Alternate Cancer Remedies
to Africa where he worked past the age of 90. In response, the world-famed Schweitzer declared, “I see in him one of the most eminent medical ge- niuses in the history of medicine.”
outside, where he was gunned down as Gerson watched through the window. He had just seen the first large-scale action to collect 6,000,000 Jews for extermination in the Nazi concentration camps.
Schweitzer afterward required that his physi- cians in Lambarene, Africa, study Gerson’s book, Therapy of Lung Tuberculosis, before they started to treat the patients in his hospital.
Gerson was remarkable. Geniuses tend to fo- cus their thoughts, whereas most people scatter theirs. Because of this trait, Gerson could not ride a bicycle. He would be so deep in thought that he would smash it. After having destroyed four of them, his family forbade more of that. For the same reason, he could not drive a car. His mind was continually at work, devising ways to help his pa- tients.
One day while walking in the woods in the Harz Mountains near Bielefeld (before moving to Kassel), Max met a man who raised foxes. The rancher told him that he ran a very successful fox farm. He would buy sick, tubercular foxes for al- most no cost, and later sell them. He said his foxes had the finest coats and their pelts brought the highest prices. Gerson asked him how he could do this. Mentioning that it was a secret which must not be shared with the other fox farmers, he said there was a doctor, somewhere in Germany, named Max Gerson who had a nutritional cure for dis- ease. The farmer bought sick foxes which had lung tuberculosis, healed them with Gerson’s diet of organic vegetables and fruits, and then sold them at a good profit because they produced such high quality fox furs. Both men were happy when Gerson introduced himself.
As the train continued on, Max completely changed his plans. Instead of getting off at Berlin, he continued on the train to Vienna, Austria. From there, he contacted his wife and told her to imme- diately come with their three girls, which she did. He also contacted all their brothers, sisters, and relatives, and offered to send money for them to leave. But they laughed at his concerns. They had their homes, their businesses, and there was noth- ing to fear from Hitler.
Max Gerson, his wife, and their relatives were Jews. All of those relatives (15, plus children) later perished. From Vienna, Gerson later went to Paris.
In 1936, he emigrated to America, and went to school to learn English. In January 1938 he received his medical license and began practicing in New York City. By this time, Gerson could en- large or shrink surface cancers at will. He knew exactly what was needed to help his patients. The only question generally was whether they were in earnest enough to fully follow his program when they went home.
His first contact with medicine in America was enlightening. Called as a consultant to physicians treating a wealthy industrialist for arthritis, Gerson outlined what he would do to bring a fairly quick recovery. There was an awkward pause, and then one of the doctors said, “Dr. Gerson, you are new here. You don’t understand. This man is a wealthy member of the W.R. Grace family. They own steam- ship lines, banks, chemical companies, and so on. You don’t cure a patient like this. You treat him.”
At the age of 51, Gerson was asked to present his findings, by appointment, at a meeting of the German Medical Association. At last he would have an opportunity for the world to learn of his work to save people. On April 1, 1933, as he sat in the railroad car, on his way to Berlin, the train stopped at a station and Hitler’s SS troups entered.
When a young, inexperienced SS officer asked Gerson where he was going, Gerson, not knowing there was any danger, enthusiastically showed him X-rays and told him about his work. Impressed, the young man replied that he hoped Gerson would succeed, forgot to ask the question, and passed on to the next man just behind Gerson. For the first time, Gerson heard the question the troops were asking each passenger on the train: “Are you a Jew?”
Immediately, Max sensed the terrible danger. All the passengers except Gerson were asked that question, and Max saw one young man, a Jew, led
In New York, he treated 90% of his cancer pa- tients without charge and financed his own re- searches in chronic diseases. From 1946 to 1948 he saw patients at the Gotham Hospital.
At the Senate hearings, he testified that be- lieved the liver held the key to the cure of cancer— and that if the liver was too far gone, treatment was useless. This would be understandable, since the liver, an astounding chemical laboratory, is the primary detoxifying agency in the body.
Appearing with him on July 3, 1946, at the three-day Senate hearings were five of his patients, each of whom had fully recovered from some of the most common forms of cancer in America. He also came with X-ray photographs, pathology re- ports from leading hospitals, and testimonials from many other patients and relatives of cancer victims.
In reaction, on November 16, 1946, in its “Frauds and Fables” category, the Journal of the