Re: Late-stage cancer patients flock to Mexico
- From: "Carole" <hubbca2003@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 00:44:40 +1100
"Sdores" <sdores@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Late-stage cancer patients flock to Mexico
People seek treatments that are shunned and prohibited in the U.S.
Updated: 4:52 p.m. ET Feb. 3, 2006
SAN DIEGO - Like thousands of other desperately ill Americans, Coretta
King was apparently hoping for a medical miracle when she crossed into
The first thing you have to work out is, who is writing the article?
Is it written by pharmaceutical interests in the business of shutting down
alternative remedies which may be effective, but they don't want to the
public to know of it?
I have heard that there is one substanced called latraele or B17 which often
has a beneficial effect on cancers, but which is banned as dangerous.
As PeterB pointed out, if all the oncologists who had patients that died
were put on trial, they'd all be on death row because they have a HUGE loss
But the medical establishment uses the ruse of public safety to ban many
useful remedies and any treatment that isn't APPROVED according to their
Now the latest if Codex Alimentarius, and if you don't believe in
conspiracies you won't want to read about this one. Codex is being set up by
WHO and the pharmaceutical companies to practically ban any preventative use
of nutritional supplements or herbs for public use. It is set to become law
either this year or next and anybody caught with illegal vitamins and
minerals will be prosecuted.
For a half-century, patients have flocked to clinics south of the border
treatments that are shunned, prohibited or regarded as outright quackeryin
the United States. Among the treatments offered: blood transfusions fromto
guinea pigs, colon cleansings, and the zapping of cancer cells with
Supporters say the clinics offer an alternative - and sometimes a cure -
people written off by U.S. doctors. Critics say the worst of the clinicsdo
nothing but offer false hope while taking money from people when they areunbelievable,
"Were patients to return from Mexico cured and doctors saw the
positive results, we would pursue it, but we just don't see it," said Dr.don't
Jack Lewin, chief executive of the California Medical Association. "We
have patients coming back with miraculous cures."officials
On Thursday, the clinic where the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
died this week was shut down by Mexican authorities. Mexican state
said the clinic had been carrying out unproven treatments and unauthorizedwith
surgeries, employed people who were not properly trained, did not follow
proper procedures for treating terminally ill patients, and failed to meet
The clinic's director has a criminal past and a reputation for offering
dubious treatments. But its assistant administrator, Cesar Castillejos,
defended its record and said he believed the government closed the clinic
because of King's death.
King "wasn't stupid," Castillejos said. "She was very smart. She wanted an
The area around the border city of Tijuana is a hotbed for the clinics,
about 35 of them, according to Dr. Alfredo Gruel, health services directorMexico's
from 2000 to 2002 for the Mexican state of Baja California.
The first of the clinics opened in the 1950s to administer laetrile, a
substance made from apricot pits that is not approved by the Food and Drug
Administration. The clinics received widespread attention in 1980, when
cancer-stricken actor Steve McQueen went to one for laetrile treatment. He
'Pseudo-professionals' Dr. Sergio Maltos, who regulates clinics at
Federal Commission for Protection Against Sanitary Risks, said Mexicanbe
authorities periodically visit the clinics. But he acknowledged there may
some instances of "pseudo-professionals ... who use treatments that arenot
backed by scientific evidence."
Pseudo science is anything NOT APPROVED by the pharmaceutical business with
In 2001, Mexico closed down a Tijuana clinic for operating without a
license. The clinic was owned by a San Diego woman, Hulda Clark, who has
claimed that a "zapper" cures cancer patients by eliminating parasites and
toxins with a mild electric current.
Peggy Pousson went across the border out of desperation in 1978, when her
son, Shawn, was battling leukemia. She credits a Tijuana clinic's
vitamin-heavy regimen for extending her son's life a year. Pousson said
Shawn died at age 10 because doctors at a San Diego hospital bungled a
For the past decade, Pousson, 65, has ferried patients across the border
clinics in and around Tijuana. She favors those that emphasize nutritionand
limit chemotherapy doses.the
"There are a lot of bad clinics that I don't go to," she said. "A lot of
patients I took there died, so I stopped going."and
The clinics typically charge about $7,000 a week for treatment, meals and
lodging, Pousson said.
Some patients stay at the International Motor Inn, a budget hotel on the
border in San Diego. Three buses and two vans shuttle between the hotel
the clinics six days a week.delivered
Tibor Fodor checked in on Tuesday, one day after Las Vegas doctors
a grim prognosis for his 57-year-old wife, Marcela, who has lung cancer.not
"They told my wife she had three months to live, but I know that's a lie,"
said Fodor, whose wife registered at a Tijuana clinic for radiation and
hoxsey, a combination of plant extracts.
Some hotel guests say their treatment has worked wonders. Tim Craney of
Pueblo, Colo., said he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1983 and has
been visiting a Tijuana clinic for two years. He pays $200 a day for daily
injections of vitamins and minerals.
"I'm not convinced that chemotherapy is the way to go because it kills
everything," said Craney, 78. "Most people I know who have taken it are
King, who had advanced ovarian cancer, died before ever getting any
treatments at the Santa Monica Health Institute, a beachfront compound in
Rosarito, about 16 miles south of San Diego, doctors at the clinic said.
The clinic's Web site said treatments there include using microwaves to
"heat" cancer cells, nutritional supplements, "ultraviolet blood
purification" and colonics.
Kurt W. Donsbach, a former San Diego chiropractor, opened the clinic in
1987. In 1988, the U.S. Postal Service ordered him to stop claiming that a
solution of hydrogen peroxide could prevent cancer and ease arthritis
In 1997, he was sentenced in San Diego federal court to a year in prisonfor
smuggling more than $250,000 worth of unapproved drugs into the United
States from Mexico, according to court records.
"I know of nobody who has engaged in a greater number and variety of
health-related schemes and scams," Dr. Stephen Barrett of Allentown, Pa.,
wrote on his Web site that tracks health fraud, www.quackwatch.org.
Stephen Barrett of quackwatch is the bloke who faithfully goes along with
pharmaceutical spin in the interests of "public safety" and protecting the
public from "quacks". He is a DISINFORMATION AGENT and those who align
themselves with him are either naive, ill informed or fellow disinformation
Dr. Ted Gansler, director of medical content for the American Cancer
and an Atlanta physician, said some of the treatments on Donsbach's Website
are described in a misleading way or have no scientific basis.reasonable
"It's understandable that people would try anything that offers a
chance of living longer, but the key word is 'reasonable,"' he said.been
"Treatments being promoted at a place like this include ones that have
shown not to work."Web
Donsbach did not respond to repeated interview requests. However, on the
site he defends his work and says that if the definition of "quackery" ismyself
the practice of nonconventional forms of healing, "I proudly proclaim
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