Holistic Dental and Medical in Tijuana
My days begin imagining that I’ll be sitting down to the enjoyment of the continuing story of “Bathing with the Natives” starting with Iceland. Actuality, my visits to Bath, England over the years is where I germinated the idea about “Wellness Along the Roman Trail”. Last year’s visit to Tenby, England, a charming, up-scale, coastal retirement village now; isn’t much like the healing mecca it once was for well heeled Victorians.
Over the next few weeks, I promise to be at work, updating all of my “traveling for wellness” tales here, as I continue to update www.BoomerBroadsAbroad.com with Wellness, and Healthful Trip offerings to unique places all over the world.
Today I met a self-imposed deadline, actually mandated by Las Vegas’ International Spa Expo, which takes place in mid-October. Amazing how deadlines and lining up the next trip usually works. Coverage of my June, Medical Tourism Convention in Turkey is almost finished, and I think I’ve got a pretty good video of an “old geyser” in Iceland, as well as charming photos of Tenby, Windsor, and the the Penzance coast in Wales. Deadlines? I love deadlines – as long as there aren’t too many happening simultaneously.
I recently came across an internet dental saga that prompted me to post today about the subject of dentistry: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/dollars-and-dentists/
A few days ago, I returned from Tijuana with four “friends-of-friends” who accompanied me to my Holistic: www.AmericanBioDental.com A major bonus is that they now have in-house labs for dental and blood work. We all had our teeth cleaned and dental x-rays taken.
American Bio has broken through the wall. They’ve added a Holistic Medical Side, where we talked with Functional Medicine doctor and Plastic Surgeon, Raziel Custodio, about anti-aging therapies. Instead of a “Vampire Face-lift” I planned, using my own blood, I walked out with my first Botox treatment. We all purchased Mexican products at local pharmacies and filled prescriptions over the counter. Happy to report during the last few years I’ve been away, things have just gotten better at the Grand Hotel Mall and Tijuana.
American Bio Dental is a one-stop-shop, so you can expect to get everything done for your health in one day. If you live in So. Cal, this corner of Mexico is worth the two hour drive. Schedule a morning hormone/estrogen test. It takes about four hours to complete this one, so if you want results the same day, make sure you arrive early in the day – before you get those awful mercury fillings replaced on the dental side
Even the Mexicans here in California tell me that Tijuana has gotten a lot better and safer. I’ve never felt threatened, but over two and a half million people live in Tj today. My visits are a quick, in-and-out. American Bio Dental has an agreement with the Grand Hotel; $85. tax included. Why stay anywhere else? The Grand’s got a golf course, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, tennis court and a couple of restaurants. There is a nice steak house across the street, as well as local restaurants and American chains, like Subway, Carl’s Jr and Mc’D.
On the other hand, the San Diego Coast has so much to offer: Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido, are great places to rest and explore: www.sandiego.org
San Diego’s got a famous Zoo, Sea World and the Gaslight district. The giant American Outlet Mall, in San Ysidro, near the border is a shoppers dream, where your companion(s) can spend the day or you can meet up for dinner before your return.
HEADS UP! –
1. A Passport is necessary to get back into the U.S. – but not into Mexico.
2. American $$ is accepted in Tj, but change is in Pesos, so bring small bills.
3. Before you leave, it is mandatory that you notify your credit card company that you will be using the card in Mexico on certain dates !- if that’s your plan.
4. Your phone and data plan do not work in TJ, so if it’s important that you keep in touch, get an international plan, or wait till you are back in San Diego.
5. I strongly suggest you park on the American side of the border for $6.00 a day. If you are planning an overnight, pay in advance, or they will tow you away.
6. You can drive to Tijuana and park in the Grand Hotel, but if you do, BUY INSURANCE. Mexican legalities are complicated and without Mexican insurance, you lose.