Canada's Heroic Nurse
The Health Support Formula from Rene Caisse

According to an in-depth report, in one three-month period beginning in June 1998, Flor•Essence Tea manufacturers Flora, of Lynden, Washington and Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, shipped some 65,245 units of product in the United States and 20,000 in Canada. It is estimated that some 40,000 units of Flor•Essence are sold monthly in the United States alone.

Many studies now support use of this herbal tea as an additive form of health support among health challenged patients for detoxification purposes. In fact, Flor•Essence is approved for use in Mexico, and recent clinical trials conducted by the Russian Ministry of Health among victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have led to its recommended use as a basic remedy for chronic non-healing lesions of the gastric mucosa. In a study done by the University of Texas Center for Alternative Medicine Research, among some 4,708 users of the product, over 72 percent found the results of the tea to be "very good" to "excellent. 44.1 percent of patients were found to have no evidence of abnormal cell growth at their last check-up with another 14 percent showing significant regression.

Tea of the ojibway Indians
For millennia, America's native cultures have utilized the health promoting power of herbs. One such example is a tea the Qjibway Indians of Cobal, Ontario, Canada, typically prepared from native herbs, particularly sheep sorrel, burdock mot, slippery elm and Turkish rhubarb. Additional herbs, watercress, red clover, kelp, and blessed thistle, potentiate these primary ones.

But without the persistent, selfless efforts of Canada's famous nurse, Rene Caisse, R.N., this herbal formula might never have reached the vast number of users that it has today.

Caisse tells in her own words: "In the mid-twenties I was head nurse at the Sisters of Providence Hospital in a northern Ontario town. One day one of my nurses was bathing an elderly lady patient. I noticed that one breast was a mass of scar tissue, and asked about it.

"I came out from England nearly 30 years ago,, she told me. 'I joined my husband, who was prospecting in the wilds of Northern Ontario. My right breast became sore and swollen, and very painful. My husband brought me to Toronto, and the doctors told me I had advanced abnormal cell growth, and my breast must be removed at once. Before we left camp a very old Indian medicine man had told me I had this problem, but he could get rid of it. I decided I'd just as soon try his remedy as to have my breast removed. One of my friends had died from breast surgery. Besides we had no money!

"She and her husband returned to the mining camp, and the old Indian showed her certain herbs growing in the area, told her to make a tea from these herbs, and to drink it every day. She was nearly 80 years old when I saw her, and there had been no recurrence of her cell problem.

"I was much interested," Rene Caisse said years later, "and wrote down the names of the herbs she had used.

"A few months later, I received word that my mother's only sister had been operated on in Brockville, Ontario. The doctors had found she had bad cell growth in her stomach with liver involvement, and gave her, at the most, six months to live. I hastened to her, and talked to her doctor. He was Dr R.O. Fisher of Toronto, whom I knew well, for I'd nursed patients for him many times. I told him about the herb tea and asked his permission to try it under his observation, since there apparently was nothing more medical science could do for my aunt. He consented quickly. I obtained the necessary herbs, with some difficulty, and made the tea. My aunt lived for another 21 years, after being given up by the medical profession. There was no recurrence of her problem."

Dr. Fisher was so impressed that he asked Rene to use her herbal tea on some of his other hopeless cases. Other doctors heard about Rene from Dr. Fisher, and asked her to take patients for them after everything medical science had to offer had been used and failed. They, too, were impressed with the results.

Yet, in spite of strong support from members of the medical profession who had seen their own patients improve with the herbal tea, Canadian medical authorities alternatively tolerated and persecuted Rene, nearly arresting her twice.

In March 1938, a private bill to authorize Rene to practice medicine in Ontario was introduced to the legislature. The rules of the House were suspended to allow this private bill to be presented without customary notice, and the debate before the Private Bills Committee was fierce. A petition signed by 55,000 citizens (many of whom were doctors) accompanied the bill. Unfortunately, legislation that would have provided legal support for her to continue to help patients failed to pass by a mere three votes. In 1942, Rene halted her work for fear of persecution.

Kennedy Physician Supports Herbal Tea
The story might have ended there if not for the efforts of Ralph Daigh, vice president and editorial director of Fawcett Publications in New York. In 1959, he was given a mysterious cachet of scientific papers pertaining to Rene's tea that had become known by now as essiac (Caisse spelled backward). The mysterious fellow who gave Daigh the papers told him that, as the publisher of some of America's leading magazines, he could help to introduce this important health support formula to millions who needed it desperately.

Daigh introduced Rene to doctors at the Brusch Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, under the supervision of 18 doctors, she began her work. patients. Her mentor there was Dr. Charles Brusch, a highly respected physician who, in 1955, administered the first polio vaccine in Cambridge. Dr. Brusch was very much interested in traditional remedys and took a great interest in the ancient tonic.

Herbs in Flor•Essence
According to a February 2000 issue of Phytotherapy Research, "Individual case reports suggest that the tea improves quality of life, alleviates pain, and in some cases, impacts progression among patients with abnormal cell growth. Experimental studies with individual herbs have shown evidence of biological activity including antioxidant, antiestrogenic, immunostimulant, and antiocholeretic actions."

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) Used to cleanse and detoxify.

Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra Muhl) Has soothing qualities with large amounts of mucilage for inflammatory conditions.

Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum)-Used to promote healthy elimination processes.

Blessed Thistle (Cmicus benedictus)-Both British and German, pharmacopoeias note that 'bitters' such as blessed thistle stimulate bile flow and cleanse the liver.

Red Clover Blossom (Trifolium pratense) This herb has profound benefits in supporting many patients.

Kelp (Laminaria digicata) Rich in immune supportive polysaccharides and algin, this herb greatly aids in cletoxification and health support.

Watercress (Nanurtium officinale) A member of the Brassicaceae family (including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, mustard greens, collard greens, bok choy and turnips), watercress contains specific indoles that activate enzymes in the body that deactivate and dispose of excess estrogen and other toxins, thereby reducing the risk of serious issues.

Sheep sorrel (Runm acetosella) At least ten Native tribes of Canada and the United States have used this herb, also known as sour grass or sour weed, as a food and medicine, notes herbal expert Suzanne Diamond, B.Sc., M.Sc. Botany. "Sheep sorrel is a popular ingredient of many folk remedies and the tea was used traditionally as a diuretic and to address fevers, inflammation and scurvy." in Flor Essence, sheep sorrel is considered the most active herb for stimulating cellular regeneration, detoxification and cleansing, based on reports by Rene Caisse and her doctor colleague who did studies with mice bearing abnormal growths on the original eight herb formula.

Prescription for Using Flor•Essence
Flor•Essence is an important formula to be used by patients as a means of health support, because it is both a detoxifier and purifier. Work with your physician and use this product to enhance your prescribed regimen's results. It should also be used routinely as a means of cletoxifying and reducing risk of serious cell conditions.

Flor•Essence can be purchased ready-made or be prepared at home. Take on its own or as a tea by diluting the amount listed below with an equal or double amount of hot or cold water.

Dosage-Adults should consume two ounces of Flor•Essence twice daily. Children should consume one ounce, twice daily. Take on an empty stomach, about thirty minutes before any meal, and at bedtime. Use spring or distilled water when preparing. Sip slowly.

Richardson, M.A., et al. "Flor•Essence herbal tonic use in North America: a profile of general consumers and cancer patients." HerbalGram 2000(50):40-46.

-Healthy Living volume 7, number 8