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Edgar Cayce

A normal diet is about twenty percent acid to eighty percent alkaline-producing. (1523-3) 

Dr. Bernard Jensen (nutritionist and owner of Hidden Valley Health Ranch, Escondido, Calif.) often suggests that four vegetables, two fruits, one protein, and one starch daily will provide this percentage.

Dr. George Crile, in his book, A Bipolar Theory of Living Processes, explains: A healthy cell is composed of a proper relationship between acid and alkaline; if it becomes too acid or too alkaline, it dies.

In the body we have two poles acting to the living body, the kidneys and the liver; the active principles are the same as two poles of electricity in the body, those which give life to the body. The liver is the stronger, excretive and secretive. The kidneys secreting, taking from the system the impurities. That is the use of these organs. (4909-1)

When there is an incoordination between these organs there is a disease potential. The human body is a bi-polar electro-chemical mechanism, in which the individual cells keep the flame of life burning. This continual energy conversion (oxidation) supplies the electricity which is the vital force of the organism.

Unfortunately, foods do not react in the body as they do in a test tube, so, in reality, it is not always the foods eaten that determine the alkalinity or acidity, but what the body does with them. For example, when citrus fruits containing citric acid are oxidized in the body, they react as alkaline producers rather than acid. Even the tomato is non-acid forming (584-5). Yet dried prunes, plums, cranberries, and canned pineapple are acid-forming in the body according to Dr. George Wilson. He also notes that oatmeal, rice and whole wheat (alkaline foods) are oxidized by the body into acids. However, the acid of vinegar and hydrochloric acid are considered end products, and are not changed by the body.

Involved in this creation of acids and alkalines in the body, is the process of electrolytic combustion or oxidation, which, Dr. Wilson explains, takes place in the intercellular fluids. Its purpose is to burn up poisons, which may come from starches, sweets, fats and proteins that have been incompletely digested. Passing into the bloodstream, they become a part of the intercellular fluids. In such a state they clog intercellular spaces and cause stases, the forerunner of disease.

Information on checking the pH balance of the body was provided in the readins.

A general activity for a body in much of a normal condition is to keep the acidity and the alkalinity in a proper balance. The best manner to indicate this is to test the alkalinity or acidity of the body through the salivary gland membranes, or by taking litmus paper in the mouth. This also may be indicated through the urine. (540-11)

 Suggestions to overcome over-acidity were provided in the readings as well:

Whenever there is disturbance with this, if it is in the glands themselves (salivary…and you checked with litmus and found an acidity…pink color), then take citrocarbonate, that is, if it is indicated in the salivary glands that there is an acidity, then take a small quality of citrocarbonate. If the acidity is indicated through the kidneys, or from the urine itself, then drink a little of the carbonated waters, (sodium carbonate, being alkaline) as would be indicated with Coca-Cola—but that which is bottled is the better, [In general, the readings strongly recommend the cola syrup with plain water] or use a little of the Watermelon Seed Tea (alkaline).  (540-11)




    But at least once a day, three days a week, do take watermelon seed tea as a part of the water.  This would be prepared by pouring a pint of boiling water over a tablespoonful of watermelon seed (ground or cut) and allowing it to steep.  Let it cool, then strain and drink.  This will clarify those conditions that cause reactions in the kidneys and bladder, for, the lack of eliminations and the slowing up of the circulation causes a greater quantity of drosses to be held in the system, and these need to be eliminated from the body.
More will be eliminated through using this stimuli for the kidney activity than in most any way.  


For additional information, see the Cayce Health Database on the Basic Cayce Diet .

 Genevieve Haller, DC, (deceased) is former Director of Chiropractic Research for A.R.E. She served on the Board of Trustees and participated in many conferences. This article was excerpted from the April-June 2013 issue of Venture Inward our member magazine and is in the Circulating File “Acidity-Alkalinity,” available to members at EdgarCayce.org/members.


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