The FDA is considering revoking the world’s best-selling anti-cancer drug… because evidence suggests the bad outweighs the good. The review – happening now – questions whether the high-priced cancer drug offers any real benefits at all. It further poses the question: why was it approved in the first place? Only one study showed even minimal benefits at that time.
In sharp contrast, an ancient Native American herbal tea has been shown to have incredible cancer-fighting benefits… and has almost 100 years of medical research to back it up. But chances are you’ve never even heard about it. That’s because Canadian authorities did everything they could to suppress the all-natural formula… going so far as to threaten the “inventor” with imprisonment and virtually banning the herbal tea!
Anti-Cancer Drug in Doubt
The drug in doubt is Avastin. Avastin enjoys about $5.8 billion in global sales each year and is the number one anti-cancer drug. The drug costs about $8,000 each month and treats several forms of cancer.
The FDA approved Avastin two years ago as a treatment for breast cancer. It’s since been prescribed to about 1,700 women with breast cancer. Sales generated from breast cancer alone equal about $855 million in the US each year. Now, a scientific committee is advising that Avastin – as a treatment for breast cancer – be removed from the market.
However there were plenty of doubts about whether it would be effective even when it was first approved. In fact, just one study showed any benefits. Those findings suggested that the drug delayed the growth of an advanced breast tumor by about five months. The same study showed no evidence that patients lived longer or enjoyed any improvement in quality of life.
On that basis, the FDA pushed Avastin through under a special program to get new treatments out as quickly as possible. As part of the deal, the drug makers would conduct follow-up studies supporting the drug’s effectiveness.
The committee has now reviewed two of those new studies… and both show that the drug fails to extend life. Worse, the results indicate the drug only slows tumor growth for less than a month.
Wyndham Wilson, of the National Cancer Institute, chaired the committee.
"The drug is not doing very much,” he says. “What it is doing is more than offset by the negatives."
Those negatives include:
- blood clots
- bleeding and
- heart failure.
After reviewing the facts, the committee has recommended that the FDA pull the plug on Avastin.
"The FDA should never have approved Avastin for breast cancer to begin with," said Fran Visco of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. "We don’t see evidence of benefit, but we do see evidence of harm."
The FDA is currently reviewing the committee’s recommendation. Its decision is expected in the next six weeks.
While the FDA is quick to approve risky drugs with little evidence to back them up, it’s refused to recognize the benefits of a simple herbal tea that’s been used by Native Americans for centuries… and has almost a century of documented research to support it.
An Ancient Solution
In 1922, Canadian nurse Rene Caisse noticed scarring on the breast of an elderly woman she was attending. When she asked her about it, the woman told her that it was because of the breast cancer she’d been diagnosed with 30 years earlier.
She’d been told she needed breast cancer treatment but she simply couldn’t afford it. She met an old Native American medicine man. And he told her he could aid her cancer with herbal tea. She tried the tea and her cancer went into remission for over 30 years.
Nurse Caisse was amazed… and she studied the list of herbs that the old lady passed onto her.
One year later, she was chatting with a retired doctor friend of hers. He happened to mention that if people used the herb sheep sorrel, there’d be a lot less cancer in the world.
She was intrigued: the same herb was on the Native American healer’s list…
But it was six months later before she had chance to test out her theory. Her aunt was diagnosed with stomach cancer and given just six months to live.
Nurse Caisse started treating her aunt with the tea. Her aunt went on to live another 21 years, cancer free.
She tested the treatment a second time on her mother after she too was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She was given just weeks to live. So Nurse Caisse tried the tea again, and her mother went on to live a cancer-free life for the next 18 years.
Seeing the results first-hand, she began running herbal combinations on mice and human cancer patients. It was the beginning of 30 years of research and discovery.
The original formula mixed eight different herbs including:
- Blessed thistle
- Burdock root
- Indian rhubarb root
- Sheep sorrel
- Slippery elm inner bark
- Red clover
After much experimentation, she refined her formula to just four herbs: burdock root, Indian rhubarb, sheep sorrel, and slippery elm. And she called her formula Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards).
Promise Backed by Proof
Nurse Caisse opened a cancer clinic and – under the observation of several doctors – she tested her formulas by injecting patients with individual herbs to see which proved most effective.
Nurse Caisse went on to treat thousands of cancer patients. All of her treatments were free and the results were so good that 55,000 people signed a petition in 1938. The petition requested the Ontario legislation recognize Essiac.
The bill failed to pass by just three votes. Within a week of filing the petition, a new "Cancer Commission" was introduced. This commission had the power to control and suppress all future cancer treatments.
The Commission suppressed her research. They threatened to imprison her and forced her to close down her Bracebridge Cancer Clinic in the summer of 1938.
She closed her clinic and partnered with Dr. Charles Brusch. They treated patients with the same eight-herb tea, just as the Native Americans had originally done. Dr. Brusch eventually used Essiac in his own fight against cancer.
In a notarized letter, he noted that Essiac “reduces pain and causes a recession in tumor growth. Patients gained weight and showed great improvement in health.”
The results he found back in the 40s have been borne out by recent research.
Two recent studies have shown that Essiac does combat cancer effectively.
The first study, in 2004, showed that Essiac inhibits tumor cell growth – and enhances immune response. The second study, in 2006, further backed this up. It revealed that Essiac increases cytotoxicity towards prostate cancer cells and has huge antioxidant properties.
And there are plenty of modern doctors who also support it.
“I’ve seen the effects of Essiac first hand,” says Allen Spreen, MD.
Dr. Spreen describes how he treated a father with a 13-year-old son. The son had cancer so bad that the only option was experimental chemotherapy. Even with treatment, he was likely to lose the leg that had the cancer.
Dr. Spreen told him about Essiac and all the studies and research he’d read on it. Desperate for his boy, the father left the US and went to Canada to seek a cure.
Three years later, Dr. Spreen was shocked to find a healthy, 16-year-old man in his office. It was the boy, returning briefly from Canada where he now lived with his father. He’d returned to say thanks to Dr. Spreen and to tell him that Essiac alone had saved his leg – and likely his life.
Formula Fights Cancer
Nurse Caisse’s formula used four herbs to fight cancer. These included:
Burdock Root: Hungarian researchers showed that Burdock Root had anti-tumor activity due to inulin. The researchers found that it attached to white blood cells and enhanced immune function. They showed it also contains benzaledhyde which has significant anti-cancer effects in humans.
Sheep Sorrel: This was used in cancer treatment as early as the 1740s. It contains chlorophyll, which carries oxygen to cells.
Slippery Elm: Studies have shown this herb offers anti-tumor activity and is an anti-inflammatory agent.
Indian Rhubarb Root: Rich in iron, this herb purges the liver and body of waste. It contains aloe emodin which studies show inhibit tumors.
Suppressed Formula Revealed At Last
Nurse Caisse and Dr. Brusch spent decades refining the Essiac recipe. They created the formula through years of experimentation on real cancer patients. And this is the suppressed formula they came up with.
- Six-and-a-half cups of burdock root
- One pound of sheep sorrel, powdered
- One-quarter pound of slippery elm bark, powdered
- One ounce of Turkish rhubarb root, powdered
Mix the ingredients and store in a glass jar in a dark cupboard. Use one ounce of herb mixture per 32 ounces of water. Boil rapidly for 10 minutes (covered). Turn off heat and leave overnight (covered).
In the morning, heat until steaming hot and let settle for three minutes. Strain through a fine strainer into hot sterilized bottles and let cool. Store in a dark, cool cupboard.
Tea must be refrigerated after opening.
Ian Robinson is a member of the Natural Health Dossier independent research team. The Natural Health Dossier newsletter scours the world for the most crucial, cutting-edge discoveries made by the best doctors and researchers in natural and alternative medicine.
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