Then he tried eating apples only—raw, cooked, baked—and that was a great help. Slowly he added other things, till eventually he had totally elimi- nated his migraines.
So he told his migraine patients about his diet. He called it his “migraine diet.” When they re- turned, they would tell him theirs was gone too. But one said it had also eliminated his lupus (lupus vulgaris, or tuberculosis of the skin). Gersen knew the man could not have had lupus since it is incurable, but the patient showed him his medical records. The year was 1922.
It was obvious to Gerson that the medical theory, that there is but one medicine for each dis- ease, was incorrect. As he later stated it, the great truth was this: “Nourish the body and it will do the healing.”
So Max treated some other lupus patients, and their problem vanished also. But patients came back with the news that their other problems had disappeared as well. The careful dietary program he devised was successful in treating asthma and other allergies; diseases of the intestinal tract, liver, and pancreas; tuberculosis; arthritis; heart dis- ease, skin conditions, and on and on! Some of his most striking successes were in liver and gallblad- der diseases.
In Germany at that time, trains often had pri- vate compartments, each one seating six. One day, as a train was about to pull out from the station, a man entered one of the compartments. The only other person there was a distinguished-appearing gentleman who said nothing. As the train got un- derway, the man started chattering to no one in particular. The gentleman tried to ignore him.
Soon the man jovially got on the subject of health, and the gentleman wished he could get to his destination a little quicker.
Then, opening his shirt slightly, the man said, “And you know, I had this lupus, right here on my chest. And this doctor, he cured it. Now it’s gone!”
At this, the gentleman jumped up, lunged at the man, reached for his shirt and said, “Let me see that!”
The gentleman was Ferdinand Sauerbruch, M.D., one of Europe’s leading skin and tuberculo- sis doctors. He well-knew that lupus cannot be cured!
Obtaining Gerson’s name and address from the man, Sauerbruch contacted Gerson as soon as he reached his office. A friendship was started, and Sauerbruch, impressed with his humility and sincerity, arranged a test using Gerson’s remark- able diet on 450 “incurable” lupus patients.
But after a week or so, it was obviously a fail-
ure. Sauerbruch did not think it would come to this; he had hoped against hope. So he penned a letter to his friend Gerson and, then, slowly walked back across the hospital grounds after posting the note.
He was on his way to cancel the test; but, on the way, met a woman carrying two large trays full of meat, gravy, sugary foods, and all the trimmings. Asking her what she was doing, she replied airily: “Oh, the people over in this building are starving, so we’re sneaking food in to make them happy. They have a crazy doctor!”
Sauerbruch quickly set guards to keep the diet the way Gerson had prescribed it, and then wrote a second letter informing Gerson the test was still in progress.
Result: 446 of 450 incurable patients (99%) recovered. Lupus had been shown to be curable by diet therapy.
But Gerson still had not tried his therapy on cancer patients. Even in Germany, physicians were careful about trying out new cancer remedies. When a couple of cancer victims came to him, he turned them down. But one day, a lady called him to her home, but would not tell him what was wrong with her. Arriving, she told him she had cancer and pled for him to help her. She was in bed, weakened, and in terrible condition. He told her he could not do so. “Please, she said, just write out your dietary formula, and I will sign a paper not holding you responsible for what happens.” Gerson did so and left. It was obvious she was too weak to even follow the directions.
All alone, the sick woman struggled to follow the program—and recovered totally from cancer.
Learning of this, Gerson began treating other cancer patients. The year was 1928. Of his first 12 cases, 7 responded favorably, remaining symp- tom free for seven and a half years.
(Some of these facts we know because of testi- mony presented by him and others at the July 1- 3, 1946, senate hearings, conducted by Claude Pepper of Florida.)
Gerson also treated Dr. Albert Schweitzer, his wife, and daughter for various health problems. Gerson saved Mrs. Helene Schweitzer from hope- less lung tuberculosis in 1931; and, several years later, he healed their daughter of a rare, serious “incurable” erupting skin condition that defied di- agnosis.
Dr. Schweitzer himself came to Gerson at the age of 75, depressed and weary with advanced dia- betes. In five weeks, Dr. Schweitzer had cut his insulin dosage in half, and in ten was completely off of it. Healed, and with new energy, he returned