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Ojibwa Tea: Indian myth or healing remedy?



By Deborah Murphy Gifford

      Ojibwa Tea is a Native American Indian herbal tea with a history dating back over 100 years. Believed to have great healing powers, this herbal formula has been found effective as a treatment for cancer, AIDS, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, and many other illnesses. It was originally prepared by the Ojibwa Indians of Cobalt, Ontario in Canada, as part of a ritual intended to restore strength and balance, and used as a food when nothing else was available.

     Itís amazing that such a simple remedy exists, is largely unknown, and continues to be ignored by the mainstream medical establishment. For the protection of your own health, and the protection of your family and loved ones in this decade of "immune system deficiency" illnesses, you will find the story of this amazing formula of interest.

     Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who, for a period of almost 60 years, treated thousands of people with the Ojibwa tea. She called this formula essiac, which is her name spelled backward. Her success with this natural herbal treatment for cancer led to a lifelong battle with the Canadian government and the conventional medical community. Rene Caisse was first introduced to this formula while working in a Canadian hospital in 1922. One of her patients had been diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, but made a complete recovery after using the remedy given to her by an Ojibwa Indian medicine man.

     Rene Caisse obtained this formula, which consisted of four common herbs that were blended together in a fashion which caused the concoction to have a greater curative power than any of the herbs themselves. These four herbs were Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elk Bark and Turkey Rhubarb Root. Rene Caisse first used the tea on her aunt, who was thought to be in the final stages of inoperable stomach cancer. After two months of drinking the tea, the aunt recovered and lived another 20 years.

     Rene left the hospital in 1924 and moved to Bracebridge, Ontario, where she began administering the Ojibwa Tea (essiac) to all who came to her. Most of her patients came to her with letters from their doctors, stating that they were terminal, or had inoperable forms of cancer, and that the doctor considered the patient to be untreatable. Miraculously, most of these patients recovered and some are still alive today.

     Over the years, as word spread of the success of the tea, the Canadian newspapers picked up the amazing story of this lone nurse who was saving hundreds of people from cancer deaths, utilizing a simple Native American Indian herbal tea. She began to gain notoriety. In 1937 the Royal Cancer Commission studied Renee Caisseís work and presented a report which stated: "Essiac is a cure for cancer." The story could no longer be ignored by the Canadian government nor the Canadian medical authorities.

     She began to be harassed for administering this "unapproved" treatment, even though she did not charge for her services. She lived very modestly, operating her clinic with donations given to her by grateful clients. Following a petition drive by her patients, her fight culminated in 1938 with a vote by the Ontario Legislature to allow her to carry on a medical practice for the treatment of cancer. The bill was defeated by only three votes. In 1945, fearing prosecution, Rene Caisse went into seclusion, but continued to treat patients in secret.

     At this point in the story, one can only wonder what the Ojibwa medicine man, who had originally given the herbal formula to Rene Caisse, must have thought about the uprorar which had resulted. Four common herbs, gifts from the earth, were freely given by God to the Ojibwa for their benefit. The Ojibwa had, in turn, freely given their secrets to the white man for his use. The bureaucracy of the medical establishment had succeeded in restricting vital information so that many hundreds of thousands of people would die of illnesses without ever hearing of the Ojibwa remedy.

     In the 1950s and Ď60s, Caisse went to the United States and worked directly with Dr. Charles A. Brusch at his clinic in Massachusetts. From 1959 through 1962, they worked with thousands of cancer patients. Dr. Brusch was personal physician to the late President John F. Kennedy. Well known and respected, Dr. Brusch also worked with the Presidential Cancer Commission, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cancer Institute. After studying the formula for 10 years, Dr. Brusch stated, "Essiac is a cure for cancer, period." All studies done at laboratories in the United States and Canada support this conclusion.

     Rene Caisse died in 1978. Her work was widely ignored and the story would have progably ended here. But then Dr. Gary Glum of California became fascinated with her work. Traveling to Canada, he very painstakingly reconstructed the story of her struggle. Out of his research came the book The Calling of an Angel, the story of Rene Caisseís life.

     Due to the epidemic proportions of cancer and AIDS deaths in this country, there has beena resurgence of interest in the Ojibwa Indian Tea. Dr. Glum has reported remarkable success in treating HIV patients with the tea. Others report success against cancer, lupus, chronic fatigue, Lyme disease, arthritis and depleted immune systems. As sock people throughout this country are seeking alternative treatments for illness, the native cure seems to be gaining in popularity. Those who have successfully treated themselves are the most fervent believers. Whether a native legend or a true miracle cure, this formula is nevertheless nontoxic and harmless and might be worth a try, as a cure or simply as an immune boosting preventative.

     Ojibwa Tea is offered for sale only as a food supplement and is available as well as additional information by calling 800/282-4002 or by writing to 361 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242.

     EDITORíS NOTE: This article was reprinted from the Faithist Journal, sent in to me by Elvis E. Tiger of Bennet, Colorado.





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