Essiac Tea is a popular alternative treatment for cancer that the medical mainstream doesn't seem to think much of. This unpopularity with the researchers seems to come from the fact that what few studies have been done on it showed no particular benefits, even in mouse studies or with tissue cultures in petri dishes.
Here's a link to the Wikipedia entry which is rather unflattering: Wikipedia: Essiac
. One comment questioned Essiac's claim to be a traditional remedy among a Canadian Indian tribe since the tea contains plants that are not native to North America nor commonly found there when the tea was first popularized.
It's difficult to find a lot of information about
Dr. Gary Glum but what I did find suggests that he is (was?) a chiropractor in Los Angeles who did in fact write two books praising Essiac which he claimed not only as a cure for cancer but as an antidote to AIDS as well (which he claimed to have discovered to be the product of some sort of government conspiracy.) He also claimed that Essiac would offset the dire effects of whatever is supposed to be in "Chemtrails" -- another tinfoil-hat conspiracy theory that says that the white condensation trails behind aircraft are actually poisons being spread by the government.
To be fair, the fact that Dr. Grim appears (to me, at least) to be a kook isn't a criticism of the tea he promoted, but it doesn't help the tea either. Here's a link to a page I found about
Dr. Grim, cancer, AIDS, and Essiac tea. Dr. Gary Glum, Essiac and the Antidote for AIDS
Sorry you guys couldn't make it to Rochester for the gathering. We had a good time although I now have five more pounds to lose. Maybe next year.
63 Slow PSA rise 2007-2012: 1.4=>8
4 bxs 2010-2012: 1&2 neg, 3 pos 1/14 6(3+3) 3-4% (2nd
opn. 7(3+4)), 4 neg
DaVinci 6/14/12. "some" nerve sparing on left
Path: pT3a pN0 R1 GS9(4+5)
Pos margins on rt
24 mo ADT3 7/12 - 7/14
Adj IMRT 66.6 Gy 10/17/12-12/13/12
8/2012-3/2015: Incont., Trimix, VED, PSA<0.015.
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