Thank you for visiting to read my review. Please know that this is MY experience and it’s unique to me. Others who have been to Hope 4 Cancer will have completely unique experiences. Some worse. Some better. As you read this article, please keep this factor in mind – my experience is not someone else’s – it is purely mine.
Also note, that this is a LONG post on purpose. Those who are looking to invest many tens of thousands of dollars are looking for details and that’s why I wanted to share as many details as possible. Feel free to skip to what you’re interested in or read the entire post. It’s up to you.
Why I Went to Hope 4 Cancer
My first visit to Hope 4 Cancer was in April/May 2021. I documented all about it here in this post. If you haven’t read that yet, it’s a good idea to check that post out first and then come back to this one.
I first heard about Hope 4 Cancer from a docuseries called The Truth About Cancer many years ago. Already being interested in holistic and natural wellness and healing, this place and Dr. Tony Jimenez always piqued my interest. I tucked it away in the back of my mind as a place I could go if I ever got cancer.
Fast forward to 2021 and a friend of mine on Instagram was going to H4C and during her updates, she mentioned that people with chronic ailments that weren’t cancer could go there and get treatments.
Earlier in 2020, as I was titrating off of my thyroid hormone medications, my antibodies spiked and my doctor and I began digging into why. Thyroid antibodies spiking always means stealth infections. We did discover that I had six stealth infections that needed to be dealt with.
At this point in my healing journey, my husband and I started praying about what to do, and then, as I said a moment ago, my friend happened to share about H4C. I looked into it and my husband and I continued praying and eventually felt led to give a year program at H4C a try.
The goal was to give my immune system a massive boost because, clearly, it wasn’t doing its job since it was so overburdened with infection. In a sense, it needed to wake up.
So as you read this, please note that I did not go to Hope 4 Cancer for cancer treatment. Instead, I went for help in overcoming these systemic infections that were burdening my immune system.
With that being said, my experience (and time spent there) was slightly different than a cancer patient.
In this article, I will share as many details as I can about my experience with H4C because I know that those of you seeking out information to go there will need it and are looking for it!
The Process of Becoming a Patient at Hope 4 Cancer
Before you actually go to H4C, you have a free consult with their admissions staff to see if you are a good fit. They go over your health history and other paperwork and suggest a program for you as well as a specific doctor that will see you during your visit.
This process was pretty organized and I was able to get all my questions answered. The coordinator that I was dealing with also gave me her cell phone number so I could get a hold of her with questions that I had. Additionally, at the time, Dr. Tony (the Founder of H4C) was speaking with all prospective patients on the phone. That was a blessing because I was able to speak to Dr. Tony for 45 minutes on the phone and get to know him. He told me the doctor he thought would be a good fit for me and also suggested I do a biofeedback session with him remotely. I told him I definitely wanted to do that or do one in person with him when I was at H4C if he happened to be there the weeks I was.
Once all the paperwork and program were scheduled, we booked our airline tickets and told H4C which hotel we wanted to stay at. More on hotels below.
My Stay in Cancun for my Visit to Hope 4 Cancer
Hope 4 Cancer has two locations. One in Tijuana, Mexico and one in Cancun, Mexico. The Tijuana location is mainly for in-patient stays and for those who have really advanced cancers and need round-the-clock treatment. The Cancun location is for patients who are mobile. Since I went to H4C for my immune system, the program I was a part of was 2 weeks. Cancer patients all start the program that lasts for 3 weeks.
At the time, H4C was contracting with the Presidente Intercontinental Hotel (great beaches at this one) and Live Aqua which was an all-inclusive hotel. That meant food and drinks were included there. However, going to that hotel, which was right across the street from H4C, at the time cost $4,000 more.
Since at the time H4C offered a shuttle to and from the hotels daily and I wasn’t too worried about food since I was going to get two meals at the clinic each day, we chose the Presidente Intercontinental. My husband was also able to eat at any of the restaurants at the Presidente Intercontinental and he ventured out to other places in the “Hotel Zone” a few times as well. The chefs at Hope 4 Cancer also graciously prepared him meals to eat when he was at the clinic with me on appointment days.
In regard to the Presidente Intercontinental, outside of the initial necessity to switch rooms and floors (due to mold – go figure), we were very happy with this hotel. It was very very nice and as I said before the beaches were gorgeous! It would be hard for a family to stay though because of how their bathrooms are set up. They are not very private in the rooms that we stayed in and saw.
During our stay for the 2 weeks in Cancun, the patient coordinator at H4C scheduled pick-ups for us daily for the morning and night to get to H4C and back to the hotel. During off times when my husband needed to be at the clinic for a mid-day appointment, she would schedule him a pick-up if necessary. Sometimes he chose to walk to the clinic which took a good 45 minutes.
My Daily Routine at Hope 4 Cancer
The beauty of going to a clinic like this is that the focus is purely on healing. So everything you do revolves around that. Each day I would spend from 7:30-3 participating in healing therapies, meals, doctor’s appointments, or diagnostic testing. Sundays were “off” days and the clinic was closed. We used those days to explore. One Sunday we went to Chichen Itza for the day and swam in a cenote among other things. It was really fun! I am glad I had the energy to do that.
I wrote extensively about each of the healing therapies I did at H4C in this post.
My daily routine would look like this:
- Morning Worship
- IVs and/or morning labs/Breakfast in the IV room
- Healing Therapies
- Healing Therapies
- H4C provided a bottle of fresh-pressed juice for us to take home for the evening. We would pick that bottle up each afternoon to bring with us to the hotel.
- Ride to the Hotel
- During my first trip, I would usually spend the first hour back at the hotel talking with my husband and downloading him about the day or taking a nap.
Each day was mostly the same type of routine during my stay at H4C.
I would get picked up at 7:00 am so we could be ready for morning worship at 7:30 am at the clinic. The first few days and the last few days were a bit chaotic because of all the appointments that have to fit into the schedule.
For instance, during the first few days, I had to have blood drawn, full-body ultrasounds and thermography. I also had to have a hair tissue mineral analysis and a urine test. Sadly, the HTMA wasn’t done until later in my stay and so when I got the results, on the last day of my 2-week stay, they were rushed through and I never really understood them. To me, that test felt like a waste. I also had an initial appointment with my doctor (Dr. Alan Navarette), and an appointment with the nutritionist and an appointment with the therapist, Dr. Leslie. Because I did happen to be at H4C during what they call a “Dr. Tony Week” where he was there, my second appointment with Dr. Alan also included Dr. Tony who went over my entire health history and input his thoughts to Dr. Alan and my husband and me in regard to the path going forward.
Morning worship was always something I looked forward to because it was a time to reflect on the Lord and worship Him. Sometimes patients would share their musical gifts with us and sometimes Arturo, who is on staff there, would. It was a gift to sit in the same room among struggling humans calling out to our Creator!
After worship, everyone changes into H4C-provided robes for the day. It just made it easier to do therapies in rather than having clothes that are too tight or that you have to take on and off all the time. At the end of the day, we would just put our robes on our chairs or in the laundry.
After changing, was breakfast time. It was my favorite time of the day but also close to my least favorite and most anxious part of the day.
Breakfast – The Best Part, The Food!
Chefs Gustavo and Jorge would bring everyone their meals for the morning and we would eat while waiting for our IVs or our first therapy. We usually had one type of juice, one smoothie, one type of kombucha or water kefir and the main dish. They are all plant-based and do not serve animal protein (except occasional eggs there). Every single meal I had there was absolutely delicious. They were ultra-nutrient dense, full of color and fiber and very flavorful. I asked if they would come home to be my personal chefs!
There was also always green tea and hydrogen water there to drink as well.
I talked more about the food in this post but it truly was the highlight of my stay at H4C.
Everything is also gluten, nut, dairy and soy free. If you find you are hungry, the chefs will usually bring you more food if you ask. With all the added juices, and good fats as well as plant-based protein, I would not usually be hungry after a meal. However, I am not a vegetarian and do eat high-quality animal protein in general. I felt fine though during the weeks of eating only plant-based. Though I did eat some food at our hotel a few times and enjoyed some chicken. If I had a cancer diagnosis, I would likely not have done that because the quality of the animal protein at the hotels was likely not top-notch.
Morning Labs and IVs
Breakfast time always felt a bit chaotic because the nurses in the IV rooms that patients were in were all running around trying to get everyone’s morning labs done, IVs set up, and therapies like UVBI set up. The nurses also were in charge of sending the patients to their therapies for each part of the day. At the time I went, they were VERY spread thin and needed more nurses at H4C in Cancun.
It was also frustrating because, knowing what I know about digesting food, you have to be in a restful, non-stressed out state to digest your food properly, but honestly this would be the most stressful time of the day for me. Maybe others too? The reason was that this was the time when I was getting painfully poked with needles.
We determined the first day that I would not be able to get a new IV every day due to the pain. They use really big needles (smaller gauge) there compared to the states and some nurses were better than others at finding veins. I learned quickly who I wanted doing my blood draws and IVs and who I didn’t. In fact, on my follow-up trip, I learned that Mary Carman, the head nurse, was the best at this practice and I literally felt no pain when she did the one IV I had there my follow-up trip. I wished I had her during my initial visit. It would have changed everything for me!
Anyway, during my initial stay, the worst part was the needle pokes. We would leave a port in for two nights and three days to reduce the number of pokes and pain. There was one time that the nurse couldn’t find my vein TWICE in both arms so they tried my forearm with my arm crunched toward my chest in an upward manner. It was SUPER-painful and in my opinion not necessary. I have had many needle pokes, blood draws, IVs, etc. in my life but these were the most painful and seemed to be the least experienced nurses trying to find veins. I feel bad for the patients who have had chemo and radiation who truly have hard-to-find veins. It must be awful for them. After the first few days, and for the rest of my stay at H4C, I had bruises all over my arms and they were very tender from the needle pokes. Also, because I had to leave a port in my arm, I wasn’t able to enjoy the ocean very much while there.
The IV room I was in (there were three) was almost always very cold. When you are cold your blood goes to your core to keep you warm and so it made finding veins even harder. I dreaded the days I had to get a new IV port in my arm.
I had UVBI done three times during my stay (if you don’t know what UVBI is see my other post under the “therapies I did section.”) and the first one was the only time we could get a bag full of blood to ozonate. The rest of the time I only gave about a quarter of the bag of blood because my veins would not give blood. Honestly, I think it was because my nervous system was in a state of protecting itself.
These times gave me so much respect for cancer patients. I am not a wimp when it comes to pain. I have had unmedicated births, had more IVs and blood draws than can be counted, had spinal taps and more but cancer patients are warriors. They deal with this kind of pain and more on a long-term basis. I wish it didn’t have to be this way for them!
I mentioned earlier that I had a pre-call with Dr. Tony before I was even a patient. That was a huge blessing and I really enjoy Dr. Tony and think he has a heart of gold.
My biofeedback appointment (supposed to be with Dr. Tony) but was with Javier was a real eye-opener. I highly recommend scheduling one of these sessions if you can when you are at the clinic. Mine was done on the 6th day at the clinic and it was done in the afternoon. I felt bad because Alex, the shuttle driver, had to wait over an hour after his shift to take me home. Poor guy. The scheduling could have been better for his sake.
During my stay, I had three consults with Dr. Alan. The first one was done quickly on the first day. The second one included Dr. Tony and was my most extensive appointment. The third one was sort of a wrap-up of results and he gave me a thumb drive with most of my results. Some still had to be translated into English and so I had to wait on those. Dr. Alan is very sweet and a good listener. He would visit me for about a minute almost every day in the IV room to check on me and see how I was doing. I do wish that he could have been the one following up with me during the home program. To stay connected would have been great. I did see him one time on my follow-up visit three months after my first visit.
I most anticipated seeing Dr. Leslie for an appointment while at the clinic. After watching a few webinars with her in them, I knew that she could help me in H4C’s BEST (Behavioral Emotional Spiritual Therapy) program. I had two appointments with her during my first visit. My appointments with her were very interesting and she helped me connect the dots on so many things. However, I would caution that she brings up A LOT of things from the past and doesn’t really close the door when the session finishes. Likely you will not get another session with her and so be prepared to try and close some of those open doors emotionally on your own. I do wish I could’ve seen Dr. Leslie about 3-4 more times total during my entire year program. I think we could’ve made some immense progress. She is gifted and loves using homeopathic, Bach flower essences and essential oils. She had a big heart and speaks very good English!
Candelaria was the Nutritionist I met with. Since we are in the same profession, it was interesting to be a patient of a nutritionist and see how she did it. It was VERY thorough and I enjoyed our meeting because we spoke each other’s nutritionist language. I also really loved the reports she shared in regard to what would and wouldn’t serve my body well. I had two meetings with her. One was much longer than the other. I think for a person who is not a nutritionist, they need at least one more appointment with her at the clinic and several more during the home program.
Follow-Up Visits to the Hope 4 Cancer Clinic
The year program in my H4C contract included three visits to the clinic in Cancun. The first was the initial two-week stay and then the second and third follow-up visits could be as long or as short as I wanted. I was told from the beginning that in the follow-up visits, therapies are scheduled on a first come first serve basis. With that I fully expected, since I was a paying patient for the full year, to be scheduled into therapies upon my follow-up visits. I also expected them to already be paid for as a part of the tens of thousands I had already paid as part of the year program.
For my first follow-up visit, I allotted two full days to be at the clinic for appointments and therapies. In hindsight, I do wish that I would have made my stay at least three full days at the clinic. Things would have been much less rushed.
The clinic knew about my arrival at least a month in advance. I also emailed them in advance about the therapies I wanted to get done while there. They said they couldn’t guarantee them.
Since my second visit was also during a Dr. Tony week (I did not plan this), the clinic was extra busy. I barely got an appointment with Dr. Alan. There was not enough turnaround time to get test results while at the clinic which proved to be a nightmare. In my experience, if you don’t get test results there, you have to spend a lot of time “babysitting” and micro-managing trying to get results via email. Then, if you need anyone to interpret the results (like your doctor) that takes even more time and micro-managing.
During this second visit, they chose not to schedule me for ANY therapies except they were able to squeeze me into a hyperthermia session. With all the money I had already paid, the additional travel expenses and accommodation in returning, I was only able to do ONE therapy and one IV while at the clinic.
To be honest, at this follow-up, I felt second.
I was pretty angry.
What they didn’t tell me until I was an established patient was that if you want to come back for a follow-up and actually get treatments, and therapies and put ON the schedule (and not be treated as an afterthought) you have to stay a week and pay ANOTHER $7,500 for the “Enhanced Week” on top of the tens of thousands you already have paid. When you do that, you will be put on the schedule and get all the therapies you need during your follow-up visit. If you don’t pay that, you won’t.
After that visit, I really had a sour taste in my mouth. However, I still wanted to finish out my program and give it another chance to see if I made my visit a little longer the next time and not during a Dr. Tony week (as much as I love it when he’s there) if I would have a better experience.
Unfortunately, my third visit did not happen.
In trying to schedule my last follow-up visit, I received an email from the coordinators saying that they have changed their policy. Mind you – this is midstream of my program and contract.
The changes that were made:
- No shuttle will be provided from the airport to the hotel. Now it would be up to me to coordinate and pay for this.
- They require 3 full days at the clinic (thankfully I wanted to do this anyway)
- The first day at the clinic visit would consist only of labs and ultrasound. Then, if I pay extra for them, I could do therapies. If not, I go back to the hotel.
- If I wanted to do more than 2 therapies (that I would have had to pay extra for), then I would need to pay $1,1948.00 PER DAY for therapies and, as they put it, “I would be granted access to all in house therapies and IVs.”
Honestly, I was livid. It felt like a slap in the face. The program began to feel like it was all about money and profit for H4C. Again, this is how I felt. Others have had better or worse experiences. This part was very disappointing.
I emailed them back after getting these mid-stream changes that were completely different than what I paid for and signed up for and told them that I would not be returning and was very frustrated and disappointed that they did this.
This is the email I received back from them:
After that, I never received any follow-up at all regarding this. In fact, I didn’t even receive a home program call until 6 weeks later. I was supposed to be receiving those every three weeks.
It wasn’t until last week that I received a call from Tara Mann, not initiated by these complaints though. I ended up sharing with her about this and some other things that happened. She listened and I felt like they may make some changes to their systems. However, upon further conversations and emails, I don’t think they will be changing anything about charging more and patients paying more for therapies in their follow-up visits rather than it being included. Furthermore, it doesn’t sound like they will be changing any of the transportation so be prepared if you go. Regardless of what they do, they must communicate better with their patients and not change policies midstream someone’s contract. It is just completely unprofessional and, for a patient, very stressful.
The Home Program at Hope 4 Cancer
Sorry to be blunt but the Home Program for H4C is a joke. It may be a different experience for someone with a cancer diagnosis but for me, it was a complete waste of time, energy and emotion.
One of the reasons I invested so many thousands of dollars at H4C was because I wasn’t just paying for a 2 week time at the clinic. My understanding was that I would be a supported and established patient at the clinic for a year and be able to have follow-up visits that very closely resembled my initial visit with the exception of the length of time being different.
In actuality, the home program is a one to two-minute call from someone in the States every three weeks. You are able to call the people at the home program as well if you need to talk to them in between those three weeks and you can email them too. The calls are NOT from your doctor at the H4C clinic. Rather they are from a “Home Program Support Consultant” or sometimes an interim doctor who really seems to know nothing about your health case, or history. They are really just “middle-men.” I have spoken to Tara Mann who is the Physician Relations Liason regarding all of the issues I had. In regard to this, she said they do have doctors and nurses who call. She also told me that they are considering, for non-cancer patients at H4C, not offering the Home Program because the people who call are not trained for anything other than cancer.
In my opinion, the home program is not effective at all. There is such a disconnect between the people calling you, versus the actual physicians and staff at the clinics. Communication is very poor and there was also a bit of a language barrier. Furthermore, during the clinic visit, the patient has built a rapport with the staff and clinicians at the clinic and to have to communicate with someone you’ve never met, has no idea who you are, and has no rapport with you, drives a wedge in the experience and satisfaction. I never felt like what I said to the caller mattered. It was just as if they were reading from a script no matter what kind of issue I shared with them.
I do understand from an availability/time standpoint, the way everything is designed right now, that the physicians at the clinic aren’t able to continue to meet with each patient via the home program for a year. But maybe the program and workload of the physicians could be redesigned so they were available?
I had to have the home program people call a different number about two months into my home program because I was having phone issues and it wasn’t until 3 months later that they actually would call me on that number. One person didn’t relay the message to another and then to another to finally call me on the right number. It was super frustrating.
To me, it seems like there are too many hands in the pot (so to speak) to achieve a successful home program the way it is right now.
Additionally, there were many times I had questions that I emailed and did not hear back until I emailed several more times. Similarly, when asking a question to the person on the phone, they would say they were going to get back to me with the answer and I ended up having to email several times to follow up to actually get the answer. Sometimes I would get emails back but they wouldn’t answer the question or solve the problem.
Because my case is not life or death, I tolerated this but I have to say, if I was a cancer patient and this happened to me, I would have been beyond angry. Sometimes cancer patients don’t have the luxury of time.
All in all, I really feel like I paid multiple thousands of dollars just for a two-week stay at the clinic because the home program added zero value. All it added was frustration. I wish I had something different to report.
My Favorite Things About H4C
Well, let’s transition to something a little more uplifting for a moment. There were definitely things I loved about the Hope 4 Cancer Clinic in Cancun so I want to share those with you.
First, if you haven’t guessed already, I absolutely loved the food. It was such a beautiful thing to get the privilege of being at a clinic for healing where I did not have to think about what I was going to eat. I didn’t have to check ingredients or see if something was gluten-free. I didn’t have to ask 8 million questions about food quality or bad fats. There was so much peace knowing that the food would all be super nutrient-dense as well as healing for my cells and organs. Literally, everything I had there was delicious, vibrant and full of color. It also helped inspire me in new ways to prepare food and eat at home.
Obviously, the location was top-notch. I had never been to Cancun before and thankfully, on our first visit there the beaches were glorious. The weather was perfect and grounding in the sand and water after a day at the clinic was perfection. The hotel staff was accommodating and I loved my shuttle driver, Alex, who would pick us up each day to go to the clinic.
My follow-up visit was not as great because they had just had a hurricane come through prior to my arrival and ALL of the beaches at the hotel were covered with massive amounts of stinking rotting seaweed called Sargassum. Where I was staying, the ocean was unswimmable and reeked to high heaven even for walking on the beach.
Since I got the privilege of being at the Cancun clinic for two Dr. Tony weeks, I was able to meet him and hear him speak for several hours at a time. Each time the clinic chefs also made delicious desserts to be enjoyed after he spoke. Dr. Tony is a gem. He is super knowledgeable, loves the Lord and is very transparent. He is like talking to a very caring friend – who is also very smart.
Though I have several areas of critique of my H4C clinic experience, I know that what he has created in helping cancer patients has been a literal Godsend to many. I also know as they have grown so rapidly, it has been hard to keep up with finding and hiring the necessary people. So, even though I have all the critique I do, I have the utmost respect for Dr. Tony and the holistic wellness space he has created for cancer patients.
After Dr. Tony would speak, he would answer hours of questions. I honestly, felt like he would’ve stayed longer to keep answering but he needed to let the staff go home. He truly loves people and you can see that through what he does and feel that through his “bedside manner.”
I also really enjoyed my BEST sessions with Dr. Leslie and Evan Hughes. H4C’s BEST program is one of the things that brought me to H4C because healing (even the immune system) isn’t always just about diet and supplements. There is always an emotional/behavioral component and I loved diving into this. Not only was it helpful personally, but it has helped me serve my own clients better in Wellspring™ and my practice.
Some of my nurses were very caring and very compassionate people. I enjoyed talking to the ones I was able and got to know them after two weeks.
I loved the “one-stop shop” feeling of a clinic like this. Being able to go and immerse yourself in a healing experience all day 6 days a week for weeks on end can truly provide a reset to the body. Also, being able to get labs and all testing done in house without the need to go to several different doctors or locations is hugely beneficial. I wish there were more places that did everything in house in the States.
I loved that when you are finished with your initial week’s visit, they celebrate your graduation by giving you a fresh coconut!
My Least Favorite Things About Hope 4 Cancer
The first day. Though there is some excitement, it is very overwhelming and painful. There was so much information. It was surprising to me that I felt this way because I have been in the holistic healing space for almost a decade. I think the pain from misguided IV needles exacerbated that feeling. They also had me fast from food AND water and so I was so dehydrated they could not find my veins easily. *I would not fast from water again – especially after traveling. It was not good in so many ways.
Sometimes I didn’t eat for many hours after arriving at the clinic each morning because of miscommunications about labs. For several days I felt lightheaded and had low blood sugar.
Thankfully many of the therapies I had already done in the states because lack of communication from the nurses would’ve caused overwhelm and physical pain if I didn’t know what I was doing. For instance, several people who were patients at the same time I was, got bleeding eardrums from the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber because the nurses did not communicate that you must pop your ears (by continually trying to yawn) and they do not optimize coming up to pressure in the chamber slowly for each patient. Everyone gets the same time for coming up to pressure. This can cause major pressure on the eardrums potentially causing bleeding. Since I had done the HBOT many times, I knew that if you lie on your stomach while the chamber comes up to pressure you have a better chance of equalizing pressure quicker and safer. For that reason, I never had any issues. Sadly, other people did and they experienced a lot of pain because of it.
Similarly, I had already done coffee enemas for years so I knew what to do when given the bucket with coffee. There was no explanation though so for someone who had never done them, I would imagine that would be a little intimidating.
I did not like how some room doors opened to the very busy hallway and nurses could just pop in or out WHILE YOU’RE DOING YOUR ENEMA which would be really embarrassing for the patients and others walking by. Eventually, I just locked the doors for privacy which I wasn’t sure was ok but I did it anyway.
One time I was doing red light therapy and getting a much-needed nap. Since the red light had to be on my thyroid and my abdomen, I had to have my robe fully open. Well, I was in one of those hallway rooms again. I thought no one would come in but right in the middle of my session (and nap) a nurse barged in saying, “Hurry, get up, we have to go!” It was so abrupt, embarrassing and stressful. Again, this is a relaxing session and I got a complete adrenaline rush due to this. I thought something was wrong. Turns out, they missed something in my schedule and had to rush me to my next therapy, cutting that therapy short. Ugh.
I chose to take a specific medication that Dr. Alan wanted me to have via IV at the clinic and injection at home. H4C was supposed to send me home with this medication, but again, due to lack of communication, I was not able to receive the medication to take home. One person said they had it in the pharmacy there and another would say different. This happened over the course of several days and the right hand wasn’t talking to the left hand so I was sent home the first time without a medication that was part of my treatment plan and I had paid for. The home program told me I needed to locate that medication in the states and get it myself. I was never able to do that for the three months before my follow-up visit and so I went without it.
During my follow-up visit, I almost had the same fiasco happen when trying to get it again but this time I put my foot down because I was starting to get really frustrated. Finally, two hours before my flight was going to leave, they found the medication and had me pack it in my bags. The problem was that they gave me 10ML syringes with a small gauge needle (which is really thick). The nurses, in their rushing, told me to inject the entire 10ml intramuscularly! This didn’t seem right and I had A TON of other questions that weren’t answered before I left this follow-up visit in Cancun, so I requested a call from Dr. Alan to me in the states to get those questions answered.
He did eventually call and told me only to inject 5ml intramuscularly. After I purchased all new syringes because the ones they sent me home with would not work for me – the needles were huge, I injected the 5ml several times. My leg muscles did not like it and my skin swelled up because of injecting so much fluid. Come to find out from my nurse here in the States, you’re only ever supposed to inject up to 3ml intramuscularly. And to think, they wanted me to initially inject 10ml! In the end, I ended up paying my naturopath weekly to put the rest of the medication into IVs and I went to get these IVs every week. The whole situation by the H4C doctors and nurses was not well thought through and was actually very dangerous.
Getting various supplements (not well known) and medications in the States is not something I would do again. Instead, I would insist on getting them at H4C before I left or we would take them out of my program.
During a hyperthermia session, when my body got to 106 degrees, I should’ve been drinking electrolytes throughout the entire session. I didn’t know this because it was not communicated to me. My heart was racing dangerously fast. Thankfully, when I was finished they gave me an electrolyte drink and my heart rate came back down. In subsequent hyperthermia sessions, I always was sure to drink electrolytes throughout the entire session and not wait until the end.
What Needs Improvement at Hope 4 Cancer
- Nurses especially need to speak better English and be able to communicate clearly what they are doing, why and what the patient needs to do. Some of the doctors needed better English speaking skills as well. In some instances, there were language barriers.
- H4C either needs to stop taking on new patients or they need to expand their clinic and hire more nurses and doctors who are qualified. In my experience, they were all spread WAY too thin which caused miscommunication, rushed procedures, skipped therapies, and they all seemed very stressed out.
- More and better training in drawing blood and giving IVs. There were some nurses who did ok. One who was excellent but many that needed better training. Digging around in someone’s arm with a needle to find a vein is never fun and felt like borderline torture to me.
- H4C could use some major systems/organizational updates to mitigate bottlenecks and frustrations. Because people are so spread thin at this clinic, it causes disorganization and scheduling issues.
- The communication at H4C was not great at all. In my opinion, it is because there are too many coordinator-type people who don’t seem to communicate well with each other. It could also be a problem in communicating internationally in some instances. The only time I really 100% felt like I was communicated well with was my initial patient counselor before I became a patient. However, it felt very discombobulated once she was done with me and I was introduced to the next people in the process.
- People need more than one meeting with the nutritionist. Because I am already experienced, this was not an issue for me because I already know how to navigate diet and supplements easily. However, for people that didn’t, they got really overwhelmed. I would hear conversations of them commiserating about not knowing what they were going to do when they got home in regard to food. H4C needs a specific follow-up nutrition program where a nutritionist calls them multiple times during the home program so that they can stay on track with eating, make tweaks as necessary and ask any questions (they will have many!)
- The Home Program – see my entire Home Program section about this. The whole thing needs to be revamped, in my opinion.
- Follow Up Visits – you can see my section on Follow Up Visits to learn more about why this needs improvement. I have suggested to Tara Mann that they create a policy where if someone is under a certain program and contract for a year, they do not change any part of that midstream. I have suggested that they save those changes for when the year is over and the patient chooses to continue or not. That would be the best time to make and changes to policies, terms, etc. I also think it’s super important that EVERYTHING about the follow-up visits are included in the initial tens of thousands of dollars that are invested in going to H4C.
Worth It? Cost? Do I Recommend Hope 4 Cancer?
Before I finish out this ultra-long review and give you my final thoughts. I wanted to reiterate that what Dr. Tony has done in regard to research and holistic healing when it comes to cancer has been critical in changing the conversation and treatments regarding deep cellular healing from cancer and conquering the circulating tumor cells.
For me personally, when I learned of his work so many years ago, it gave me an understanding that there is more you can do to remit cancer than just the conventional way. I know he has a heart of gold, loves the Lord and with some improvements to what has become of H4C, it can be better than ever. The 7 key principles are important for anyone, with or without cancer, to follow to live a high-quality, healthy life. I am thankful for what Dr. Tony has brought to the healing space. I have shared his book with so many people in the past year and it has been a great resource to me.
Worth It? Cost?
Almost the entire cost (outside of travel expenses) was shared by the health care sharing ministry I belong to. For that, I am beyond grateful. However, if that was not the case, I would’ve been terribly disappointed to have used our entire savings and an inheritance and much, much more to be able to afford this program, with the experience and outcome I had. My initial visit and follow-up visit set me back close to 40k which is less than a cancer patient there pays. And, as you know, I did not pay the extra $7,500 for the “Enhanced Week” follow-ups. With that being said, my sharing this number with you does not mean that is exactly what yours will cost. The price varies due to many variables. In order to find out what it would cost you, you would need to schedule a free consult with them.
My Health Outcome
Quickly, regarding my outcome. I did experience some healing and benefits from going to H4C. I worked through a lot of emotional/behavioral stuff, and, due to what I was doing at H4C and on my own at home (many, many detox therapies and through my own supplementation and research) I was able to get rid of several of the infections. My thyroid antibodies did go into negative range, thankfully! I have been working utilizing my own protocols (Candida and Mold) for the few remaining infections. Overall, I also experienced a tremendous mindset shift in regard to healing and that has positively affected me. I know this was partly due to the BEST program as well as some of the patients I met at H4C along with continuing to pursue and draw closer to The Lord every day. Lastly, I met some truly beautiful humans during my time at H4C and after. Some will be lifelong friends. Some I will see in heaven someday.
Would I Recommend H4C?
When it comes to infections or going to H4C for autoimmunity, I really can’t say I would recommend someone else to go there. They are really set up more for cancer. With that being said, if you do go there for cancer be VERY sure that you have done your own research into what type of cancer you have and what can help it remit or make it worse. That way you can be very confident in going into H4C about what you should and should not be doing in regard to getting rid of your cancer. I really cannot say for sure if I would go there with a cancer diagnosis. Hopefully, I am never faced with that decision but it might be yes and it might be no. I think it would depend on the type of cancer I had. I can confidently say that I would absolutely continue to implement the 7 key principles if I got diagnosed with cancer though.
Interestingly, with the people I met and know who are H4C patients (very anecdotal, I know), the people who have had the best outcomes (ie. NED) started with holistic cancer treatments, then did some conventional if necessary and continued to do the holistic treatments all the way through. Those that I have met who did only conventional for years before holistic did not make it. Of course, these are only people I have met, and that doesn’t mean that is absolutely the case with everyone who does conventional modalities before holistic. It’s just my observation.
If you do want a clinic like this for autoimmunity, my naturopath has been to one in Mexico that specializes in it and she highly recommends it. If you email me, I will share it with you. I personally cannot vouch for it though because I have never been there.
If you have read this far – you definitely wanted to learn all the details! Great job! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and again, please remember, this is my journey and experience. Everybody’s experience is different and I highly recommend talking to others who have gone to H4C if you want more perspectives. I can plug you in with several people if you’d like. They all have different opinions and experiences.