is reported to be almost immediate, lasting up to 6 hours. A number of sports teams and Olympic athletes have used DMSO, although some have since moved on to other treatment modalities. When administration ceases, so do the effects of the drug.
    Dr. Jacob said at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health in 1980, “DMSO is one of the few agents in which effectiveness can be demonstrated before the eyes of the observers….If we have patients appear before the Committee with edematous sprained ankles, the application of DMSO would be followed by objective diminution of swelling within an hour. No other therapeutic modality will do this.”
    Chronic pain patients often have to apply the substance for 6 weeks before a change occurs, but many report relief to a degree they had not been able to obtain from any other source.
    DMSO and Inflammation
    DMSO reduces inflammation by several mechanisms. It is an antioxidant, a scavenger of the free radicals that gather at the site of injury. This capability has been observed in experiments with laboratory animals7 and in 150 ulcerative colitis patients in a double-blinded randomized study in Baghdad, Iraq.8 DMSO also stabilizes membranes and slows or stops leakage from injured cells.
    At the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978, 213 patients with inflammatory genitourinary disorders were studied. Researchers concluded that DMSO brought significant relief to the majority of patients. They recommended the drug for all inflammatory conditions not caused by infection or tumor in which symptoms were severe or patients failed to respond to conventional therapy.9
    Stephen Edelson, MD, F.A.A.F.P., F.A.A.E.M., who practices medicine at the Environmental and Preventive Health Center of Atlanta, has used DMSO extensively for 4 years. “We use it intravenously as well as locally,” he says. “We use it for all sorts of inflammatory conditions, from people with rheumatoid arthritis to people with chronic low back inflammatory-type symptoms, silicon immune toxicity syndromes, any kind of autoimmune process.
    “DMSO is not a cure,” he continues. “It is a symptomatic approach used while you try to figure out why the individual has the process going on. When patients come in with rheumatoid arthritis, we put them on IV DMSO, maybe three times a week, while we are evaluating the causes of the disease, and it is amazing how free they get. It really is a dramatic treatment.”
    As for side effects, Dr. Edelson says: “Occasionally, a patient will develop a headache from it, when used intravenously–and it is dose related.” He continues: “If you give a large dose, [the patient] will get a headache. And we use large doses. I have used as much as 30ÝmlÝIV over a couple of hours. The odor is a problem. Some men have to move out of the room [shared] with their wives and into separate bedrooms. That is basically the only problem.”
    DMSO was the first nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory discovered since aspirin. Mr. Bristol believes that it was that discovery that spurred pharmaceutical companies on to the development on other varieties of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. “Pharmaceutical companies were saying that if DMSO can do this, so can other compounds,” says Mr. Bristol. “The shame is that DMSO is less toxic and has less int he way of side effects than any of them.”
    Collagen and Scleroderma
    Scleroderma is a rare, disabling, and sometimes fatal disease, resulting form an abnormal buildup of collagen in the body. The body swells, the skin–particularly on hands and face–becomes dense and leathery, and calcium deposits in joints cause difficulty of movement. Fatigue and difficulty in breathing may ensue. Amputation of affected digits may be necessary. The cause of scleroderma is unknown, and, until DMSO arrived, there was no known effective treatment.
    Arthur Scherbel, MD, of the department of rheumatic diseases and pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, conducted a study using DMSO with 42 scleroderma patients who had already exhausted all other possible therapies without relief. Dr. Scherbel and his coworkers concluded 26 of the 42 showed good or excellent improvement. Histotoxic changes were observed together with healing of ischemic ulcers on fingertips, relief from pain and stiffness, and an increase in strength. The investigators noted, “It should be emphasized that these have never been observed with any other mode of therapy.”10 Researchers in other studies have since come to similar conclusions.11
    Does DMSO Help Arthritis?
    It was inevitable that DMSO, with its pain-relieving, collagen-softening, and anti-inflammatory characteristics, would be employed against arthritis, and its use has been linked to arthritis as much as to any condition. Yet the FDA has never given approval for this indication and has, in fact, turned down three Investigational New Drug (IND) applications to conduct extensive clinical trials.
    Moreover, its use for arthritis remains controversial. Robert Bennett, MD, F.R.C.P., F.A.C.R., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine and chief, division of arthritis and rheumatic disease at Oregon Health Sciences University (Dr. Jacob’s university), says other drugs work better. Dava Sobel and Arthur Klein conducted their own informal study of 47 arthritis patients using DMSO in preparation for writing their book, Arthritis: What Works, and came to the same conclusion.12
    Yet laboratory studies have indicated that DMSO’s capacity as a free-radical scavenger suggests an important role for it in arthritis.13 The Committee of Clinical Drug Trials of the Japanese Rheumatism Association conducted a trial with 318 patients at several clinics using 90 percent DMSO and concluded that DMSO relieved joint pain and increased range of joint motion and grip strength, although performing better in more recent cases of the disease.14 It is employed widely in the former Soviet Union for all the different types of arthritis, as it is in other countries around the world.
    Dr. Jacob remains convinced that it can play a significant role in the treatment of arthritis. “You talk to veterinarians associated with any race track, and you’ll find there’s hardly an animal there that hasn’t been treated with DMSO. No veterinarian is going to give his patient something that does not work. There’s no placebo effect on a horse.”
    DMSO and Central Nervous System Trauma
    Since 1971, Dr. de la Torre, then at the University of Chicago, has experimented using DMSO with injury to the central nervous system. Working with laboratory animals, he discovered that DMSO lowered intracranial pressure faster and more effectively than any other drug. DMSO also stabilized blood pressure, improved respiration, and increased urine output by five times and increased blood flow through the spinal cord to areas of injury.15-17 Since then, DMSO has been employed with human patients suffering severe head trauma, initially those whose intracranial pressure remained high despite the administration of mannitol, steroids, and barbiturates. In humans, as well as animals, it has proven the first drug to significantly lower intracranial pressure, the number one problem with severe head trauma.
    “We believe that DMSO may be a very good product for stroke,” says Dr. de la Torre, “and that is a devastating illness which affects many more people than head injury. We have done some preliminary clinical trials, and there’s a lot of animal data showing that it is a very good agent in dissolving clots.”
    Other Possible Applications for DMSO
    Many other uses for DMSO have been hypothesized from its known qualities hand have been tested in the laboratory or in small clinical trials. Mr. Bristol speaks with frustration about important findings that have never been followed up on because of the difficulty in finding funding and because “to have on your resume these days that you’ve worked on DMSO is the kiss of death.” It is simply too controversial. A sampling of some other possible applications for this drug follows.
    DMSO as long been used to promote healing. People who have it on hand often use it for minor cuts and burns and report that recovery is speedy. Several studies have documented DMSO use with soft tissue damage, local tissue death, skin ulcers, and burns.18-21
    In relation to cancer, several properties of DMSO have gained attention. In one study with rats, DMSO was found to delay the spread of one cancer and prolong survival rates with another.22 In other studies, it has been found to protect noncancer cells while potentiating the chemotherapeutic agent.
    Much has been written recently about the worldwide crisis in antibiotic resistance among bacteria (see Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Volume 2, Number 3, 1996, pages 140-144) Here, too, DMSO may be able to play a role. Researcher as early as 1975 discovered that it could break down the resistance certain bacteria have developed.23
    In addition to its ability to lower intracranial pressure following closed head injury, Dr. de la Torre’s work suggests that the drug may actually have the ability to prevent paralysis, given its ability to speedily clean out cellular debris and stop the inflammation that prevents blood from reaching muscle, leading to the death of muscle tissue. With its great antioxidant powers, DMSO could be used to mitigate some of the effects of aging, but little work has been done to investigate this possibility. Toxic shock, radiation sickness, and septicemia have all been postulated as responsive to DMSO, as have other conditions too numerous to mention here.


    Substances with Adaptogenic Effects for strengthening the powers of resistance
    Adaptogens, first defined in the 1950s by Lazarev are substances that normalize body functions, strengthen systems and functions compromised by stress and have a protective effect against a wide variety of environmental and emotional stress. In this article, German researchers define the term and identify ways in which science can identify medicinal plants that have these abilities. A number of plant adaptogens are reviewed, including ginseng, eleuthero, and the Japanese Kampo medicine, Shosaikoto.
    What is meant by Adaptogens?
    The concept “Adaptogen” was coined in 1947 by the Russian scientist, Lazarev (1). He discovered the adaptogenic effect of dibasol (2-benzylbenzimidazol) in tests aimed at the stimulation of non-specific powers of resistance in test subjects. Lazarev, who called this new group of medically-effective substances, “adaptogens,” defines them as substances meant to put the organism into a state of non-specific heightened resistance in order to better resist stresses and adapt to extraordinary challenges. It was Selye who examined the actions and consequences of such stresses on the healthy organism (2). He formulated the “General Adaptive Syndrome” (GAS). As a consistent, non-specific response of the organism to stressful influences of totally
    diverse types, the adaptive reaction enables the body to heighten its power of resistance towards stresses, and to adapt to external conditions. The limiting factor within this adaptive capacity is, according to Seyle, determined by the so-called “Adaptations Energy” (3) of the organism. This means that the resistance reserves towards unfavorable influences are not inexhaustible, but they diminish by extreme stressfullness. The consequences are mis-adaptation and diseases. Brekhman, who examined the effects of adaptogenic drugs at a later point, summarized the concept “adaptogen” in 1958, as follows (4):
    1. It must show a non-specific effect (raising the power of resistance to toxins of a physical, chemical or biological nature).
    2. It is to normalize, independent of the type of pathological condition.
    3. It must be harmless and disturb the body functions as little as possible. Accordingly, adaptogens are to strengthen the non-specific powers of resistance to non-infectious stresses, raise the general performance capacity during stress situations and
    thereby prevent diseases that could develop due to over-stressing the organism.
    Adaptogens and their Definition and Differentiation from other Drugs with Related
    Pharmacological Effects If one accepts the concept of adaptogenic effects in the medical sense, it is necessary to define and differentiate them from other remedies of related action. Although a strict differentiation is not possible, there is a number of criteria which allow a formal arrangement of these other drugs in immune stimulants, Nootropics, anabolics, tonics and geriatric aids. Immune Stimulants are substances which bring about a heightened resistance through the stimulation of non-specific defensive processes which are largely independent of antigens (5). There occurs a rise in non-specific resistance towards bacterial, and especially viral infections, as also in chronic inflammation. Nootropics (cognition enhancers), according to Giurgea (cited in ref. 6) are effective psychopharmacological agents which are said to improve the higher integrative brain functions, such as memory, learning, understanding, thinking and the capacity for concentration. No specific mechanism is known. It is assumed that nootropics stimulate existing neural synapses to optimum performance (adaptive capacity), and also for damaging influences, such as disturbances of the energy and neurotransmitter metabolism or ischemia (protective capacity). A delineation of adaptogens from nootropics is difficult simply because the analysis of the effective action of nootropics is undertaken with animal experiments, whereby biochemical changes, physiological regulatory systems and types of behavior are registered. Thus it applies also to nootropics that there exists no typical model for the analysis of their effects, but only a broad palette of diverse experimental approaches. Recently, in an announcement of the BGA, “recommendations for establishing effectiveness of nootropics in the indications area of dementia (phase III) are given, whereby 5 groups of models are quoted for analysis of activity (7). Anabolics are substances which activate the anabolic metabolism. They promote the synthesis of nucelic acids and protein metabolism; thereby in general, growth. No precise conceptual definition can be given for tonics and geriatric remedies. They fall into the category of wellness enhancers and are therefore without pharmacological significance. Tonics, according to a very generalized definition, are substances which mitigate conditions of weakness or lack of tone within the entire organism, or in particular organs. Being adaptogenic, like all the others, generally, adaptogens raise one’s capacity, therefore may also be included in the group of “tonics.” Geriatric remedies are substances serving as a preventative treatment of “old-age diseases.” “Stiffness and age conditioned rigidity, are possibly the outer manifestations of diminished or lacking ability to adapt. It is seen as characteristic of adaptogens that their anti-stress effect towards stresses of a non-infectious variety, always stands in the foreground. Although in so-called adaptogens,” immune-stimulating, nootropic, or metabolic effects have also been observed. Physiological Foundations of the Adaptogenic Effect; Goals of Adaptogenic Application Selye (2,8) placed the reactions of the body to affecting stresses under the (wellness enhancing) concept of general Adaptations Syndromes (GAS). This syndrome, which manifests independent of the damaging agent, has been divided into three phases by Selye, based on rat experiments (Fig. 1)
    1. The “Alarm Reaction”
    The first phase of the GAS, observed in rats, normally 6 to 48 hours after the initial effect of a damaging agent, leads to changes which are always of the same nature, and independent of the type of stressor, comparable to shock symptoms. The activity of the sympathetic nervous system is heightened, catecholamine levels are raised. On the basis of the increased
    corticosteroid production the content of cholesterin and ascorbic acid, in the adrenals, is diminished. The weight of the adrenal gland increases, the weight of the thymus, spleen, lymph glands and liver diminish. Body temperature is lowered_there occurs acute damage in the digestive tract, with the frequent formation of stomach ulcers. Through the condition of the catabolic metabolism, the organism is in a degenerative phase, and the non-specific stress resistance capacity is raised.
    2. The “Stage of Resistance”
    If the stressor continues to act on the organism, there follows the second phase of AAS after a few days. The organism now responds with heightened capacity of resistance to the damaging factors. The changes observed during the alarm phase normalize themselves gradually and anabolic functions prevail. The organism is becoming increasingly resistant towards the
    damaging agent. The optimal adaptation has been reached. This adaptation is strictly stressor-specific. The heightened stressor non-specific power of resistance observed during the alarm phase is no longer observable.
    3. The Stage of Exhaustion”
    If the impact of a stressor goes beyond a certain limit, the third phase of AAS is reached: The resistance of the organism is exhausted. The “energy of adaptation,” according to Seyle (3) is used up. The condition of adaptation reached in phase 2 is lost. In animal experiments, death usually occurs at this stage. The damage in organs correspond to those occurring during the alarm phase (8). In human beings, the exhaustion phase leads to the development of diseases such as stomach ulcers. Besides the general adaptation syndrome of Seyle, the “stress proteins” or “heat-shock proteins,” which have been proved in Procaryotes and Eucaroyotes need to be pointed out in this connection (9,10). The syntheses of these proteins is induced during a stressful event, such as heightened temperature. Many of the “stress proteins” play an important role for normal cellular function under stress-free conditions, especially in periods of development, differentiation and growth. Which types of stressors in particular lead to the induction of “stress proteins,” is to this day still quite unclear. Heightened prostaglandin concentrations or an accumulation of damaged cell proteins are, for example, discussed as possible trigger factors for “stress proteins.” It is certain that the prompt induction of “stress proteins” in stressful situations is a vitally-necessary protective function for the cell.
    “Stress proteins” can for instance, protect sensitive cell proteins from irreversible denaturalization?, influence RNA- and protein-synthesis in a specific way, temporarily inactivate certain receptors or initiate immune reactions. The general hope regarding adaptogens is the reduction of stress-reactions in the alarm phase, the delay or avoidance of the exhaustion stage, thereby providing a certain protection towards stress. In a similar way, Brekhman (4) describes the adaptogenic effect as a strengthening or extending of the physiological adaptation. He bases this effect on the attempt of the body to protect energy resources from depletion and to accelerate the biosynthesis of proteins and nucleic acids.
    SUBSTANCES(HERBS) Known for Adaptogenic Effects
    Because the concept of the “adaptogenic effect” is of relatively recent occurrence, one cannot find it in old drug lists. The assignment into the group of adaptogens happens, therefore retrospectively, on the basis of xx criteria, based on experiential medical data and in a few cases, on data gained from in vitro and in vivo tests. Adaptogenic drugs are found in the most
    diverse families they are distinctly different in the pattern of their constituents. Table 1 lists drugs described in the literature as having adaptogenic effects.
    Ginseng Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer, Araliaceae
    The tonifying effect of the ginseng root has been described in a Chinese text as early as the 1st century after Christ. According to current understanding, the adaptogenic effect of the drug is ascribed to the ginsenosides or panaxosides. We are dealing here with diversely glycosolized triterpene saponins which, with the exception of ginsenoside R0, belong to the tetracyclic
    dammarane-type. Ginsenoside R0 has oleanolic acid as the aglycone. The chief glycones are the ginsenosides Rb1 and Rg1 (Fig. 2). Additional constituents previously cited include essential oil, the sesquiterpene beta-elemene, polyacetylenes (12,13), salicylic- and vanillic-acid (14), polysaccharides, as well as ubiquitously-occurring amino acids, fatty acids, sterines and sugar.
    In animal experiments, heightened powers of resistance from diverse stresses through an adaptogenic effect is noted (Table II): Beyond these, pharmacological examinations using ginseng extracts, ginseng fractions and ginsenosides have revealed, besidesadaptogenic effects, anabolic and nootropic properties. In endocrinological examination for testing ACTH and corticosteroid profiles after i.p. application of ginseng saponin fractions, as well as diverse purified ginsenosides (Rb1, Rb2, Rc, Rd, Re), all applications have led to a distinct rise in ACTH and corticosteroids (19). After pre-medication with Dexamethasone, which has a blocking effect on the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland?, the release of ACTH and corticosteroids through ginseng saponins, did not occur. Consequently, the site of activity of the saponins seems to be on the pituitary or the hypothalamus and not on the adrenals.
    Accordingly, the secretion of the corticosteroids after an application of ginseng seems to be not directly caused, but indirectly via the release of ACTH by the pituitary gland.In vitro studies on the binding of steroid receptors showed a ginseng saponin affinity toward gestational, mineral corticoid and especially glucocorticoid receptors (20). In vitro examinations with rat testes showed that a ginseng saponin fraction affected a rise in DNA- and protein-synthesis (21). In the animal model, an increase of physical capabilities has been proven (17, 22): In the swimming test, ginseng saponin fractions, given to mice either i.p. or p.o., led to a postponement of exhaustion (17). Brekhman (22) performed tests with mice in which he registered, after an application of diverse ginsenosides, in a “climbing test on a moving rope,” an antifatigue effect by stages. In these, the effect of the single ginsenoside was far superior to that of the total extract. The oral intake of a watery ginseng extract, as well as the ginsenosides Rb1 and Rg2 by mice, during a pre-treatment phase, clearly affected an improvement of the learning behavior that had been influenced by negative stress (passive avoidance response model). Ginsenoside Rb1 proved to be especially effective. In vitro, ginsenoside Rb1 potentized the stimulating effect
    of the “nerve-growth factor” on the production of nerve fibers in the embryonal cerebral cortex. Moreover, it gave protection against cellular toxins, such as colchicine (18). The results seem to confirm that ginsenosides are the responsible chief constituents of the Panax ginseng root for causing these effects. The theory put forth by Han (14)_namely that it is principally the “antioxidant effects” of phenolic compounds which brings about the adaptogenic reaction_is less convincing because there are many other plant substances with “antioxidant” effects; such as for example, flavonoids, vitamin C, etc. These substances have not been officially ascribed an adaptogenic effect.
    Taiga root, Siberian Ginseng root Eleutherococcus senticosus Maxim., Araliaceae
    In search of a drug which could replace the expensive ginseng root, one came across the Taiga root, originating from Siberia. Its phytochemical and pharmacological processing goes back to Russian works, in particular, that of Brekhman and his circle. The chief constituents are considerably different than those of the ginseng root (Fig. 3). They may be arranged in the following groups (23).
    1. Phenyl propane compounds: syringin = eleutheroside B, sinapin alcohol, coniferyl aldehyde, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid derivatives.
    2. Lignanes: syringaresinol-4-4′-0-beta-D-diglucoside = Eleutheroside E (D), syringa-resinol monoglucoside, syringaresinol, sesamin.
    3. Cumarins: e.g. Isofraxidin-7-0-glucoside and its aglycon, isofraxidin.
    4. Polysaccharides.
    5. Additional constituents, such as sterins, oleanolic acid, essential oil, sugar.The anti-stress effect of Eleutherococcus extracts have been demonstrated in animal experiments, through a raised protection from the typical organic changes during the alarm phase, as described by Seleye (24). Improved resistance occurred in diverse models, with regard to a series of stressors (Table 3). In experiments with healthy probands, stress-mitigative effects have been proven by giving single doses from 2.0 up to 16.0 ml of the extract (p.o.). No side-effects have been observed (29). The required normalizing effect for adaptogens(Brekhmann) has
    been confirmed (29) in diseased patients. The tolerance of the Eleutherococcus extract was very good. Only a few patients complained of side-effects of a mild nature, such as headaches, raised blood-pressure, sleeplessness. Eleutheroside B stimulates in vitro the activity of the yeast-hexokinase. The inhibition of hexokinase by beta-lipoprotein or by the beta lipoprotien-corticoid-complex, which is formed in the blood during stressful situations, has been neutralized by eleutheroside B (30). Endocrine effects of Eleutherococcus can be read from an increase in the weight of the adrenal cortex, while the simultaneous decrease in the content of cholesterol and ascorbic acid indicates an increased formation of corticosteroids (4). In
    recently-performed examinations, a rise in corticosterone-serum values after the application of intra-peritoneal application of Eleutherococcus extracts on rats has been proven (31). After the i.p. application of Eleutheroside B and E, the weights of the testicle and the prostate gland of young mice was raised, the RNA-content of the testicles was simultaneously increased. A corresponding testosterone-like effect has been observed after castration, whereby the deterioration of the testicles and prostate has been avoided by Eleutherococcus intake (32).
    Active constituents Eleutherococcus, similar to constituents of ginseng, bind with receptors of gestation-, mineralcorticoid- and glucocorticoid- receptors; but beyond these, also with estrogen receptors (20). The reduction of the c-AMP-phosphodiesterase through eleutheroside E (33), which was already proven in vitro by Nikaido and collaborators, may be the explanation for the rise in the c-AMP-panel already found by Brekhman. In some performance tests on humans, as also in swimming tests with mice, the improvement in the capacity of physical performance described for adaptogens has been confirmed also for Eleutherococcus (29, 34). The improved endurance of rats in the swimming test after application of Eleutheroside has been cut short by giving proteic- or nucleic- acid synthesis blockers (35). The anabolic effect of Eleutherococcus extracts has been proven, after an i.p. application in rats, as a stimulant of protein synthesis in the pancreas, liver and adrenal cortex (36). Also in frog embryos, an anabolic effect has been proven, which was neutralized by puromycin (37). The injection of Eleutherococcus extract led to improved circulation in the brain of anesthetized cats (38), and a rise in the content of biogenetic amines in the CNS of rats, (39). Eleutherococcus improves the non-specific immune defense, as has been proven in a double-blind study with 36 probands, through quantitative (Durchflusszytometrie). Immune-competent cells, particularly T-lymphocytes and natural killer cells, were increased after intake for 4 weeks (40). Purified prepared polysaccharides stimulated the phagocytic activity in vitro and in vivo (41) The question as to the active compounds responsible for these effects is yet to be determined. Because the Eleutherococcus root has no compounds which are comparable to ginsenosides, either as yet unknown compounds or the phenylpropane glycoside syringin (= eleutheroside B) and syringaresinol-4-4′-0-beta-D-diglucoside (= eleutheroside E), which have already
    been used in animal experiments, are to be accepted as responsible.
    Ashwaganda, Indian ginseng Withania somnifera L., Solanaceae
    The leaves of this plant are used in India as a folk medicine for a local treatment for skin tumors (42). The root drug is considered a tonic and roborant. It is said to “protect the organism from illness through maintaining the healthy balance of the physical energies (43). The root contains the steroid lactone withaferin A and related withanolides, beside various alkaloids The sitoindosides IX and X isolated by Ghosal et al. represent C-27-glycowithanolides (44), the sitoindosides VII and VIII, acylesterylglucosides (43) (fig. 4). By examinations of the anti-stress effect, Singh et al. (45) found in albino rats, that extracts of the seeds of Withania somnifera,
    when given i.p., significantly improved the protection against stomach ulcers that were induced by aspirin or stress (45). Oral intake over 3 days of this extract (60 mg/kg) effected a weakening of the milk-induced leucocytosis in mice (45). Similar anti-stress effects were shown by the sitoindosides VII and VIII: the induction of stomach ulcers through stress was hindered
    by a pre-treatment with sitoindoside VII or VIII (43). The Porsolt-test, in which mice fall into behavioral despair through forced swimming stress, showed a distinct shortening of the duration of immobility, after giving sitoindoside VII and VIII (i.p.). This anti-depressive effect can come about through a diminishment of the stress effect, or through intervention in the monoamine
    metabolism of the brain (43). Examinations showed that stress effects in rats led to a significant increase of the dopamine receptors in the Corpus striatum and that this effect can be suppressed through pre-treatment with Withania somnifera or with Panax ginseng extracts (46). The sitoindosides IX and X protected rats after oral application from stress-induced stomach ulcers (44). Withaferin A showed no effects. In contrast to the immuno-stimulating total effect of Withania extracts, withaferin A has an immune-suppressive effect (44). The testing of the physical endurance of mice, after pre-treatment with withania-extract (i.p.) showed a near-doubling of the length of perseverance in the swimming test (45). The significantly increased body weight in albino rats, after one month of extra intake, speaks for the anabolic effect (45). In learning and memory patterns in mice, sitoindosides IX and X, given p.o. effected a significant improvement in the “step-down test”, both in short range and long-range memory. Here, too, the withafern A showed no effects (44). The results indicate that sitoindosides VII, VIII, IX, and X represent the adaptogenic-active substances of Withania somnifera, in spite of
    diverse steroidal structures.
    Tulsi, Holy Basil Ocimum sanctum L., Lamiacea
    Ocimum sanctum is a plant that is known in India as Tulsi, and “Holy Basil.” It has gained a solid place as a tonic in traditional Indian medicine (fig. 5). Ocimum sanctum leaves contain an essential oil of varying compositions. The chief components are eugenol, methylchavicol, alpha- and beta-bisabolen (47). Additional constituents are the flavonaglyca luteolin and apigenin and
    their 7-0-glucuronides as well as the C-glycosides orientin and molludistin and the triterpene acid ursolic acid (48). After p.o. application of the 70% ethanolic extract of the drug, in animal tests, non-specific resistance from stomach ulcers and carbon tetrachloride poisoning was improved (49). The physical endurance of mice, after i.p. application of the extract, was strengthened, without any increase in the weight of the adrenal gland, and without a lowering of the ascorbic acid-content of the adrenal glands (49). The CNS-effect of the 70% ethanolic extract (p.o.) in animal tests, was comparable with the effect of low-dose barbiturate
    rates (50): cramps were mitigated, the pentobarbital-effect was lengthened. However, stimulating effects also showed up in the form of increased motor activity (50). In the “Prosolt-test” (behavioral despair) (50) the oral intake of the extract led to a shortening of the immobile condition, and thereby to an imipramin(e)-like effect, which could be blocked by giving haloperidol. This behavior allows one to assume an eventual dopamine-like effect.
    Godhwani and collaborator (51) describe immune-stimulating effects in albino rats after p.o. intake for 10 days for the watery and methanol extracts. Because the examinations at hand have been made with the total extract from the herb or leaves, no statement can be made about the inherent active constituents. The constituents described until now (see fig. 5) occur as plant
    components in many drugs, so that their participation in the described adaptogenic effect has little likelihood.
    Goldroot Rhodiola rosea L., Crassulaceae
    Rhodiola rosea is used by the ancient Siberians for the prevention of tiredness and reduced interest in work (52). Besides salidrosid, the thyrosol-glucoside, cinnamol alcohol glycosides are considered to be the active constituents. Especially notable is the rosavidin, the cinnamyl-0-(6′-0-L-arabinopyranosyl-D-glucopyranosid) (fig. 6). Additional constituents are thyrosol and cinnamic alcohol, essential oil, anthraglycosides, beta-sitosterin, daucosterol, monoterpenes, flavonoids and 16-18% tannins (53, 54). Adaptogenic properties were observed in several tests (52): salidroside-application protected, in the animal model, from an experimental leucocytosis created by terpentine oil (52). After adrenaline injection, the substance showed an antihyperglycemic effect, and after insulin application an antihypoglycaemic effect (52). In human studies, doses of 10 mg of salidrosid (p.o.), led to improved mental capacities: in the “corrections test?”, the error rate fell nearly 50% (52). The alcoholic total extract goldroot raised the learning and memory capacity of rats in the “irrgartenmodell-” (maze-model), with a dose of 0.1 ml/animal. Salidrosid raised the physical capacities, or the working capacity, in white mice: the subcutaneous application of the substance lengthened the time of “multiply-forced clinging” by white mice (52). Until now, especially salidrosid and rosavidin have been presented as the inherent active constituents, however, the plant contains additional glycosides of similar structure (for instance the cinnamylglucoside rosin). The chemical relationship of the compounds to syringin (=eleutheroside B), which has been isolated from the Eleutherococcus senticosus root which also showed adaptogenic effects, is interesting. This substance also has a phenylpropane structure and is glycosilated, although, in another place.
    Chickpeas Cicer arietinum L., Fabaceae
    In India, the chickpea is an important food. It is considered especially nutritious because of its high content of proteins, carbohydrate, fat and minerals. The strengthening and “performance elevating” effects seem, however, to go beyond those of a mere food. In the search for the responsible active substance, Singh and collaborators found pangamic acid (fig. 7), also called vitamin B15 (56). Pangamic acid does indeed show endurance-raising effects in the mouse swimming test (57), however, besides Cicer arietinum, corn, soybean, peach kernels and peanuts also contain pangamic acid in comparable concentrations, without these foods having ever been described as adaptogenic.
    Hoppea dichotoma Wild.Gentianaceae
    Hoppea dichotoma is used in Ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of hemorrhoids, dropsy, and as a nerve tonic. Constituents acting adaptogenically have been isolated from a root extract of the plant, and have been identified as the flavan glycosides dichotosin, dichotosinin and diffutin (58) (fig. 8). The adaptogenic effect of these compounds (i.p. Appl. in white rats) showed, for instance, in raised endurance during the swim test and improved protection towards stress-induced ulcers in the stomach (58). Their corticosteroid profile in the serum had
    been raised in unstressed rats by 1.5 (58). When the glycosides were given in combination with the relevant aglyca, the anti-stress effect was noticeably raised, which has been interpreted as a synergistic effect (58). The drugs Leuzea carthamoides [Willd.] DC. (root), Trichopus zeylanicus Gaertn. (leaves) and Codonopsis pilosula [Franch.] Nannf. (root) also seem to have anti-stress effects. For Leuzea, predominantly anabolic effects have been measured, which apparently are caused by the phytoecdysones which they contain. Trichopus zeylanicus has been described by Pushpangadan as a potent adaptogen (59). No phytochemical analysis has been performed. Codonopsis pilosula “Dangshen”, is used in traditional medicine, either by itself, or in diverse combination preparations. In phytochemical examinations, besides other constituents, phenyl propane compounds, such as syringin have been found (60).
    Shosaikoto is a drug mixture that is used in Japan as a water-extract in Kampo medicine, and is primarily known for its liver-protective and antiinflammatory effects. For the composition of Shosaikoto, see Table IV. For testing its adaptogenic effectiveness, mice have been put into stress through immobilization (forced fixation) (61): the lowering of body temperature caused by this stress, did not occur after peroral Shosaikoto as also after Diazepam. Also, the diminished motor activity caused by stress, has been mildly improved by both preparations. The hypertrophy of the adrenals, induced by stress, however, was influenced neither by Shosaikoto or Diazepam to any significant degree (61). An immune suppression caused by stress, was mildly improved by the extract p.o. (61). this could either be based on the immunomodulatory activity (62) or an anti-stress effect. Age-conditioned reduced learning capacity was significantly improved in “passive avoidance response” models of 110-weeks-old rats, after peroral Shosaikoto application. In comparison to the control group, the brains of the treated animals
    showed raised dopamine and lowered noradrenalin and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxymandelic acid (63)
    Because we are dealing in Shosaikoto, with a combination of seven diverse drugs, the total adaptogenic effect cannot be assigned to any single drug.
    Bupleurum falcatum root (Saiko), the chief component in Shosaikoto, contains triterpene alcohols, the so-called Sakogenins, and their glycosides, the Saikosaponins. The watery drug extract (extracted hot) showed in vitro a c-AMP-phosphodiesterase-blocking effect of about 40% (64). In the animal model, Saikosaponins A and D caused an increase in the plasma concentration in ACTH and cortisol, while Saikosaponin c remained without effect (65).The influence of Panax ginseng and Glycyrrhiza glabra on the glucocorticoid metabolism is already known (19, 66). Although there are numerous phytochemical works relevant to the four other drugs, one cannot ascribe an adaptogenic effect to any of the isolated constituents.Examinations up until now on the scientific method of proof of the biological activity of Adaptogens
    Testing the Antistress Activity
    Because an adaptogen is meant to raise the non-specific resistance toward every king of stress, one exposes animals (mice, rats) after pre-treatment with the assumed adaptogen to diverse stresses and measures the changes in resistance towards toxins, on the basis of a control group.
    Any raised capacity for resistance may manifest as an increased capacity for the maintenance of body temperature during the stress of exposure to cold Improvement in the coordinative capacity Improvement in the cognitive faculties Rise in locomotor and explorative activity Improvement in emotional behavior Avoidance of the formation of stomach ulcers after aspirin, stress due to cold or immobilization Lowering of the milk-induced leukocytosis Improvement of resistance toward diverse toxins increase in general immune defense
    The connection between stress and the its resulting ACTH and corticosteroid output has long been known and it is reflected in the chain of reaction represented in Table 9. This mechanism seems to be a key function for the action of adaptogens. In animal experiments, a stressed rat will have clearly raised glucocorticoid blood levels. If one treats the animal with an effective adaptogen, nearly normal corticosteroid values are measured after the application of stress. Consequently, the cholesterin and the ascorbic acid values of the adrenal cortex are not lowered and the weight of the adrenal cortex remains nearly constant. After a single application of adaptogens, the ACTH and corticosterin values in the blood rise in non-stressed rats, and after several days of application, the hormone panels appear unchanged. The capacity for adaptation is raised, even with a single application, but it becomes optimal only with use over several days (67). Filaretov and collaborators show in the animal model, that a blockage of the pituitary-adrenal cortex axis leads to a total loss of the adaptive capacity of the organism, and the anti-stress activity of adaptogens fails to occur (67). In endocrinological tests, a rise of ACTH and corticosteroid panels, after the administration of a preparation to unstressed rats, is
    taken to be an indication of adaptogenic effectiveness. Testing the Changed Physical Labor Performance Capacity The improvement of physical performance capacity seems to be based on a more economical use of energy, although the reasons for this phenomenon have not been researched until now. ATP, creatin phosphate and glycogen deliver energy to the muscles. Table IV: Summary of the Ingredients in Shosaikoto
    Plant Family Part Used Amount (g)
    Bupleurum falcatum L. Umbelliferae root 7.0
    Pinellia ternata Breitenbauch Araceae tuber 5.0
    Zingiber officinale Roscoe Zingiberaceae rhizome 1.0
    Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi Labiatae root 3.0
    Zizyphus vulgaris Lam. Rhamnaceae fruit 3.0
    Panax ginseng C.A. Meyer Araliaceae root 3.0
    Glycyrrhiza glabra L. Leguminosae root 2.0
    Brekhman et al. (68) were able to show that the decrease in these energy supplies during a rat swim test of two hours can be reduced through the i.p. application of an eleutheroside total extract. For measuring changed physical endurance, the so-called swim test is usually undertaken: after giving adaptogens, one makes mice swim in a porcelain tank filled with water at the temperature of 26-30 deg. C. until they are exhausted. The increased performance is measured in the form of increased endurance, compared to a control group. Another endurance test is the “climbing the endless rope test:” A mouse in an enclosed case must climb a constantly
    moving (from above to below) endless rope (like a conveyer belt effect), in order to escape the bottom of the chest, which is under a mild electric charge. The physical energy is exhausted when the mouse remains sitting on the bottom. Testing the Anabolic Effectiveness
    Along with the anti-stress effect of adaptogens, there seems to be also an anabolic effect. The actual cause for this remains to be clarified. The anabolic effect could be a response by the endocrine system to the influence of the glucocorticoid level and it may come about through increased releases of growth hormone GH. The stimulation of GH secretion by dopamine and
    dopamine agonists (see the results of the Porsolt-test) needs to be pointed out (69). In the animal model, the increase in body weight and the acceleration of growth of younger animals point to the anabolic effect of the adaptogens. Beyond that, directly stimulating effects on DNA, RNA or protein synthesis has been observed. Testing of Changes of Brain Metabolism The reasons for improved mental capacity after adaptogen intake have not yet been researched. The influence on learning and memory performance can be measured with the “passive-avoidance response” test. One typical test of this type is the “step-down” test (44): Mice are placed on the platform, which is located on top of a metal grid with a weak electric current. If the mouse leaves the platform, it experiences a “light” foot shock by stepping on the grid. A mouse with improved learning and
    memory capacity will more quickly recognize the platform as a pain-free zone, than the untreated mouse.
    Porsolt (70) has developed the “behavioral despair” test, also called “forced swimming” test for the testing of anti-depressives. Due to the close connection between stress and the development of depression (behavioral despair), the test also serves for the testing of adaptogenic efficacy. After the administration of adaptogens, the influence on the monoamine metabolism in the brain
    can be demonstrated (43,50). If one puts a mouse into a small glass cylinder (about 12 cm), forcing it to swim in water, it makes desperate attempts to flee or swim in the beginning, but then falls into an immobile condition, in which it makes but minimal motions to keep its head above water. After 20 minutes the mouse is taken out and placed into its usual cage. The test is repeated in 24 hours. This time, the mouse falls much faster into the immobile condition. The length of the immobile phase is measured and the total duration of the test is only 5 minutes. The application of anti-depressives as well as dopamine agonists (e.g. bromocryptin) leads to a delay of the beginning of the immobile phase, and consequently, to a shortening of the immobile phase during the testing period of 5 minutes. Dopamine receptor-blocking substances (e.g. haloperidol) do not show such effects. The results of the tested adaptogens could be anticipated by a distinct shortening of the immobile phase to cause a possible dopaminergic effect, particularly because the effect has been canceled through pre-treatment with haloperidol.
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    HOW TO–successfully–GET OFF DRUGS.
    First a few facts: Addiction to drugs is caused by the drugs and (mainly) drug metabolites that remain in the body – in body fat and nerve tissue -for months and years to come. Drug use causes imbalances in neurotransmitters (those chemicals in the brain that are important for normal functioning); for example, cocaine and amphetamine abuse cause depletion of serotonin (important for sleep, associated with depression). Therefore falling asleep (especially with long-term amphetamine use) becomes impossible. Drug abuse usually leads to malnutrition, and malnutrition is a key factor in immune suppression. After the drug-induced high, there follow the “lows” with mood changes, depression, etc.
    There is a difference between use and abuse, as there is a difference between a drinker and an alcoholic. The same as incarceration of alcoholics did nothing to deter alcohol use, incarceration of drug abusers does nothing to deter future drug use; when back on the streets they are back to using. Drug abuse is a disease, must be classified as a disease, and treated as such. Today’s drug rehab programs have an average success rate of only about 15%. When drug rehab programs are combined with the FASE detox method, success rates climb to 60 to 70%. Ref.: Scientific papers presented at The International Conference on chemical contamination and human detoxification..
    To effectively get off drugs:
    a) Make drug rehab centers “closed door” for at least four weeks.
    b) Use the LIVER AND BLOOD detox method to eliminate drug metabolites from the body that cause the craving for drugs and that suppress immune functions. LIVER AND BLOOD method includes niacin, antioxidants, and SEED oils, taken about one hour before exercise- and/or sauna-induced SWEATING.
    c) Use natural antidepressants like St. Johns Wort OR CHAMOMILE during the day.
    d) Eat some turkey meat (contains tryptophan), and use melatonin and the amino acid tryptophan (500 to 1,000 mg), or 5-HTP (100 to 200 mg) before bed-time to induce serotonin production in the brain, therefore inducing sleep.
    e) Improve overall nutrition with a strong supplementation program.
    f) Enhance and re-activate immune functions via cytokine stimulation: This could include any or all of the following: Echinacea, selenium, phycotene, Immune-Excel (colostrum extract), Thymic protein A, possibly others.
    g) Educate people about risks associated with drug abuse. For example, on the basis of the drug-abuse-AIDS-connection mentioned above, we designed a Sherlok Holmes poster: “It’s elementary, stupid: Do drugs -magnify your risk of AIDS.” For a free copy of this poster send s.a.s. 9×12 envelope (double postage) to: Academy, 218 Ave. B, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Support programs like DARE.


    Cells, whether cancerous or normal can only live and reproduce (undergo mitosis) in a Ph range of between 6.5 and 7.5. A healthy cell has a Ph of 7.35 while a cancer cell is more acidic. Cesium when taken orally will raise the Ph of cancer cells, but not that of normal cells. When the Ph of a cancer cell goes above 7.5 it dies and if it goes above 8.0 it will die in a matter of hours.
    Cesium Chloride / High pH (Oxygenation) Therapy
    Cesium is one of the most alkaline elements and raises the pH (oxygen content) of the body’s cells. Otto Warburg earned a Nobel prize for showing that cancer thrives in anaerobic (without oxygen), or acidic, conditions. Later research by Keith Brewer, PhD and H.E. Sartori has shown that raising the pH range of a cell to 8.0 creates a deadly environment for cancer. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 representing an acidic condition and above 7 representing an alkaline, or oxygenated, condition. When cesium is taken up by cancer cells, it raises the pH of the cell. The cells that die are absorbed and eliminated by the body.
    Cesium Chloride has been successfully used as an alternative or complementary cancer treatment for breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, stomach cancer, cervical cancer, brain cancer, kidney cancer, testicular cancer, bone cancer, throat cancer, thyroid cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, cancers of the bladder and gallbladder, metastatic melanoma, and cancers in animals (including feline, canine, and equine cancer.)
    It is extremely important when taking Cesium Chloride that one also supplement with Potassium!!
    The Importance of Potassium in the Blood
    Hyperkalemia is an excess of serum potassium. Most potassium in the body (98%) is found within cells; only a small amount usually circulates in the bloodstream [i.e. the serum]. The balance of potassium between the cells and the blood is critical to the body. It affects the way the cell membranes work and governs the action of the heart and the pathways between the brain and muscles. If you have excess potassium in the blood, it is usually excreted by the kidneys. However, the levels can get too high if your kidneys aren’t working right, which is the most common cause of hyperkalemia. Another cause is damaged cells releasing potassium into the bloodstream faster than even normal kidneys can clear it. Medications or diet may also affect the amount of potassium in the blood. Hyperkalemia is a serious condition that must be treated promptly.
    Some patients on cesium develop evidence of potassium depletion so serum potassium needs to be monitored along with uric acid blood levels. Any alkaline therapy changes the pH of the body toward a more alkaline state. This causes movement of potassium into cells [i.e. which depletes serum potassium] which may result in low serum potassium values. In other words, cesium chloride does not drive potassium out of the cancer cells, rather it drives potassium into the cancer cells, thus reducing blood serum potassium levels. Potassium must be supplemented to the cancer diet to increase the amount of serum potassium. However, if the serum potassium get too high, then hyperkalemia can result. It is this delicate balance of serum potassium that forces a cancer patient to have their serum potassium level checked every couple of weeks. Kidney damage can result if serum potassium gets too high, but drinking higher levels of water generally takes care of this problem.
    Symptoms of hypokalemia (too LITTLE serum potassium) include:
    “… fatigue, muscle weakness and cramps, and intestinal paralysis, which may lead to bloating, constipation, and abdominal pain. Severe hypokalemia may result in muscular paralysis or abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias) that can be fatal.”
    Symptoms of hyperkalemia (too MUCH serum potassium) include:
    “… tingling of the hands and feet, muscular weakness, and temporary paralysis. The most serious complication of hyperkalemia is the development of an abnormal heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmia), which can lead to cardiac arrest.”
    In other words, both hypokalemia AND hyperkalemia can lead to muscular weakness and abnormal heart rhythm. While these are strong statements, getting your potassium level checked every 2 or 3 weeks should easily give you the ability to keep your potassium in a safe range (by making slight adjustments if your potassium levels get slightly above or slightly below the normal range).
    Here is a summary of the rules for taking cesium chloride and potassium chloride:
    Rule #1: Take 3 grams (i.e. 3,000 mg) of cesium cloride a day, divided into two equal doses of 1.5 grams each.
    Rule #2: Take 1,200 mg of liquid ionic potassium chloride a day, divided into two equal doses. Note that the dose of potassium is less than half the cesium chloride dose, measured in milligrams (mg).
    Rule #3: Take the potassium dose at least one hour after the cesium chloride. The reason for this is that if they are taken at the same time the potassium can block (i.e. compete with) the cesium chloride from getting into the cancer cells. The potassium should be taken orally.
    Rule #4: Several of the foods you eat every day should be high in potassium. You should get more potassium from food intake than from potassium supplement. See the nutrient section for foods that contain potassium.
    Rule #5: Drink lots of water with this treatment. It would be best to drink more than half a gallon of water a day for adults over 125 pounds.
    Rule #6: Have at least two people do the calculations for how many TEAspoons or TABLEspoons of cesium chloride and potassium you take for each dose. Many people do not do the calculations correctly and take the wrong doses. Have a second pair of eyes read these instructions several times to make sure the doses are correct!! These are potent minerals that you are taking. An extreme overdose could kill you! PLEASE take this seriously!
    In addition, you should add liquid ionic calcium chloride and liquid ionic magnesium chloride (or magnesium citrate) to your treatment.
    Note: Some vendors of cesium chloride recommend 3,000 mg of liquid ionic potassium chloride per day and they do not mention having an hour gap between taking the cesium chloride and the potassium chloride. They may also have a person take the cesium chloride on a cycle of 5 days on, then 2 days off, or some other pattern. These instructions do not seem to be as effective as the above instructions.
    Using DMSO With Cesium Chloride
    DMSO is always required when you take cesium chloride. It is important to understand how to take them together. The recommended DMSO is 99.9% pure DMSO mixed: 70% DMSO and 30% distilled water or aloe.
    First, Mix the DMSO and the cesium chloride together. The dosage of DMSO is one TABLEspoon each time you take the TABLEspoon of cesium chloride. DMSO is 100% natural and non-toxic. It should be noted that the FDA requires vendors to sell and label DMSO as a “solvent.”
    AFTER they are mixed together, wait several minutes before you apply the mixture to the skin. Do NOT mix the potassium in with this mixture. As mentioned above the potassium should be given no less than one hour AFTER the cesium chloride.
    You can use a spray bottle or eye dropper bottle to administer the liquid to the skin. SPREAD the mixture over a wide area of the skin. Otherwise you could get a rash.
    While DMSO is non-toxic, it can be mildly dangerous to handle, so it is absolutely critical to read this article which covers the safety warnings about using DMSO (e.g. it should NOT be used by pregnant women or women who might be pregnant, it should not touch cloth or gloves, etc. – see the article):
    A Word About Body Odor and DMSO
    The 1 tablespoon of DMSO, twice a day (i.e. 2 tablespoons a day), may cause significant body odor. This body odor has been described as an oyster or garlic smell. The bad breath and/or body odor is caused by the DMSO leaving your body after doing its job. Normally it leaves via the kidneys, but sometimes it leaves through the skin. You may find yourself taking a shower and changing clothes more than once a day. But DMSO is absolutely critical to your treatment because it grabs hold of the cesium chloride and drives it through the skin and into the cancer cells. For brain cancer patients, it blasts past the blood-brain barrier like it wasn’t even there. Some cancer patients would rather die than have that much body odor. For advanced patients, that may explain their options.
    What NOT To Take With Cesium Chloride
    The above doses are designed to maximize the safe number of cancer cells that can be killed when treating cancer at home. NO alternative cancer treatment should be used with the cesium chloride and DMSO treatment that kills cancer cells. Killing too many cancer cells by combining treatments may lead to too much debris (i.e. dead cancer cells) in the body. This may cause an overload of toxins and congestion in the detoxification channels of the body. This is also why it is CRUCIAL that effective detoxification therapy be administered alongside Cesium Chloride therapy.
    What CAN be added to this treatment are treatments that build nutrition, build the immunity system, protect the kidneys and liver, etc.
    The Pattern of Taking the Cesium Chloride and Potassium
    The Cesium Chloride should be taken EVERY DAY until you reach your cesium limit (which will be discussed below).
    It is important to note that with the cesium chloride treatment tumors may actually become enlarged BEFORE they start to shrink. The reason is generally inflammation, which will be discussed below. For certain types of cancers this inflammation may create a dangerous situation and the dosage of cesium chloride may need to be reduced for a short time. But generally, it should be taken every day.
    Additional Warnings
    Warning #1: When the cancer patient reaches their cesium limit (which will be discussed below) the patient SHOULD CONTINUE TO TAKE POTASSIUM FOR ANOTHER 3 MONTHS!! The reason for this is that the cesium will stay in your body (and continue to pull potassium into the cancer cells and out of the blood serum) for about 3 months after you stop taking it.
    Warning #2: If you have cancer anywhere in your digestive tract, and if your digestive tract is obstructed, do NOT take this treatment. As mentioned above, inflammation may result temporarily from this treatment, and inflammation added to an obstructed digestive tract can be very dangerous.
    Please be sure to obtain more information regarding this treatment before trying it! If possible, I recommend finding an experienced alternative health practictioner to administer this treatment. However, many have reportedly been successful at administering this therapy on their own. Many cancers have reportedly been cured with this method; however, if this therapy is improperly administered, cesium chloride can be dangerous, even fatal. If done properly however, you could become cancer-free in a matter of days.
    Items You’ll Need:
    Cesium Chloride
    Potassium Supplement
    Zinc Supplement
    You must also administer detoxification therapy!!
    How It Works:
    Cesium has been proven to get into cancer cells. The cesium:
    1) Makes the cancer cells alkaline (Note: the BLOOD is NOT made alkaline, only the inside of the cancer cells)
    2) Limits the intake of glucose into the cell (thus starving the cell and making the cell “sick” from lack of food)
    3) Neutralizes the lactic acid (which is actually what causes the cell to multiply uncontrollably)
    4) Stops the fermentation process, which is a second affect of limiting the glucose.
    One practitioner who used cesium chloride therapy was Hans A. Nieper, M.D., (1928-1998), who practiced in Hannover, Germany. Many celebrities and executives from America went to Germany to be treated by Dr. Nieper, including one President of the United States.
    Cesium chloride works by making cancer cells highly alkaline, typically 8.0 and above, thus killing the cancer cell. Cesium chloride not only kills cancer cells, directly or indirectly, it immediately stops the metastasis of the cancer, can start shrinking tumor masses within weeks, and almost always stops the pain of cancer within 24 to 48 hours, depending on what is causing the pain.
    Note that it is the CANCER CELLS, not the blood serum, that rises to 8.0 or above. The body keeps the blood serum within a small range of pH, around 7.4.
    The Cesium Chloride Protocol directly targets cancer cells. Normal cells do not injest the cesium chloride. DMSO allows cesium chloride to target the cancer cells in an even more dramatic way.
    Review the following sources for further information:
    The High pH Therapy for Cancer
    Tests on Mice and Humans
    A.. Keith Brewer Science Library,
    325 N. Central Ave., Richland Center, WI 53581
    Reprinted from Pharmacology Biochemistry & Behavior, v. 21, Suppl., 1, by A. Keith Brewer, Ph.D., “The High pH Therapy for Cancer, Tests on Mice and Humans,” pp. 1-5, Copyright 1984, with permission from Elsevier Science. Single copies of the article can be downloaded and printed for the reader’s personal research and study.
    BREWER, A. K. The high pH therapy for cancer tests on mice and humans. PHARMACOL BIOCHEM BEHAV 21: Suppl. 1, 1-5. 1984.—Mass spectrographic and isotope studies have shown that potassium, rubidium, and especially cesium are most efficiently taken up by cancer cells. This uptake was enhanced by Vitamins A and C as well as salts of zinc and selenium. The quantity of cesium taken up was sufficient to raise the cell to the 8 pH range. Where cell mitosis ceases and the life of the cell is short. Tests on mice fed cesium and rubidium showed marked shrinkage in the tumor masses within 2 weeks. In addition, the mice showed none of the side effects of cancer. Tests have been carried out on over 30 humans. In each case the tumor masses disappeared. Also all pains and effects associated with cancer disappeared within 12 to 36 hr; the more chemotherapy and morphine the patient had taken, the longer the withdrawal period. Studies of the food intake in areas where the incidences of cancer are very low showed that it met the requirements for the high pH therapy.
    Cancer therapy…..Cesium…..High pH…..Pain…..Potassium…..Rubidium…..Tumor…..Vitamins
    THE High pH Therapy for cancer was arrived at from an extensive series of physical experiments. These involved the isotope effect across membranes of many types, normal plant and animal, embryonic, cancer, and synthetic. It also involved mass spectrographic analyses of membranes and cells, as well as fluorescence and phosphorescence decay studies of many types of cells and parts thereof. It is the thesis of this paper that the results obtained throw a direct light upon the mechanism of carcinogenesis, and also indicate a therapy. Tests on both mice and humans substantiate this theoretical approach [1-8].
    The isotope effect throws a very direct light on the mechanism of carcinogenesis. In this study it was shown that the 39K/41 Kratio in ocean water down to 6000 ft was 14,20000 [9-11].
    In normal matured cells, both plant and animal, the ratio varied from 14.25 to 14.21. Embryonic and cancer cells all gave a ratio of 14.35. In the case of all synthetic cells across which there was a potential gradient, the ratio was 14.35. From these values it will be seen that the ratio in normal living cells indicates that as many isotopes leave the cell as enter.
    In the case of potassium for embryonic and cancer cells as well as synthetic type cells with all types of membranes even including liquid mercury films the observed isotope ratio was given by equation 1.
    (39K/ 41K ) o = (39K/41 K) n (41 + m / 39 + m) 1/2 (1)
    where n refers to the normal ratio, o to the observed ratio, and m is the associated mass for the ions.
    All cations in solution are associated. The attached mass for Cs+ is 3 molecules of water, for Rb+ it is 5 molecules, for K+ is 7 molecules. For cations below potassium in the Electromotive Series all ions are highly associated. This is to be expected from their position in the Hoffmeister Series. In the case of Ca++ the association is 30 molecules, while Na+ is 16. Equation (1) holds for all cations tested from H+to U+. The value of m however will vary when polar molecules are present in the solution. For example, K+ can also attach glucose. In contrast, Ca++ can attach a wide variety of molecules; it is this cation that transports peroxides into the cell, as well as metabolic products out of the cell.
    The results given in equation (1) are most significant in that they show that transport is dependent entirely upon the frequency with which the ions strike the membrane surface. It is not a matter of capillary action, but one on which the ion and its associated mass pass directly through the bonding space between molecules which comprise the membrane. That the associated molecules are not lost in this transport is due to the fact that the attraction between the molecules and the ion is far greater than their attraction by the material of the membrane.
    In the case of potassium an exact similarity exists between embryonic and cancer cells. The isotope ratio indicates that the K+ ions are taken up by the most efficient process possible. The same held true for Cs+ and Rb+.
    In contrast to the above, a vast difference exists for cations below potassium in the EMS. In the case of embryonic cells all cations tested obeyed equation (1). In the case of cancer cells cations below potassium were taken up sparingly, if at all. For example the amount of calcium in cancer cells is only about one percent of that in normal cells [18].
    The above isotope effect for potassium which transports glucose into the cell, and for calcium which transports oxygen are most significant with respect to Cancer. They mean that glucose can readily enter cancer cells but that oxygen cannot enter. This accounts for the anaerobic state of cancer cells pointed out by Warburg as early as 1925 [26].>
    The mechanism responsible for the similarity in the isotope effect for potassium and rubidium in cancer and embryonic cells and for their marked difference in case of calcium was investigated in some detail using mass spectrographic analyses, and also fluorescence and phosphorescence decay patterns.
    The phosphorescence decay patterns were found to be peculiar to and specific for all cell types or parts thereof [12-15]. It should be mentioned that the decay spectra is due entirely to the light emitted from the energized double bonds. All double bonds are capable of being raised to the energized state. While the fluorescence spectra and the phosphorescence decay patterns are both specific for each double bond they can be influenced by adjacent strong polar radicals. Again, both can be completely depressed by molecules absorbed over the surface; thus morphine, as well as attached polycyclic type molecules, will completely depress the excitation of the P=O radicals which characterize all cell membrane surfaces.
    It was observed that the membranes tested gave a phosphorescence decay pattern due almost entirely to the P=O radicals which are composed of phospholipids. These radicals are specifically oriented over each type of membrane. This is most significant from the point of view of membrane action, since the P=O radicals are moderately strong electron donors in the ground state and strong to powerful donors in the energized state. This is due to the fact that the ionization potentials, 1st to 5th, are appreciably higher for the 0 than the P atom. This means that the 4 bonding electron orbitals will be displaced nearer the 0 atom thus surrounding this atom with a pronounced negative field. The P atom is thus positive in nature.
    The above results are most important with respect to membrane action. They show that the strong electron acceptors Cs+, Rb+, and K+ can be attracted into the membrane so that they will enter the negative potential gradient which exists across all living membranes. In contrast to these cations, the highly associated cations farther down in the EMS are not sufficiently strong electron acceptors to be drawn into this gradient except when the P=O radicals are in the energized state. This means that K+ cations which transport glucose into the cell can readily enter cancer cells, but that Ca++ ions which transport oxygen into the cell cannot enter. In the normal cell the glucose, upon entering the cell, reacts with the oxygen in the cell and is burned to carbon dioxide and water with the liberation of heat. This heat in turn is absorbed on the membrane surface and raises the P=O radicals to an energized state which permits them to attach more Ca++ ions. Thus it will be seen that the amount of oxygen entering the cell is determined by oxidation within the cell, primarily that of glucose. This action is responsible for the pH control mechanism of the cell which maintains a value near 7.35.
    The reactivity of the double bond has been studied in some detail using both light absorption and electron impact. It was found that energy states of the order of those produced by metabolic processes were not reactive. In contrast, high energy states such as those that are induced by radioactivity. are very reactive. Intermediate energy states in the ultra violet range were not reactive. Intermediate energy states in the ultra violet range were not reactive by electron impact, but slightly with light quanta. Here however the reactivity increased with a high power of the energy intensity per unit area [16]. This suggests that the reactivity may be due to the multiple absorption of light quanta, thus raising the energy of the bond to the sum of the quanta absorbed (see Table 1).
    [Table 1]
    The experimental information presented in the previous section involving the isotope effect, mass spectrographic analyses, and fluorescence and phosphorescence decay, combined with the pH data supplied by Von Ardenne [23-25], makes it possible to define the mechanism involved in carcinogenesis. This mechanism is very different from the accepted one of carcinogens entering the cell and becoming attached to the DNA. This mechanism will not explain any of the experimental data outlined briefly herein.
    The proposed mechanism can be outlined in four steps.
    Step 1
    The attachment of carcinogenic type molecules to the membrane surface. This involves two factors: (a) the presence of carcinogenic-type molecules primarily of the polycyclic type, and (b) an energized state of the membrane, which may result from prolonged irritation. When these molecules are attached to the membrane glucose can still enter the cell, but oxygen cannot. The cell thus becomes anaerobic.
    Step 2
    In the absence of oxygen, the glucose undergoes fermentation to lactic acid. The cell pH then drops to 7 and finally down to 6.5.
    Step 3
    In the acid medium the DNA loses its positive and negative radical sequence. In addition, the amino acids entering the cell are changed. As a consequence, the RNA is changed and the cell completely loses its control mechanism. Chromosomal aberrations may occur.
    Step 4
    In the acid medium the various cell enzymes are completely changed. Von Ardenne has shown that lysosomal enzymes are changed into very toxic compounds. These toxins kill the cells in the main body of the tumor mass. A tumor therefore consists of a thin layer of rapidly growing cells surrounding the dead mass [3]. The acid toxins leak out from the tumor mass and poison the host. They thus give rise to the pains generally associated with cancer. They can also act as carcinogens.
    Only two therapies will be mentioned here. Both are apparently effective. These are the Low pH therapy devised by Von Ardenne et al. [23-25] and the High pH therapy developed by the writer.
    The Low pH Therapy
    In this therapy devised by Von Ardenne, glucose is injected into the blood stream. As a consequence, the cancer cell pH will drop eventually to the 5.5 range. The patient is then placed in a furnace heated to 104 degrees Fahrenheit for a matter of hr [23-25]. The older the patient, the fewer the number of hours. The patient is allowed to breathe cold air. Diathermy is also applied over the tumor area which, in the absence of a blood supply, will cause the temperature of the mass to rise to something over 106 degrees Fahrenheit. At these high temperatures and in the acid medium, the life of cancer cells is very short. The only drawback to the therapy is that a case of severe toxemia may result from the out-leakage of the acid toxins within the tumor masses [23-25].
    The High pH Therapy
    The ready uptake of cesium and rubidium by the cancer cells lead the writer to the High pH therapy. This consists of feeding the patient close to 6 g of CsCl or RbCl per day in conjunction with the administration of ascorbic and retionic acids, Vitamins C and A, which being weak acids, upon absorption by the tumor cells will enhance the negative potential gradient across the membrane, and also zinc and selenium salts which, when absorbed on the membrane surface, will act as broad and moderately strong electron donors. Both types of compounds have been shown in mice to drastically enhance the pickup for cesium and rubidium ions.
    The toxic dose for CsCl is 135 g. The administration of 6 g per day therefore has no toxic effects. It is sufficient however to give rise to the pH in the cancer cells, bringing them up in a few days to the 8 or above where the life of the cell is short. In addition, the presence of Cs and Rb salts in the body fluids neutralizes the acid toxins leaking out of the tumor mass and renders them nontoxic.
    The therapy has been tested and the results will be discussed briefly below.
    Tests on Mice
    The High pH therapy was first tested at American University in Washington, DC using mice. In these tests, 2 mm cubes of mammary tumors were implanted in the abdomens of mice and allowed to grow for 8 days. The mice were then
    divided into two groups. Both groups were continued on mouse chow, but the test group was given 1.11 g of rubidium carbonate by mouth per day in aqueous solution. After 13 more days the controls were starting to die so all mice were sacrificed and the tumors removed and weighed. The tumors in the test animals weighed only one eleventh of those in the controls. In addition, the test animals were showing none of the adverse effects of having cancer [3].
    Results similar to those mentioned above were obtained at Platteville, WI using CsCl. More recently, Platteville has studied intraperitoneal injection of cesium carbonate for mice with abdominal tumor implants with 97% curative effect.
    Tests using intraperitoneal injections of CsCl were carried out by Messiha et al. [21]. The results were most successful and showed a drastic shrinkage in the tumor masses.
    Tests on Man
    Many tests on humans have been carried out by H. Nieper in Hannover, Germany and by H. Sartori in Washington, DC as well as by a number of other physicians. On the whole, the results have been very satisfactory. It has been observed that all pains associated with cancer disappear within 12 to 24 hr, except in a very few cases where there was a morphine withdrawal problem that required a few more hours. In these tests 2 g doses of CsCl were administered three times per day after eating. In most cases 5 to 10 g of Vitamin C and 100,000 units of Vitamin A, along with 50 to 100 mg of zinc, were also administered. Both Nieper and Sartori were also administering nitrilosides in the form of laetrile. There are good reasons to believe that the laetrile may be more effective than the vitamins in enhancing the pickup of cesium by the cells.
    In addition to the loss of pains, the physical results are a rapid shrinkage of the tumor masses. The material comprising the tumors is secreted as uric acid in the urine; the uric acid content of the urine increases many fold. About 50% of the patients were pronounced terminal, and were not able to work. Of these, a majority have gone back to work.
    Two side effects have been observed in some of the patients. These are first nausea, and the second diarrhea. Both depend upon the general condition of the digestive tract. Nieper feels that nausea can be prevented by administering the cesium in a solution of sorbitol. The diarrhea may, to some extent, be affected by the Vitamin C.
    Only one case history will be presented here. A woman with 2 hard tumor masses 8 to 10 cm in diameter, one on her thyroid and one on her chest, was given 3 to 6 months to live. She had been subjected to chemotherapy, but was discontinued because it weakened her. She was taking laetrile on her own. She was given a 50 g bottle of CsCl and was told to take 4 g per day. She reported her case a year later. Being very frightened she took the entire 50 g in one week. At the end of that time the tumor masses were very soft, so she obtained another 50 g of CsCl and took it in another week. By the end of that time she could not find the tumors, and two years later there was no sign of their return.
    There are a number of areas where the incidences of cancer are very low. Unfortunately, the food composition in these areas has never been analyzed. At the 1978 Stockholm Conference on Food and Cancer it was concluded that there is definitely a connection between the two, but since the relationship was not understood, no conclusions could be drawn [22]. The food intake has been studied by the author as far as possible from the high pH point of view. The results found will be discussed for a number of low incidence areas.
    The Hopi Indians of Arizona
    The incidence of cancer among the Hopi Indians is 1 in 1000 as compared to 1 in 4 for the USA as a whole. Fortunately their food has been analyzed from the standpoint of nutritional values [17]. In this study it was shown that the Hopi food runs higher in all the essential minerals than conventional foods. It is very high in potassium and exceptionally high in rubidium. Since the soil is volcanic it must also be very rich in cesium. These Indians live primarily on desert grown calico corn products. Instead of using baking soda they use the ash of chamisa leaves, a desert grown plant. The analyses of this ash showed it to be very rich in rubidium. The Indians also eat many fruits, especially apricots, per day. They always eat the kernels. The results indicate clearly that the Hopi food meets the requirements for the High pH therapy.
    The Pueblo Indians of Arizona
    Some 20 years ago the incidence of cancer among the Pueblo Indians was the same as that for the Hopi Indians, since their food was essentially the same. But unlike the Hopi, these Indians have accrued certain items from outside their environment, hence supermarkets were installed in the area. Today the incidence of cancer among the Pueblos is 1 in 4, the same as the U.S. It is reported that there is a regular epidemic of cancer among them. It must be emphasized here that the high incidence of cancer is not due to what is in the supermarket foods, hut rather to what is not in it. It is essentially lacking rubidium and cesium and low in potassium.
    The Hunza of North Pakistan
    Cancer is essentially unknown among the Hunza, but unfortunately their food has never been analyzed. Talks with Hunza themselves and with Hindu professors who have spent some time in the area, have thrown sufficient light upon the food intake to show that it meets the requirements of the High pH therapy. They are essentially vegetarians, and are great fruit eaters, eating ordinarily 40 apricots per day; they always eat the kernels, either directly or as a meal. They drink at least 4 liters of mineral spring waters which abound in the area. Fortunately this water has been analyzed and found to be very rich in cesium. Since the soil is volcanic in nature, it must be concluded that it will be rich in Cs and Rb, as well as K.
    Central and South America
    The Indians who live in Central America and on the highland of Peru and Equador have very low incidences of cancer. The soil in these areas is volcanic. Fruit from the areas has been obtained and analyzed for rubidium and cesium and found to run very high in both elements. Cases have been reliably reported where people with advance inoperable cancer have gone to live with these Indians, and found that all tumor masses disappear within a very few months. Clearly the food there meets the high pH requirements.
    In conclusion, the High pH therapy, as has been pointed out, was arrived at from physical experiments carried out on cancer and normal cells. It has been tested and found effective on cancers in both mice and humans. There can be no question that Cs and Rb salts, when present in the adjacent fluids, the pH of cancer cells will rise to the point where the life of the cell is short, and that they will also neutralize the acid toxins formed in the tumor mass and render them nontoxic.
    Cesium Dosage and Side Effects
    Several problems have arisen in the therapy which require further study. One of these is to determine the minimal dosage of CsCl that will kill cancer cells. Would cesium carbonate be better? Related to this are the effectiveness of intravenous injections, and, in certain cases, intraperitoneal injections. Both have been found to be effective in mice, but they have not yet been tested on humans.
    The minimal dosage for curative action has not been determined. It has been observed by several physicians that the administration of 0.5 g per day of CsCl will actually enhance the rate of tumor growth. This is to be expected, since this low amount is sufficient only to raise the cell pH into the high mitosis range (see Chart 1). The data so far reveal that any quantity of 3.0 g or above will be effective.
    A side effect which occurs in some cases, especially those who have had stomach ulcers, is nausea. This is far smaller for 3.0 g per day than for 6 to 10 g. The nausea can be minimized by administering cesium salt in a sorbitol solution as mentioned earlier. Further studies are necessary.
    A limited number of patients have experienced diarrhea. Since cesium is a nerve stimulant [19], this can be expected. The effect is enhanced by taking large doses of Vitamin C, but it apparently is lowered by laetrile.
    A further study is being made to determine the amount of cesium, rubidium or possible potassium in the diet that is sufficient to prevent cancer. Some data is available on the food composition in areas of the world where cancer is very low, but it is difficult to quantify, since the amount eaten varies greatly between individuals.
    The effectiveness of potassium salts is yet to be determined. Tests to date have not been made on leukemia patients.
    In addition to the cancer therapy outlined in this paper, a [19] U.S. Patent has been issued on the use of cesium chloride as a nerve stimulant. Cesium salts are very effective in regulating heart arrhythmia. In areas of the world where cesium in the food intake is high, it has been noted that longevity of well over 100 years is not at all uncommon. Based on experimental data available [21] Cs salts may be useful in the treatment of manic-depressives.
    In later writing, Dr. Brewer wrote: “The goal of the high pH therapy is the transport of large quantities of Cs+ Rb+ and glucose-free K+ across the membranes of cancer cells. During high pH therapy, Dr. H. Nieper, M.D., observed a loss of potassium which should be replaced.” Two booklets discussing Dr. Brewer’s final theories about cesium are available from the Brewer Science Library: “High pH Cancer Therapy with Cesium,” and “Cancer Its Nature and a Proposed Treatment,” both by A. Keith Brewer, Ph.D.
    DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individuals suffering from any disease or illness should consult with a physician or health care professional. The Brewer Science Library offers Dr. Brewer’s writings for information purposes only and will assume no responsibility or liability for the use of any of the information we offer whether written by Dr. Brewer or others.
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