The Story of Essiac Tea
Ask A Healer Cancer Education Series
Essiac Tea: The Caisse Legacy
by N J Howell
This naturally led to the question ... what does a person do? How do they choose between the two wellness approaches and is there a way to blend prescription medication with a natural approach like herbal remedies? I used to think there was a way to combine adjunctive therapies within the allopathic model. Now, I have trouble seeing it. Here's one good example of why the chasm between the two worlds seems to stay so wide.
The Caisse Case:
A Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse documented hundreds of what she stated were genuine cancer cures. Dr. Caisse treated those who had been diagnosed with cancer (in fact, some of her patients had been sent home to die, told by doctors that there was nothing that could be done) and her results were so successful that over 55,000 people signed a petition to have her essiac treatment accepted and recognized as a medical cancer treatment. Sadly, Renee Caisse's remarkable work with Essiac Tea was less than ignored; it was obliterated. Her documented case records were destroyed by the Canadian government.
Caution about Essiac:
The original Essiac Tea formula, which the Ojibwa Indians used long before Rene Caisse did, is still considered, by those in the alternative health community, to contain some of the most effective, natural anti-cancer properties of any herbal formulation. If one looks at the individual properties of the herbs chosen, there is ample reason to believe that the synergy of the ingredients together might be larger than the sum of it's parts.
Stuck in the Middle
We cannot as long as scientists and doctors continue dismissing everyone involved in alternative or complementary medicine, as quacks. That's as polarized and just plain wrong as the natural healing supporters who call all doctors butchers or dismiss them as simply operating from greed. We cannot support one another as long as either camp refuses to educate themselves on the validity of the other approach, and the patient is the one who truly loses.
Health Disclaimer: The information contained here, about Essiac Tea and the work of Rene Caisse, contains some of my own beliefs about it's curative properties. I believe Rene' Caisse saved lives with Essiac. I also know that I cannot say it is a cure for cancer, or anything else. This information is not presented as replacement for any needed medical evaluation or treatment.