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The following article reveals information on Essiac ®, an herbal blend that boosts the body's enzymes and thereby the immune system, allowing the body to throw off:

bulletCancer, including leukemia
bulletProstrate problems
bulletStomach ulcer, and
bulletControl diabetes mellitus

Essiac also can be used as a general disease preventative, since it boosts the immune system.

While the herbal blend has worked for thousands of users, no one can guarantee that it will work for everyone. However, if I had cancer or other deadly disease, I would definitely give it a try.

The Essiac Formula and Preparation follows in the middle of the article, and an interview with a Dr. Gary L. Glum, author of the book, Calling of An Angel, with his reports on the use of Essiac with AIDS patients follows via a link at the end of this page. These articles were originally found in The Higher Truth, Volume 1, Issues 1 and 2. It has been reprinted with some modifications and corrections.

The following are excerpts from an article printed in the Vancouver Sun, one of Canada's leading newspapers on May 16, 1992. It was written by Mia Stainby. The article is about "Essiac" an herbal remedy that has been reported to have cured thousands of terminal cancer patients since the 1920's.


The truth of it is, Peggy Good was a goner two years ago. In the previous two years, surgeons performed a quadruple bypass to rescue an ailing heart. As if that wasn't enough for a lifetime, there was another matter of ovarian cancer, a tumor as big as a grapefruit.

Surgeons went in and removed some of the tumor, but left some behind. It was too risky to take it all because much of the tumor was too close to her vital organs

That wasn't the end of it. She developed diabetes and learned all about injecting insulin. Then she started chemotherapy. Then she agonized as her doctors told her that she had from just two months to a year to live. After five sessions of chemotherapy, Peggy, 70, just couldn't take any more and told her doctors that she would prefer to die in peace.

"I didn't feel human," she said. "I was sick to my stomach. I had headaches, fevers and I was not eating. I was going downhill very fast in the five months I was in chemotherapy."

She didn't fear death, but she did have a lot to live for. A caring husband, three great children and a flock of cuddle-some grandkids. And of course, she couldn't forget how rich life used to be, waking up, surrounded by fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. So when she heard about a woman in Vancouver, B.C. who had an herbal tea that apparently had worked magic on terminal cancer victims, she was curious.

She phoned the woman, Elaine Alexander, who said, "I'll send you some tea. Try it. See if it helps." The herbal tea, Peggy learned was called Essiac. She had nothing to lose, she reasoned and obtained some Essiac at no charge from Alexander. Peggy is certain Essiac saved her life and handed it back to her in better condition than before she was ill.

After six weeks of ingesting Essiac, a frightening event took place in the middle of the night. "I'm wetting the bed," she thought. She looked under the covers. Thick, grayish matter poured from her vagina. "It looked like scum, like pus," she says.

Over the next couple of weeks, she continued to excrete "awful stuff," sometimes two feet long and an inch and a half in diameter. Then death began to lose its grip. "It's hard to explain to people. It's too unreal," she says. I started to feel so good. I couldn't believe anyone could feel so good. In fact, I felt better than I had in the last 10 to 15 years!"

When she returned to the BC Cancer Clinic for a scheduled examination, the doctor gave her a clean bill of health. Shocked and stunned, she fell silent. He too was silent. He repeated, "I'm giving you a clean bill of health."

In the days that followed, she started having a reaction to her insulin injections and slowly went off the needle. "All I know is that I take nothing for diabetes now."

This isn't where the story ends. Peggy's husband Harold, now 71, has a success story to tell too. He had a prostrate problem for years. Every night he got up to urinate almost once an hour, a painful and exhausting ritual.

Harold also started taking the Essiac. Early one evening, exhausted, he went to bed. He got up later, went to the bathroom in a sleepwalk and went back to bed. Peggy was astonished to see what he left behind in the toilet bowl. It was a "bowl full of pus" as she describes it. She went to wake him, to tell him there was something wrong, but he was deep in sleep. That was his last nightly excursion to the bathroom.

The story of Essiac is one that has refused to die. It flared into public attention in the 1920's and burned though the 1930's. For two decades, it claimed international attention, and gathered thousands and thousands of supporters. The Essiac formula originally belonged to Rene Caisse, a nurse, (Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards). Caisse got the original recipe for the remedy from a patient in her youth, who had treated her own breast cancer with it. The patient got the recipe from an Ojibwa medicine man in northern Ontario.

When Caisse's aunt was in the final stages of cancer, Caisse got permission from her aunt's doctor to give her the herbal tonic. After two months of treatment, her aunt fully recovered and lived another 20 years. Over the next two decades, Caisse played cat and mouse with Canadian federal health officials.

Because Essiac was not approved by the government as a drug, Caisse was limited to treating only patients who had been diagnosed as "hopeless" by two or three doctors.

In spite of these odds, Caisse and her colleagues documented thousands and thousands of cases of patients who had been healed by Essiac in the '20s, '30s and early '40s.

The authorities demanded that they be allowed to perform clinical tests. Caisse, however, stubbornly refused to divulge her formula unless she got official assurance that Essiac would not be lost to the people who needed it. Her first loyalty was to the people who came to depend upon her. The authorities couldn't give her the assurance she wanted. Finally fearing prosecution, she closed her clinic in 1942 and went into seclusion. Caisse lived a modest life in a modest house, clinging to her secrets, fearing the herbal mixture could become difficult or illegal to acquire.

She died in 1978 at the age of 90. Before she died, she signed over the rights of the Essiac formula to two parties, Respirin Corp. of Toronto and a long-trusted friend Dr. Charles Brusch of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Director of the prestigious Brusch clinic and personal physician to John F. Kennedy.

Brusch himself had cancer of the lower bowel, which completely disappeared after Essiac treatments. Respirin had worked only with the original Ojibwa formula and continued to run into interference with the Canadian government. Dr. Charles Brusch worked with Caisse's final improved formula. In 1988, 84 year old Brusch signed over his rights to Vancouver's Elaine Alexander, who devoted many hours to Essiac on her radio program, "Staying Alive". Only three parties ever had the rights to Essiac, Alexander said, fanning out the legal documentation in front of her. "Respirin, Dr. Brusch and myself." Her lawyer, Martin Gifford, confirms that. In 1989, Alexander signed a contract with an unnamed health products company to research, test, manufacture and distribute Essiac.

Ed Zalesky, 63, of White Rock, Canada, was one of the patients treated with Essiac in 1978 during the Respirin clinical trials. "When they diagnosed me with cancer of the small intestine, they took out four feet of my gut, but couldn't get all of the cancer. They said I had six months without radiation and two years with radiation. After his Essiac treatment, he is still impressively alive 14 years later. In a 1982 Letter to the Editor, he blasted the critics of Essiac. "...the medical profession should stop playing God and allow cancer patients to utilize the treatment of their choice!"

The main ingredients in Essiac are: 1) Burdock root, 2) Sheep's sorrel herb, 3) Rhubarb root and, 4) Slippery elm bark all of which grow abundantly in Ontario. Dr. Jim Chan, a Vancouver (B.C.) naturopathic physician, who also teaches at Bastyr College, a naturopathic college in Seattle, says Burdock root contains an insulin-like substance, a very powerful immune modulator. It hooks onto the surface of white blood cells and makes them work efficiently," he says.

In 1977, Homemaker's magazine initiated an investigative story on Essiac. "Little by little, our skepticism gave way to a mounting enthusiasm," two reporters wrote. They interviewed scores of former "hopeless" cancer victims who were cured from cancer and lived for decades after Essiac treatment. They reviewed hundreds of patients' cases. They researched the complicated anecdotal and political history and concluded:

"Caisse's story was true. She had been getting remarkable results with many types of cancer with Essiac, and she had been prevented from carrying on treatment unless she revealed the formula to the Canadian Government."

Alexander believes in the future of Essiac. "I can only refer to its decades of use on terminally ill cancer patients who turned around and lived," she says. It causes the body's own magnificent immune system to work at maximum capacity.

Editor's note:  According to:, "On May 29th, 1995, however, Resperin transferred the rights to Essiac® and the corporation was voluntarily dissolved. Essiac Products Inc. now owns and manufactures the Essiac® herbal formula and distributes through Essiac® International."  The product mix they sell may be more conveniently packaged in tea bags and liquid concentrate than purchasing the herbs eliminating the time consuming preparation listed out below.  You can go to their website and purchase the items directly.

Essiac Formula and Preparation

Herbs can be purchased directly from Dr. Gary L. Glum (best source) at P.O. Box 80098, Los Angeles, California 90080. Call (310) 271-9931 and leave a message to get prices. [Editor's note.  I spoke with Garrett at the above number and he quoted me ~$560 for 6 months supply since supply is limited.  However, if money is tight and one is using the substance to treat cancer, they will probably give you a discount.]

They are also available from Herb Products Co., 11012 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood, California 91603. Call (____) 877-3104 or (_____) 984-3141.  [Editor's note:  I tried calling the phone numbers, but perhaps the area codes were changed since the time this article was originally published.  My phone CD-ROM gave several other area codes for the same last 7 digits, but I didn't receive any answer from them.   You may wish to call information for southern California. Garrett (see above) said Herb Products offers the Essiac blend in several configurations including capsules, tablets, etc., but these forms do not work as well as Rene Caisse's final formula]

CAUTION: If purchasing herbs from herb companies, be aware that many herbs are imported, non-medicinal grade, and not harvested properly. The USDA quarantines all imported herbs. FDA inspectors for purposes of sterilization, use ionizing radiation and ethylene oxide gas to poison potential bacteria. Use ONLY domestic or non-processed herbs.


bullet4 gallon stainless steel pot with lid
bullet3 gallon stainless steel pot with lid
bulletStainless steel fine-mesh double strainer
bulletStainless steel funnel
bulletStainless steel spatula
bullet12 or more 16-oz sterilized amber glass bottles with airtight caps (NOT child proof)
bulletMeasuring Cup
bulletKitchen scale with ounce measurements

DRY INGREDIENTS - (Essiac Herbs)

bullet6 1/2 cups Burdock Root - cut (Arctium Lappa)
bulletl6 oz. Sheep's sorrel herb - powdered (Rumex Acetosella)
bullet1 oz. Turkey Rhubarb Root - Powdered (Rheum Palmatum)
bullet4 oz. Slippery Elm Bark - powdered (Ulmus Fulva)


2 1/2 gallons of sodium-free distilled water


  1. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. (Place herbal contents in plastic bag and shake vigorously.)
  2. Bring sodium-free distilled water to a rolling boil in 4-gallon pot with lid on. (Approximately 30 minutes at sea level.)
  3. Stir in 1 cup of dry ingredients (store remainder of herbs in a cool dark place - Herbs are light sensitive).
  4. Turn off stove. Scrape down sides of pot with spatula and stir mixture thoroughly. Replace lid.
  5. Allow herbs to steep in the closed pot for 12 hours. Then turn stove to higher setting and heat to almost boiling, approximately 20 minutes (Do not let mixture boil)
  6. Keep warm on medium heat so liquid stays hot, so that as it cools in the bottle, it will create a vacuum seal. Strain liquid into 3-gallon pot. Clean 4-gallon pot and strainer. As a strainer, use 2 double boiler steamers with cheese cloth in between.
  7. Use funnel to pour hot liquid into sterilized bottles immediately. taking care to tighten caps. Allow bottles to cool. Then tighten caps again.
  8. Refrigerate. Essiac contains no preservative agents. If mold should develop in bottle, discard immediately.

CAUTION: All bottles and caps must be sterilized after use if you plan to re-use them for Essiac. Bottle caps must be washed and rinsed thoroughly, and may be cleaned with a 3% solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide in water. To make 3% solution -- Mix 1 ounce of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide with 11 ounces of sodium-free distilled water. Let soak for 5 minutes - rinse and dry. (If food grade hydrogen peroxide is not available, use 1/2 teaspoon Clorox to 1 gallon of distilled water.)


bulletShake bottle of Essiac.
bulletTake 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) of Essiac - Either cold from the bottle or heated. (DO NOT MICROWAVE.)
bulletTake at bedtime on an empty stomach at least 2 hours after eating.


bulletTake 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) of Essiac twice per day
bulletIn the morning you can eat 5 minutes after taking the Essiac. At bedtime, take on an empty stomach at least 2 hours after eating.

NOTE: If you have Stomach Cancer, Essiac must be diluted with an equal amount of sodium-free distilled water.

An Interview with Dr. Gary L. Glum

Visit the Essiac Products Website where you can
purchase and learn more about this amazing herbal blend.

Based upon the results reported above, a cancer patient should plan on taking the Essiac formula for at least two months to begin seeing the desired results, though the effect may begin much sooner.

Provided courtesy of Ed Meelhuysen of

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