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A Natural Treatment

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements. With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and, most famously, cancer.

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The Gerson Therapy‘s all-encompassing nature sets it apart from most other treatment methods. The Gerson Therapy effectively treats a wide range of different ailments because it restores the body’s incredible ability to heal itself. Rather than treating only the symptoms of a particular disease, the Gerson Therapy treats the causes of most degenerative diseases: toxicity and nutritional deficiency.

An abundance of nutrients from copious amounts of fresh, organic juices are consumed every day, providing your body with a super-dose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. These substances then break down diseased tissue in the body, while coffee enemas aid in eliminating toxins from the liver.

Throughout our lives our bodies are being filled with a variety of carcinogens and toxic pollutants. These toxins reach us through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medicines we take and the water we drink. The Gerson Therapy’s intensive detoxification regimen eliminates these toxins from the body, so that true healing can begin.

How the Gerson Therapy Works

The Gerson Therapy regenerates the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from about 15- 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, up to one glass every hour, up to 13 times per day. Raw and cooked solid foods are generously consumed. Oxygenation is usually more than doubled, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of thyroid, potassium and other supplements, and by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins.

Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney failure. The Gerson Therapy uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system and restore the body’s essential defenses – enzyme, mineral and hormone systems. With generous, high-quality nutrition, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells – and the body – can regenerate, become healthy and prevent future illness.

Juicing

Fresh pressed juice from raw foods provides the easiest and most effective way of providing high quality nutrition. By juicing, patients can take in the nutrients and enzymes from nearly 15 pounds of produce every day, in a manner that is easy to digest and absorb.

Every day, a typical patient on the Gerson Therapy for cancer consumes up to thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices. These juices are prepared hourly from fresh, raw, organic fruits and vegetables, using a two-step juicer or a masticating juicer used with a separate hydraulic press.

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The Gerson Diet

The Gerson diet is entirely organic and vegetarian. The diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins. The following is a typical daily diet for a Gerson patient on the full therapy regimen:

  • Thirteen glasses of fresh, raw carrot/apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Three full vegetarian meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A typical meal will include salad, cooked vegetables, baked potatoes, Hippocrates soup and juice.
  • Fresh fruit and fresh fruit available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.

To learn more about the Gerson diet, follow the link below to read about which foods are permitted and prohibited on the Gerson Therapy:

Foods for the Gerson Diet (PDF)

Supplements

All medications used in connection with the Gerson Therapy are classed as biologicals, materials of organic origin that are supplied in therapeutic amounts.

  • Potassium compound
  • Lugol’s solution
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Thyroid hormone
  • Pancreatic Enzymes

Detoxification

Coffee enemas are the primary method of detoxification of the tissues and blood on the Gerson Therapy. Cancer patients on the Gerson Therapy may take up to 5 coffee enemas per day. Charlotte Gerson explains the necessity of coffee enemas in Healing the Gerson Way:

“The moment a patient is put on the full therapy, the combined effect of the food, the juices and the medication causes the immune system to attack and kill tumor tissue, besides working to flush out accumulated toxins from the body tissues. This great clearing-out procedure carries the risk of overburdening and poisoning the liver—the all-important organ of detoxification, which, in a cancer patient, is bound to be already damaged and debilitated.”

Coffee enemas accomplish this essential task, assisting the liver in eliminating toxic residues from the body for good. The Gerson Therapy also utilizes castor oil to stimulate bile flow and enhance the liver’s ability to filter blood.

How Coffee Enemas Work (PDF) 

Is the Gerson Therapy Right For You?

No treatment works for everyone, every time. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not giving you the facts. We know that when you have been diagnosed with a life-threatening ailment, choosing the best strategy for fighting your illness can be a bewildering task. Everyone claims to have either “the best treatment”, “the fastest cure”, or “the only therapy that works.” In most cases your trusted family physician only has knowledge of conventional treatments, and is either unaware of, or even hostile toward alternative options.

No matter how many opinions you receive on how to treat your disease, you are going to make the final decision on what to do, and you must be comfortable with your decision. Choose a treatment that makes the most sense to you.

Most therapies–conventional or alternative–treat only the individual symptoms while ignoring what is ultimately causing the disease. The reason the Gerson Therapy is effective with so many different ailments is because it restores the body’s incredible ability to heal itself. Rather than treating only the symptoms of a particular disease, the Gerson Therapy treats the cause of the disease itself. Although we feel the Gerson Therapy is the most comprehensive treatment for disease, we don’t claim it will cure everything or everyone.

Caution: Do not start the Gerson Therapy if any of the following conditions apply without referring to Charlotte Gerson’s book, Healing the Gerson Way, or without the supervision of a Gerson doctor:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Diabetes
  • Brain metastases
  • Severe kidney damage and/or if the patient has ever been on dialysis
  • Foreign bodies such as pacemakers, breast implants, steel plates or screws

Patients must be able to eat, drink and eliminate normally. The Gerson Therapy cannot be administered to organ transplant recipients.

IMPORTANT!  PLEASE READ THE NEXT 3 PARAGRAPHS BELOW REGARDING INDICATIONS AND CONTRAINDICATIONS TO THE GERSON THERAPY:

The chronic diseases that RESPOND WELL to the Gerson Therapy include:  Cancer, heart disease, resistant high blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), arhtritis (including RA), scleroderma, asthma, depression, Chrohn’s disease, migraines, morbid obesity, osteoporosis, and fibromyalgia.

The following diseases that DO NOT RESPOND to the Gerson Therapy include:  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Alzheimer’s Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease (especially when dialysis has been started), emphysema, muscular dystrophy, and melanoma that has metastasized to the brain.  Also included in the list of diseases that do not respond to the Gerson Therapy are:  patients on dialysis, organ transplants, and pancreatic cancer if already pre-treated with chemotherapy.

Note:  Individuals that are currently on long-term prednisone (steroid) therapy will have difficulty responding to the Gerson Therapy.

The program is very work intensive and follows a strict individualized protocol based on the client’s profile created from analysis of the medical history, comprehensive medical questionnaire form, laboratory and imaging results, physical examination findings, and personal interview.

Realistic Expectations from the Gerson Therapy

The Gerson Therapy is an all-encompassing nutritional metabolic therapy that addresses all chronic degenerative diseases regardless of diagnosis with exceptions as discussed above.  It is important to remember that as in any healthcare (conventional or alternative) expectations, there is no guarantee that the Gerson Therapy will reverse ALL forms of chronic disease processes.  The body is ultimately responsible in healing itself.

There are many variables and factors involved in any successful recovery from chronc diseases such as cancer:  age, family tree history, occupational or environmental exposure to toxic chemicals, dietary and lifestyle habits, inherited traits or genetic weak links, pre-morbid or pre-existing conditions, stage of cancer, type of cancer, location of cancer, duration of cancer, recurrence of cancer, pre-treatment with conventional medicine (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery), mental and emotional and spiritual health of the client.

Successful recovery is a case by case basis.  Some cases are too advanced  in the disease processes and the client is too weakened and incapable of responding to the therapy.  It is the responsibility of the Certified Gerson Practitioner to screen good candidates to the Gerson Therapy.  Ultimately no one really knows who will improve or who will not improve from the Gerson Therapy.  What the Gerson Therapy can truly offer is a better quality of life with the opportunity to heal the body the way it is intended to heal.

A network list of Gerson Therapy clients who have successfully recovered from all kinds of chronic disease is available upon request.  If you are interested in networking, please contact the Gerson Institute at 1-888-443-7766 U.S. and Canada or 1-800-838-2256 U.S. only.