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. 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.
One 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.
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 Hoxsey 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!”
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!!!