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Carl Nelson D.C.

Carl Nelson D.C.  welcomes any questions you may have in relation to the Cayce readings.  Carl has been studying and applying the readings for many years and is only too happy to share his results with you.   He finds that the more he attempts to apply the concepts,  the closer he comes to a deeper understanding of what is to be accomplished when dealing with an individual body in health or illness.   It's a far cry from what is being taught in any course of instruction that he is aware of.   Carl, with David McMillin, has made a video on Edgar Cayce's Manual Therapy,  and David has made a CDROM version of the Early American Manual Therapy,

Q1 In Cayce's day how was an Elixir and Essence made?
     Fusion or Elixir of Wild Ginseng....1/4 ounce,
     Essence of Indian Turnip............1/2 dram
A1 In Cayce's day, elixirs were made by mixing a tincture or extract of the substance with a sweetened half and half mixture of water and pure grain alcohol, usually with colouring and/or flavouring extract added.  The ratio of substances varied but were usually around ten percent of the overall result. 

Essences were made by adding the oil extracted from the substance to pure grain alcohol.   The oil would have been 10 percent of the total;  that is, to 1000 milliliters of pure grain alcohol, add 100 milliliters of oil.
Q2 What is Spirit Fermenti and Frumenti as mentioned in the Cayce readings?
A2 They are all the same thing -- Spiritus Frumenti.   It's just whisky, roughly about 80 to 90 proof.  This is another example of how the language has changed since Cayce's time. 
  Some colloquial examples
. There were many colloquial terms that have since fallen into disuse, both in medicine and in everyday life.  As examples, in the readings seizures were described as "fits" or "spells" or "turns" and Cayce referred to "true" epilepsy, a standard medical descriptive term at the time which in 1969 was changed to "idiopathic" epilepsy.
Q3 Would you please explain the following: "...we would have correction made, not as adjustments, but rather as massages - as by a Swedish masseur or neuropath." Rdg 3597-1 par 16.
A3 The usual meaning of "correction" in the readings had to do with the manipulation of a misaligned vertebra by osteopathic or chiropractic methods.  In this reading there was not such a misalignment, but rather a loss of communication [coordination] between the central [cerebrospinal] and sympathetic nerve systems due to insufficient local nerve nourishment brought about by lessened systemic function.  The way the reading describes the situation makes one think of a kind of vicious cycle of deterioration.  Therapies recommended here were to primarily stimulate coordination of eliminations and restore normal balanced functioning of all the involved organs.  Thus the formula given with the "emits."

Manipulation was not necessary but attention had to be given to the local spinal areas to restore circulation to the dried out tissues, the emunctories, which supply necessary elements for synaptic transmission, or coordination, between the CNS and SNS where CNS nerves exit the spine and communicate with SNS nerves.  This was to be accomplished by a fairly vigorous massage of the witch hazel/lanolin mixture over the named areas of the spine, as well as the spine in general.  The massage was to be done by someone with knowledge of the  local anatomy and techniques of touch most likely to achieve this.  The principle in this reading is to stimulate the surface of the skin by massage in order to reflexly stimulate circulation to the tissues deep to that area.

Swedish masseurs were well known for the vigor in which they approached their tasks and their knowledge of muscular anatomy.  Neuropaths were medical doctors who had received training not unlike osteopaths but with a focus on massage over the paths of the nerves rather than manipulations of frozen joints.  There's a book on Neuropathy at the meridianinstitute.com website in the Early American Manual Therapy link.

Now, I hope I haven't raised more questions that I've answered here.  As I said, this is an interesting reading, coming toward the end of Cayce's life as his health was beginning to fail.  Readings during this period were usually very short and abrupt but this one is more extensive, for whatever reason. 

There's another interesting aspect to this one in the mention of suggestive forces.   I don't know if you're aware of the distinction Cayce made between the nervous systems.  He described the cerebrospinal system as that of the individual and the sympathetic system as the system of the soul and mental forces.  He described the sympathetic system in a number of different ways, calling it variously the emotional body, the subconscious mind, the trained body, the imaginative body, the suggestive mind, and the vegetative system.  Neurologically speaking, the CNS normally exerts an inhibiting influence over the SNS.  When this influence is diminished or impaired by a lack of full coordination, the SNS tends to become a bit hyperactive or hypoactive, depending on circumstances.  Many different physical and/or mental-emotional imbalances can ensue as the result.
Q4 In the scenario of Rdg 3597-1, could one replace the masseurs with some form of exercise? 
A4 For me, yoga is the single best form of physical activity in which humans can engage in order to enhance health and well being.   The osteopathic general treatment could well be described as a form of passive yoga.  Cayce called it "putting the body through its' paces."  I don't know what it's like in Australia, but in the States there is a marked tendency to find something wonderful like yoga and then create ways to make it faster, or harder, or more athletic as if somehow these qualities improve it, which they do not.  Cayce, as you are aware, suggested to people that they stretch as a cat would stretch, and few activities appear to be more languid than a cat stretching.  Yoga would be a possibility as an approach to therapeutic correction although I think the greatest value would be as a preventive measure.

Something which I think might be of benefit for those in the bush or outlying areas would be the use of a hand vibrator along the spine.  In a number of readings Cayce suggested that the vibrator, used correctly, could be a substitute for the recommended osteopathic treatment.  The key phrase here is "used correctly."   David McMillin told me about a vibrator treatment he rendered to his wife which was the single most beneficial treatment she ever received from anyone [including yours truly].  He started at the base of her skull and used the vibrator first down one side of the spine and then the other, but he spent about 30 to 60 seconds at each vertebral level, not digging into her flesh, but with a gentle firm pressure.  Since there are 24 vertebrae AND the pelvis and sacroiliac joints you can imagine how long this took.  An alternative to this would be a circular massage down the spine, which was recommended frequently for coordination.  Starting at the base of the skull the massage would be in a circular direction from the spinous processes [the bony bumps along the spine] out perhaps two to two and a half inches to the side.  Let's say that along the right side of the spine the rubbing would be in a counterclockwise direction and along the left side in a clockwise direction.  The massage should not be too deep or painful, but neither should it be too superficial;  it should be of sufficient pressure to stimulate circulation to the spine and redden it somewhat, and as Cayce often emphasized, it should not be as rote, or as something to just be gotten through, but rather careful and thorough.  Each side could be repeated a few times to ensure thoroughness.  The overall process could take from ten to twenty minutes.

In some cases this could be enough to achieve the correction, and in others a spinal manipulation may still be a necessity, but at the least this would prepare a person for a much more effective result of spinal manipulation, or perhaps even yoga.
  On microscopic eliminations.
  Microscopic eliminations is an interesting phrase upon which to reflect.  That is, I think, possibly a reasonable beginning of an attempt to provide a description of the concept of drainages.  How many times in your searching of the physical readings have you seen "first, clear the body of those things that have hindered"? 

A whole dissertation could be made just on the subject of the lymphatic system in the readings because in a sense it is the sewer system of the body, carrying off the by products of cellular metabolism, and it is certainly the target of so much that is touched on by the drainages. concept, but it is certainly not the only such system or tissue to be involved.  Organs themselves become congested, and the cells within them become poisoned.  Even nerves can become poisoned from a lack of proper drainages. in their vicinity.  A substantial portion of recommendations in the readings, whether topical applications, internal remedies, body therapies, etc, are specifically meant to address this congestion.
Q5 Castor oil packs for the eyes.   How are they applied?
A5 Castor oil can be applied to the eyes in different ways.  The traditional castor oil pack, using a cloth of suitable size, is one way, although potentially very messy if the oil runs down the face or into the hair.  The oil should be cleansed from the skin after a pack by the application of baking soda and water, about a teaspoon to a pint of warm water.  The reason for this is that some people have skin that is sensitive to the residual acids that are left from the oil. 

Another way of introducing castor oil to the eyes is by pouring a bit of the oil into a palm, lowering the face and eyes to the palm, and blinking when the oil is in contact with the eyeball.  Baking soda/water is not necessary with this minimal contact. 

Another way is to use an eyewash cup filled with oil, lowering the eye to it and, while holding the cup against the face, tilting the head back and blinking into the oil.   Baking soda solution is not necessary with this, either.

This has been claimed to help break up cataracts and help floaters be reabsorbed.   I've had no direct experience with anyone who has used it for these purposes and cannot verify these claims.

Any attention to the eyes along these lines will be greatly assisted by regularly doing the Cayce head and neck exercises.  Lean the head forward three times, backward three times, to one side and then the other three times, and then roll the head around in one direction and then the other three times.  This should be done as a cat would do it, not rushed through.  This increases circulation to the head and face which in turn increases drainage of any tendency toward congestion of the large and small blood and lymphatic vessels in the area.  It also stimulates what Cayce called the "optic reaction" in the kidneys, an as yet medically undiscovered function which somehow improves vision.  This I have had experience with;  for those who practice diligently and persistently, it seems to pay off.  As with many of the Cayce recommendations, patience is required.  It may take a year to achieve the desired results.

   2002 Carl Nelson DC.


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