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(1877-1945), otherwise known as the Sleeping Prophet or the Man of
a sleeping state
or trance, Cayce would prescribe treatment for various ailments and
make prophecies for the future. He claimed the information was the
product of a Universal Mind. Cayce would claim to have no knowledge of
what he had said. In addition to "on the spot" diagnoses, the "psychic
consultant" (as he preferred to be known) was also able to diagnose
illnesses for patients unable to attend in person, and frequently just
from a name told to him or coming via the mail.
forty-three years, Cayce gave over thirty thousand diagnoses that were
stenographically recorded. They are now on file at the Association for
Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, a
multi-million dollar business run by his family.
case reports, affidavits from patients and reports from doctors
verifying the accuracy of his diagnoses and the efficacy of the
treatment. These form the basis for the Cayce Therapies.
like so many
prophets, was a religious man given to bibliolatry and who conducted
Bible classes. He was a devout and orthodox Protestant who, it is
claimed, had read the bible forty-six times, once for each year of his
life up until 1923.
education was limited
to a literal interpretation of the Bible. He accepted it verbatim, and
taught it verbatim. As a youth, he worked in a bookshop and was an avid
reader which may well have contributed to a philosophy which combined
elements of Theosophy, Christianity and Pyramidology.
Cayce had no
approach was said
to be holistic, concerned more with finding the causes of illness
rather than cures. His "information" was claimed to come from
"collective consciousness", which probably makes him the first of the
modem day channelers.
included manipulation, diet, exercise, herbs, massage, nutrition,
osteopathy, hydrotherapy and an extraordinary range of poultices. His
prescriptions were unconventional, mainly concoctions of herbs of the
type popular in the "home remedies" medical encyclopaedia of the day.
Some were particularly bizarre - applying mashed potatoes to the eyes
for blindness, or taking three almonds a day to prevent cancer. Hot
broths and vile-sounding concoctions made from roots and bark were also
book Health and
Healing: Understanding Conventional and Alternative Medicine
ethnopharmacologist Dr. Andrew Well summed up the validity of Cayce's
diagnoses and treatments
material sounds like hogwash ... I find many of Cayce's metabolic and
hormonal explanations of specific diseases to be garbled and fanciful,
such as his assertion that multiple sclerosis is an imbalance of the
endocrine glands due to a deficiency of gold."
Martin. 1957. Fads
and Fallacies in the Name of Science. Dover Publications Inc., New
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Slipping Prophet. Skeptical Inquirer. 4(1):50-57.
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J. 1967. Edgar
Cayce -The Sleeping Prophet. Bantam Books. NY.
B. 1973. The
Eternal Subject. Souvenir Press. London.
Andrew. 1983. Health
and Healing: Understanding Conventional and Alternative Medicine.
Houghton Mifflin, Boston.
C. 1971. The
Occult. Mayflower Books. UK.
From: Edwards, H.
1999 Alternative, Complementary, Holistic &
Spiritual Healing, Australian Skeptics Inc.