The Gerson Therapy: The Amazing Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses

The Gerson Therapy: The Amazing Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses

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ISBN-13: 9781575666280
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 424
Sales rank: 44,610
Product dimensions: 8.76(w) x 5.84(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Charlotte Gerson, the daughter of Max Gerson, founded the Gerson Institute in 1977. Under her father’s tutelage, Charlotte learned about the remarkable nutritional therapy that has saved the health of thousands, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, a lifelong advocate of the Gerson Therapy®. Charlotte has supervised the training of medical staff at the Gerson Institute and at hospitals licensed to teach the Gerson Institute method. She has lectured on the benefits of nutritional therapy at several hundred health organizations worldwide, including the Cancer Control Society, the National Health Federation, and the International Association of Cancer Victors and Friends. A staunch practitioner of holistic medicine, Charlotte Gerson has devoted her life to the Gerson Therapy’s message of health and healing.
 
Morton Walker, D.P.M., achieved widespread respect as a medical journalist with 74 bestselling health books to his credit and 23 journalism awards for his work. In 1992, he received the Humanitarian Award from the American Cancer Control Society, which named him “the world’s leading medical journalist specializing in holistic medicine.”

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CHAPTER 1

HOW NUTRITION HEALS

In 1992, at the Fukushima Medical College on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan, Professor of Medicine Yoshihiko Hoshino, M.D., Ph.D., learned that he had developed cancer of the colon. During the course of surgery to remove the malignancy, his oncological surgeon discovered that Dr. Hoshino's cancer had already metastasized to the liver. While under postoperative care, the patient was advised by his personal friend and former classmate, the same surgical oncologist, to undergo multiple courses of chemotherapy.

As it happens, the Gerson therapeutic program for reversing acute and chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, and other life-threatening illnesses is quite well known and highly respected in the industrialized countries of Europe and Asia. Professor Hoshino was among a growing number of health professionals aware of Dr. Max Gerson's well-established book A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases (translated into Japanese) and the medical efficacy of his treatment program.

Because of well-recognized adverse side effects and an excessive rate of failure for colon/rectal cancer (93 percent of patients die after receiving chemotherapy for such malignancy) and an even worse prognosis for liver cancer metastases (97 percent of patients succumb after receiving chemotherapy), this professor of medicine refused to take cytotoxic agents. Instead, owning the broadly disseminated Japanese translation of Dr. Gerson's book, Dr. Hoshino followed its instructions and on his own proceeded to follow the Gerson Therapy.

Today, with a decent interval of almost nine years having elapsed since Dr. Hoshino's diagnosis, he and his oncologist have declared the patient "cured" of both colon cancer and liver metastases. Here is the letter Charlotte Gerson recently received from Professor Yoshihiko Hoshino, M.D., Ph.D.:

As you know, I suffered from colon cancer and metastatic liver cancer in 1992 and recovered from them by use of the Gerson Therapy. I have written a book introducing Gerson Therapy to medical consumers in Japan. My book was published in August 1998 and is the first about Gerson Therapy written by a medical doctor in Japan. It has caused a big sensation among Japanese people, because using the Gerson program twelve additional cancer patients also were cured. My book not only tells of my recovery but also includes the stories of these twelve Japanese who no longer suffer from cancer.

Healing By A Powerful Nutritional Therapy

In applying the techniques of healing, all health practitioners acknowledge a common truth: there exists just one science of human immunology, which possesses specific laws of biochemistry. In the profession of medicine, however, two opposing factions or sets of practice principles prevail that often are contentious with each other. They are at odds. Disease-oriented orthodox medicine and patient-centered holistic medicine agree only on the current facts of biochemistry and immunology but hardly on anything else.

Disease-oriented medical practice directs its efforts to finding the generalized formulas for treating types or classes of people who resemble one another in certain symptomatic respects. Its classification of patients into groups or categories is indispensable for finding a treatment to be used. For uncovering the therapy that works best, single- or double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials are frequently employed. With a patient's physiology, whatever is found wrong, the allopathic (drug-using) physician attempts to correct the health problem with FDA-approved pharmaceuticals, chemotherapeutics, surgery, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, or other forms of high technology. Disease-oriented medicine is a system primarily employing drugs in an attempt to produce effects in the body that will directly oppose and so alleviate the symptoms of disease. Applying chemotherapy for cancer is the perfect example of disease-oriented medicine in practice.

Patient-centered medical practice approaches its healing procedures by seeking out everything that can possibly be done to optimize the health of a given unique individual. An orientation like this, also defined as "functional medicine" by health professional educator Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D., of Gig Harbor, Washington, demands decisions based on judgments by holistic physicians, chiropractors, homeopaths, naturopaths, acupuncturists, some nurse practitioners, nutritionists, and other types of healers. It also requires close personal participation by the patients themselves. The doctor frequently devotes as much time teaching a patient as administering treatment. Even if the patient shows no outward sign of disease but has only subclinical symptoms, as manifested by irregular laboratory tests, an effort is made in patient-centered medicine to accomplish three specific physiological restorations:

1. Harmonize the person's biochemistry.

2. Elevate the workings of a suppressed immune system.

3. Rectify the malfunctioning of essential organs.

Prescribing a homeopathic remedy is a perfect example of patient-centered medicine in practice.

The Gerson Therapy is another example of how one might put to use patient-centered medicine. It is the best to be found in self-help health care, especially for the reversal of really serious illnesses. The Gerson Therapy utilizes mostly nutrition as the means to achieve for people, sick or well, all three components of holistic, biological, patient-oriented medicine. It is the ultimate in natural healing and a powerful antidote to the unnaturalness that prevails in the new millennium of our society's high technological way of life.

In the following sections of this chapter, we offer a general discussion of the underlying source of cancer — its pathological changes within the tissues and cells. And the description of such alterations from normal physiology will offer insights into some of the other degenerative disease abnormalities.

Since he first introduced it around 1926, there had been no place in the allopathic medical community for Dr. Max Gerson's powerfully healing nutritional therapy. For instance, among the four deciding votes cast by legislators to defeat the U.S. Senate's 1946 Pepper-Neely anticancer Bill No. 1875, those voting negatively were four physicians turned senators. At the time, treating people with diet to eliminate their degenerative diseases was just too excessively simple. Doing so removed a great deal of decision-making power from the medical profession; consequently, those four physicians who were U.S. senators at the time voted to kill Senator Claude Pepper's bill. So cancer patients then and later became victims of the shortsighted vote for special interests.

Dr. Gerson plodded on and continued bringing sick people who consulted him back from the brink of death. Now, with the pioneer gone these past forty years or more, his daughter and the Gerson Institute carry on with their task of educating the public.

The Gerson Therapy Is De Facto Recognized by the U.S. Government

As we alluded to in our introduction, the most revolutionary and promising field of medical research against degenerative diseases is that of chemoprevention: the use of micronutrients or macronutrients, phytochemicals, nutraceuticals, and other organic components often found in foods that can prevent, stop, or retard the process of illness. By the beginning of 1995, the National Cancer Institute was pursuing forty new or established studies in the area of nutrition that involved enzymes, fiber, fat, micronutrients, vitamins, and phytochemicals.

By 1999, the forty abstracts summarizing those same 1995 beginning investigations on cancer and nutrition had been completed and sent to the U.S. government's American Association for Cancer Research. These studies are currently providing critical information on the substances needed to be added to or eliminated from the human diet to combat cancer. You probably are not surprised that nearly all of the components of the Gerson Therapy do play leading roles among these phytochemical ingredients. By such adoption, the Gerson Therapy is, in effect, recognized as a viable treatment against cancer and most other degenerative diseases. It's a de facto recognition by the United States, but without lawful authority and literally unofficial. Still, the Gerson Therapy's components are very much in evidence and being utilized to save lives. They even form the foundation for advisories given by profit makers of the cancer industry such as the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Clinic, and many pharmaceutical companies merging nutrient manufacturers into their corporate structures.

As part of our preface we stated that in the United States every year, a minimum of 1.9 million people are diagnosed with some type of malignancy (excluding skin cancer and in situ cervical cancer). And we cited holistic oncologist, internist, and homeopathic physician W. Douglas Brodie, M.D., H.M.D., of Reno, Nevada, who states that at least 700,000 Americans die from cancer annually.

Almost every health care professional and most medical consumers now know that the cause of over 70 percent of malignancies is in some way related to what we eat. Denatured food, in fact, is a main source of breast and colon/rectal cancer as well as of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Every year more medical and scientific evidence accumulates revealing that what we take in as food has tremendous influence on whether we will develop cancer and whether we can cure it once malignant disease symptoms arise.

This is a tremendously exciting field of scientific inquiry that the conventional medical community is just now beginning to investigate seriously. Yet, probably half a century ahead of his time, during an active professional life spanning forty years, from 1919 in Bielefeld, Germany, to 1959 in New York City, one modest physician developed the food and nutrition answers for cancer and other degenerative diseases. Max Gerson, M.D., however, was unmercifully vilified, harassed, and persecuted in the United States by the AMA, especially its journal editor, Morris Fishbein, M.D., and his physician-politician cohorts.

After a 1946 patient demonstration before a committee of the U.S. Senate that received national media attention, Dr. Gerson was attacked editorially in the pages of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Reasons for the attack were related to prevailing domestic medical politics and the various financial policies being enforced at the time by longtime AMA politician, JAMA editor, and nonpracticing physician Morris Fishbein, M.D.

Why has it taken organized allopathic medicine so long to appreciate the connection between diet and cancer?

Why have oncological pioneers like Dr. Max Gerson been denigrated, been stigmatized, and had their hearts broken when they've attempted to use nutrition as a therapeutic tool?

At least for the first of these penetrating questions, the authors of this book can figure out four particular answers:

1. In the United States, advances in medical technology maintain prejudicial leads over any other means of treatment. As a nation we have tended to focus on technology for battling cancer and other health problems. Eating vegetables as recommended by Dr. Gerson employs hardly any technology.

2. The American pharmaceutical industry rules the way medicine is allowed to be practiced not only in this country but also around the world. If a therapeutic substance or method is unpatentable — without profits to be made from a synthesized drug — it's usually ignored or opposed and suppressed. No medically oriented commercial company will be amenable to investing research time and money to promote it.

3. Admitting that there's a strong relationship between what we eat and getting cancer or some other sickness, points a self-directed finger at two groups: (a) the food processors who sell us malnourishing synthetic or otherwise unnatural packaged edibles and (b) ourselves as the source of our own illness. Although we may recognize the truth of such condemnation, it truly is a discomforting mental burden nonetheless.

4. Most medical doctors have had extremely poor education in the nutritional sciences. Those physicians who currently utilize nutrition as treatment are primarily self-educated.

There has been no place for the Dr. Gersons of this world — until now. Today the medical times are changing remarkably for doctors — not only financially but also nutritionally. The more conscientious of them have found it necessary to turn to nutritional therapy almost as a last resort against cancer, arthritis, heart and blood vessel disorders, diabetes, stroke, and other disabling forms of degenerative diseases. Why? Simply because too many of their patients never get well with the applications of standard, conventionally practiced allopathic medicine and oncology. Gradually, physicians are looking at the true causes of debilitating diseases like cancer and deciding that for too long they've been treating symptoms and not the underlying sources of illness, which they didn't understand.

The Various Forms of Cancerous Growths

Of the 150 different types of cancerous growths, five major groups are conventionally recognized in oncology (the study and practice of tumor treatment). They are classified in accordance with the tissues exhibiting an abnormally wild and excessive cellular growth. The classifications listed below are taken from the book An Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer, coauthored by W John Diamond, M.D., director of the Triad Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, and cardiologist W Lee Cowden, M.D., consultant to the Conservative Medicine Institute in Richardson, Texas, with contributor Burton Goldberg, publisher for Future Medicine Publishing, Inc.

Carcinomas form in the epithelial cells that cover the skin, mouth, nose, throat, lung airways, and genitourinary and gastrointestinal tracts or that line glands such as the breast or thyroid. Solid tumors invading the lung, breast, prostate, skin, stomach, and colon/rectum are labeled carcinomas.

Sarcomas develop in the bones and soft connective and supportive tissues surrounding organs and tissues, such as cartilage, muscles, tendons, fat, and the other linings of the lungs, abdomen, heart, central nervous system, and blood vessels.

Leukemias evolve in the blood and bone marrow. Abnormal white blood cells produced in those tissues travel throughout the bloodstream damaging the spleen and other tissues. They don't form solid tumors but rather are considered blood dyscrasias (imbalances).

Lymphomas are lymph gland malignancies composed of abnormal white blood cells (lymphocytes) congregating in the neck, groin, armpits, spleen, chest center, and around the intestines as solid tumors. Two of the most prevalent lymphoma types affecting North Americans are non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease.

Myelomas, while rare, arise in the antibody-producing plasma cells or blood-cell-producing (hemopoietic) cells of the bone marrow.

Cancer cells are essentially parasitic and immortal. They fail to develop specialized functions, develop their own blood vessel network to siphon nourishment away from the normal cells, and grow to such a state of abnormality that they kill their host. Cancer cells are not encapsulated by fiber and thus may invade nearby normal cells. If they do not invade, the cancerous growth is considered to be localized; if they spread to other body parts, the malignancy is labeled metastasized.

Reasons for Cancer and Other Body Degenerations To Arise

In 1958, Max Gerson, M.D., was the first physician ever to describe cancer as arising from multiple interdependent factors. He had identified numbers of such factors during his forty-one-year career as a physician. Now, with the passing of another forty-one years, the original list offered by Dr. Gerson has expanded. The innocent public has been the loser, as industrialists and other environmental polluters have found new ways to suppress people's immunity, inhibit their enzymes, and kill them with myriad cancer-causing agents (at last count over 52,000 unnatural substances). Today, a minimum of forty-nine stressors exist, which contribute to acute or chronic physical, mental, and emotional deterioration (see Table 1-1 on pages 19-20).

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Table of Contents

Title Page,
Authors' Disclaimer,
Dedication,
About the Authors,
Preface,
Introduction,
Part One - How the Gerson Therapy Works,
Chapter One - How Nutrition Heals,
Chapter Two - A Brief Biography of DR. Max Gerson,
Chapter Three - The Biological Basis of the Gerson Therapy,
Chapter Four - The Core of the Gerson Therapy,
Chapter Five - Remission — How It Happens,
Part Two - The Gerson Therapy In Action,
Chapter Six - Healing Melanoma With The Gerson Therapy,
Chapter Seven - Success With Other Diseases,
Chapter Eight - Foods On The Gerson Diet Plan,
Chapter Nine - Thirteen Glasses,
Chapter Ten - The Gerson Saltless Diet,
Chapter Eleven - Nutritional Supplements On The Diet,
Chapter Twelve - Liver Detoxification With Coffee Enema,
Chapter Thirteen - Coffee Enema And How To Take Them,
Part Three - Adapting The Therapy For Various Diseases,
Chapter Fourteen - Standard Gerson Therapy For Most Cancers,
Chapter Fifteen - Modified Therapy During Chemotherapy,
Chapter Sixteen - Modified Therapy For Severely Weakened Cancer Patients,
Chapter Seventeen - Modified Therapy For Noncancer Patients,
Part Four - Using The Gerson Approach,
Chapter Eighteen - Psychological Approaches Of The Gerson Therapy,
Chapter Nineteen - How To Follow The Gerson Therapy On Your Own,
Chapter Twenty - Gerson Lab Tests Explained,
Chapter Twenty-One - Success Stories By Patients,
Chapter Twenty-Two - Recipes,
Appendixes,
Selected Bibliography,
Copyright Page,
Notes,

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After watching the Beautiful truth on netflix my dad and our whole family were amazed at what it had revealed. We have always been into the natural way of curing things but this brings it to a whole other lever. My dad was told by the doctors that he needed to be on heart medication asap or else he would have a heart attach at his levels. His dad had died of heart pill complications so he hesitated. He did the juicing and cutting out all meat out of his diet as well as stopped smoking and he lost 15 lbs in a month. It was his body cleaning out his intestines. Men suffer from cancers in their intestines so often and this will truly allow your bowels to take a break. My dad doesn't need the heart pills now and we now know if you can commit t0 health you will be healthy. It is as easy as that. read this book. Watch the movie and take a chance at a natural cure you will be amazed at what you will find. I have heard from many people that have given up on cures say my DR said not to do natural medicine and my DR said I don't have to change my diet. they only depend on drugs and nothing natural, that is why so many people die from sicknesses. Please if you read this take advantage of the things god put on this earth and what our ancestors for many years have used. I hope this book is helpful for everyone.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
The Gerson Therapy is a nutritional program that jump starts your body's healing processes. I watched a couple of intriguing documentaries on the subject and so went out to buy this book to learn more. Everything about this therapy makes sense, but for the average person who is not sick it may be a bit extreme to follow the Gerson Therapy as a lifestyle. It's a bit daunting to say the least. It requires massive amounts of juicing (once every hour) and coffee enemas. There is a lot of evidence that this can help the body cure itself of cancer and disease by flooding it with nutrients but it would be a hard regimen to follow. I guess if you had cancer though, it would be worth the effort to follow this therapy. The book starts with a short history of Dr. Max Gerson, who started healing people with this therapy in the '30's and '40's. It then outlines how the therapy works and how to adapt it to your particular condition. This book could be of interest to either people who are sick and want to heal themselves naturally or healthy people who are interested in the topic of health.
Samantha425 More than 1 year ago
I watched documentaries as well on this "magical' healing. It is absolutely true in every way. I have converted my lifestyle to only half of the ways, and I am almost perfectly healthy. The power of organics is unmistakeable... Since eating only organic food Ive had alot more energy and seem in a better mood. This is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent info. It may be hard to follow the diet on your own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that doctors need to apply to their practice and tell the AMA to "put it where the sun don't shine." If every doctor would practice what is in this book, they would have healthier patients, and we could drive the drug companies out of business. For those who are serious about a healthy life.
Christeenerd More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing and inspiring book. Very eye opening and full of isef information that help you make life transforming decisions.
Buyer1 More than 1 year ago
I think this book provides a good outline of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and how to kickstart your body's own healing processes.
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WorldReader1111 13 days ago
I got a lot from this book. It is, generally, easy to read for a book of its type, with accessible formatting and functional writing (though, oddly, the text repeats itself several times, in different sections -- no biggie, but kind of awkward, I thought). And, furthermore, it thoroughly delivers on its premise, providing a highly comprehensive overview of the Gerson treatment and its underlying theory and mechanics, plus an equally rich collection of recipes and the like. If you're contemplating the therapy, the book leaves no question unanswered. Best, however, is the great deal of complimentary information, which not only covers many additional, related health issues, but also provides many pearls of wisdom, and a consistent overtone of good, sound reasoning -- positive vibes, as it were. Also, I found the large majority of this information to agree with my personal experience in regards to health, lifestyle, and my general worldview, for what that's worth. All in all, this extra depth worked to enhance the book to something beyond a mere overview of the Gerson therapy, as to be a source of practical advice and food-for-thought, offering substance even to readers without interest in the treatments. My sincere thanks goes out to the author, subjects, and publisher. I am grateful for, and have benefited from, your work.
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"It was good. Different but good. How was yours?"
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