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Information, advice and guidance as to how people may so conduct themselves as to avoid the common cold, or - having contracted a cold - to cure it.


This Psychic Reading given by Edgar Cayce at his home
on Arctic Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va., this 17th day
of February, 1941, in accordance with request made by the
self - Mr. [1797], Associate Member of the Ass'n for Research
& Enlightenment, Inc.


Edgar Cayce; Gertrude Cayce, Conductor; Gladys Davis, Steno.


Time of Reading
11:10 to 11:55 A. M. Eastern Standard Time.

1. GC: You will have before you the human ailment known as the
common cold. You will give information, advice and guidance
as to how people may so conduct themselves as to avoid the
common cold, or - having contracted a cold - to cure it.
You will then answer the questions, as I ask them:

2. EC: Yes.

3. As we find, much has been written in many places respecting
such, and much has been given through these channels
respecting the various stages and the cure - or helpful

4. For, it is a universal consciousness to the human body.
Thus it is almost as individual as all who may contract
or even come in contact with such.

5. Each body, as so oft considered, is a law unto itself.
Thus what would be beneficial in one for prevention might
be harmful to another; just as what might have beneficial
effects upon one might prove as naught to another.

6. The cold is both contagious and infectious. It is a germ
that attacks the mucous membranes of nasal passages or
throat. Often it is preceded by the feeling of flushiness
or cold sensations, and by spasmodic reactions in the mucus
membranes of the nasal passages.

7. Then, precautionary or preventative measures respecting the
common cold would depend upon how this may be fully judged
in the human body, or as to what precautionary measures have
been taken and as to what conditions exist already in the
individual body.

8. First: A body is more susceptible to cold with an excess of
acidity OR alkalinity, but MORE susceptible in case of excess
acidity. For, an alkalizing effect is destructive to the
cold germ.

9. When there has been at any time an extra depletion of the
vital energies of the body, it produces the tendency for
an excess acidity - and it may be throughout any portion
of the body.

10. At such periods, if a body comes in contact with one sneezing
or suffering with cold, it is more easily contracted.

11. Thus precautions are to be taken at such periods especially.

12. To be sure, this leaves many questions that might be asked:

13. Does draft cause a cold? Does unusual change in dress? Does
change in temperature? Does getting the clothes or the feet
damp? Etc.

14. All of these, to be sure, AFFECT the CIRCULATION; by the
depletion of the body-balance, the body-temperature or
body-equilibrium. Then at such times if the body is tired,
worn, overacid or overalkaline, it is more susceptible to
cold - even by the very changes produced through the sudden
unbalancing of circulation, as from a warm room overheated.
Naturally when overheated there is less oxygen, which
weakens the circulation in the life-giving forces that
are destructive to ANY germ or contagion or such.

15. Then if there is that activity in which the body becomes more
conscious of such conditions, this of itself USES energies
oft that produces PSYCHOLOGICALLY a susceptibility!

16. Consequently, as we find, this is one of the most erratic
conditions that may be considered as an ill to the
human body.

17. Much at times may also depend upon the body becoming immune
to sudden changes by the use of clothing to equalize the
pressures over the body. One that is oft in the open and
dresses according to the general conditions, or the
temperatures, will be LESS susceptible than one who often
wraps up or bundles up too much - UNLESS - UNLESS there
are other physical defects, or such conditions in the
system as to have reduced the vitality locally or as a
general condition through the system.

18. So much, then, as to the susceptibility of an individual or
body to colds.

19. Then, precautions should be taken when it is known that such
tendencies exist; that is, weakness, tiredness, exhaustion,
or conditions arising from accidents as of draft, dampness
of clothes, wet feet or the like, or contact with those
suffering with a cold.

20. As is known, all vital forces are activities of the glandular
system; and these are stimulated by specific glandular
activity attributed to the functioning of certain portions
of the system.

21. Then, when exposed to such - under the conditions as
indicated, or the many other phases of such that make
up the experience of an individual, these would be the
preventative measures:

22. The use of an ABUNDANT supply of vitamins is beneficial,
of ALL characters; A, B, B-1, D, E, G and K.

23. Vitamins are not as easily overcrowded in the system as
most other boosters for a general activity. For, these
are those elements that may be STORED - as it were - in
their proper relationships one to another, to be called
into use when needed or necessary.

24. This does not mean that it may not be overdone as a
preventative, or in cases where infection already exists.
For, that which may be helpful may also be harmful - if
misapplied, - whether by the conscious activity in a body
or by an unconscious activity in the assimilating forces
of a system. If this were not true, there would never be
an unbalancing of ANY portion of the functioning system;
neither would there be the lack of coordination or
cooperation with the various organs in their attempt to work

25. It is true that the functioning system (assimilating,
distributing and eliminating system) attempts to create
that necessary for a balance. Yet it can only use that
it has at hand. Thus, with a deficiency of any structural
building, blood building or tissue building influence, it
may cause weakness by drawing on that necessary to supply
the needed conditions for the system's balance.

26. For instance, if there is a bone fracture the body of itself
creates that element to knit this fracture or broken area.
Yet it does not supply or build as much of such element
during the periods when the fracture does not exist. Hence
when it exists, unless there is an abundant supply of that
needed - by or from that assimilated - other portions of
the body will suffer.

27. Know that the body must function as a unit. For, one may get
one's feet wet and yet have cold in the head! One may get
the head wet and still have cold in the head! The same is
true in any such relationships. For, the circulation carries
the body forces in same, in the corpuscles, the elements or
vitamins needed for assimilation in every organ. For, each
organ has within itself that ability to take from that

assimilated that necessary to build itself. One wouldn't
want a kidney built in a lung; neither would one want a heart
even in the head (yet it is necessary to function mentally
that way often!).

28. These are conditions to be considered in preventing as well
as in correcting colds.

29. Hence it may be said that the adding of vitamins to the
system is a precautionary measure, - at all seasons when the
body is the most adaptable or susceptible to the contraction
of cold, either by contact or by exposure or from unsettled

30. The diet also should be considered, - in that there is
not an excess of acids or sweets, or even an excess of
alkalinity, that may produce such a drawing upon some
portion of the system (in attempting to prepare the
assimilating system for such activity in the body) as
to weaken any organ or any activity or any functioning
as to produce greater susceptibility.

31. Hence there should be kept a normal, well balanced diet
that has proven to be right for the individual body, - if
precautionary measures are to be taken through such periods.

32. Also there should be precautions as to the proper clothing,
as to drafts, as to dampness of feet, as to being in too hot
or too cold a room, as to getting too tired or exhausted in
any way or manner.

33. Precautions in all these directions to keep a near normal
balance are measures best to be taken towards preventing the
contracting of cold.

34. When once the cold has attacked the body, there are certain
measures that should always be taken.

35. First, as has so often been indicated, REST! Do not attempt
to go on, but REST! For, there is the indication of an
exhaustion somewhere, else the body would not have been
susceptible. Then, too, the inflammation of the mucous
membranes tends to weaken the body, so that there is the
greater susceptibility to the weakened portions of the body
throughout the special influence of the lymph and emunctory
activity, - such as the head, throat, lungs, intestinal
system. Then, if there has been an injury in any structural
portions of the body, causing a weakness in those directions,
there becomes the susceptibility there for the harmful
effects from such.

36. Then, find or determine next where the weakness lies. Is it
from lack of eliminations (which causes many ailments)?

37. Hence quantities of water, as well as an alkalizer, as well
as a booster to assimilating forces, are beneficial things
towards producing a balance so that the cold and its
consequences may be the more readily or easily eliminated
or eradicated.

38. Do not neglect to take the precautions first. Then if there
is the contraction, determine the weakened factor; knowing
that what will aid that portion of the body to more easily
attain an equilibrium will prove to be the most beneficial.

39. Many things in many ways are beneficial to those who have
contracted cold, - dependent, to be sure, upon the general
constitution of the body, the amount of vitamins stored in
the system, and so on. Also the response depends greatly on
whether or not there is the opportunity given for rest, and
the not eating too much, so that the body may be aroused to
gain its equilibrium.

40. Hence it is necessary that there be given the booster for
those portions of the body needing the stimulation; and those
elements that produce more of vital energies are the more
helpful influences.

41. Ready for questions.

42. (Q) What diet is recommended once the cold has been
(A) This depends upon what is the condition. It may be
one cause or another that has weakened the system. More
generally, the liquid diet is best - or that the more easily
assimilated that carries the greater strengthening ability
to all portions of the body. Not heavy or solid foods, then.
Little of meats, unless given at the period of recuperation
when those the more easily assimilated would be the better -
such as fish, fowl or lamb, - never fried, however.

43. (Q) Is the absence of meat in the diet an important factor
in avoiding colds?
(A) Not necessarily. It depends upon the combinations,
rather than any one element that may be singled out as
producing destructive forces. If rare meats are taken, or
those that have the life in same, in such measures as to set
up a weakening of some portion of the digestive forces, in
the attempt of the body to assimilate, it may produce a
condition of susceptibility. In that case meats should be
avoided by that particular body, or in such quantities at

44. (Q) Do ultra-violet ray lamps help to prevent colds?
(A) There are periods when the ultra-violet ray may be a
factor in preventing such. The body is less susceptible to
colds in the summer periods, when there is more of the violet

ray obtained from the activity of the sun and its radiations
or radionic activity upon the body. Hence in the winter
periods when there is the lack of sunshine, or when there
is little of it absorbed by the body, the use of such rays
at times would naturally be beneficial; though it may be

45. (Q) Are osteopathic treatments of particular value in the
case of a cold?
(A) It depends upon what they are for, and at what stage
given. If there is tautness by draft upon portions of the
body, either from exposure at time of sleeping or at time
of general activity, the relaxing of the body through
osteopathic treatments is MOST beneficial as a preventative
measure. Let this be considered in relationship to

As a SYSTEM of treating human ills, osteopathy - WE would
give - is more beneficial than most measures that may be
given. Why? In any preventative or curative measure, that
condition to be produced is to assist the system to gain its
normal equilibrium. It is known that each organ receives
impulses from other portions of the system by the suggestive
forces (sympathetic nervous system) and by circulatory forces
(the cerebrospinal system and the blood supply itself).
These course through the system in very close parallel
activity in EVERY single portion of the body.

Hence stimulating ganglia from which impulses arise, - either
sympathetically or functionally, - must then be helpful in
the body gaining an equilibrium.

46. (Q) At what stage in the development of a cold should an
individual be isolated from others so as to prevent spread
of a cold?
(A) At the time the temperature produces an unbalancing,
or when there is sneezing or coughing. For, these are as
precautionary measures of the system in attempting to throw
off the germ itself. It is much the same as a horse wagging
its tail to eradicate a fly that bites it! If there is
pressure upon the mucous membranes, there is the convulsion
or spasmodic reaction to eradicate or to throw off the germ
that is biting in, see? This then is thrown off by cough or
sneeze and is contagious and infectious by mere contact, see?

47. (Q) In a general way, any medicines or remedies recommended?
(A) As has been indicated.

48. We are through for the present.

Copy to Mr. [1797]
" " Mr. Hugh Lynn Cayce - to be used in Bulletin
or Research Paper
" " Ass'n file


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