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The best cancer clinic I’ve ever been to……Europe travels part 3

Robyn Openshaw - Jan 22, 2013 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

Paracelsus Clinic SwitzerlandIt’s the Swiss Mountain Clinic (formerly Paracelsus al Ronc) in the gorgeous Southern Swiss Alps. My favorite holistic clinic (specializing in cancer but also treating for heavy metals, Lyme’s and so many other things), in 18 months of traveling the world and studying at many clinics on several continents.

I was astonished, by the quality diagnostics, compassionate, amazing doctor (Petra Wiechel, M.D.), the broad range of excellent treatments (IV chelation, hyperthermia, colonics, far too many to name here), and the relative affordability.

What a find. It wasn’t covered in the sources I read on holistic treatment. Just a mention in one of them, so it’s kind of a miracle I ended up going there. It might be the best-kept secret in holistic medical (and cancer) treatment on the planet. They used to work under the other Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle in the north, and until they became independent, they were required to charge Americans double!

Literally half the cost of many other places I’ve been, even in Mexico where accommodations are 2-star and very hospital-like, and/or famous clinics where you stay off-site and fend for yourself with food in a hotel room. Less than half the cost of the northern Switzerland Paracelsus (where I also studied), where accommodation and food are not included and a tiny hotel room is $200/night.

The food at the Swiss Mountain Clinic is a pure Coy Diet buffet. I highly approve of this diet, which is unknown in the U.S.—developed by a PhD cancer researcher.  At the Swiss Mountain Clinic they have gourmet chefs making the food taste far better than other clinics who go to the trouble of serving a no-sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, alkaline, high-raw diet. They also serve the Budwig protocol of blended quark and flax oil (described on this blog a few weeks ago, which I’ve incorporated into my own diet).

The friend I took to Europe, to run my camera, eats a GSG-influenced Standard American Diet (a bit better than most, but the point is, unlike me, she eats like most Americans), and she said she loved the food at Paracelsus al Ronc.

Plan on about $6,500 for the two weeks, plus your airfare. It will be one of the singular experiences of your life. I can’t wait! Send an email to come with us. We are going May 5-19, see my last blog entry, for a 2-week, intensive LIVER DETOX or HEAVY METAL RECOVERY program, your choice.

Incidentally, I will teach an evening workshop during the retreat. But I personally will charge $0.00 for this. The cost will be exactly what we have negotiated with the clinic, what they would charge any cancer patient coming to the clinic. Again, none of it goes to me.

(One of the core values of my cancer research is that I will not accept commissions to send people to any specific clinic. Now or ever. I have been offered them and I just said, “no thank you.” Virtually everyone out there is doing that—there are brokers who will tell you which clinic to go to. The minute you receive commissions…..which clinics do you want to pitch a cancer patient on? That’s right, the one that pays you the most. We won’t do it.)

Either program you choose at the clinic will be a full-time rotation of treatments, all day, 6 days a week, with meal breaks. But healthy people and people with diagnoses other than cancer are invited! I am going for the amazing atmosphere, the disease prevention, the learning opportunity, and the joy of spending some time with a small group of my readers who want to learn, heal, detox, rejuvenate, and enjoy.

Dr. Petra Wiechel

Dr. Petra Wiechel

Their website is purely in German, and Dr. Wiechel and her family who run the clinic have functional, rather than fluent, English. We got around just fine by utilizing a vocabulary-translating program on the computer. But that is officially the only complaint I have. Thus losing half a point on my 10-point scale. Thus far Paracelsus is the only clinic to rate above a 7.5 in my cancer research and writing. The Swiss Mountain Clinic is a 9.5.

U.S. clinics do better than most European clinics I’ve been to, with the diet piece. Hippocrates Institute in Florida, hands down, wins the 100% raw, sprouts, alkaline, fresh-juicing, anti-cancer PERFECTION award. The food is as yummy as possible given the restrictions. (That is, not very.)

Hippocrates is absolutely vigilant about preserving Ann Wigmore’s dietary principles. You get FRUIT only two mornings a week! The facility itself is a spa, four-star like the Swiss Mountain Clinic, total heaven. I am visiting there for the second time, in March. Hippocrates is very expensive, and far more people are there at any given time (about 100).

The German clinics I went to served cake and tea at 4 pm, and there was sugar and salt on every table, and dessert served at the main meal. (In Europe, unlike the U.S. the main meal is lunch, and dinner is light. What a great idea!)

German and Swiss clinics are efficient and well run. (Think Swiss clocks!) This means you get more treatments in a day. A few places in the U.S. are disorganized and chaotic.

Mexican clinics are less expensive, but accommodations are 2-star and some people will choke on having to go to Tijuana. (However, I’ve been 3 times in my cancer studies, they drive you in, and I felt very safe though I did not go out of the clinic.) There are some very caring doctors, and some excellent treatments, at many of the places I have visited.

None compare to the Swiss Mountain Clinic, though, on all of the qualities I am looking for. I want treatment to be broad-ranging, covering four major areas:

detox and chelation

immune building

outstanding nutrition (with education on how to do it at home)

non-toxic cancer-kill strategies

I want compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and experienced physicians, preferably with both “School of Medicine” (M.D.) credentials, as well as additional biological (holistic) physician training. I want treatment to be affordable. I want the clinic to be run efficiently so patients get the most out of their time there, as it is expensive.

The Swiss Mountain Clinic is all that and more. I can’t wait to go again, and to share the experience with a handful of my friends. Of course I’ll photograph and write about it here. Write if you want to come!

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22 thoughts on “The best cancer clinic I’ve ever been to……Europe travels part 3”

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  1. Wow, Robin, This is a very valuable find! Thanks for sharing it!!
    I’m writing a book, Tomorrow – Golden Age or Dark Age in which I plan to feature some of the really workable solutions that are out there, and will include this one.

  2. Kim says:

    Robyn, Hippocrates is very opposed to blending (vs juicing) and combining fruits and veggies. They encourage juicing. I would like to hear your response to this. Thanks for your website and educating us!

    1. Robyn says:

      Kim, I have countered my friend Dr. Brian Clement’s comments on juicing versus blending. The video is on my youtube channel. Or search “Brian Clement” on my blog.

  3. Lynette says:

    I am going through chemo right now for Ovarian cancer. This sounds too good to be true. Who has this kind of money? Would love a sauna too, but most of us out there simply can’t afford all this. I wish more research was given. It makes me sad when people make us sound evil who have been given the horrible diagnosis of cancer and need chemo and radiation. I wonder what they would really do if the horrible news was given to them. I know people who went holistic and died. Research. Research. Research. Prove the outcomes and then everyone will listen, but prove it with huge numbers.

    1. Robyn says:

      Wow, I hope no one makes you sound evil who have been diagnosed? It is all expensive, to be sure, Lynette. Chemo is the most expensive by far—but of course your insurance pays for it. It pays for drugs but not other things that are supportive of immune function. This is what I am fighting. Many people who “go holistic” die—but most of them have been through a few rounds of chemo/radiation first. Much love, many blessings to you,

      1. Hi Robyn,
        I have just recently come across your site and must congratulate you for as you say drawing a certain type of person into a more healthy lifestyle. This surely is a first step….and whether one blends or juices should not at this stage be the stumbling block surely! having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 and refused the orthodox approach – I was grateful to have juicing as per Gerson as top of my regime….and a whole food diet amongst many other things. I sadid no to chemo and radiation and although not completely out of the woods I continue to survive and thrive and its been almost 12years. I wrote a book about my experience and have a blog-, http;//, all in the hopes to help others and help change the system and get better choices for treatment. I used to live in california but now live in Spain and the UK. I was interested to see your tour of the european clinics and agree with one of your readers….’who can afford these prices?’ Where there is a will there is a way….and having been treated for a recurrence last year I was grateful to find help through some local charities in the UK who help me get vitamin C infusions every month. I treat my journey with this darn ‘cancer ‘ as a chance to research and apply my findings to my own body as having read your bio- you have done also. Sometimes it is far too easy to hand things over to the medical profession just because we have insurance. Something I never had. Would love to talk more on the subject and would love to put your site on my blog. keep on keeping on!

  4. Michelle says:

    I’m thrilled to learn about the Coy diet offered here. As a cancer survivor myself, I’ve dug deep into nutrition and pondered the various protocols at alternative clinics in the event I should find myself with cancer again and I believe they are on the right track with a low carb, whole food diet. You are the last link I have to the raw food movement and perhaps learning about this clinic is the reason I’ve stayed on your list! Thank you so much for your diligent research and finding this place. I wish you well on your detox!

  5. tmariel says:

    Thanks for this information. It is good to know. I have had great success healing from cancer this year using all natural methods. I have one question for you about traveling internationally to go to this clinic. Are immunizations required for your visa? How did you get around having to be immunized? My parents were very health conscious and did not have us immunized, so I’ve always wondered if I would be able to travel to other countries.

  6. Hallie Hancock says:

    Thank you Robynn, I hope I can go. I have Multiple Myeoloma, and have been committed to a healthy lifestyle all my life. Imagine my surprise when diagnosed at stage four and bones breaking all over the place,. My friends and family couldn’t believe this happened to me: the juicing woman, hallie berry fruits and nuts::)) Please let me know how I can participate at the clinic.

  7. Laura says:

    Oh how I wish. 🙂 Thank you so much for the info. I look forward to the future posts.

  8. Nathalie says:

    There is an English version of their site:
    Enjoy your time there!

  9. Laura says:

    Will you please elaborate on the Coy Diet? I quickly looked it up and am extremely confused. It sounds similar to a Weston A. Price or Paleo diet. Is this a diet that is just recommended for cancer treatment or for prevention as well? It seems to contradict just about everything I’ve learned from your blog.

  10. Irene Chalik says:

    Dear Robyn,
    Absolutely love your article and agree with each and every word you said!
    Me and my friend visited Al Ronc for the 1st time at 2010 and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    It was such amazing experience that we decided to go back very next year! But this time my husband joined us.
    We were so impressed with Dr. Petra personal approach, diagnostics and wonderful working team!
    We didn’t go for a cancer treatment, we just believe in preventive care.
    And we are very excited: we are going again to Al Ronc at the beginning of February!
    Please, feel free to correct my comment: English is my second language.
    Sincerely, Irene

  11. Monica Adair says:

    Robyn, I’ve been a big fan of yours for years. I’ve read your “12 Steps to Whole Foods”, followed your blog, drank green smoothies and tried taking your advice whenever I could. You are truly making a big difference in the world and I’m grateful for your continued research. I’d like to invite you to take a look at the company I work for: National Institute of Health and Fitness ( I think you’d be pleasantly surprised to see a company like ours, practically in your own backyard. We have helped many people regain their health and/or lose weight. I think you’d approve of our methods. Just thought you’d be interested!

    1. Admin says:

      Monica, I’ll check it out, thanks! 🙂

  12. Tracy Childs says:

    Hi Robyn! Have you been to the Optimal Health Institute in San Diego? It’s not fancy like Hippocrates but has essentially the same food, I think, and is one of the “wheat grass capitals of the world!” I went for a week and LOVED it!

  13. Jane says:

    Hi Robyn. I came across your website as I was looking up info on the Coy Diet. My husband, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in Jun.2012, is currently at the Hallwang Clinic in Germany. They are using the Coy Diet in conjunction with his other therapies.
    Have you ever been to this clinic? If so, your thoughts would be appreciated. He will be there for 3 weeks.

    He he has been doing chemo since June. It was not as effective as we had all hoped. I am hoping he will really see the value of a holistic approach to treating his cancer. I was on him from the beginning about trying something holistic, but he is a scientist!

    I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you. Jane

  14. timohty Woolbank says:

    Hi Robin, Tim in Australia nice blog. very interested in the Paracelsus clinic. I was contemplating going to the other till I saw Dr Rau is connected to both
    Wonder if the service is the same as al ronc looks very inviting.. Would one expect to make repeat visits. (depend on you condition of course)
    I was diagnosed with Lymphoma and to date have had no main stream treatment. Though strange I did not do well on heavy veg diet.that could be a challenge.
    cheers Tim

  15. PLEASE NOTE!!!
    Now they even have a Facebook Page at Paracelcus Clinica al Ronc … and, yes, it’s in English!
    Check it out here … and feel free to like and share it in your network!
    Kind regards,

    1. Robyn says:

      Henrik, how are you enjoying your stay there? I’m so jealous! I can’t believe they didn’t tell me they had a facebook page, will go like it now!

      1. Dear Robyn — I’m doing okay, but an INTENSIVE WEK here sure is an iNTENSIVE WEEL … I need another week to relax from that … 😉
        Don’t want to be a show-off, but it’s me hold just finished their FB-Page yesterday … and ply told them so yesterday evening by e-mail … in other words they couldn’t have told you about it before!

        Thanks for LIKING and please write about it on your pages / blogs / sites … they need a lot of LIKES / SHARES at Paracelcus Clinica al Ronc!

        Don’t be too jealous … you’ll be back again this year I know … maybe we’ll meet then … never say never!?!

        Kind regards,


          Dear Robyn — I’m doing okay, but an INTENSIVE WEK here sure is an iNTENSIVE WEEK … I need another week to relax from that … 😉

          Don’t want to be a show-off, but it’s me personally who just finished their FB-Page yesterday … and only told them so yesterday evening by e-mail … in other words they couldn’t have told you about it before!

          Thanks for LIKING and please write about it on your pages / blogs / sites … they need a lot of LIKES / SHARES at Paracelcus Clinica al Ronc!

          Don’t be too jealous … you’ll be back again this year I know … maybe we’ll meet then … never say never!?!

          Kind regards,

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