Alternate Cancer Remedies
eyes, ordinarily blue, were gray and stony. I hem- orrhaged so badly I thought I would die, and couldn’t stand up for any length of time.”—quoted in Richard Thomas, The Essiac Report, 19.
so did highly trained physicians. Emma Carson, M.D., came from California. Originally planning to remain one day, amazed at what she found, she stayed at the Bracebridge Clinic nearly a month.
Within three months after beginning Essiac in- jections, May was back at work. “At first, the lumps seemed to grow harder, but then the turning point came and I discharged great masses of fleshy material.”—Ibid.
Still healthy 40 years later when she recounted the experience, she never had another recurrence of cancer.
In late 1937, a petition with 17,000 signatures were sent to the Canadian government. By this time, Rene was repeatedly offered millions of dol- lars if she would give her still-secret formula to some firm, so they could exclusively sell it to the public. All such offers were rejected. Caisse wanted the people helped, and feared letting either pri- vate firms or the government gain control of the formula.
A leading physician in Chicago heard about Essiac, and offered to let Caisse come there to do research work. Since she would be gone from Bracebridge only every other week, and the Essiac would be given to people, not just mice, she agreed to do so.
She commuted to Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, assisting five physicians in treating 30 volunteer terminal cancer patients. After 18 months, they concluded that Essiac pro- longed life, broke down nodular masses to a more normal tissue, and relieved pain. They as much as said that it eliminated cancer, but dared not openly admit it—lest they get in trouble.
Passavant Hospital in Chicago offered her a home and the use of their laboratories, if she would move to the United States. A group of American businessmen in Buffalo, New York, offered to put up a million dollars in cash, if she would turn over the formula to them so they could control it for world marketing.
But Caisse turned them all down. She said she wanted Essiac used immediately on suffering can- cer patients. Authorities wanted her to stop using it while they spent years testing it on animals!
Yet, by that time, it had successful healed thou- sands of human beings of the dreaded disease. And they wanted to go back to animals!
She wanted Essiac to be recognized as a cure for cancer. Others wanted the formula and mar- keting control of the product. She was thinking of people; they had money in mind.
“I firmly resolved that my investigation be based on unprejudiced judgment. The vast major- ity of Miss Caisse’s patients were brought to her after surgery; radium, emplastrums, etc. had failed to be helpful, and the patients were pronounced incurable or hopeless cases.
“The progress obtained, the actual results from Essiac treatments, and the rapidity of repair were absolutely marvelous and must be seen to be be- lieved. My skepticism neither yielded nor became subdued by the hopes and faith so definitely ex- pressed by the patients and their friends.
“As I reviewed, compared and summarized my data, records, case histories, etc., I realized that skepticism had deserted me. When I arrived I con- templated remaining 12 hours; I remained 24 days. I examined results obtained on 400 patients.”— Emma Carson, M.D., op. cit., 23.
Then, in 1938, the central government became involved when a bill was presented to Parliament, which would officially allow Rene Caisse to treat cancer patients with Essiac. It was introduced in March by Frank Kelly, and proposed that Rene Caisse be officially authorized to “practice medi- cine in Ontario in the treatment of cancer in all its forms and of human ailments and conditions re- sulting therefrom.” Caisse wanted to be able to treat cancer patients before they had entered the advanced, terminal stage. The patients were half dead before she had an opportunity to work on them.
The bill was supported by a petition with 55,000 names of patients, their families, and friends, and many physicians. But, in a close de- cision, the bill was defeated by just three votes.
At this juncture, it is a wonder the voting pub- lic of Canada did not throw the bunch out of of- fice.
Faulkner, who had favored Caisse somewhat, had been replaced as Minister of Health by Harold Kirby, who declared, “I will not see the honor of modern medical science tainted!” He introduced a bill into Parliament three days after defeat of the Kelly bill. It easily passed, and called for fines and jailing of anyone giving Essiac. Caisse was warned that she would be arrested if she continued to give her “useless” Essiac treatments.
Somehow, in a world gone mad with greed, Rene Caisse was a different kind of person.
Not only patients came from distant places,
Rene immediately announced she was closing her clinic and moving to the United States. Her patients were heartbroken, and protests from all