Rene Caisse’s Ojibwa Indian brew is now marketed as an herbal tea without any claims of health benefits for cancer patients. This avoids recrimination by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Health Ministry.
The medical establishment, having spent billions of dollars of taxpayer and donation money on funded research grants, salaries, fellowships, fancy offices, and laboratories, still resorts to the basic premise in cancer treatment: operate, inject toxic chemicals during chemotherapy, and use controlled doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and tumors.
Attempting to discover whether new clinical trials and laboratory tests were ever conducted on Rene Caisse’s herbal formula, people called the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The clearest answer relative to established medicine’s approach was given when the NCI was asked about Essiac or Flor-Essence, which are the trademarked commercial remedies prepared from nurse Caisse’s original Ojibwa formulation: “We do not have information on alternative medicine. We send callers brochures about traditional cancer treatments,” was the courteous response from the taxpayer-funded NCI.
When asked what response the agency would give if a caller asked for information about Essiac or Flor-Essence, the reply was, “We refer them to a list of libraries where they can read about non-traditional medicine.”
The American Cancer Society very thoughtfully replied that they could not find information about Essiac or Flor-Essence in their database.
The Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research did animal testing on Essiac in 1975. Dr. C. Chester Stock, the Institute’s vice president for Academic Affairs reported to Nurse Caisse, “Enclosed are test data from two experiments indicating some regressions of sarcoma in 180 of the mice treated with Essiac.”
Dr. Stock began work at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in 1946 and retired in 1980 at age 70. He was located and contacted for this article.
“We implanted tumors in mice. Of course it’s always possible that something that is inactive in animals could be active in humans. Also something might be effective against one tumor and not another,” Dr. Stock said.
After his 1975 letter was read to him during the interview, Dr. Stock said, “We may have seen more of an effect there. We wanted more material—we were definitely not able to establish it. We did not get any more material from her (Rene Caisse). We were of course encouraged with some regressions,” Dr. Stock said.
“On the strength of that letter, I wanted to do more testing. I would have liked to have gone a little further. … If we could have confirmed our activity, if we could have gotten more material, we may have been able to go to clinical trials,” Dr. Stock explained.
Rene Caisse in her lifetime had seen miracle cures with Essiac, the Ojibwa herbal brew she named by reversing the letters of her own name.
The country nurse had been threatened with arrest and ridiculed by the medical establishment. She had collaborated with Dr. Charles A. Brusch, and the two tried to find a reliable partnership with a pharmaceutical company to produce and market the herbal tea. Initial efforts did not work out, and their association with a Canadian company essentially became fruitless.
Dr. Brusch appeared on talk radio programs produced by Elaine Alexander after the Canadian Department of Health and Welfare terminated the clinical testing program that had been initiated by the efforts of nurse Caisse.
Canadian radio in Vancouver broadcast a series of interviews with Dr. Brusch in 1984. Immediately, radio personality Elaine Alexander was deluged with requests for Essiac.
One of the most poignant radio interviews between Elaine Alexander and Dr. Brusch is transcribed in the book “The Essiac Report,” by Richard Thomas. Their exchange follows:
Elaine Alexander: Dr. Brusch, have you studied Essiac’s effect on cancer patients under controlled conditions in your clinic?
Dr. Charles A. Brusch: Yes I have.
Ms. Alexander: Were the results significant, or were the results, as some medical professionals have asserted in the past, simply anecdotal?
Dr. Brusch: Highly significant.
Ms. Alexander: Does Essiac have any side effects?
Dr. Brusch: None.
Ms. Alexander: Dr. Brusch, let’s get right to the point. Are you saying Essiac can help some people with cancer, or are you saying that Essiac is a cure for cancer?
Dr. Brusch: I’m saying it’s a cure.
Ms. Alexander: Would you repeat that once more Dr. Brusch?
Dr. Brusch: Yes, I would be glad to. Essiac is a cure for cancer. I’ve seen it reverse and eliminate cancers at such a progressed state that nothing medical science currently has could have accomplished similar results. I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not seen it with my own eyes. I feel very strongly that Essiac is the single most beneficial treatment for cancer today.
Healing HerbsDon Cardinal, a Cree medicine man from Canada, believes the herbal blend of sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark, and rhubarb root are keys to the treatment of cancer.“There are two more herbs that have been secretly guarded and held back when the original ingredients were passed down,” Don Cardinal, whose Cree name is Kiweeten, or Healer of the North, said.When asked by Dr. Brij Sood, M.D., then clinical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Montifiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, whether he knew the precise ingredients of the original Ojibwa brew, the Cree medicine man replied that he did.The additional ingredients help the main herbs interact and provide healing for the body,” Cardinal said.“It is important that the herbs are mixed in the correct proportions,” he said, describing the spiritual importance he placed on using nature’s bounty in the right way. “When I pick the herbs myself, I always say a prayer and make my offering of tobacco to say thank you to the Creator for giving us these herbs,” he said.“Even when I do not gather the herbs myself, when I buy them, in case those who gathered them did not offer thanks, I always say a prayer and make an offering before I use them,” the Cree healer said. He shows respect in a spiritual way that is the essence of Native American healing and medicine.
The herbal brew that has been passed down contains ingredients well known for their curative properties independent of the Essiac or Flor-Essence formulations. Sheep sorrel has been used in healing poultices from earliest times. It was recorded in use in 1475 in Iceland for boils and tumors.
The extracts of sheep sorrel are rich in vitamins A, B, C, O, E, K., P, carotenoids, chlorophyll, and minerals. Japanese researchers at Nagoya University found burdock root to reduce cell mutation, and Hungarian scientists found it to adversely affect tumor growth. Chinese medicine has used burdock root for thousands of years as a blood purifier rich in vitamins B, E, P and many minerals.
Slippery elm bark contains mucilage and has been used to prevent and cure inflammation of membranes and to contribute to healing when used externally on wounds by having antimicrobial and antibiotic effects.
Rhubarb root was reported in Chinese medicine in 220 B.C. as a healing medication to remove toxins from the blood and small intestines. Rhein, contained in rhubarb root, has been shown by Japanese scientists at the Oriental Medicine Research center in Tokyo to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines.
To understand how a cancer cure works, it is important to understand how cancer begins and acts in the human body.
“The basic premise of all this is the change which occurs in the body caused by things that do not belong to the body,” Dr. Brij Sood, M.D., a veteran cancer surgeon and former clinical director of Radiation Oncology at the Einstein hospitals said.
Cancer cures witnessed by the late nurse Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles A. Brusch as well as others who have used the Ojibwa Indian’s brew, prove its healing properties have conquered cancer. The Ojibwa Indian herbal tea is a natural cure that does no harm.
“The first insult to the cell is by an initiator. Then there are promoters that change the cell into cancer. That’s how science sees it,” Dr. Sood explained.
“When change is initiated by environmental or dietary factors, then the next step is promotion. Tobacco, alcohol, ultra violet rays can alter the cell, and the cell responds by doing just what it wants to do as the body’s immune system is altered and the body’s response is altered,” Dr. Sood added.
Describing the genetic factor in cancer, Dr. Sood explained: “There are expressive genes and suppressive genes. Suppressive genes may be absent in some people. Consider them the police. When the police are absent, genes which otherwise would have kept quiet grow. How it happens is a mystery.
“In a person’s lifetime, certain things are done to the body so that the normal healthy way of living is not there any more; the suppressor gene is gone and cancer cells grow. In Indian language, as Don Cardinal expressed it, they want to put the whole body in harmony, put the body where it belongs, acting in perfect physiological balance,” Dr. Sood said.
“Chemotherapy kills good and bad cells. Herbs may strengthen the strong elements of the body so that the body’s defenses can take over the cancer,” Dr. Sood said.
“How herbs affect it is beyond the scientific community to explain. They may strengthen the body’s immune system.”
This doctor with 30-years experience in treating cancer patients spoke openly and inquisitively. He listened carefully to the Cree medicine man describe, in almost the same language originally used by the Ojibwa healer, the Indian herbal drink that acted as a detoxifier: “a holy drink that purified the body.”
In a letter written in 1983 to the Canadian minister of Health, Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick, M.D., chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, stated: “There are some 10 patients with surgically treated tumors of the central nervous system who have escaped from conventional methods of therapy including both radiation and chemotherapy.
“The patients who were started on Essiac have [had] at the present time … a limited follow-up period to reach definite conclusions. However, in 8 out of the 10 patients, there has been a significant improvement in their neurological state.
“For further confirmation of the effectiveness of this treatment, we’ll wait on CAT scans and subsequent investigations. I am, however, most impressed with the effectiveness of the treatment and the lack of side effects.”
Dr. Hendrick’s letter to Canada’s minister of Health further stated: “I feel that this method of treatment should be given serious consideration and would benefit from a scientific clinical trial.”
Gabriel Lightfriend served as national sales and marketing manager for Flora, Inc., with U.S. offices in Lynden, Washington. This is the company that manufactures Flor-Essence, the trademarked herbal tea that is the original formulation handed down by nurse Caisse to Dr. Charles A. Brusch.
Lightfriend said: “We have thousands of people using Flor-Essence around the world: in Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, South and Central America, in the Mideast, Israel, and Arabia.
“When the story broke about five years ago, many imitations came on the market. People started copying the five herbs we listed as ingredients. Now we list eight herbs on our label, and they are copying eight herbs. The only formulation used clinically is ours.”
Flora, Inc. is a major health-food manufacturer. Otto Greither, a Bavarian medical doctor and the grandfather of Thomas Greither, current director of Flora, founded the company as Salus Haup health food stores in Germany in 1916. The company’s relationship with the German concern continues, and Flora, Inc. has a major manufacturing facility in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
“There was a big write-up on Elaine Alexander in Vancouver. She had a contract for the original formula passed down by nurse Caisse to Dr. Brusch and couldn’t handle all the people who wanted it,” Gabriel Lightfriend explained.
“Elaine Alexander came to us at our home office in Vancouver. We had the ability to produce it [Flor-Essence] with enough quality standards and volume and also had in both Canada and the Unites States a sales force to educate and tell the story properly,” Lightfriend said.
“The biggest thing I can say about it is that Flor-Essence is the inherited formula. Another company in Canada inherited the name Essiac, the trademarked name. Fortunately we have been given the proper formula,” Gabriel Lightfriend said.
He explained that their company in Washington state contracts with local farmers to organically grow the herbs required for Flor-Essence. “When it came from the Indians a hundred years ago, they used to pick the herbs in the wild in northern Ontario.
“To sell it worldwide we have to have proper facilities to test it in the lab to assure quality and be sure there is no bacteria in it. We have a lot more first-hand control over the herbs. Some are grown on our own farm here,” Lightfriend explained.
One of the key herbs is sheep sorrel. “There is wild sorrel, but sheep’s head sorrel was used by Rene Caisse and Dr. Brusch. That’s a key ingredient. Dr. Brusch himself had bowel cancer, and he treated it himself with Flor-Essence and was cured,” Lightfriend said.
Information: The book “The Essiac Report, Canada’s Remarkable Unknown Cancer Remedy” is available from The Alternative Treatment Information Network, 1244 Ozeta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90069, telephone toll-free 1-800-446-3063, phone 310-278-6611. Flora, Inc. can be contacted at 1-800-446-2110 or 1-360-354-2110, or visit the website at www.florahealth.com.
Dr. John Christopher Fine is the author of 24 books on a variety of subjects. His articles and photography appear in major magazines and newspapers in the United States and Europe.
Cancer Cure Found in Secret Native American Herbal Formulation (Part Four)April 30, 2011 · Posted in HealthThe contribution associated by Gabriel Lightfriend about Dr. Brusch’s cancer heal are reliable by an confirmation executed by Dr. Charles A. Brusch and appended as an vaunt in Richard Thomas’ book, The Essiac Report.
The confirmation dated, Apr 11, 1990, states: “I countenance this therapy even currently for we have in fact marinated my possess cancer, a strange site of that was a reduce bowel, by Essiac alone. … Medical papers countenance this.”
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Joe Martin, boss of Personal Alternative Health Products (PAR) in Mission, Kan., a distributor of Flor-Essence, has been holding a herbal tea himself. “I started holding it two-and-a-half years ago. we began holding 4 ounces a day, 2 ounces during night before retiring, and 2 ounces in a morning an hour before breakfast for 6 months. we beheld a ubiquitous improvement.”
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No one holding Flor-Essence has reported any side effects that could be discovered. In tests in tie with this article, a herbal decoction was taken by healthy and ill persons, both in a glass form and brewed from a spices themselves.
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Martin pronounced Flor-Essence is a many renouned mail-order product his association handles. “The usually censure I’ve ever listened was from a male who called and pronounced he threw adult some immature stuff,” Martin said. “I asked him how most he took. He told me he drank a whole bottle a initial day. He over did it. More is not better.”