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Edgar Cayce: The Original Holistic Healer

Feb 28, 2017 09:46AM
by Allan Tomson
Edgar Cayce was America’s premier “medical intuitive” long before those words were coined. Throughout his career he gave more that 15,000 readings, mostly pertaining to health. He was a superb channeler, able to both diagnose and give treatment advice. In fact, Cayce channeled many remedies that still work extremely well today.

Edgar Cayce was born in 1877, in rural Kentucky. He showed remarkable abilities at a young age. Once, at 9 years old, young Cayce was studying with the help of his father. He was very tired, frustrated, not remembering anything from his schoolwork. His father told him to rest and take a break for a while. Cayce laid his head on his book and slept for five minutes. When he awoke, his book closed, Cayce could tell his father anything on any page, as if he was looking right at it. He retained this incredible “intuitive” memory throughout his schooling, advancing from the third grade to the sixth in one year.

Cayce’s heyday was from the 1920s to 1940s. He did hundreds of readings concerning a proper diet, maintaining that the optimal diet for humans should consist of 70 to 80 percent fruits and vegetables and only 20 percent meats and grains. This is the alkaline diet that is spoken and written about extensively today (Cayce channeled this information in the 1920s).

One of the most important remedies that he channeled was the castor oil pack. This is a hot compress using wool flannel soaked in castor oil, typically placed on the abdomen. Cayce channeled that this remedy’s best use is for improving the assimilation and eliminations within the digestive system. It can also be used to soften scar tissue. This was one of hundreds of readings that emphasized how important proper digestive function is to the entire body. He stated that arthritis is caused by the thinning of the wall of the intestines. Today we call this leaky gut and it’s a well-known diagnosis in functional medicine. He channeled protocols for allergies, male pattern baldness, cancer, headaches—always searching for a solution to the ills of all humanity.

Cayce was the original holistic healer. His amazing ability to access deeply the energy fields gave him the unique perspective of “looking inside” a person. All aspects were viewed: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

In the spiritual realm, Cayce talked frequently about ideals; a positive, creative image of what is possible in one’s life. The human dilemma is that daily living pulls us in many different directions—sometimes in the opposite direction from where we really want to be. Intense stress, setting off emotions, like worry fear, anger and resentment can be the trigger for a cascade of inflammatory hormones, adrenal overload and disconnection between the different nervous system pathways that, over time, can lead to physical symptoms.

The stronger one’s ideal, the more pressure internally is created that leads to blocked energy flow in the body. Conditions displaying symptoms similar to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue were around in Cayce’s time. One can easily see how some conditions are much more complicated, requiring a broad vision.

Dr. Allan Tomson is not your average chiropractor. In addition to using the Cayce teachings in his holistic approach, he employs Visceral Manipulation, a myofascial technique to release tissue tensions in the organs. He can be reached at Neck Back and Beyond Healing Arts. Call 703-865-5690 or visit


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