Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF LEUKEMIA
The purpose of the research which formed the basis
for this report was to study all known cases of leukemia in the Edgar
Cayce readings in order to summarize the program of treatment suggested
as well as to set forth any etiological factors mentioned. These
data can then be used as the basis for further research in the form
of controlled experiments by qualified physicians to determine the
worth of the suggestions. The summary of treatment is not to
be taken as an endorsement by the writer. The validity of the
data must be decided by careful subsequent research. The etiological
mechanisms described are meant to be considered as theories to be
proved and not facts already established.
In the indexing of the Edgar Cayce readings, 23 readings
given for 11 people have been classified as leukemia. However, after
careful study of the material with subsequent follow-up research, only
seven cases (16 readings) show a reasonable certainty of having been leukemia
by confirmation with certified photostats of death certificates or hospital
record summaries or in the file correspondence with doctors or patients.
The following discussion is based on these seven cases:
In passing it might be noted that four of the cases
studied (seven readings) were designated as Hodgkin's disease rather than
- : Acute monocytic leukemia (death certificate), two readings.
- : "Leukemia" (newspaper report), one reading.
- : Lymphatic leukemia, aplastic stage (hospital record summary),
- : Acute lymphatic leukemia (doctor's letter), six readings.
- : Acute lymphatic leukemia (hospital record summary), two
- : Leukemia (patient's letter with history and doctor's diagnosis),
- : Lymphatic leukemia (patient's letter with doctor's diagnosis),
Case  presented etiological mechanisms and treatment
similar to many of the leukemia cases (see below).
- : (Death certificate), two readings.
- [26211: (Death certificate showing results of postmortem), three
- [30071: (Doctor's letter), one reading.
- : (Patient's letter giving doctor's diagnosis), one reading.
Etiology of leukemia in human beings, based on present
evidence, appears to involve viruses, environmental factors, cell mutations
produced by irradiation, chemical agents, genetic influences, and abnormalities
of host resistance. None of these factors has been conclusively
shown to be causative, thus the real cause of leukemia remains shrouded
I. Physiological Considerations
The readings approach the cause of leukemia in a manner
that implies more than it says. Life as we know it is a manifestation
of spirit insistent on its being active in a manner determined by the
nature of the mind and physical structure of the cells themselves - meaning
that life is already present and active. Implied, then, is that
the disturbances which arise are disturbances of the ways in which this
life force is manifesting in single structures and in systems throughout
the body. Thus, the readings' approach to etiology of diseases is
a physiological one but it assumes initially that the inner forces within
the body are spirit in action.
Thus some of the comments in these readings on leukemia
seem to imply that deficiencies of certain elements assimilating into
the body basic causative factors. In other places attitudes of the
mind are said to be essential in directing either the recovery in a complete
manner or as being causative of the loss of life. In case ,
for instance, the individual is told, ". . for, without the desire for
the recovery for a purposefulness, little may be fully accomplished."
The mind then helps, as Cayce sees it, in directing the final outcome
of a given case, as it directs even the function of an individual cell.
Not a large enough number of cases were available
to be able to discern any outstandingly significant pattern in the types
of treatments recommended. In the seven cases some type of liver
was suggested in four (2456, 2488, 3000, 3616); UV light with a green
glass in three (2456, 2488, 3000); infrared light in two (1174, 3616);
beef juice in three (534, 3000, 3616); orange juice in three (2456, 2488,
3616); and Atomidine in three (534, 2456, 3616). All that can be
concluded is that these are the types of treatment most frequently suggested
in the small number of cases present in the readings.
The cause of leukemia was not given in a detailed
way, but some general suggestions were advanced. A disturbance in
body catabolism was noted in  and loss of the energies of anabolism
(assimilative forces). "Infection" through the spleen was linked
with an excess of destructive forces in the lymph in case .
The nature of this "infection" was not spelled out-whether bacteriological,
viral, or some other type of destructive force. Infection as a medical
term would imply some type of disease process able to be transmitted from
one individual to another, but the readings did not elaborate. It
is a medical fact that the red cell count decreases and the white blood
cell count mounts in leukemia. In the readings, this destructive
process chiefly of red blood cells was linked to an overactivity and "infection"
of the spleen. This "infection" could mean mainly an overabundance
of white blood cells, although in [1 174] a "strep in the blood supply"
The whole process of the disease was said to be caused
by a glandular disturbance from unbalanced chemical reactions in the body
(2456, cf. 2621 - Hodgkin's). This could point toward a biochemical
cause of the disease. The reading specifically mentions iodine deficiency.
This could be the rationale for advising iodine trichloride (Atomidine)
as a gland stimulant. In 1174-1 the thyroid gland was mentioned
in particular. A lack of proper activity of the structural portions
of the body (3000-3) could refer to the red blood cell-producing capacity
of the marrow, especially the ribs (which are mentioned specifically).
These portions of the body could in turn be affected by the glands.
Mention was also made of the activity having become static in the cerebrospinal
system centers which control the marrow production from the ribs (2456-2).
Apparently an attempt was made in the treatment to stimulate these centers
through ultraviolet and infrared light as well as manual massage.
The order of cause and effect was indicated most clearly
in , in which a lack of iodine in the system was said to cause an
imbalance in the glandular forces which in turn caused an "Infection"
(or overabundance of white blood cells) in the spleen. This "infection"
in turn caused a disruption of the anabolic-catabolic balance of the body
and what the readings described as a "dryness or hardness" of the lymph
along the ribs and spine. Disturbance of the anabolic-catabolic
balance then presumably was what affected the marrow and the control of
the production of red blood cells via the cerebrospinal centers.
The liver was supposed to provide factors which aided the manufacture
of red blood cells. The mechanism of these cause-and-effect relations
was not described.
It is interesting to note that in one of the four
cases of Hodgkin's disease in the readings ([26211, which was called Hodgkin's
in the reading itself and confirmed by autopsy) the etiology and treatment
is very similar to that discussed above - e.g., etiology: biochemical
imbalance; treatment; ultraviolet light with green glass, Atomidine, liver,
beef juice. Reading 1779-5 (monocytic anemia with white blood cells
mounting toward leukemia), which was rejected from the above analysis
because of insufficient supporting evidence for a definite diagnosis of
leukemia, emphasized the spleen and suggested Atomidine as part of the
treatment. These similarities hint at the possibility that perhaps
there are some similar underlying biochemical mechanisms having to do
with the endocrine glands and the spleen in various diseases of the blood.
II. Rationale of Therapy
Throughout the cases included here is developed the
concept that the cells of the body, even the red blood cells, are brought
into structure or are built through several influences. These influences
are those of assimilation, those derived from glandular tissue throughout
the body, and probably those taken in through the lungs as what he called
once "ozone and carbon forces." The assimilative faculty is primarily
those patches of lymphatic tissue which are known as Peyer's patches and
associative structure and function. In other words, the lymphocytes
formed in the patches, as they absorb factors from digested food, take
as part of their various structure globulins (and other as yet unknown
factors) as substances to rebuild the body - as "structural activity."
These materials are acted upon by hormones released by glandular tissue,
which have been in turn activated by vitamin substances. These two
forces combine with the energies that I would assume were those from the
lung, to bring about rebuilding of cells throughout the body.
Iodine is one of the basic substances which the readings
saw as essential to the body and its function. Thus in  we
see the "lack of the cells becoming activated upon by the iodine - that
is a part of the structural activity through the system." And in 
this particular leukemia arose "from the lack of proper activity of the
structural portions of the body, especially through ribs and the spleen
and pancreas to react with the digestive activities of the body."
Again in line with the view of the body as the sum
total of physiological processes either coordinated or uncoordinated,
the readings saw excessively high white count as an attempt on the part
of that portion of the body - the white blood cell forces - to meet the
needs in rebuilding the structure as rapidly as it was being destroyed.
Obviously, without the necessary element no adequate solution can be arrived
at no matter how many cells are thrown into the bloodstream in such an
Such an etiology is just a hypothesis, and adequate
explanation of a comprehensive nature in one place in the readings is
lacking. However, bringing these various bits of information together
helps us understand in what manner and for what purposes therapy was directed.
III. Therapeutic Regimen (New Area for Research)
On the basis of the hypothesis just suggested, a method
of treatment which was proposed in reading 2208-1 becomes of interest.
One cc of tincture of iodine mixed with some blood taken from the patient
and this added to the next transfusion would bring about a cure, if it
were to be repeated in the proper sequence. Animal experimentation
is suggested in order to establish proper dosages and proper balance for
therapy, but the reading indicates that these methods would be effective
in treating any individual case of such nature (myelogenous leukemia).
If such a therapy were to be developed "it will be found that there will
be the ability to reduce the percentages of such cases more than 50%."
With the validity of the readings already established
in so many different directions, this last statement is quite exciting
and should stimulate interest in testing such a therapy.
A. Electromagnetic Vibrations
- Ultraviolet light. UV light (mercury quartz) was to be used
40 inches from the body with a green-stained glass plate (at least
10 x 12 inches) suspended between the source of UV light and the body
(2456, 2488, 3000, cf. 2621 - Hodgkin’s). The treatments were
to be administered over the dorsal aspect of the body for not more
than a total of five minutes and not more than one to one-and-a-half
minutes in any one spot with special emphasis to the spleen and rib
area. This treatment was to be given one to two times per day.
- Infrared light. In [24561 it was indicated to apply this
for 35 to 40 minutes every other day to the cerebrospinal area as
a stimulation for the deep therapy produced to the structural portions
(bones) along the rib area. Also in 3616-2 infrared was recommended
for the back and the area over or opposite the spleen.
- The body was to be massaged with a mixture of grain alcohol and
peanut oil along the spine, especially D5, D69 D7 after the ultraviolet
treatment. (2456, cf. 2621-1-Hodgkitfs)
- Osteopathic manipulations were to be given to coordinate D9, the
brachial plexus, and the upper cervicals with the sacral and lumbar
- The wet cell appliance was recommended in the manner that the radio-active
appliance was ordinarily used. (See 3000-3.)
- Iodine trichloride (Brand name: Atomidine): The dose was to be
started with one to two drops in half a glass of water and then increased
stepwise until 5 to 15 drops were being given. The drug was
then stopped for 5 to 10 days when the process was to be repeated.
(534, 2456, 3616, cf. 2621 - Hodgkin's)
- Ventriculin (the intrinsic factor made from animal gastric mucosa
and ordinarily used in the treatment of pernicious anemia): No specific
dose was mentioned; therefore, the usual adult dose was assumed. (534)
- Atropine in a dose of 1/80 grain was to be given 3 to 10 minutes
before any transfusions. (534)
D. Transfusions (534, 1174, 2456)
E. Additions to the Diet
- Beef juice was to be prepared as follows: Cut a pound of lean round
beef into small cubes. Put the cubes (only the lean, remove
all fat) in a covered fruit jar. Put jar inside a pan of water
(water coming to about half the depth of the jar). A cloth may
be put in the bottom, around the outside of jar, to insure not breaking
or cracking the jar. Boil until chunks of beef are thoroughly
done. Strain. Keep juice in a cool place. The quantity
recommended was two to four teaspoons per day to be taken one teaspoon
at a time and sipped slowly so that each sip of the juice could be
mixed thoroughly with the juices of the mouth before swallowing.
- Liver was to be prepared in many different ways but as a general
rule as rare as possible. Also it was supposed to be better
to take it by mouth rather than by injections (although liver extract
was advised in , cf. 2621 - Hodgkin's).
- Broiled rare. (3616)
- Ground and steamed in Patapar paper. (2456-4)
- Liver pudding(2456-1,3000-3, cf. 2621-1 -- Hodgkin's).
To be prepared as follows:
- One-half pound ground calfs liver
- One-half cup blood (which you can get butcher to save from
grinding the liver)
- Butter a pan six inches square and two inches deep.
- Season the liver with salt to taste and a piece of butter
the size of a walnut.
- Melt and mix with the liver, then pour blood over the liver.
- Run in hot oven about 10 minutes.
- Cf. 2621-1 -- Hodgkin's, where liver juice was recommended:
To be prepared in the same way as beef juice, but using calf's
liver and to be taken in as large quantities as the body could
- Orange juice. (2456, 2488, 3616; cf. 177 - Hodgkin's) The juice
was to be squeezed and drunk fresh from tree-ripened Florida oranges
- all a person could drink in a day (at least 6 to 10 glasses).
- The small number of cases (seven) does not constitute an adequate
sample upon which to base definite conclusions about the worth of
the various treatments suggested or the validity of the etiological
mechanisms described or implied. In the cases studied there
was poor follow-up in regard to what extent the recommended treatment
was actually followed. Also many of these cases were terminal
when the readings were obtained.
- Although the number of cases is too small to show a statistically
significant pattern of treatment which may be taken as normative or
average for the readings, hints may be suggested for future medical,
scientific, and clinical research which may yield more definite results
in regard to etiology and treatment. One of the most interesting
ideas is that a basic lack of iodine interferes with the proper functioning
of the endocrine glands and, therefore, affects the biochemistry of
the body to cause the disturbance of the spleen and bone marrow which
in turn affect the numbers of both red blood and white blood cells.
This suggests a basic biochemical cause of the disease. Controlled
clinical experiments could be conducted to test the value of a treatment
regimen consisting of combinations of the most frequently suggested
types of treatment in the leukemia readings: ultraviolet light with
green glass, infrared light, Atomidine for gland stimulation, and
additions to the diet (i.e., liver, beef juice, and orange juice).
- All of the readings dealing with diseases of the blood, such as
the various anemias and Hodgkin's disease, should also be studied
in detail to provide a basis for comparison with the treatments recommended
and the etiologies suggested for leukemia.
Understanding of any disease process is certainly
a multifaceted problem, but the more light shed on any problem, the better
one is directed toward the answer. The ideas from the readings,
the suggestions for further research, these remind us that the body really
is made up of atoms which are units of force and that we are in reality
a structured representation of forces in action. True healing might
then be an activity quite foreign to our present concept.
For all healing comes from the one source.
And whether there is the application of foods, exercise, medicine, or
even the knife, it is to bring the consciousness of the forces within
the body that aid in reproducing themselves - the awareness of creative
or God forces. (2696-1)
[Note: The preceding overview was written by Walter N. Pahnke, M.D. and
is excerpted from the Physician's Reference Notebook, Copyright
© 1968 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]
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