For forty-five years, the Cancer Control Society (CCS) has been holding an annual conference in Los Angeles, California, bringing the latest in research and integrative options for cancer treatment to the public. As part of the meetings, participants can participate in a bus tour to Tijuana, Mexico, to visit the cancer clinics that have been operating there for many years.
The CCS was founded by Cecile Hoffman from San Diego, California, who had a radical mastectomy in 1959 to cure her breast cancer. When her cancer returned, she was determined to survive. She went to Canada to receive laetrile therapy. After returning home, she sought a doctor to continue the therapy. Finding no physician in the U.S., she found a Mexican physician, Dr. Contreras, who gave her the needed injections in 1963. This led to the founding of the CCS and the beginnings of cancer treatment in Mexico.
The current president of the CCS, Frank Cousineau, was eighteen years old when his mother developed cancer. He took her to the same Dr. Contreras who helped Cecile. His mother lived longer than expected with a greatly improved quality of life. While he was at the clinic with his mother, Frank met his future wife, who was employed there. He is now a consultant who helps connect cancer patients with doctors in Tijuana for cancer treatment.
In 1984, the CCS started tours to Mexico, introducing people to the clinics and the physicians who run them. Frank is the tour guide, translator, and all-around facilitator on the tour. He is also a wealth of information about all aspects of cancer.
I went on the bus tour to the Tijuana cancer clinics in 2017. What I saw made me cry. I thought about how much my late husband suffered and how he died needlessly after doing everything “right” to fight his cancer—a fight that he could never win with conventional medicine. It was heartbreaking to hear the stories of the people who came on the tour. On our bus was a pretty, young woman from Northern Africa with stage four bone cancer; she was traveling with her brother, and both were seeking answers.
People from many countries were in this group; some came to the U.S. just for this bus tour, all there because they either failed treatment at home or were faced with disabling treatments as the only option. They asked many questions at the clinics where they could talk openly with the doctors. Yet in the sadness, part of my tears were happy because the clinics offered a different way, the promise of hope.
Frank informed us that there are about twenty cancer clinics in Mexico. We visited four clinics that day: International Bio Care, Rubio Clinic, Stella Maris and Hope 4 Cancer. Other clinics often on the tour are Bio-Medical Center, Oasis of Hope, and Sanoviv Medical Institute. At all the clinics, patients are treated for twenty-one days on an inpatient basis with only a few clinics offering outpatient treatments.
The clinical treatment emphasizes key principles:
• Using non-toxic therapies;
• Optimizing the immune system;
• Emphasizing key nutrients;
• Detoxifying and oxygenating the body;
• Eliminating microbes; and
• Addressing spiritual and emotional health.
Many forms of non-toxic therapy, depending on the condition or the clinic, are offered, which include:
• Nutritional and antioxidant therapies;
• Detoxification such as coffee enemas;
• Laetrile injections;
• Injectable mistletoe (Helixor);
• Hyperbaric oxygen;
• IV vitamin C with vitamin K;
• Ozone therapy;
• EDTA chelation;
• Ultraviolet blood irradiation;
• Whole body hyperthermia;
• Vaccines, individual stem cell therapy, dendritic cells;
• Immune therapies; and
• Stem cell therapy.
A few clinics use conventional low-dose chemotherapy and radiation, but one clinic, Hope 4 Cancer, headed by the dynamic Dr. Antonio Jimenez, uses no toxic therapies. Instead the clinic uses cutting-edge treatments such as Rigvir virotherapy, sono-photo therapy, ATP-I therapy, Aarsota immunotherapy and others.
Dr. Jimenez emphasizes treating the whole person. His treatment includes a focus on dental health. Dr. Jimenez explained the connection between dental conditions such as root canals and cancer development. All of his patients are examined by a biological dentist as part of the treatment program. Those requiring extensive dental treatment may find it at a much lower price in Mexico than in the U.S.
At the Hoxey clinic in Tijuana, Harry Hoxey’s remedies, such as cancema, are still in use. Hoxey was a coal miner who learned about cancer treatments from his father, who was a veterinarian. Bloodroot, iodine, zinc and other herbs were ingredients in the black salve he used to treat skin cancer. A version of this remedy is also used internally. He opened clinics all over the U.S., even in my little town in Pennsylvania, until the American Medical Association finally shut him down. At that time he moved to Mexico. Hoxey is long gone but his clinic continues to treat patients. You can learn more about Harry Hoxey’s journey from the free online video, “When Healing Becomes a Crime.”
The Mexican clinics were bright, with open, spacious areas; they had gardens, fountains, swimming pools and access to fresh air that didn’t smell of alcohol and antiseptic. We could have been in a small villa or charming hotel, but surely not a hospital. Patients were smiling and friendly and did not look haggard, drawn and miserable.
On the down side, none of the diets we looked at conforms to new research findings on longer-term optimal nutrition for the cancer patient, such as ketogenic-low glycemic choices and/or intermittent fasting regimens. In part they are doing all the right things: no sugar, no harmful oils, no additives of any kind, no alcohol, caffeine or nicotine and an emphasis on home-made and organic, GMO-free foods. However, the ketogenic diet and the new research on saturated fat have not yet come to the Mexican clinics.
The treatment for a twenty-one-day cleansing, detoxing diet includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh juices and lighter meals. Oasis of Hope states outright that their diet is vegan, citing the China Study—woefully underinformed and outdated. Stella Maris recommends lowfat and soy; fortunately, they are an outpatient clinic and only supply one meal so the patient leaves and can eat what they want. The meals at Hope 4 Cancer are better. Jimenez is a CNC nutritionist, and they served salmon, and use eggs and coconut oil.
Most clinics had detailed websites that explain treatments, procedures, payments and all that patients and families need to make that journey to Tijuana. They gladly welcome visitors, phone calls and questions.
Lists of all cancer clinics in Tijuana, patients treated with non-toxic therapies and contact information, alternative medicine doctors referral group, and nutrition-minded doctors in Southern California are available at cancercontrolsociety.com/directory.html or by contacting Frank Cousineau at (323) 663-7801.
If you would rather travel north, the Lemmo clinic in Ontario, Canada offers many of the same therapies. They are using the chemo sensitivity test, which shows the susceptibility of the cancer cells to the treatment. Their website is lemmo.com/cancer-care/.
Other helpful websites about cancer and finding integrative care are CancerTutor.com; chrisbeatcancer.com; thetruthaboutcancer.net (Ty Bollinger) and many others.
THE COST OF CANCER
The cost of alternative treatment at the Mexican clinics ranges between three thousand and ten thousand dollars
per week—with typical treatment lasting three weeks:
International BioCare $3000 per week
Rubio Cinic $7000 per week
Stella Maris $4500 per week, outpatient only
Hope 4 Cancer $10,000 per week
These fees usually cover all costs, including inpatient meals and lodging. Health insurance does not cover the cost of holistic treatments. Individuals should contact their insurer for further information. To find out more about any payment options and other details, please visit the clinic website.
Thirty thousand dollars for a three-week cancer treatment at Hope 4 Cancer in Tijuana is indeed a lot of money. However by contrast conventional treatment typically costs five hundred thousand dollars—along with all the side effects. Of course, insurance may cover some or even all of these costs. Eighty percent of costs are covered by Medicare—unless the patient has additional insurance, he may be liable for 20 percent of the costs. That’s one hundred thousand dollars for the typical patient.
One WAPF member recently visited the brand new cancer center at the Cleveland Clinic after her husband was diagnosed with rectal cancer. The costs included five weeks pre-surgical radiation for $200,000, and chemotherapy for $35,000; surgery was an undisclosed figure (but was actually performed at a cost of $120,000 in Ohio); five weeks post-surgery chemotherapy (cost not disclosed); consultation with the surgeon, five minutes for $800; and consultation with radiation and radiation specialists, between $500 and $800. The member’s husband only opted for the surgery.
She indicated at the outset to the medical people that they did not want chemotherapy and radiation, but they were still billed for the consultations. Regarding the chemo, the doctor said it would help 2-6 percent! Post surgery her husband received jello with red dye, pudding with carageenan and broth containing three forms of sugar. For those who opt for surgery, she recomends bringing a cooler with your own liquid foods.
Insurance will pay half a million dollars per cancer patient. The patient will continue to incur costs; ninety-eight
out of one hundred die within five years. The insurance companies will even pay gas mileage for going to conventional treatments but rarely will an insurance company pay for holistic therapies.
One dirty little secret about chemotherapy: whereas for most drugs the doctor just writes a prescription and the
patient purchases the drug from a pharmacy, for chemotherapy the doctor purchases the drugs and then resells them at great markup to the patient. By some estimates, cancer doctors make twenty-five hundred dollars per month for every patient they have on chemotherapy. This gives these specialists a great incentive to be very persuasive about this treatment. If you wish to discontinue chemotherapy after you have started, be prepared for strong pushback—your doctor has purchased the drugs at a very high price and if you do not continue with your treatment, he may be left with the cost of the unused drugs.
I have a personal example of obscene markup for cancer drugs. My husband Joe was treated in 1992 for cancer
at two primary sites, rectal and colon. With his chemo 4-FU (a fluoride derivative) the oncologist prescribed
levamisole (ergamisole). This drug cost hundreds of dollars for a treatment. I found it at a veterinarian’s office at that
time for about twelve dollars. Since 2000, the drug has been removed from the American market—it caused horrific
side effects. Now it is only available for deworming dogs. But drug dealers figured out a way to deal with all that
levamisole by using it to cut cocaine and other drugs—this combo is now being called “a public health challenge.”
There was an attempt to repackage levamisole as an antidepressant, but this version has thankfully not made it onto
the market—at least not yet.1
1. https://prescriptiondrugs.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005528; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3498128
OZONE THERAPY FOR CANCER
Ozone, or O3, is a well-respected therapy in many parts of the world, for cancer as well as for many other diseases.
Unstable O3 readily gives up one oxygen molecule, which helps correct the anaerobic environment of the tumor. According to Nobel Prize recipient Otto Warburg, when the body’s cells are deprived of 40 percent of their normal supply of oxygen, pathogenic changes occur, often leading to cancer. Ozone helps reverse the fundamental cause of cancer, which is oxygen depletion leading to the fermentation of glucose inside the cell. In Warburg’s own words: “Cancer has only one prime cause. The prime cause of cancer is the replacement of normal oxygen respiration of body cells by an anaerobic (oxygen-less) cell respiration.”
In Germany, ozone therapy is the standard of care and is used by 70-80 percent of practicing physicians. In fact,
there are over three thousand references in the German medical literature referring to the use of medical ozone therapy, and it is considered medical malpractice not to use ozone pre- and post-surgery instead of antibiotics!
Cuba and India have whole facilities devoted to ozone treatment and research. Russia, too, is a fan of ozone. Altogether, there is no therapy studied as much as ozone worldwide. While not generally available in the U.S., several of the Mexican clinics offer ozone therapy.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly magazine of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Fall 2017.🖨️ Print post