by Elisabeth Robinson
Rene Caisse was a nurse living in Canada, who, for a period of almost sixty years treated hundreds of people with a herbal remedy she called Essiac. She discovered this remedy through a patient in the hospital where she worked who had been cured of cancer. The patient had used a herbal remedy given her by an Ojibwa herbalist.
Rene left the hospital in 1922 at age 33, and went to Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada where she began administering Essiac to all who came to her. The majority of those whom she treated came on referral with letters from their physicians certifying they had incurable or terminal forms of cancer and they had been given up on by the medical profession as untreatable.
Rene began gathering the plants and preparing the herbal remedy herself in her own kitchen, in a building lent her for her patients. She administered Essiac both orally and by injection. In cases where there was severe damage to life support organs, her patients died – but they lived far longer than the medical profession had predicted, and, significantly, they lived free of pain. Still others, listed as hopeless and terminal, but without severe damage to life support organs, were cured and lived 35-45 years (many are still living).
So startling was the effectiveness of this simple herbal remedy, it could not be ignored, and the Canadian Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Parliament became involved. Friends, former patients, and grateful families petitioned Canadian officialdom for Rene Caisse’s right to administer the remedy to anyone who asked for it without the threat of interference from authorities. Fifty-five thousand signatures were collected on the petition. In 1938, Essiac came within three votes of being legalised by the Ontario government as a remedy for terminal cancer patients.
Elisabeth Robinson: To begin with, Dr.Glum, can you tell us a little about how you became interested in the story you tell in Calling of an Angel, and how you learned about Rene Caisse and her work?
Dr. Gary Glum: A personal friend of mine knew this woman, whose name I have promised not to reveal, who was living in Detroit, Michigan. Twenty years ago she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in a Detroit hospital where she was eventually given up as incurable and terminal. She was given about ten days to live.
She convinced her husband to make a trip to Bracebridge, Canada where she went to see Rene Caisse. She was treated with the herbal remedy developed by Rene – Essiac – and in a short time she didn’t have a cancer cell in her body. So after that time this woman began dedicating her life to disseminating information about Essiac in the United States. When I met her, she was the only person in possession of the original herbal formula who would relinquish it. I got the formula for Essiac from her.
That’s how it began. When I started, all I had was a piece of paper. I thought, what am I going to do with this? I decided the best way to go would be to find the information behind Essiac and put it in a book form and bring it to the world.
I learned about Rene Caisse from Mary McPherson who was a very close personal friend of Rene’s…not only a friend but also a patient. Mary’s mother and her husband were also patients. they were all treated for cancer and cured by Rene.
Mary worked with Rene beginning in the 1930′s and she had in her possession all these documents that had to do with Essiac over the 40 years Rene administered it. All the documents Rene had were destroyed by the Canadian Ministry of Health and Welfare at the time of her death in 1978. They burned all that information in fifty-five gallon drums behind her home.
Because they don’t want this information in the hands of the public or the press or anybody else. They indeed found out what Essiac was in 1937. The Royal Cancer Commission hearings had then come to the same conclusion that Rene had – that Essiac was a cure for cancer.
What is Essiac exactly?
Essiac is a non-toxic herbal cure for cancer that’s been with us since 1922. It’s a formula made from four very common herbs.
I would guess that virtually every person in the US today has been touched by cancer, either personally or through a loved one. If this information is true, and the effectiveness of this remedy is actually medically documented, many lives could be saved. Why do you think the information on Essiac is not more widely known?
The information is withheld because cancer is the second largest revenue producing business in the world, next to the petrochemical business. Money and power suppress this truth.
No one has ever sought to cure cancer – only control it. I mean, the research institutes, federal governments, pharmaceutical companies, anybody that has a vested interest in the health care of cancer, including the American Cancer Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, any of these so-called benefactors to those who have contracted this disease – all of these institutions are involved in the money and power around cancer.
These institutions have influence over government and regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA recommends only allopathic treatments for cancer and other life threatening diseases. It does not approve nor make legal alternative treatments of any kind.
You’re saying that Essiac is in a position similar to, for example, Laetrile.
Yes, the only reason laetrile was stopped – and it couldn’t be stopped any other way – was through the insurance companies. The insurance companies sent down a directive to all allopathic physicians stating that they could not cover them in any malpractice suit in the event they were treating people with any substance not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
In your book you mention that the Brusch clinic in Massachusetts worked with Rene Caisse and with Essiac, during the early 1960′s. Is this clinic still doing research with Essiac?
Dr. Charles A. Brusch is not practising at this time. he was a personal physician to the late John F. Kennedy. Dr. Brusch worked with Rene Caisse from 1959 to 1962. he worked with thousands of cancer patients. He also worked with the Presidential Cancer Commission, with others like Dr Armand Hammer, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Brusch presented his findings after ten years of research. he had come to the conclusion that, in his own words, “Essiac is a cure for cancer, period. All studies done at laboratories in the United States and Canada support this conclusion.”
Whereupon the federal government issued a gag order and said “You’ve got one of two choices, either you keep quiet about this or we’ll haul you off to military prison and you’ll never be heard of again.” So we never heard another word out of him.
Brusch’s Essiac patients included Ted Kennedy’s son who had a sarcoma on his leg, and who had his leg amputated. he was being treated at this time byte Farber Cancer Institute on Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Farber didn’t know how to save him, because no one had ever lived with this type of sarcoma. So what he did was go to Dr. Brusch and say, how are we going to save Ted Kennedy’s son. And Dr. Brusch made the suggestion to put him on Essiac, and after they did, he didn’t have a cancer cell in his body. But all this time information has been hidden from the general public.
As I said, money and power.
Do you know whether the remedy is being used or tested anywhere today in the US or Canada?
Right now, Essiac is being used in every state in the United States, it’s throughout Canada, into Mexico, it’s in Australia, Europe, Asia and recently, also in Africa. So the message of Essiac is beginning to make its way worldwide. but it’s still known only on a very limited basis.
Of course now you also have the problem of herbal distributing companies throughout the world that are substituting yellow dock and curly dock for sheep’s sorrel, which is one of the critical ingredients in Essiac.
The sheep’s sorrel is the herbal ingredient in Essiac that was found to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells in the body, or their amalgamation where metastasised cancer cells actually return to the original tumour site.
That research was done by Dr. Chester Stock at Sloan-Kettering in New York for over a three-year period. But when they gathered that information, they withheld it from the general public – yet they gave it to the Canadian Ministry of Health and Welfare. The Canadian government then immediately banned that herb for sale and distribution.
Banned a common weed like sheep’s sorrel?
Yes, sheep’s sorrel is just a common weed that grows in abundance throughout North America and into Canada. Just a common weed.
Well, it seems that banning sheep’s sorrel would not be very effective if you could identify it for yourself.
Yes, its just a question of identifying the plant and then harvesting it correctly and drying it properly and then putting it together with the other herbs.
Rene would harvest the Sheep’s sorrel – Rumex acetosella – when it was four to six inches high. She cut it back and it would grow up again, and she’d cut it back again. She would do that about three times and then she would let it go to seed. It will grow to 14 or 18 inches.
She would take the herb cutting home and lay them out at room temperature to dry them. She’d let the cutting sit there for three or four days before she’d begin turing the herbs. Then she’d turn them every two days until they were properly dry, which took about ten days to two weeks. It takes about a bushel of harvested sheep’s sorrel to produce one pound of the dried powdered herb which is used in the formula.
Do you have the formula? It’s not in your book. you do mention a video in the book.
Yes, I have it. Anyone can get it from me, free of charge. We don’t sell the video anymore. We simply mail the formula to anyone who asks for it.
Sun Bear told me you had problems getting the book published and distributed. What kind of problems?
There wasn’t a publishing company that would publish it. No one wanted to run the risk of a wrongful death suit. So I published the book myself. And as soon as I did, the IRS came in and slapped about a half million dollars in tax liens against me and said, “You know this has got nothing to do with taxes. It’s all about cancer.”
They actually started hauling the pallets of books out of my medical practice offices and confiscating them. I also had thousands of books that were confiscated by the Canadian government at customs. I have never received any of those books back. The only ones I have now are hidden in storage facilities.
That’s incredible – why do you think they are so interested in keeping this book out of circulation?
Money and power, as I’ve said. Cancer is the largest revenue producing business in the world, next to the petrochemical business. In Canada the book is being held up by the Ministry of Health & welfare because they say it is ‘advertising’.
Advertising what, the video you don’t sell anymore?
No, a cure for cancer.
Can you explain what you mean by the publishers fearing a wrongful death suit?
What you’re dealing with is giving people a formula that they can make and use in the privacy of their own homes without the approval of the AMA or the FDA or anybody else. If any attorney or any family member should decide, for whatever reason, the reason someone expired was from the use of Essiac, then you are putting yourself up for a wrongful death suit. The contention is that if it isn’t approved by the FDA, there’s no legality in using it when you’re dealing with a life threatening disease.
When Rene Caisse set-up her clinical trials in Canada to test Essiac, she was given government permission to treat terminally ill cancer patients who had been given up for hopeless by the medical profession. That was one criteria. Secondly, this was all to be certified by a pathology report. And third, she could not charge anything for her services. She agreed to all these criteria and proceeded to treat people with Essiac. Many she treated were still there 35 years later to bury her when she died at age 90.
The best that anyone can do is just try to disseminate this information to the public and let people make their own choices. That’s all you can do. And just say, look, if you feel Essiac has value in your life and the lives of your loved ones, you have the right to make this remedy and use it in the privacy of your own home and without anyone’s approval.