Can you believe that a simple cheap tea with 4 ingredients cures cancer? And maybe even AIDS!
This has been a critical concern since Essiac tea was introduced in Canada in the early 1920’s. For over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse, used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.
Although the name of the tea, Essiac, was derived from spelling Rene’s surname Caisse backwards, she was not the original formulator of the herbal remedy. The ingredients and recipe came originally from an Ojibway Native American medicine man in remote northern Canada.
The Essiac’s tea origin
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. At that time, the woman was living in a remote northern Canadian mining camp with her husband. She was admitted to a hospital for breast cancer and told her breasts would have to be removed!
Yet, she decided against surgery and went back to the mining camp. In the camp area, she had earlier come across an Ojibway medicine man who confidently claimed he could cure her cancer.
Upon her return, he showed her which herbs to use, how to pick and culture them, and how to prepare the tea. She followed his instructions and within several months she completely recovered from the cancer. She lived in good health for another 30 years!
Rene had an aunt and stepfather with cancer at the time too, so she was very interested in the herbs and how to prepare tea with them. So that elderly woman conveyed the Ojibway medicine’s ingredients and recipe to the nurse Caisse, who in turn treated her cancer-stricken family members.
From then, she continued with 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-she paid one dollar per month. She continued her work in the “clinic” from 1934 to 1942. Hundreds of cancer patients were treated successfully while she charged little or nothing. She cultivated the herbs, brewed the tea in the kitchen, and administered it both orally and by injection.
Of course, at the time and afterwards, Rene Caisse was the center of controversy and harassment from Canadian health authorities. She has stated that the only reason she was not imprisoned was because of the popular support from Bracebridge’s Town Council, several prestigious doctors, and of course her many cured patients.
Due to this support, from 1937 on, the nurse Caisse was permitted to treat cancer under the strict conditions of: 1) treating only terminally ill patients, 2) using an established medical doctor for prognosis and diagnosis, and 3) not accepting any fees for her services. She agreed to those terms and continued.
Regarding her over 50 years of harassment, Rene lamented, “I have never dreamed of the opposition and the persecution that would be my destiny in trying to help suffering humanity with no thought of personal gain.”
Essiac tea makes its way to the U.S.
Despite so many successfully-treated cancer patients’ testimonies, the general public was kept in the dark about Essiac tea. Caisse made an effort to spread the word about the potent Essiac tea in 1977, a year before her death. She made a deal with a company called Resperin, whom she thought had the clout to legalize her Essiac tea. But Caisse was told she was no longer needed after the agreement.
Resperin was actually in the pocket of the Canadian Government and medical authorities. So, the project “vaporized”, and the formula seemed destined to vanish. Then along came a successful California chiropractor who specialized in treating world class athletes of all types, Dr. Gary Glum. He had heard about Essiac’s healing qualities and started his search for the formula and recipe.