From Stage 3 to Complete Remission? Barbara W. Tells Her CHIPSA Story

After losing all of her grandparents, both of her parents, and her husband to cancer, Barbara W. got the unimaginable news herself. She had colorectal cancer, and it was stage 3C. 

She had been having some odd symptoms for a while and eventually got her doctor to order some tests. In December of 2017, a colonoscopy revealed a 5cm tumor along with 4cm inflamed lymph nodes in her groin. Her doctor immediately wanted to send her for radiation treatments, but Barbara had other plans in mind.

Having researched natural methods for many years, Barbara knew exactly how she wanted to treat her cancer. 

“I had looked into the Gerson protocol and had already decided that if something ever happened to me, I would take that route,” she said. “A lot of my family members died because of treatments rather than cancer. I said it would stop here.” 

Barbara learned about CHIPSA Hospital on Facebook, and when she saw that they were the original Gerson Hospital, she quickly gave them a call. 

“I had a peace about CHIPSA. I decided to go for it. I didn’t have a lot of time to really research it since I was stage 3c. I wanted to get on board and I just came with complete confidence that this was the place I should be.”

So Barbara took her daughter Nicole and traveled from Atlanta, GA to Tijuana to begin her treatments. 

When we arrived at CHIPSA, we were welcomed with open arms. Staff was waiting at the doors to take our bags up to our room. You could feel the warmth, love and concern. The intake coordinators, the nurses, the doctors — even the housekeepers — have a heart for what they do. They really care for the patients here. It’s a warm, healing, vibrant atmosphere.

What did Barbara’s 3-week stay at CHIPSA entail?

Of course, Barbara began the Gerson regimen she had researched so much. In fact, the Gerson Therapy is the foundational part of each patient’s treatment at CHIPSA. 

What is Gerson therapy?

gerson chipsaGerson Therapy is a diet-based immunological detoxification and nutrition protocol. It works to stimulate tissue repair and normal growth through the input of more fresh, raw vegetable materials than any other nutritional intervention. Fresh juice, raw fruits, and vegetables are the source materials of almost all micronutrients in their pristine organic composition.


The diet includes raw and cooked foods in three vegan meals a day, as well as the intravenous inclusion of vitamin drips. Barbara also drank anywhere from 12-15 raw juices a day, prepared exclusively from organic fruits and vegetables. These fruits and vegetables are harvested for their enormous quantities of phytochemicals that are thought to promote healing and “supercharge” the immune system.

Along with the Gerson regimen, Barbara did several other therapies at CHIPSA.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Barbara used the hyperbaric oxygen chamber to accelerate her healing process. Using 100% pure oxygen in a high pressure atmosphere (HBOT) has been shown to increase the rate at which the body can heal. The hyperbaric chamber has pure oxygen administered at pressures 1.5 – 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure with treatment times ranging from 30-90 minutes.

When a patient receives oxygen this way, their blood can absorb up to 20 times more and transfer it to injured organs and tissues. This speeds up healing and recovery time. Essentially, cancer cells have a non-oxygen metabolism and use sugar as a preferred source of fuel. By flooding the patient’s blood with oxygen, doctors are able to create a safe and non-toxic method for killing cancer cells in addition to all of the other benefits that come with oxygen therapy.

 IV Apatone Therapy

NSCLCBarbara also received IV infusions of our Apatone therapy. Apatone is a combination of intravenous vitamin C and K3 in 100:1 ratio. The powerful combination can cause a form of cancer cell death called autoschizis. Studies have shown vitamin C to be cytotoxic against malignant melanoma cells, human leukemia cells, neuroblastoma cells, tumor ascites cells, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and epidermoid carcinoma. Similarly, K3 is cytotoxic against tumors of breast, stomach, lung, colon, nasopharyngeal, cervix, liver, leukemia, and lymphoma cell lines. 

But Barbara’s time at CHIPSA wasn’t just about physical treatments. She also spent time healing her mind and spirit. 

One of my favorite parts about being at CHIPSA was seeing everyone’s signatures and sayings on the walls. No matter what background, religion or country they come from, everyone posts what it means for them to be here. It’s wonderful to walk around the clinic and see all the positive hope, peace, prayers, and vibes.”

When Barbara returned home, she continued the hard work she started at CHIPSA.

Going home was overwhelming,” she said. “But I kept at it. Within a month, I was feeling better than ever. Doing the juices and the food was hard, but it’s doable. I did the best that I could. You come to CHIPSA, and it’s a bootcamp. You learn how to do everything, but then you have to go home and apply it.”

Once she returned home, Barbara had a follow-up scan with her oncologist. The scan showed that her tumors were beginning to shrink. So Barbara just continued on with the protocol, and everytime she went back for a scan, it showed that her tumor was shrinking. 

After about 8 months of treatment, Barbara was in remission.

Barbara is about a year and a half into the protocol and she still follows it faithfully. 

“I’ve embraced the protocol. I figure, for the first half of my life, I lived to eat. And now for the second half of my life, I’m eating to live.

It’s been about a year since Barbara went into remission.

She just recently had clean scans and a clean scope. Her tumor markers are also down where they’re supposed to be. The best part is that she’s never felt better than she does now. She even lost 80 pounds throughout her whole journey.

I feel so good and healthy and full of energy. I wouldn’t ever want to go back to the past. Everything has changed. It’s a new life. It’s a new outlook on life. I’ve heard a lot of people say that cancer has been a gift to them. Finally, after a year and a half, I have come to understand and embrace that.”

To anyone who has a cancer diagnosis and is considering CHIPSA, Barbara has some advice to share.

Come to CHIPSA,” she said. “You will not have any regrets. Don’t worry so much about whether you picked the right place. You’re here for a reason. Embrace it 100% and give it your all. You will not be disappointed. Follow the protocol when you go home.”

Barbara left CHIPSA with a healthier body, of course, but she also left with an uplifted spirit. 

The new knowledge that I gained at CHIPSA is empowering. It has given me a renewed faith in what my mind and body can do.

And best of all, Barbara got to heal while she watched the sunset over the Pacific every evening. “There’s no better place to heal.”