The Cayce Cold Cure:
A cold cannot exist in alkaline!

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Are you always just
getting over a cold,
or catching a new one?

Edgar Cayce’s cold cure
can end the misery,
and help build your
long-term natural health!

We all know the dismal warning signs: a sore throat; runny nose; sneezing and coughing; a feeling of heaviness and dragging; or maybe just feeling out of sorts and screwy the day before. It varies -- that’s why it’s good to know your personal “storm signals,” an important part of self-health.

I started out cold-prone. Some winters I’d catch them as often as once a month, especially on jobs where I got only four-and-a-half hours’ sleep.

I remember getting up at 3:00 am, when it was dark and miserable outside, and going to work absolutely exhausted. That’s when I knew I was coming down with
a cold again, after beating it off just last week!
I really needed a cold cure.

We’d tried to keep the Cayce diet for years, with its stress on the right acid-alkaline balance. But real life can throw off your aim, and now I was paying the price.

Still, Cayce had said more than once that a person didn’t need to get a cold at all. “A cold cannot exist in alkaline!” was one of his famous bywords. So, when the first hints appeared, I decided to shift into “3-C” mode, and the Cayce Cold Cure blew it away! Nowadays, I sometimes go for years without a cold.

Here’s what he said to do.


  • Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) – This was the backbone of the Cayce cold cure, because it is one of the basic elements of the body, and strongly alkaline. Taking it helps the body to recover the desirable alkalinity to fight off a cold.

    At the first sign of a cold, he advised taking a teaspoon in 6-8 ounces of water every hour until the cold backs off. Taking it when you already have the cold can make you feel a lot better, too.

  • Eat lots of citrus fruits (especially organic, if possible)
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Fresh or canned tomatoes (Cayce considered them a citrus.)
  • The Cayce cold cure recommended lots of citrus fruits.

  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially hot
  • Coffee – (with caffeine) He recommended it to help the adrenals, when they are in a sorry state. (unless other medical conditions prohibit) We normally drink little to no coffee, but colds are the exception.
  • Orange juice (with lime)
  • Hot honey-lemon with unflavored gelatin stirred in for coordination. (Try 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1-2 tablespoons of honey in a cup of hot water.)
  • Drink lots of water.

  • A note about citrus: We’ve found grapefruit more effective than oranges, probably because they are more primitive, like limes and lemons. Oranges have been hybridized endlessly to be sweeter and milder, with less seeds. Cayce suggested people add lemon juice to grapefruit and lime juice to oranges, to produce more of the original reaction.


    Cayce’s approach to the cold cure is mostly about cold prevention – but it can make you much more comfortable if you do catch it! It’s really a mild type of food fasting – “just do it,” before the cold takes hold.

    Here’s the question to ask yourself: Can I afford to catch a cold that takes two weeks to get over, when I can kill it quickly in a day or two with the Cayce cold cure diet? Most of the time I’m alert enough to make the right choice. Is giving up two days of normal eating worth it? Definitely! Since I got the regimen down pat, I’ve been able to stave off most colds and go right on.


    Cayce’s cold cure reminds me of the old saying, “Feed a fever, starve a cold.” But you won’t starve, because there are plenty of alkaline-reacting foods to eat. Try to keep them as organic as possible.

    1. Fruits and alkaline-reacting vegetables

    2. Egg yolks, yogurt, raw milk, buttermilk

    3. No meats or fish (except fat-skimmed chicken broth)

    4. No starch except wholegrain buckwheat, amaranth or quinoa, in unprocessed form (not buckwheat pancake mixes – they’re mostly white flour!). Sources for the whole grains are health food stores and coops, and sometimes the organic section of your local food chain.

    5. Especially no white flour – pizza, pasta, bagels, hamburger and hot dog buns, crackers, noodles, white bread, cookies, toaster pastries, or most dry cereals (Take your lunch with you!)

    6. No sugars except real, 100% maple syrup or honey


    Baking soda was the backbone of the Cayce Cold Cure.

    I mentioned Cayce’s baking soda technique to a conventional doctor once, and she said it raised blood pressure. But studies show that many things raise blood pressure, including the common cold (!), anger, physical pain, stress of any kind, and exercise. And guess what else? Many cold medicines doctors prescribe also raise blood pressure.

    Cayce saw it differently. He said strokes originated in the colon, and saw high blood pressure as a symptom, rather than the cause. For instance, if the colon is never properly cleaned, due to bad diet, leaky-gut syndrome may also be present. This means that debris from the colon could circulate through the arteries, build up plaque in time and cause a stroke.
    But if your blood pressure is abnormally high, you should discuss it with your doctor (allopathic or alternative) before trying the Cayce cold cure. Bear in mind, though, that American MDs are not required to study diet and nutrition at all...

    The point is to make intelligent choices. Which will be worse for your blood pressure: a two-week cold, on medication, or two days of food fasting, an enema, and taking soda? You decide.


    Okay, you finally decide to take the Cayce cold cure. Here’s what happens immediately: Someone bakes you a cake, hands you a plate of spaghetti and meatballs, or throws a party at work – and colds love to feed on anything they would serve: donuts, pie, cake, pizza, steak, fried chicken... Never mind what it is -- if it turns up free at that point, it’s ACID-PRODUCING!

    So it’s your job to get sly and sneaky: Tell them you’ve got an appointment, you’re not feeling well, you’re diabetic, you’re on a special doctor’s diet, you took a vow -- you’ll think of something. Just take the proffered food, smile and head for cover – cubicles, the restroom, the janitor’s closet and the smoking area outside are all wonderful places to THROW IT IN THE TRASH!

    After all, you deserve to be well!

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