I've owned this book for several years. Although I can't say that I practiced all of the treatments diligently or with regularity, it's surprising how much of the health and diagnoses information given by psychic Edgar Cayce in the 19th and 20th centuries, coincides with modern-day medical advice.
I'd like to begin this review with a disclaimer. Please don't follow the advice in this book without being under the care or supervision of a doctor. In fact, Reilly suggests this before undergoing any of the treatments in the book.
Although we now know most of the dietary advice that Cayce gave is now common knowledge, you have to remember that Cayce was born on March 18, 1877. He started readings at the age of 21 when he was afflicted with a paralysis of the throat, and continued his readings up until the time of his death in Virginia Beach,VA on January 3, 1945. Much of the advice we take for granted now was not known by dieticians, doctors, and the like when Cayce first gave predictions. Harold Reilly was the man who practiced many of Cayce's treatments. He's treated stars like Mickey Rooney, Robert Frost,Gloria Swanson, Bob Hope, Mae West, Jessica Tandy...among others.
Cayce's dietary advice is as follows. For example, Cayce cautions against eating red meats, and instead encourages people to eat healthy portions of fish, fowl, and lamb. Also, pork is a no-no, except for crisp bacon. And encourages people to eat one raw salad a day - - composed of 4 plants that grow above ground to one below. Fried foods, starches and the like are to be avoided. Surprisingly almonds are the stand out as the miracle drug. Cayce says they're a great disease-prevention tool because of it's combination of phosophorus and calcium.
The advice is amazingly detailed. It discusses how certain foods can affect the body's acidity/akalinity that can cause or prevent disease. There is also a section in the book which advises which "food combinations" are better-digested in your stomach than others.
This book covers naturopathic treatments for a variety of ails from the teeth/hair down to the blood/toes/bones. According to Cayce's advice, eliminations are also essential to curing diseases. Eliminations are carried out through osteopathic adjustments, massage(with peanut oil,olive oil,etc;), colonics, packs(usually composed of cold pressed castor oil or other enemas, baths (steam, sitz,etc;). Also there are sections, with pictures, on exercise and massage. There are also internal cleansing diets (such as the apple diet) which are discussed. Reilly's book even has a small section on meditation.
The massage is interesting because it coincides with what some Hindus do daily - - the self-abhyanga(abeeyanga) - - or daily massage to satisfy their doshas. Usually done with sesame seed oil or some other kinds of oil, right before bathing.
My only quip with the book was the way it was organized was sometimes confusing. If Reilly gave advice on certain exercises, it was difficult to flip through another part of the book to find them. The indexes were helpful to find them - - but sometimes - - not always. Then again, I do possess an old old copy of Reilly's book. Hopefully, there will be an updated versionother edition that makes it easier to find some of the examples he discusses in the book.
I know there are a few skeptics out there. And if you're going to use this book - - please do so under medical supervision.