Coca-Cola Syrup – A Beverage for the Kidneys

Researching and writing about coca-cola syrup,

mentioned in over fifty Edgar Cayce readings, brings up the issue of

carbonated drinks in general. What did Cayce say about


A number of A.R.E. members familiar with the

readings may know that such soft drinks were referred

to as “slop.” Two readings utilize this rather descriptive

term. “No slop, or those of soft drinks of any kind,

should be taken…” (5545-2) When listing a diet for

the noon meal, another reading added, “…and don’t

drink a lot of slop in the form of drinks!” (542-1) Yet

despite this rather degrading connotation, at least seven

individuals were specifically advised to drink carbonated

beverages, including coca-cola. However, many more-

the majority-were told to avoid them entirely, or use

them only in a syrup form without the carbonation. In

one reading a mixture of one-half carbonated water with

one-half plain water added to the syrup was suggested.

The term plain water was usually used to designate what

the cola syrup was to be mixed with for consumption,

probably meaning pure water.

Carbonated: Yes or No?

A number of statements in the readings express

emphatically that a certain substance is not to be

consumed-with no explanation or reason given. Luckily

we have access to others’ readings to compare, contrast,

and “flesh out” these statements. In some instances,

then-using the topic “coca-cola” as an example-an

individual may be told that carbonated beverages were

either all right or not to be consumed at all, yet coca-cola

was OK if taken in moderation. Here are some examples

from these readings:

“Carbonated drinks may be taken,

especially Coca-Cola or those of such

derivatives. These will aid especially in

purifying the activity and coordinating

same through the kidneys and the

eliminating system.” (849-26)

“Just leave off…the carbonated

waters, save Coca-Cola…” (1724-2)

“Keep away from any carbonated

waters, save at times-or rather

regularly-we would take a little Coca-

Cola. This, with some of the activities

in same, acts upon the kidneys to aid in

relieving the tensions there.” (584-8)

“When carbonated waters or drinks

are taken, either Dr. Pepper’s or Coca-

Cola may be taken; but let such as these

be rather as any extra drink and not too

regularly-and of Soft Drinks beware.”


“Soft drinks such as Coca-Cola,

Cherry-Cola, Pepsi-Cola or any of

the Cola drinks, may be taken in

moderation…” (1945-1)

Note that in the last two excerpts one

individual was advised to “beware” of

soft drinks (with the exception of Dr.

Pepper or Coca-Cola), while the second

was told they were suitable to consume

“in moderation.”

In a fifty-one-year-old woman’s first

reading this recommendation was given:

“Any of the drinks where carbonated

waters are used are very well, especially

Coca-Cola or those of that nature-just

so there is not used any preservative

in the preparation of same.” (1703-1)

In a follow-up reading two months

later she asked why Coca-Cola and

carbonated beverages were good for her

and received this answer: “To prevent

the formation of gases in the system.”

(1703-2) This reason is rather surprising

since a number of people experience

the opposite effect: carbonated drinks

tend to trigger gas in their systems.

Carbonated drinks are “charged”

with carbon dioxide, a colorless,

odorless, incombustible gas that is also a

product of respiration; the gas creates

the fizz and bubbles in these soft


As stated earlier, the majority

of people were told to avoid such

beverages altogether; however, one

exception was made: for coca-cola the

syrup alone without the carbonation

could be taken mixed with plain

water. According to certain readings,

such a combination is more beneficial,

aids circulation in general, and helps

detoxify the body. One reading,

5097-1, gave the mixture as “1/2 oz.

or 1 oz. of the syrup [added to] plain

water.” The amount of water to be

used is not mentioned. Directions on

the bottle, purchased in the present

day, recommend a dilution of 1 ounce

of syrup to 5 ounces of plain water,

or the syrup can be poured over

crushed ice.

Indications for Use

Several readings refer to Coca-Cola

as a stimulant, which might

be taken if one desires, though in

moderation. “Taken when tired,

very good; but do not gulp-drink

slowly.” (257-167) The diluted syrup

would “assist in purifying the flow

through the kidneys” (2367-1), is

“helpful for the kidneys and for the

purifying of the blood flow” (2766-1),

or it will “purify activities in kidneys

and bladder.” (3390-1) One reading

stated that this mixture “will react

with the circulation between the

kidneys and the liver, and will clear

off much of the poisons which will

be more beneficial for the activity

of the sensory system.” (5058-1)

Its beneficial effects for kidney and

bladder disorders may stem from the

syrup being both “an alkalizer and a

diuretic,” according to An Edgar Cayce

Home Medicine Guide (p. 31).

How was this beverage to be used?

“Take the Coca-Cola as a medicine, not as a drink.” (3412-1) This suggestion

probably alleviates some apprehension

about its ingredients (see below) as well

as understanding its useful purpose; thus,

it was to be drunk occasionally, as the

readings stated, or “three to four times

a week” (3109-1)-not at all guzzling it

down as a thirst quencher.

A Historical Note

On May 8, 1886, Dr. John S.

Pemberton, a pharmacist, carried a jug

of coca-cola syrup to Jacobs’ Pharmacy

located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

The solution was mixed with carbonated

water, and customers paid 5 cents a

glass for it. Up to nine drinks a day were

purchased that year. The original drink

was not bottled, but sold from a soda

fountain. Today 1.3 billion drinks of

Coca-Cola are sold daily in more than 200

countries around the world. What were the

ingredients in Dr. Pemberton’s syrup?

Today the label lists these ingredients:

high fructose corn syrup and/or sucrose,

water, caramel color, phosphoric acid,

natural flavors, and caffeine. There is

a caution noted for those on a sugar restricted

diet to consult a health-care

professional before taking it. Essentially

the syrup has the same contents as the

regular, non-diet cola soft drink, but minus

the carbonated water.

In an old notebook belonging to Dr.

Pemberton was found the original recipe.

In addition to a variety of flavorings-oils

of orange, lemon, nutmeg, cinnamon,

coriander, and neroli-the ingredients also

included vanilla extract, lime juice, and

“F.E. Coco” (misspelled), which is a fluid

extract from coca leaves. In about 1901

the cocaine was removed from the drink;

it is estimated that due to the extraction

method used (mulching the leaf in 20

percent alcohol) that a 6-ounce bottle

contained probably no more than 8.5 mg

of cocaine. Dr. Pemberton felt that the

drink’s invigorating properties came from

the coca leaf, not just from the cocaine.

Taken in a limited quantity, as the

readings suggest, plus treating it as a

medicine rather than an entertaining

beverage certainly changes the perspective

on this familiar and popular drink.