The Gerson diet therapy was developed by Dr. Max Gerson in the 1930′s as a treatment for his own migraine headaches.
Eventually, he expanded the treatment and found that it worked for degenerative diseases and eventually cancer. The Gerson Therapy takes a natural, holistic, and whole-body approach to healing. Practitioners of this treatment believe that it reactivates the body’s natural self-healing ability and comes with no damaging side effects.
The Gerson Therapy uses an all-encompassing approach that focuses on treating the causes of disease rather than the symptoms. The approach generally focuses on detoxifying the body of the toxic pollutants and carcinogens that enter our body each day through foods we eat and air we breathe. This is mainly accomplished through diet modification.
Participants in the Gerson therapy program ingest between 15 and 20 pounds of organic vegetables and fruits each day. Much of this is in the form of raw juice, one glass every hour. Raw and cooked solid foods are also consumed, as long as they fit within the organic vegetarian diet.
The Gerson therapy approach generally consists of:
• Thirteen glasses of raw green-leaf juices and carrot/apple juices per day, drinking one 8 ounce glass each hour.
• Three full vegetarian meals consisting of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This may include cooked and raw vegetables, salad, and Hippocrates soup.
• Fresh vegetables and fruit available for snacking all day
In addition to following an organic vegetarian diet, participants may be asked to take organic supplements such as:
• Vitamin B-12
• Pancreatic Enzymes
• Lugol’s Solution
• Thyroid Hormone
The final step of the Gerson therapy is detoxification of the body through the use of coffee enemas. Patients with cancer may be asked to take up to five coffee enemas per day. According to Charlotte Gerson, this procedure is designed to ease any stress on the liver than can occur as the body tries to purge all of the carcinogens and toxic substances that have entered the body.
Furthermore, these enemas have been proven to increase the body’s absorption of Vitamin A, which plays an essential role in the body’s immune function and allowing them to better attack and kill precancerous cells.
Survival rates for Gerson patients
Unfortunately, the five-year cancer survival rates for Gerson therapy patients have been greatly under reported in studies and the media. A recent review of melanoma patients found that Gerson therapy is often far more effective than traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
For example, in patients with localized melanoma, 100 percent survived for five years with the Gerson therapy treatments, compared to only 79 percent of patients who received more traditional treatments. The survival rates reported for various other stages of cancer remained considerably higher than those reported elsewhere as well.
Additionally, an Austrian study of the Gerson therapy showed that it provided patients with a better quality of life during their treatment than more traditional methods. According to the study, patients reported that they received better pain relief and a lowered instance of hypercalcemia (in patients with bone metastases).
Patients with both premenopausal and premenopausal breast cancer had an improved kidney and liver function and blood counts, and had a lowered instance of recurrences.
Though the media has under reported the Gerson therapy in general, and many scientists have attempted to discredit the therapy’s value, there is no denying the scientific evidence. Studies have shown that not only does the Gerson diet therapy improve the quality of life for cancer patients when compared to traditional treatments, it offers them a higher rate of survival as well, and lowers the rate of recurrence in certain forms of the disease.
Gerson therapy has been shown to be effective for the treatment of lupus as well.
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