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I wasn’t alive during Edgar Cayce’s life time, an 80-year-old man brought me as close to Mr. Cayce as if I had  

A New Life for Wally
by Barbara Derrick

"Although I wasn't alive during Edgar Cayce's
lifetime, an 80 year-old man brought me as
close to Mr. Cayce as if I had known him."

It all began when a friend, Wally Decker, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia. Wally considered his diagnosis worse than death. He adhered to his Christian Science faith throughout his life and had been free of the maladies that most people experience. He didn’t even have a physician until the age of 67. Wally was a widower who had cared for his wife of 52 years. He attended aerobic classes regularly and loved to dance. Now the tremor in Wally’s voice told me he felt defeated as medical science offered little hope. Treatment could help him adapt to the progression of his illness, but there was no cure.  


I thought of Edgar Cayce. So many turned to him in his lifetime when all else had failed. Although Mr. Cayce is gone, his many medical readings are still available. When people follow his suggestions, they get better. While visiting the Cayce Museum in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, I happened to meet David McMillin, who was part of the Meridian Institute - a medical organization that researches the body-mind-spirit connection and the Cayce readings. They researched the therapies suggested by Mr. Cayce for individuals with specific conditions and compiled summery protocols. Then individuals with similar conditions were invited to participate in studies using the protocols in a clinical setting. The results, helpful or not, were then published. I was impressed.  


Luckily the Institute had just acquired a grant for an Alzheimer’s research project. After the protocol was formulated, slots would be open for those who qualified. Having a medical doctor attest that a patient had the disease was one of the primary requirements. Wally needed his neurologist to attest that he had Alzheimer’s.  


“I don’t believe in such stuff,” the neurologist told us frankly. “And I don’t want my name associated with anything like this.” “If you don’t fill out these papers, he cannot take part,” I asserted holding the papers in front of him. He took the papers and glancing over his notes began to fill out the report and signed it, illegibly. I trusted that the Institute would take my word that a competent neurologist had signed the report. There were also many additional documents needed from family and friends attesting to Wally’s changing behavior. All documents were submitted and then we waited.  


As we waited, Wally was having doubts. There was so much he would have to do to comply with the protocol. “Do you want to try to work with this disease or not?” “But I can’t...” “Wait and see, Wally...”


After he had been selected, the Institute sent a tape and program as part of the project. He needed for someone to repeat an affirmation daily while he was relaxed. “If I make a tape for you, will you listen to it before you fall asleep each night?” He agreed and we prepared affirmations stating exactly what Wally wanted to achieve.  


While participating in the Meridian Institute experiment, Wally’s ophthalmology exam brought another devastating diagnosis. He had macular degeneration in his left eye. His doctor told him there was no treatment to cure the condition. Wally began to make alterations to his house and eventually stopped driving at night as his sight deteriorated.    


After using the tape regularly and following the Alzheimer’s protocol, changes became apparent in Wally’s behavior. He was happier. He looked upon others with a greater degree of compassion. He accepted the viewpoints of others even when he didn’t agree with them. He developed an unconditionally positive regard for other people. Also, his vision improved enough for him to drive at night again.  


Wally returned to his physician for his check-up. After the exam, his physician remarked, “I really thought you had Alzheimer’s.” “Now I don’t think you ever had Alzheimer’s.” A neurologist and a clinical psychologist specializing in Alzheimer’s had performed the tests and both had agreed on his diagnosis. “How can you explain that?” Wally asked. “I can’t explain it.” the physician replied.  


Next Wally went for his regular check-up at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University where he had received the diagnosis of dry macular degeneration with the concurrence of second doctor. After the examination, the professor was surprised. “I see no evidence of macular degeneration.” The two illnesses that confronted Wally were now both non-existent. The affirmations he used were broad and included a wider spectrum of issues than Alzheimer’s. He had been willing to be open to the inclusive affirmations of health and it worked.  


Wally was consistent in following the protocol. He had followed the instructions closely and as faithfully as if he had received readings during Edgar Cayce’s lifetime. The health readings that came through Mr. Cayce 70 or so years ago still work today and miracles can happen.  


(Barbara Derrick, pictured above with Wally Decker, is a psychotherapist and minister who works with the Cayce material in her practice.)  


This article appeared in the July/August 2004, Venture Inward Magazine. A.R.E. Members can view archived issues of the magazine and newsletter, a benefit of membership, in the online member-only section of  




Edgar Cayce gave many readings for persons suffering from dementia. The readings are in close agreement with modern medicine on the physical pathology of the dementias.  


Repeatedly, Edgar Cayce provided graphic descriptions of the nervous system deterioration indicative of these disorders. One almost gets the sense that Cayce used his consciousness as a modern researcher might use a  high-tech probe or brain scan. Often, Cayce's perspective was from the inside of the body, moving freely among the organs and tissue. His portrayal of the delicate interactions within and between the nervous systems is particularly fascinating. Without going into the technical aspects of anatomy and physiology, the important point is that Edgar Cayce anticipated the results of modern brain research which regards dementia as a progressive degeneration of nerve tissue in the brain.  


However, Edgar Cayce's perspective goes beyond brain pathology. The Cayce readings discuss how the brain is dependent upon the rest of the body for its moment to moment existence. Without the continual removal of metabolic waste and the supplying of nutrients, nerve cells in the brain will die in only a few minutes. Cayce explained that the various organs of assimilation and elimination are important in the cause and treatment of dementias such as Alzheimer's dementia. Cayce also emphasized the importance of "drainages" and nervous system coordination.



“As you relax, you are experiencing quite, peace, happiness and joy."


"You can feel God’s love surrounding you. This allows you to rest in the knowledge that God’s love is guiding you, helping you in every way to make each day good and purposeful. You have good, appreciative feelings for those around you, knowing that you wish every person in your life well and they hold you in high regard.” 


“Your mind will move toward functioning well and this will give you great pleasure. Your short-term memory is improving, your mind more alert, and your recall of names and words improving day by day.”


“This time of relaxing will help to coordinate your nervous system and improve circulation through your body. The elimination systems are removing toxins fromyour body. The foods that you eat will provide nourishment for your body.”


“You will be calm and cooperative to those around you at all times. You are self-sufficient. This makes you happy and proud. You look forward to each day and enjoy life. Your short term memory and recollection of words and names is serving you well.”


You are being healed - you are becoming whole at all levels. The divine energy within you is rejuvenating your body, mind and spirit.”


Usually Wally fell asleep with the TV playing and whatever was on was influencing his subconscious mind. Now Wally began to listen to the tape instead each night as he prepared for sleep. The tape repeated for 30 minutes before stopping, but he was often asleep before the tape finished. Even in sleep the positive messages are recorded in the subconscious mind.  


Wally’s cognitive therapy to rebuild the brain is similar to a reading Mr. Cayce gave for a 34-year-old male who was a resident of a sanitarium. His mother had requested the reading and was told that her son’s condition was prenatal in origin. “There were inroads of the softening of the cell cord and brain and abrasions to the nervous system.” (271-1) Besides using pre-sleep suggestions, Edgar Cayce told the mother that her son should have only constructive reading material before retiring - nothing negative, nothing about the underworld, no animosity and no excitement. “You are dealing with mental recuperative forces and conditions acting upon the mind, just as would be experienced in the development of a 6 to 8 to 12-year-old child.” “But the mind is being rebuilded!”said Mr. Cayce. (274-4)  


Edgar Cayce also recommended the use of electrotherapy to stimulate nerve regeneration. The use of psychological techniques such as hypnotherapy was suggested. Finally, the spiritual aspects of treatment were also strongly emphasized.   




To summarize: Edgar Cayce provided numerous readings describing the pathological process and gave recommendations for the treatment of dementia. In general, his approach was to assist the body in cleansing and nurturing the nerve tissue in the brain by a variety of physical, mental and spiritual therapies. In fact, Edgar Cayce even provided a "formula" for rebuilding the brain in cases of dementia.  




In reading 1800-16, Edgar Cayce laid out the basics of a treatment approach for dementia.

The key elements are:  


  1. Electrotherapy with gold and silver "vibratory" solutions. (Wet Cell appliance)

  2. Spinal manipulations and massage to improve nervous system coordination and eliminations.

  3. Suggestive therapeutics (a form of natural hypnosis - taped affirmations).

  4. Patience (a key spiritual attribute; “Keep on Keeping on.” EC).

  5. Other activities in the system to improve assimilation, circulation and elimination.


Edgar Cayce's approach to Alzheimer's disease and dementia is described in a book titled Alzheimer's Disease and the Dementias: An Alternative Approach Based on the Readings of Edgar Cayce written by David McMillin. Cayce's approach to nervous system regeneration is discussed in detail in Principles and Techniques of Nerve Regeneration. Both books are available from A.R.E. Press.  


Note: The above is information only and is not intended as medical advice for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health Database.  




With today’s technology it is easy to record messages for playback. Whatever method used record the affirmations in your own voice. Be sure they are in the first person, present tense. Wally’s affirmations addressed his issues and concerns. Your affirmations should also address your specific issues. Always state the affirmations in a positive way. Never use “what I don’t want statements.” example: “I never forget words.” instead: “My recall of words is perfect.”

Recorded affirmations are also effective if played in the background during other activities. The volume should be at a level that the individual words are not discernable. The sub-conscious will still respond to the messages, but without engaging the conscious sensor.  


Compiled and edited by Carl Leon Bohannon.