Mexico is one of the world leaders in innovative medical treatment, attracting patients from all over the world. Often patients come to Mexico because of the reluctance of their home countries—particularly Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom—to provide the experimental and non-traditional treatments their circumstances demand. Sometimes it is the cost of traditional treatment that brings patients to Mexico.
Many healing techniques, modalities and medicines, now common in the rest of the world, were adopted long ago in Mexico and have been benefiting patients for years. This is just as true today and one of the gifts of the medical system of Mexico is that it is less restrictive about experimental medicine, giving hope and new possibilities to heal for those with serious illnesses, especially cancer.
Of course, as with any form of experimentation, not everything works as expected, and perhaps more than in the U.S., Canada or the United Kingdom, the patient shoulders the responsibility for making what may be life and death decisions regarding his/her own care. Malpractice insurance is uncommon in Mexico and neither you, nor your survivors, will have someone with deep pockets to sue. (The idea that a patient would sue a doctor for a bad outcome is ludicrous to Mexicans who are in general disbelief about the large awards given in the U.S.) So, you need to do your own research, understand the treatment, and calculate the risks carefully.
Ask your physician or service provider all the questions you need to ask to assure yourself that the treatment you are seeking is likely to be beneficial and make sure you discover what the downside is in case things don’t go as planned.
Some of the therapies being used in Mexico were originally developed in the U.S., but the physicians involved were subsequently pressured to leave by repeated harassment, legal action or investigatory actions by medical authorities. Many found a new home in Mexico. Several of the alternative cures for cancer used in Mexico have proven to be effective and even lifesaving for individuals who have run out of approved options: the traditional trio of surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy routinely practiced in the U.S. and Canada. This is even more remarkable given that the typical cancer patient visiting Mexico for treatment is stage 4 and has already had all the chemo and radiation possible.
Despite the lives being saved, the American Cancer Society questions many of the practices and therapies being offered in Mexico. So, while this article provides information about treatments, we cannot verify the validity of the claims made for these treatments, nor can we vouch for the qualifications of the practitioners. Second opinions are always valuable, too. For example, before you decide to seek alternative treatment for cancer, you may also want to consult with Ralph W. Moss PhD, a respected specialist who has many years of experience researching and writing about both standard mainstream and alternative treatments for cancer and who has visited many of the cancer treatment clinics in Mexico.
Alternative Therapies in Mexico
Biomagnetic Cancer Therapy
Biomagnetic cancer therapy uses magnets on the body to promote self-healing. It repolarizes cancer cells and has anti-inflammatory effects which reduce pain and discomfort. Biomagnetic therapy may also be used to treat chronic degenerative diseases.
This is a treatment for acute mercury, iron (including in cases of thalassemia), arsenic, lead, uranium, plutonium and other forms of toxic metal poisoning. Depending on the agent and the type of poisoning, the chelating agent may be administered intravenously, intramuscularly or orally. Chelation therapy is also used for treatment of coronary artery disease with studies that have shown therapy can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.
Many markets in Mexico offer a wide variety of herbal remedies that have been used traditionally for thousands of years. While vendors are often happy to offer on-the-spot consultations, please respect the power of these plants and their potential to both help as remedies for many conditions and their potential for unanticipated side effects. There are traditional healers in Mexico who have devoted their lives to acquiring knowledge about medicinal plants including how to identify, grow, collect and prepare plants for use as medicines. However, beware—nearly everyone in Mexico will be happy to share their favorite herbal treatments without the expertise of a genuine herbalist.
This medicine, developed in Cuba, provides much needed help for diabetics facing the possible amputation of a foot. Currently there are 70,000 to 80,000 diabetics who become amputees every year in the U.S. due to diabetic foot ulcers. Heberprot-P can reduce the relative risk by 75 percent and is therefore highly effective. There are clinics in Mexico devoted to this treatment. (Mexico has an unusually high instance of diabetes.)
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)
High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) is an experimental non-invasive, non-surgical ultrasound treatment that is intended to help patients with prostate conditions retain sexual function and avoid other negative side effects of standard surgical procedures.
This is an approach to treating tumors that induces a fever (or uses some other method) to raise the body temperature internally. It assumes that the tumor cells are less heat-resilient than normal body cells are and that exposure to heat will kill cells and shrink tumors.
Drug addiction, especially opiate addiction, has become an epidemic in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control there are over 2 million people in America addicted to opiates. Opiate addiction is notoriously difficult to treat. Ibogaine, a psychedelic substance from a West African plant, has shown promise as an experimental treatment for opiate withdrawal and, along with conventional treatment such as a 12-step program, can help with kicking an opiate addiction. Illegal in the U.S., ibogaine treatment is available in Mexico.
Active immunotherapies stimulate the body’s own immune system to fight the disease. Passive immunotherapies do not rely on the body to attack the disease, but rather use immune system components (such as antibodies) made in the lab. This approach is sometimes referred to as a type of non-toxic cancer vaccine.
Insulin Potentiation Therapy
Insulin Potentiation Therapy, or IPT, can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy by lowering the dose of chemotherapy drugs needed. In IPT, a small amount of insulin is applied to open the glucose receptors in cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs are then mixed with the glucose solution and applied directly to the cancer cells.
Integrative medicine uses a variety of techniques to deal with the physical, nutritional, psychotherapeutic and spiritual dimensions of an illness. Some of these practices do extensive testing and design protocols based on the unique needs of individual patients.
Ivermectina is an anti-parasite medicine routinely used in Mexico and widely considered to be safe. While it is a frequently used as an off-label treatment for Covid-19, its use has been considered controversial in the U.S. However, it is routinely used to prevent or treat Covid-19 in several other countries. It can be purchased legally in Mexican pharmacies without a prescription.
Mexico has very strict drugs laws and an ongoing “War on Drugs.” However, recent changes in the law allow very limited use of marijuana for medicinal use when prescribed by a physician for serious illnesses such as epilepsy. Do not assume that self-prescribed treatment will be tolerated, nor that local law-enforcement officials will be up-to-date on these changes in the law. At this time, if you go to a traditional medical doctor requesting medical marijuana or any narcotic medicine, it will be assumed that you are seeking the drug for recreational use and not medical treatment.
This is an approach to treating cancer and other chronic or degenerative diseases with vitamins and other nutrients. It is often part of an integrated approach to cancer treatment.
Oxygen, Ozone and Bio Oxidative Therapy
This therapy saturates the body or blood with oxygen to produce a hostile environment for viruses. Some use intravenous drips of medical-grade hydrogen peroxide. Others use hyperbaric chambers to surround the patient with an oxygen-rich environment under pressure for a specified amount of time. Hyperbaric chambers are also used to treat deep-sea divers who are suffering from the “bends” and are commonly found in popular resort and diving areas on the coasts of Mexico. Hyperbaric chambers are also used for the treatment of diabetes-related wounds that may improve with increased oxygen under pressure.
Peptide and Protein Therapy
Different from traditional drugs, peptides occur naturally in the body. They are now being used in a therapeutic approach to treating a wide range of diseases from neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, brain injury and dementia, to rheumatic conditions like arthritis and lupus. Claims for this approach include significant increase in the cognitive function of advanced Alzheimer’s patients. Peptide therapy may also be considered as a valuable anti-aging approach.
Rife cancer therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses bio-frequency to treat cancer and other diseases. In rife cancer therapy, the skin is not broken, and healthy tissues and cells are not damaged.
Stem Cell Therapy
This technique is useful in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injuries, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of the liver and correction of genetic disorders in Mexico. Stem cells obtained from a patient’s own blood may be used. Stem cells harvested using a fertile egg, a technique that is outlawed in the U.S., is also performed in Mexico.
Ultraviolet Light Therapy
Often used in conjunction with other blood treatments, blood is passed through a chamber that exposes it to immune-response- boosting ultraviolet light.
Vitamin B17 (Laetrile)
Vitamin B17 is derived from natural food sources, most abundantly from seeds of plants from the prunasin family such as apricots and apples. It is sometimes used therapeutically as a cancer treatment and preventative, although it was banned by the FDA in the 1980s. It is controversial due to its potential toxicity and questions about its efficacy.
Please note that Monica Rix Paxson is a researcher and writer and not a healthcare provider. Questions about the safety of treatment in Mexico should be directed to a licensed medical professional. Readers are responsible for using their own judgment to determine the qualifications of any individual, medical service provider or medical care facility. You should also seek the advice of a medical professional before taking any medicine, including traditional medicinal plants.