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All I think about is cancer…Dr. Max Gerson

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Aug 11, 2011

Yesterday over 10,000 people read the blog, and I’m grateful for the comments made here, especially by those who have battled cancer, or been the primary support for a child, spouse, or parent. I am deeply moved by your stories.

Possibly the most fascinating figure in “alternative health” for cancer treatment is Dr. Max Gerson, who escaped Nazi Germany (though most of his family died in concentration camps) and came to the U.S. He cured his own debilitating migraine headaches with a dietary approach (raw vegetarian, lots of vegetable juicing), and then he began to put that same regimen to work to eliminate lupus and tuberculosis in others.

In his first clinical trial, he was able to completely cure 446 of 450 end-stage tuberculosis patients. He became wildly famous in Europe and ostensibly, many TB sanatoria were put out of business.

The first three cancer patients to approach Dr. Gerson were cured, even though the first had been diagnosed with “incurable” bile-duct cancer. Although he was well published in Europe, the U.S. was hostile to Gerson’s efforts. In 1958 he wrote a book on his results with 50 cases of curing patients who were labeled “incurable” by the medical profession.

The Gerson Therapy involves treating the body with organic vegetables, including 13 fresh-juiced fruit and vegetables daily. He also prescribes iodine, bioidentical thyroid, B12 shots, and other supplements. Several coffee enemas are administered daily, because the caffeine administered anally travels the hemmorhoidal vein and opens up liver and bile ducts, allowing them to detox quickly and thoroughly into the colon.

After Dr. Gerson died, researchers Dixon and Webb discovered that potassium is a catalyst for enzyme production, with almost all enzymes. Unfortunately, our soils are potassium depleted, and thus our foods are. Dr. Gerson said that loss of potassium from the cell system is at the root of all chronic disease.

And sodium, or salt, is an enzyme inhibitor (a poison or toxin). Yes, the body needs salt, but vegetables provide plenty. When you artificially add salt to your food, your body has to go through a series of processes to try to contain and eliminate it. It cannot do so when it is potassium depleted.

So part of the modern Gerson Therapy is to supplement with potassium salts, and eliminate all sodium, to bring the cellular system into balance so the body can heal itself.

In addition to treating cancer, Gerson had high success rates with migraines and TB, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and diabetes. He believed that cancer and many other diseases were the result of consumption of pharmaceutical chemicals, tobacco, and alcohol, along with processed, chemically fertilized foods, and many chemicals and pollutants in air and water. (I recently read a study that a baby, in 2011, is born with over 150 toxic, foreign chemicals in her body.)

You can google to find the many famous people treated and cured by Dr. Max Gerson, including Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schweitzer and his wife and daughter (cured of diabetes and TB).

As you can imagine, many practicing the newly popular allopathic (drug-based) medicine were angered by Dr. Gerson’s controversial teachings and popularity. In 1959, at the age of 78, he was poisoned with arsenic and died. His daughter, Charlotte Gerson, passionately carries on his mission.

The reason I’m fascinated by her is that while most in alternative health tread very carefully with regard to ‘claims’ and ‘success rates’ (the FDA breathes heavily down the necks of anyone who dares treat cancer with anything but chemo/radiation), Charlotte says exactly what she thinks, and exactly what’s wrong with the modern cancer industry.

The Gerson Institute, and other clinics, have been driven into Mexico so that they can practice medicine as they choose. It’s frustrating to me that our FDA is happy to approve increasing numbers of toxic chemicals to inject into the veins of cancer patients, but they have routinely persecuted, prosecuted, and even imprisoned anyone who wants to administer non-lethal, gentler forms of treatment. (You can read about the persecution of Dr. John R. Christopher, for example, but there are many others.)

You can read about or view on film patients who used the treatment to beat Stage IV melanomas, colorectal cancers, even pancreatic cancer, with the Gerson Therapy. One woman was five years past a rare ovarian cancer diagnosis with a 100% mortality rate—the only known survivor of the disease, and she beat it with the Gerson therapy.

I will be attending the Restoration Clinic run by the Gerson Institute later this year, whose purpose is partly to train others in Gerson techniques so that more may benefit.

(Right up my alley, that goal! You know how I constantly say, “Now that you have this information, please teach it to others!”)

You can read in the comments from yesterday’s blog people who have reversed late-stage cancers with the Gerson therapy and other non-toxic, immune-supporting means. I will be documenting my experience and how these important principles—virtually as old as allopathic medicine is!—may be able to help cancer patients whom you or I care about.

Posted in: Detox, Nutrition, Research

7 thoughts on “All I think about is cancer…Dr. Max Gerson”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Some documentaries that can be watched about Dr. Gerson are: “The Gerson Miracle” and “The Beautiful Truth”. If I ever get cancer, you better believe I’ll be using the Gerson approach. The other thing that you didn’t mention was that Gerson actually got really sick and almost died during the time when he was trying to get his book published. His book was stolen and he had to compile everything together again and redo the whole book as well as nurse himself back to health with the Gerson therapy. It is believed he was poisoned that time too. So incredibly, he was poisoned and then brought himself back to health from that. THAT’S SO CRAZY AWESOME!

  2. So I wanted to know more about Gerson and did a search and of course Wikipedia came up and under safety concerns it writes “Coffee enemas have contributed to the deaths of at least three people in the United States”. Ummm what about the thousands and thousands that chemo and radiation kills?? Or just prescription drugs in general?? Oh wait…they forgot to mention that part.

    Dummies. 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wait–this guy cures cancer and HE’S the quack? I made up my mind long ago never to accept chemo or radiation if I were diagnosed with cancer. It makes as much sense as napalming a house to put the fire out. IThere was a brief mention in your blog that Dr Gerson worked on lupus, Robyn–it was a terrible lupus flare that led me to your website in the first place, and by the way—THANK YOU FOR MY LIFE. ALl my life I thought I was lazy and unfriendly–now I know I was sick, and that I am a productive and friendly human being when I am not exhausted and in pain. So back to my point–where did you find info on Dr Gerson’s work on lupus? I must go there. Thank you,

  4. Anonymous says:

    We’re actually very interested in what the Gerson approach can do for Type I diabetes. The Hubby has had Type I since he was 10, he’s now 30. We know it’s an autoimmune disorder, so we’re wondering if we get his immune system in check and give his body the nutrients it needs to heal itself if it can replace the islet cells in his pancreas.

    Anyways, I don’t know if you’ve heard anything about naturally healing Type I. Whenever someone talks about healing diabetes it’s always Type II. I know that his diabetes can be better controlled through diet and lifestyle, but to be completely healed would be amazing.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It seems that all I can think about as well, is cancer. Nearly everyone on our street has it. We lost a close friend earlier this year and a neighbor died just a couple of weeks ago. Have been following the Gerson Treatment news since our dog had cancer. Although he didn’t make it, we did end up with a Norwalk juicer which arrived a couple days after Otis died. I am always anxious to hear of people today who are healing using this therapy. Jess, of the Wellness Warrior blog, and her mum, are BOTH doing the Gerson therapy, to the full extent, to heal their cancers. You can follow along too. Jess spent some time at the Gerson center and really learned how to do the therapy properly. It is a very, very, intensive therapy. I don’t think the average person could keep up a routine like that for one and a half years. But it does seem to be quite promising. Jess’s cancer Recurred after chemotherapy and they were going to cut her arm off. I wish that insurance helped to cover the cost of a helper and fresh produce. It seems like it would be difficult to work and do the therapy but then one has to wage the fact that they might not be around to work if they don’t do it. What I was most shocked about with our friend, is the utter failure of the system. They acted like it wasn’t a big deal in the beginning and then just kept shooting him with chemotherapy. I really feel the chemotherapy took him. The doctors gave zero nutritional advice except to drink more milk. Yikes.

  6. Anonymous says:


    Tree of Life in Patagonia, AZ put together a DVD called Raw for 30 Days or something like that (www.rawfor30days.com). People with Diabetes were put on a raw food diet and after 30 days most had reversed their diabetes including one man who was Type I. I too am an adult recently diagnosed with Type I. Although I haven’t gone 100% raw I have been drinking green smoothies and it makes such a tremendous difference in my blood sugar control I am convinced that dietary changes might reverse Type I because as you said it is autoimmune. Also check out Victoria B (I can’t remember her last name) from Raw Family in Oregon (www.rawfamily.com). Her son was cured of Type I about 10 years ago by eating a raw food diet.


    God bless you for all your hard work making this great information accessible.

  7. Misty-

    Thank you thank you thank you! I will check those out ASAP!

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