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This is the fascinating story of Nurse Rene Caisse with extracts from her own writings. Rene Caisse will be remembered for the thousands of cancer patients she treated free of charge with an inspirational concoction of natural herbs, such was the success she was having it didnt take long for members of the medical fraternity to latch on to her and as a result Rene endured a lifelong persecution from the pharmaceutical industry, Government and the regulatory institutions who unsurprisingly all appeared to be working together against her and the interests of her patients.                                                                    Rene Caisse is not a fictional character she was very real as is the the following story which is well documented and easily accessed.

This article is dedicated to the memory of: Nurse Rene M Caisse and the numerous individuals that have endured persecution, hostility, ridicule and professional suicide in the interests of the general public.

May their legacies live on!

Rene Caisse an ordinary person that made an extraordinary difference to so many.

In 1922 Rene Caisse was head nurse at the Sisters of Providence Hospital in Northern Ontario, one day while tending to an elderly lady patient Rene noticed that one of the ladies breast was a mass of scar tissue and asked her about it;

“The lady recounted; I came to Ontario from England nearly 30 years ago to join my husband who was prospecting in the wilds of Northern Ontario, during the early part of my stay my right breast became sore, swollen, and very painful so my husband suggested we go to Toronto to see a doctor, before leaving the mining camp where we were staying a very old Indian medicine man had told me that I have cancer and that he could cure it!
When we saw the doctor in Toronto he carried out some tests and told me that I had an advanced stage cancer and that my breast must be removed at once, I recalled that an old friend of mine who had had breast cancer died from this very same procedure and besides we did not have the money immediately for the surgery so I decided to return to the mining camp where we were staying and take my chances with the Indian medicine man. He showed me certain herbs growing in the area and told me to make a tea from these herbs and drink it every day”
The elderly lady was now nearly 80 years old when Rene saw her and there had been no recurrence of the cancer in nearly 30 years! In those days doctors knew that getting cancer was the same as getting a death sentence so Rene was very interested in the herbs the woman had used in the event that she should ever develop cancer she would use the herb tea herself, the lady had made quite a bond with Rene Caisse and agreed to tell her what the herbs were used in the tea concoction.

About a year later Rene Caisse was visiting a retired male doctor friend of hers whom she knew well, they were walking slowly in his garden when he took his cane and lifted a weed, Nurse Caisse he told her, if people would use this weed there would be very little cancer in the world! He told Rene the name of the plant and it was one of the herbs the elderly lady patient had named as being one of the ingredients of the Indian medicine man had told her to use for her cancer.                                                                                                            A few months later Rene received word that her mother’s only sister had been operated on in Brockville, Ontario. The doctors had found she had cancer of the stomach and gave her at the most six months to live, Rene travelled to her and talked to her doctor, Dr. R.O. Fisher of Toronto, whom she knew well because as she had nursed patients for him many times in the past, She told the doctor about her lady patient and the herb tea and asked his permission to try it under his observations, since there was apparently nothing more medical science could do for her aunt he quickly consented so with some dificulty Rene obtained the necessary herbs and made the tea and started giving it to her aunt every day. The Aunt lived for another 21 years after being given up by the medical profession and there was no recurrence of the cancer.

Dr. Fisher was so impressed by the outcome with Rene’s aunt that he asked Rene to use the treatment on some of his other hopeless cancer cases and it wasn’t long before other doctors heard about Rene Caisse from Dr. Fisher and asked her to treat patients for them after everything medical science had to offer had failed. They too were amazed by the results.

Rene was asked me if she would be willing to use the treatment on an old man whose face was eaten away with cancer and who was bleeding so badly the doctors said he could not live more than 10 days; “We will not expect a miracle” they told Rene. “But if your treatment can help this man in this stage of cancer, we will know you have discovered something the whole world needs desperately– a successful remedy for cancer” Rene’s treatment stopped the man’s bleeding within 24 hours and he lived for six months with very little discomfort.                                                                                                   On the strength of what the doctors had seen with their own eyes, eight of them signed a petition to the Department of National Health and Welfare at Ottawa, asking that Rene Caisse be given facilities to do independent research on her discovery. Their petition dated; October 27, 1926, read as follows:

To Whom It May Concern:

We the undersigned believe that the “Treatment for Cancer” given by Nurse Rene M Caisse can do no harm, that it relieves pain and will reduce the enlargement of tumours and that it will prolong life in hopeless cases. To the best of our knowledge, Rene Caisse has not been given a case to treat until everything in medical and surgical science has been tried without effect and even then she was able to show remarkable beneficial results on those cases at that late stage. We would be interested to see Rene Caisse given an opportunity to prove her work in a large way. To the best of our knowledge she has treated all cases free of any charge and has been carrying on this work over the period of the past two years. [Signed by the eight doctors]

The Department of Health and Welfare had ordered two doctors to investigate Rene Caisse since the herb concoction was being endorsed by some of the most eminent physicians in Toronto. One of the investigating doctors Dr. W. C. Arnold became so interested in the treatment that he arranged for Rene Caisse to work at the Christie Street Hospital Laboratories in Toronto on experiments with mice and Rene worked with two distinguished doctors Dr Norich and Dr Lockhead between 1928 > 1930.

During the experiments the mice were inoculated with Rous Sarcoma Virus and Rene’s herb concoction were able to keep the mice alive 52 days longer than anybody else had been able to do so, in later experiments this was increased to 72 days longer. By now the herb concoction was named ESSIAC ® which is CAISSE spelt backwards

This was not Rene Caisse’s first clinical experience she had previously converted her motherʹs basement into a laboratory where she worked with doctors who were interested in her ESSIAC ® treatment they found that on mice inoculated with human carcinoma, the growth regressed until it was no longer invading living tissue after nine days of ESSIAC ® treatments. During this period of experimentation there was a variance on the herbs used, along with delivery by inter muscular injection.

During this time Rene Caisse was still working as a nurse with 12 hour days being the customary work day for nurses she decided to give up nursing to give her more time for her research and treatment of patients, by now doctors were sending patients to her apartment and she was treating around 30 a day!

By now Rene felt she had some compelling scientific evidence to present that would convince the medical profession that her ESSIAC ® treatment had real merit. Rene made an arrangement to meet with Dr Frederick Banting of the Banting Institute, Department of Medical Research, University of Toronto, world famous for his discovery of insulin. After reading her case notes and examining pictures of the man with the cancer of the face before and after treatment, and x-rays of other cancer patients she had treated, he sat quietly for a few minutes staring into space “Miss Caisse” he finally said, turning to look me straight in the eyes, “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 at this time” He advised me to make application to the University of Toronto for facilities to do deeper research. He even offered to share his laboratory in the Banting Institute and to work with me. However, in making an application to the University of Toronto, Rene would have to disclose the ESSIAC ® formula, which she believed would be used for private research and that her application to carry out independent research at the university would still be refused, after much soul searching, Rene turned down Dr Banting’s suggestion and his offer to work with her. Dr. Banting approved my decision, and my courage.

By now Rene Caisse had demonstrated in the laboratory and on real human patients that ESSIAC ® had shown positive results with no bad side effects and when the time came she wanted to share in the administration of her own discovery but by now Rene had realised that there were powerful forces conspiring against finding a cure for cancer.

Meanwhile, tenants in Rene’s apartment block in Toronto objected to her numerous visitors the 30 or more daily patients and she could no longer afford to carry on living in the city any longer because she had given up her nursing job and was not charging for her ESSIAC ® treatment and depended entirely on the occasional voluntary contributions. Rene felt she could live less expensively in a smaller town, so moved out to a small place called Timmins, Rene was contemplating going back to nursing however, Dr McInnis one of the doctors who signed the 1926 petition asked Rene to treat her cancer patients for him, which she did with good results. Circumstances were such that Rene had to move to a larger place and moved to Peterborough East of Toronto, where she rented a house and continued to treat her patients from there no sooner had she moved in the College of Physicians and Surgeons sent a health officer to issue a warrant for her arrest and again the charge was practising medicine without a licence, by now Rene had lost count the number of times she had been threatened with arrest and imprisonment for treating patients for FREE with ESSIAC ®.

The health officer talked to Rene and some of her patients and then told Rene “I am not going to issue this warrant” I am going back to talk to Dr Noble he was head of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

The next day I wrote to the Hon. Dr. J.A. Faulkner, the Minister of Health, and asked for a hearing. I received a letter granting me a hearing on the following Monday at 2p.m. I got in touch with doctors who had sent patients to me, and five of them together along with 12 patients went with me to the hearing. We were received very graciously by Dr. Faulkner, his deputy Minister the Hon. B.T. McGee and other doctors of National Health and Welfare.

After I presented my cases, Dr. Faulkner said that I could carry on, provided the patients came with their doctorʹs written diagnoses, and that I did not make a charge.

Rene Caisse told Dr. Faulkner, my only aim is to prove ESSIAC ® on its merit, and make it acceptable to the medical profession.                 While settling back home Rene felt very proud and happy that she could continue with her work the look of gratitude in eyes of the patients when they were relieved of pain and the hope and cheerfulness that returned when they experienced an improvement in their condition was payment enough for Rene Caisse who believed that if she trusted in God and did her best, a way to support her work would be found.

Rene Caisse was one of eight girls and three boys born to mother Fritzelda Caisse all were raised to love and fear God and to believe that respect and love of our fellow man were more important than riches, Rene could never of dreamed of the extreme opposition and persecution that  she would have to endure for helping the suffering people who came to her with no thought of personal gain.

Rene Caisse has never claimed that her treatment cured cancer, although many of the patients and doctors with whom she worked with her claimed it does; Rene’s goal had been the control of cancer and alleviation of pain. Diabetes, pernicious anaemia and arthritis are not curable; but with insulin, liver extract and adrenal cortex extracts incurables live out comfortable controlled life spans.

Cancer patients were successfully treated by Rene Caisse for over 25 years using ESSIAC ® hypodermically and orally. Since Rene is a nurse and not a physician and never gave the treatment until a written diagnosis of cancer signed by a qualified doctor were provided and she always administered the treatment under the observations of doctors.

A few days after the hearing before the Department of Health and Welfare, Dr Alfred Bastedo, of Bracebridge, called me, he had sent a patient to me with cancer of the bowel and was greatly impressed with the results of my treatment he told me he had gone before the Bracebridge Town Council and had asked that they offer me the Old British Lion Hotel building to be used as a cancer clinic, if I would return to my home town to practice and he persuaded me to accept his offer.

The Mayor and the Council of Bracebridge were very enthusiastic about getting the clinic started. With the help of friends, relatives and patients, I furnished an office, dispensary, reception room and five treatment rooms and from 1934 to 1942, I paid the Council the sum of $1.00 per month for the building and there was a large ‘CANCER CLINIC’ sign on the door. I treated thousands of patients who came from far and near, most of them given up as hopeless cases after everything in medical science had failed. Some arrived in ambulances, receiving their first treatments lying down in an ambulance; after a few treatments they walked into the clinic without help.

I had absolute faith that I could accumulate enough proof of results obtained with different types of cancer; as demanded by the Cancer Society but would the medical profession ever be prepared accept ESSIAC ® as an approved treatment.

Rene Caisse did not know then of an organised effort to keep a cancer cure from being discovered, especially being an independent researcher not affiliated with any organisation or supported by private or public funds, huge sums have been raised and appropriated for official cancer research over the years with almost nothing new or productive discovered, it would make the cancer foundations look pretty silly if an obscure nurse discovered an effective natural treatment for cancer!

About the time Rene Caisse opened her Cancer Clinic in Bracebridge, her own dear mother became ill, the four local doctors said she had gallstones, and her heart was too weak for surgery, her mother was 72 years old at the time. As her mothers condition got worse she called a consulting specialist Dr Roscoe Graham, for an examination and consultation with the other doctors. After the consultation, Dr Graham told Rene her mother had cancer of the liver and that she only had a mater of days to live!

One of the local doctors Dr McGibbon, who was set against Rene’s cancer work, said very sarcastically, “Why don’t you do something for your mother” “I will certainly try doctor” replied Rene.

Rene immediately started treating her mother with ESSIAC ®. and gave it to her daily for 10 days, when she improved the treatment was reduced to three days a week, then to two, then to one the conditions continued to improve. Rene Caisse’s mother made a complete recovery; she passed away quietly after her 90th birthday, without pain just a tired heart. Giving her mother 18 years of life she would not have had without ESSIAC ®, made everything worthwhile including the great deal of persecution she endured at the hands of the medical world.

Rene Caisse was beginning to get some intense interest in her ESSIAC ® treatment from the US and was persuaded to work with Dr John Wolfer of the Alumni Association of Northwestern University at Chicago, to have her treat patients in a Chicago clinic under the observation of their doctors.

A consultant specialist took Rene to see Dr Wolfer and read the histories of the cases selected for her treatment, all the cases were hopeless or terminal, Rene agreed to make a start to the Doctors surprise, he later told her he had expected her to turn them down “I will show results that will surprise your doctors, even in these later stages of the disease and the results will be enough to interest even the most sceptical doctors” Rene told him. I was proved right, later the doctors offered to open a clinic for me in the Passervant Hospital in Chicago if I would stay in the United States.

Dr Richard Leonardo, a surgeon, specialist and coroner of Rochester, N.Y, at first scoffed at the idea of any merit in Rene’s work. “The only way to prove or disprove the merit of ESSIAC ® is to remain in the clinic and see the patients and observe the work and the results” Rene told him and he decided to do so.

The first day Dr Leonardo stayed and talked to patients; he told Rene he was satisfied that she was getting results, but it was with faith and encouragement that brought hope and improvement to her patients not the treatment “These results are entirely psychological” he stated emphatically.

The second day Dr Leonardo was invited to come into Rene’s treatment room, examine patients and watch her administer the treatment, there were many advanced cases of cancer he stayed until the last patient left into the evening. “Young lady, I must congratulate you. You have made a wonderful discovery; I like your method of treatment and feel it will change the whole theory of cancer treatment and will eventually do away with surgery, radium and x-ray treatments for cancer”

Dr Leonardo offered to establish and equip a hospital in Rochester if Rene Caisse were to move there and work with him.

Both of the offers to establish clinics in the United States were tempting to Rene but she had strong family ties which had come to Canada from France in the 1700’s and she had made up my her mind that Canada would get the credit for providing a cure for the world’s most dreaded disease.

While Dr Leonardo’s investigation of ESSIAC ® was going on in Chicago during the summer of 1937, Dr. Emma H Carson of Los Angeles was spending June and July of that year visiting Rene’s Bracebridge Clinic and studying the treatment and it’s result.

The following report is by Dr. Emma Carson of Los Angeles, CA; dated August 12, 1937:

Several of my world-renowned professional friends [physicians, surgeons and attorneys] and also four famous business officials were spending the winter of 1936-37 in Southern California, and upon various occasions when they visited me I learned of Miss Rene Caisse’s wonderful cancer clinic at Bracebridge, Ontario, owing to such glowing and impressive reports and the intense interest so earnestly evidenced during these discussions, I became interested.

I then expressed a resolve to go to Bracebridge as soon as introductory letters could be exchanged, providing Miss Caisse would invite me to visit her clinic. The invitation was most cordially extended including explicit instructions for my convenience and comfort, her genuine assurance of sincere welcome and her appreciation of the fact that I was coming from a great distance to investigate her work, regardless of my sceptical attitude.

At 8a.m. on the fourth day after receiving her welcome invitation, I left Los Angeles, en route to Bracebridge for the exclusive purpose of meeting Miss Rene Caisse and ascertaining the real virtue of her ESSIAC ® treatments, according to her invitation, and especially appreciative of her promise to demonstrate her method and system personally in her clinical work.

As I seriously and compassionately surveyed that extraordinary assembly of afflicted people and visually compared them with the most prominent and distinguished clinics I have ever witnessed either in this or foreign countries, I vividly realised I had never before seen or been in any way associated with such a remarkably cheerful and sympathetic clinic, regardless of size, location or number of persons; or attended a more peaceful, sympathetic clinic anywhere.

I was also assured by patients that they voluntarily abandoned narcotics and sedatives of every denomination that had been prescribed to them by their physicians who had attended them previous to their adoption of ESSIAC ® treatments, and very soon after the first treatment of ESSIAC ®.

My scepticism neither yielded nor became subdued by the hopes and faith so definitely expressed by the clinic patients and their friends. However, I candidly admit that my curiosity became greatly augmented, and I resolved that scepticism should not blind my eyes or oppose my thorough investigation of the real efficacy of the ESSIAC ® treatment for cancer. Several prominent physicians and surgeons, who are quite familiar with the indisputable results obtained in response to Miss Rene Caisse’s ESSIAC ® treatments, and who have also asserted their great interest in cancer research work, including the investigation of the most prominent advocated remedial treatments for cancer, really conceded to me that Rene Caisse’s treatment is the most humane, satisfactory and frequently successful in consideration of her unavoidable limitations due to certain restrictions remedy for annihilation of cancer ‘’ that could be found at that time.’‘

I candidly explained the motive that determined my visit to the Bracebridge Cancer Clinic. I hoped to obtain visibly authenticated proof that would sufficiently convince and satisfactorily establish incontrovertible evidence of ESSIAC ® as a reliable remedial agent for cancer. Miss Caisse explained her earnest desire to conscientiously provide all verified information, both favourable and unfavourable, to aid and establish unbiased and impartial conclusions, decisively confirmed, as a merited compensation for my long distance trip, made for the purpose of obtaining convincing evidence concerning the real merits of ESSIAC ®.

I diligently proceeded in quest of the definitely assured results accomplished by the use of ESSIAC ®, and attributed to Miss Rene Caisse’s treatment for cancer. I firmly resolved that my investigation must be based on unprejudiced judgement.

Miss Caisse does not even suggest ‘cure all’ pertaining to her ESSIAC ® remedy. When asked if ESSIAC ® will cure cancer, she always replies: “If it does not cure cancer it will afford relief, if the patient has sufficient vitality remaining to enable him to respond to treatment”.

The vast majority of Miss Caisse’s patients were brought for treatment after surgery, radium, emplastrum, etc. had failed to be helpful and the patients pronounced incurable or hopeless cases. Really, the progress obtainable and the actual results from ESSIAC ® treatments and the rapidity of repair were absolutely marvellous, and must be seen to convincingly confirm belief.

I was intently engaged in reviewing, comparing and summarizing my accumulation of data, records, histories, etc and mentally visualised each patient and his apparently miraculous progress toward recovery, when I realised that scepticism had deserted me, or in recognition of defeat folded its tent, like the Arabs, and silently passed away.

When I arrived in Bracebridge, I contemplated remaining 12 hours, at least not more than 48 hours. Miss Caisse and her ESSIAC ® treatment and her patients were responsible for the unlimited extension of my time in Bracebridge and Toronto, as I remained 24 days and spent about 16 days at Toronto.

During the three weeks of the time I visited Bracebridge and neighbouring cities and towns, I investigated and examined results obtained by ESSIAC ® treatments including 400 patients.

I am pleased to assure all interested parties that I paid my own expenses and investigated ESSIAC ® to satisfy my own interest in cancer victims and learn of some remedial agent for cancer that had proved itself superior in every respect to all else, and which I could conscientiously recommend to my friends and interested persons. I can certainly express my genuine regrets that Ontario is so far away and difficult to reach for cancer sufferers from California. Transportation covering such long distances is certainly an important consideration for the safety and comfort of invalids.

With sincere interest and hopes that humanity throughout all nations is permitted to obtain Miss Rene Caisse’s remedy ESSIAC according to her philanthropic and humane principles, I remain,

[Signed: Emma M Carson, M.D., Hayward Hotel, Los Angeles, California, August 12, 1937]

Every few years Rene Caisse would make an appointment with whoever was then ‘’The Honourable Minister of Health for Ontario’‘ and would attend with a group of patients and a petition. First Dr Robb, then Dr Faulkner and the Honourable Harold Kirby. Each year the group of patients would be more numerous, and the petitions would carry more names.

The last petition was presented in 1938 with a bill requesting the Canadian government to legalise the ESSIAC treatment.

This bill was presented to the 2nd.Session of the 20th Legislature of Ontario, 1938, for: ‘’An act to authorise Rene Caisse to practice medicine in the Province of Ontario in the treatment of cancer and conditions resulting there from. The Bill was sponsored by two members of the provincial legislature from opposing political parties Mr J Frank Kelly, a member of the Liberal Party and Mr. Leopold McCauley, a member of the Conservative Party. There were 59 voting members in the legislature and the bill failed by only three votes, it would have authorised the practice of the treatment of cancer without a medical rating, and this was a position never before heard of in the history of Canada.

Rene later learned that this unusual bill, authorising her to practice medicine in the treatment of cancer, would, no doubt, have actually been approved by the Legislature, except that members of the medical profession assured the members that if the bill was not passed they would not sponsor the appointment of a Cancer Commission to give my treatments a fair hearing.

NOTE: It came to light later that the Canadian Medical Association had debated my case with the legislature before my hearing and had made this false promise, soon after the hearing for the bill, the Legislature passed; ‘An Act For The Investigation Of Remedies For Cancer’.

This bill was presented to the 2nd.Session of the 20th Legislature of Ontario, 1938, for: ‘‘an act to authorise Rene Caisse to practice medicine in the Province of Ontario in the treatment of cancer and conditions resulting there from. The Bill was sponsored by two members of the provincial legislature from opposing political parties Mr J Frank Kelly, a member of the Liberal Party and Mr. Leopold McCauley, a member of the Conservative Party. There were 59 voting members in the legislature and the bill failed by only three votes, it would have authorised the practice of the treatment of cancer without a medical rating, and this was a position never before heard of in the history of Canada.

Rene later learned that this unusual bill, authorising her to practice medicine in the treatment of cancer, would, no doubt, have actually been approved by the Legislature, except that members of the medical profession assured the members that if the bill was not passed they would not sponsor the appointment of a Cancer Commission to give my treatments a fair hearing.

NOTE: It came to light later that the Canadian Medical Association had debated my case with the legislature before my hearing and had made this false promise, soon after the hearing for the bill, the Legislature passed; ‘An Act For The Investigation Of Remedies For Cancer’

This act established the Cancer Commission and among other things, provided that:

“The Commission may require any person, who advertised, offers for sale, holds out, distributes, sells or advertises either free of charge or for gain, hire or hope of reward, any substance or method of treatment as a remedy for cancer, to submit samples of such substance or a description of such treatment, and samples of such substance used with such treatment to the Commission together with the formula of such substance and such other information pertaining to such substance or method of treatment as the Commission may determine”

Rene Caisse immediately closed her clinic, and reopened it only at the urgent request of the Minister of Health, The Honourable Harold J Kirby and the Premier of Ontario, The Honourable Mitchell Hepburn. The Honourable Mitchell Hepburn said at the time this bill was passed: “The onus is on the medical profession now. They must either prove or disprove Rene Caisse’s claims, and I do not believe they can disprove them. I am in sympathy with Miss Caisse’s work and will do all in my power to help her”.

The Premier answered an inquiry from Mrs Wilfred Raney, of Sunbridge, Ohio, about my treatment, stating that Rene could “Carry On” as in the past. From the ‘Office of the Prime Minister of Ontario’ and dated June 8, 1938, it read: Dear Mrs Raney: In reply to your letter of recent date relative to miss Rene Caisse’s cancer cure, I wish to advise you that the Commission for the investigation of so-called cancer cures has not been set up as yet. Miss Caisse is in the same position today as she was prior to the passing of an Act for the Investigation of the Remedies for Cancer. There has been no interference whatever by the department of health, nor by any department of the government. The Minister of Health and the deputy Minister have personally interviewed Miss Caisse, and she has been advised that she can carry on her treatment in the meantime the same as she has done in the past. With kind regards, I remain yours very sincerely [Signed Mitchell Hepburn].

Eventually on December 31, 1939, the Commission into the Investigation of Cancer Remedies brought in its report which read in part:

After careful examination of all the evidence submitted and analysed herewith and, not forgetting the fact that the patients, or a number of them, who came before the Commission, felt they had been benefited by the treatment which they had received, the Commission is of the opinion that the evidence adduced does not justify any favourable conclusion as to the merits of ESSIAC ® as a remedy for cancer and would so report.

It is Rene’s opinion, that the hearing of her case before the Commission was one of the greatest farces ever perpetrated in the history of medicine, more than 380 patients came to be heard, and the Commission limited the hearings to 49 patients. Then, in their report stated that I had only 49 patients to be heard! They stated that x-ray reports were not acceptable for diagnosis, and that the 49 doctors had made wrong or mistaken diagnosis. It is a sad state of affairs if doctors can diagnose an affliction as ‘Cancer’ and send the patients home with a few months [at most] to live, if they are not sure. In the 49 cases examined by the Commission, the majority had been diagnosed by more than one physician. Some of them had three or four doctors, and were told they had cancer, and were treated for malignancy before coming to Rene for ESSIAC ® treatment.

In the hearing, the Cancer Commission admitted that every patient presented had benefited or been cured by ESSIAC: many of them with pathological findings and reports, but they said the doctors had been mistaken in diagnosing the cases.

More than 300 patients were waiting to be heard but the Commission stated they had seen enough to give a report. The Cancer Commission made much of the fact that Rene had not furnished them with the formula of ESSIAC ® or with samples thereof, what they did not state was that I had been offering to the proper authorities for years my formula providing they would admit some merit for ESSIAC ® on the clinical proof I presented.

Rene Caisse’s files reflect hundreds of documented cases concerning the proven efficacy of ESSIAC ® with cancer patients, including many of the 49 that the Cancer Commission turned down for dubious reasons. I will give just two cases of patients who appeared the Commission in July of 1939, and who were alive and well 20 or more years later.

Patient 1: Mr Walter Hampson, Utterson, Ontario, aged 34 in 1937. Diagnosis: squamous carcinoma of lip. Physicians; Dr. Ansley, Pathologist, and Dr. A.F. Bastedo, Bracebridge, Ontario.

After the pathologists report, Dr. Bastedo urged Mr. Hampson to go at once to have radium treatment as he had no time to lose. Mr. Hampson went to Rene for treatment and was cured. When he went before the Cancer Commission on July 4, 1939, with other patients, they listed his case as ‘’recovery due to surgery’‘. The only surgery he had was the removal of a small section for the biopsy which showed the cancer!

NOTE: Mr. Hampson was well on May 4, 1960.

Patient 2: Mr Herbert Rawson, Bracebridge, Ontario. Age 48 in 1935. Diagnosis: carcinoma of rectum, confirmed by x-ray.

Patient had a hard mass with sloughing and bleeding and great pain. When he refused surgery, Dr. Kenny gave Miss Rene Caisse a written diagnosis with permission to treat with ESSIAC ®. Treatments began in April of 1935 and the last of 30 treatments was given on May 1, 1936, and a good improvement in weight. Patient was able to work during treatment period except for one month of rest. No trace of cancer was found in 1936 when he was examined by doctors W.C. Arnold of Ottawa, Herbert Monthorne of Timmins, Ontario and F Greig of Bracebridge, Ontario.

NOTE: May 22, 1960, Mr Rawson, 73, died of a stroke.

In 1963, Mrs. Carline Donald, 79, and John McNee, 95, died. Both had been cured of cancer at the Bracebridge Clinic, but no doubt the investigators would now claim that they never did have cancer. It seems the only cases they admit had cancer are the ones who died of it, in spite of all the research and conventional treatments.

The Prime Ministers, The Ministers of Health and later the Cancer Commissioners and the Attorneys-General of Ontario received hundreds of letters and pleas from patients and their doctors regarding ESSIAC ®, many of the 55,000 people who signed the petition supporting the bill to recognise and legalise Rene Caisse’s ESSIAC ® treatment, also wrote letters, The Cancer Commissioners, backed by certain medical groups, were deaf to the appeals, and used the same biased interpretations of data as have been placed on other treatments indicated for cancer, unless limited to their approved surgery, radiation and toxic drugs.

Rene Caisse may her soul rest in peace!