Another Path/Edgar Cayce's
Edgar Cayce's Perspective on Spinal Cord Injury
By Dudley Delany, R.N., M.A., D.C.
As a former SCI nurse, I have a particular interest in spinal cord injuries and in Edgar Cayce's approach to treating them. I have, therefore, taken the liberty of preparing this synopsis of Cayce's readings on that topic in the hope that, by the grace of God, it will inspire and motivate many SCI sufferers to experiment and work with those readings to obtain a greater level of both feeling and functioning.
Cayce gave readings for five individuals afflicted with spinal cord injury, four of whom were paraplegics, and one of whom was a quadraplegic.
EDGAR CAYCE'S READINGS FOR SCI PARAPLEGICS
Background: This case involves a female who, as a result of a car accident at the age of 16, became paralyzed from the waist down. Surgery was performed nine weeks later to remove pressure from the spinal cord, but her paralysis persisted. She received her one and only Cayce reading (1535-1) in 1938 at the age of 21.
Treatment: Only two recommendations were given, gentle consistent manipulation (especially in the dorsal and lumbar areas) by "a nerve specialist of the OSTEOPATHIC school," and daily twenty to thirty minute periods on the Cayce wet cell battery, carrying gold into the body vibratorially (the nickel electrode being placed on the abdomen above and to the right of the navel, and the copper electrode being placed on the 9th dorsal vertebra).
Outcome: Due to some mixup, the recipient of the reading was not made aware of its existence until 1943, at which time her situation had changed to the point where she felt another reading on her condition would be advisable. That reading was never given, due to Edgar Cayce's ill health and subsequent demise. It appears that the suggested treatment regimen was never implemented.
Background: This case involves a male of unknown age, apparently a rather old but well-known public figure. As a result of a twenty-foot fall from a tree, his back was broken in three places and he became paralyzed from the waist down. He received treatment recommendations in two readings, 1598-2 (in May of 1938), and 1600-1 (in December of that year).
Treatment: Reading 1598-2 suggested a series of several half-hour, 26-day wet cell ministrations in which gold would be administered vibratorially (the nickel electrode being placed on the abdomen above and to the right of the navel, and the copper electrode being placed on the 4th lumbar vertebra), alternating with massage using a mixture of oils during two to three week rest periods between wet cell applications. Reading 1600-1 suggested discontinuing the wet cell for 60 days in favor of massage with oils. After the 60 days, the wet cell was to be resumed, using, alternately, gold and silver (i.e., gold one day and silver the next).
Outcome: It appears that the Cayce regimen was followed, and, in a letter to Edgar Cayce in November of 1938, the patient claimed that there was definitely more feeling in both legs and feet. However, in a statement by a friend in February of 1939, no further progress was noted.
Background: This case involves a male who, because of an industrial accident in 1934, broke his back in three places and was paralyzed from the waist down. Surgery was performed, but his paralysis persisted. He received only one reading (3448-1) in 1943 at the age of 37.
Treatment: Only two recommendations were given, daily twenty-minute, morning and afternoon sessions on the wet cell WITHOUT the solution jar (the nickle and copper electrodes--both being small--attached alternately to the wrist and ankle), followed by a massage with a mixture of oils.
Outcome: It is not known whether the treatment was implemented, nor what the results were if it was.
Background: This case involves a female of perhaps 30 years old who, at least five years prior to her reading (5208-1) in 1944, was involved in a car accident which left her unable to walk.
Treatment: Daily, half-hour sessions on the wet cell WITHOUT the solution jar (the nickel and copper electrodes--both being small--attached alternately to the wrist and ankle), followed by a massage with a mixture of oils. Also recommended was a low fat diet, including plenty of vegetables (both raw and cooked), and, if desired, fish, poultry, and lamb. Fried foods were strictly forbidden.
Outcome:The treatment was implemented for one year, but without any noticeble improvement.
EDGAR CAYCE'S READING FOR AN SCI QUADRAPLEGIC
Background: This case is unique for a number of reasons: it is the only known one involving SCI quadraplegia; it is the only one in which past-life or "karmic" aspects are discussed; it is the only one which places particular emphasis on the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of healing; it is the only one which recommends use of the radial appliance (instead of the wet cell battery); and it is the only one in which a suggested pattern of treatment was implemented over an extended period of time. It involves a male who, as a result of a diving accident in 1935, became a C3 quad. He received a total of eleven readings, the first of which in 1936 at the age of 16, and the last of which in 1943 at the age of 23.
Treatment: His first reading (1215-1) was given in July of 1936. It recommended daily hour-long sessions on the radial appliance WITHOUT the solution jar (the two small nickel electrodes applied alternately to the wrist and ankle), followed by a GENTLE massage with a mixture of oils. Dietary advice was also given. The true nature of the condition, however, was seen as a lesson in soul development.
His next reading (1215-2) was given in December of that year. It advised prayer and meditation during sessions on the radial appliance, changed the combination of massage oils, and delved more deeply into the spiritual dimension, recommending that the patient read Deuteronomy 30 and John 14-17.
His next reading (1215-3), was given in April of 1937. It cited improvement in use of the upper extremities, and recommended occasional GENTLE massage and manipulation (avoiding the area of injury) by a nerve specialist of the osteopathic school. Additional spiritual counsel was also given.
His next reading (1215-4) was given in June of that year. It is distinct from all other readings given for this patient in that--instead of being a "physical reading"--it was a "life reading" (this is, it focused on the patient's journey through space and time as both a spiritual being and a citizen of the universe). A number of prior incarnations on earth were outlined and discussed, most notably one as a Roman soldier (who participated in persecuting the early Church, and who "gloried" in the suffering of those who followed the teachings of Jesus). It was misdeeds in that lifetime, in particular, that resulted in his becoming a quad.
His next reading (1215-5) was given in August of that year. It indicated that nerve ends were being "bridged" and that the ability to move various parts of his body was gradually improving. It also advised keeping in the open as much as possible. In January of 1938, the osteopath who was treating the patient made this statement: "There is a definite sign of nerve regeneration which in time, if he follows instructions, may result in fair recovery."
His next reading (1215-6), was given in March of 1938. It noted "considerable improvement" in the patient's condition and encouraged him to keep keeping on with the radial appliance and osteopathic manipulations.
His next reading (1215-7), was given in October of that year. It said that DECIDED improvement was only a few months away. In a letter from his mother written in December of that year, the statement is made that her son "shows such marked improvement lately it has made us all very happy."
His next reading (1215-8) was given in January of 1939. It advocated continuation of the treatment regimen and warned against overtaxing the body through too much exercise. At about that time, the radial appliance was returned to the manufacturer for repairs. During that "down time," the patient decided that he had grown so much stronger that he no longer needed the device, prefering instead to employ only osteopathy, exercise, and physical therapy in the treatment of his condition.
His next reading (1215-9) was given in October of 1939. It suggested that, though there was continued improvement in the patient's condition, if there was to be a continuation of neuronal regeneration, the treatment originally indicated would need to be maintained. During the middle of 1939, still in a wheelchair, the patient moved to California and, apparently, also discontinued his osteopathic treatments.
His next reading (1215-10) was given in October of 1941. It indicated that progress was at a standstill, and urged the patient to at least obtain some osteopathic treatments.
His last reading (1215-11) was given in May of 1943. It clearly indicated that, though great improvements had come about, far greater benefit would have accrued--perhaps even to the point of his being able to walk--had the patient continued his use of the radial appliance.
Having worked closely with SCI patients for over seven years, I know first-hand how devastating this particular affliction can be. For the most part, Edgar Cayce's readings offer hope for the SCI patient, provided that the treatment recommendations are persistently and consistently followed. It is that knowledge, coupled with a great respect for the value and validity of the readings, that has prompted me to prepare this synopsis. May it minister and be a blessing and a source of hope and encouragement to all who read it.