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Gerson Therapy

AMA hopefully dismissed the Gerson’s unprec- edented Senate presentation with the words, “For- tunately for the American people this presenta- tion received little, if any, newpaper publicity.”

In its January 8, 1949, issue, the Journal wrote, “There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to indicate that modifications in the dietary intake of food or other nutritional essentials are of any specific value in the control of cancer.”

During his lifetime, Gerson wrote 51 articles, published in medical journals. (All of his publica- tions are listed at the back of S.J. Haught’s book, Has Dr. Max Gerson a True Cancer Cure?) But, for the most part, Gerson worked alone. Other phy- sicians generally feared to help him or duplicate his work, for fear of reprisal.

Eventually, Gerson’s medical privileges at Gotham Hospital were revoked, and he was un- able to find an affiliation with any other hospital in the city. In 1953 his malpractice insurance was discontinued. One $100,000 malpractice lawsuit would have wiped him out. Because the larger number of those who sought him had advanced cancers, some of them died. Yet their relatives knew that they died with dignity, free from pain and brain-numbing narcotics.

Gerson’s needs were simple. Patients were shocked to learn that he would generally charge $25 for the first visit, and $5 or $10 for subse- quent visits. (They had earlier been told he charged high fees, $1,000 or $2,000 for each visit.)

Refusing to stop his work, Gerson treated pa- tients at his own facilities. In October 1954 at the age of 73, he wrote his former patient and close friend, Albert Schweitzer,

“Those who say they would like to help, of- ten tell me they cannot. They regret not being able to assist me for fear of losing their posi- tion in hospitals and laboratories. I have long abandoned thoughts of attaining any kind of recognition, nonetheless I continue on my way.”—Journal of the Gerson Institute, Fall 1981, 16. Some of his best-documented, recovered pa- tients died, when they were urged back by their former physicians for examination, and then told they must have surgery or radiation—when they were totally free of cancer symptoms or evidence.

On two occasions Gerson became violently ill after being served coffee by a group supposedly supporting him. Later laboratory tests showed un- usually high levels of arsenic in his urine.

Some of Gerson’s best case histories mysteri- ously disappeared from his files. In 1956, the manuscript and all of its copies for Gerson’s al-


most completed book (A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases) were stolen and never recovered.

Separating himself from that group, Gerson, now quite aged, raced against time to completely rewrite the book. In 1958, the book was published.

On March 4 of that same year, he was finally suspended for two years from the New York Medi- cal Society. At a meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine, the surgeons, radiologists, and phy- sicians condemned a colleague who was living by Hippocrates’ dictum: “Above all, do no harm.” Gerson died a year later (March 8, 1959), shortly after he fell down the stairs in his house. He was 78 years old. Upon Gerson’s death, Albert Schweitzer, the Nobel prize-winning physician and missionary, and a patient of Gerson’s, made this statement: “I see in him one of the most eminent medi- cal geniuses in the history of medicine . . Many of his basic ideas have been adopted without having his name connected with them. Yet he has achieved more than seemed possible un- der adverse conditions. He leaves a legacy which commands attention and which will assure him his due place. Those whom he cured will now attest to the truth of his ideas.”—Albert Schweitze , M.D., Ph.D., quoted in S.J. Haught, Has Max Gerson a True Cancer Cure? 1962.

That prediction was to prove true. At the urging of many individuals who recog- nized that a revival of Gerson’s therapy was ur- gently needed, Charlotte Gerson Strauss (the sec- ond of Gerson’s three daughters; born March 27, 1922), headed up a new venture, called the Gerson Institute, in a clinic/hospital in Tijuana, Mexico. The Gerson Institute was incorporated on June 27, 1978, twenty years after the publication of Gerson’s book, A Cancer Therapy, and nineteen years after his death.

The Gerson Institute headquarters is located in Bonita, California, near San Diego. The hospi- tal, is in a suburb of Tijuana, Mexico.

Charlotte continues to travel around the world, speaking at conventions, meetings, and on talk shows. Although elderly herself, she is in good health, for she carefully remains on the nutrition and juice program her father developed.

Addresses: Gerson Therapy—The U.S. address and phone number will, for most people, be easier to work with: Gerson Institute, P.O. Box 430, Bonita, Cali- fornia 91908. Phone: 619-585-7600 or 619-267- 1150. Fax: 619-367-6441. Automated voice infor- mation 24 hrs/day: 1-888-4-GERSON.

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