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Essiac Therapy

tion with the herbs, giving them to some patients, and continually refining the proportions to be given for optimum results. As he progressed, he shared his discoveries with Caisse. He also told her of other conditions which he found to be helped by Essiac. The formula was a phenomenal detoxifier, cleaning the body so a variety of advanced degen- eracies and debilities could be alleviated.

In the summer of 1978, Homemakers, one of Canada’s largest magazines, published a story on Rene Caisse and her work. Rene was swamped with requests for help. Newspapers across Canada picked up the story. Letters poured in.

One of those who read the Homemakers’ story was David Fingard, the vice-president of Resperin, a Canadian corporation said to have pharmaceu- tical interests. Fingard determined that he would do the impossible: convince Caisse to turn over the formula to him. Repeatedly, he made offers, which she turned down. But he kept offering new, revised offers. Finally, he offered to treat poor can- cer patients free, if she would turn over the for- mula.

On the morning of October 26, 1977, Caisse, Brusch, and Fingard signed a contract giving his firm the formula. Although Brusch was somewhat doubtful, yet Caisse, knowing she was nearing the end of her life decided to go ahead with it. She had signed over the rights to her secret formula, for the sum of one dollar, to a Canadian manufac- turing firm. Resperin was organized by a physi- cian, Matthew Dymond, who wanted to save Essiac from extinction. He told her that he would use it to help humanity, and she trusted him.

With the passing of time, Brusch’s fears were found to be true.

Resperin kept the secret formula in Toronto; but, in order to carry on their work, they said it was necessary to share the formula with the Ca- nadian Ministry of Health and Welfare. This an- gered Caisse, who felt that the men had betrayed her.

But Brusch began checking into the matter and learned still more.

On one hand, the medical establishment was up to its old tricks. Only two hospitals were per- mitted to dispense Essiac. Physicians at those hos- pitals refused to give Essiac in the larger amounts needed to accomplish anything worthwhile. The clinical testing was limited to private physicians, and they were required to fill out extremely lengthy forms for each person they wanted to give Essiac to. So few physicians would bother to use it very much. The physicians said they must give it in combination with various drugs. On and on went the merry-go-round.


Rene Caisse was heartbroken. She blamed Resperin for the problems. Bitterly disappointed, she died on December 26, 1978, a week after be- ing operated on for a broken hip.

But Charles Brusch still had the formula. He continued investigating, and he learned still more.

In early 1980, he learned why he had been kept totally in the dark about Resperin’s work with Essiac, even though the contract called for him to be regularly consulted. Since Brusch was in New York State, not Canada, he hired a private investi- gator to check things out. This is what was dis- covered:

Resperin was not even a viable corporation at the time of the Homemakers’ article. It had sold some respiratory products, but little was known about them. The impressive board of con- sultants were merely friends of David Fingard.

Fingard was a trained chemist, but his spe- cialty was unknown. Essiac was being formulated in the kitchen of Dr. Matthew Dymond, the only other Resperin employee. Both men were now in their 70s, and too frail to accomplish much.

The general inaction of Resperin and in the hospitals provided the Department of Health and Welfare with the excuse it was looking for. On April 9, 1981, the Health Protection Branch (an inter- esting name) issued an official statement condemn- ing Essiac as essentially worthless. The hospital testing, it declared, had not helped anyone.

On August 30, 1982, Resperin’s permit for test- ing of Essiac was rescinded. Knowing the public was to be outraged, the government was ready. They issued a statement that, under the Emergency Drug Release Act, any physician could obtain Essiac for his cancer patients.

But such extensive paperwork was required for each case, that the local physicians could not use it. Among other things, the complete past medical history of the patient must be written out and submitted, with copies of all tests, X-rays, etc.

Resperin had been effectively stopped, and Fingard and Dymond retired into silence. Essiac could not be gotten to the people.

Now enters the third person who, with Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch, would bring Essiac to the people.

Before her death, Caisse, brokenhearted over the state of affairs, shared the four-herb basic for- mula with some friends. Gradually others learned about it. But Dr. Brusch continued to have the com- plete formula. Only the four basic herbs in the origi- nal formula had been divulged to Resperin. Why the complete formula had not been shared is a

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