This article is about lung cancer and alternative medicine perspective of it, the Cayce view. This article is for informational purposes and is not intended for self diagnosis or self treatment and should not be taken in place of asking a licensed physician for medical advice. Always consult a qualified licensed health care professional physician for medical advice.
The most common cause of lung cancer is long-term exposure to tobacco smoke (as cited in Wikipedia, 2009). The occurrence of lung cancer in nonsmokers, who account for as many as 15% of cases is often attributed to a combination of genetic factors, radon gas, asbestos, air polution, smoke and secondhand smoke (as cited in Wikipedia, 2009).
Edgar Cayce, father of holistic medicine, gave many readings for persons suffering from a wide variety of cancerous conditions (A.R.E., 2009). Pertaining to cancer, Cayce described cancer as a situation where a group of cells or tissues seperates itself and forms its own entity within the body (A.R.E., 2009). Cayce also said that the causes of cancer are as follows: insufficient elimination of wastes from the body, genetics, environmental toxins, injury, lack of vitality, depleted immune system, and chronic irritation or bruising, and karma or karmic issues (A.R.E., 2009).
CAYCE TREATMENT SUGGESTIONS FOR CANCER IN GENERAL:
In order to cure cancer, Cayce recommended decreasing the amount of toxicity in the body and increasing vitality to heal the person and natural therapies were given “priority” in this effort (A.R.E., 2009). Surgery and radiation were sometimes recommended by Cayce if the cancer was extreme and fast moving [although modern chemotherapy treatments were not available during Cayce’s lifetime] (A.R.E., 2009). In some cases, Cayce acknowledged that the cancer had progressed to far to expect the patient to be physically cured (A.R.E., 2009). In those cases, Cayce recommended treatments that he felt would decrease the patient’s pain while also emphasizing the mental/spiritual/soul aspects of treatment and healing (A.R.E., 2009). However, there were cases where the cancer of various kinds was cured using Cayce’s approach—for example, the following cases of cancer [described in the Cayce readings] were indexed as cured using the Cayce approach (A.R.E., 2009):
Cayce reading 4901 male cancer of the lip
Cayce reading 2457 female cancer of the breast
Cayce reading 1967 male cancer of the ear
Cayce reading 1500 female sarcoma of the breast and legs
Cayce reading 757 female cancer of the skin
Cayce reading 570 male cancer of the abdomen
CAYCE TREATMENT SUGGESTIONS SPECIFICALLY FOR LUNG CANCER
Cayce gave readings for 7 people who were experiencing lung cancer (A.R.E., 2009). A summary of Cayce’s suggestions for lung cancer are as follows (A.R.E., 2009):
Utilize ultra-violet light therapy and animated ash to assist the system in fighting the cancer while increasing oxygen in the system;
Provide inhalant therapy to purify the lungs (apple brandy from charred oak keg);
Increase vitality with beef juice taken in small quantities as a medicine;
Create constructive attitudes and emotions by working with the Ideals Exercise.
Also possibly relevant would be use of the Cayce wet cell appliance in cases of lung cancer. Why? Because Cayce did recommend use of the wet cell in a case of cancer. For example, in Cayce reading #1500-2, Cayce recommended that a 53 year old woman with breast cancer use the wet cell to improve her vibrations and also he recommended spinal manipulations for her (page 91, Todeschi, 2007). This woman did what Cayce suggested and used the wet cell and had [osteopathic] spinal manipulations and she was reportedly cured of her breast cancer (p. 91, Todeschi, 2007). Since the wet cell cured the breast cancer, it is felt that the wet cell would also have potential to help cure other types of cancer such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer and other cancers as well. Of note, what Cayce’s suggestion of using the wet cell to help heal cancer is actually consistent with research done by Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Otto Van Warburg who found that healthy cells were somewhere in the range of 70 millivolts or more whereas cancer cells were as low as 15 to 20 millivolts (as cited in SEAD, 2009). Thus based on Dr. Van Warburg’s research on millivolts, since healthy cells and good health are associated with higher levels of voltage in the cells [70 millivolts to 90 millivolts] and since cancer is associated with lower levels of voltage in the cells [15 to 50 millivolts] (as cited in SEAD, 2009), it does appear that increasing the level of voltage in the cells would be critically important in helping the cells of the body become healthier and not vulnerable to cancer and so therefore use of the Cayce wet cell to help heal cancer would, in theory, make a lot of sense because the using the Cayce wet cell does increase the level of electricity in the body.
Implementing the wet cell treatments, typically the wet cell is used in prescribed ways described by Cayce [for example with the nickel plate placed on the umbilicus [just up slightly and to the right of the navel ] and copper plate placed on the back at the 9th dorsal for example or at other points along the back depending on the particular illness] however the wet cell is ALSO used in such a way that the helpful energies flow through the afflicted body part (Delany, 2008). So given that lung cancer is in the lungs, presumably in addition to doing the placement with the nickel plate on the umbilicus and the copper plate at the 9th dorsal, some of the time the placement of the nickel plate and copper plate would have to be such that the energies flowed through the lung/chest area so as to help heal cancer in that area. And if cancer were in any other area in the body, the wet cell placement would have to be such that the healing energies would flow through the specific area afflicted with the cancer in order to enable curing of the cancer [or at the very least it would likely slow down the growth of the cancer which might extend the person’s life]. Further research needs to be done on this.
Cayce suggested use of castor oil packs in cases of lung cancer. Of note, a double-blind study, which was described by Harvey Grady in a report entitled “Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs” published in 1997 in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine, examined the lymphocyte values of 36 healthy subjects both before and after topical castor oil application (as cited in Avian-Web, LLC, 2009). This study indicated that castor oil is an antitoxin and found that the castor oil use had an impact on the lymphatic system and improved immune system function (as cited in Avian-Web, LLC, 2009). Specifically, in this study it was found that castor oil pack therapy of a minimal two-hour duration produced an increase in the number of T-11 cells within a 24-hour period following treatment with a simultaneous increase in the number of total lymphocytes (as cited in Avian-Web, LLC, 2009). This means that this study showed proof that using the castor oil packs resulted in a general increase in the body’s immune function because 1) there was an increase in the number of T-11 cells within 24 hours after the castor oil packs were used and since T-cells’s specific purpose is to identify and kill viruses, fungi, bacteria, and cancer cells, an increase in T-11 cells means that the body is becoming more able to kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer and in terms of treatment that is a good sign, and 2) in this study, the castor oil packs resulted in an increase in the number of total lymphocytes and since lymphocytes’ purpose is to defend the body’s health by forming antibodies against pathogens and their toxins, an increase in lymphocytes is also a good sign for healing.
Another thing worth noting too is that castor oil packs have been anecdotally reported to dissolve tumors (Armand and Lorrie, 2009)—in this case the castor oil dissolved a renal clear cell carcinoma tumor on the kidney. Since castor oil worked to help dissolve a renal clear cell carcinoma tumor on the kidney, it is possible castor oil would dissolve other kinds of tumors in other parts of the body too. And so if a tumor is involved, castor oil packs may be helpful in getting rid of the tumor.
OTHER POTENTIALLY RELEVANT ALTERNATIVE THERAPY FOR CANCER
Of note, Dr. Otto Van Warburg, in his research, reportedly found that normal cells would become cancerous if the oxygen level in the environment was lowered by 35% for 48 hours (as cited in SEAD, 2009). And so getting oxygen into the cells would be important in healing. Another treatment that could be helpful is sound therapy. For example, Fabien Maman, a French bioenergeticist, studied the effects of sound on cells in the body and working with breast cancer patients, Maman found that when sound was used, one breast cancer patient’s tumor completely disappeared while the other breast cancer patient’s tumor “dried up” (as cited in Jordan-Reilly, 2009). He concluded from this that cancer cells could be destroyed by sound therapy (as cited in Jordan-Reilly, 2009). Also in support of sound therapy, physicians at Royal Marsden Hospital in London, England found that high density ultrasound was an effective means of doing “knifeless surgery” on liver cancer and other organ tumors (as cited in Jordan-Reilly, 2009). And reportedly in China, patients with liver and pancreas cancer have had their tumors “cooked” by using sound therapy which somehow raises the temperature of the tumors and kills the tumors instantly (as cited in Jordan-Reilly, 2009).
There is an oncologist who has increasingly used non-traditional/ alternative therapies in his practice. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, who is currently a clinical professor of medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Gaynor Integrative Oncology, 2009), has become a leader in the movement toward integrative oncology—combining traditional Western medicine (chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplants) with Eastern techniques such as meditation and yoga, along with lifestyle changes, nutrition programs, and dietary supplements (as cited in Armstrong, 2009) (Gaynor Integrative Oncology, 2009). Gaynor began using eastern spiritual practices when he treated a Tibetan monk who introduced him to chanting and to the metal singing bowls that are used in his medical practice now (as cited in Armstrong, 2009). At the time he started prescribing Eastern approaches, he had already studied the effects of nutrition on cancer treatment and prevention and had been doing guided imagery with patients. But then he decided to use his extensive credentials in traditional medicine to take holistic medicine to the masses (as cited in Armstrong, 2009).
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