The Gerson Therapy
by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker, DPM (2001) ISBN 1-57566-628-6
Nutritional Cancer Therapy of Max Gerson, M.D.
It has been said that more people live off cancer than
die from it. The Gerson Therapy is a book that can put
a stop to this travesty. Here is a very practical,
highly detailed guide to the intensive nutritional
treatment of cancer and other life-threatening
diseases that many would consider to have been
impossible to obtain. But thanks to the work of Max
Gerson, M.D., and his daughter, author Charlotte
Gerson, this knowledge is readily available for all
who need it.
Max Gerson cured cancer. He did so with a strict
fat-free, salt-free, low-protein, essentially
vegetarian dietary regimen, based on great quantities
of fresh vegetable juice, supplements, and systemic
detoxification. Ms. Gerson explains:
"Dr. Gerson found that the underlying problems of all
cancer patients are toxicity and deficiency. He had to
overcome both these difficulties. He found that one of
the important features of his therapy had to be the
hourly administration of fresh vegetable juices. These
supply ample nutrients, as well as fluids to help
flush out the kidneys. When the high levels of
nutrients re-enter tissues, toxins accumulated over
many years are forced into the blood stream. The
toxins are then filtered out by the liver. The liver
is easily overburdened by the continuous release of
toxins and is unable to release the load. Dr. Gerson
found that he could provide help to the liver by the
caffeine in coffee, absorbed from the colon via the
hemorrhoidal vein, which carries the caffeine to the
portal system and then to the liver. The caffeine
stimulates the liver/bile ducts to open, releasing the
poisons into the intestinal tract for excretion."
The Gerson Therapy book consists of nearly 400 pages
of treatment specifics, instruction, hints, cautions,
recipes, case histories, and references, all held
together with an authority that only experience can
bring. Some of the blunt, uncompromising statements
Ms. Gerson makes are certain to get up the medical
profession's collective nose. Too bad for them, for
she is right. Charlotte Gerson's entire life has been
immersed in healing people, first learning while
assisting her father, and later teaching his method to
the world. Co-author Dr. Morton Walker is one of my
favorite medical writers, and putting these two
talents together in The Gerson Therapy was a master
I personally have seen what the Gerson program can do
for a terminally ill cancer patient. I have been
called upon to help in a couple of high-profile but
last minute cases. One patient was a well-known
sports figure. He was given some months to live and
was not happy about it, as he was still in his 50's.
He asked what his best shot would be for inoperable,
untreatable metastasized cancer. I told him: the
Gerson therapy. He did it, not in its entirety, but
with enthusiasm. And, he lived considerably longer
that he was expected to. But what really impressed me
was the dramatic improvement in his energy level.
>From fatigue and weakness, he went instantly to a
vibrant life, commencing from the very week he started
the program. He maintained a more-than-full schedule
for so long that even people who knew he was sick
forgot that he was sick.
Years later, people that never knew of my involvement
in the matter would bring up his name, invariably
recalling how active he was and how good he looked
until, almost as a surprise, he died.
I saw a similar level of success with a prominent New
York businessman, the owner of a chain of stores and
afflicted with untreatable liver cancer. He began to
do much, but by no means all, of the Gerson program,
and was subsequently able to extensively travel the
world with his family. He lived years longer than
expected, with a high quality of life confirmed by all
who saw him.
Looking only at these two patients, wanton critics of
Gerson's method might think that, without complete and
unequivocal cure, there is little to crow about. Such
a view is unproductive, for neither of these patients
followed the Gerson program completely. It is a tough
sell, even to a person with a terminal diagnosis.
Why is this?
Ignorance and arrogance make a bad combination, and
"modern" medicine has been guilty of both for decades.
Political physicians did not heed Dr. Gerson. In
fact, they publicly condemned him. The news media have
been their willing accomplices. The misinformation
they spew to this day is fraught with fabricated
frights of natural therapies, while in the same breath
they spew forth the wonders of pharmaceutical drugs.
When is the last time you saw a favorable mention of
the Gerson program in the newspaper or on TV? Since
pharmacological doctors have no sure-fire cure for
cancer (an understatement if there ever was one), they
might at least back a winning horse. The Gerson
approach has been shown, for over six decades, to
significantly improve both quality of life and length
of life in the sickest, the most hopeless, of cancer
patients. Many people have been completely cured on
the Gerson therapy.
And the directions are in this book, which costs $17.
I am especially pleased with the open-minded spirit of
cooperation which I detect in reading The Gerson
Therapy. The authors' awareness of the realities of
individual patient needs is well demonstrated with the
inclusion of chapter sections discussing unavoidable
modifications of the program. Instructions for home
self-care, for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and
for the treatment of very advanced cases, are all
provided. Chapter 17, discussing treatment of
illnesses other than cancer, needs to be greatly
expanded. Ms. Gerson informs me that she is currently
"preparing a booklet for each disease (including,
among others) asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus,
diabetes, drug addiction, Crohn's disease, and
fibromyalgia. They will start with a general
description of the disease, then have a basic outline
of how the Gerson therapy deals with it, then the
specific description of the Therapy, followed by some
dozen of recovered cases... I think each booklet will
contain some 30-40 pages." I am looking forward to
their early publication. (Update, April 2002:
Individual booklets about cancer of the breast,
ovaries, liver/pancreas/colon, lymphoma and melanoma
are now available for purchase from Charlotte Gerson,
355 Greenwood Place, Bonita, CA 91902. Email
The present book contains explicit instructions for
the administration of the Therapy's controversial but
nonetheless crucial liver-detoxifying coffee enemas.
(Yes, at body temperature.) The use of castor oil, a
thorough listing of which foods to eat (and not eat),
how to juice, psychological aspects of therapy, and
generally favorable mentions of megadose vitamin C
supplementation are also presented. The concise
chapter (Chapter 6) on melanoma is extraordinary,
easily the best I have read anywhere.
Dosage and rationale for the supplements Dr. Gerson
prescribed is the focus of Chapter 11. Potassium,
iodine, digestive enzymes, niacin and (by
prescription) thyroid, liver extract and vitamin B-12
injections are all covered. Both this chapter, and the
"Resources" section of the Appendix, are free of any
attempt to market such products, a feature I wish to
highlight for special praise.
I liked the inclusion of references at the end of each
chapter, and the thoroughness of devoting a chapter to
appropriate laboratory tests. And everyone will enjoy
reading the success stories in Chapter 21.
In the next edition of The Gerson Therapy, I would
like to see detailed charts that summarize exactly
what a "Gerson Person" needs to do each day. I recall
how helpful such charts were in this book's
predecessor, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases.
My experience in working with very sick patients and
their families is that they are easily overwhelmed
with instruction, no matter how vital that instruction
may be. Easy-to-read personal itineraries are
virtually essential to ensure intelligent compliance
with a complex nutritional program. To some extent,
this need is met by way of a helpful Summary in the
Appendix. However, such information can be presented
in greater detail and in a more user-friendly manner,
by employing graphics to full advantage.
Some years ago I watched a video tape of a Gerson
patients' "reunion." On stage were people from all
walks of life, and most were advanced in age. One
after the other they spoke of the cancer they were
diagnosed with three, ten, or twenty years ago. All
were recovered. Dr. Gerson was the reason. You
cannot watch such an event and fail to be moved.
A special benefit of The Gerson Therapy is that it is
not specifically a cancer treatment. Dr. Gerson saw it
as a metabolic treatment, one that cleanses the human
organism while strengthening the body's ability to
heal itself. Not surprisingly, therefore, the Gerson
therapy is effective against all manner of diseases,
some 50 of which are listed on page 21.
I am even more interested in the preventive aspects of
the Gerson diet. As I write this, I have a cool quart
and a half of carrot juice in my tummy. I do not
particularly enjoy carrot juice, but I do want to
prevent illness. Only time will tell for me
personally, but I am going to take a Pascal-like
viewpoint: there is no down side to juiced vegetables.
Well, maybe one: some people don't wish to change
their diet and lifestyle. Jack Benny, when asked "Your
money or your life" made radio comedy history with his
answer, "I'm thinking!" To a profoundly sick person,
the question might be rephrased, "The Gerson Therapy
or your life." Too many persons have died thinking.
Don't be one of them.
"I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent
geniuses in medical history."
Dr. Albert Schweitzer
To learn more about how to do the Gerson Therapy:
http://www.doctoryourself.com/gersonspeech.html is the
transcript of a speech by Dr. Gerson himself.
is a bibliography of published clinical studies
showing the demonstrated benefits of the Gerson
http://www.doctoryourself.com/bib_gerson.html is a
bibliography of all of Dr. Gerson's scientific
Review copyright C 2001 by Andrew W. Saul, Number 8
Van Buren Street, Holley, New York 14470 USA
Telephone (585) 638-5357
I wanted to look up someone in Charlotte Gerson's book "The Gerson Therapy"
who five years ago was found to have esophageal cancer. He did the Gerson
Therapy religiously and his cancer shrunk, broke apart, and was eliminated. I
was able to find this person through his place of work. I found out he is still
going strong. My father died of esophageal cancer. It was wonderful to see that
Dr. Gerson's therapy was successful for this man.
The Gerson Therapy Charlotte Gerson is daughter of the late Dr. Max Gerson,
M.D. who was well known for his revolutionary nutritional healing therapy for
cancer and degenerative diseases. His method is described in his classic book,
"A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer ". Dr.
Albert Schweitzer called Dr. Gerson "a medical genius who walked among us".
Charlotte Gerson is founder of the Gerson Institute and is a consultant for the
The Gerson Therapy has been and is still the most basic, the best recognized,
the most complete, and the longest existing effective cancer treatment. Patients
on the Gerson therapy also know that they have to stick very exactly to the
treatment. Everything you must or must not do has a very important reason. The
whole Gerson Therapy is aimed at detoxifying the body and putting lots of fresh
nutrients into it. The Gerson therapy is not effective with cancer only. With
the Gerson Therapy, patients have seen heart disease, high blood pressure,
thyroid problems, lupus, colitis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid
arthritis, herniated disks and many other problems disappear. Some have seen
Alzheimer's disease improve if it's not too advanced.
The importance of pancreatic enzymes in the Gerson TherapyBefore the body can
deteriorate into cancer all the body's defense systems have to be depressed and
out of balance. If your pancreas is working properly and if you have adequate
pancreatic enzymes, you cannot develop cancer.
Pancreatic enzymes , trypsin in particular, disolve the protective protein
coating which covers malignant tissue and makes it impossible for the body's
natural immune defenses to recognize the cancer cells as foreign.
Fresh juices and vegetarian meals in the Gerson Therapy
Dr. Gerson gave seriously ill patients fresh juice every hour, freshly
pressed, organic, free of poisons, rich in the best nutrients, minerals and
enzymes. It is all described in Dr. Gerson's book "A Cancer Therapy: Results of
Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer ". "We give a fresh glass of juice
every hour: five glasses of apple-carrot juice, three glasses of plain carrot
juice and we give liver capsules with it, four glasses of juice from leafy type
greens rich in chlorophyll, iron, nutrients, enzymes, everything the body has
been lacking over the years.
We also give three full vegetarian meals and a fruit plate every day. By
drinking the juice, you get an enormous flooding of nutrients, minerals,
enzymes, and vitamins which start to flush out the kidneys. The nutrients go
into the tissues, into the cells and force out the poisons, and all those
poisons are released into the blood stream. The liver filters them out. You have
to help the liver get rid of them, and there is only one way - by opening the
bile ducts", and Dr. Gerson did this with the famous and much joked about coffee
enemas which is the key to successful treatment.
Gerson Therapy: Excess protein in the diet is carninogenic
Excess protein causes cancer. Especially when it is cooked. Doctors and
nutritionists advise you that animal protein is needed for strength and tissue
repair, but that is absolutely the worst advice you can get. Researchers at the
Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that when any kind of flesh including red
meat, poultry, pork and lamb was heated to 212 degrees, whether it was boiled,
broiled, fried or baked, the protein in the meat CHANGED into toxic amides that
do nothing in your body except provide you with carcinogens.
Cooked meat is strictly a carcinogen. Now if you like meat for the taste,
that is a different story, I won't argue about tastes. The latest research done
at the University of California at Irvine, showed that children who eat as few
as three hotdogs a week had 10 to 12 times higher incidence of leukemia and
brain tumors. Sausages are perhaps the worst food. They are chemically treated,
dyed and preserved. They have nitrates and nitrosamines.
Potassium versus sodium in the Gerson Therapy
Gerson found that sodium stimulates tumor growth. It interferes with body
function. According to Gerson you need high potassium and low sodium, the same
ratio which can be found in fresh live foods. All processed foods contain
reduced potassium and raised sodium. Sodium is necessary for tumor growth. The
Gerson Therapy supplements the body with potassium.
Liver regeneration and the Gerson Therapy
The liver is the most important organ in the body. It is the filtration
system for detoxification. I have heard doctors say that if your liver functions
up to 35%, you are all right, but when it drops below that, disease develops,
whether it is diabetes, cancer, arthritis, lupus or anything else. By the time
cancer or chronic disease develops, liver function is below 35%.
So when the tumor, the cancer, arthritis or other disease symptoms are gone,
that doesn't mean the body is cured. The body isn't really restored until the
liver goes back to its full activity of somewhere between 90 and 100%. We never
really know how long it takes to get there, but we can estimate it takes at
least 1 1/2 year or 2. If you go back to eating average food right away, the
foods you used to eat, candies, ice cream, cheese and meat, the cancer will come
back rather quickly because the liver is not able to deal with these things.
Flaxseed oil and the Gerson Therapy
Dr. Gerson found, after observing for a long time, that patients, especially
with cancer and also with heart disease, atherosclerosis and so on cannot handle
oils and fats, and that is why his book says no oils. Yet he was very much aware
that the body needs a certain amount of essential fatty acids and that after
deprivation for a year or year and a half, until the tumors disappear, there is
a lack of essential fatty acids in the Gerson diet.
He searched and searched and tried every kind of oil he could think of,
everything from olive oil, sesame oil, safflower oil to sunflower oil. None of
them were usable because in each case the tumors would regrow. Fats stimulate
tumor growth. But after the book came out, he came across the work of Dr.
Johanna Budwig in Germany who showed that one may use flaxseed oil and that it
is well tolerated by cancer patients. It helps to stimulate the immune system,
and kills the tumor tissue. He used two tablespoons of flaxseed oil per day -
one at lunch and one at dinner, and after a month on the therapy, he cut it down
to one tablespoon a day. He advised against cooking with oils. You can't cook
with flaxseed oil because if it is heated, it deteriorates and causes problems.
So the flaxseed oil must only be used raw and cold.
You can visit the Gerson Institute for
more information on the Gerson Therapy.
The Gerson Miracle Cancer Therapy
"I know of one patient who turned to Gerson Therapy
having been told she was suffering from terminal
cancer and would not survive another course of
chemotherapy. Happily, seven years later, she is alive
and well. So it is vital that, rather than dismissing
such experiences, we should further investigate the
beneficial nature of these treatments." (H.R.H.
Charles, Prince of Wales)
"I am familiar with the Gerson method and believe that
it has a lot of merit. I have always been frustrated
that it was not taken seriously and studied
intensively as it should be. I think it has a very
good track record." (Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.)
"I see in Dr. Max Gerson one of the most eminent
geniuses in medical history." (Albert Schweitzer,
M.D., Nobel Prize laureate)
The Gerson Miracle
Review by Andrew W. Saul
"The cure for cancer has been discovered. In 1928."
These are the opening words of the new one-and-a-half
hour documentary movie, The Gerson Miracle. No one
that views it can possibly misunderstand its
uncompromising assertions that cancer is curable, and
that Dr. Max Gerson repeatedly proved it.
When Max Gerson, M.D., testified before the U.S.
Senate on July 1, 2, and 3, 1946, he likely had high
hopes of acceptance of his work. No such luck. In
1958, he published all the how-to-do-it details in A
Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases. He died the
next year, under suspicious circumstances.
Even today it is necessary for persons seeking Gerson
treatment to leave the country to obtain it. As the
film's narration says, "Laws in virtually all of the
United States prohibit any other treatment of cancer
than radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, even though
they are usually ineffective at best, and completely
ineffective at worst. Chemotherapy, for example, does
not cure cancer at all, and usually merely poisons the
patient instead of the cancer."
Strong words, those. If Oscar-winning documentarist
Michael Moore initially had difficulty obtaining
distribution for his Fahrenheit 9/11 movie, you can be
sure there will be some hefty opposition to this one.
And yet, the heart of the Gerson therapy is ecological
common sense. I think this is why it makes a good
subject for film, and why it appealed so to
producer/director Steven Kroschel. Kroschel's previous
documentary credits include work for the Learning
Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC, as
well as contributions to a number of Hollywood
features including Straight Up, Vertical Limit, and I
Spy. Not surprisingly, Kroschel personally follows the
The narration continues:
"The soil, and all that grows in it, is not something
distant from us, but must be regarded as our external
metabolism, which produces the nutrients for our
internal metabolism. Therefore, the soil must be cared
for properly. It must not be depleted or poisoned
Otherwise, changes will result in serious degenerative
diseases in animals and humans."
This sounds much like text from any biology textbook
that I've taught from.
"Mass-produced, commercially-grown fruits and
vegetables are fertilized with only three minerals:
nitrogen, potassium and phosphorous," says the
narrator. Yet plants "need over 50 more." As a
consequence, "the plants are sick, and must be kept on
life support with toxic chemicals until market." On
the other hand, organic farming methods enable both
the plant, and you, to resist disease. This especially
The film states that the two key factors that are "the
underlying cause of cancer are deficiency and
toxicity." A radical, organic raw vegetable
juice-based diet is proposed as the primary remedy.
Why juiced? Because "Dr. Gerson discovered early in
his research that fruits and vegetables must be juiced
to flood the body with nutrients that have been
lacking within the human organism for so very long,
sometimes for decades. . . When juice is drunk, it can
enter the blood stream almost as fast as alcohol. . .
Dr. Gerson required his patients to drink one 8 ounce
glass of juice 13 times a day." That amounts to some
20 pounds of produce, yielding "an organic medication
straight from the table of Mother Nature."
The Gerson therapy calls for an expensive grind and
press juicer, such as a Norwalk. On the other hand,
the film states, Norman W. Walker, that particular
juicer's inventor and namesake, died June 6, 1985 at
the age of 117. All of Max Gerson's brothers and
sisters died in the Holocaust.
Now for the second aspect of the Gerson therapy.
Drinking such enormous quantities of fresh juice every
day "dislodges accumulated body poisons, which are
absorbed by the liver, somewhat overwhelming it."
Therefore, to help out the hard-working liver, the
Gerson approach employs an unusual detoxification
technique. "Organic body-temperature coffee
administered rectally stimulates the liver's bile
ducts to then dump those scavenged toxins into the
colon for evacuation." This, the film states, ensures
that "the immune system will now have the upper hand"
and the patient is more likely to recover.
You will not be disappointed to know that the film
does indeed provide step by step directions on exactly
how to prepare a coffee enema. Boil 1 quart distilled
water, add 3 tablespoons drip ground coffee, reduce
heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain and add
sufficient water to again have 1 quart. Cool to body
temperature, and then introduce eight inches into the
colon with an enema kit. Retain the enema for 12 to 15
The movie's sound track music chosen to accompany the
coffee enema recipe preparation sequence is a
performance of Beethoven's Concerto for Violin and
Orchestra in D Major by the City of Magenta, Italy
Symphony Orchestra. The violin soloist is Francesca
Ettorina Dego, Dr. Gerson's great-granddaughter, age
14. Her rendition is excellent.
There is more to the therapy than juices and coffee
enemas. "Table salt is a poison," says the narration.
Our "unrelenting" use of sodium "causes displacement
of potassium found naturally in human cells, leaving
them vulnerable to attack by disease." For this
reason, debated to this day, Dr. Gerson gave patients
on his already very-low-sodium, potassium-rich diet
still more supplemental potassium in the form of equal
parts of potassium gluconate, potassium acetate, and
mono potassium phosphate. Flaxseed oil was the
preferred fatty acid source, and was to be "raw and
cold" and not to be used for a cooking oil.
Pancreatin, acidophilus, and vitamin B-3 (niacin) were
also provided supplementally.
The most common criticisms of the Gerson program are
that the diet is restrictive and that the coffee
enemas are excessive. It is true that the Gerson
therapy is an extreme diet, but then cancer is an
extreme disease. One extreme may indeed call for
another; it takes a lot of water to put out a burning
building. Chemical, radiological and surgical extremes
are the oncologist's stock in trade. Why not extreme
I enjoyed the section of the movie where the camera
follows Dr. Gerson's daughter and successor,
Charlotte, as she interviews patients under actual
treatment at the Gerson facility in Mexico. There, it
is said, patients in "as little as two weeks are free
from cancer." 35 years after man first walked on the
moon, this remains a revolutionary statement, one that
may invite either a physician's ridicule or a cancer
patient's serious investigation.
Charlotte Gerson, now 82, practices what her father
preached. "I cancelled my health insurance when I was
34 years old," she says. "The reason was that I'm not
interested in the kind of hospital or medical
treatment that might be covered by insurance, because
it's toxic." She says she saved money, plus feels good
in the bargain. She is outspoken and emphatic. On
camera, she states, "I'm always telling women:
'Wouldn't it be wonderful if you never had to worry
about finding a lump in your breast?' But if you eat
healthy, that's what happens. Living in this manner,
you don't risk cancer."
She is in a position to know, having seen her father's
work at close range for so many years. I asked
Charlotte about this, and she told me, "My earliest
childhood memories of helping my father go back to my
playing in our sandbox when I was about five years
old. My father's medical office was in the same house
where we lived and patients would come to see him
there. Many of those were from the agricultural area
surrounding the city where we lived, Bielefeld
(Westphalia), Germany. The farmers who consulted my
father could hardly believe that one could survive in
good health without meat and animal proteins. So my
father would send for me, a little dirty and full of
sand, to show me off. I was sturdy, tall for my age,
healthy and rosy-cheeked and presented a good picture
of the effectiveness of vegetarian nutrition."
She still does. Filmmaker Steven Kroschel says,
"Working with Charlotte Gerson touched me deeply, as
she reminded me of my German grandparents and the old
fashioned hospitality that went along with it. I have
to say that I cannot recall meeting anyone quite as
honest, compassionate and giving as she is."
Doctor-vexing patients' testimonials form the backbone
of Kroschel's documentary. There are plenty of them.
One man with prostate cancer, confirmed by biopsy,
decided to go Gerson. After 18 months on the therapy,
his PSA was an extraordinarily low 0.06.
Ascites, the abdominal fluid buildup all too commonly
accompanying cancer or liver disease, may be reduced
by way of the Gerson therapy. One patient interviewed
in the film reports a decrease of 8 cm on the first
day of the therapy, with 2 cm/day afterwards.
One woman, diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given 6
to 9 months to live, speaks on camera of how she lived
not nine months, but nine years and is still in
excellent, cancer-free health. Her therapy was the
Gerson diet. Three other women she knew, all of whom
selected chemotherapy, were, as predicted, dead in
nine months or less.
Possibly the most moving testimonial comes from a
child, named Stephanie, who was diagnosed with
widespread cancer in the kidney, lungs, vena cava and
heart before she was even six years old. After
conventional treatment had been tried and had failed,
she (and her parents as well) embarked on the Gerson
program. Asked what she thought of the diet, the girl
responded quite frankly: "The food? At first I thought
it was kind of weird. But after, like, a week, it
started tasting better."
Stephanie, who had been given six months to live, was
very much alive over two years later and shown
horseback riding. The narration presented her as not
fully cured, but "on the road to recovery" to the
point that her doctors were "astounded." Stephanie
herself described her quality of life improvement as
well as it has ever been described: "I've been feeling
lots better. I've been having more energy when on the
diet. I feel very healthy, and stronger, and much
better than I did."
The most skeptical viewer cannot possibly watch the
scenes of this lass horseback riding and not be at
least a little bit persuaded.
Then there is Pat, a woman with pancreatic cancer
which had spread to her liver, gall bladder, and
spleen. Throwing up blood, she was diagnosed at age
46, and given 3 months to live. That was in 1986.
Pat's bleeding and pain stopped in 10 days of Gerson
therapy. After two years of Gerson, a CAT scan showed
that the cancer was gone. Pat is now 65.
Hollywood star Michael Landon was similarly diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer. He, too, had been given three
months to live, and he likewise tried the Gerson
therapy. Landon appeared on the "Tonight" show,
looking hale and hearty after only a short time on the
Gerson program. Immediately afterwards, the narration
says, Landon was warned off of the Gerson diet by his
physicians. He abandoned it, and his condition
promptly worsened. He later personally telephoned Pat
and told her that he "should have stayed with the
Gerson therapy." Michael Landon died in 1991.
As a very young man, I made a documentary film about
the pollution and proposed reclamation of the Genesee
River in Rochester, NY. Excessive camera motion was
the byproduct of my limited equipment and poor
technique. Although it may be an intentional stylistic
tool, I for one would ask that directors of feature
documentaries everywhere lose the hand-held camera
reality-look and get themselves better tripods than I
The Gerson DVD has no menu for chapter selection, and
for those wishing to re-study any one of the 30
chapters in this 90 minute feature, a chapter menu
would be most helpful.
This film makes no attempt at conciliation nor
compromise, with frequent unabashedly in-your-face
statements, such as: "The only area of which
established orthodox medicine in the US is superlative
is in the cost." Another: "The viability of life
hinging essentially on what we pour into our cups, and
place on our plates, is so simple, and yet profoundly
hard to grasp by modern medicine." The film also
emphasizes the detrimental effects of all manner of
pollution on our internal environment. Mercury-based
dental amalgam condemned; Ritalin is ridiculed, as is
the Standard American Diet ("SAD"). Even milk-drinking
is eschewed by the Gerson approach. "With every meal,
we are either digging our own graves with the
silverware, or ensuring a healthy and productive
There is something in The Gerson Miracle to provoke
practically anybody. On the other hand, there is such
value in Gerson's therapy to justify the film being
seen by everybody.
We have to face the facts: Dr. Gerson saved lives and
his methods still do. Here is the very first movie to
offer this essential message to a new and
ever-widening audience. To say that such a message is
somewhat controversial is understatement akin to
saying that the Beatles somewhat influenced popular
music, or that Citizen Kane was a pretty good flick.
Fact is, the Gerson therapy exists. You can say that
it doesn't work, but you can also find living,
breathing people who will tell you differently. This
documentary does exactly that, and this is what
documentaries should be doing.
(The Gerson Miracle. 91 minutes; 2004. VHS: 29.95;
DVD: $24.95, from Charlotte Gerson, 355 Greenwood
Place, Bonita, CA 91902. email@example.com
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Nutritional Therapy for Cancer
Cancer: Food Plan from Physiol. Chem. & Physics 10 (1978)
The Cure Of Advanced Cancer By Diet Therapy:
A Summary Of 30 Years Of Clinical Experimentation
Max Gerson, M.D.
Gerson Institute, Box 535, Imperial Beach, California 92032
(1978 Publisher's Note. This is a lecture given by Dr.
Gerson in Escondido, California, in 1956. Dr. Gerson
died in 1959. More complete information on his therapy
for advanced cancer may be found in his book A Cancer
Therapy: Results of 50 Cases, by Max Gerson, 3rd
edition, 1977, Totality Books, Del Mar, CA or from his
daughter Mrs. Charlotte Gerson Straus at the Gerson
Institute, Box 535, Imperial Beach, CA 92032.
Socioeconomic and political perspectives are discussed
in the book Has Dr. Max Gerson a True Cancer Cure? by
S. J. Haught, 1976, Major Books, 21335, Roscoe Blvd.,
Canoga Park, CA 91304.)
Thirty years of clinical experimentation has led to a
successful therapy for advanced cancer. This therapy
is based on the concepts (1) that cancer patients have
low immuno-reactivity and generalized tissue damage,
especially of the liver, and (2) that when the cancer
is destroyed, toxic degradation products appear in the
bloodstream which lead to coma and death from liver
failure. The therapy consists of high potassium, low
sodium diet, with no fats or oils, and minimal animal
proteins. Juices of raw fruits and vegetables and of
raw liver provide active oxidizing enzymes which
facilitate rehabilitation of the liver. Iodine and
niacin supplementation is used. Caffeine enemas cause
dilation of bile ducts, which facilitates excretion of
toxic cancer breakdown products by the liver and
dialysis of toxic products from blood across the
colonic wall. The therapy must be used as an
integrated whole. Parts of the therapy used in
isolation will not be successful. This therapy has
cured many cases of advanced cancer.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I came here on vacation; I didn't come here for a
lecture. I didn't bring anything. So, I wrote down
some things since I was asked to tell you first how I
arrived at the cancer treatment. It is a funny story.
When I was a physician for internal diseases in
Bielefeld [Germany) in 1928, one day I was called to
see a lady. I asked her what was wrong with her but on
the telephone she didn't want to tell me. So I went
there, a little outside of town. Then I asked her
"What's wrong?" She told me she was operated on in a
big clinic nearby and they found a cancer of the bile
duct. I saw the operation scar. She was running a high
fever, was jaundiced. I told her, "Sorry, I can do
nothing for you. I don't know how to treat cancer. I
have not seen results, especially in such an advanced
case where there is no longer the possibility of
operation." So, she said, "No, doctor, I called
because I saw the results in your treatment of
tuberculosis and arthritis in various cases. Now, here
is a pad and you write down a treatment. On that table
over there, there is a book, and in that book, you
will be good enough to read to me aloud the chapter
called The Healing of Cancer."
It was a big book of about 1,200 pages on folk
medicine and in the middle there was that chapter. I
started to read. That book was edited by three
schoolteachers and one physician. None of them
practiced medicine. So they put together that book. I
read that chapter. In it there was something about
Hippocrates who gave these patients a special soup. I
should like to tell you, we use that soup at the
present time! That soup from that book, out of the
practice of Hippocrates - 550 years before Christ! He
was the greatest physician at that time, and I even
think the greatest physician of all time. He had the
idea that the patient has to be detoxified with the
soup and with some enemas and so on.
I read and read but finally I told the lady, "Look,
because of my tuberculosis treatment physicians are
opposed to me. Therefore I'd like not to treat you."
Again she insisted, "I'll give you in writing that you
are not responsible for the outcome of the treatment
and that I insisted that you do so." So with that
signed statement, I thought, all right, let's try. I
wrote down the treatment. It was almost the same which
I used for tuberculosis patients (1-7) which I had
worked out and used at the University Clinic in Munich
with Prof. Sauerbruch. After the work at the
University Clinic the treatment had been established
and had been found effective. (8, 9). I thought that
maybe it will be effective in cancer too. It is always
written in scientific books that tuberculosis and
cancer are both degenerative diseases where the body
has to be detoxified. But this latter thought was
written only by Hippocrates.
I tried - and the patient was cured! Six months later
she was up and around in the best condition. Then she
sent me two other cancer cases. One of her family with
a stomach cancer where it had been found during an
attempted operation that there were metastasized
glands around the stomach-also cured! And I had to
cure then, against my will, a third case. I expected
to have still more opposition from the medical
profession. The third case was also a stomach cancer.
It was also cured. Three cases were tried and all
three cases were cured!
I have to tell you that up to this day, I don't know
how this happened, how I stumbled into that, how this
was achieved. At that time I always said that I didn't
know why they were cured. I didn't know enough about
cancer and it was such a difficult problem to go into.
But once it was in my head and in my hands and in my
heart, I could no longer separate myself from that
Some time later I was in Vienna. I had left Germany
due to the political upheaval at the time of Hitler.
There in Vienna I tried six cases and in all six
cases, no results-all failures. That was shocking. The
sanatorium where I treated my patients was not so well
organized for dietary treatments. They treated other
diseases by other methods and didn't pay much
attention to diet. So, I attributed the failures to
Then I came to Paris. In Paris, I tried seven cases
and I had three results. One of the cases was an older
man. He had a cancer of the cecum where the colon
starts, 70 years old. Another case was a lady from
Armenia. This was a very interesting case. I had to
work against the whole family. There were many
physicians in the family, and I had plenty of trouble.
But, anyway, I came through in that case. She had
cancer of the breast which regrew. Every time the
family insisted that she was "so much down." She
weighed only 78 pounds. She was skin and bones and
they wanted me to give her egg yolks. I gave her small
amounts of egg yolks-the cancer regrew. Then they
insisted that I give her meat, raw chopped meat. I
gave her this and the cancer regrew. The third time,
they wanted me to give her some oil. I gave her that
oil and the third time the cancer regrew. But, anyway,
three times I could eliminate the cancer again and
cure. And still I had no idea what cancer was. If
somebody asked me about the theory, just what it was I
was doing, I had to answer, "I don't really know
Some time later I came to this country. I couldn't get
the cancer problem and the cure of the first three
cases out of my mind. I kept thinking "It must be
possible, it would a crime not to do it." But is
wasn't so easy. When I came here, I had no clinic. I
didn't even have a license to practice medicine. When
I had taken the exams and could take patients, I had
to treat them at home and that was hard work. The
patients didn't like to obey the diet, to do it at
home. They were accustomed to save kitchen time and
not to work hard to make all the juices necessary for
the treatment as it had been worked out.
Now the treatment for tuberculosis was a saltless
diet, mostly fruit and vegetables, vegetables cooked
without added water, steamed in their own juices, with
a heavy pot, no aluminum. The cover had to be heavy
and fit well so that the steam could not escape. Then
they had to have most of the food raw, finely grated.
They had to drink orange juice, grapefruit juice, and
apple and carrot juice. This had to be produced in a
special machine-a grinder and a separate press-because
I found that in centrifugal juicers or liquefiers, I
couldn't obtain the kind of juice which cured patients.
At first, I had thought that liquefiers would be the
most wonderful thing. All the material was there,
nothing was lost. But it didn't work. Then I found out
through a physicist that in the liquefier, in the
center, there is positive electricity and in the fluid
there is negative electricity. This electricity kills
the oxidizing enzymes. And that is also true for the
centrifugal juicer and the other apparatus. The juice
must therefore be made by a grinder and a separate
press - if possible, made of stainless steel.
(Editor's note: a masticating juicer, such as a
Champion, might also work.)
The patients must drink a lot of those juices. They
have to have the Hippocrates soup. I can't go into all
the details. The evening would not be long enough for
that. But very important for the detoxification are
enemas. I felt that the detoxification as suggested in
the book of Hippocrates was a most important part.
Finally, I had a clinic. The patients saw that also
the more advanced cases and even some terminal cases,
very far advanced cases, could be saved. They brought
me more and more of these terminal cases. I was forced
into that. On the one side, the knife of the AMA was
at my throat and on my back. I had only terminal
cases. If I had not saved them, my clinic would have
been a death house. Some of the cases were brought on
stretchers. They couldn't walk. They could no longer
eat. It was very, very difficult. So, I really had to
work out a treatment that could help these far
advanced cases.(10,11) Again, I was forced into it.
On the need of where to put the emphasis: reading all
the literature, I saw that all the scientists treat
the symptoms. These, I thought, are only symptoms.
There must be something basic behind them. It has to
be impossible that there are symptoms in the brain,
others in the lungs, in the bones, it the abdomen and
in the liver. There must be something basic, or else
this is impossible.
Already, through my work with tuberculosis, I learned
that in tuberculosis and in all other degenerative
diseases, one must not trcat the symptoms. The
body-the whole body-has to be treated. But that is
easily said. How will you do it? Little by little I
came to the conclusion that the most important part of
our body is the digestive tract. For all our intake to
be properly digested, and for the other organs of the
digestive tract to function right and help in the
digestion to the end product-and at the same time
eliminate all the waste products-all the toxins and
poisons which must be eliminated so that nothing will
accumulate in our system, I thought that this was the
most important thing in the tuberculosis treatment. It
must be the same in all the other degenerative
diseases, too. And still, up to the present, I am
convinced that cancer does not need a "specific"
Cancer is a so-called degenerative disease, and all
the degenerative diseases have to be treated so that
the whole body at first is detoxified. In my
tuberculosis work again, I saw that the liver plays
the important role. It eliminates the toxins from the
body, prepares them so they can enter into the bile
ducts, and can thus be eliminated with the bile-that
is not an easy job. In addition, the liver helps to
prepare the stomach juice with the help of the
visceral nervous system. The liver helps to prepare
the pancreas, trypsin, pepsin, lipase, the digestive
enzymes-all that is regulated with the help of the
visceral nervous system. The liver has many, many more
very important functions. One of them is the
reactivation of the oxidizing enzymes as we know
through Rudolf Schoenheimer. He did the work along
these lines. It would go too far to go into that at
this time. It is very important to note that oxidizing
enzymes are at a low level of function in cancer
Now let us anticipate the theory. During these years
the idea occurred to me that there are two components
in cancer which are of particular importance. One is
the whole body, the general component. The other is a
local one, the symptom. The treatment has to be
applied to the general component. When we are able to
bring this into balance, the local one disappears.
What is the general component and what does the
treatment have to do to bring it into balance? I
should like to devote this evening mostly to that
question. The general component is the digestive tract
and the liver. The digestive tract is very much
poisoned in cancer. How can we handle that?
Detoxification is an easy word, but it is very
difficult to do in cancer patients. These cases, when
they are far advanced, can hardly eat. They have no
stomach juice, the liver doesn't function, the
pancreas doesn't function, nothing is active.
Where do we begin?. The most important first step is
the detoxification. So let us go into that. First, we
gave some different enemas. I found out that the best
enema is the coffee enema as it was first used by
Prof. 0. A. Meyer in Goettingen. This idea occurred to
him when together with Prof.Heubner he gave caffeine
solution into the rectum of animals. He observed that
the bile ducts were opened and more bile could flow. I
felt that this was very important and I worked out
coffee enemas. We took three heaping tablespoons of
ground coffee for one quart of water, let it boil for
three minutes, then simmer 10 to 20 minutes, and then
gave it at body temperature.
The patients reported that this was doing them good.
The pain disappeared even though in order to carry
through the detoxification, we had to take away all
sedation. I realized that it is impossible to detoxify
the body on the one hand and put in drugs and poisons
on the other, such as sedation medication - demerol,
codeine, morphine, scopolamine, etc. So, we had to put
the medication aside which again was a very difficult
problem. One patient told me that he had one grain of
codeine every two hours and he got morphine injections
. . . how can you take these away? I told him that the
best sedation is a coffee enema. After a very short
time he had to agree with that. Some of the patients
who had been in severe pain didn't take coffee enemas
every four hours as I prescribed - they took one every
two hours. But no more sedation.
After just a few days there was very little pain,
almost none. I can give you an example. A lady came to
me not so long ago. She had cancer of the cervix and
then two large tumor masses around the uterus. The
cervix was a large crater, necrotic, producing blood
and pus, and the poor lady couldn't sit any more. The
condition was inoperable. She had been given X-rays
and vomited any food she took in. She couldn't lie
down anymore. She could not sit. She walked around day
and night. When she came to my clinic the manager told
me, "Doctor, you can't keep her here. This moaning and
walking day and night is keeping the other patients
from sleeping." After four days she was able to sleep
with no sedative whatsoever - which had not helped her
much anyway. The sedation had worked for perhaps half
an hour or so. After 8 to 10 days, she asked me for
just one thing: let her omit that night enema at 3 or
4 o'clock in the morning. These patients who absorb
the big tumor masses are awakened with an alarm clock
every night because they are otherwise poisoned by the
absorption of these masses. If I give them only one or
two or three enemas, they die of poisoning.
I did not have the right as a physician to cause the
body to absorb all the cancer masses and then not to
detoxify enough. With two or three enemas they were
not detoxified enough. They went into a coma hepaticum
(liver coma). Autopsies showed that the liver was
poisoned. I learned from these disasters that you
can't give these patients too much detoxification. So
I told this lady that for one night she could sleep
for seven hours-but only for one night. I wouldn't
risk more! When I didn't give these patients the night
enemas, they were drowsy and almost semi-conscious in
the morning. The nurses confirmed this and told me
that it takes a couple of enemas till they are free of
this toxic state again. I cannot stress the
detoxification enough. Even so with all these enemas,
this was not enough! I had to give them also castor
oil by mouth and by enema every other day, at least
for the first two weeks or so. After these two weeks
you wouldn't recognize these patients any more! They
had arrived on a stretcher and now they walked around.
They had appetite. They gained weight and the tumors
You will ask, "How can such a cancerous tumor go
down?" That was a difficult question for me to
understand. I had learned in my treatment of
tuberculosis patients that I had to add potassium,
iodine, and liver injections to help the liver and the
whole body to restore the potassium. Now as far as I
can see this is the situation. At first we give the
patient the most salt-free diet possible.(12) So, as
much salt (sodium) is removed from the body as can be.
During the first days, 3 grams, 5 grams, up to 8 grams
a day of sodium are eliminated while the patients
receive only about one half gram of sodium content in
the diet and no sodium is added.
The patients are given thyroid and lugol solution
(lugol's solution is iodine plus potassium iodide) I
learned first through the so-called Gudenath tadpole
experiment that iodine is necessary to increase and
help the oxidation ability. Then we gave the patients
large amount of potassium.(12) It took about 300
experiments until I found the right potassium
combination. It is a 10% solution of potassium
gluconate, potassium phosphate (monobasic), and
potassium acetate. From that solution the patient is
given four teaspoonsful 10 times a day in juices. That
large amount of potassium is introduced into the
body.(12) At the same time 5 times one grain of
thyroid and 6 times three drops of lugol solution, ½
strength. That's 18 drops of lugol which is a large
dose. Nobody was observed to develop heart
palpitations from that, even if some patients told me
that they could previously not take thyroid because
they would develop heart palpitation. And all
allergies disappeared! Some patients claimed that they
could previously not take one teaspoonful of lemon
juice or orange juice - they were allergic. But when
they are well detoxified and have plenty of potassium,
they are not allergic. Allergies and other
hypersensitivities are eliminated.
When introduced into the system, thyroid and lugol
solution go immediately into the cancer mass. These
ripe cells take it up fast and they perhaps grow a
little faster but they soak in more with great greed -
as much as they can - together with a little bit of
sodium, probably. But then there isn't much sodium
left. So then these cells pick up potassium and the
oxidizing enzymes and die by themselves. You have to
realize that cancer cells live essentially on
fermentation but potassium and oxidizing enzymes
introduce oxidation. And that is the point at which we
can kill cancer cells because we take away the
conditions which they need to continue to live.
But now we have to deal with a mass of dead cells in
the body, in the blood stream -and they have to be
eliminated wherever they may be. And that is not so
easy! The ripe cells, the mature cells are very
abnormal. These are much more easily killed than the
other cells which are unripe, not yet mature, and not
so well developed. And there are other cancer cells in
lymph vessels. These are clogged at both ends by
cancer cells. No blood and no lymph can reach them.
There are cancer cells in the glands. They are hidden
there, protected from regular circulation. So it isn't
easy to reach these. At first it is only the big mass
which killed. But this dead mass now has to be
absorbed wherever it is - perhaps in the uterus,
perhaps in the kidney, or in the lung, or in the brain
- this has to be absorbed. This absorption is only
possible through the blood stream. I call this
"parenteral digestion." Enteral digestion is in the
intestinal tract. Parenteral digestion takes place
outside of the digestive tract, through the blood
stream. It becomes important then to continually carry
on detoxification day and night in order to bring the
parenteral digestion to the highest point, even to a
"hyperfunction." How can this be done?
I found that in order to bring the parenteral
digestion to the highest function, it is necessary to
start with the soil. Our soil must be normal, no
artificial fertilizers should be used, no poisons, no
sprays which go into the soil and poison it. Whatever
grows on a poisoned soil carries poison too. And that
is our food, our fruit and vegetables. I am convinced
that the soil is our external metab6lism. It is not
really far removed from our bodies. We depend on it.
But our modern food, the "normal" food people eat is
bottled, poisoned, canned, color added, powdered,
frozen, dipped in acids, sprayed-no longer normal. We
no longer have living, normal food, our food and drink
is a mass of dead, poisoned material, and one cannot
cure very sick people by adding poisons to their
systems. We cannot detoxify our bodies when we add
poisons through our food which is one of the reasons
why cancer is so much on the increase. Saving time in
the kitchen is fine but the consequences are terrible.
Thirty or fifty years ago (this speech was delivered
in 1956) cancer was a disease of old age. Only elderly
people whose liver was no longer working well - was
worn out-became sick. They contracted cancer when they
were 60 to 70 years old and cancer was a rare disease.
Everybody knows that. And now four, even going on one
out of three dies of cancer. Now in the second
generation it is even worse. The poor children get
leukemias more and more. There is no country which has
so much leukemia as this country (USA), no country in
the world. That is our fault. Ice cream is made with
invert sugar. Coca-Cola contains phosphoric acid. Is
it surprising that children get degenerative disease?
These things constitute our external metabolism.
Now let us consider our digestive tract. As part of
the digestive tract, the most important thing is that
we restore the function of the liver - the tissue and
the function of the liver. That is very hard work. We
give the patients (including also the tuberculosis
patients) liver injections, and since most of these
patients need an increase in the red blood cells, we
add some vitamin B12. They receive 3 cc of crude liver
extract together with 100 mcg of B12. In addition when
I found that our fruit and vegetables no longer have
the normal content of potassium and not enough of the
oxidizing enzymes, I looked for the best source of
potassium in the best composition and the best supply
of oxidizing enzymes. I found that to be calves liver.
But we cannot give the patient calves liver because it
contains too much fat and cholesterol. As you know,
fat and oils cannot be given Therefore we give these
patients freshly pressed calves liver juice, which is
made in a special way with equal parts of carrots.
Liver alone cannot be pressed. We take ½ pound fresh
calves liver (not frozen) and ½ pound of carrots to
make one glass of 200 cc (approx. 8 oz.) of fresh
juice. The patients, the far advanced cases, get two
glasses a day, even three glasses, and they like it!
All this is done in the effort to restore the enteral
digestion. When that functions, we add stomach juice
(Acidol Pepsin) and we add pancreatin not coated. The
cancer patients cannot digest the coated pancreatin.
The pancreatin is given five times a day, three
tablets each time. So they always have plenty of
trypsin, pepsin, lipase and diastase in their systems.
The blood can carry this around and digest the tumor
masses wherever they may be.
Now, since I am running out of time, I should like to
tell you what we do to prove that this treatment
really does work on cancer.(13,14) Number one, the
results. I think I can claim that I have, even in
these far advanced cases, 50% results. The real
problem arises when we cannot restore the liver. Then
there is no hope. The liver-the restoration of the
liver and its functions-are so important that some of
the patients whose livers cannot be restored die some
six months to 2½ years later from cirrhosis. Autopsies
show no cancer cells in the body. They did not die
from cancer. They died from a shrunken liver. Since I
give more liver juice and I give more for promoting
the parenteral digestion, these cases of a shrunken
liver are rare.
I think I could do a lot to improve the results. I do
not want to go into the problems that patients face
when they go home and the family physician tells them
that they need not "eat that cow fodder." Or the
family thinks they cannot carry through this treatment
because it is too much work as it takes one to one and
a half years to restore the liver. The liver cells are
renewed in four to five weeks, five to six weeks in
older patients. To restore such a liver, you would
need 12 to 15 new generations of liver cells. That is
1½ years. But the most important part of the
treatment, I have learned, is to give the patients a
new functioning liver.
Now, for the proof of this theory. I had the idea to
make an animal experiment in which we connected two
rats - one cancerous rat and one healthy one. We cut
them open along the side and connected a blood vessel,
then sewed them together: The blood from the healthy
rat circulated in the sick one day and night and
cleared up the sick body. Thus we showed that with a
healthy normal metabolism you can cure cancer. You can
cure the cancerous rat with the healthy body of the
normal rat. But we are in the early stages of this
type of experiment. There was one patient whose
husband wanted to be connected to his wife because of
her very poor condition. But she said no, she didn't
want to have him immobilized so long, next to her,
with extensive nursing day and night. When she was
first brought in to me, she had a very bad liver with
probably hundreds of metastases, also in the rest of
the body. I had told them that I didn't believe I
could do anything for her, so the husband had offered
his healthy body. But, even as it is, she is still
living and improving. At any rate, with this type of
experiment we have had no experience on human beings,
only on rats.
Our next step to prove the theory was by taking tiny
tissue samples from the liver by liver punctures. When
time goes on and the patient recovers, the liver shows
microscopically and chemically that recovery has taken
place. This is done by micro-chemistry. There is an
increase of the potassium content and iron, and now we
can even trace the content of cobalt.
For ten years, I examined the potassium content in the
serum of human beings and I made about 200 curves. But
these are not characteristic. On the other hand, if we
take a little tissue - a little mucous membrane or
muscle tissue with the improvement of the patient, the
tissue also shows a return to the normal potassium
content. (12) This is of tremendous importance.
Two months ago when I planned to come here for my
vacation, the parents of this little boy wrote me and
asked me for treatment for leukemia. Here is the
little boy. He was treated with blood transfusions,
had been 50 and 60,000 white blood count and his red
blood count was down to 1,400,000. He lost eight
pounds in one week, couldn't eat or drink. I started
the treatment about six weeks ago. Since that time,
the boy is up and around, he can ride his bicycle, he
is active and gained a total of five pounds. The blood
count is normal. Lymphocytes are 6,500; hemoglobin is
73; 4,500,000 red blood cells - from 1,400,000! And
here is the little boy. (The mother adds: "I want to
tell you doctor, he really likes the liver juice, he
doesn't want to eat chocolate!") You see, the liver
juice, the children really like it and ask for more.
In the clinic where the parents had taken the child,
they were told that nothing could be done for him but
I feel that now we can save
this child. (Applause)
I have here another patient: Mr. Eyerly. Could you
come here? Mr. Eyerly came here to see me. He lives in
Salem, Oregon. The man had cancer of the prostate and
it had grown into the urine bladder. He went to the
University Clinic at Portland, Oregon, to a famous
urologist. He diagnosed the metastasis into the
urinary bladder and said that they could do nothing.
Besides, the cancer had grown into the pelvic bones.
This was two years ago. The physicians, including the
family doctor, all told him that he could live only 4
to 6 weeks, especially since all bones of the pelvis
were full of cancer. He looked terribly ill when he
came to me. His wife brought him with a nurse. He had
made his last will and did not expect to live. Now we
cured that. It was especially difficult. I should like
to thank his wife. She prepared the treatment with the
greatest devotion. She was wonderful and we could rely
on her. In a family where there is real devotion in
the application of this treatment, we can even save
these far advanced cases. Of course, we cannot save
all of them but we can save more than we sometimes
even consider possible. (Question from the audience:
"How long did it take?") In the urinary bladder, it
didn't take but a few weeks and there was no longer
any blood and pus, nor in the stools either. But in
the pelvis there were hundreds of spots, and that
takes a long time because the body transforms this
cancer first into so-called osteoplastic areas, not an
osteolytic process which is bone reducing. With my
treatment more bone is produced. The body produces
more bone, and then the hypertrophic bone is
transformed into normal bone tissue. Then there is no
more pain. Now the patient can get around and is even
the manager of a company.
By chance I had these two patients here and could show
them to you.
Post-Lecture Questions and Answers
Q. Can fibroid tumors be dissolved in the same manner?
A. Fibroid tumors are mostly benign. Benign tumors
take 10 to 20 times as much time to absorb as
malignant tumors. This goes for adhesions and scars.
Fibroid and benign tumors are dissolved only very
slowly because they are not abnormal. It is difficult
for the parenteral system to bring its digestive
powers to bear on these benign tumors. But when they
turn malignant, then they are quickly dissolved.
Q. (from a doctor) Dr. Gerson, when I visited your
hospital in 1946 your housekeeper was drinking fresh
carrot juice. She had had an inoperable cancer of the
pancreas. Please tell us about her. She was doing very
well for such a bad condition.
A. She is living and in good condition now, 10 years
Q. Is cancer a state of reaction of unrestrained
excessive factors of certain hormones working on
various degenerated organs or tissues?
A. No, I don't think so. There is much more and to
answer that question, I have to go deeper into the
problem. We have to separate the state of
pre-cancerous condition from the state where the
cancer appears. In the pre-cancerous condition, all is
prepared. The liver is sufficiently damaged and the
other organs of the intestinal tract are damaged
enough and then later the symptoms appear. Until then
we have the pre-cancerous condition and this condition
cannot be cured with hormones and enzymes, etc. We can
to a certain degree stimulate the liver with hormones.
We can stimulate the liver with cortisone. We can
stimulate the liver with adrenalin etc., but then we
take out the last reserves. We empty the liver instead
of refilling it. What we have to do in cancer -a
degenerative, deficiency disease- is to refill the
organs which are empty and poisoned. Therefore it is
almost a crime to give cortisone and the other
stimulants which will take away the last reserves and
improve the condition for a short while only.
Q. Why are all berries prohibited?
A. Some of the patients are hypersensitive,
especially in the beginning, against berries which are
a little difficult to digest. Therefore I cut them
Q. Are tomatoes OK?
A. Tomatoes are OK.
Q. Soy products and soy beans are forbidden. But is
lecithin forbidden, which is made from soy beans?
A. Since soy beans contain fats, I had to forbid them.
Cancer patients are not able for a long time to digest
fats to the end products. When some intermediate
substances are left in the body, they work as
carcinogenic substances. Therefore we had to cut out
fats, oil, and goods containing them for a long time.
Q. What metabolic tests do you do before and after to
further prove recovery systematically as well as
A. I examine in all these case the urine, the
complete blood count, basal metabolism or
protein-bound iodine, and potassium in serum and
tissue. To see how the liver functions, I found it
best to examine the end product of the protein
metabolism, urea nitrogen and uric acid. When these
are normal and stay normal, then I assume that the
patient is all right. But potassium in serum does not
give a characteristic picture and makes it difficult
to judge. The patient can be cured yet the serum
potassium still shows low because the tissues take it
away. In some of the cancer patients when they arrive
as terminal cases, potassium is above normal! One of
the physicians asked me once, "Are you crazy? With the
potassium above normal, you give such big doses of
potassium?" And I said, "Yes, sir, I am not crazy. The
patient is losing the potassium. (12) That is how it
is increased in the serum."
Q. Is fat-free lecithin OK?
A. Yes. But not in the beginning. After six weeks,
fat-free lecithin is OK.
Q. How harmful is coffee as a drink?
A. Coffee as a drink can be used by the patients only
when they take the castor oil because coffee increases
the motility of the stomach so the castor oil moves
more quickly out of the stomach. But otherwise, coffee
as a drink disturbs the function of the capillaries
and therefore it has to be cut out.
Q. Would not detoxification be advisable in the
majority of illnesses? Is this not comparable to what
is called "a cleansing program?"
A. We have to detoxify the body in all degenerative
diseases, in acute diseases too. But not to the extent
as is required in cancer. Even most of the arthritis
cases are not so toxic. I found that almost all of the
arthritis cases have a weak liver or damaged liver.
This is also true of coronary disease.
Q. Are (synthetic) vitamin and mineral supplements
A. No, they are wrong because calcium and many other
minerals cannot be added so easily. They bring the
system out of harmony. With calcium you can produce
cancer. I was forced in three cases of hemophilia to
give calcium to bring the blood to coagulate. I did it
but the cancer regrew and I lost all three cases. No
calcium, no magnesium, no other minerals. I tried it.
There must be harmony in our body under the law of
totality. One should not change the mineral
metabolism, especially not in cancer. Only the two
most important minerals potassium and sodium must be
balanced. This is the need of the cancer patient.
Q. In John Gunther's book, Death Be Not Proud,
mention is made of your treatment as used on John
Gunther's son. Spectacular results were obtained at
first but then there was a relapse and the patient
died. Could you have cured this case without the
regular MD's interference?
A. I will tell you why this poor boy died. He had a
terrible brain tumor growing out of the skull, larger
than my fist. I cured that. It's written in the book.
But after that, the boy had an eczema and this eczema
was of a special type which can usually be cured by
giving the anterior lobe pituitary extract, a hormone.
The family doctor, Dr. Traeger, said, "Why don't you
give it to him?" But I told him that this is a
terrible risk and I don't like to take such a risk
with the life of that boy. When we give the pituitary,
like many other hormones we may kill. But finally I
gave in and it was my fault. And for a long time after
that I couldn't sleep nights. I gave him the hormone
and the tumor regrew. I can add to that, that more
than 12 years ago now, there appeared an article by a
professor in Chicago that cancer patients benefit from
administration of sex hormones. I gave it first to
three patients, then to five. They reacted well for
the first two to three months. Then I gave it to 25
more. They all reacted well for three to four months
but after five months they went downhill. I lost 25 of
my best cancer cases. Only six I could save again.
That was the disaster from the hormone treatment. The
Gunther boy was another disaster. That was not
necessary. I want to reemphasize that we must not give
the cancer patient "a little something" for temporary
relief. I learned that the hard way.
Q. Your treatment worked in advanced cases of cancer
of the liver?
A. If more than half to three-quarters of the liver
is gone, you can't restore its function enough to save
the patient. You may save them for half a year to a
year, but then the liver may shrink and the patients
die of a shrunken liver, cirrhosis of the liver. The
liver is such an important organ that when it has to
eliminate its own cancer, this has to be done by the
healthy liver tissue. But the process of elimination
can damage the healthy liver tissue if we don't
detoxify constantly day and night, especially in these
Now about three or four months ago a case came to me
from Philadelphia. She told me when her son and.
brother brought her in that she had suffered from
cancer of the rectum. At first the doctors didn't want
to operate, then they couldn't. It was too late. Then
she spent a half year at the Hoxey Clinic, and then
she came home with a liver full of cancer, and hard as
a board. I told her son and brother that this was too
much, it wouldn't go. Take her home and make her
comfortable. But they insisted I must try. And I did.
And she is doing well! She can eat and drink, and the
anterior part of her liver is a scar, hard as though
it were calcified. Probably there is enough liver
left. The son asked when they took her home after
eight weeks, "You see, why didn't you want to take
her?" At least for four weeks, every two hours and
sometimes even every hour, she took coffee enema and
castor oil enemas twice a day! She had so much gas and
eliminated such large amounts of evil-smelling masses.
When she left, we had to paint the room. It couldn't
be washed off the paint.
(Comment by M.C.: "I may say that I have looked
through a lot of these places in a general way. I have
been through Dr. Gerson's sanatorium on three
different occasions and spent each time eight or ten
days. I saw cases come in there by ambulance, on
stretchers - just like Dr. Gerson said -hopeless
metastatic cancers of the liver, the intestines, with
obstructions, getting morphine every three to four
hours. To my amazement within ten days these same
patients would be walking around, free from pain. I
was so amazed I couldn't understand it. It was so
incredible that I made my son who was a senior in
medical school come back with me to see these things.
But it was not only cancer. I saw cases there of other
degenerative diseases of all types.")
Q. Is folic acid treatment contra-indicated during
treatment of cancer?
A. Yes, (synthetic) folic acid did damage.
Q. Can arthritis be cured by the same treatment which
you use for cancer?
A. Yes. The treatment is not specific. It is not a
specific treatment for cancer.
Q. How do you account for the fact that many skin
cancers and some other cancers can be surgically
removed and they never regrow or recur, even though no
metabolic changes have been made?
A. Some patients have only temporary damage of the
liver and the liver is then able to restore itself.
But that is not in a majority of the cases. Sometimes
if you remove, say a breast cancer, the removal of
these toxins and poisons which the cancer itself
generates is sufficient in some cases to relieve the
temporary damage from the liver. Then the liver can
recover. But these are the exceptions. And it is not
basic. Also some of these patients get recurrences
later. Many of my patients, after an initial
operation, had stayed well for three or sometimes even
five years. Then the cancer recurred. They were
inoperable and orthodox medicine was helpless.
Q. Would it not be advantageous for the cancer
patients to remain permanently on a
vegetarian diet for the rest of their lives?
A. That depends on how far the liver can be restored.
If it can be restored entirely, after say 1½ years, we
tell the patients only to avoid fats and salt.
Otherwise they are free. Many of them lead normal
lives. But I'd like to say that about 75% like to stay
more or less on the diet, and some even convince the
other members of their families to stay on it with
them. For instance, we have a photograph here in
Escondido of Mr. Walter Wagg. He had a 100% incurable
disease, progressive muscular dystrophy. He had been
in the best clinics and could get no help. I cured
him. Then his wife wanted to have another baby and
they were able to have one. Later he came to where I
was spending my vacation and showed me his wife and
the baby. He told me that the whole family sticks to
the diet and said he would stay with it as long as he
lived since he is in such fine condition.
Q. What can be done for impaired lymph circulation
following surgery in one arm for what was diagnosed as
A. It is very difficult to absorb these scars so that
the lymph circulation can be restored, a very
difficult task. It takes years.
Q. What is your conception of a prolonged fast or
periodical three-day fast?
A. You can't let the cancer patient fast. In the
cancer patient the body is so depleted, if you let
them fast they go downhill terribly.
Q. What would you consider more important, diet or
A. The balanced emotional condition is very important
but without the diet and the
detoxification you cannot heal.
Q. Would Parkinson's disease respond to a treatment
similar as that for cancer?
A. What is destroyed in the central nervous system -
and Parkinson's disease is a disease of the basal
centers - is destroyed forever. But you are able to
help the arteries in the brain with the treatment, and
you can stop the progression, and you can restore what
is not yet entirely destroyed.
Q. Does anemia contribute to cancer?
A. Sometimes it is a pre-condition to cancer,
especially a certain type of anemia, not the so-called
Q. Can too much vegetable juice cause alkalinity?
Q. Dr. Otto Warburg advises increased intake of
A. Oxygen would not go into the system so easily. You
must have oxidizing enzymes, you must have more
potassium, you must have the conditions under which
oxygen can function.
Q. What vitamins are OK to take with your treatment?
A. With the vitamins we have a similar situation as we
saw with the hormones. I damaged patients with vitamin
A, vitamin E, vitamin B and B6. Patients get really
damaged. Vitamin A and D is picked up by the cancer
cells immediately. Niacin we can use, that is B-3.
(Editor's Note: the Gerson Diet is extremely high in
natural vitamins. Cancer patients are probably very
sensitive to overdosage with synthetic vitamin
Q. What do you think of deep manipulation?
A. Cancer patients should not be massaged. Rubbing of
the skin to open the capillaries and to help the body
to stimulate the circulation is very valuable. We give
the patient a rub two or three times a day before
meals with a solution of ½ glass water with two
tablespoons rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of
wine vinegar. To rub the whole body is very refreshing
and helps the circulation.
Q. Can a person with a colostomy take the same type
of coffee enema as a regular patient?
Q. What are the principles of the coffee enema?
A. It opens the bile ducts. This is the principle.
Q. How can we prevent cancer?
A. Cancer must be prevented by preventing damage to
the liver. The basic measure of prevention is not to
eat the damaged, dead, poisoned food which we bring
into our bodies. Every day, day by day, we poison our
bodies. The older people still have a better liver and
resistance from the food they had when they were
young. The younger people get worse and the babies,
now the second generation on canned baby foods, are
still worse. They get leukemias. First of all, eat as
much as you can of raw food, keep the potassium level
up, and take some iodine.
NOTES AND REFERENCES
1. F. Sauerbruch, A. Herrmannsdorfer and M. Gerson,
"Ueber Versuche, schwere Formen der Tuberkulose durch
dietetische Behandlungen zu becinflussen," Muench.
Med. Wochenschr., 2, 1(1926).
2. M. Gerson, ibid, 77, 967 (1930).
3. M. Gerson, "Phosphorlebertran und die
Gerson-Herrrnannsdorfersche Diat zur Heilung der
Tuberkulose," Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr., 12, 1(1930).
4. F. Sauerbruch, A. Herrmannsdorfer and M. Gerson,
Muench. Med. Wochenschr, 23 (1930).
5. M. Gerson, "Wiederherstellung der verschiedenen
Gefuchiqualitaeten bei der Lupushei. lung," Verli.
Disch. Ge:. Inn. Med., 43, 77 (1931).
6. M. Gerson, Diattherapie der Lungentuberkulose,
Deuticke, Vienne, 1934.
7. M. Gerson, "Einiges ucher die kochsalzarme Diat,"
Hyppokokrates Z. Einheitsbestr. Gegenwarismed., 12,
8. F. Sauerbruch, Das War Mein Leben, Kindler und
Schiermeyer Verlag, Bad Woerischofen, 1951, pp
363-371. This contains an account of how the author
learned of Gerson's work by an accidental conversation
on the train with one of Gerson's cured TB patients,
which led to a large scale successful trial of the
Gerson TB therapy at the Sauerbruch clinic.
9. E. Urbach and E. B. Le Winn, Skin Diseases,
Nutrition, and Metabolism. Grune and Stratton, New
York, 1946, pp 4, 65-67, 530-537. This contains a
comprehensive review (in English) of the successful
use of the Gerson therapy to cure tuberculosis of the
10. M. Gerson, "Dietary considerations in malignant
neoplastic disease. A preliminary report," Rev.
GastroenteroL, 12, 419 (1945).
11. "Effects of a combined dietary regime on patients
with malignant tumors," Exp. Med. Surg., 7, 299
12. F. W. Cope, "A medical application of the Ling
association-induction hypothesis: The high potassium,
low sodium diet of the Gerson cancer therapy,"
Physiol. Chem. Phys., 10, 465 (1978).
13. M. Gerson, "Diattherapie boesartiger Erkrankungen
(Krebs)," in Handbuch der Diatetik. Scala, Ed.,
Deuticke, Vienna, 1954, pp 123-169.
14. M. Gerson, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty
Cases, Third Ed., Totality Books, Box 1035, Del Mar,
California, 1977. This is comprehensive description of
the Gerson method of cancer treatment written both for
the physician and for the layman.
GERSON THERAPY: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
by Tony Jackson
Diagnosed with advanced cancer in February 2002, I was told that I would
probably not have as long as five weeks to live unless I followed the orthodox
methods. I did not altogether reject conventional treatment, eventually having
surgery for which I was extremely grateful. The biopsy was Dukes C3 staging
meant the tumour had burst the colon and had been found extensively in my lymph.
My situation was further complicated when blood tests showed I was also
Hepatitis B & C positive.
The devastating effects of chemotherapy on friends as well as my sister's
suffering as she was subjected to one session after another of experimental
chemotherapy to no avail following spread of breast cancer, was instrumental in
me choosing against all the pressure, to take an holistic approach combining
Gerson treatment with high dose supplementation designed to boost the immune
system and create an internal bio-environment detrimental to cancer. Treatment
included detoxification procedures such as three coffee enemas a day.
This was an informed choice based on well-documented developments in
nutrition and Orthomolecular Oncology, which provides ample evidence and
clinical records of people being cured of even late stage cancers by
alternative, if controversial methods. I have lost, as I am sure we all have,
only too many good friends and family to cancer to realize that conventional
answers are not forthcoming. Tumours may be shrunk but Metastasis is the killer.
If conventional treatment were so successful why on earth should I and others
like me seek elsewhere?
In response to some of the comments made by the medical profession, I would
like to set the record straight. The American Cancer Society tells us that there
is no reason for coffee enemas to work, that they are dangerous and in extreme
circumstances can cause death. Does that mean that cancer is less dangerous and
that chemotherapy is a benign treatment, which is always 100% efficacious? As
for why they work; coffee contains choleretics, substances that increase the
flow of toxin-rich bile from the gall bladder. The coffee enema is among the
only pharmaceutically effective cholorectics noted in medical literature that
can be safely used many times without toxic effects. Coffee enemas are no less
bizarre that mustard gas, which is the origination of chemotherapy.
Costs of the Gerson treatment, we are told, can be high. How much does
conventional treatment cost the taxpayer and groaning NHS per patient per annum?
According to the Wall St. Journal, 16 October, 2002, over $2 trillion has been
spent on cancer research and treatments. Numbers dying from the disease are
soaring to plague proportions with one in two projected within the next twenty
years. In the developed world it is already one in three. Yet we are constantly
being informed that 'the magic bullet is just around the corner.'
"Rather than narrow the research spectrum we have a duty to humanity to throw
the door open and explore every single avenue yet alternative treatments are
continuously vilified without any honest research into their efficacy. Moves are
afoot through current EU
and Codex Alimentarius directives
eventually intended for
global implementation, to ban every nutrient that I and others take to deal with
cancer as well as many other degenerative conditions on the basis of being
'unproven,' even though these same supplements have papers published in
respectable scientific journals for peer review showing much to recommend them.
It is a scandal that this choice is to be removed from mature adults
by legislation. Good nutrition is our Common Wealth but modern, chemically
saturated, farming techniques, has stripped the soil of essential nutrients,
which can only be replaced by nutritional supplementation. Cancer kills its host
and the plundering of the earth's resources by the few will do the same.
Dr. Max Gerson was, as Albert Schweitzer said, a genius. As a fellow human
being Prince Charles has every right to state an opinion as much as the next
man. If his detractors have the answer, then where is it?"
(Doctor Yourself editor's note: Another article by Mr. Jackson on the
benefits of the Gerson therapy appeared in the UK newspaper The Guardian, and is
A search for "Gerson" at
http://www.doctoryourself.com will bring you much more information on this
Max Gerson, M.D., was a refugee from Nazi Germany who immigrated to the U.S.
in 1936 where he practiced the dietary and detoxification therapies he had
developed during his distinguished medical career in Germany. He came under
severe persecution for his methods by the New York State Medical Society. His
methods still are listed under the "Unproven Therapies" blacklist of the ACS,
even though his diet for cancer has an uncanny resemblance to the ACS diet,
adopted in 1984, which is recommended to prevent cancer — 48 years after Gerson
first applied these principles to the treatment of cancer in the U.S.
Gerson Therapy emphasizes fresh, organically grown, raw vegetables and fresh
juices made from same. The primary detoxification method is the coffee enema,
which allows the liver to relax its drainage system and discharge accumulated
toxins. All types of cancers are said to respond and, during his lifetime,
Gerson reported a thirty-percent, five-year survival rate for the "incurable"
cancers in advanced stages. Gerson Therapy is most effective in lymphoma and
melanoma and least effective with leukemia.
I have been researching alternative healing for
cancer for two years now. I've learned about great books, and great websites.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and you
can email me any time.
As never before, there is a wealth of information at our fingertips on the
Internet and in books. In my search for a natural cure to my own illness, lupus,
I have come across a common theme, which is go back to nature. The body
doesn't want to be sick. It has wonderful mechanisms to heal itself.
Dr. Max Gerson is a hero to me. In the early 1900's, he suffered from
migraines. He tried dietary changes, which successfully treated these migraines.
Later he applied his dietary regimen to lupus patients in his practice, with
great results. Dr. Gerson reasoned that a high intake of potassium-rich foods
allowed toxins to pass out of cells much easier. Consequently, a diet high in
salt would keep those toxins in. When toxins are in the cell, healing enzymes
have trouble getting in. Soon, he was treating cancer patients with his diet,
often with remarkable results. This occurred in the 1950s when today's current
technology was not available to him. To have achieved what he did at that time
makes him brilliant and a true visionary.
My first recommendation is that you start consuming pure organic juices,
especially carrot, spinach, and apple, as well as barley juice (green) powder
(barley grass), and wheat grass juice.
These are the things that heal. They flood the body with potassium. They
boost the immune system. They send healing enzymes where cells need them most.
Cancer cannot survive in a well-oxygenated environment and an alkaline body
means that it is well-oxygenated. Foods that produce acid in the body are meats,
dairy products, grains, processed and cooked foods, and refined sugar. You
alkalize your body by eating raw or only slightly cooked vegetables and fruits.
A cancer specialist here told me that vitamin A (like in spinach and carrot
juice) can reverse the mutations that lead to cancer (p53 gene), so it would
seem that antioxidants might be able to actually "right" your cells.
This info correlates to the Gerson therapy and other raw veggie and fruit
juice regimen successes. One would be Rev. Malkmus of Hallelujah acres. He had a
big tumor in his colon. He began drinking nothing but carrot juice and barley
grass powder drinks and it reversed itself. The tumor was absorbed by the body.
I have learned that once people stop putting so much nutrient depleted foods in
their bodies with excess hormones and protein, the body starts to digest what is
most foreign to it (cancer).
Read books by Max Gerson MD or his daughter Charlotte, they are a must.
A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by
Dr. Gerson. These are 50 cases of cancer which were reversed by diet. This book
was written some fifty years ago, but details well how the body must receive
more potassium than salt to detoxify and heal. Doctor Gerson, who wrote the book
in the 50's, used raw calf liver as his only animal food, while today it may be
prudent to take fresh flax seed oil supplements or cod liver oil supplements
instead. Though it was written 50 years ago it could be the most valuable book
you ever buy.
Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer lists doctors who have been
successful using diet and supplements, some intravenous. It lists their actual
protocol and results and tells you how to get in touch with their clinics. The
people who wrote and took part in this book believe that cancer is a reversible
A Cancer Battle Plan: Six Strategies for Beating Cancer, from a Recovered
"Hopeless Case" and A Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook: A Step-by-Step Health
Program to Give Your Body a Fighting Chance, and The Gerson Therapy, by Carlotte
Gerson published in 2000. A Cancer Battle Plan is a great beginning book,
because it is explains in layman's terms why you need to do all these things, so
it is a great companion to Dr. Gerson's book.
To facilitate detoxification and cleansing, most naturopaths would recommend
water or coffee enemas given at least twice a day to open up the bile ducts and
stimulate the liver. This prevents the contents of the colon from being
reabsorbed into the blood stream, with more toxins for the liver to try to
While doing these things mentioned above, you can look into these:
pancreatic enzymes (digestive enzymes like lipase, protease, and amylase)
ellagic acid (Raspberry seed)
Pau d'Arco tea
shark cartilage (Tamahi Calcium is better)
The Johanna Budwig diet
Vitamin B17 (nitrilosides)
Vitamin B17, also called nitrilosides, have not really been consumed
regularly in America for a long while. In areas where they are consumed year
round, the cancer rates are extremely low. Nitrilosides are found in:
High: wild blackberry, choke cherry, wild crabapple, cranberry, apple seeds,
apricot seeds, cherry seed, nectarine seed, peach seed, plum seed, prune seed,
bitter almond, broad beans, cassava, alfalfa
Medium to high: elderberry, gooseberry, macadamia nuts, mung beans
Medium: boysenberry, currant, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, buckwheat,
linseed, millet, squash seeds, lentils, Burma butter (lima) beans, alfalfa
sprouts, broad bean sprouts, chick pea sprouts, mung bean sprouts
Low to medium: black-eyed beans, chick peas, kidney beans
Low: domestic blackberry, market crabapple, black beans, green peas, U.S.
butter beans (lima), shell beans, cashews, beet tops, spinach, watercress, sweet
potato, yams and they are found in other foods too... like grapeseeds.
People just don't eat like they used to, seeds and things like that. I
recommend that you juice apples and leave the seeds in them. (I am doing this. I
have lupus and have a familial predisposition to cancer. Already I have noticed
less arthritis when I drink fresh juices and avoid wheat and meat). Vitamin B17
"eats the shield" around cancer cells exposing them to other enzymes that kill
these cells. These enzymes are produced in the pancreas. They digest protein
that we eat. If we eat excessive animal protein these valuable digestive enzymes
are used for those, but if you eat veggie proteins and fast a bit, there will be
more pancreatic enzymes in the blood stream to eat up foreign proteins like
cancer cells. You can start taking supplements with your food. After the age of
35, people's enzyme production goes down, but you can also get these types of
enzymes naturally from raw fruits and vegetables.
There is an ingredient in Essiac tea that is said to cause the cancer
cell to commit apoptosis or suicide. Essiac tea can be taken during chemotherapy
to make you stronger. Graviola tree powder and ellagic acid from
raspberries are said to have this property of causing cancer cell death as well
while sparing normal cells. I haven't done much research on Pau d'Arco but I
have heard wonderful things about it. It may be even more potent against cancer
than Essiac tea.
The Johanna Budwig diet. She was nominated for Nobel Prize 7 times for her
discoveries about fats and healing. She has been very successful with cancer. It
is also called the flax seed oil - cottage cheese diet. The sulphur compounds in
the cottage cheese (or yogurt) bind with the Omega 3 fatty acids and send them
all over the body, spreading healing oxygen. These Omega 3 fatty acids are
necessary for basic living, hormone production, etc. The American diet is highly
deficient in them. Make sure you buy a flax oil product that is bottled under
the best conditions.
Six Must Dos, from a speech given by Dr. William D. Kelley. The examples are
mine (not a part of Dr. Kelley's speech).
- Detoxification (juice fasting, enemas, antioxidants, barley juice powder,
- Nutrition and Oxygenation (flax seed oil, cod liver oil, juice fasting,
veggies, fruits, barley juice (green) powder, much more)
- Immune system building (Essiac tea, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, shark
cartilage, maitake, reishi, shitake mushrooms, juice fasting, much more)
- Enzymatic Therapy (barley juice powder, greens, more)
- Mental healing, meditation, prayer
- Non-toxic natural chemotherapy (ellagic acid, graviola tree powder, Pau
d'Arco tea, Essiac tea, more)
I will condense here my suggestions for what is most necessary:
- freshly made juices, vegetable and fruit, throughout the day
- no meat, no dairy products (except cottage cheese or yogurt), no processed
foods, no refined sugar
- supplementation with pancreatic enzymes
- raw foods that contain vitamin B17
- Pau d' Arco tea
- flax seed oil
I hope I have helped you with this information. There are cancer survivors
who have followed the above protocols and are cancer free. In the most recent
book "The Gerson Therapy" there are pictures of actual people, their names and
their advice for people who are suffering from cancer. It is not a money-making
tool, to teach people how to eat to heal. It is a sad sad thing that has
happened to the medical industry in America. There is a Gerson clinic in
Tijuana, Mexico. Most of these clinics have been forced out of the U.S. but
there are complementary physicians, some possibly in your area who believe
wholeheartedly in the natural treatment of cancer coinciding with some
traditional treatments. These doctors are found in the Alternative Medicine
Definitive Guide to Cancer , across the U.S., the book gives their locations and
Here are websites with information related to what I have written above. I
wish you all the best. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you,
Kelly in PA.
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support of health benefits derived from foods. This means we cannot make specific
statements as to how food-based, non-drug products may help prevent or treat
diseases. If we were to succeed, our government would attempt to re-classify that
food as a drug! Eating any food or a concentrated natural product should be a decision
based on your personal research and understanding. Food-derived antioxidants, minerals
and enzymes play an important role in your health. The information we provide in
this website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute
for advice from a health care professional. It should not be used for diagnosis
or treatment of any health problem or construed as a prescription of a medication
or other treatment. We cannot and do not claim that the products we offer will
prevent, cure, treat or diagnose a disease in humans or animals. Natural healing
is inherently unpredictable, and results will vary widely.