Why FDA Doesn’t Want You To Drink This Cancer – Fighting Tea?
Don’t ask the FDA about Essiac tea if you are concerned about treating cancer with this, or any other, herbal product. While herbs have been used medicinally for millennia by cultures all around the world and are still the preferred treatment in many countries, the U.S. FDA has taken a relentlessly hard stance against all herbal treatments, especially Essiac tea. Why?
It could have something to do with the revolving door policy of employment connecting this Federal agency with big pharmaceutical companies and their profit margins. The fact is that in other parts of the world, scientific studies into the effectiveness of herbs as medicine have been done, and there have been many stunningly positive results.
For example, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies done in Europe on the effectiveness of Sambucas nigra, also known as elderberry, have shown conclusively that this plant has effective medicinal properties for treating colds and flues.
Another well-researched plant medicine is Silybum marianum, or milk thistle, a plant that is so effective in blocking toxins in the liver, it is prescribed in some European countries for the treatment of poisoning by the deadly Amanita phalloides mushroom.
The herb sheep sorrel also has a long history of use as medicine by people of many cultures. Sheep sorrel was used traditionally by Native Americans for the treatment of cancer. Sheep sorrel is one of the four main herbs used in the preparation of Essiac tea.
While the FDA limits free speech by not allowing any reference to using a herb for the treatment of disease, it is still possible to pass on the ingredients and recipe for Essiac tea, and it is still possible to say that many people have taken this tea while they are suffering from cancer and the vast majority report no adverse effects. Some even report that it helps significantly.
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According to the inventor of Essiac tea, the nurse Rene Caisse, this preparation is most effective when the herbs are fresh and the tea is less than 48 hours old. Fresh does not mean green herbs. It means herbs that have been dried and ground into powder within a month or so before using.
More is not better when taking Essiac tea. Caisse recommended only one ounce per day mixed with two ounces of warm water. If one ounce causes stomach upset, Caisse recommended reducing the dose to one-half ounce and then gradually increasing back to one ounce. She also recommended stopping treatment from time to time if detoxification appeared to be progressing too quickly.
To make the Essiac tea preparation, take:
– 120 grams of powdered burdock root
– 80 grams powdered sheep sorrel
– 20 grams powdered slippery elm bark
– 5 grams powdered Indian or turkey rhubarb.
Mix these ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl and then store them in an air-tight, glass container in a dark place.
To make Essiac tea:
Use 15 grams of the above herbal mixture and add to 1.5 liters of water. Bring the mixture to a hard boil for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let steep for 8 to 12 hours. Strain and decant the tea into glass containers with tight lids and store in a dark place. Refrigerate the container after opening.
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Sweating and stomach discomfort are the most common side-effects reported when using Essiac tea. It is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers, and everyone with any serious disease should always consult with their physician before starting any new treatment.
Just don’t ask the FDA.