5 Facts about Essiac Tea

1. Rene Caisse was a nurse living in Canada who for a period of almost 60 years treated hundreds of people with an herbal remedy she called Essiac.

2. Essiac tea is made from 4 main ingredients.

3. Some people should NOT take Essiac tea.

4. When Rene Caisse set up her clinical trials in Canada to test Essiac, she was given government permission to treat terminally ill cancer patients.

5. In 1937 Essiac came within three votes of being legalized as a treatment for cancer.



We suggest the Essiac Tea cancer treatment be used by newly diagnosed cancer patients who do not have fast-growing cancer and their cancer has not spread significantly.

For advanced cancer patients, Essiac Tea can be used as a supplemental protocol to one of the major protocols, such as Cellect-Budwig, Cesium Chloride, High RF Frequency, Dirt Cheap (if you cannot afford one of the other major protocols), etc.

If you are an advanced cancer patient who has had a lot of chemotherapy, radiation or surgery or you have a potentially fast-growing cancer, do not use this protocol as your primary cancer protocol; use one of the major protocols listed here:  Treatments for Advanced Cancer Patients

Essiac Tea may also be useful in protecting the liver.

What is Essiac Tea?

Essiac Tea is a long-discovered method of fighting cancer. It dates back to before the 1920s.

Essiac is a product that is composed of four or more herbs, two of which — Sheep Sorrel and Burdock Root — are known to kill cancer cells. The other two herbs build the immune system and deal with detox and protecting the organs.

While the basic components of Essiac are well known, the exact proportions of the herbs in Essiac are the matter of much speculation. The cancer patient should be far more concerned with the quality of the herbs, and the quality of the processing, than with the exact formula. Some brands have 4, 6 or 8 herbs (e.g. Flor-Essence has 8 herbs). The extra herbs won't hurt and may be of some help. But again, the quality of the herbs and the quality of the processing is the most important issue.

It should be mentioned that it is the Sheep Sorrel that is the main cancer-fighting herb in Essiac and has been recognized as such for more than a hundred years.

Important notices

Note: This page is meant for educational purposes only. None of its contents are intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or disease. No statements have been evaluated by the FDA. The comments made are purely the opinion of the author and are not meant to be interpreted as undeniable “fact.” They are based on observations, made from research obtained from many sources. This is an ongoing project, and we will be adding to it as new information presents itself.

Warnings: Avoid using plastic and aluminum while preparing formula or storing formula. If a green mold appears, discard contents. Sunlight destroys aspects of formula. Do not Freeze.

Currently, Essiac Tea is not considered strong enough to be at the core of a Stage IV treatment. This does not mean, however, that it would not be an effective addition to a Stage IV treatment. The reason it is not a Stage IV cancer treatment is because of the way some of the Essiac Tea products have been dehydrated, processed and stored.

When Rene Caisse was treating patients, she would make her own tea and have it to her customers usually within 48 hours of making it. However, when you order Essiac Tea by mail, it may be several months old.

This treatment would be higher rated if people grew their own herbs or knew someone who did grow their own herbs.

Brain cancer patients could probably take Essiac Tea if some temporary swelling would not put them at risk.

Who should not take Essiac

It is of paramount importance. I kept searching for anything that may have been written. Everyone talks about how this tea should be taken by those with cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc, but since researching this tea in-depth (I'm in the process of writing an extensive handbook) I find this tea is not for everyone. Marketers talk about how good this tea is for you — but what about those who may find themselves in “trouble” if they take it?

  • If you are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive.

This tea contains constituents (chemicals) which may increase blood flow to the pelvic region and stimulate menses. Safety of the herbs have not been determined for small children. Properties of this tea may pass through the mother's milk to the infant.

  • If you have kidney disease, are prone to kidney stones, or kidney infections.

The varying amounts of oxalic acids in this tea are irritating to the kidneys. In my handbook, I will be going over some ideas on how to reduce this, but drinking copious amounts of water (unless contraindicated by your doctor or condition) may help to reduce the effects of this.

  • If you have a bowel obstruction or diarrhea.

Properties in this tea — specifically in the Turkey Rhubarb — promote peristalsis (the action by which the bowel moves it's contents through). In the case of bowel obstruction, last time I checked this was considered a medical emergency. The last thing you would want to do is to rely on tea to help it. The first thing you should do is see your doctor immediately. In the case of diarrhea, valuable fluids and electrolytes are lost through the rapid emptying of the intestines. Prolonged diarrhea can result in dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

  • If you have ulcers or colitis.

The Turkey Rhubarb has an action of being a laxative or cathartic (depending on how much you take). Some properties in this root can be highly irritating to ulcers and colitis, exacerbating (or worsening) these conditions.

  • If you have a history of increased levels of iron in your blood.

This is usually related to the way your digestive tract absorbs nutrients. (It's a fairly complicated little arrangement.) The tea contains varying amounts of iron. If you have been advised not to take in foods / herbs that contain substantial amounts of iron, this tea should not be taken.

  • Children under the age of 12 should not take this tea.

No studies have been done to determine the safety of the herbs in the young.

  • If you have tumors that are encroaching on a major blood supply or an area of an organ that expansion of the tumor could have dire consequences.

Consult with your doctor to find out if this applies to you. In Rene's work, she reportedly noticed that in the beginning phase of a person taking this tea, the tumor could appear to enlarge before it began to break down. (One of the reasons she was adamant that they take very small doses.) This has also happened with several of our clients. If you notice any sudden pain or untoward symptoms after beginning this tea, stop taking it, and immediately consult with your physician.

  • If you have a brain tumor.

In Rene Caisse’s work, she noticed that many times the tea seemed to make the tumor initially grow, then break down. This can be extremely detrimental in the brain tissue. Rapid or excess growth can put pressure on areas of the brain that affect body/mental function. If the tumor would break down, it can release pieces of the malignant tissue which could cause a stroke. Circulation in the brain is unlike the rest of the body.

When to use caution in taking Essiac

Those who are taking anticoagulant therapy/drugs. This tea contains constituents which may affect blood clotting. Advise your physician that you are taking this tea. If he/she detects any changes in your laboratory values, discontinue the tea immediately.

Diabetics who are insulin dependent may need to adjust their dosage — also those on anti-diabetes medications. All diabetics should monitor their blood sugar closely while on this tea. Some of the constituents in this tea can affect the way glucose and insulin are taken up in the cells and utilized. Many people find they need less medication while taking this tea. This is not always the case, but is worthy of mention.

Consult with your physician if you have had a cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder). As this tea stimulates many of the digestive organs and processes, your doctor may deem it inadvisable for you to take this tea.

Persons with osteoporosis should consult with their physician. Reports show that oxalic acid (present in the tea) can interfere with calcium metabolism.

If you are taking cardiac glycosides (such as Digoxin), ask your physician to monitor you closely for possible toxicity of the drug. Some constituents in this tea may assist the body to utilize the drug(s) more efficiently.

Kathy began doing some in-depth research into various aspects of the essiac blend based on a couple of emails received by http://essiac-info.org in relation to some possible side effects from the tea. These are not any that have been reported directly to us by our clients, but we feel strongly that it is our obligation to research and see if there was any possible correlation between taking essiac and these person's symptoms.

We also feel a strong ethical and moral obligation to make that information known to our current clients and those who are considering use of this tea. Please keep in mind that Kathy's research is a long way from being completed. These are simply preliminary observations based on incomplete studies, but compelling enough to warrant consideration. In other words, this is still in the food-for-thought stage.

The first symptom presented by these persons was a high level of iron in the body, which seemed to be related to taking the essiac tea. Once the person stopped taking essiac, their blood iron levels began to return to normal. (I emphasize that I have not seen any information regarding the amount of undiluted tea this person took each day, nor have I questioned this person in-depth myself.

It simply spurred my curiosity enough to look into the possible correlation.) Iron is present in Burdock root (Arctium lappa) in rather substantial amounts, with Slippery Elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva/rubra) and Turkey Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) containing lesser amounts. Root and woody parts of plants may hold higher levels of many constituents than the leafy, above ground portions – specifically many minerals. These levels can fluctuate from place of harvest, each plant, time of harvest, etc. Many factors play a role including the actual “health” of the soil and water used.

It should also be taken into consideration, when looking at the amount of potential iron contained in essiac, that your diet can play an important role as well in the total iron you are taking into your body. The food items that are said to be good sources of iron are: liver, meat, eggs, whole grains, enriched breads and cereals, dark green vegetables, legumes, nuts and the use of iron cookware. Another factor which should be considered is that absorption controls the availability of iron in your body, which is favored by acidity, and some vitamins. It is hindered or reduced by stomach acid, infection and losses through the gastrointestinal tract such as diarrhea.

  • Mother Earth Herbs, dedicated to Rene Caisse's legacy to make her cancer-fighting herbal tea available to anyone.

Supercharging this treatment

The value of Essiac Tea would be greatly enhanced by combining it with the Bill Henderson Protocol. The Bill Henderson Protocol, by itself, is a Stage IV treatment, and it includes the diet that should be used when taking Essiac Tea. NO alternative cancer treatment should be used without a good “cancer diet” which does not feed the cancer cells. See:

An alternative cancer treatment should be a complete treatment protocol. Do not forget to study the complete treatment protocol for Stage I, II and III cancer patients and the complete treatment protocol for Stage IV cancer patients:

Essiac: Nature's Cure for Cancer

An Interview with Dr. Gary Glum by Elisabeth Robinson.

This is the story of a woman named Rene Caisse. For more than 50 years until her death in 1978 at the age of 90, she treated thousands of cancer patients, most of them written off by doctors as terminally ill, with her own secret formula. She called it Essiac — Caisse spelled backwards — and she brewed the tea herself, alone in her kitchen. Her patients swore by her. Men and women who believed she cured them of cancer, told their friends and families, wrote letters to politicians, swore affidavits, testified before the Canadian Parliament and pleaded with Rene to supply them with more Essiac.

Husbands and wives of patients who died, wrote Rene letters thanking her profoundly for making life easier – free of pain- and longer for their loved ones. Her funeral in Bracebridge, about 170 km north of Toronto, was attended by hundreds of people including former patients Rene had treated for terminal cancer as far back as the 1930's and who were still on their feet to bury her and tell their stories.

The controversy Essiac inspires has raged in Canada since the 1920's every few years in the public glare of the press, involving the highest medical, legal and political circles in Canada. But always that controversy centered on this one woman in the tiny village of Bracebridge, pop 9,000 or so. Rene Caisse was an unlikely public figure. She was a skilled nurse who didn't crave attention or money. “I never had $100 I could call my own” she used to laugh. She didn't charge a fee. She accepted only voluntary contributions — fruits, vegetables or eggs as often as not — from those who could afford them, and she didn't turn away people who couldn't make any payment at all.

The mayor of Bracebridge, Jim Lang, gave me a friendly greeting, said he was happy that someone was looking into the story of Rene Caisse, and got right to the point: She cured people that were given up on by doctors – totally given up on. They said, “You're going to die and there is nothing we can do about it. And then they went to Rene and 20 years later they were still walking. I know that for a fact because I knew Rene for probably 25 years.”

She refused to reveal the formula to the Canadian government, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centerin New York — the world's largest private cancer research center — and the National Cancer Institute, just to name some of the institutions that wanted the formula at one time or another. She wouldn't give them the formula until they would admit that Essiac had merit as a treatment for cancer. They refused to admit any merit until she gave them the formula. There were legitimate arguments made on both sides. The result was a tragic standoff.

This book tells the incredible story of Rene Caisse and her lifetime battle to bring forth Essiac, and reveals for the first time publicly how to acquire the formula to prepare Essiac in the privacy of your own home.


Rene Caisse was a nurse living in Canada who for a period of almost 60 years treated hundreds of people with an 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 an herbal remedy given her by an Ojibway 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 that they had been given up 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, more 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 legalized by the Ontario government as a remedy for terminal cancer patients.

The story of Rene Caisse, her life, her work, and the effectiveness of the remedy she named Essiac, is told in a book Sun Bear received Calling of an Angel by Dr Gary L. Glum of Los Angeles. After reading the book and finding it to be informative, well documented and moving, I decided to interview Dr Glum. I verified the basic information in this book through Canadian sources, one an herbalist who knows of Rene Caisse and her work and who has personally made and successfully used Essiac.

As I completed my second conversation with Dr Glum, he said, “You're opening a Pandora's Box here, publishing this interview about Essiac.” I disagreed, but began thinking about Pandora's “box”. In the story of Pandora most well-known today, she is sent to the gods to curse humanity for offending them.

Pandora is given a “box” or container with instructions not to open it, which the gods know she will disobey. When Pandora does open the box, famine, war, plague, disease, pestilence — all the ills of humanity — are released. Then at the last comes hope, an antidote to despair.

But according to Barbara Walker's Encyclopedia, Pandora — whose name means “all giving” — was originally an image for Mother Earth. She had, not a box, but a honey vase like the Cornucopia from which flowed all life and creativity, as well as death and rebirth — Earth's gifts to her children. Because we are natural beings in a natural world, it seems appropriate that a simple remedy composed of four common herbs, gifts of Earth, would suggest so much promise for us today.

Interview with Dr. Glum

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 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 the 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 & Welfare at the time of her death in 1978. They burned all that information in fifty five gallon drums behind her home.

ER: Why?

GG: 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 conclusions that Rene had – that Essiac was a cure for cancer.

ER: What is Essiac exactly?

GG: Essiac is a non-toxic herbal cure for cancer that's been in use with us since 1922. It's a formula made from four very common herbs.

ER: I would guess that virtually every person in the U.S. 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?

GG: 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, any of these stalled benefactors to those who have contracted the disease — all of these institutes 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.

ER: You're saying the Essiac is in a position similar to, for example, laetril.

GG: Yes, the only reason laetril 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.

ER: In your book you mention that the Brusch Clinic in Massachusetts worked with Rene Caisse and with Essiac, during the 1960s. Is this clinic still doing research with Essiac?

GG: Dr Charles A Brusch is not practicing at this time. He was a personal physician to the late President 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 “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 in his leg, and who had his leg amputated. He was being treated at the time by the Farber Cancer Institute in 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 information has been hidden from the public.

ER: Why?

GG: As I said, money and power.

ER: Do you know whether the remedy is being used or tested anywhere today in the U.S. or Canada?

GG: Right now Essiac is being used in every state in the United States, it's throughout Canada and into Mexico, its in Australia, Europe, Asia, and, recently, also in Africa. And the message of Essiac is beginning to make it's way worldwide. But it's still known on a very limited basis.

Of course now you also have the problem of herbal distributing companies throughout the world that are substituting …low dock and curly dock for sheep's sorrel, which is one of the crucial 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 …astasized cancer cells actually return to the original tumor site.

That research was done by Dr. Chester ….ck 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 the herb for sale and distribution.

ER: Banned a common weed like sheep's sorrel?

GG: Yes, sheep's sorrel is just a common weed that grows in abundance throughout North America. Just a common weed. (Note: After this interview was completed, Wildfire learned from an herbalist in Canada that the Canadian government has recently banned St John's Wort, also a common weed frequently used by herbalists.)

ER: Well, it seems banning sheep's sorrel would not be very effective if you could identify it for yourself.

GG: Yes, it's 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 would let it 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 about 14 or 18 inches.

She would take the herb cuttings home and lay them out at room temperature to dry them. She let the cuttings sit there for three or four days before she'd begin turning 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.

ER: Do you have the formula? It's not in your book. You do mention a video in the book.

GG: 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.

ER: Sun Bear told me you had problems getting the book published and distributed. What kind of problems?

GG: 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 a 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.

ER: That's incredible. Why do you think they are so interested in keeping this book out of circulation?

GG: 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.”

ER: Advertising what? The video you don't sell any more?

GG: No, a cure for cancer.

ER: Can you explain what you mean by the publishers fearing a wrongful death suit?

GG: 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 FDA or anybody else. If an attorney or any family member should decide, for whatever reason, that 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 Food and Drug Administration, 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 here 35 years later to bury her when she died at age 90.

The best that anyone can do is 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 that Essiac has value in your life and the lives of your loved ones, you have the right to use it in the privacy of your own home and without anyone's approval.

You know, in 1937 Essiac came within three votes of being legalized as a treatment for cancer. People had garnered over 55,000 signatures on a petition to allow Rene to continue to use Essiac. The only reason the vote fell short, she found out years later, was that the College of Physicians and Surgeons met and said to the Parliament, if you don't respond to the political pressure and legalize Essiac, then we'll take a sincere look and give this woman a fair hearing. So Parliament didn't legalize Essiac.

So following the Royal Cancer Commission hearings Rene was allowed to continue her practice but only within the criteria I mentioned before, which allowed the Ministry of Health & Welfare to restrict peoples access to Essiac treatments.

I know this because I have a copy of the hearing transcripts which I got from Mary McPherson, which is some of the information that didn't get burned when Rene died.

ER: You mentioned earlier. What exactly was burned?

GG: All her research for that 40 year period of time. All the names, all her clinical data that she had collected. All her files.

ER: What about the records of the Brusch Clinic? It seems these would be convincing evidence.

GG: As far as I know all that material has been destroyed also. I knew that Rene had worked with Dr Brusch from 1959 to 1962, so I went to Dr. Brusch's home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, whereupon he delivered me the only materials he had left in his files on Essiac. One of those files was his own personal file where he had treated and cured his own cancer with Essiac. I have his personal records.

All the information in my book is verified by a sheet of paper with a signature and date on it, and those sheets and signatures are all originals. They are not copies.

ER: Have you had any personal experiences with Essiac?

GG: Yes, I can give you an example. He was a twelve year old boy named Toby Wood. He had acute lymphoblastic, which is one of the most virulent of all leukemias.

He had been on chemotherapy for four years and radiation for three. His mother's only hope in life was to find a cure for him. She went everywhere. She tried every alternative treatment.

Her last stop was Dr Alvados in Athens, Greece where her son's white blood cell count was 186,000. He had no red blood cells or platelets. He was hemorrhaging to death. So they transfused Toby in Greece, and put him on a plane to Alaska where he was given five days to live.

I met his mother's sister in Los Angeles while I was putting the book together and she asked if there was any credibility here. We sat down and talked. She then borrowed the money for a flight to Anchorage, and delivered a bottle of Essiac. By the time she got there Toby had three days to live. He was in a state of complete deterioration. He was given the Essiac and all the hemorrhaging stopped within 24 hours. Within three months all his blood tests were normal. I arrived in Alaska later that year and met him.

Toby Wood did die, and we finally found a pathologist who would do an exhaustive autopsy. We knew that he didn't have leukemia anymore. We wanted to find out the cause of death. It took four months to get the report back. The pathologist autopsied the brain, testicles, and all life support organs, including the bone marrow. No blast cells were found in any life support organ. There were a few stray cells in the testicles and the brain. Cause of death was damage to the myocardial sac of the heart, a result of the chemotherapy.

This was the first report anywhere in medical history of anyone surviving lymphoblastic leukemia. That information was taken to AP and UPI but they said it was not newsworthy.

Our information on Essiac has been sent around the world twice through Publishers Weekly magazine in a huge two page ad. We received no responses at all from any publishing company worldwide, no producers, no directors throughout the United States, no talk show programs, none of that. We can't access the media. In fact we talked to Philip Scheffler, producer of 60 Minutes. He read the book and we called him to ask him what he was going to do about it. He said, nothing. I said all the information in the book is verifiable. In other words it's the truth. I said if you're 60 minutes why don't you expose me and Essiac as a fraud. He said. nope, can't do it.

We took it to Joe Donally who is the executive news producer for ABC in New York. We said why not give it to Peter Jennings, Geraldo Rivera, Ted Koppel, one of those? He said, nope. We asked why not? He said because his phone lines would be invaded with 65,000 phone calls. We said, how sympathetic do you think a parent whose child is dying from leukemia would be to your 65,000 phone calls. He went on to say he's got a mortgage on his house and he's looking forward to retirement.

So that's the problem. No one wants this information disseminated. And it's not just the media, either. It includes the herbal companies who are now substituting curly dock for sheep's sorrel. So people are getting the wrong ingredients for Essiac, not to mention the five or six other formulas that are circulating which are different from the one I send out. These false formulas are being disseminated. There is a disinformation campaign going on here, somehow.

ER: Has this disinformation campaign started just since your book has been out?

GG: Previous to my book, none of this information was available to the general public at all. The public had no information outside a few assorted articles. Certainly the Essiac formula was not available to the general public at all. All that information was held by the Resperin Corporation in Toronto, Canada, which supposedly is a private institution.

However, they work hand in glove with the Canadian Ministry of Health & Welfare, who works directly with the American Food and Drug Administration and the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. The Essiac formula was never given to anyone by Resperin.

ER: Did the Resperin Corporation do any research on Essiac?

GG: They've done research since 1978 when the formula was relinquished to them by Rene for the purchase price of one dollar. As soon as they got the formula, they told Rene they had no further use for her. She had been under the distinct impression from the Ministry of Health & Welfare and the Resperin Corporation that she was to lead research activities that they so desperately wanted to put together.

But Rene had already done clinical trials. She had names and records. She thought the Resperin Corporation was politically powerful and had money enough to get Essiac into the public sector without compromising her values. Then she found out the Corporation was working closely with the government and administration and the Ministry of Health & Welfare.

So now people who were terminally ill given up as hopeless had to go through a federal bureaucratic maze to get the remedy. By then, for most of these people, it was too late. But even when people were cured, that information was not released to the public.

Resperin ran research tests on Essiac. One test was done in Northern Canada and the documents were falsified. For example, one man was listed as dead who a few months later knocked on Rene's door and said, “You know I want to thank you for the Essiac and for being part of this experimental program. Yet he was listed as dead in the research findings.

ER: It's beginning to seem amazing to me that any information at all about this remedy has survived the “conspiracy of silence” or outright destruction of records and so on.

GG: The only reason Essiac is known to the public is by word of mouth and because Essiac is what it is. What will keep Essiac known is it's effectiveness. Rene said it years ago. She said, look, if Essiac doesn't have any merit let me put it out there. If it doesn't have any merit it will kill itself. Of course she knew full well if people had the correct herbs, the remedy would stand on its own.. And that is exactly what Essiac has done over this period of time that we've been disseminating the information.

Rene also found that Essiac was a strong preventative. These findings were substantiated by Dr Albert Schatz at Temple University who discovered the cure for tuberculosis.

Rene also found that Essiac would normalise the thyroid gland. My wife was on two grains of thyroid since the sixth grade. After I met her, she started taking Essiac, and she hasn't taken a grain of thyroid since.

Rene also found that Essiac would heal stomach ulcers within three to four weeks. She felt that ulcers were a precursor to cancer.

Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin, wanted to work with Rene. She had clinical cases where a person on insulin discontinued it with the Essiac, since no one knew how Essiac interacted with the insulin. Apparently Essiac regulated the pancreas in cases of diabetes mellitus. So these people then came insulin free.

Another thing I've found with Essiac is that I've experienced almost perfect health. As you get older you think, well, I'm forty now, these things happen. Well, these things don't have to happen. Since I've taken Essiac, I've experienced almost perfect health. It's amazing. I sleep like a baby, have all kinds of energy, and no sickness, not even a cold or the flu.

I also worked with the AIDS Project Los Angeles through their Long Beach and San Pedro districts. They had sent 179 patients home to die. They all had pneumocystis carinii and histoplasmosis. Their weight was down to about 100 pounds. Their T-4 cell counts were less that ten. 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 ones alive today. The other 174 are dead.

ER: That is incredible — but what kind of lives are they leading today?

GG: They're exercising three times a day, eating three meals a day. Their weight is back to normal. For all intents and purposes you wouldn't know they had a sick day in their lives. But this information is not being disseminated either, because AIDS is on the horizon as another big moneymaker. The chairman of the AIDS Project in Los Angeles makes over $100,000 a year.

Even the alternative health care professionals are out there to control, not to cure. Alternative medical practice is just as mercenary and deceptive as the allopathic. No one wants a cure for cancer or AIDS.

The alternative people are also in it for the money. What you're finding with Essiac is that it is not even allowed into the arenas of the alternative health care. So really what you've got out here is people continually perpetrating these lies against mankind. For money. For money and power. It's that simple.

Really once you think about it, the only reason we don't have solar power is that no one's figured out a way to sell Exxon the sun. It's true. If they could, you'd have solar power. You know you'd have it.

ER: So, in your own personal experience, this herbal remedy works to “cure” cancer, thyroid conditions, diabetes, AIDS, ulcers…

GG: It also cures the common cold. Essiac elevates the immune system. I've been taking one ounce a day for seven years, and in seven years I haven't had a cold, flu or virus.

ER: And all of this from a simple Native herbal remedy?

GG: Yes. Although Rene did alter it. She altered it with Turkish Rhubarb root -rheum palmatum . Turkish rhubarb root has a 5,000 year history. It actually came up from India into China and then was taken by the British.

ER: Turkish rhubarb root is not native to this country, nor available here. Herbs from foreign countries are fumigated and irradiated, so is it a good idea to use the Turkish rhubarb root?

GG: You can substitute ordinary rhubarb root. The other two ingredients are burdock root -arctium lappa – and the inner bark of the slippery elm -ulmus fulva . They are easy to obtain, usually. Sheep's sorrel -rumex acetosella is what destroys the cancer cells. The other three herbs are blood purifiers.

Essiac elevates the enzyme system and gives all cancer patients and all AIDS patients the enzymes that have been destroyed. Essiac elevates the enzyme system; it elevates the hormone system, which elevates the immune system, so the body can cure it's own disease.

ER: What about quantities?

GG: Even its worst enemy could never lay claim that Essiac had any deleterious side effects whatever. You can take Essiac safely, through all the clinical trials that have been done, up to six ounces a day. That's two ounces in the evening, two at midday and two in the morning. That's a high dosage. Rene had the correct herbs and she used as little as one ounce a week.

But look at the difference between then and now. The food didn't have carcinogens in it, and neither did the water, nor the air. So what have we done? We've killed the air, killed the water, killed the food. So what's left?

Nationwide, in the water we drink, over 2,100 organic and inorganic chemicals have been identified, and 156 of them are pure carcinogens. Of those, if you have a tumor, 26 are tumor promoting , so they make the tumor larger. But of course this information is not available to the public either. Those figures are from tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency which have never been distributed to the public.

ER: How did you get the information?

GG: From a Ralph Nader organization out of Washington DC. The media has not disseminated this information. Another problem is that very few people read books any more. We can only hope they'll read Calling of an Angel . Of course the problem right now is people getting the right herbs.

ER: Anything you'd like to add before we close this interview?

GG: I would like to say that I didn't do all this research because I feel I have a responsibility to other people. I did it because I have a responsibility to myself. I know that I've done all I can do to disseminate this information to the people.

I was the first person to release this information to the public and say, here it is, here's the formula, here's the story. So now the story is out there and look what is happening – its getting killed through a disinformation campaign. I mean Harvard, Temple, Tufts, Northwestern University, Chicago – all these institutions have tested Essiac with the right stuff, and they all came to the same conclusions as Rene Caisse. But all that information has been buried.

ER: Gary, it's been very interesting to speak with you.

GG: It's been a pleasure. You're opening a Pandora's Box, you know, publishing this interview.

ER: I think you're the one who's done that. Would you tell people how to get your book and the information on Essiac?

GG: They simply call me in California at 310-271-9931. The book is $35.00. The formula is free.

Dr Gary L. Glum, until two years ago, was a chiropractor with offices in Los Angeles California. His clients included well known professional athletic teams and Olympic teams.

In 1988 Dr Glum published Calling of an Angel, the story of Rene Caisse and Essiac. Two years ago he closed his practice and now devotes his time to investigative writing.

Original appeared in Wildfire Magazine – Vol 6 No 1 PO Box 9167, Spokane WA 99209. Subscription – $15 per year. Reprinted with permission.


Two books by Dr Gary Glum, Calling of an Angel and an expose on AIDS are now on the Internet.

The official formula is provided below. Please note that Essiac is not distributed or sold through this site or through East West Network. For distributors, please check Essiac in Search Engines and verify correct ingredients.

Essiac ingredients

The Essiac ingredients are available in proper quantities.

  • 1 lb 5oz – Burdock Root c/s (6 1/2 cups)
  • 1 lb – Sheep Sorrel Lvs., Pwd
  • 4 oz – Slippery Elm Bark, Pwd
  • 1 oz – Turkish Rhubarb Root, Pwd
  • Also available – 12 x 16 Amber Glass bottles with caps
  • makes 10 -two gallon batches;They hold first 2 gall batch

Directions to prepare Essiac

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  • 2-3 gallon stainless steel pots with lids
  • 1 – strainer
  • 1 – stainless or wooden spatula
  • 1 – funnel
  • 1 – timer (optional) New amber glass bottles with caps.

You also will need:

  • 8 oz Measuring cup of Essiac from mixed materials
  • 2 gallons distilled water

Bring to a hard boil (takes about 30 minutes) The lid is on all the time (except while stirring). Put in Essiac Herbs, stir, boil hard for 10 mins (adjust flame as needed). Turn off stove, let sit for 6 hours. After 6 hours stir thoroughly, let sit for 6 more hours. After the last 6 hours, turn on heat and bring to boil. At boiling point turn off the heat, strain into pot #2. Clean pot #1. Strain back into pot #1. Immediately pour into bottles and put the caps on (12 x 16 oz bottles). Must be bottled hot. Store in a dark cabinet.

Directions for use

Take four tablespoons of distilled water. Heat the water. To the heated water add four tablespoons (2 oz) Essiac. Mix and drink. To be taken at bedtime on an empty stomach. At least 2 hours after eating. Can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach. If taken in the morning do not eat for at least 2 hours after taking.

Once opened, keep refrigerated.


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