Gerson Therapy

The Gerson Therapy Program

The Gerson Therapy is a safe, natural treatment developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1920’s that uses organic foods, juicing, coffee enemas, detoxification and natural supplements to activate the body’s ability to heal itself.  According to the Gerson Institute, “Over the past 60 years, thousands of people have used the Gerson Therapy to recover from so-called “incurable” diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.”

Gerson Therapy involves 3 important steps that have to be performed simultaneously. The first step is detoxification by coffee enemas. The second step is the Gerson Diet that supplies the essential nutrients including enzymes from 13 glasses daily of fresh vegetable and fruit juice. The third step is the supplement of deficient nutrients, particularly potassium, iodine, and thyroid hormones. Additional supplements are used that include niacin, pancreatin, flaxseed oil, castor oil, coenzyme Q10, Wobe-Mugos enzyme products, laetrile, crude liver or vitamin B12 injection, and gastrointestinal enzyme products. The therapy aims to restore the diseased cells in the body back to normal.

After the initial 6-12 week intensive treatment, the Gerson Therapy Program requires the cancer patient to adhere to a maintenance diet of low-salt, low-sugar, low-animal protein and high-potassium diet.  All types of fresh and organic vegetables and fruits are encouraged. Tobacco, alcohol, canned, frozen, and other processed foods are discouraged. Salt and sugar are to be minimized or avoided completely – they should come from the natural foods, not from refined sources.

The detoxification of the liver and the production of thyroid hormones to regulate the immune system are crucial to cancer recovery.  Liver detoxification with coffee enema is a very important procedure in Gerson Therapy.  It lowers the quantity of blood serum toxins, cleaning the poison out of the fluid nourishing normal cells.  Coffee enemas cause dilation of bile ducts, facilitating excretion of dead cancer cells by the liver and dialysis of toxic products from blood across the colonic wall.

The Gerson Therapy program requires dedication and discipline and hourly juicing – it simply will NOT WORK if you do not adhere to it completely, or if you cut corners and eat a few wrong foods here and there.  It is ideally suited to the cancer survivor who is highly disciplined with enough energy to adhere to the strict regime.

Gerson Therapy Cancer Survival Studies

1. 36 patients with Colon cancer that had metastasised to the liver where placed on the Gerson Diet against 36 control patients with similar diagnosis, not on the Gerson Diet.  Mean survival with Gerson Diet: 28.6 months.  Mean survival without Gerson Diet: 16.2 months. Duration of treatment unknown.  [Study conducted by Germany’s Lechner P, Kronberger J. Erfahrungen mit dem einsatz der diat-therapie in der chirurgischen onkologie.  Akt.Ernahr-Med 1990;15:72-8.]

2. 153 patients with Melanoma cancer were treated with the Gerson Diet.  All 14 early stage (I and II) patients were disease free at 17 years, compared to survival rates reported in the literature of 80% – 95%.  Of the 35 stage III patients, the five-year survival rate was 71%, compared to survival rates reported in the literature of 27% to 42% (p=0.002). Of the 18 stage IV patients, the five-year survival was 39%, compared to 6% to 20% in the literature (p<0.001). Not included in this analysis were 53 patients who were lost to follow-up.  [Study conducted by Hildenbrand G, Hildenbrand L. Five year survival rates of melanoma patients treated by diet therapy after the manner of gerson: A retrospective review. Alternative Therapies 1995 Sep;Vol 1(4).

The Gerson Therapy Cures Chief of Surgery at U.S. Hospital

[Dr. Lorraine Day has impressive credentials. She is an internationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon and author. She was for 15 years on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine as Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics. She was also Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at San Francisco General Hospital and is recognized world-wide as an AIDS expert. She has been invited to lecture extensively throughout the U.S. and the world; appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including 60 Minutes, Nightline, CNN Crossfire, Oprah Winfrey, and Larry King Live.]

“You have cancer. You’re going to die!” The doctors told me. “But they were wrong!” says Lorraine Day, M.D. “I refused mutilating surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the treatment methods ALL physicians are taught, and got well by using God’s natural remedies instead.

Dr. Day was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer but rejected standard therapies because of their destructive side effects and because those therapies often lead to death. She chose instead to rebuild her immune system using the natural, simple, inexpensive therapies designed by God and outlined in the Bible, so her body could heal itself.

You Have Cancer. You’re Going to Die! the doctors told me… “But they were wrong!” says Lorraine Day M.D. She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and had a lumpectomy of a small tumor. But the tumor soon recurred, became very aggressive and grew rapidly. Yet Dr. Day rejected standard therapies because of their destructive side effects and because those therapies often lead to death. She chose instead to rebuild her immune system using the natural, simple inexpensive therapies designed by God and available to everyone, so her body could heal itself.

In her two videos, “You Can’t Improve on God” and “Cancer Doesn’t Scare Me Anymore”, Dr. Day explains why you don’t have to accept a death sentence from your doctor and how this plan has been used successfully by many patients with different types of life-threatening diseases to regain their health.

Dr. Lorraine Day is now alive and healthy.  Most impressive was her statement that she rejected “traditional” therapies because she studied the medical literature – which proved to her that these treatments are ineffective! Why are patients not given this information, available to professionals? Dr. Day says she came to the common sense conclusion that “you cannot destroy the immune system and get well at the same time.” She discovered nutritional healing, the Gerson Therapy, and says: “CANCER DOESN’T SCARE ME ANYMORE!”

Dr. Lorraine Day has the courage to defy orthodox medicine by getting up before the entire audience of the Cancer Control Society and testifying, as follows:

“I am Dr. Lorraine Day. Some of you know me from the book I wrote: AIDS What the Government Isn’t Telling You. Several years ago, I actually spoke here about AIDS. I have been coming to the Cancer Control Society meetings regularly for three years and I have learned more about medicine and how to take care of yourself than I learned in 20 years as an orthodox trauma surgeon. I knew nothing about nutrition as a medical doctor. In the four years of medical school, you don’t have one single hour of information on nutrition. I have talked about that and admitted that I, in the past, have told patients that their nutrition has really nothing to do with their health. I was ignorant, I was stupid as many orthodox medical doctors are.  Fortunately, I found out what was really going on in the health field by coming to the Cancer Control Society, and I started speaking out about it, studying it and actually had a radio show called “Truth Serum” where I was interviewing many alternative doctors. In the middle of that, I found out that I had breast cancer. I had infiltrating ductal carcinoma and it was spreading through my breast.

I went to my first doctor to have the lump taken out. At that time I did not know it was cancer. He refused to take care of me unless I had pre-operative chemotherapy. Even though I told him that I was a physician, and that I would sign any papers releasing him from any legal liability – but that I didn’t want chemotherapy. I just wanted the lump taken out and diagnosed. He said, No. His reputation was at stake. So, I walked out of his office realizing that the law considers it acceptable for a physician to abandon a patient if the patient refuses the doctor’s prescription. So I went to a former resident colleague, who is a breast cancer surgeon. He took the lump out but he couldn’t get all the cancer. He said, ‘You have to have your breast removed.’ I refused. Then he said, ‘If you don’t have your breast removed, you must have radiation therapy.’ Once again, I declined. Then he said, ‘You must have chemotherapy or some other kind of treatment to destroy these cancer cells.’ I told him, ‘No. I brought you a whole stack of books, if you really want to learn about cancer. Read these books. I won’t have any of the orthodox treatments just take the lump out.’ He said that he could not get all the cancer. I said, ‘Fine. Everybody gets cancer all the time.  My body can take care of that!’

I immediately went home and called up Marilyn Barnes, whom you just heard earlier. (Marilyn Barnes had just previously testified to her total recovery, now over 14 years, from stage 4 melanoma as well as carcinoma in situ – cervical cancer on the Gerson Therapy.) [Marilyn] came to my house and set me up. She taught a woman I hired how to do the Gerson Therapy. The Gerson Therapy was going to be the basis of my treatment. I started the juices, the enemas, the whole business. In fact, I looked at cancer as a great adventure. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to take all the different alternatives, but I tried as many as I could. But the Gerson Diet is the basis of all my treatment. I am fine. I am healthy. I don’t have any evidence of cancer. It has only been close to a year, but I have absolute confidence that I’ll be well and healthy for many, many years to come.”

The Gerson Therapy: Cancer Survival Testimonials

Below are links to testimonials and case histories of cancer survivors who have beaten cancer using the Gerson Therapy program.

Gerson Therapy U.S Office of Technology Assessment