Castoffs of the medical profession cross the U.S. border

The vast majority of Oasis Tijuana patients arrive as Stage 4, written off by the medical profession. They’ve been through chemo and radiation, maybe even multiple times, and are very ill. The vast majority of the patients are American but there are also Europeans, Canadians, Australians, and Japanese. Virtually no Latinos. (“We’re not prophets in…

Oasis of Hope, Tijuana (Contreras Clinic)

Oasis of Hope in Tijuana is inpatient, with all meals served to you. It is very much a hospital—not a medical spa like in Irvine, or a detox retreat like Creative Health Institute or Hippocrates Health Institute. It’s a small hospital, but they have an emergency room, a pharmacy, radiology, the works. The food is…

Introducing Dr. Francisco Contreras: VIDEO

I have long known of Dr. Contreras and his father, whom I believe had a hand in helping my grandmother get another 25 years of life. It should be noted that at his hospital, Dr. Contreras performs surgeries and administers chemotherapy. (Most patients, upon arrival, have had enough of that, however, and do not receive…

MYTH: “My cancer just happened”

After my class in Carlsbad, a young mother of two small children waited to talk to me. She said, “You told your story of how you were desperate? I am just that—desperate.” And her eyes welled up with tears. She is tall and willowy, beautiful and blonde, and I am guessing once had a career…