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Castoffs of the Medical Profession Cross the U.S. Border

Robyn Openshaw - Jan 13, 2012 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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 our own land,” I was told.)

Why would you consider going across the border? First let’s address misconceptions leading to why you WOULDN’T. Gang activity in Tijuana is said to be at an all-time high, and Americans are fearful crossing the border. You can be picked up by Oasis in San Diego and driven to the hospital. The facility is so close, you could throw a rock and hit the border fence if you had a very good arm.

I told Gaston, our guide and Dr. Contreras’ son-in-law, that this would officially be the first place I’ve stayed that I didn’t go for a run. He said, pointing out the front door, “Why not? The beach is right there!” I told him what I’d heard, and he said, “We do not have those issues here. Tijuana is dependent on tourism, and you are in the heart of the tourist zone. It is safe here.”

The hospital is also protected by a gate. The facility is very clean and staffed by professionals. Whatever your conceptions may be of crossing the border, they may not be accurate.

Now for why you WOULD go to Mexico for treatment. Clinics there, of course, must practice only in modalities accepted by their FDA equivalent. But Mexico is far more lenient that the U.S.

I do not subscribe to the idea that the FDA acts in the interests of public health and protects us, anyway. That’s another topic entirely, but for instance, it’s the FDA that approved and continues to allow food chemical monosodium glutamate on the market, which can now be called by 12 other names to hide it in food labeling and which is a blight in our food supply causing a variety of neurological problems. FDA also approved the deadly neurotoxin aspartame and refuses to remove its endorsement, despite hundreds of thousands of health-related complaints. It approved fen-phen until related deaths mounted.

The FDA approved Avastin, a billion-dollar cancer drug that costs $10,000 a month—which is still being prescribed despite the fact that it doesn’t work and many people are dead of cardiac events it caused. The FDA finally pulled its approval, but only for breast cancer. Even as the head of the FDA pulled its approval, she practically begged the drug company to find some evidence so FDA could renew its approval!

The FDA approved Vioxx only after 50,000 Americans died from complications. The doctors who performed the clinical trials just dropped people out of the trials when they had heart attacks, to speed the approval process.

A number of former FDA executives are on record saying that what you THINK the FDA does, and what it actually does, may be two very different things.

My point is, whether or not the FDA approved something is close to irrelevant. Even if you ignore the   egregious conflicts of interest the head of the FDA and her minions have, even if you believe it to be a clean organization operating only in the interests of public health rather than Big Pharma’s interests, it’s a massively overworked workforce that cannot keep up with requests and approvals.

(Only 15 percent of the chemicals in our manufacturing, air, water, and food have been through an FDA approval process. It’s an “innocent until proven guilty” system when it comes to chemicals—but that’s not so for cancer treatment. The Burzynski anti-neoplaston treatments have saved many children with inoperable glioblastomas, but the FDA lets children languish and die while Burzynski tries to fund multi-million dollar clinical trials.)

Oh, I’ve digressed! Tomorrow I tell you what treatments they use at Oasis of Hope Tijuana. (And later I’ll tell you what they use at Oasis of Hope Irvine, run by Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.)

Posted in: Holistic Care, Natural Remedies

4 thoughts on “Castoffs of the Medical Profession Cross the U.S. Border”

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  1. Anonymous says:


    So I am so in love with my sauna! As is my 16 year old son. I was wondering though if there is an ideal time and temp to be in and set it at or is it different for everyone? How do you know for sure what the best is?

    Also you mentioned in this blog about 12 other names for MSG, what are they? I know I asked you before about a list or something of the chemicals and preservatives to be sure to avoid and maybe sometime after you’re done reporting on all your awesome cancer research (which I absolutely love reading about by the way) you could address that issue so I can learn and be better informed on it as well. Anyhow, thank you so much for everything. I love learning from you and applying what I learn to better my life and that of my children especially.

  2. Anonymous says:

    FDA and USDA are TOTAL JOKES ~ What a waste of money ~ Robyn you are more on track with helping people get healthy and stay healthy with natural things ~ Thank you so much for all your encouragement and being on the front lines so the rest of us can reap the benefits ~ I so believe that God gave us EVERYTHING we need to live a long, healthy life without all the processed junk ~ I work as a cashier in a major food chain and when I talk to people about eating natural they look at me like I lost my marbles ~ I see so many sick people that buy gallons and gallons of milk, stock piling meat as well as canned and processed foods ~ They ride around on the electric carts because they can’t walk from various modalities, so many over weight people ~ yet they would rather take a pill or listen to the advice of the physcian than try changing their diets ~ There are times when I just want to give up and say what’s the use of trying to educate people when they don’t want to change, but just continue to complain week after week about their health ~ Maybe one day they will stop and ask how to get healthy ~ I am pushing 60, run a horse rescue and work over 30 hours a week as a cashier but I am thin, healthy and energetic ~ I am so thankful that I have found out about green smoothies and eating RAW ~ Even though I don’t eat raw as much as I would like I still believe in all the benefits from it ~ I have been passing on info to many, many people that have recently been diagnosed with cancers ~ It seems that there has been a huge increase lately of people with cancers ~ We were at UMC in Tucson for my husbands 1 year 3 month check up post chemo and they were saying that there has been a huge increase coming in for treatments ~ mostly due to our winter visitors ~ Keep up the GREAT WORK ~ We so APPRECIATE YOU~~~

  3. Anonymous says:

    I thought I heard on the news this week about how the FDA only pulled Avastin for late stage treatment of breast cancer. I am pretty sure they said it was still used for early stage breast cancers. It’s embarrassing that those that should be looking out for the public are only looking out for their pocketbooks. Tragic, really.

    1. Robyn Openshaw says:

      Meg, that is true! Isn’t it amazing? If it is known to cause heart attacks, why would it be approved for ANY use at all?

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