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Rene Caisse and Essiac — natural remedies vs “established medicine”

Posted on June 8, 2006. Filed under: Books, Candida, The Dyingness |

I was telling a friend last week about the book, Clinic of Hope, by Donna M. Ivey. This is one of the most interesting, and rage evoking books I’ve ever read (and this was well before they dyingness even started…well, it was starting to start, but I was ignoring it).

Rene Caisse was a nurse who treated cancer patients in Bracebridge, Ontario in the 30s and 40s. She even had a clinic set up and terminal patients who came to her (because that was how far a patient had to get before a doctor would allow them to go — claiming that it wouldn’t do any harm or good anyway, so they might as well) and she cured them. Her herbal remedy was named Essiac (her last name backwards). Now, the “established” medical community at the time was trying to become more established and was starting to use radiation. They couldn’t allow her to practice because they didn’t believe that her remedy worked (as it had no pharmaceutical properties in it). A long, long battle ensued. Reading the battle between her and the male-dominated brotherhood of doctors made me so angry while reading the book that I had to keep going, even though I was pretty sure she didn’t win — or we would likely have studied her in school. Instead, I had never heard of this woman an her amazing, though hushed and thwarted cure for some forms of cancer.

Now, with candida, and knowing that it’s a fungus that can turn into cancer if untreated, it makes complete sense to me. And the frustrating thing is that I’m still having the same battle with doctors, who happen to be mostly men, 70 some-odd years later.

If you’re interested in health, naturopathy, or the politics of medicine, it’s well worth the read.

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yoga tonight

Posted on June 8, 2006. Filed under: Uncategorized |

At yoga tonight the instructor said that she had been speaking with a man earlier in the week and that he said there are only 2 kinds of thoughts: thoughts of fear and thoughts of love. She then reduced emotions such as anger, greed, etc. down to fear (ie. feeling threatened and thus afraid) and then the opposite being love. I guess I can buy into that, for the most part — but where, may I ask, do thoughts of problem solving or calculus fit in? Not that I’m doing any calculus these days — there’s just got to be more than 2 kinds of thoughts. Or maybe we are that simple and are just pretending to be complex creatures. Sorry — a bit delirious from all of the yoga breaths.

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