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
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."
(Cmicus benedictus)-Both British and German, pharmacopoeias note that
'bitters' such as blessed thistle stimulate bile flow and cleanse the
Red Clover Blossom (Trifolium pratense) This herb has profound benefits in supporting many patients.
(Laminaria digicata) Rich in immune supportive polysaccharides and
algin, this herb greatly aids in cletoxification and health support.
(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
(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
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America: a profile of general consumers and cancer patients." HerbalGram