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Why Hasn't This Cancer Cure Story Been Told?

For more than 50 years people from all over the world went to Ontario, Canada for cancer treatment with a simple herbal formula that gave miraculous results.

Why has this important news failed to reach millions of vitally interested people? The story of ESSIAC should be part and parcel of the natural healing lore of North America. Instead it is virtually unknown today despite the fact that it performed so well against thousands of cases of terminal cancer that it came within only three votes of being legalized by the Canadian parliament. Still, chances are you have never heard of it.

Now, thanks to APW, you will not only know the whole story, you will know the secret ingredients of this herbal formula and how to get the herbs and make the tonic yourself.

What price truth? The medical monopoly and government proclaim to have spent billions in search of a cure for cancer. Except for the jobs created, the "War on Cancer" has been an utter flop. That great "war" began in 1970 with President Nixon's appointment of Benno C. Schmidt as "Cancer Czar" and about twenty years later some truly valuable information squeezed out when the cancer establishment finally admitted that the standard methods used (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery) have lost the war - they don't work. That may be valuable information - but it's not good news.

How valuable is information that testifies to genuine victories against cancer? There have been several widely proclaimed, but suppressed therapies that indeed saved lives and restored health - Dr. Koch, Dr. Ivy, Dr. Gerson, Hoxey et al. However, one of the greatest of these alternative cancer stories - the story of ESSIAC has not been openly told. Such information should not be withheld from the people, but until now, it has been! You have a right to know that a simple herbal remedy was credited for curing thousands, and for relieving the pain of more thousands of dying cancer patients.

"There is a tragic and shameful irony in the ESSIAC tale," notes a Canadian magazine, "In the beginning, a simple herbal recipe was freely shared by an Indian who understood that the blessings of the Creator belong to all."

You have probably heard such shameful stories before. How greedy individuals with power over the cancer establishment suppressed possible cures because they, the owners of that establishment, could not have absolute control. It happened in the case of Dr. William F. Koch, for example.

The ESSIAC story is one that has not been widely circulated. Even the various "alternative" circles in the United States know little if anything about this fantastic herbal remedy and the role it played for decades in Canada.

APW heard the story and read Dr. Gary Glum's book "Calling of An Angel." Then our investigative skills went to work. The well written and documented book actually raised more questions than it answered, and it did not reveal the formula. We learned that there are present day charges and counter-charges marring the whole truth, and people with vested interests are squabbling over rights to the formula which had been used so well by the late Rene Caisse. This fabled nurse used the formula unselfishly for decades. ESSIAC, in fact, is her name spelled backwards.

So many terminally ill patients became well again that public pressure forced the Canadian Parliament to react in 1939. The medical monopoly pulled out all stops, yet ESSIAC came within only three votes of becoming a legal therapy for cancer. The medical establishment won the war of politics and propaganda - but helped lose the war on cancer.

APW'S Tom Valentine probed the story behind the story, and found out the whole truth with the help of sincere people, doctors and laymen alike, who have no special axes to grind.

Dr. Charles Brusch of the famed Brusch Clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts (physician to John F. Kennedy) - not only tested ESSIAC on human patients, but proved its value against his own cancer. He continues proclaiming it's great value today.

ESSIAC appears to be able to dissolve diabetes as well as cancer!

Excerpts from the book "Calling of An Angel" follows :

"I decided that if I should ever develop cancer," Rene wrote in her brief autobiography, I WAS CANADA'S CANCER NURSE, that I would use this herbal tea. Then about a year later she was strolling with a wise and aged doctor when he stopped, took his cane and stroked a weed. "Nurse Caisse," he told Rene, "if people would use this weed there would be little or no cancer in the world."

The doctor told her the name of the plant, Burdock and Rene realized that it was one of the herbs the elderly woman had named as an ingredient in the medicine man's tea.

Rene Caisse was a practical and sensible woman, who was very busy with her nursing career, so she didn't get excited right away

about the fantastic story of the herbal remedy, and even after the doctor's statement seemed to confirm that she might have something worthwhile, she didn't experiment or bother herself about the formula.

Then her mother's sister was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach and liver. The woman was given, at most, six months to live by her physician, R. O. Fisher, MD.

Rene knew the doctor well, so she told him the story of the herbal tea and asked permission to give it a try under his observation. Since there was apparently nothing else medical technology could do, Dr. Fisher consented on the spot.

"I obtained the necessary herbs, with some difficulty," Rene wrote, "and made the tea."

Rene put it succinctly in her book: "My aunt lived for 21 years after being given up by the medical profession. There was no recurrence of cancer."

One could write "needless to say" when describing the reaction by Dr. Fisher, but when it comes to cancer, the behavior of the medical profession is anything but predictable. However, Dr. Fisher was, indeed, impressed with what he observed. He asked Rene to treat other patients -- other "hopeless" cancer patients.

Dr. Fisher spread the word to other doctors and soon Rene was being asked to treat their "hopeless" patients as well. They, too, were impressed with the results. By this time the year was 1926. The rate of cancer death in the United States had risen to 103 per 100,000! Apparently, cancer was growing in the general population very much like a malignant tumor.

Obviously Rene became very attached to the herbal formula. She called it ESSIAC, which is Caisse spelled backwards.

Of all the factors inherent in the bureaucratic syndrome that sets itself up within the structures of large organizations, the NIH factor is among the most powerful of influences. Not invented here!

This is not the only reason for the infamous "waivers" required by large corporations, but it's likely the most sincere. Legally, the deep pockets of large corporations are a target for nuisance lawsuits, so they must take great care with what they accept or reject that comes to them from outsiders. None of this is truly germane to Rene's case, however.

The simplest fact is -- ESSIAC is not going to profit a large drug company, even if it is acknowledged as the "cure for cancer."

Firstly, it would wipe out most of the other product sales and secondly there is no way a company can monopolize a simple herbal tonic if the secret formula gets out.

They could protect the formula as Coca Cola has done, you might argue. True, but why ruin all that good business with the real thing? Cancer may be deadly, but loss of economy is even deadlier in many a person's view.

Rene really knew better than to try soliciting the large drug companies, but she tried anyway. Back when WWII broke out, she recalled the fact that ESSIAC had a way of stopping hemorrhages -- the face cancer case for example. She wrote to Parke Davis company in hopes they would use her formula to help wounded servicement during the conflict. No dice! She wrote to Merck and to the Biochemical Institute at the University of Texas and received frustration for her efforts.

Finally, in 1973 at the age of 85 Rene Caisse tried Sloan- Kettering one more time. Perhaps she was stimulated by all the hype for President Richard Nixon's "War on Cancer," program where the rich within the cancer establishment were going to get richer.

The Laetrile controversy was in full bloom and Sloan-Kettering was in the middle. Many people today, including the man who served as the public relations officer for Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Ralph Moss, are conviced that the "tests" for any efficacy with Laetrile were rigged to fail.

Dr. Chester Stock, who figured prominently in the Laetrile squabble by the nature of his position, responded to Rene that if she would send ESSIAC, they would again test it.

Rene sent Sloan-Kettering one of the herbs -- probably the Burdock Root -- because it is the apparent tumor regressor. The other three are blood purifiers and symbiotic support substances. She also gave them careful instruction on how to prepare and inject the material.

Results of their tests were never released. Maybe future inspection of the archives at Sloan-Kettering may tell the truth about the results of the animal experiments.

The ESSIAC formula :

Preparation of ESSIAC herbal tea :

1) Measure out 8 ounces of the Essiac mix (the dry formula above)

2) Place two gallons of distilled water in a stainless steel kettle.

3) Bring the water to a brisk boiling point (about 30 minutes)

4) Put ESSIAC dry mix into the boiling water, stir and boil hard for about 10 minutes

5) Allow to sit and cool slowly for six hours.

6) After six hours, stir it thoroughly with a wooden or stainless tool

7) Let it sit for another six hours

8) Return kettle to stove and bring to a boil

9) When the boiling point is reached, turn off the heat and pour the contents through a stainless strainer into a second stainless kettle

10) Clean the first kettle thoroughly

11) Strain the contents a second time from pot two to pot one

12) Bottle the herbal tea immediately into dark amber bottles and seal it while still hot

(*** Dark amber bottles may be purchased from most any drug store or pharmacy ***)

13) Store in refrigerator

Directions for use of ESSIAC

Heat two ounces (four tablespoons) distilled water, then mix it with two ounces of ESSIAC tea taken directly from the refrigerator.

ESSIAC should be taken at bed time on an empty stomach, at least two hours after eating.

It can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If taken in the morning, do not eat for at least two hours after taking the ESSIAC.

Keep the ESSIAC refrigerated at all times.

Shake well each time before pouring.


    Where to purchase the correct and properly prepared herbs :

      Herb Products Co.                    Aphrodesia Products Inc.
      11012 Magnolia Blvd.                 282 Bleeker Street
      North Hollywood, CA 91601            New York, NY 10014
      (818) 984-3141                       (212)-989-6440

      Harvest Health Foods                 Haussman's Pharmacy
      1944 Eastern Ave. SE                 Sixth & Girard Ave.
      Grand Rapids, MI 49507               Philadelphia, PA 19127

      Nature's Herb Co.                    Penn Herb Co.
      281 Ellis Street                     603 North Second Street
      San Francisco, CA 94102              Phildelphia, PA 19123
      (415) 474-2756                       (215) 925-3336

      Indiana Botanical Gardens
      626 177th Street
      Hammond, IN 46325
      (219) 931-2480

The Truth About Essiac

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"Essiac" as known in the marketplace today is comprised of 4 herbs: Sheep Sorrel (rumex acetosella), Burdock Root (arctium lappa), Slippery Elm Bark (ulmus fulva), and Turkish Rhubarb Root (rheum palmatum). Thousands know this recipe, as every herbalist on every corner has it, and it is considered to be in the public domain.

The early formula consisted of four herbs: Burdock Root , Turkey Rhubarb, Sheep Sorrel, and Slippery Elm. Dr. Brusch and Caisse, after clinical trials, added Red Clover (which is also an herb used as part of the Hoxsey therapy) Kelp and Thistle.

According to herbalist Barbara Mowbray, Burdock root has been used for centuries. Eaten as spring greens it stimulates production of bile and helps liver function. As a first year root, dug in autumn, it is used as a blood purifier. It has renown for reducing the pain and swelling of arthritis. An extract of the root contains inulin, which the body converts to insulin, helpful to diabetics. There are many other qualities, but perhaps most germane is its reputation for tumor regression long used in macriobiotic diets. This perhaps points to the remarkable results cancer sufferers find when using Essiac.

Turkey Rhubarb, used as stems, now find their way in puddings and pies. The root stock is both laxative and astringent, depending upon the dose. It is effective for diarrhea and known to work in removing debris and cleansing for the bowels. In Chinese medicine, it is used to treat fevers and has been used to treat chronic liver problems. Liver toxicity is often found in cancer patients.

Sheep Sorrel has been used to treat scurvy, strengthen the heart and cool the liver. The fresh leaves contain a number of acids, which makes them a delicacy in fresh salads. It is respected as a diuretic and a treatment for blood disorders, including assisting with skin problems. A decoction can be used internally or externally. Also, Rene Caisse, in her fifty years of working with cancer patients, observed it to be effective in breaking down tumors as well as alleviating degenerative diseases.

Slippery Elm, or the inner bark thereof, is used to heal wounds and is known for its blanketing effect for the mucous membranes of the digestive system. It is soothing for sore throats, and coats the intestinal tract, producing speculation that its role in the Essiac formula is to protect when toxins are released. It is nutritive as well, used by Native Americans for food when none other was available.

SLIPPERY ELM.....One of the world's best known herbal remedies. The principle component of slippery elm bark is mucilage. Mucilage is a naturally formed viscous or sticky fiber which consists of gum dissolved in the juices of a plant. The mucilage in slippery elm bark is similar to that found in flax seed.

Slippery elm is one of nature's miracle cleansers. Its sticky substance dissolves mucous that has been deposited in organ tissue, lymph glands, and nerve channels. Its lubricating action protects and softens all the membrane linings of the body, especially damaged and inflamed areas. It buffers the effects of increased discharge of urine through the urinary tract. Slippery elm bark's sticky quality also lubricates the bones and joints, gathers up dissolved toxic waste material from all areas in the body including the bowel and then helps to discharge them. As the mucilaginous material passes through the alimentary canal, it coats the organs over which it flows with a sticky film. This action reduces irritation, reduces sensitivity to acids and bitters and most importantly slows down the entry of harmful chemicals. Slippery elm can help reduce the pain of ulcers and eventually heal them by restoring normal mucous coating to irritated tissues.

When applied externally, slippery elm bark has been shown to have extraordinary healing properties. The mucilage penetrates wounds and covers them. Impurities are drawn out of abrasions, abscesses or ulcers. Slippery elm bark reportedly has the ability to grown new cells to repair tissues. The new cells form fresh skin which readily forms over sores and quickens the healing process.

It has been reported that tumors are reduced in female organs when a suppository made with water and a powder made from slippery elm bark is used. Inflammation of the vagina and uterus have been relieved with a douche containing a decoction of the bark. Slippery elm bark also produces an antibiotic and antimicrobial effect."

These four herbs and their parts are very plentiful in vitamins and minerals. For more in-depth information about their uses, chemical breakdown, planting and tending, as well as in their use as Essiac, see Sheila Faser Snow's excellent new book The Essence of Essiac. (See Resources end of chapter for ordering this and other books.)

During the clinical trials of Essiac conducted by Resperin in 1978, Ed Zalesky, who was 63, had been diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine. Four feet of ``gut'' had been taken out but cancer was still left. ``They said I had six months without radiation and two years with radiation.'' He is now (1993) running the Canadian Museum of Flight seven days a week.

"Essiac" began decades ago when a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, received a herbal recipe from an elderly female patient, who was in an Ontario hospital where Rene was the head nurse. The recipe she received contained 8 herbs, given to the woman years before by an Ojibwa medicine man. He offered his help, because he knew the woman was suffering from breast cancer. The patient recovered from her cancer and saw no return during the span of the next 30 years. In 1922, she gave Rene the recipe in response to Rene's request that it could possibly help others.

Rene used this ORIGINAL recipe two years later on her aunt, who was terminally ill with stomach and liver cancer. Her aunt recovered and lived another 21 years, dying of old age. Rene and her aunt's doctor began experimenting with the herbal tea and research began on mice. The doctor, Dr. R O Fisher, began using it on his terminally ill patients, and some improved greatly.

Rene and the doctor began to vary the formula. They injected one herb (Sheep Sorrel) and administered the others orally in liquid form. The Indian medicine man and his people never injected it, they simply made a tea, but researchers want to RESEARCH things to find out what makes them "tick", and so Rene became a researcher. Only one herb could be injected, and only into the muscle. It was painful for many very sick people, and many, very emaciated, hardly had any muscles for the injections. This method was used for some years and there were known successes about which stories were written. There were failures too, as many sufferers were so far gone, they had little time left. In others, the disease had damaged vital organs beyond repair.

The formula used varied slightly over the years from the ORIGINAL one that the woman received from the medicine man in 1892. This change happened as patients were monitored and results were seen. In 1959, Rene Caisse went to the Brusch Medical Clinic in Cambridge, Massachusetts to join Dr Charles Armao Brusch, MD, (private physician to President John F Kennedy). She became partners with him with the intent of forming the "Rene Caisse Cancer Research Foundation", a charitable foundation, whose purpose was the utilization of this treatment for cancer in humans. They stayed partners, co-developers and co-owners until her death in 1978 at the age of 91. The formula, as used at that time, was still partly injected, with the rest of the herbs taken orally.

Dr Brusch, a medical doctor of noted background, had developed an interest in other natural forms of healing; the objective always the "well-being" of the patient. He had set-up the first acupuncture clinic to collect research data, and it was operating in his medical clinic when Rene Caisse arrived in 1959. He was the first doctor in the Western hemisphere to initiate a plan similar to Medicare within his clinic for those without money for medical help. He was extremely interested in herbs and their power to heal, which he learned from a long-time friend, a master herbalist from Lathrop, Missouri.

Dr Brusch was not impressed with the injection as it was being used at the time, and further research began. Experiments were done with injectable solutions, each vial containing a different herb in the formula. They failed to isolate a single outstanding herb. Reactions and results were not so good, so the injections were stopped and the medication returned to a larger oral medication. It was proven that best results were obtained by the COMBINATION of the proper active herbs, and not in just one of the herbs. A double blind study was done in which other herbal formulas were used, all of which proved to be inferior.

Some of the positive results obtained were: Cessation of pain, increased appetite (emaciated patients gained weight), improved sleep, feeling of well-being, energy, a noted decrease in depression, anxiety and fear, and a prolongation of life and a decrease of nodular masses. Dr Brusch stated that the herbal tea identified the toxins, gathered them, broke them down, and discharged them.

Through the years some testing was done at noted facilities such as Sloan Kettering, Northwestern University, and Christie Street Hospital in Toronto, as well as many others. However, as Rene Caisse would NEVER give over the full formula, conclusive results remained incomplete. In 1975 she only passed the injectable herb over to Sloan-Kettering to test. They commenced to freeze it - the ONE thing you cannot do with these herbs - and rendered it useless to test. Rene withdrew it immediately from them with disdain.

In 1977, following a lengthy and in-depth article in a national Canadian magazine "Homemaker's", a retired chemist was shown the article, and was fascinated by reading that Nurse Caisse had never given the formula to anyone (other than her partner with whom she worked). He determined that he would go and see her and talk her into releasing the formula to him. He had never heard of the woman before, even though she lived and worked in the same province, and many stories had been written about her. He admitted this on the "Stayin' Alive" talk radio show, when he was being interviewed by broadcaster, Elaine Alexander.

Gradually he increased his proposal to Rene, for she kept turning him down. She had already had 8 large offers over the years to disclose the formula, but always declined, because she believed it would exploited. Finally, he told both Rene Caisse and Dr Brusch that he was going to be financially funded by a large Canadian mining corporation, and that he would open 5 clinics across the country to treat terminally ill cancer patients free of charge, if they would only release the formula to him. Rene and Dr Brusch felt that perhaps this was the last chance to get the herbal tea "out" to the people who needed it the most - the terminal, the hopeless!

When a contract was drawn up on Oct 26th, 1977, there was very little in it for Rene who had given 56 years of her life to this herbal tea. Dr Brusch, who was to share any royalty with Rene, withdrew in this capacity and became only a witness to the signing of the contract. Rene reluctantly passed over a 4 herb formula that day in 1977, as she already had great doubts about what she had been told. Her doubts proved to be true when nothing seemed to be happening and no clinics were ever opened. To this day no royalty has ever been paid from this contract to the "Rene Caisse Estate". She gave it away FREE for 56 years, and has been cheated ever since. THIS CONTRACT WAS MATERIALLY BREACHED.

In 1978, nurse Caisse signed over the rights to her Essiac formula, before she died at the age of 90, to the Resperin Corp. (now, the original trademarked Essiac is produced and distributed by David Dobbie in Campbellton, New Brunswick, with approval of Canadian authorities), and Dr. Charles Brusch, M.D. of Cambridge, Massachussets who worked with Caisse in treating many patients. He cured himself of cancer of the lower bowel with Essiac treatments (see following article). Brusch turned his formulation over to Elaine Alexander of Vancouver, B.C., and this clinically developed formula is now manufactured by another Canadian company, Flora, Distributors (in the U.S. by Flora, Inc., and known as flor*essence as marketed through health stores), 1-800-446-2110.

In 1978 Rene Caisse died. Her "hey-day" was from 1924 to 1942, when she closed her cancer clinic, which she had operated for 8 years in Bracebridge, Ontario. At that time, the medical powers-that-be formed a "Cancer Commission" which had the power to decree what could be used to treat cancer. Rene feared being charged, even though all around her, including many medical doctors, were completely aware of her outstanding successes. Dr Brusch continued to work with the formula they had developed (now called "Flor*Essence" as a trade name in the market place), and many of his patients were the beneficiaries.

In 1984, Dr Brusch was interviewed by a long-time radio producer and broadcaster, Elaine Alexander, who broadcast out of Vancouver, Canada. This woman, as the producer of a highly listened to radio "talk" show, produced a few programmes on this herbal tea in the mid '70's, and had researched it in-depth for many years. In 1984, as a broadcaster, she introduced a new programme called "Stayin' Alive". This show was a health-oriented show concerned with informing the listeners of the best in alternate and more natural ways of restoring health. On this show she again reported on this famous though underrated story.

The listener response was massive and seven 2-hour programmes were produced covering the herbal tea in every aspect. Dr Brusch was interviewed a number of times, as were others of importance to the story. Elaine and Dr Brusch became friends. He was impressed by her long research of the subject, and her genuine interest. In 1988 they became partners legally and he passed to her a number of the herbal formula's on which he and Rene worked at his clinic during the time they were partners and co-owners.

The larger and further developed formula of this herbal tea, now known as "Flor*Essence", was the first out on the marketplace in July 1992. It contains 8 herbs in perfect proportion for synergistic activity. Many imitators have now jumped on the band-wagon with drops, capsules, liquids, and dry versions, all claiming to be "The Original Rene Caisse Tea". In fact the "ORIGINAL" formula has NOT been used since 1924, when Rene Caisse started experimenting with it after curing her aunt. That was when modifications were begun, and an injection was developed. Those claiming otherwise, are simply NOT privy to confidential information and are too new to the scene.

Much mis-information is being written about this old story, and errors are being perpetuated by those fascinated by the history, but lacking in knowledge of the FACTS. Included in this mis-information is a WIDELY DISTRIBUTED INTERVIEW WITH A FORMER CHIROPRACTOR, Gary Glum. He was interviewed by an Elizabeth Robinson in the "Wildfire" magazine out of Spokane, Washington, VOL 6 NO 1, 1992. In this interview Mr Glum states, in speaking of a friend of Rene Caisse's, Mary McPherson:

GLUM: " Mary worked with Rene, beginning in the 1930's, and she had in her possession all the documents that had to do with Essiac over lhe last 40 years that Rene had ad- ministered 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 the information in fifty-five gallon drums behind her home."


FACT: The retired chemist, David Fingard, took all the documents of any value that he required in Oct 1977, when Rene Caisse and Dr Brusch agreed to pass over a 4 herb formula to him. They believed this man when he claimed he was funded by a leading Canadian mining corporation. This proved to be a complete exaggeration. The documents that were still in Mary McPherson's possession, were ones NO ONE WANTED. All the good stuff was taken. Glum ended up with the residue, which he presented as all the "important documents".

Interviewer: "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?"

GLUM: "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." 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!"


FACT: Dr Charles A Brusch, MD, was NEVER threatened by anyone and he NEVER kept QUIET about it as evidenced by his appearance on Elaine Alexander's radio programme in 1984, '85 and '86, strongly stating the case for all to hear. These shows were heard BEFORE Glum came upon this Canadian story and produced a book in 1988.

GLUM: "Brusch's Essiac patients included Ted Kennedy's son who had a sarcoma in his leg, and had to have it amputated. He was being treated at that time by the Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr Farber didn't know how to save him, because no one ever lived with this kind of sarcoma. So Dr Farber went to Dr Brusch and said: "How are we going to save Ted Kennedy's son?" Dr Brusch made the suggestion to put him on Essaic. After they did he didn't have a cancer cell in his body. But all this information has been hidden from the general public."


FACT: Dr Charles Brusch, MD, NEVER TOUCHED TED KENNEDY'S SON! He was NEVER ASKED TO. Ted Kennedy's son NEVER took Essiac.

FACT: Dr Brusch was so ANGRY upon reading this article, and the MANY FALSEHOODS contained within it, and also with the fact that the INTERVIEWER HAD NOT CHECKED WITH HIM. He published a NOTARIZED letter, publicly stating his feelings about this kind of fabrication, (and about it being re-copied and spread around) in "Country Health" a national Canadian health magazine, Vol 11, NO 1 WINTER 1993.

GLUM: "The Sheep sorrel is the herbal ingredient in Essiac that was found to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells in the body. That research was done by Dr Chester Stock at Sloan-Kettering in New York. They gathered that infor- mation, then withheld it from the general public, and gave it to the Canadian Ministry of Health & Welfare. The Canadian government then immediately banned that herb from sale and distribution."


FACT: Sheep Sorrel (rumex acetosella) has NEVER been BANNED in Canada, and is NOT NOW.

Interviewer: "What about the records of the Brusch Clinic?"

GLUM: "All that material has been destroyed also."


FACT: Dr Charles Brusch turned all material over to his partner, Elaine Alexander.

GLUM: "So I went to Dr Brusch's home in Cambridge Mass, where upon he delivered to me the only material he had left in his files on Essiac"


FACT: Dr Brusch gave Glum a few pieces of no importance, and a few documents on his own case. Why would Dr Brusch empty his files of the years of his work, and give this to a complete stranger coming to his door?

GLUM: "Previous to my book (1988), none of this information was available to the general public at all. The public had no information outside of a few assorted articles."


FACT: INNUMERABLE interviews and articles had long been reported since the early 1930's, when the first major story was published in the "Toronto Star". Then radio, TV and a video documented what was happening over the following years. Elaine Alexander produced a few radio shows on this in the mid '70's and later interviewed many principals involved in 1984, '85, '86. Glum's book was not published until 1988.

GLUM: "I also worked with the AIDS project in Los Angeles through their Long Beach and San Pedro districts. They sent 179 patients home to die. The project gave me five of these patients. I took them off the AZT and the DDI and put them on Essiac three times a day. Those are the only people alive today. The other 174 are dead."


FACT: APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles) does NOT provide MEDICAL SERVICES. There are NO Long Beach or Sand Pedro districts. APLA does NOT give clients to researchers for clinical trials. APLA is a COMMUNITY BASED AIDS service organization, which only provides SOCIAL SERVICES and EDUCATION. The study Glum cites in many articles NEVER OCCURRED.

For those who want to know the truth about Essiac, there is a recent book on the marketplace called "The Essiac Report". Written by Richard Thomas, it was published in Dec 1993, by ATIN (the Alternative Treatment Information Network), Los Angeles. They can be reached at (800) 446-3063. This book covers the history of Essiac from 1892 to the present, with much documentation, pictures, testimonials, and pertinent information as to usage. The cost of the book is US $ 19.95, + shipping and handling, and they guarantee fast delivery.

More information on Flor*Essence is available from 1 604 451-8232, and Radio Producer/Broadcaster Elaine Alexander, who owns the world-wide rights to "Flor*Essence" can be reached through this number.

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