Gerson Therapy

 1. Background

The Gerson therapy was developed by Dr. Max Gerson,[i] a German-born American medical doctor. He began to use the therapy for cancer treatment in 1928.[ii] In the past 100 years, the therapy has been continuously modified and improved. It is one of the widely used alternative and complementary cancer treatment in the world today.

2. How the Gerson Therapy Works

The Gerson therapy is based on that the accumulation of toxins in the human body results in the genesis of cancer. The emerging of cancer in the human body indicates that toxins reach dangerous level and the detoxification organs, particularly liver, are already damaged and debilitated. The Gerson approach is to flush out accumulated toxins from the human body tissues, to rejuvenate the human body with essential nutrients, and mobilize the human body to fight the cancer. Here are the 4 key components of Gerson therapy:

(1) Detoxification

Coffee enema is employed to remove toxins from the bloodstream. During one 15-minute coffee enema, the entire human body’s blood supply filters through the liver 5 times. This allows the human body to expel harmful toxins rapidly.

You may select the appropriate enemas that best suit your conditions.

(2) The Diets

The Gerson diet is plant-based, and contains a variety of organic fruits, vegetables and sprouted ancient grains. The diet is low in fat, proteins and sodium, and rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

Here are the examples of anti-cancer diets:

(3) The Juices

The Gerson juices are derived from fresh vegetables, including raw carrots, apples and green-leaf, and provide the easiest and most effective way of high quality nutrition absorption.

Here are the examples of fresh vegetables to get juices:

(4) Supplements

The Gerson Therapy includes a number of supplements:

  • Niacin,
  • Vitamin B12
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Pancreatic enzymes
  • Potassium compound
  • Lugol’s solution
  • Milk thistle
  • COQ10
  • Selenium
  • Thyroid hormone

3. Safety

Gerson therapy is generally safe, if following the standard operation procedures. The common side effects are electrolyte imbalances and colitis (inflammation of the bowel).

[i] Retrieved April 12, 2017

[ii] Max Gerson MD, A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. The Gerson Institute, San Diego, 1990.


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