(Health Secrets) Essiac tea can heal cancer all by itself. It was introduced in Canada during the early 1920’s, and for over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse (pronounced Reen Case), used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the tiny Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.
At first, she accepted whatever anyone could easily afford, even eggs and produce, for her services. She turned no one down. After 1937, she charged no fees! She didn’t make money off the tea though she successfully treated many hundreds. Instead, her rewards were harassment by the Canadian Health Ministry, and betrayal by a private corporation she had hoped would help make Essiac tea available to all.
Though the name Essiac was derived from spelling Rene’s surname Caisse backwards, she was not the original formulator. The ingredients and recipe came originally from an Ojibway Native American medicine man in remote northern Canada.
Rene Caisse was an RN in a Canadian hospital in 1922 when she came upon an elderly patient who had survived breast cancer 30 years earlier. She had been admitted to a hospital and told her breasts would have to be removed.
But she decided against surgery and went back to the mining camp where she lived. In the camp area, an Ojibway medicine man showed her which herbs to use to end her cancer, how to pick and culture them, and how to prepare the tea. She followed his instructions and within several months was completely well. She lived in good health for another 30 years. Since Nurse Caisse had an aunt and step father with cancer at the time, she was interested in the herbs and how to prepare the tea to treat her cancer stricken family members.
From then on she had so much success that in 1933 the small town of Bracebridge allowed her to use the defunct British Lion Hotel as a clinic for virtually no rent. Nurse Caisse continued her work in the clinic from 1934 to 1942, treating hundreds of cancer patients successfully, while charging little or nothing. She cultivated the herbs, brewed the tea in the kitchen, and administered it both orally and by injection.
Of course, during that time and after, Rene Caisse was the center of controversy and harassment from Canadian authorities. She has stated that the only reason she was not imprisoned was because of popular support from Bracebridge’s town council, several prestigious doctors, and of course her many former patients.
Essiac makes it’s way to the USA
Despite many successfully treated cancer patients’ testimonies, the general public has been kept in the dark about Essiac Tea. Caisse made an effort to get Essiac out into the public light in 1977, a year before her death. She made a deal with a company called Resperin, who she thought would produce Essiac tea.
But Resperin was actually in the pocket of the Canadian government and medical authorities. That project vaporized, and the formula seemed destined to obscurity. Then along came a successful California chiropractor, hDr. Gary Glum who specialized in treating world class athletes of all types. He had heard about Essiac’s ealing qualities and started his search for the formula and recipe.
He eventually came upon someone in Detroit, who chose to remain anonymous, who was successfully treated with Essiac for what was diagnosed as incurable cervical cancer. She had the original formula, and Gary bought it from her. Then Gary went to Canada to interview Mary McPhearson, a close personal friend and assistant to Nurse Caisse before Rene passed on in 1978.
There Dr. Glum confirmed the authenticity of the formula he had purchased, and uncovered enough information about Rene Caisse and her work to begin writing his book, Calling of an Angel. In it Dr. Glum told the story of Rene Caisse, and how and where to get the formula. Since then that formula has been disseminated all over the western world.
Gary Glum had to self publish the book because it was so threatening to the cancer industry, and there was the danger of slam dunk wrongful death lawsuits on publishers since Essiac was not FDA approved. So no one would risk publishing it.
That book put Glum in harm’s way for some time. He was harassed by US Marshals and almost completely financially ruined by bogus IRS claims, and a Naval Intelligence operative later threatened his life and the lives of his family if he continued publishing his first book and another that told of the effectiveness of Caisse’s formula as a treatment for AID’s. Only a few of Glum’s books remain, but there are summarized pdf versions available free on line. Dr. Glum also had success with a few cancer patients that came his way. For example, he was involved with treating one young boy with a virulent form of terminal leukemia. The boy recovered completely with Essiac Tea, only to die later from heart failure. The damage to his heart that caused the failure was traced to his earlier chemotherapy treatments!
While researching for his book on Essiac, Dr. Glum came across Dr. Charles A. Brusch, who was a personal physician for the late President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Brusch also ran a cancer clinic in Boston, MA. He had Rene Caisse work there with him from 1959 to 1962. Dr. Brusch treated both his own cancer and Ted Kennedy’s son’s “incurable” cancer successfully with Essiac. Unfortunately, he was hit with a gag order and told to keep quiet or wind up in prison for the rest of his life. Though Dr. Charles Brusch chose to remain silent publicly, Glum’s Calling of an Angel, had this quote from him:
“The results we obtained with thousands of patients of various races, sexes and ages, with all types of cancer, definitely prove Essiac to be [effective] for cancer. All studies done in four laboratories in the United States and one more in Canada fortify this claim.”
Immediately after Rene Caisse’s death, authorities ransacked her home and burned her records. But her friend Mary McPherson had saved some, and a series of autobiographical articles by Nurse Caisse had become public record. The few privy to the treatment’s ingredients and protocol kept a low profile to avoid harassment. But thanks to Dr. Glum’s investigative journalism, the secret is out, albeit among a scattered few. First the ingredients, then the caveats.
Despite the development of 6 and 8 herb versions of Essiac tea recently, the 4 herb version remains as a staple. It has a proven record of successfully treating patients since the late 1920’s. Brewing your own Essiac tea is favored by most who order the herbs, which are sometimes packaged individually, or pre-mixed into one bag.
- 6 1/2 cups of burdock root (cut)
- 1 pound of sheep sorrel herb (powdered)
- 1/4 pound of slippery elm bark (powdered)
- 1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root (powdered)
These amounts of ingredients combine to make 8 quarts or 2 gallons of the tea. Cutting each amount in half makes one gallon at a time. Some instructions say to mix all the ingredients well before placing them in water, store the dry herbal mix in a glass jar in a dark dry place, and take out one ounce of herb mixture per 32 ounces of water (one quart) at a time.
Which ever way you wish to parse it out, the herbs are boiled hard without a lid for 10 minutes, then, covered with a lid and steeped overnight on the stove. In the morning, heat it up to steaming hot (not boiling), then let it settle and pour into glass or ceramic containers. Use stainless steel or cast iron pots for boiling, and glass or ceramic containers for storing. Keep the containers or container with the tea capped in a dark cool place until first used. After opening, it must be refrigerated.
The dosage depends on the condition. For immune tonic use or very mild ailments, 2 ounces once daily was recommended. Frequency was up to 3 times daily with up to 3 ounces each time according to the severity of the ailment, which is usually cancer. The refrigerated tea can be added to hot water or warmed up for consumption. Cancer patients undergoing other treatments, even with allopathic drugs, have used the tea as well.
However, cancer or AIDS should be treated holistically by abstaining as much as possible from toxic medicines, toxic foods, toxic household and cosmetic items, and toxic thinking. The cancer patient should have a meatless diet of organic food and get as much sunshine and vitamin C supplementation as possible. Using Essiac tea while indulging in old life style habits that probably started the cancer or any other disease is not the best way to heal.
The quality of the ingredients is the most important aspect of beneficial Essiac.
There are many watered down versions out there. Dr. Glum has stated that some providers are using irradiated herbs and even replacing sheep sorrel herbs, a common weed declared as illegal for use in Canada, with curly dock, a lesser weed similar to red sorrel. This is critical since it has been laboratory tested and proven that sheep sorrel is the actual cancer medicine in Essiac Tea.
The other ingredients combine for a synergistic immune booster and blood purifier. Also as important is the fact that Rene Caisse used the whole sheep sorrel weed, roots and all. She discovered the roots to be very critical for sheep sorrel’s efficacy. Most Essiac herbal or ready made tea providers use only the leaves of sheep sorrel if they use real sheep sorrel at all. It’s easier and cheaper to harvest the leaves from the weeds while leaving the roots intact to grow more leaves.
There are many people who have survived cancer, and a few have used Essiac to cure AIDS as well. Many others have improved their overall health by using Essiac Tea as a tonic. Yet there are some who complain about little or no effect from Essiac.
This discrepancy points at least partially to the herb quality issue. The proper high quality 4 herb mixture has been effective on cancer, AIDS, and diabetic patients. Rene Caisse never compromised on the ingredients, and she could be stubborn about mixing protocols as well. It’s important that anyone using Essiac have the best ingredients the way Nurse Caisse did.
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