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Driving into this beautiful
town of Bracebridge, we saw
the large red brick building sit-
ting at the top of the hill, where
it all happened in 1935. The
building is now being used for
law offices. The bronze plaque
on the building is a wonderful
tribute to the work once done
there by Nurse Caisse.
Rene Caisse was a nurse liv-
ing in Canada, who for almost
sixty years treated hundreds
of people with an herbal rem-
edy she called Essiac (her last
name spelled backwards). She
discovered this remedy through
a patient in the hospital where
she worked who was cured of
breast cancer. The patient used
the herbal remedy given to her
by an Ojibwa Indian herbal-
Rene left the hospital at age
33 in 1922 and went to Brace-
bridge, Ontario, Canada where
she began administering Essiac
to all who came to her. The ma-
jority of those whom she treat-
ed came on referral with letters
from their physicians certify-
ing they had terminal forms of
cancer and had been given up
on by the medical profession
as not treatable.
Rene began gathering the
plants and preparing the herb-
al remedy herself in her own
kitchen in a building lent to her
to treat patients. She adminis-
tered Essiac both orally and by
injection with positive results.
In cases of severe damage to
life-support organs, her pa-
tients died. But they lived far
longer than the medical pro-
fession had predicted, and
more significantly, they lived
without pain. Still others, list-
ed as hopeless and terminal
without severe damage
to life support organs,
were cured and lived
35-45 years (many are
still living).
So startling was the
effectiveness of this
simple herbal remedy,
it could not be ignored,
a n d t h e C a n a d i a n
Ministry of Health and
Welfare and the Parlia-
ment became involved.
Friends, former patients
and grateful families
petitioned the Cana-
dian officials for Rene
Caisse's right to admin-
ister this remedy to anyone
who asked for it without the
threat of interference from au-
thorities. Fifty-five thousand
signatures were collected on
the petition.
In 1938, Essiac came within
three votes of being legalized
by the Ontario government as
a remedy for terminal cancer
patients. Essiac formula is quite
possibly the most important
discovery of Western Herbal
The four main herbs that
make up Essiac are Burdock
Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark,
Sheep Sorrel, and Indian Rhu-
barb Root. The herbs help to
Left to right Kim Veltin, distributor for herbs
for Life, and Sandy McKelvey, owner of herbs
for Life, with statue of Rene M. Cassie.
Our Visit to Bracebridge...
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Traveling to Bracebridge was
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this remedy saved my own life
and many others. My mother
and I also stood next to the
large bronze statue of Nurse
Rene Caisse and the Indian
Totem Pole in the memorial
garden near the bridge driving
into Bracebridge.
We visited her grave site
as well and the newly-built
Rene Caisse Memorial Theater,
Sports Complex, and School.
The people of Bracebridge will
always remember the sacri-
fice and diligent work of Rene
Cassie in helping to save hu-
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