The natural health and weight-loss recommendations outlined in Edgar Cayce's Diet Plan for Optimal Health and Weight Loss are based on the work of the renowned Christian mystic and visionary Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Although Edgar Cayce was not a physician, his advice brought help and healing to the thousands of individuals who consulted him for various conditions ranging from headaches and influenza to stomach ulcers, leukemia, and multiple sclerosis. Even today, more than half a century after his death, Edgar Cayce's recommendations are being studied and successfully applied by health professionals and lay persons who continue to find an inexhaustible resource in the more than 14,000 discourses, known as "readings," that he provided during his lifetime. In true holistic fashion, the readings always addressed the involvement of mind and spirit in physical conditions, emphasizing that healing would only occur when body, mind, and spirit were harmonized and brought into balance.
Edgar Cayce was a remarkable diagnostician, who, in his self-induced hypnotic state, was able to telepathically "scan" another person's body and accurately determine its condition, along with symptoms and their causes, and to recommend therapies and remedies that would help to correct the ailment. Tapping into what the readings said was a pool of universal consciousness, Edgar Cayce was able to bypass the guessing stages of medical diagnosis and aim straight at the root cause of a pathological condition, while simultaneously designing a unique course of treatment that was most likely to benefit the person for whom help was being sought. It didn't matter whether that person was in the same room with Cayce or going about his or her activities in another town or country. Cayce was able to access the information pertaining to that individual with the same speed and apparent ease.
One of the most widely discussed and applied areas of research from the readings is the large body of information on diet and nutrition. For nearly every ailment that Cayce was asked about, he suggested dietary adjustments. Although much of the readings' nutritional advice was given for individuals with differing biochemical constitutions and specific pathological conditions, there are many common elements that form the basis of what students of the readings have termed the Cayce diet.
The Cayce diet represents a way of eating that optimizes all metabolic functions and processes, including the body's ability to burn fat. When digestion and nutrient assimilation improve and all metabolic processes are restored to optimal function, the natural result is a healthier, leaner body, abundant in energy and well-being.
The verbatim transcripts of the more than 14,000 readings that Edgar Cayce provided during his lifetime are catalogued in the library of the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia.