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Native American Tea Cures Cancer – Kept Secret For Over 100 Years

Can you believe that a simple cheap tea with 4 ingredients cures cancer? And maybe even AIDS!

This has been a critical concern since Essiac tea was introduced in Canada in the early 1920’s. For over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse, used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto.

Although the name of the tea, Essiac, was derived from spelling Rene’s surname Caisse backwards, she was not the original formulator of the herbal remedy. The ingredients and recipe came originally from an Ojibway Native American medicine man in remote northern Canada.

The Essiac’s tea origin

Rene Caisse was an RN in a Canadian hospital in 1922 when she came upon an elderly patient who had survived breast cancer 30 years earlier. At that time, the woman was living in a remote northern Canadian mining camp with her husband. She was admitted to a hospital for breast cancer and told her breasts would have to be removed!

Yet, she decided against surgery and went back to the mining camp. In the camp area, she had earlier come across an Ojibway medicine man who confidently claimed he could cure her cancer.

Upon her return, he showed her which herbs to use, how to pick and culture them, and how to prepare the tea. She followed his instructions and within several months she completely recovered from the cancer. She lived in good health for another 30 years!

Rene had an aunt and stepfather with cancer at the time too, so she was very interested in the herbs and how to prepare tea with them. So that elderly woman conveyed the Ojibway medicine’s ingredients and recipe to the nurse Caisse, who in turn treated her cancer-stricken family members.

From then, she continued with so much success that in 1933 the small town of Bracebridge allowed her to use the defunct British Lion Hotel as a clinic for virtually no rent-she paid one dollar per month. She continued her work in the “clinic” from 1934 to 1942. Hundreds of cancer patients were treated successfully while she charged little or nothing. She cultivated the herbs, brewed the tea in the kitchen, and administered it both orally and by injection.

Of course, at the time and afterwards, Rene Caisse was the center of controversy and harassment from Canadian health authorities. She has stated that the only reason she was not imprisoned was because of the popular support from Bracebridge’s Town Council, several prestigious doctors, and of course her many cured patients.

Due to this support, from 1937 on, the nurse Caisse was permitted to treat cancer under the strict conditions of: 1) treating only terminally ill patients, 2) using an established medical doctor for prognosis and diagnosis, and 3) not accepting any fees for her services. She agreed to those terms and continued.

Regarding her over 50 years of harassment, Rene lamented, “I have never dreamed of the opposition and the persecution that would be my destiny in trying to help suffering humanity with no thought of personal gain.

Essiac tea makes its way to the U.S.

Despite so many successfully-treated cancer patients’ testimonies, the general public was kept in the dark about Essiac tea. Caisse made an effort to spread the word about the potent Essiac tea in 1977, a year before her death. She made a deal with a company called Resperin, whom she thought had the clout to legalize her Essiac tea. But Caisse was told she was no longer needed after the agreement.

Resperin was actually in the pocket of the Canadian Government and medical authorities. So, the project “vaporized”, and the formula seemed destined to vanish. Then along came a successful California chiropractor who specialized in treating world class athletes of all types, Dr. Gary Glum. He had heard about Essiac’s healing qualities and started his search for the formula and recipe.

He eventually came upon a woman in Detroit, who chooses to remain anonymous, who was cured with Essiac tea of what was diagnosed as incurable cervical cancer. She had the original formula, and Gary bought it from her. Then Gary went to Canada to interview Mary McPhearson, a close personal friend and assistant to the nurse Rene Caisse before she passed on in 1978.

There Dr. Glum also confirmed the authenticity of the formula he had purchased, and uncovered enough information about Rene Caisse and her work to begin writing his book, Calling of an Angel. In that book, Dr. Glum told the story of Rene Caisse, and he told how and where to get the formula, which since has been disseminated all over the western world.

Gary Glum had to self-publish the book because it was so threatening to the cancer industry, and there was the danger of death lawsuits on publishers since the Essiac tea was not FDA approved. So, no one would risk publishing it. That book and his second, Full Disclosure, which reveals the true source of AIDS as a manmade and the depopulation agenda, put Glum in harm’s way for some time.

He was harassed by the U.S. Marshals and almost completely financially ruined by bogus IRS claims, and a Naval Intelligence operative later threatened his life and the lives of his family if he continued publishing his 2 books. Only a few of Gary’s books are still available, but there are summarized .pdf versions available free online.

Here’s what Dr. Glum had to say about the Essiac tea for AIDS in an interview in 1990:
“I also worked with the AIDS Project Los Angeles. They had sent 179 patients home to die. They all had pneumocystis carinii and histoplasmosis. Their weight was down to about 100 pounds (45 kilograms). Their T-4 cell count was less than ten.”

The Project gave me to treat 5 of these patients. I took them off the AZT and the DDI and put them on Essiac tea only three times a day. Those are the only ones alive today. The other 174 are dead. But this information is not being disseminated either, because AIDS is on the horizon as another big moneymaker.”

Dr. Glum also had success with a few cancer patients that came his way. For example, he was involved with treating one young boy with a virulent form of terminal leukemia (a malignant progressive disease in which the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes; these suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anemia and other symptoms).

The boy recovered completely with the Essiac tea, only to die later from heart failure. The damage to his heart that caused the failure was traced to his earlier chemotherapy treatments!

While researching for his book, Gary Glum came across Dr. Charles A. Brusch, who was a personal physician for the late President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Brusch also ran a cancer clinic in Boston, MA. He had Rene Caisse work there with him from 1959 to 1962.

Dr. Brusch treated both his own cancer and Ted Kennedy’s son’s incurable cancer successfully with the Essiac tea. Unfortunately, he was given a “gag order” and told to keep quiet, or he would wind up in prison for the rest of his life!

Expectedly, Dr. Charles Brusch chose to remain silent publicly. However, Dr. Glum, in his book Calling of an Angel, had this quote from Dr. Brusch: “The results we obtained with thousands of patients of various races, sexes and ages, with all types of cancer,definitely prove the Essiac tea to be a cure for cancer. All studies done in 4 laboratories in the United States and one more in Canada fortify this claim.”

Right after the Rene Caisse’s death, authorities ransacked her home and burned her records. But her friend Mary McPherson had saved some, and a series of autobiographical articles by Caisse had become public record. The few privies to the treatment’s ingredients and protocol kept a low profile to avoid harassment.

But thanks to Dr. Glum’s investigative journalism, the secret is out, albeit among the scattered few, and without the caveats that should be known widely among those scattered few.

Essiac Tea Simple Recipe

Despite the development of 6 and 8 herb Essiac teas recently, the 4-herb version remains as a staple. It has a proven record of cured patients since the late 1920’s. Brewing your own Essiac tea is favored by most upon ordering the herbs, which are sometimes packaged individually, or pre-mixed into one bag.


  • 6 ½ cups of burdock root (cut)
  • ¼ pound (113 grams) of slippery elm bark (powdered)
  • 1 pound (454 grams) of sheep sorrel herb (powdered)
  • 1 ounce (35 grams) of Turkish rhubarb root (powdered)

Note: these amounts of ingredients combine to make 8 quarts or 2 gallons (7.5 liters) of the tea. Cutting each amount in half makes 1 gallon (3.8 liters) at a time.


  • Some instructions say to mix all the ingredients well before placing them in water, store the dry herbal mix in a glass jar in a dark dry place, and take out 1 ounce (35 grams) per 32 ounces of water (1 quart or 0.94 liters) at a time.
  • Whichever way you wish to parse it out, the herbs are boiled hard without a lid for 10 minutes, some say 20 minutes. Then, cover with a lid and steep overnight on the stovetop. In the morning, heat it up to steaming hot (not boiling), then let it settle and pour into glass or ceramic containers. Use stainless steel or cast iron pots for boiling, and glass or ceramic containers for storing.
    Keep the containers or container with the tea well-capped in a dark cool place until first used. After opening, it must be refrigerated.

The tea dosage depends on the condition. For immune tonic use or very mild ailments, 2 ounces (around 60 milliliters) once a day is enough. Increase the frequency up to 3 times daily with up to 3 ounces (around 89 milliliters) each time according to the severity of the ailment, which is usually cancer.

The refrigerated tea can be added to hot water or warmed up for consumption. Cancer patients undergoing other treatments, even with allopathic drugs, have used the tea as well.

However, cancer or AIDS should be treated holistically by abstaining as much as possible from toxic medicines, toxic foods, toxic household and cosmetic items, and even toxic thinking.

The cancer patient should also have a meatless diet of organic food and get as much sunshine and Vitamin D and C supplementation as possible. Using the Essiac tea while indulging in the old lifestyle habits that probably started the cancer (or any other disease) is certainly not the best way to heal it.

Essiac tea caveats

The quality of the ingredients is the most important aspect of a beneficial Essiac tea.
There are too many watered down versions out there. Dr. Glum has stated that some providers are using irradiated herbs and even replacing sheep sorrel herbs, a common weed declared as illegal for use in Canada, with curly dock, a weed similar to red sorrel.

This is critical since it has been laboratory tested and proven that sheep sorrel is the actual cancer cell killer in the Essiac Tea.

The other ingredients combine for a synergistic immune booster and blood purifier.Even as important is the fact that Rene Caisse used the whole sheep sorrel weed, roots and all. She discovered the roots to be very critical for sheep sorrel’s efficacy.

Most Essiac herbal or readymade tea providers use only the leaves of sheep sorrel even if they do use the weed. It’s easier and cheaper to harvest the leaves from the weeds while leaving the roots intact to grow more leaves.

To avoid irradiation (treating with radioactive rays in order to preserve it), order via the commercial overland courier services, such as UPS and FedEx, not the postal service, which is required to irradiate herbs.

Even if flown in by a commercial service, there is a strong chance of irradiation, especially if coming from another country. This is a problem with the Turkish rhubarb root, which is not naturally indigenous to America.

However, there is a possibility of getting Turkish rhubarb root cultivated in North America, as well as the powdered sheep sorrel complete with roots.

There are many people who have survived cancer, and a few have used the Essiac tea to cure AIDS as well. Many have improved their overall health by using the Essiac tea as a tonic. Yet, there are some who complain about little or no effect from the Essiac tea.

This discrepancy points at least partially to the herb quality issue. The proper high quality 4-herb mixture has been effective on cancer, AIDS, and diabetic patients.

Rene Caisse never compromised on the ingredients, and she could be stubborn about mixing protocols as well! It’s important that anyone using the Essiac tea have the best ingredients the way the nurse Caisse did.

WiKipedia: Essiac – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essiac