Without my father, John Vukovic, there would be no Taheebo Tea Club:
My father was diagnosed with colon cancer November, 1998 at the age of 66. He was taken to the Houston Medical Center in Texas where surgery was performed. The surgeon however could only remove half of the cancerous mass since the cancer had already spread through the colon wall to the pancreas.
The doctor who preformed the surgery decided not to remove my dad’s complete colon because his life expectancy was only months, but aggressive chemo and radiation therapies would commence as soon as his surgical wound had healed. My father was released from the hospital, told to come back in two weeks, and I was told to put my father’s affairs in order. His normal weight is 180 pounds and he was down to under 130 pounds – so I started planning a funeral.
I called family and friends and told them how grave the situation was, and since my dad’s life expectancy was only a matter of months, if they wanted to see him, they might want to do so now. One of the families who came to say their good-byes brought pau d’arco taheebo tea with them. They left, we cooked the tea up, it tasted great. My father figured you had to drink something anyway, so he started drinking the tea.
Two weeks passed and my father went back to the hospital but his surgical wound had not yet healed so they could not start chemo or radiation treatments. He was told to come back in a week. This went on for two months – wound hasn’t healed, come back in a week. Meanwhile my father kept drinking the tea.
Finally after two months the wound healed. At that point a CT scan was performed to identify where the cancer was prior to starting treatment. But, they couldn’t see any cancer on the CT scan. They told my father that something must be wrong with their CT scan machine since the surgeon’s report said he left half the cancerous mass that was on the pancreas in my father.
Since my father had already drank the contrast dye, they sent him to the hospital next door which also had a CT scan machine, so he wouldn’t have to come back the following week after their machine was fixed. The hospital next door took another scan and again no cancer. A colonoscopy and other tests were performed, but they also showed my father to be cancer free.
That was over 22 years ago. Since pau d’arco taheebo tea may have helped him, my father continues to drink taheebo tea daily and he’s still cancer free. He is now 88 years old, and not only is he healthy, he takes care of my garden and even mows my lawn!
If he didn’t enjoy doing it, and it wasn’t good for him, I’d be embarrassed. In my family, everyone from my 22 year old son, to both my parents, my mom is also now 88, drinks the tea. Since for me this is a labor of love, and all my family drinks it, the purity is important – that’s why my friends and I started the Taheebo Tea Club.