March 2013


If you’ve missed Simone’s article on this topic in the Spring 2013 issue of The Open Road, the magazine of Edgar Cayce Canada, you can read it below, slightly expanded.  If you did read the article, you can skip to the nutrition news briefs that follow.


DSCF0270.jpgFor those of us looking to improve our health and keep ourselves in good shape to meet life’s ongoing challenges, there is no shortage of information. Books and magazines brimming with helpful advice abound. New research is published daily, in both print and electronic format.


In my years of studying and working with nutrition and alternative health research, I became convinced long ago that almost everything modern researchers discovered, the Cayce readings had already covered more than half a century ago. When the flood of new health information becomes overwhelming, confusing, and sometimes contradictory, I find it helpful to return to basics and the essential points from the Cayce health material. I’ve compiled a list of seven points that I feel are manageable, free or inexpensive, and that, with some discipline, can be incorporated into most lifestyles. If we do as many of these things as we can fit into our schedule, we will surely finish the year on a healthier note!


1.     Eat an alkaline-forming whole foods diet.  Medical research continuously affirms the persistent advice from the Cayce readings to increase alkaline-producing vegetables and fruit in our diet and to ensure that all foods we eat are unprocessed, unrefined, uncontaminated, and as close to their fresh, natural state as possible. The body will not be fooled and sooner or later will let us feel its displeasure and “dis-ease” if we choose to ignore this principle. Be sure to include raw foods on a regular basis, as well as dark-green, yellow/orange, and red/purplish veggies and fruit. In addition, all protein and fats consumed should be natural and unrefined.


2.     kitty.jpgGet adequate, restful sleep.  An abundance of recent sleep studies have confirmed from many scientific angles what the Cayce readings emphasized long ago: sleep is vitally important to physical, mental, and emotional health and is a fundamental form of self-regulation for the body. Our nervous, immune, and endocrine systems cannot function properly if we don’t give our body the sleep that it needs. A recent study showed that sleep deprivation can even alter genes in the body, specifically damaging those genes responsible for repairing tissues and cells.


These findings show without a doubt that we must learn to make sleep a priority. First, we need to establish and adhere to a regular sleep routine, reserving seven to eight hours for sleep each night. Second, we need to do all we can to enable the body to sleep if we have trouble: ensure digestive health and adequate nutrient intake to help us relax; give the body adequate amounts of exercise and rest; and use herbal and aromatherapy sleep aids as required.


3.     Move and keep moving.  Our modern and predominantly sedentary lifestyles require too little physical activity of us, so we need to make a deliberate effort to increase that activity through exercise. One of the best ways to achieve this without spending a fortune on exercise equipment or gym membership fees is walking. Cayce’s advice that “Walking is the best exercise!” (715-1), repeated in several readings, is substantiated by a flurry of modern research showing the beneficial effects of walking. The lungs and the circulatory, endocrine, lymphatic, skeletal, and nervous systems all benefit from walking, so make it part of your daily routine—walk for at least half an hour each day, briskly if you can.


4.     Spend time in the sun.  After advising us for years to avoid sunlight, researchers are now realizing the obvious: that we cannot live without it. Numerous vitamin D studies have confirmed the message of Cayce reading 566-2, which says, “It would be well for the body to be in the sunshine and air as much as possible through the seasons when the body may take a great deal of the ultraviolet from the sun’s rays.”


sunflower.jpgA comprehensive 30-year study conducted at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, demonstrated that low vitamin D levels are directly linked to early death from heart disease and other causes. In other research, a team at Newcastle University, UK, found a link between low levels of vitamin D and symptoms of muscle fatigue. The study showed that supplementation with vitamin D for several weeks significantly improved muscle efficiency and relieved fatigue in those with low levels of the vitamin.


Although vitamin D is available in supplement form, which is often helpful during the winter months, it is not nearly as effective as vitamin D produced in the skin through the sun’s rays. So, make hay while the sun shines and stock up on the sunshine vitamin whenever it is available free of charge from nature’s pharmacy!


5.     Keep stress at bay.  For most of us, stress has become a household word. A tight schedule of constant, overlapping activities and responsibilities is a common reality. Wireless Internet technology that makes us accessible 24 hours a day and gives us access to the world in the same way can be as stressful as it is helpful. Research confirms that constant, uncontrolled stress is harmful and may be deadly. It is absolutely vital for us to find ways to curb stressful influences and set aside time for relaxation. Let’s remember to heed Cayce’s simple advice: “Do not fail to play as well as work. Do not fail to relax mentally and physically.” (257-50)


6.     Meditate and pray.  The Cayce readings emphasize the importance of meditation and prayer for healing self and others, and modern research has confirmed the many benefits of both practices. It is exceedingly important that we make time for them amidst all our busyness. Cayce reading 1223-7 states, “Have regular periods of rest, and use these as the periods of meditation; and we will find all of the activities, physical, mental and spiritual, will be much better coordinated.” Give it a try! Chances are that over time, not only will your health improve, but the rest of your life will, too!


7.     candle.jpgKeep a hopeful attitude.  Studies have shown that optimists live longer, healthier, and more successful lives than pessimists. Whatever happens in the world around us, the one thing we have control over is our attitude. Nothing says it better than Cayce reading 1074-1: “Keep the mental attitude in a constructive manner. Know within self that the physical elements may be builded; that the Mind is the Builder; that the manner in which the spiritual influences and forces may act upon the system builds that which is held in the deeper mental force. Keep it, then constructive! Do not think negatively!”


Let’s hold this in mind as we move on through the remaining months of 2013!


Mediterranean diet helps prevent heart disease

The importance of eating a natural whole-foods diet was once again spotlighted by the results of a recent study conducted at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. A Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables and fruit, olive oil, fish, and nuts was shown to be a significant factor in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. In my books and articles, I have often pointed to the similarities between the components of the Cayce diet and those of the Mediterranean diet, which in recent years has been the subject of many research studies. You simply can’t go wrong with a balanced natural-foods diet!

Olive oil compound protects against Alzheimer’s

The phenolic compound oleocenthal found in extra-virgin olive oil has been shown to help clear the brain of abnormal beta-amyloid proteins that have been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The animal study from the University of Luisiana at Monroe, USA, and published in the journal Chemical Neuroscience, demonstrated that increased oleocenthal consumption resulted in a significant reduction of beta-amyloid proteins in the brain. The benefits of extra-virgin olive oil, which were frequently extolled in the Edgar Cayce readings, have been repeatedly proven in many studies over the years. The oleocenthal study adds just one more very good reason to make this healthful oil a regular part of your diet!

Red wine compound supports seniors’ mobility

Another component of the Mediterranean diet, resveratrol, the much-studied phenolic compound found in red grapes, red grape juice, and red wine, which has been demonstrated to help prevent heart disease, cancer, and obesity, now has additional credentials: an animal study showed that it helped improve mobility, as well as the ability to maneuver around obstacles, in older rodents fed resveratrol for eight weeks. Researchers expect that the findings of the study, presented at the National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in August 2012, could lead to the development of natural products designed to help older people live safer and more productive lives. But why wait for more manufactured products containing resveratrol when you can enjoy its benefits by consuming red grapes, red grape juice, and moderate amounts of red wine?

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We wish all our readers a happy and healthy spring season!

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