Clinics in Mexico



Posted April 2005

Patient Perspectives Tijuana Cancer Clinics in the Post-NAFTA Era

Ralph W. Moss, PhD

Cancer Communications, Inc, PO Box 1076, Lemont, PA 16851. questions@cancerdecisions.com

This article contains observations and historical considerations on cancer and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the Tijuana, Mexico, area.

There are approximately 2 dozen such clinics in Tijuana, some of which have been treating international cancer patients since 1963. Among the first clinics to be established were the Bio-Medical Center (Hoxsey therapy), Oasis of Hope (a Laetrile-oriented clinic), and a series of clinics affiliated with the Gerson diet therapy.

These original clinics were established mainly by American citizens in response to increased regulation of nonstandard therapies in the United States, particularly after passage of the Kefauver-Harris Amendments to the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act in 1962.

In the 1970s, the Tijuana clinics proliferated with the upsurge of interest in Laetrile (amygdalin). By 1978, 70,000 US cancer patients had taken Laetrile for cancer treatment, and many of those had gone to Tijuana to receive it.

The popularity of the Tijuana clinics peaked in the mid-1980s. Although many new clinics opened after then, a dozen have folded in the past 10 years alone.

The turning point for the clinics came with passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which facilitated greater cooperation among the antifraud authorities of Canada, the United States, and Mexico.

In 1994, the tripartite members of NAFTA formed the Mexico-United States-Canada Health Fraud Work Group, or MUCH, whose brief is to strengthen the 3 countries’ ability to prevent cross-border health fraud. Under the auspices of MUCH and its members, regulatory crackdowns began in earnest early in 2001.

The clinics were also badly affected by the general downturn in travel after 9/11. If these trends continue, many Tijuana clinics are unlikely to survive. Some suggestions are made for how the Tijuana clinics could be reorganized and reformed to minimize the likelihood of governmental actions and to maximize public support.

Such reforms center on 5 main areas: (1) research, (2) physical plant, (3) finances, (4) ethics, and (5) education.



Integrative Cancer Therapies, Vol. 4, No. 1, 65-86 (2005) DOI: 10.1177/1534735404273918


Hospital C.H.I.P.S.A.

LINK In Mexico since 1980, CHIPSA began with pure Gerson diet therapy and later added additional modalities, especially some learned from Dr. Joseph Issels, who consulted with CHIPSA during his last years. CHIPSA treats cancer and all other degenerative diseases.

Oasis Clinic

LINK to (Formerly Contreras) clinic, has Issel's therapies

Antonio Jimenez, MD  Hope4Cancer

Speaker, 2010 Annie Appleseed Project West Palm Beach, FL

Press Release, Sept 2010 on Hope4Cancer
Biopulse Clinic - CLOSED

LINK: Using some interesting experimental approaches

Alpha Medical Clinic

LINK: "Powerful and Natural Therapies for Cancer and Chronic Illness -DMSO THERAPY + H2O2, OXYGEN THERAPY,LAETRILE THERAPY, HYPERTHERMIA, VITAMIN C. CHELATION THERAPY, FAR INFRARED SAUNA PHOTO-SONO-DYNAMIC THERAPY (new),IPT-INSULIN POTENTIATED THERAPY, HYDRAZINE SULPHATE and CESIUM CHLORIDE"



Issels Foundation Inc.

Comprehensive immunology

Int'l Bio Care Hosp & Med Ctr.

From information they provided various therapies available 4/00

Stella Maris-Ann Caputi's visit

Patient perspective and LINK

Mexican Clinics & 'Prime Time' 1/02

Melinda Wiman, www.cancure.org

Hoxsey Formula

Varous links

Letter from Dr. Dan Rogers - Gerson Plus

Dr. Dan Rogers was formerly the head of CHIPSA & LINK to current clinic

Baja Nutri Care Clinic

LINK to clinic with nutritional focus and detox, more

Natural Therapies and Spa

LINK located near San Diego/Tijuana border, free consultation 1-619-272-3981

Sanoviv Health Retreat

Baja, CA location, treats cancer, parkinson's and other degenerative diseases


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