"Edgar Cayce, the Geeking Prophet" Part 2
(Part 1 appeared about a month ago as "Edgar Cayce, the Geeking
Prophet". It dealt with Mary Ellen Carter's book "Edgar Cayce on
Oh, man, the crap I have waded through this last couple of weeks or
so. I posted that article of mine about Edgar Cayce on the two Edgar
Cayce groups (alt.dreams.edgar-cayce & alt.prophecies.cayce), and the
results were pretty dismal. Just two reply posts which hardly covered
their authors in glory, and a lengthy e-mail. The writer of the
e-mail was so unbelievably literal-minded and humorless that he
actually asked me if I knew that Hugh Lynn Cayce was Edgar's son! He
had read the part of the article where I wrote "[Carter's book was]
..edited by Hugh Lynn CAYCE, no doubt a coincidence of names", and
somehow missed the broad sarcasm implied by capitalizing the last
name. Now, really, did anybody else out there miss the joke? I doubt
it. As we shall see, almost everything released to the public about
E.C. gets filtered through his adoring family, which of course was my
point by writing that line.
As with the 'netposts, the e-mail, though quite long, made no good
points except that there was other Cayce literature out there that I
hadn't read, like "There is a River, the Story of Edgar Cayce", and so
forth. Well, since then, I've downloaded and printed about a hundred
pages of stuff from back issues of Atlantis Rising, which is sort of
like the Cayceite's version of "The Stark Fist of Removal". I've sent
for and read "There is a River", and now I've got "Edgar Cayce's Story
of Jesus" and "Looking Inward" by, guess who, Hugh Lynn CAYCE (no
doubt just a coincidence of names!).
Anyway, faced with such a mass of material which ranges all the way
from simple biography of a very, very boring man's life to his
speculations about Atlantis and Jesus right on through his current
disciples' obsessions with New Age pseudoscience, I soon realized that
a detailed critique would have to be broken up in parts so that each
aspect of Cayce's life and work could be adequately demolished. My
first article, "Edgar Cayce, the Geeking Prophet", has been found to
be quite sound and factual by my subsequent studies, with the possible
exception of my remarks about the Ph.D. thesis. It turns out it was
written by Harmon Bro, and is alleged to be favorable to Cayce, but it
also turns out that, not only is the thesis itself is not easy to
find, but even details on the elusive Bro are almost nonexistent. I am
still actively searching for both. Kind of an odd reticence from the
Cayceites, considering their tendency to magnify every shred of
"legitimizing" propaganda they get their hands on. As far as the rest
of my coverage of Carter's "Edgar Cayce On Prophecy" goes, there's
hardly more I could add except detailed ridicule of his readings,
which, considering what you're about to read, is really unnecessary
overkill, at this point.
I have often been accused of prejudice when approaching subjects
like this which I admittedly knew little about until recently (I am
referring specifically to Cayce, not Atlantis and the rest of it).
Let me answer that charge this way: When you achieve a certain level
of knowledge, you begin to build a matrix of information that
interlocks. When, later, you are fed some bullshit cockamamy story
about this or that, you realize from your earlier studies in fields
that overlap the story that, if this story is true, then many other
things that you know or believe to be true would have to be wrong.
Let me give a brief example, if I may. Back when we were doing Bob's
Slacktime Funhouse during the Right Rigid Rev. Mike Rofone's tenure as
co-host (he was the one before me, and Rev. Rock in Hand took over
from me, so now you've got the lineage straight), we had a guy
contribute a tape of a young man doing a story about the hot-headed
ice borers of Antarctica. This guy, the contributor in the studio,
insisted that the story was true; that a science magazine had printed
it! I thought about it, and decided that if the story were true, it
contradicted a lot of things I thought I already knew about
Antarctica, metabolic-rates-to-food-need ratios and predator-to-prey
ratios, etc. etc. The story sounded hoaky to me, and I said so.
Next week, on the Hour of Slack, here comes Rev. Stang, revealing that
the story was an April Fool's send-up by Discover Magazine. Well,
well, well! Just amazing, huh? That's the kind of prejudice I
proudly plead guilty to, folks. Eat me if you can't handle it. And
that's the kind of prejudice I brought to my study of Edgar Cayce. If
anyone claims to be channeling information about Atlantis, Lemuria,
Mu, La, Da and Oz, then I know that if they're right, a hell of a lot
of generally accepted science facts are wrong.
My position on scientific method: It is infallible. Scientists are
fallible, tests are often flawed, experiments go wrong or produce
unexpected results, initial hypotheses are often modified, but the
METHOD is correct! Further, I have found that most truly top notch
scientists are at least pretty high-grade Pinks, or even unsaved
SubGeniuses! Robert Bakker (paleontology), Stephen Hawkings (physics)
and Stephen Jay Gould (evolution theory) come immediately to mind in
this connection. I may or may not agree with everything they say,
but they are worth reading.
My endorsement of scientific method is germaine. Over and over again,
from Velikovsky to Berlitz to van Daniken right on through Cayce, we
find variants of this remark: "Well, that's according to CONVENTIONAL
(or ORTHODOX or MAINSTREAM) science, which is part of the
establishment which seeks to suppress the truth, etc. etc." The
implication is consistently that orthodox science is either paddling
up the wrong tree with a leaky canoe or it is participating in some
massive "cover-up" of some fairly large body of facts. My own
readings into many branches of scientific endeavor has shown me quite
the opposite. Most scientists (there are infamous exceptions!) are
interested in the truth, no matter what it is. A point of view I
agree with and share. Many scientists are highly original thinkers
and some even possess a truly well-developed sense of humor. There is
no doubt that much great science has been reduced to a mere tool in
the hands of lying Pink humans who serve the Conspiracy, but most of
this work is done in popular distillations of real scientific
literature. When you go to the real thing, you find out many unusual
facts that will never appear in a newspaper or Time magazine.
So, you may ask, why Edgar Cayce? Why is it so important to criticize
what has been written about him? First off, I don't like liars, even
when they are deluded and/or well-meaning, which Cayce was not. Edgar
Cayce was a liar, and his defenders in print are liars. To make the
claims that Cayce did or to defend and expand upon his stories is
plain, simple lying. The articles I will post after this one will
explain that point more than adequately. Second, this type of
fuzzy-logic crap serves the Conspiracy, and for that, they MUST PAY!!!
(Here's where the Holocaustian in me comes out.) I don't feel like
sitting around on my duff waiting for XDay to even the score! I've
already lived under the Conspiracy of Normals for 39 years too long,
and just waiting out the next 8 months (as of this writing) AIN'T
GONNA GET IT FOR ME!!! As long as the Con can keep Normals happily
bleating bullshit about Jesus, astrology, pyramid prophecies and
what's on TV tonight, they ain't gonna know the truth about the
Conspiracy and how to defeat it! The Conspiracy programs these sheep,
that means WE CAN DO IT, TOO!
I choose not to allow the Pinks their comfortable delusion of thinking
that the newspaper and the TV are giving them the real world with no
choice but to accept it. I choose not to allow the Con the delusion
of believing they can keep most of the Normals under control
indefinitely. I choose not to wait for XDay to begin my battle
against the Normal mindset, because I also choose to believe that XDay
might NOT happen! When it's a DONE DEAL and the goods ARE DELIVERED,
I'll believe it. Until then, I will wage my private war against the
human monkeys in order to keep laying groundwork for the Revolution
sure to come eventually if XDay doesn't. Heresy, you say? Yeah, so
what? Better read Revelation X carefully, is all I can say.
Edgar Cayce, Jeane Dixon, Ruth Montgomery and all the rest are part
and parcel of the pie-in-the-sky ignore-the-plug-ugly-truth CONSPIRACY
of Normal cattle happy in their corporate-designed feedlots, and for
that they have aroused my DIREST IRE!!!
So now, we face the topic at hand, Edgar Cayce's life work and legacy
to his next generation of followers. Part One was the original
article "...the Geeking Prophet". Part 3 will be a detailed critique
of "There is a River". In subsequent articles, I'm going to dissect
"Edgar Cayce's Story of Jesus" and then I will launch into the New Age
slop being served up by his current followers in their official
magazine, "Atlantis Rising". After that, who knows? I might rip into
scientologists or skinheads. Anyway, the Cayce articles are all
clearly labeled, so if they're too long or boring, just skip'em.
"Surely if the subconscious mind of Edgar Cayce created all this
intricate detail as a work of fiction, then that fiction in itself
must stand as a masterful accomplishment."
Jeffrey Furst, author of "Edgar Cayce's Story of Jesus"
"Well, yes. My point exactly."
Nolan Voyde, author of this article
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Pink: A Normal human ape.
Normal: A Pink mere human lower primate; anything pertaining to Pinks
SubGenius: A mutant; a member of the Universal Church of the
SubGenius; a semiyeti hybrid; an inherently superior being.
Mutant: What I am, what nearly all of you are likely not.
Conspiracy: The whole idiot system devised by Normals who are also
enslaved to it; the military-industrial complex; Pink culture.
"Bob": Someone to fear if you don't belong to his Church; someone to
probably fear even if you DO belong to his Church.
Subsite: Keyword to a web page you really need to see.
alt.slack: Our main newsgroup. I hang out there.
XDay: The Day of Doom for Normals, just like you probably already
figured; July 5, 1998.
Holocaustians: Mutants who want XDay to start in their own backyards,
"Edgar Cayce, the Geeking Prophet" Part 3
A critical review of "There is a River: The Story of Edgar Cayce"
Man, where to begin on this? There's lot of ground to cover,
believe me. I suppose an overview of the book is in order, first,
then we'll get into the contents. I tell you, this piece of work is
as quintessentially a Normal human Conspiracy product as you could ask
for, so dig what I did to it. I'll try not to write articles this
long as a habit, but I didn't want to leave out any important details.
The book was recommended to me via e-mail by a Cayce fan who
seems to feel that my earlier choice, "Edgar Cayce on Prophecy",
didn't kiss Edgar's ass enough to present the right image of him to
the world. Even though that book was edited by Hugh Lynn Cayce,
Edgar's eldest son. While "There is a River" is a slightly more
sophisticated propaganda piece, it ultimately hardly comes off better
than the other, and in fact provides more reasons than ever to regard
Cayce as a rank faker.
It was written by Thomas Sugrue. When we peruse the photos in this
edition, who do we find breaking bread with the Cayces and claiming in
the text a long-standing close relationship with them? Why, Thomas
Sugrue, that's who. And Sugrue's book features a Foreword written
by... Charles Thomas CAYCE (no doubt just a coincidence of names!),
who is the President of Edgar's Association for Research and
Enlightenment. If all this doesn't make Sugrue virtually the Cayce's
official in-house hagiographer, I don't know what else possibly could.
Incidentally, Sugrue was confined to a wheelchair, a situation that
wasn't changed by his close association with the Great Healer and his
One of the most striking contrasts between "There is a River" and
"Edgar Cayce on Prophecy" is the reports on Cayce's readings. Both
"On Prophecy" and another book, "Edgar Cayce's Photographic Legacy",
at least had the modicum of honesty to report Cayce's readings as they
were actually spoken. As I demonstrated in the first essay, his
speaking style in a trance state was convoluted, ungrammatical,
ambiguous and replete with often-repeated words and phrases like
"same" and "see?". "River" and this other book "Looking Inward" (by
Hugh Lynn CAYCE, no doubt just a coincidence of names!), feature
considerably cleaned-up versions of his readings. I assume this is
one of the reasons why "River" was recommended to me. Sugrue,
however, does not admit anywhere in his book that any editing was done
on Cayce's speaking style. We can either assume that Cayce had two
distinct styles of speaking in trance, or that his words have been
edited to suit the aims of his promoters. I have taken the latter
choice. It goes without saying that anyone who reads only "River"
will come away with an impression of a much more articulate person
than Edgar Cayce really was.
A few words about hypnotism, since it played such a primary role in
Cayce's prophetic abilities. It is both a logical conclusion and a
demonstrated fact that hypnosis is entirely voluntary, and no one has
ever demonstrated any knowledge under hypnosis that they did not
possess previously, in a waking state. As for the first premise, I
offer the following suggestions as evidence: No one can be hypnotised
who does not desire to be, while people who want to be hypnotised can
be "put under" almost anywhere, anytime under almost any conditions.
The existence of so-called "autohypnosis" is de facto evidence that
the whole process and state of hypnosis is voluntary and UNDER THE
CONTROL OF THE SUBJECT. Nothing has ever been done by a hypnotic
subject that they could not do in a normal, waking state, if they
desired to. Furthermore, faking a hypnotic trance is usually only
detectable by an experienced expert.*
No hypnotized person has ever demonstrated knowledge of any subject
that they did not previously possess. This premise touches directly
on our current subject, since we are being led to believe by Cayce's
followers that he was able to channel secret "knowledge" that he did
not otherwise possess in a waking state. Part of this attempt at
deception involves having us believe that Cayce was practically
illiterate and therefore could not have come by his revelations in the
conventional manner; that is, experience, books or schooling. One of
the Cayce family's proudest and oft-produced souvenirs is, in fact, a
newspaper clipping that refers to Cayce as "illiterate" (mention of
this clipping occurs in almost every book about him). Although his
followers are careful not to say that word themselves, the impression
is assiduously fostered. He was most certainly not illiterate, and in
fact was a quite well-practiced and skilled reader, as I will show.
Cayce attended school through the seventh grade. How did he
accomplish even that much, if he couldn't read? Around the seventh
grade, even though I did poorly on schoolwork because it bored me, I
was beginning to read Freud. On the basis of my own academic record,
I could almost claim a level of illiteracy comparable to that implied
for Cayce, yet I am far from illiterate. Like myself, Cayce was a
dedicated reader, but lacked interest in the humdrum of common school
lessons. After that, our commonality ends. I decided to seek Truth
in logic, science and critical skepticism (not to mention in "Bob"),
whereas Cayce decided to use his mind to hoodwink rubes.
But, we're getting ahead of ourselves a little, here. Let's begin at
the beginning, as it were, with Sugrue's whitewashed version of young
Edgar Cayce's upbringing. The one salient fact that jumps out to the
reader after 50 pages or so of "River" is that Cayce's early life (as
presented by Sugrue) was BORING BORING BORING!!!! I'm sure you can
imagine that living in rural 1880's Kentucky among a load of
Bible-totin' hicks would hardly involve a constant round of kick-ass
adventure, but even so, Cayce comes off like the dullest of the lot!
Apparently, his chief activity was daydreaming, followed by reading
the Bible over and over and over, again. Little Edgar NEVER did
anything wrong! To judge from Sugrue's account, Edgar never
masturbated or tormented small animals or engaged in any form of
wilfull mischief, like almost all boys in all times and places. When
Edgar thought about girls, it was never in connection with getting
some pussy, always instead as part of his dream of being a well-to-do
preacher with a perfect house, a perfect wife, perfect kids and the
unquestioning respect of all the local citizenry. YAWN!
Early on, it seems, Edgar developed a habit of deceiving. It began
with his claims to be able to learn from books by sleeping on them!
Sugrue attempts to foster the notion that Edgar could learn a book
simply by placing it under his pillow and sleeping on it, yet offers
enough evidence to contradict himself right in this same book. For
example, almost every instance of Cayce learning by sleeping on a book
is accompanied by admissions that he did actually first read those
books in a waking state, often in the presence of witnesses! It was
later, while asleep, we are told, that he was able to assimilate the
knowledge and repeat it afterwards.
We are treated to one particularly hilarious example of his ability to
memorize large bodies of facts when his father, Leslie Cayce, "proved"
Edgar's talent by reading to him while (assuming Edgar was) asleep the
text of a speech by a local politician at least three times. Edgar
was later able to give a halting, boring version of this speech in
public, thereby "proving" he could learn while asleep. The original
delivery time of the speech (by the politician) is said to be around
one hour, but Sugrue admits it took Edgar an hour and a half. Later,
Gertrude (who became Mrs. Cayce) admits to Edgar that his version of
it "nearly killed" his audience.
It never seems to have occurred to anyone to truly test Cayce by
placing a sealed book under his pillow. He always had to read them
first, act stupid, then sleep on them and claim he learned it that
way. It is helpful to remember at all times that these stories are
all told by Cayce's loyal family before being filtered through the
Credulous Believer Sugrue. Sugrue admits frankly in his Preface that
he never interviewed anyone other than Cayce's family and a small
handful of close friends for material.
After a great deal more ennui-inspiring "facts" about Cayce's
goody-two-shoes childhood, we learn that he found employment as a
young man in... a BOOKSTORE! Then, other jobs in more bookstores!
Sugrue conscientiously avoids mentioning the obvious, which is that
Cayce undeniably had access to all sorts of books at all times. And,
amazingly enough, almost every reading he ever gave after that period
is based on knowledge that was current in books published around that
time! For example, gold compounds/solutions and low-level electric
currents were both pseudomedical fads in those days, and sure enough,
Cayce's "cures" expanded upon both of these trends quite extensively.
An example of Cayce's "clairvoyance" is given on page 22 of "River"
which bears rehashing here. Sugrue claims that once Cayce prescribed
something called "Oil of Smoke" (it is never explained what is in this
"oil"). After everyone searches for and fails to find it, Cayce then
astounds them by a second reading in which he says the elusive oil is
to be found on a store shelf in Louisville. Sure enough, it's found
there. Sugrue finally reveals to us eighty-three pages later that
Cayce, previous to these readings, worked at a bookstore in...
Louisville! AMAZING! Like, I just know that he could never have
possibly been to that particular drugstore! Even though he lived in
Louisville for months and had already been into faith-healing for
years and had a great interest in hokum folk remedies and had a
retentive mind, how could he have possibly known about that medicine
unless he was psychic?
Cayce, like many another "prophet", always left himself an "out" in
case things went wrong. As he developed his style, he learned to give
very complicated and invariably ambiguously worded instructions to his
patients, involving hours of searching for and preparing ingredients
and doing massages, etc. This way, any time there was no "cure"
forthcoming, some trivial deviation from his prescription could be
pointed to as the cause of failure. Yes, you made the castor oil
packs and the crushed grape poultices and found the elusive tincture
of myrrh and hopped about on one foot by the light of the full moon
with a cat tied around your right ankle, but YOU FAILED TO TAKE THE
ENEMAS AT THE RIGHT TIME OF THE DAY!!! No wonder you weren't cured!
In addition, Cayce's patients were constantly screened for, and
reminded that they had to have, the right attitude. I mean, it IS
The literature on Cayce is replete with examples such as these (I made
up only the part about hopping about with a cat under the full moon),
but the best example of this aspect of Edgar's style is his
oil-drilling venture. It seems that Cayce got involved as a partner
in a psychically-directed oil-drilling venture in Texas. Despite
drilling where Cayce told them to, in an area surrounded by successful
wells, the venture nevertheless failed utterly! Cayce's excuse? A
reading in which he claimed that "unless all parties involved were of
one mind" on how the money should be spent (according to Cayce's
wishes, that is), the well would not produce. Since Cayce's partners
were evidently intent upon spending some of their hoped-for millions
upon amenities for themselves instead of giving it to Jesus, the well
failed. So said Cayce, anyway.
Cayce ran through a succession of boosters, partners and financial
backers, none of whom stayed around for more than a couple of years,
or so. None of whom did anything but lose their shirts subsequent to
their association with him, and none of whom have ever been
interviewed about his effect on their lives. One partner got busted
and forced out of the faith-healing biz by the authorities, his oil
partners went bankrupt following his instructions, and others are
mentioned as doomed losers who essentially got what they deserved by
not doing EXACTLY as Edgar wished. Certainly, no one was ever
prevented from going broke by their association with him.
Edgar himself did once get busted and convicted of illegal medical
practice by a court of law in Michigan, by the way. That makes at
least twice he was shut down by legal means in two different states,
and once he was arrested in New York, but the charges were dismissed.
He wasn't actually arrested the first time, in Kentucky, but his
partner, Layne, was "requested" to cease practice and close their
Eventually, the psychic healer met up with a wealthy eccentric named
Lammers, who introduced Edgar to the concept of doing readings on
pseudosciences and weird philosophy. During and after his period
under Lammers' influence came the readings on subjects ranging from
Atlantis to angels. Lammers lost his fortune soon after meeting
Edgar, however, and like the others he was discarded. At this point,
I should note that throughout Sugrue's book, there is not one single
mention of Atlantis. Not one. Given the heavily edited readings and
the Cayce family's desire to appear "respectable", it was no doubt
deemed wise to save the REALLY off-the-wall stuff for people who had
progressed further into Cayce's spell. In fact, I regard the omission
of his Atlantis (and Mu and La and Da and Oz) readings as the single
most remarkable feature of this book! It can only be interpreted as a
rather blatant and purposeful deliberate oversight by Sugrue.
Meanwhile, back on the healing thing. It might interest you to know
that this advocate of mental and physical purity was a cigaret
chain-smoker who ACTUALLY PRESCRIBED SMOKING AS BEING
HEALTHFUL! I'm serious! It's right here, in his (and Sugrue's) own
words! Funny how the great psychic healer failed to predict that
smoking would soon be found by "orthodox" medical practitioners to be
not the least bit beneficial in any way whatsoever.***
There's more. In one reading, he prescribed "radioactive" treatments,
obtainable through an "appliance" that was manufactured and sold by
the Association for Research and Enlightenment. I feel that here,
perhaps, he didn't mean radioactive, as in like uranium or radium or
plutonium, but was actually misusing the word in connection with what
was really an electrical device, but this serves to confirm that he
was full of ambiguous crap either way.
Speaking of ambiguities, one of his favorite verbal formulations was
something along the lines of "...there is an imbalance in the glands,
some of which are overactive, and others are underactive, etc..."
Which glands are doing which is never specified, and their actual
effect is never accurately described, either. Just take the enema and
believe (he really did often prescribe enemas). Not surprisingly, the
A.R.E.'s files are full of cases that didn't work out too well, but WE
WON'T DWELL ON THOSE, will we? We don't want to embarrass good Mr.
Cayce, do we? Besides, they didn't follow his weird, lengthy
instructions EXACTLY, so they don't count. Let's talk about the
"arthritic" woman who responded favorably to hours of massage and
attention and concoctions containing alcohol. She wasn't cured, but
she did start feeling a little better!****
Once, the mystic/researcher J.B. Rhine heard of Cayce, and requested a
reading. The reading (about Rhine's daughter) was so far off the mark
that Rhine's interest lapsed and he declined to even meet Cayce
personally. Rhine was hardly the most skeptical psychic researcher
ever, so Cayce's reading must have really sucked.
Cayce himself led a rather leisured life, as befits a Great Prophet.
His daily routine as described by Sugrue consisted of rising in the
morning to black coffee, cigarets and Bible-reading, followed by a
vigorous session of gardening, fishing or putting up preserves in
jars. Then, an exhausting round of readings while sleeping, followed
by an athletic interlude of chain-smoking in front of a typewriter,
answering the mail. Then lunch. Then, another trance-reading while
supine on a couch, followed by another blood-stirring but physically
taxing session of gardening, fishing or light carpentry. Then dinner.
Then, the newspaper and perhaps a card game before listening to the
news on the radio. What a demanding schedule! I am IN AWE of this
man's STAMINA! In fact, Sugrue tells us that, in addition to all
these incredible demands on Cayce's body and mind, he (Sugrue) "whiled
away hours" with Cayce on golf courses!
Cayce's death sums up everything in a nutshell. When Hugh Lynn went
off to war, Edgar was forced to answer all the mail, instead of some
of it, and the strain of overwork broke his health! So, what does
Edgar prescribe for himself? A vacation! That's right, more rest and
leisure than he was already getting! Quitting smoking, on the other
hand, was apparently not considered a viable option. His ambiguous
readings continued even in his own case, when he said that he would
either get well, or die. He had a stroke and died.
I could have included more in this section of my essay, but the
essential points have been covered, for now. I mean, this thing could
go on and on, but I've got to stop somewhere, or end up wasting all my
time on it. This will also sort of give you a feel for what I'm doing
to St.Paul in my book, but in a longer format with more references.
I'm going into Cayce's teachings on Jesus next, and hopefully it will
result in a shorter piece. I tried to make this as brief as possible,
and I even left out a lot that I originally intended to cover, but
then I realized I'd be writing a complete book for no money. Besides,
I've created a starting point for bringing this lying Pink down, and
anyone interested can easily go on from here.
Rev. Dr. Nolan Voyde
*The case of Kenneth Bianchi, one of the Hillside Stranglers, comes to
mind. For a while, he managed to convince doctors that he was a
multiple personality case by faking a hypnotic state.
**There is a very interesting photo of a newspaper clipping about his
New York bust in "Edgar Cayce's Photographic Legacy" by David M.
Leary, especially the last paragraph. His scrapes with the law are one
of several interesting parallels between Cayce's career and that of
Joseph Smith, as outlined in "Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon". I
admit I can't remember the author's name, and the book is in Atlanta,
where I no longer live, but I have read it, and if there's a request
for her name, I'll call the library and get it, I guarantee.
***Believe it or not, I have an authentic tape recording of a 1930's
radio ad in which smoking cigarets is endorsed as beneficial by OPERA
SINGERS! It's real, not a parody. Edgar Cayce was no more able to
see ahead of his own times than you or I.
****Although Sugrue claims a "cure" for this woman, her last letter to
the Cayces clearly says "I seldom have even a touch of arthritis, but
..a dose of the medicine...sets me on my feet again." Sounds like
improvement, but not a cure. Given the activity and massage routine
(including denatured-or-grain alcohol-based massage lotion)
prescribed, it would indeed have been surprising if her joints didn't
loosen up some.The condition the woman suffered from was allegedly
diagnosed by doctors as "arthritis" from an unidentifiable infection.
Arthritis simply means any form of infection of the joints, so we
never do discover exactly what was ailing her. She also suffered
"severe night sweats" and other symptoms, including lumps next to her
bones, gas pains and scaly red spots on her skin. Cayce's stated
cause for the red scaly spots? "Impure circulation", and an imbalance
of glandular activity. In short, his standard diagnosis for almost
everyone. At least he advised her to lay off cabbage, which probably
helped with the gas pains, but hardly required a psychic to think of
it. The "medicine" she took? Atomidine, an iodine solution developed
by a Hindu doctor educated at Oxford who had "dreams". Atomidine was
also prescribed for "infantile paralysis" (among yet other ailments),
particularly as a preventative during epidemics. It was prescribed by
Cayce for internal and external use, as a nose spray and sometimes in
conjunction with operating his "appliances". Apart from iodine, no
other ingredients for this wonder drug are mentioned (I'd bet money
that alcohol was in there, somewhere!). This prescription comes from
a guy (Cayce, not the Hindu) who also recommended breathing ozone,
absorbing ultraviolet rays and smoking. Three real good habits. You
might say, "Well, at least she improved!" But I say, "Peter Popoff
probably would have done just as well."