Is Essiac tea a Drug?
Some people have referred to Essiac tea as a drug. However, Essiac is not a drug. Essiac is a traditional, non-toxic tea. Essiac does not disable or kill people like FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs do. Also, many people drink Essiac tea simply because it is a pleasant-tasting beverage. It contains no caffeine. Essiac is food. Eating food and drinking tea is a human right. No government agency has the right to interfere with that right.
"During a two-year judicial trial in Hull, Quebec, at which Sheila [Snow] testified, a company manufacturing a decoction using the same herbs as those in the Essiac recipe was cited for advertising its product as a cure for cancer without applying for a Drug Identification number. The resulting adjudication classified the product as a food, not a drug. One of the defence attorneys presented the court with the following definitions:
Food: A natural substance or combination of bio-organic substances containing nutrients or nutritive products to:
* maintain and support living tissues
* permit the regeneration of living cells
* supply energy for the physiological equilibrium within an organism
Drug: A substance or combination of substances, usually made of synthetic or isolated compounds and matter (other than food) that alters or modifies:
* the physical state
* the psychological state
* the emotional state
Remedy: A substance or combination of substances usually originating from a natural source that can correct the physiological equilibrium with an organism.
Conclusion: Food can be remedial without being a drug.
Essiac can be remedial and is not a drug." [ESSIAC ESSENTIALS, p. 75, 76]
"We all have the right to benefit from Essiac because no one can stop us making it, no one can stop us taking it and no one can stop us deciding how and when we're going to do it." [THE ESSIAC BOOK by Mali Klein, 2006]
The Truth about Essiac:
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