Books & Reviews
In this magical, funny but extremely moving book, Mali Klein allows us
into her all-too-brief relationship with her husband, Greg, an ex-US Marine
Vietnam Veteran. It is equally a love story – the account of two
people starting out in a marriage that promised great joy – and
the true story of how they came to terms with a life-threatening illness
and their refusal to let it take away the precious and tender time they
Review One by Sara Miller, MD, Holistic Medical Doctor, Bristol
Cancer Centre, UK, Issue 41, Caduceus Magazine.
Review Two by Stephanie Sorrell, The Science of Thought Review,
‘Provides a unique insight into the controversial Essiac formula’
‘Essiac Essentials’ contains case histories of Essiac users spanning sixty years, including moving testimonies from some of Rene Caisse’s original patients. It also gives detailed information on how to grow, harvest or obtain the herbs commercially plus a simple-to-follow recipe.
‘Our experiences with Essiac have proved to us beyond doubt that passing on accurate information about the remedy and encouraging further investigation into its possible palliative benefits is a worthy vocation. At the end of the day, if just one person is helped and encouraged by reading our books we have fulfilled our mission.’
Sheila Snow and Mali Klein
Title: Essiac, The Secrets of Rene
Caisse’s Herbal Pharmacy
‘Essiac did not die with Rene Caisse…ever-increasing numbers of people are discovering and using it. They continue to bear witness to Essiac’s remarkable healing qualities.’
In their first book, Essiac Essentials, Sheila Snow and Mali Klein encouraged
self-sufficiency, detailing the basic, step-by-step recipe preparation,
how to make Essiac, what to look out for and how to identify, locate,
grow and harvest to the four herbs to make up the tea.
In addition they include information related to the basic science of cancer, the related chemical and radiation therapies and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle in order to enhance the possibly palliative and remedial effects of the Essiac formula.
People who are ill have a right to the best of whatever it takes to give them every chance to get well and anyone who chooses to take Essiac has a right to the best herbs prepared exactly as Rene prepared them in the 1930’s. Essiac worked for Rene Caisse; it can work for us now.
Review: Holistic Health Magazine, Autumn 2001, UK
At last here is a book outlining the actual story of the development of the formula, case history notes and the 1939 Cancer Commission Hearings. A chapter is devoted to what cancer is, how it can arise and the conventional treatments for it. Another is devoted to diet and how what we eat affects our bodies. There is also a chapter answering many of the questions raised about Essiac – from how it should be used, whether it interacts with vitamin and mineral supplements and whether the preparation affects other conditions – one case is cited of high blood pressure normalising after use of Essiac. The ‘last but not least’ chapter, entitled ‘Tea Stories’, is a compilation of case studies from Rene’s six surviving books from Bracebridge Clinic where she carried out her work. Included are testimonies as evidence for essiac being used for goitre, stomach and leg ulcers, as well as for lip, breast, uterus, stomach, kidney, bowel, prostate and ovarian cancer, as well as non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and HIV positive diagnosis. A wide range and impressive – IF ONLY there had been serious follow-up trials of this substance rather than the protesting too much at claims for efficacy as is sadly the usual case with potential cancer treatments originating from anywhere other than pharmaceutical R&D departments.’
Review: Mayo News, August 15th 2001
‘Seventy-five years ago a Canadian nurse adapted an American Indian medicine concoction to develop and popular herbal remedy which developed a proven record in helping people with cancer.
Rene Caisse jealously guarded the specific ingredients that went into the Essiac remedy and would not permit commercial drug companies to exploit the popularity of the Caisse discovery. Now in their latest book, authors Sheila Snow and Mali Klein follow up on their original work on how to harvest or obtain the herbs necessary to make Essiac with easy to follow recipes. Subtitled ‘The Secrets of Rene Caisse’s Herbal Pharmacy’, this book explores other remedies developed by Miss Caisse in her treatment centre.
The book contains a number of case histories on the success of Essiac
and an account of the petitions sent to the Canadian Parliament asking
that Rene Caisse be allowed to practice medicine despite the reluctance
of the medical profession to afford her recognition over the years.
Review: Scottish Health News, September/October 2001
‘Essiac is a herbal remedy that has been found to be effective in helping people with cancer. It was developed by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse (Essiac is her name spelt backwards) during the 1930’s and was extensively investigated by the Canadian government at that time.
This book provides some archive material about the make-up of the remedy
along with some useful information about the science of cancer and testimonials
from some of her early patients. It explains the effects of treatments
currently on offer, suggesting how Essiac can be integrated into an overall
treatment pattern. A very helpful book.’