Gerson therapy is a diet-based alternative treatment to cancer. It was developed in the 1920s by a German-born physician, Max Gerson. Dr. Gerson’s self-developed anti-cancer therapy is based on the idea that chronic diseases are caused by the lack of oxygen in the body. And you can get oxygen by consuming organic, raw fruits and vegetables. Dr. Gerson believes that certain foods allow the body to heal itself. The therapy is meant to promote healing through non-toxic methods.
How The Gerson Therapy Works
The idea behind the Gerson Therapy is to flood the body with as much nutrients as possible to regenerate healthy cells. According to Dr. Gerson, when the body is flooded with nutrients, it boosts the oxygenation of the organs.
When the oxygen level in the body is increased, the organs and tissues will start healing themselves. To achieve optimum oxygenation, you’ll have to take supplements that stimulate the release of certain enzymes. The release of these enzymes triggers a chain of body processes, prompting healing. These body processes include detoxification, increased metabolic rate, and strengthened immune system. Eventually, the body becomes resistant to chronic diseases.
The therapy is comprised of 4 methods: juicing, detoxification, consuming organic foods and all-natural supplements.
The first step of the Gerson therapy is following a strict meal plan composed of organic fruits and vegetables taken daily. Only fruits and veggies rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins are taken.
You will also take a total of 13 glasses of fresh raw carrot-apple and green-leaf juices in 13 hours. Then, you will prepare 3 full, plant-based meals comprised of organic produce. A typical meal includes a salad, steamed veggies, baked potatoes, Hippocrates soup and a glass of vegetable juice.
Supplements are also taken in conjunction with the plant-based diet. The medications are also plant-based and organic in origin. It includes potassium compounds, vitamin B12, thyroid hormone, pancreatic enzymes, and Lugol’s solution.
During the therapy, the body will be subjected to detoxification. To induce this purification process, you will take 5 coffee enemas per day. Coffee enema is meant to detox the tissues and blood and promote healing. Dr. Gerson believes that coffee enema contains anti-cancer compounds that kill malignant cells. These compounds have the ability to aid the liver and protect the organ from poisoning.
Does The Gerson Therapy Work?
Since it was introduced in the 20s, there have been dozens of scientific studies conducted to determine if this therapy can cure cancer. And the answer has always been the same: it has its limitations. Although the Gerson Therapy may be used to treat certain diseases, there are limits to what it can heal. For one thing, there is no scientific proof that the therapy can cure cancer. Other health experts warn that the Gerson therapy should not be used as an alternative treatment for chronic diseases. Clinical tests show Gerson therapy is ineffective against lupus, pancreatic cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, this therapy is not advisable to bedridden cancer patients, those who are referred to hospice and individuals on kidney dialysis.