Message: 4
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999 11:18:40 -0500
From: "Bill Asenjo, PhD candidate, CRC" 
Subject: Re: Digest Number 172, reply to Rocky

Rocky asked about essiac tea. I'll offer my experience.

Two years ago I developed what first appeared to be a wart on my nose. It
grew bigger and uglier over then next month. A dermatologist diagnosed it as
first stage cancer. She wanted to cut a piece of my nose off. I decided to
look into other possibiliies.

I took essiac and after several weeks (just as I was beginning to think it
didn't work) the "wart" started to appear dry and crusty. Two days later it
simply fell off, no scar, no  reoccurrence ...nothing. I also found that the
brain tumor surgery-related tinnitus (ringing in the ear) that I'd had for
over a dozen years had also disappeared. That seemed to back up many of the
anecdotal reports I'd read and heard. So I started my mother on it.

Her doctor had told her that her age-related tinnitus was untreatable and
that she'd soon go deaf. Several days after drinking essiac she called to
let me know her tinnitus had completely disappeared, it hasn't returned
since (a year later).
I'm NOT selling this stuff, and I don't think anything is a magic bullet for
everyone, but just about any protocol for cancer I've read that embraces
"alternative" solutions usually includes essiac (unless it's contraindicated
with specific treatments like Cantron/Cancell).
There's an excellent book on essiac called The Essiac Report by  Richard
Thomas (published by the Alternative Treatment Network, Los Angeles, CA
1993). It backs up what I'd read in other sources that JFK's physician had
publicly announced that essiac cured his colon cancer in the early 60s.

The best price I've found is Mother Earth Herb
( but you
have to prepare it yourself. For convenience you could buy the bottled
Flor-essence by Flora, Inc available in most healthfood stores (best price
is online from Vitamin Shoppe). My mother uses Flor-essence, I never have.

My success was with Resperin's product (aka Essiac International), but I've
switched to Mother Earth. Depends on whether you want to pay much higher
prices for prepared essiac or make it yourself for much less.

It may interest you to know that the University of Texas--Houston is now
conducting a longitudinal study on essiac.
Lastly, you asked about other treatments, there are many. I don't think any
one approach is sufficient. Moreover, you need to evaluate your life style
as well. Do you eat fast food? Smoke? Drink alcohol? Eat sugar? You get the
idea. Any approach works best once you've adopted a healthier lifestyle
(including regular exercise). AND you may want to visit a naturopath to get
a diagnosis on your present condition.

my 2 cents,
Bill Bill Asenjo, bt survivor, PhD candidate, CRC