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REES EVANS, 1919
To what extent is prayer and trust in divine power a factor in healing? Careful research needs to be made regarding this. In addition, a complete analysis of possible cancer-alleviating herbs needs to be made in a controlled environment.
Working Summary: Unfortunately, we do not know what Evans’ herbal formula was.This is the first mention, in this brief historical overview, of a person who was not a medical doctor.
About the year 1905, a man named Evans in Cardigan, Wales, put together some herbs that people had used for years and gave it to one of his sons who had cancer. After that success, he and his sons gave it to neighbors, and their cancers went into remission. Each time, they knelt and prayed earnestly for the Lord’s blessing.
Prayer is powerful, especially when combined with simple, natural remedies.
By 1907, there had been enough success that the British Medical Journal printed two scathing attacks on the family and their efforts to help people.
Rees Evans, one of the sons, had been treating cancer since 1919. Attacked by the medical societies, he requested an investigation in 1924.
When asked for the names of 20 patients, he gave 30 names and addresses. The committee later reported that it could not find any of them. In response,Evans announced that they had not tried to locate them, and a number had reported the fact to him.
The battle in England continued for years, and is far too lengthy to include here.
Here is a description of one individual’s experience with the Evan’s treatment:
Shortly after receiving a blow to her breast, a woman discovered a growth. After receiving no worthwhile help from a cancer specialist, she went to Evans. He told her that it might be healed in about 12 weeks; so then she agreed to a series of treatments. Using a soft brush, he applied a liquid,made from his herbal mixture, to her breast.This brought sensations of penetration, burning and pulling; yet this was relatively painless. A new application of the liquid was made six days a week, and the growth gradually rose to the surface and became hard and black. A lettuce leaf placed over the tumor turned black.
On the twelfth week, the roots of the cancer came out, leaving a crater underneath. Evans then treated that with another herbal solution. Gradually, this also healed, leaving only a small scar.
When she showed her healed breast to the physician she had earlier gone to, he involuntarily exclaimed,“Miraculous!” But, in order to keep the medical association from turning on him, the physician later denied that the malignancy, which he had earlier diagnosed as such, had ever been cancer.
Although scorned by the English medical profession as unworthy of their notice, oddly enough,the Presbyterian Hospital in Newark, N.J., heard about the Rees Evans treatment and successfully tested it. Although no publicity was permitted in the United States, a now-defunct tabloid, the Picture Post, disclosed it to the public in September 1950.
That same year, Evans came to the United States, at the invitation of the Presbyterian Hospital.By this time, he had already treated a thousand cancer patients.
Diagnoses, treatment, and recoveries at the hospital were all done under the close observation of medical doctors and then published.
This aroused the wrath of the British medical profession to a white heat, and they scornfully rejected the Newark report. But public interest was so great, they found it necessary to appoint a board of inquiry through Aneurin Bevan, British Minister of Health.
Its final report was issued on June 14, 1952, and was carefully worded. Here are some excerpts:“It [the committee] did not examine patients under treatment since it considered that in most forms of cancer assessment of the results of treatment it is not possible until treatment has ended, and also since the technical details of applying any particular treatment are irrelevant to the assessment of its value in treating cancer.”
Skin cancers were ignored, because the committee said they were “rodent ulcers” and not real malignancies.“Evidence of success in healing rodent ulcers throws no light on whether the same method will be useful in the treatment of cancers in general.”
As to the herbs themselves, in one brief paragraph their possible value was declared worthless.“Samples of the materials used by Mr. Rees Evans in treatment were analyzed and tested in experiments on animals. The committee was advised by the leading experts that the results obtained did not provide any indication for recommending further experiments.”
The report concluded that those of Evans’ patients who died did indeed die of cancer; and those who did not die, never had cancer!
(Evans, like other practitioners of alternative cancer remedies, primarily worked with those who had been cut, chemically treated, or burned, and were so weakened they sought out Evans as a last resort.)
The report was signed by four leading British medical dignitaries, including the president of the Royal Society and Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.
Repeatedly, Evans offered to demonstrate his methods in treating the sick to the committee, but his offers were declined.