(Health Secrets) The Gerson therapy is effective for cancer and other degenerative diseases as well. It works by restoring health and killing pathogens or cancer cells naturally. One famous testimony about the Gerson method came from Albert Schweitzer, who was once a patient of Dr. Max Gerson.
Dr. Gerson healed Schweitzer of his diabetes when Schweitzer was 70 years old, allowing him to continue his difficult work until he was 90. After Gerson died, Schweitzer wrote that Dr. Gerson was a medical genius who .. . “achieved more than seemed possible under adverse conditions. Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them.”
A brief Gerson therapy history
Max Gerson began his natural healing approach by treating tuberculosis in his native Germany during the 1920’s. Even then there was opposition to his work from other physicians. By chance, a woman with terminal cancer requested that Dr. Gerson treat her cancer using his tuberculosis curing methods. At first he declined. He was not sure it would work for her or even for cancer at all, and he didn’t want any more problems from the medical establishment in Germany.
But she insisted and drew up a document asserting her responsibility and indemnifying him from liability. To his surprise, she recovered completely. Then there were more cancer patients, and Dr. Gerson committed himself to the healing of cancer. He left Germany as Nazism took over, continued his methods in France for a short while, and then arrived in the United States.
After practicing out of his home, he set up a clinic in up state New York with some assistance from grateful patients he had healed. He published his findings and successes, which led to some attacks by the established medical community. After taking five successfully treated “incurable” cancer patients to Congress in an effort to prove his therapy’s worth in the mid 1940’s, the AMA and Big Pharma stepped up their attacks.
Dr. Gerson’s daughter, Charlotte Gerson, who was very involved with the Gerson therapy asserts that Max Gerson was poisoned by someone putting arsenic into his afternoon coffee. There is forensic evidence to support her claim. There was arsenic detected in his urine after he complained of stomach cramps upon drinking the coffee. The establishment claimed he died of lung cancer. According to Charlotte, there were no tumors on his lungs. His weakened condition from ingesting arsenic at 77 years of age simply precipitated a lung infection.
Charlotte’s son and Max Gerson’s grandson, Howard Straus, has written the book Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Hopeless. Howard had to take it to Canada for publishing since he could not find a willing publisher in the States. Even then, some passages that were very unflattering to Big Pharma, the AMA, and medical journals were removed.
The hopeless and terminally ill came to Dr. Gerson’s clinic. It’s sadly true that most cancer patients turn to alternative methods only after the AMA/Big Pharma fails, if they are still alive. This is at the point when they are considered incurable or terminal. Dr. Gerson felt that because of this, he wasn’t shut down. After all, when more money can’t be squeezed out of desperate cancer victims because they are considered incurable, there can’t be any concern over competition, right?
Howard’s book chronicles Dr. Gerson’s achievements in the face of constant adversity and ridicule. And Charlotte herself has recently co-written The Gerson Therapy, which covers the therapy’s protocol. The Gerson Institute exists today to ensure, with certification, that practitioners who have adopted Dr. Gerson’s protocol apply it correctly. They also educate those who wish to use Dr. Gerson’s methods, and they are available for questions and for educational materials as well as application to one of their clinics.
Basic protocol summary of the Gerson therapy
Max Gerson’s protocol could be divided into three major sections:
- Heavy vegetarian juicing for enzymes and minerals, with a low animal protein diet that is high in potassium
- Detoxification of the liver with coffee enemas
- Treatment, sometimes by injection, with natural supplements
This last item may be the only one that is best served by a health practitioner. The others are capable of being administered by oneself at home if the proper instructional materials are purchased from the Gerson Institute Headquarter. Their website link is at the end of this article.
It is important to select the right type of juice machine for juicing, even if only for health maintenance. High speed blenders and centrifugal juicers are expensive and difficult to clean after each use. That can be discouraging. More importantly, those high speed machines destroy much of the enzyme content of the fruits and vegetables juiced.
Enzymes are even more important than minerals and vitamins. They are biochemical catalysts that function throughout the body to promote metabolism, even at the cellular level. Without enzymes, nutrients won’t fare well and metabolic waste products will stay trapped in the blood.
Low speed masticating or triturating machines are much better for cancer patients using the Gerson method. The same holds true for anyone who wishes to juice for better health and immunity, as the fruit and vegetable enzymes are preserved, while the fiber that inhibits digestion of the nutrients in the juices is removed.
The masticating machines have one auger-shaped screw, while the triturating machines have two screws that mesh together. These machines can even juice wheat grass in addition to hard vegetables and fruits, such as carrots and apples. And they are easier to clean and less expensive than high speed machines! Either type will do for most purposes, although the triturating juicers are favored for Gerson’s cancer therapy.
The Gerson therapy advocates juicing carrots with green vegetables and apples. Carrot juice alone has a high glycemic index that’s not good for blood sugar balance. Of course, these foods for juicing must be organically grown.
Root vegetables, such as carrots, directly suck up whatever is in the soil. So carrots from mineral deprived soil that is soaked with insecticides and petrochemical fertilizers will do more harm than good. Non-organic apples are heavily treated with pesticides. The Gerson therapy for advanced cancer calls for considerable consumption of freshly made organic fruit and vegetable juices. For general health, less is required.
Liver detoxification with coffee enemas
The liver is an extremely important organ to cleanse and detoxify, since once the liver degenerates to near collapse, death is imminent. There are methods that use olive oil and lemon juice to expel solidified fat globules, often considered to be gall stones, after a few days of apple juice or apples. Those methods actually clear out the gall bladder, not the liver itself. Liver function is somewhat improved by cleansing the closely associated gall bladder.
But the liver itself must be really clean and healthy in order to effectively handle the body’s effort to detoxify, especially when eliminating toxic cancer cells. Using coffee enemas strikes virtually all but the most dedicated java addicts as odd! However, if administered properly, the caffeine doesn’t get into the blood stream.
That’s right, caffeine. Hold the decaf please, and lose the flavoring too. Just plain coffee is the ticket. What is important, again, is using only organically grown coffee. Makes sense, right? For normal colon cleansing, one retains the liquid while lying on the left side, but for liver detox with coffee enemas, one must lie on the right side for up to 20 minutes before expelling. This allows the coffee’s entrance into the hepatic portal of the liver.
Marsha Anderson explained the procedure in her 2009 article titled Use Coffee Enemas for Detoxification:
“The caffeine, theobromine and theophylline in coffee dilate the ducts to facilitate bile flow. The palmitates in coffee increase the action of glutathione-S-transferase by 600 to 700% in the liver and in the small intestine. It is this enzyme that is responsible for the detoxification of free radicals and it’s also this enzyme that inhibits the re-absorption of the radicals.”
Dr. Gerson stated in a 1956 lecture:
“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 . . . It is very important to note that oxidizing enzymes are at a low level of function in cancer patients.”
No pharmaceutical medications are used or even allowed during Gerson therapy. Fortunately, frequent coffee enemas assuage the pain for which many advanced cancer patients are prescribed pain killers. As a doctor, Max Gerson could and would administer natural medicines by injection as well as orally.
He used high doses of potassium and extremely high doses of iodine/potassium iodide, as well as a thyroid solution to force cancer cells into rapidly absorbing potassium, which eventually oxidized them. The importance of oxidizing cancer cells from within the body is a prominent alternative cancer therapy theme. Cancer cells thrive in an anaerobic environment. Oxygen destroys them.
Crude liver extract and vitamin B12 for red blood cell production were injected, and a mixture of carrot and liver juice was added to the many juices that the patients drank. This served to create more oxidation in the cancer cells, while aiding their elimination from the body. Dr. Gerson had determined that even in his day, prior to 1960, the oxidizing merits of potassium in our soil and food supply were greatly diminished.
From Dr. Gerson’s 1956 lecture:
“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 [to help eat the tumor masses away]”.
Keep in mind that these patients were advanced cancer cases, and intense, albeit non-toxic measures had to be used. Some could not even walk into the clinic! Yet Dr. Gerson’s success rate was quite high.
For more information:
Gerson Institute Headquarters or main office http://www.gerson.org/
The Cancer Tutor on Gerson’s methods http://www.cancertutor.com/Cancer/Gerson.htm
Healing Cancer Naturally: The Gerson Protocol
How to Use Coffee Enemas for Detoxification
Interview of Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson’s daughter and now head of the Gerson Institute