Alternate Cancer Remedies
Part Five –
The Gerson Therapy
____________________ MAX GERSON, M.D., 1928
We include the Gerson therapy here near the end of this historical review, since it is one of the most accessible alternative treatments available today.
treatment appears to rank above even the laetrile treatment for including a wider range of nutrition, a more systematic cleansing of toxins, and there- fore yielding a higher percentage of patients who survive five years or longer. (The Gerson treatment, as given by the Gerson Institute, also includes the administration of laetrile.) Here is the Gerson story:
Note to researchers: The Gerson treatment needs to be thor- oughly explored by medical researchers, for it yields such a high rate of success. But the controlled testing should be carried out, using the strict Gerson dietetic principles. The Gerson treatment requires major changes in the diet, and must be exactly repli- cated.
Working Summary: The Gerson therapy has received the longest research (70 years of clinical improvement), is the most complete system (including a full range of dietetic changes), and can be done at home. They hide no secrets.
It is an intriguing fact that, with the sole ex- ception of the laetrile battle headed by Dr. John Richardson, the physicians who left the United States were the most successful in administering alternative therapies over a long-term basis. The medical doctors who fled included Dr. Lawrence Burton, who went to the Bahamas; Dr. William Koch, who went to Brazil; and Dr. Steven Durovic, who returned to Argentina.
Then there were those who carried on a suc- cessful practice, entirely outside the United States. Included here were Dr. Robert Bell, in Scotland; the physicians, in Canada, who used Essiac for years; Dr. Ernesto Contreras, in Mexico; as well Dr. Manuel Navarro, in the Philippines; Dr. Ettore Gudetti, in Italy; Dr. Hans Nieper, in Germany; Dr. Shigeaki Sakai, in Japan; the Jankers Clinic, in Germany; and many others.
We can add to those clinics which have been successful outside America, the Gerson Institute in northwestern Mexico. Behind that hospital is an interesting story.
It is especially interesting because the Gerson
Max Gerson, M.D., was born in Germany on October 18, 1881. For his graduation tests, at the age of 19, Max wrote a totally new approach to a mathematics problem. His teacher could not fig- ure it out, so sent it to the University of Berlin. They wrote back, that it was the work of a bril- liant mathematician and that Gerson should be directed into higher mathematical studies. But Gerson planned to become a medical doctor. He wanted to help people.
Graduating from the University of Freiburg in 1907 as a physician, he received advanced train- ing under five of the leading medical experts in Germany.
Shortly after completing medical school, Ger- son began experiencing severe migraine headaches. He was only 25, yet he would have to lie in a dark- ened room for two or three days in pain.
The doctors had no answer. One told him, “You will feel better when you are 55.” But that was not much of a solution.
Then Max read about a woman in Italy who had changed her diet, and her migraines lessened. This gave him an idea, so he began tinkering with his diet. In his case, he had excellent feedback: If he made a beneficial change, the migraines reduced in intensity and frequency; if he made a mistake, one would begin within 20 minutes.
First, he tried a milk diet, but that was use- less. Then he went off all milk, and that helped a little.