The Gerson Therapy, a therapy named for its developer Max Gerson, is a kind of diet advocated to treat cancer and other degenerative diseases.
According to Dr. Gerson it is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
Referring to his book, Gerson notes that «Cancer cannot occur in a normally functioning body, because its defenses recognize and destroy any malignant cell that may develop, or do not allow it to come into being at all. The immune system plays the leading role in the group of defenses. It recognizes a malignant cell as a foreign invader and attacks and destroys it »
In other words, Dr. Gerson believed that cancer or a tumor is only a symptom of a diseased body, an accumulation of several damaging factors that cause an aggravation of the entire metabolic system.
So the main goal of the Gerson therapy is to heal the organism from his disequilibrium and bring it back to its normal metabolic state.
In summary, the therapy consists of the following parts:
Salt and water management by minimizing the intake of NATRIUM and increasing the intake of Potassium. Dr. Gerson believed that the beginning of all degenerative diseases is the loss of potassium ions in the cells, and the invasion of sodium ions along with water into the cells. This brings on edema, loss of electrical potentials in the cells, improper enzyme formation, reduced cell oxidation, and other cell malfunctions
Stimulating the function of the thyroid by supplementing natural thyroid hormones
Maximizing the digestibility of the human body by drinking hourly raw cold pressed fresh juices and eating a vegan diet
Restriction of salt, fat, dairy, gluten and proteins to avoid water retention
Adding as much as vitamins, minerals supplements and enzymes to your body helping to rebuild the immune system
Daily coffee enemas to detoxify the liver
1) What kind of food is allowed?
All kind of vegetables and fruits, mostly organic, fresh raw, stewed, cooked, grated, mashed… (soups, stews, salads etc.). Please note that cooked foods are necessary. Dr. Gerson experienced that patients got digestion problems if given only raw foods along with the juices. Furthermore, cooked food enable an additional variety than an exclusively raw diet.
The following fruits can be consumed without regrets: Apples, apricots, arugula, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, mangos, peaches, oranges, grapefruits, pears, granatapples, papayas, persimmons, melons.
Dried fruits if unsulphured, which means stewed or pre-soaked only: raisins, peaches, dates, figs, apricots and prunes.
For the vegetables : Potatoes, green salads, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chards, broccoli, peas, spinach, artichokes, sprouts, beets, red cabbage, eggplants, garlic, kale, lemons, zucchini, tomatoes, Cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, marjoram, rosemary, saffron, curcuma, thyme, tarragon.
Drink 8oz of cold pressed fruit and vegetables juices hourly up to 13 times daily (see recipes below). The special Hippocrates soup should be consumed several times a day ( recipe below). This soup helps to detoxify the kidneys and is highly comforting and heating your body especially for cold days.
!!!The diet should last for at least 6 weeks!!!
Occasionally Allowed Foods
Breads made from whole rye or 1-2 slices a day (if all of the foods are eaten first)
Sweeteners: maple syrup, honey or unrefined blackstrap molasses should be reduced to 1-2 teaspoons a day
Banana – ½ a week
Avocados (too high in fat) cucumbers ( too difficult to digest) pineapples, mushrooms, spinach (allowed cooked only) nuts ( as coconuts) and all berries
Canned, frozen and manufactured, processed food should be avoided
Black tea and Other Non-Herbal or Caffeine-contain Teas
Baking Powder and baking Soda (contain aluminum)
2) How to prepare the food?
As it is quite impossible to gather all fruits and vegetables of our own organic garden, leaf vegetables as salads, spinach etc. should be frequently shopped in smallish amounts to consume them fresh and have a guarantee that all the vitamins and nutriments are still kept. Apples, pears, oranges and root vegetables can be stored for a while without significant loss of quality and vitamins.
Cooking must be slow, using low heat; high temperatures alter nutrients found in vegetables and cause them to be less easily absorbed.
Except for potatoes, corn and whole beets, which have to be boiled in sufficient water, vegetables are cooked with the minimum of water. To avoid an oxidation of the fruits and vegetables and consequently an important loss of nutrients, you should only start chopping when you are ready to cook. Food may be prepared only in cast-iron pots and pans; no aluminum cookware is allowed
3) What kind of juices should be drunk?
First of all, all juices should be prepared by a two-step machine, with a grinder ( to grind the vegetables into fine, moist, pulp) and a hydraulic press ( to extract the juice of the vegetable from the pulp by squeezing it under high pressure. Cold pressed juices are 50 times higher in certain essential nutrients and are flooding immediately into your blood without the necessity of being digested.
The Gerson Therapy do not recommend to use centrifugal juicers as they expose the juice to heat and oxygen, killing off the essential healing enzymes in the juice and are deprived of many minerals remaining in the pulp.
The Gerson therapy foresees 4 basic juices:
Carrot only juice
Orange juice except for diabetic patients who should receive grapefruit juice as they contain less sugar. The orange juice should be drunk in the morning
4) How does a daily routine look like
A typical schedule of 13 (8-ounce) glasses of juice and 3 regular meals looks as follows (recipes can be found below) :
8:00 AM - Orange juice and BREAKFAST ( see recipes)
9:00 AM - A glass of Green juice
9:30 AM - A glass of apple-carrot juice
10:00AM - A glass of apple-carrot juice
11:00AM - A glass of carrot juice
12:00PM - A glass of green juice
1:00 PM - A glass of apple-carrot juice and Hippocrates Soup + LUNCH ( see recipes)
2:00 PM - A glass of green juice
3:00 PM - A glass of carrot juice
4:00 PM - A glass of carrot juice
5:00 PM - A glasses of apple-carrot juice
6:00 PM - A glass of green juice
7:00 PM - A glass of apple-carrot juice and Hippocrates Soup + DINNER ( see recipes)
1. Breakfast: Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Organic Raw Oatmeal
1 Cup of Purified Water
Fresh Fruit: raw organic grated apple, papaya, bananas or any fruits that are allowed
Optional: soaked dried fruit: raisins, prunes, apricots -> but with moderation because of their high sugar content
Bring the water to a boil in a non-toxic cookware pot.
Add freshly rolled oats and the fruits (if wanted), then reduce the heat and cook slowly for 15 minutes.
Remove from heat, cover and let stand for a few minutes.
Serve with delicious fresh organic raw allowed fruits
2. Lunch and Dinner
Starter: The Hippocrates Special Cancer Soup
1 pound of potatoes
3 to 4 stalks of celery
Small amount of parsley
1 1/2 pounds of tomatoes
2 medium onions
2 small leaks or 2 additional medium onion
A few cloves of garlic
Do not peel any of the special soup vegetables as many of their vitamins, minerals and nutrients are stored directly under the skin
Wash and scrub carefully
Simmer them slowly at low heat for 2-3 hours with a small amount of distilled or bottled water
Mash the cooked vegetables (through a food mill/ processor) and add the water used for cooking according your taste and preferred consistency. Only fibers and peels should be remained.
If desired, you can add small amounts of fresh organic parsley or/and fresh pressed raw organic garlic to taste.
A minimum of 8 ounces may be consumed as a starter
Main courses + Desserts
A large plate of mixed raw salad with flax seed oil dressing.
Baked, boiled, mashed or otherwise prepared potato.
As many fresh organic and allowed cooked vegetables as desired
Raw or stewed fruit for dessert
If desired, a slice of organic, unsalted 100% rye bread
3. The juices
The orange juice
For breakfast, press 8oz of juices from fresh organic oranges or grapefruits (diabetic patients)
According to Dr. Gerson, you should use a certain type citrus juicer made from porcelain or glass.
Do not use an aluminum or plastic one.
Serve and drink immediately.
Use approximately 8-12 ounces each of carrots and apples. (Granny Smith, Gala, Ida, Red Pippin)
Wash and brush, do not scrub or peal the apples and carrots
Alternate the carrots and apples in the juicer and press
Serve and drink immediately
NB. The may be kept for a maximum of 3 hours if it is sealed hermetically in a glass jar. This means that the juice should be stored in small 8oz. mason jars, filled up to the top so there is no room for oxygen, and placed in a cooler. A small container is better than a thermos or a larger jar, as each time a larger container is opened, more air gets in and further oxidizes the juice.
Proceed as above, but use only carrots.
Lettuce (as much as you wanted)
Swiss Chard (1-3 leaves)
Romaine (2-3 leaves)
Red Cabbage Leaves (2 to 3 leaves)
Beet Tops (small inner leaves) (2-3 leaves)
Escarole (1-2 leaves)
Watercress (1/4 bunch / 6 leaves)
Endives (2-3 leaves)
A quarter of a small green pepper
1 medium green apple
If desired, you can add some sprouts
Wash all thoroughly and put in spinner to remove excess water.
Cut off bottom of stems of chard or any fibrous leaves.
Pass through your juicer accordingly.
Drink immediately and try to consume within 20 minutes for optimal benefit
NB. Green juices may not be stored, it must be taken right away
The Coffee Enemas
1) How do the coffee enemas work?
Coffee enemas have a specific function in the Gerson Therapy as it:
lowers the quantity of blood serum toxins
cleans the poison out of the fluid nourishing normal cells
facilitates the excretion of dead cancer cells by the liver
works as a dialysis by leading out toxic products from blood across the colonic wall
2) How to prepare coffee enemas ?
First you should add 3 table-spoonful of ground coffee beans to 1 liter of boiling water (either distilled or bottled water)
Boil the coffee mixture for 3 minutes and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
Filter the coffee and add more water (distilled or bottled) to the mixture to fill up to a total volume of 1 liter
Let the coffee cool down to body temperature (36°-37°)
Place the enema bag or bucket (irrigator) about 18 inches above the body.
Place some soft pillows or covers to the floor and lie down on the left side. You should feel really comfortable.
Then let the coffee enema slowly (to avoid circulatory problems) flush into your rectum and bowel.
One finished, turn to the right side with side with your legs pulled up.
Try to held the liquid inside your body for about 10-15 minutes and the release the liquid. If you are releasing the liquid after 2-5 minutes, please try again.
NB. You will find amazing demonstration videos on Youtube