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ingredients, many of which the average pharmacist had never heard of, and yet Cayce himself was 

completely unschooled, never having gone beyond the sixth grade in his native Hopkinsville, 

Kentucky. Often the preparations were completely unknown.

Once, for instance, he had recommended clary water for a man troubled with rheumatism. No druggist 

had heard of it. So the subject took an advertisement in a trade paper, asking how it might be obtained 

or compounded. From Paris, seeing the ad, a man wrote that his father had developed the product, but 

that production had been discontinued nearly fifty years before. He enclosed a copy of the original 

prescription. You may have it duplicated if you wish." Meanwhile, Cayce had made a check reading, 

asking himself in trance how clary water could be made. His new information tallied exactly with the 

prescription from Paris.

How did he do it? Dr. Wesley H. Ketchum, an MD with an orthodox background, but an eclectic 

approach, used Cayce as an adjunct to his practice for several years, styling him a Psychic 

Diagnostician, and he told an intrigued medical audience how Cayce functioned, according to Cayce's 

own description of his powers.

"Edgar Cayce's mind," Ketchum told a skeptical Boston medical group, "is amenable to suggestion, as 

are all other subconscious minds, but in addition it has the power to interpret what it acquires from the 

subconscious mind of other individuals. The subconscious mind forgets nothing. The conscious mind 

receives the impression from without and transfers all thoughts to the subconscious, where it remains 

even though the conscious be destroyed." Long before the humanist Jung advanced his concept of the 

collective unconscious, Cayce was apparently practicing what Jung only postulate. "Cayce's 

subconscious," Ketchum elaborated, "is in direct communication with all other subconscious minds, 

and is capable of interpreting through his objective mind and imparting impressions received to other 

objective minds, gathering in this way all knowledge possessed by endless millions of other 

subconscious minds."

Ketchum, who is still alive, and living in California, was particularly impressed because Cayce 

correctly told him he didn't have appendicitis, when seven doctors insisted he did advising surgery. 

Cayce attributed the attacks to a wrenched spine, which had caused nerve impingements and 

peripheral pains, and recommended osteopathic adjustments. With Cayce's treatment, the condition 

cleared, and Ketchum was never troubled with "appendicitis" again. He had no quarrel with the 

doctors, for he had diagnosed his own case similarly—appendicitis.

As one examined his work, Cayce appeared to be not only healer but counselor and philosopher. 

Much before his time, he was aware that most bodily illness was born of the mine, of emotional 

frustrations, resentments, anger. He advised one woman to cleanse herself physically and mentally. 

"Keep the mental in the attitude of constructive forces. See in every individual that which is hopeful, 

helpful. Do not look for others' faults, but rather for their virtues, and the virtues in self will become 

magnified. For what we think upon, that we become." He told another woman bothered with chronic 

colds; "Instead of resentments, love; instead of snuffing, blow." It worked. She didn't have another 

cold for years, and her disposition today is sunny, her complexion the schoolgirl pink of a teenager, 

though she is in her sixties.

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