May, 2002 - Fifth newsletter
December, 2001 - Fourth Newsletter
August, 2001 - Third Newsletter
May, 2001 - Second Newsletter
January, 2001 - Write up on Mexican Clinics
May 2002 Newsletter
Hot News & Views:
- The Cancer Cure Foundation is in the process of changing its name and mission. In March we decided to expand our mission to include conditions other than cancer. We are also hoping to have a research lab donated to us so we can begin some research projects. As a result, we have changed our name to The Cure Research Foundation. The Cancer Cure Foundation will be just one of the divisions of The Cure Research Foundation. As soon as we have the funds, we will begin opening other divisions.
- One of our goals is to put on cancer prevention seminars and a health fair. Our health fair will take place October 6th, 2002 at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. We expect around 100 booths along with a number of seminars and demonstrations. We are looking for sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and cancer survivors who would like to participate in this event.
- Bliss Page, a cancer survivor is looking for people who would like to add their stories to her book - Cancer Survivors - Testimonials by Real People Describing the Alternative and Non-Toxic Treatments used to Cure Cancer - Go to http://www.awarenesspublishing.com/ if you know anyone who would be interested in sharing their story. Pass the word.
- Some people have been using PC-SPES, the popular herbal prostate health formula, and SPES, but these products have been recalled due to contamination. You should stop using these products and contact a doctor or other healthcare professional about this. For more information, you can also contact the manufacturer at 800-458-5854. We have been told a good substitute is available through iherb.com - made by Natrol. A list of other substitutes is available at http://www.consumerlab.com/results/sawpalmetto_sam.asp?z=1.
- Recent reports on the Asian herb artemesia (aka wormwood) have been very good. Dr. Rowan, who publishes the newsletter "Second Opinion" has been seeing good results with this herb. Call 1-800-728-2288 for information on the newsletter.
New or Updated Information....
To see what pages have been updated or added to our site over the last couple of months, go to our "What's New" page. One of the pages that has been updated is our donations page. We are currently not accepting donations online donations because a number of states require us to register in their state before any donations can be accepted from their state. We have not completed this paperwork. We will start taking online donations again once we have done this.
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Fourth Newsletter - December, 2001
Hot News & Views:
- We attended Cancer Control Society's 29th Annual Convention in September. To read about some of the presentations and organizations go to http://www.cancure.org/cancer_control_society_convention.htm. If you would like to have copies of any of the videos and audios from this conference, go to Cancer Control Society's website.
- Parent's rights - In all 50 states there are laws on the books that say Parents Do NOT have the right to make medical decisions for their children. If a doctor believes his/her treatment protocol is what's best for the child, this doctor has the legal right to report parents for medical neglect should they question his medical authority and state welfare agencies have the power to take custody of not only the ill child but all the other children in the home as well. That is what happened to the Rotts when their 3 1/2 year old was diagnosed with ALL. Read her story and do what you can to help.
- Legislation updates, including updates on where states stand on their legislation.
- Worldwide database being set up to connect people who have used alternative approaches to treat their cancer - Bravesouls.com needs your help. Go to http://www.brave-souls.com to add your information or to contact long term survivors. Pass the word.
- Updated news including reports on CAM studies and Coping With Cancer
- Updates on Clinic Closures in Mexico - We believe American Biologics is still closed, but they are operating out of Hospital Meridian. American Metabolics says they have reopened - We haven't been able to confirm if they have any limitations placed on them. Harold Manner has also been shut down.
New or Updated Information.... New or Updated Information.... or Updated Information....
The following pages have either been updated or added to our site over the last couple of months. For a complete listing of pages that have been added or updated, go to our "What's New" page.
- Donations Page - updated. We have made it easier for people to make a donation. We now accept online donations and we get 100% of the donation.
- Directory of Clinics in the US and Clinics Outside the US - new clinics have been added and revisions made on others including Klinik St Georg and a list of practitioners in Ventura County has been added
- Clinic visits - updated information on clinics
- Cancer Tests - Page has been updated to correct information on breast thermography (also updated) and additional cancer tests have been added.
- Cancer fighting foods - updated sections on raspberries, tomatoes, avocados, etc.
- Clinical Trials updated to include a trial called SELECT - "Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial for Preventing Prostate Cancer.
- Legislation page updated and new Parent's Rights page
- Write ups on Cancer Control Society's 29th Annual Convention in September - Go to http://www.cancure.org/cancer_control_society_convention.htm.- new
- Mind/body page - updated
- Nutritionists page - updated
- Controlling cancer pain - new page
- Updated news - updates
Third Newsletter: August, 2001
New Staff Members:
We now have two new part-time Program Administrators - Laurie Monteleone and Shannon Brennan. (Note: Effective December 20, 2001, Shannon Brennan is no longer working for our organization. She can be reached through Nature's Baby, which will be online soon.)
Laurie’s interest in alternative health care began over ten years ago while she was struggling to overcome her own health challenges. In 1999 Laurie received her certification as a classical homeopath from the CHC (Council for Homeopathic Certification). Laurie also works in part time private practice in Thousand Oaks, California. Laurie’s quote about alternative health care – “Never underestimate the power of your bodywisdom - your innate ability to heal. It has all the answers you need to recover your health and will tell you, if you listen carefully enough, what decisions to make. Just listen.”
Shannon is currently working on her M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes extensive study of Chinese herbs and acupuncture. She has seven years of experience in aromatherapy and has created her own line of aromatherapy products called Nature’s Baby, which specializes in products for mother and baby (and Dad’s too).
Laurie is here to help answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. Phones and emails are also answered by Carleen Potter and Melinda Wiman or one of our volunteers.
Hot News & Views:
- Skin Cancer Warnings
- Beware of Skin Cancer This Summer
- Tanning Beds Increase Cancer Threat
- Options to Protect Yourself
- More Clinic Closures in Mexico - Several other clinics have been closed down temporarily, including American Metabolics. We do not know when they will be allowed to reopen.
New To Our Website....
The following pages have been added to our site over the last couple of months. For a complete listing of pages that have been added or updated, go to our "What's New" page.
About us - updated
Skin Cancer Warnings - new
Legislation Page - updated
Statistics - updated
Tests to Detect Cancer - updated
Symptoms of Cancer - updated
Clinical Trials - updated
What's New - updated
Nutrition and Cancer - new
When A Cell Goes Bad - new
Second Newsletter: May, 2001
Hot News & Views:
- Important Health Legislature... There are many important legislature bills that are in the works that could impact our access to alternative treatments. If your state has not passed legislation, or if there are bills in the works, it is important for you to contact your representatives to get them to pass legislation supporting our rights to access medical alternatives and to protect CAM physicians from license revocations. Let them know there are already bills that have passed in other states, such as Minnesota.
To read about the states that already have legislation, or to read about the bills that are pending, go to our Legislation Page. Find out what you can do to support these bills and the organizations who are working on your behalf to get the bills passed. States working on important legislation include:
Georgia: H.B. 749 - Complementary & Alternative Health Care Freedom
Kentucky: Legislation is in the bill drafting stage
New Jersey: Assembly bill, AB 2130 and Senate bill, SB 875
New York: Legislation is in the bill drafting stage
Washington: SB 5938 to amend the state's 1991 Health Freedom Law
Florida: Legislation is in the bill drafting stage
We also link to websites that help you locate your representatives, including their email addresses.
This web page discusses how medical errors are a leading cause of death, FDA Conflict-of-Interest, and deadly prescription drugs interactions. Information on this page can be a real "eye-opener" for you to share with those who are opposed to your use of alternative therapies.
Several Mexican Clinics have been closed. These include Bio-Pulse and Century Nutrition. Peter Chowka has written an article in his recent newsletter regarding these closures. His article is up at http://naturalhealthline.com/newsletter/1mar01/tijuana.htm. We understand that the health inspectors in Mexico were recently fired and replaced. Apparently any clinic that does not have the appropriate permits will be closed. If we hear about any other closures, we will post the information on Directory of Mexican Clinics page.
Information on Iscador/Mistletoe: With the recent news that Suzanne Sommers is using Iscador to treat her breast cancer, we have been asked to provide information on this therapy. Iscador is not a homeopathic remedy, rather it is an extract of mistletoe that is given in small doses.
Cancer Control Society's 29th Annual Convention coming up Sept 1, 2, 3, 2001, with a doctor's seminar on Sept 4th and clinic tours on Sept 5th and 8th. Go to our Important News page for details.
We have added sources of financial assistance to help you cover the costs of alternative therapy. If you need help, be sure to visit the Financial Assistance section of our website. As we hear of additional sources, we will update this page. If you are aware of additional sources, be sure to let us know.
We have had many people interested in how to treat their animals with alternative medicine. If we ourselves know that alternative is the way to go, why wouldn't we choose it for our pets, too? Therefore, we have added a page on our website devoted to Pets and Cancer.
New To Our Website....
The following pages have been added to our site over the last month: Legislature Page, Pets and Cancer, Financial Assistance, Information on Medical Errors and the FDA, Tests to Detect Cancer, Symptoms of Cancer, Using Alternative Therapies along with Conventional Therapy, How to Reduce the Side Effects of Conventional Therapy, Information on Iscador/Mistletoe, Clinical Trials, and a What's New page.
First Newsletter: January, 2001, written by Art Brown
Mexican Hospitals - Some of the World’s Best for Alternative Cancer Care
Most people do not tend to think of Mexico as a haven for cancer treatment, but there are approximately 40 clinics and hospitals there offering some of the finest alternative medical treatments for cancer today. They vary in size from one-doctor operations to modern, multi-story, full-service hospitals with an extensive range of doctors on staff. Most are located close to the Mexican/American border across from San Diego, California. Some are even within walking distance of the border which avoids the need to wait in line in your car for half an hour at the border to clear customs. Although a passport or visa is not necessary, valid identification identifying your country of birth, such as driver's license, is required.
Why do patients go to these clinics and hospitals?
In Mexico, the political system is such that the government credits and inspects clinics and hospitals, but does not attempt to get in between the doctor and patient. In short, it leaves doctoring to doctors. This means they are free to use treatments from countries around the world which have proven successful in battling cancer. They can also develop and perfect their own treatments and immediately use therapeutic breakthroughs as soon as they become available.
Not so in the United States where cancer treatments are usually limited to varieties of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. This is unfortunate as there are about 100 other useful, non-toxic cancer treatments, almost all of which have well-documented scientific evidence to support them.
Having freedom-of-choice regarding treatments, Mexican doctors have been able to develop their skills in using both conventional and alternative therapies, schooling their staffs in them and setting up appropriate patient care facilities. In addition, over the years they've learned which treatments, or combination of treatments, work best for which conditions.
An unusual "sub-specialty" in cancer care has arisen in Mexico out of all this. Although hospitals there get patients from around the world, the majority come from the United States (This is another reason they locate close to the border.) These people typically have received conventional cancer treatments where they live without success. Frequently they are very sick with bodies severely weakened by surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. As a result, Mexican clinics and hospitals have become accustomed to helping patients with extra burdens. Not only must they treat end-stage cancer for people coming to them as a last resort, which is a task far more difficult than in the earlier stages, but they must also undo the damage done by conventional "therapies."
Best of the Best
Not all clinics and doctors in Mexico are worthwhile of course. We recommend only the best of the best. That is, those we feel are the most experienced, reputable and reliable - large or small. We have toured many facilities, talked to the staff, are familiar with their operations and talked to patients. Typically, they've been around for many years. One in particular has treated over 100,000 cancer patients with alternative treatments in the last 35 years. A record like that speaks for itself. (Call us to arrange a free consultation with a doctor from Oasis of Hope or call them directly at 888-500-4673.) For more information and recommendations, phone 800-282-2873, or 805-498-0185 M-F, 9-5, Pacific time.
What to expect
Going to a hospital in Mexico, however, is different than a trip to an American hospital. Although most hospital staff there speak English fluently, there are definite cultural differences to get used to. Upon crossing the border, one quickly becomes aware that Mexico is not a rich country. Many streets and buildings are in need of repair, and sometimes clinics or hospitals are found in run-down or industrial areas. This is normal for Mexico and is no reflection on the quality of care one can expect once inside where things are clean, modern and well cared for.
Many of the hospitals provide an extra bed so a family member or friend can stay in the same room with the patient at little or no cost. And most hospitals have such amenities as in-room phone service, internet access, cable TV and so on. Cancer therapeutic diets are designed for each patient.
Typical Length of Stay
Hospitals will provide lists of things to bring for the stay, which usually lasts 3 - 4 weeks. This time-frame allows them to monitor the cancer cell's reproductive cycle which runs approximately 21 days. Doctors need this time to closely monitor the progress of therapy.
Some insurance companies will cover some services offered in foreign hospitals. Blue Cross and Blue Shield sometimes cover certain treatments depending on the state of residence of the patient in the USA (no uniform policy here nationwide). Medicare and Medicaid do not cover anything in any out-of-country hospitals. It is very important that insurance paperwork is filled out and submitted exactly correct. Service companies have arisen specializing in filling out and processing insurance paperwork for foreign hospitals and negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of patients. They collect a percentage of the money recovered. Due to bad financial experiences with certain patients over the years, most hospitals now require substantial up-front cash payments. Insurance billing takes place after the fact and remains the responsibility of the patient.