Alternate Cancer Remedies
question we do not have an answer for. It is likely that the advanced research work by Brusch was held back because of his initial doubts about Fingard and his organization. (A letter dated De- cember 31, 1985, from the Health and Welfare Department, in Ontario, confirms that only the four-herb formula was in use.)
Essiac was dead. Dr. Brusch did not know what to do, and could only wait.
Then, in the late summer of 1984, a woman in Vancouver phoned him.
Elaine Alexander was a woman with a remark- able amount of energy. She was a radio talk show host and producer in Vancouver, British Colum- bia; and she had heard about Essiac.
Intrigued at first, she investigated, read every- thing she could on the subject, and become con- vinced that Essiac really could heal cancer!
Alexander asked Brusch if he would be willing to appear on her Vancover radio talk show. It was obvious that she already knew a vast amount about Essiac, and regularly discussed controversial health issues over the air. In 1984, she had been one of the first to reveal the AIDS crisis to Canadi- ans, and she spent six weeks of broadcasts doing it.
Brusch found that Elaine had already meticu- lously gone through court records, privately inter- viewed people healed by Essiac, and spoken with physicians. Now she wanted to take the whole mat- ter to the public in a radio series.
For the first two-hour interview, the phone lines were jammed as she spoke with Brusch.
“Alexander: Does Essiac have any side effects? “Brusch: None.
“A: Dr. Brusch, let’s get right to the point. Are you saying Essiac can help people with cancer, or are you saying that Essiac is a cure for cancer?
“B: I’m saying it’s a cure! “A: Would you repeat that once more, Dr. Brusch?
“B: Yes, I would be glad to. Essiac is a cure for cancer. I’ve seen it reverse and eliminate cancers at such a progressed state that nothing medical science currently has could have accomplished similar results. I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not seen it with my own eyes. I feel very strongly that Essiac is the single most beneficial treatment for cancer today.”—First E. Alexander radio interview with C.A. Brusch, M.D., Novem- ber 1984.
In Dr. Brusch, Rene Caisse had at last found a friend who would not betray her. In Elaine Alexander, Brusch had at last found the friend he needed to bring Essiac to the people.
Intense pressure was immediately applied to
Alexander, from both medical interests and the gen- eral public. Learning where she lived, people would mob her home. She became an expert at sorting out the legal red tape, so patients could obtain Essiac from their physicians via the Emergency Drug Release Act. Yet the complications were so serious that only a few could be helped. The pressure continued from 1984 onward. Then, in early 1988, Elaine got an idea. Simple enough, it would cut through all the red tape and bring Essiac to the people at last! The answer was to be found, for example, in a letter from Dr. A. Klein, at the Health Protection Branch of the federal government. “Relevant Factors: “Essiac has always been classified as a drug be- cause the Resperin Corporation has made drug claims for this infusion. “According to the Food and Drug Act, a substance is a drug when it is a substance or a mixture of substances sold or represented for use in the diag- nosis, treatment, investigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state, or the symptoms thereof, etc. “Essiac has always been represented to be a ‘cure’ for cancer; therefore, it is a drug due to the claim. “Suggested Response: “Essiac appears to be entirely nontoxic. “From the evidence to date Essiac has only a placebo or a phychological effect on cancer patients. “If Essiac were to be sold in health food stores, the implied claims for this substance could be con- sidered fraudulent, and would also constitute a health hazard with regard to self-diagnosis and self- treatment of cancer.”—“Briefing Information on Essiac,” A. Klein, M.D., Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Welfare, Ontario, March 17, 1988. The solution was simple: Change the name of the formula from Essiac to something else, and sell it at low cost through the health-food stores, making no claims of any kind for it! Why fight a war that cannot be won? Instead, just give it to the people as an herbal “tonic”— which is what the Objibwa Indians said it was. Charles Brusch was astounded. Resperin was essentially defunct; and, by this time, he knew that Elaine Alexander was a true friend of Essiac. Im- mediately, he signed a contract making her co- owner of the formula, and he pled with her to take charge of getting the herbal formula to the people. On November 10, 1988, legal documents were drawn up and signed (and an additional confir- matory contract was drawn up between them on April 23, 1993).