Just three miles from the US border, there is a successful alternative cancer clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Called the BioMedical Center, it was established there in 1963. According to the Center’s executive administrator, Liz Jonas, its cancer-free success rate is 80 percent. This includes patients abandoned by conventional oncology who have turned to natural cancer cures.
Below are photos of me and Liz that were taken this summer when the TTAC team traveled to the clinic to do some interviews for The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest which aired October 13 – 21 2015.
The BioMedical Center may be the oldest alternative cancer clinic in North America. It started in Dallas, Texas, circa 1936 as the Harry Hoxsey Cancer Clinic, and soon became the largest independent cancer clinic in the world, having expanded to 16 other American states.
Hoxsey’s flamboyant, aggressive persona persisted through many decades of the American Medical Association (AMA) attempts to stop him from curing cancer patients. He even won a libel lawsuit in 1950 against AMA head Morris Fishbein and the powerful Hearst Publications group.
It wasn’t until the FDA became more empowered to intervene with interstate sales of unapproved remedies that the Hoxsey Clinic was forced to shut down all its branches in 1960 and move to Tijuana, Mexico.
Hoxsey Wanted to Prove His Natural Cancer Cures Worked
Harry Hoxsey, born in 1901, assisted his father’s veterinary practice as a child. Word of mouth led Hoxsey’s cancer practice to overlap with human patients, using what some claim to be an old Native American herbal formula for cancers. Hoxsey’s account differs…
He explains in his book You Don’t Need to Die that his great grandfather observed his favorite horse recover from cancer by eating certain flowers and weeds. His great grandfather then formulated these botanicals into liquid concoctions. Each subsequent Hoxsey generation also worked as veterinarians and continuously improved the formulas.
Soon people with cancer began asking for the Hoxsey formulas. When his father was dying, he had Harry promise to use the topical salves, powders, and internal liquid herbal formulas to help as many people as possible and not exploit the remedies for personal wealth.
After being arrested for practicing medicine without a license in Taylorville, Illinois, Hoxsey went to Chicago around 1924. His goal was to prove his remedies’ efficacy to Morris Fishbein, head of the American Medical Association (AMA) and editor of the newly started JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). Hoxsey’s formula was tested with a terminal cancer patient (Chicago policeman, Sgt. Thomas Manix), who was cured by Hoxsey’s herbal treatments and wound up living another 10 years.
Fishbein was impressed and offered to buy Hoxsey’s formulas to gain exclusive AMA control over their applications. Remembering the commitment to his father and wary of Fishbein’s motives, Hoxsey refused the offer. Thus Fishbein’s AMA war on Hoxsey began.
Even though Fishbein admitted the sanguinarine in Hoxsey’s bloodroot-based red paste worked for skin cancer, the AMA vilified Hoxsey’s brown liquid herbal tonics as worthless. Hoxsey kept his internal herbal formulas secret after winning his libel lawsuit against Fishbein and the AMA in 1950. However, he was forced to reveal the constituent ingredients to the FDA once they gained the power to enforce ingredient listing.
Esquire Magazine Suppresses Article; Hoxsey Found Legit
In 1936, Hoxsey established the nation’s largest independent cancer clinic in Dallas, Texas. There he was confronted by a new nemesis, Dallas District Attorney Al Templeton. Al Templeton continued harassing Hoxsey until his brother, Mike Templeton, secretly attended Hoxsey’s clinic and was cured of what was declared an incurable cancer.
Subsequently, Al Templeton became Hoxsey’s lawyer. Soon after, Templeton was elected as a district judge in Dallas, and Hoxsey finally had friends in high places, albeit only locally. As Hoxsey’s clinics expanded from Dallas to 16 clinics in different states, his notoriety became too obvious for the AMA to ignore.
Hoxsey’s assistant, Nurse Mildred Nelson, who later established the Mexico clinic, originally came to Dallas to take her mother away from “that quack.” After her mother was cured, Mildred ended up staying to help Hoxsey.
In 1939, Esquire magazine journalist James Burke was sent to Hoxsey’s Dallas cancer clinic to do an article exposing Hoxsey as a quack. After Burke investigated, he was convinced that Hoxsey’s clinic was actually curing cancer and Hoxsey wasn’t a charlatan. Burke then wrote an article entitled “The Quack Who Cured Cancer” and sent it to Esquire. It was never published. Burke returned from active duty during WWII and went to work for Hoxsey as his press agent.
San Diego journalist Peter Chowka had a similar mission after the BioMedical Center had been taking in patients for a couple of decades. He went to Tijuana and discovered the Center was a great place for cancer patients, and its treatments were safe and effective. Since then Chowka has been a natural cancer treatment advocate.
What’s in the Hoxey Formulas?
A solution of cascara (Rhamnus purshiana) and potassium iodide served as a base for the following herbs, added according to individual cancer cases:
- Burdock root (Arctium lappa)
- Barberry or berberis root (Berberis vulgaris)
- Buckthorn bark (Rhamnus frangula)
- Stillingia root (Stillingia sylvatica)
- Prickly ash bark (Zanthoxylum americanum)
- Poke root (Phytolacca americana)4
Hoxsey’s understanding of cancer was that it is a systemic disease created from metabolic imbalances that needed to be restored. His tonics were meant to help create homeostasis (internal stability), kill cancer cells, and remove the toxins created from killing cancer cells. This perspective is in line with almost all natural cancer treatments and practitioners.
Hoxsey’s treatments were considered effective by a panel of independent physicians who had reviewed the case histories of his patients. Their written testimonies were used in Hoxsey’s 1950 lawsuit against the AMA, along with testimonials from some of his cured patients.
Today, the BioMedical Center (just across the Mexican border from San Diego) has doctors that diagnose and prescribe only natural remedies in addition to Hoxsey’s tonics and salves. These natural cancer remedies include homeopathy, laetrile, Montana Yew extract, and dietary recommendations.
Cancer patients too sick to travel can send a relative to the Tijuana Center with medical records, which the staff reviews to decide how to formulate Hoxsey tonics specifically for that patient. Relatives then return to that patient with enough tonic for six months. Usually that’s enough to render the patient well enough to travel to the clinic and continue their treatment.
No doubt, Harry Hoxey’s promise to his father lives on in Tijuana’s BioMedical Center, providing an intelligent alternative to conventional cancer treatments.