Some months I’m not sure what I’m going to write about, until I sit down at the keyboard. This month, I didn’t have that problem. Sadly, one of my colleagues passed away. I’ve worked with Terry (Theresa) for nearly 25 years, she was going to retire at the end of this semester. The doctors tell us she died of cancer; I believe she died from her treatments. In my view, there is nothing more barbaric than today’s methods of fighting this terrible disease.

It is because of cancer that I first started reading about alternative ways of beating diseases. (If I had my way, natural cures would be called medicine, and all drugs would be called alternatives). Back in the mid 1980s, I lost both my Dad and sister to cancer, within 3 months of each other. My Mom is a breast cancer survivor. My sister worked as a medical secretary and believed that the only way to beat cancer was with chemotherapy and radiation. She was sick for nearly 2 years, and went through pure hell for nearly all of that time.

It may come as a surprise for you to know there have always been treatments for cancer that have had a very high success rate. They all involve natural methods, such as herbs and vitamins. A common saying is “all of these cures make sense, but not dollars.” The treatment of cancer in America today is a multi-billion dollar industry.

2010-couplandOne of the better known cancer treatments is Essiac. The popularity of this herbal remedy began in the early 1900s. While we have to be careful nowadays what we label as a cure, (don’t want any lawsuits), many people have touted it as such. Its origin can be traced back to an Ojibwa herbalist, and consists of 4 herbs:  sheep sorrel, burdock root, rhubarb root and slippery elm bark. However it was a Canadian nurse that made it famous. Her name was Rene Caisse ….  Essiac is her name spelled backwards. Working out of Bracebridge, Ontario, she was known to have helped and cured hundreds of cancer patients from all across Canada and the U.S. Even those diagnosed with incurable types of cancer lived longer than they were expected to, free of pain …. some continuing on to live full lives.
[inset side=”left” title=””]The “sympathetic” doctor finally gave in, and the first shipment of Essiac arrived …. one week after his death.[/inset]But just like today, Nurse Caisse was battling the medical community for the right to continue with her practice. Even with a petition of 55,000 signatures, and over 380 patients and ex-patients as witnesses, the Ontario government voted against legalizing Essiac as a cure for cancer. She was only allowed to administer her treatments if her patients had medical certificates, and these weren’t always easy to obtain.
There are other cancer treatments with similar stories; the Gerson therapy, the Hoxley therapy, and laetrile, just to name a few. All share the frustrations of being labelled quackery, despite countless testimonies claiming otherwise.
Essiac did have the backing of some very influential people. Dr. Charles A. Brusch, at one time the personal physician to President John F. Kennedy, worked with Nurse Caisse from 1959 to 1962.  After ten years of research, he concluded, “Essiac is a cure for cancer, period. All studies done at laboratories in the United States and Canada support this conclusion.”  And Dr. Frederick Banting, of insulin fame and a winner of a Nobel Prize, stated:  “Miss Caisse, I will not say you have a cure for cancer, but you have more evidence of a beneficial treatment for cancer than anyone in the world.”

Incidentally, when my Dad got cancer, he tried to get on Essiac. The only way for him to obtain it was through his medical doctor. His doctor wanted him to begin chemotherapy instead, to which my Dad refused. Eventually, after many frustrating attempts, the “sympathetic” doctor finally gave in, and the first shipment of Essiac arrived …. one week after his death.

Nowadays chemotherapy and radiation are the two most popular cancer treatments.  Rather than boosting the immune system, the purpose of chemotherapy is to destroy cancer cells by keeping the cells from further multiplying.  Unfortunately, healthy cells can also be (and usually are) destroyed.

Here is a quote from the Internet website www.healingdaily.com on the number #1 chemotherapy drug tamoxifen. “Tamoxifen is among the best-selling anticancer drugs in the world.  Tamoxifen is not a harmless or non-toxic supplement. It is a powerful and unpredictable agent, with complex and little understood effects on the body’s hormonal balance.  The drug itself causes endometrial cancer and cancer of the liver in animals.”

And one more quote from the same website: “The drug industry controls the cancer field, through their domination of virtually every single cancer research and treatment institution. Thousands of top cancer researchers around the world are on the payroll of a dozen drug companies, and these same drug company executives sit on the Boards of major cancer centers. They also dominate the major oncology organizations. Patients need to know about the dirty politics of the cancer industry!”

[inset side=”right” title=””]I’m not saying she has beat this terrible disease, but I am pleased to say 7 months later, after no chemotherapy but lots of juicing, vitamin C  and other good foods that she is very much alive and well!!![/inset]There is a small newspaper published where I live, to which a pharmacist contributes a weekly column.  To her credit, she does promote vitamins, supplements and healthy living.  But naturally she also talks about drugs. In one article on cancer, she warns not to take vitamin C when on chemotherapy. Her reasoning …. vitamin C builds and strengthens cells, which may prevent chemotherapy from destroying as many cells as possible. Now I’m not a medical doctor, but wouldn’t you want your body to be strengthened …. not destroyed?

Update:  Some readers may recall I wrote an article in the Feb, 2010 TKC about a lady fighting a losing battle with cancer.  She was told back in December that the doctors had done everything they could for her, and at best she had 3 months to live.  Well I’m not saying she has beat this terrible disease, but I am pleased to say 7 months later, after no chemotherapy but lots of juicing, vitamin C  and other good foods, that she is very much alive and well!!!