The methods of Edgar Cayce are still used to cure untreatable illnesses.

Edgar Cayce with glasses

Edgar Cayce

A young boy in a bed with bandages wrapped around his head and eyes

He saved his son from a life of blindness


In 1986, 27-year-old Cathy Comora visited her ophthalmologist after having some minor vision problems. She was horrified when her doctor told her she had optic neuritis, a severe inflammation of the optic nerve. Cathy was told she would probably go blind:

“It was a very frightening experience. He said I wouldn’t want to run out right away and buy a white cane, but it’s very serious and I was scared. I mean, I suddenly realized that there is a possibility that I could go blind.”

People carrying white sacks of letters into a house from the bed of a pick up truck

Cayce received truckloads of letters

Since there is no known cure for the disease, Cathy chose to look for an alternative treatment. She found a doctor who was familiar with the mysterious methods of a man named Edgar Cayce. Edgar Cayce became famous in the 1920s for diagnosing illnesses, even though he had absolutely no medical training. In his lifetime, Cayce made more than 9,000 diagnoses, or “readings” as he called them, while in a deep, self-induced trance. Even though Edgar Cayce died in 1945, many practitioners still follow his teachings. Some dismiss the cures as mere lucky coincidence. But for those diagnosed with a disease that modern medicine cannot cure, Edgar Cayce’s methods continue to hold out hope.

Edgar Cayce discovered his mysterious ability when he was just 13-years-old. A borderline student, one day he fell asleep on top of his spelling book. When his father later quizzed him, Edgar could spell every word in the book, and he even knew the page numbers where each word appeared. According to his son, Edgar Evans, it was at that moment that his father knew he was gifted:

“All he had to do was sleep on his books at night, and he’d moved along very rapidly, whether it was spelling or math or history or whatever. And he became an exceptional student, rather than an average student.”

A large bookshelf with many volumes of brown leather bound books

His writings created followers

When Edgar was 23, he suddenly lost the ability to speak. For an entire year, physicians were unable to explain, or cure, his illness. As a last resort, Edgar’s parents convinced him to see a hypnotist. His family physician attended and recorded the session in exact detail. According to the physician, Cayce sank into a deep sleep. When Edgar awoke everyone was shocked. According to his son, Edgar, his father then spoke for the first time in a year:

“He started to talk and say yes we have the condition—it’s a constriction of the throat… constriction of the blood flow so we will collect it. And when later the hypnotist told him to wake up he sat up, and coughed up a little blood, and he could talk. And I think that was probably the first reading.”

Cayce’s doctor persuaded him to attempt diagnoses on other patients who had not responded to traditional medicine. Cayce agreed, but according to his son, the end result left him disillusioned:

“The problem developed when, at the end of some of the readings, people would start asking him questions about… what horse was going to win a race what was going to happen in the… stock market, results of the ball game, and when he found out… what people were doing, he said, I’m giving it up.”

Cayce abandoned his psychic readings, married, and moved to Alabama, where he worked as a photographer. By 1914, he had two sons, Edgar Evans and Hugh Lynn.
When Hugh Lynn was just eight years old, he was seriously injured in a darkroom explosion. According to Edgar Evans, the local doctor was not very hopeful:

“The doctors examined him and said, well, we think we’re going to have to take out one eye. He’s probably going to lose the sight in both of them. And my brother said, Daddy, give me a reading.”

For Edgar Cayce, it was the ultimate test. He had not attempted a reading in years. Could he now save his own son from a life of blindness? Edgar Evans recalled what happened:

“He described an application for the eyes that included tannic acid. Well, that was unheard of at the time, and the doctors thought it was too strong, but they thought he was going to lose his eyes anyways, so it wouldn’t hurt to try. And when they first put it on, well Hugh even said, this must be Daddy’s medicine, it doesn’t hurt.”

It seemed like a miracle. Within six weeks, Hugh Lynn’s sight was completely back to normal. Word of the boy’s recovery spread, and soon Cayce became famous. In 1925, he moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, and opened a center. According to his son, over the next 20 years Cayce received thousands of requests for readings:

“He felt like he couldn’t refuse people so he started doing two and three and four and five and it got up to… nine and ten a day, and it was just too much for him.”

On the brink of exhaustion, Edgar Cayce suffered a massive stroke. He died on January 3, 1945, leaving behind more than one hundred and twenty thousand pages of readings. These readings continue to serve as a wellspring of hope for those in search of cures that may have eluded modern medicine—people like Cathy Comora. When her optic neuritis was diagnosed in 1986, Cathy went to Dr. John Pagano, a chiropractor in New Jersey who had studied Edgar Cayce’s readings for 30 years:

“Cayce was very specific on what areas of the spine to adjust. The fact that Cayce suggested this certain procedure for eye problems does not mean that he specifically diagnosed it as optic neuritis. He talked about vision problems. Blindness. And that’s what I approached it as. Not as optic neuritis.”

Within seven days, Cathy’s eyesight was fully restored. Dr. Pagano believed that Cayce’s treatments were responsible for her recovery. However, skeptics like Professor Paul Kurtz of the State University of New York, Buffalo, vehemently disagreed:

“I think that much of the Cayce material is based upon illusion. And I think there’s a placebo effect here at work. Often if you believe that someone is going to cure you, you give them white sugar pills, and they might be cured. So the power of the mind can have a powerful effect.”

How can the unique life of Edgar Cayce be explained? The medical world has refused to endorse his methods, yet at the same time, is unwilling to dismiss them.

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  1. Matthew Michael Ball

    Did Caycee ever have a reading that involved macular degeneration? My mother had that disease and i have inherited it.
    Thank You
    M. Michael Ball


  2. Tammy Cafferty

    I would like to know the formula of the tannic acid for blindness I hurt my eye and now I am blind in one eye I believe this treatment can help me I will prepare the formula and use it as prescribed…can you send me email. Thank yoi


  3. cired my own illness and died for it

    As a 15 year old with a mentally ill and basic father of depression I got bulimia and I went into his medical books which he did not. but he abused me for being sick and did not even understand or cure his own food addiction or sisters alcoholism. I came up and cured myself at end of fist year in art school. off something strange called common sense. most doctors do not have this and are guided by big drug companies who tell people tey are sick and make money off not being able to cure htem or need drugs and other. curing eye issues is also been easy by understand trauma to the part of brain from stress and curing it. as my own healing was disturbe by said father and I was put into a horrible hell.. I lost 12 years agin to a fake diagnosis my father created and lost time and health and again cured myself off common sense of which they did not have. I was also tgargeted by spirit enteties that came into my being and self off holes created in my defense from trauma someone who also wanted to prove how psychic they were to make someone die a horrible death of torture mental anguish. I escaped and got to live 19 years. on road I met some persons bragging of having super powers mind and psychic talent most of them black and ghetto mentality who wanted to get into my mind and to find an illness in my past or other to make me sick. while not all of the persons sent to defeat my miracles were balck one was gay and all of them sick in some way of sociopath.. no one came between them and they took my life from me. most of them from Negril Jamaica.. wh target mind and soul of white people.. if they are vulnerable.. even when I told doctors what to do to prevent and cure it. no one cared. it did not even need a doctor but because of nature of the wounding I needed protection and concern of every day normal instinct and the persons who were blood thirsty literlay tore thorugh my life and removed my being health mind and soul. I don’t doubt one of them was a sister who wanted to maybe shut me up about her part in my situation. in end I suffered also a strange bolt of backward energy which left me with a stroke I never recover from and left a person who look like I aged in one minute to old person from fighting for life to dead…


  4. AgusTiinaa

    Lucifer was casted out of Heaven. To Earth. This is Hell. Only in anniewct times it was called Hell. Then they changed it to Earth after the soil which provides foods for sustenance. Demons came before man though. Adam and Lillith was the first demons. Ancient texts shows that. Then Adam was made out to be a man by later texts with the first woman. With Eve. It made ot that she was made out of his rib and was his mate. Erased Lillith from history. That’s religion for you. Lies from liars. They put a little truth to their stories but mostly lies. The truth they hide is that Eve is called Eve because she was the first Human and not made from the earth like Adam, as his name implies, and Lillith. Neither are we who followed her. We are born. Not made. If demons still exist they would have to be considered the yeti or sasquatch. And being part of Adam as it was it would have been impossible for her to bare children by Adam. They wouldn’t have been compatible. So it would have had to of been devils cast out of heaven she bore children by. And people wonder why we have wars? We carry devil blood in us as well as demon’s blood. Corrupt blood. We can do no less. It’s our nature. We live on Hell and life can be hell on Hell. But when Lucifer is cast into the firy furnaces of Hell we’ll find out how bad life can be. Religion is of the devil. So are we. God has cast us aside and we are Satan’s now. We will be hurting. We have always followed the church. Followed Satan. The deceiver. So we make war. So we kill. So we do all matter of sins. So we will reap everlasting eternal Hell.


  5. andrea shaw

    does any of his writings involve arthritis of the shoulder, or accessory navicular syndrome of the foot? I am in constant pain and physical therapy has done little to help


  6. regina

    I have disablatateing sever deppreshion what if any thing was told by Cayce have had a lot of trma to front of brain along with sever abuse.


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