The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering pulling the world’s best-selling anti-cancer drug off the market because evidence suggests the negative effects of this pharmaceutical outweigh its benefits. The FDA review — happening now — questions whether the high-priced cancer drug offers any real relief at all. Which further begs the question: Why was this drug ever approved in the first place? During the approval process only one study showed even minimal benefits.
In sharp contrast to this questionable drug, 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 have done everything they can 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 controversial drug in question is Avastin. Avastin enjoys about $5.8 billion in global sales each year and is the number one anti-cancer drug. The drug costs a staggering $8,000 a month and has been used to treat several forms of cancer.
Since the FDA approved Avastin two years ago for breast cancer, it’s been prescribed to treat about 1,700 women with this condition, generating sales of about $855 million in the U.S. But now a scientific committee has advised that these prescriptions be stopped.
Looking back, plenty of doubts should have been raised about Avastin’s initial approval. Even the most optimistic of the original studies only suggested that the drug might delay the growth of advanced breast tumors by about five months. But the research came up with no evidence that patients lived any longer or enjoyed any improvement in quality of life.
On that flimsy evidence, the FDA fast-tracked Avastin to approval under a special program that allowed the rapid marketing of new treatments. As part of the arrangement, the drug makers were obliged to conduct follow-up studies supporting the drug’s effectiveness.
When a special scientific committee reviewed two of these follow-up investigations, it concluded that the drug has no benefit for longevity. In the recent studies, the drug could only slow tumor growth for about a month.
Wyndham Wilson, of the National Cancer Institute, who chaired the committee, observed that, “the drug is not doing very much. What it is doing is more than offset by the negatives.”
Those negatives include an increased risk of:
* Blood clots
* Heart failure
After reviewing the new studies, the committee has recommended that the FDA pull the plug on Avastin.
Traditional Health Solution
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.
Western medicine’s knowledge of this tea began in 1922, when Canadian nurse Rene Caisse noticed scarring on the breast of an elderly woman she was attending. When she asked her patient about it, the woman told her that it was because of the breast cancer she’d been diagnosed with 30 years earlier.
Back then, the woman had been told she needed breast cancer treatment but she simply couldn’t afford it. But she met an old Native American medicine man who told her he could help her treat her cancer with herbal tea. She tried the tea and her cancer went into remission for more than 30 years.
The nurse filed away this information in the back of her mind but almost forgot about it until about a year later when a retired doctor friend mentioned that if people used the herb sheep sorrel, a botanical that had been in the herbal tea, there’d be a lot less cancer in the world. Then, six months later, 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.
Having seen the benefits of this tea first-hand, Nurse Caisse began testing herbal combinations on mice and human cancer patients. 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.
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. She went on to treat thousands of patients. She didn’t charge for any of her treatments. But the results were so impressive that 55,000 people signed a petition in 1938 to request that the Ontario government recognize Essiac.
The bill failed to pass by just three votes. Within a week of the petition’s filing, a new “Cancer Commission” was introduced by the medical establishment with the power to control access to all cancer treatments.
The Commission suppressed Nurse Caisse’s research. It threatened to imprison her and forced her to shut down her Bracebridge Cancer Clinic in the summer of 1938.
Consequently, she closed her clinic and partnered with Dr. Charles Brusch. But they continued to treat patients with the same four-herb tea. Dr. Brusch eventually used Essiac in his own fight against cancer.
Formula Fights Cancer
Two recent studies have demonstrated that Essiac does indeed 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 exerts powerful antioxidant properties.
The four herbs in Nurse Caisse’s formula each provide impressive benefits:
Burdock Root: Hungarian research shows that burdock root’s anti-tumor activity is linked to a natural substance called inulin. The researchers found that it attaches to white blood cells, enhances immune function and contains benzaledhyde, which has significant anti-cancer effects in humans.
Sheep Sorrel: This herb was used in cancer treatment as early as the 1740s. It contains chlorophyll, which conveys oxygen to cells.
Slippery Elm: Studies have established that this herb offers anti-tumor activity and is anti-inflammatory.
Indian Rhubarb Root: Rich in iron, this herb purges the liver and body of waste. It contains aloe emodin which has been shown to inhibit tumors.