Elaine had to make a major decision. In order to bring Essiac to the people, she would have to give up her radio broadcasting. Somehow the dis- tribution would have be done on a massive scale by a large, well-established firm committed to natu- ral remedies.
It required four years of investigation by Alexander and Brusch before they selected Flora Manufacturing and Distributing, Ltd.
In 1913, Dr. Otto Greither lay gravely ill in a Bavarian hospital. A leading European orthodox physician, Dr. Greither’s condition was impossible to diagnose, but left him paralyzed from the waist down. Both legs were hard, dark, and one was beginning to gangrene.
The night before he was to have both of them amputated, a nurse made a comment to him. If I may say so, one of those foolish comments that only a person acquainted with natural remedies would make. She told the great doctor that if he would take some enemas, it would clean out the colon and eliminate the toxic buildup.
Greither was understandably outraged at such a stupid statement. But, recognizing that he had nothing to lose, he did it. The effects were imme- diate, and a full recovery followed soon after.
Returning to his practice, rich foods, meat, wine, and late hours, within six months he was back in the hospital with both legs paralyzed again.
Once again, Greither took an enema. This time, recovery awakened him fully to the reality of natural remedies and uselessness of or- thodox medications. He made a total changeover in practice, and thoroughly researched the health- food field. In 1916, Dr. Otto Greither founded a company, called Salus Haus (Health House). Within 10 years there were more than 50 of them in Ger- many. Specializing in herbal formulas to detoxify the body, the firm spread to other countries.
Employing over 250 people, Salus Haus now owns organic fields throughout Bavaria, an organic herbal farm in Chile, and an organic acerola farm in Florida.
Its manufacturing plant outside Munich cov- ers 60 acres, and the products are exported to 60 countries. The headquarters of the Canadian com- pany, called Flora, is located on the edge of Van- couver, B.C.
The first meeting of Elaine Alexander with the head of the company, Thomas Greither (Otto’s grandson), was in May 1992. Ultimately, an agree- ment was signed.
Brusch and Alexander required that she main- tain continual oversight of the growth, harvesting, processing, widespread, and lower-cost sales dis-
tribution of Essiac. If Alexander was not satisfied, either changes would be made or the contract would be canceled.
At last, common people could obtain Essiac. (For more on Essiac, see pages 158 and 163.)
SUPPLEMENT: THE ESSIAC FORMULA
1 - THE ORIGINAL ESSIAC FORMULA
Here are the four primary herbs in the Essiac herbal formula:
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is slightly bit- ter. You can add an additional 2-6 oz. to the 24 oz., if you do not mind the added bitterness. This would be beneficial, but not necessary.
Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is a wild pe- rennial miniature of garden sorrel. It must be green in color and have an aroma of sweet grass. “Sor- rel” comes from a French word for “sour.” Sorrel tastes a little like lemon juice.
Turkey (or Turkish) rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) is yellowish-brown in color.
Slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva) is best purchased. If you strip it from a tree, you will likely kill it if you do not know the proper way to do it.
For your information, it is sometimes said that Essiac originally had six herbs in it, not four. Checking this out carefully, we find that there were only four.
We have learned that sheep sorrel is a crucial ingredient, but that many herb companies substi- tute yellow dock and curly dock for the sheep sor- rel. Yet it is the sheep sorrel that is said to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells, in the body, or their amalgamation where me- tastasized cancer cells actually return to the origi- nal cancer site. It is very important that the sheep sorrel be included in the mixture, not dock!
We have also learned that Rene would harvest the sheep sorrel (a common weed which grows over much of Canada and the United States) when it was 4-6 inches high. She cut it back and it would grow again, and she would cut it back again. After doing this about three times, she would let it go to seed. While seeding the ground, it would grow to 14-18 inches.
Caisse would then take the herb cuttings home and lay them out at room temperature to dry. Af- ter 3-4 days, she would begin turning the herbs. Thereafter, she would turn them every two days until they were properly dry, which took about 10- 14 days. About a bushel of harvested sheep sorrel is required to produce one pound of the dried powdered herb, as used in the formula.
Rene had said that, when she originally ob-