The following two statements will provide re- searchers with a better idea of the success rate of
the Gerson therapy—and the difficulties: “By application of these principles, the Gerson therapy is able to achieve almost rou- tine recovery—90% or better—from early to in- termediate cancer. When cancer becomes incur- able by orthodox methods (i.e., involves the liver or pancreas or is metastasized inside the body), about 50% recoveries can be achieved by the Gerson method.
“Norman Fritz gives laetrile as an example of other good nontoxic therapies. It has a good short-term response—relief from pain, remis- sion of malignancy, improvement in appetite and sense of well-being or increase in strength— in 70% or 80% of cancer cases. The long-term recovery rate, however, is about 15% or less. In most cases degeneration progresses to where the laetrile is no longer sufficient. In some cases other nontoxic therapies may be constructively combined with the Gerson therapy.
“The other big advantage of the Gerson therapy is that it usually heals the body of all the degenerative diseases rather than just heal- ing cancer. Many cancer patients are suffering from other degenerative conditions also—arthri- tis, heart conditions, diabetes, etc.”—Cancer News Journal, 1983 Update.
Of the many, many cases which could be de- scribed, here was one among several where the
patient had do everything by himself: “Fifteen years ago, at age 70, Earl Taylor of Cairo, Illinois, was sent home to die by his doc- tor. Earl had prostate cancer which was spread- ing extensively as a large mass in the groin, in spite of the harmones his doctor had been giv- ing him. His doctor told him to get his affairs in order, as there was nothing that could be done to save him.
“Earl had read about Dr. Gerson and the Gerson Therapy in Prevention magazine. He contacted Dr. Gerson’s daughter in New York. She sent him Dr. Gerson’s book, A Cancer Therapy — results of 50 cases. Earl had com- pleted the sixth grade as a boy and spent all of his life working in a junk yard. He called Dr. Gerson’s daughter again and told her that he couldn’t understand the book. She suggested that he just follow the treatment outlined on page 235 in the book (page 236 in the latest edition, now gives an hourly schedule).
“Earl said it was the hardest thing he ever did in his life. His wife had died years before, so he was all alone. (The institute tells people they should have help with the therapy, to have the best chance of winning.)
“Earl was in pain, and the easiest thing to do was to stay in bed; but, he thought, “If I do that, I’ll just die.” So he forced himself out of bed, to grind and press the hourly raw juices and to do the rest of the therapy. Soon the pain was gone. In a month his doctor could no longer feel any of the large mass.
“In a few months he felt well enough to go each day to help his friend, Gwinn Dunbar, who was dying of cancer spread through both lungs. Both patients recovered on the Gerson therapy and are still alive 15 years after being hope- less.”—Journal of the Gerson Institute and the Gerson Therapy, Fall, 1981, 5.
Here is a second comment on Earl, which clari- fies his case still more: “Earl Taylor, 85, Metastasized prostate can- cer. Prostate cancer diagnosed by biopsy, 1963. Treated with female hormones. In 1966, mass spreading to groin, much pain, told to go home and get his affairs in order. At age 70, started Gerson therapy. In one month, mass no longer palpable by physician. In 1980, accident caused rib fracture. Bon scan showed no sign of can- cer. Remains in good condition, still working part time at 85.”—Op. cit., 4.
We will conclude with another statement by Dr. Albert Schweitzer: “ . . I see in him [Gerson] one of the most eminent medical geniuses in the history of medi- cine. He possessed something elemental. Out of deepest thought about the nature of disease and the process of healing, he came to walk along new paths with great success. Unfortu- nately, he could not engage in scientific research or teach; and he was greatly impeded by ad- verse political conditions. In ordinary times he would have been able to expound his ideas for many years as professor at one of the impor- tant German universities; would have taught pupils who could carry on his research and teachings; would have found recognition and encouragement . . All this was denied him.
“His was the hard lot of searching and work- ing as an uprooted immigrant, to be challenged and to stand as a fighter. We who knew and understood him admired him for working his way out of discouragement again and again, and for undertaking to conquer the obstacles . .”— Dr. Albert Schweitzer, quoted in Journal of the Gerson Institute, Fall 1981, 14.
THE GERSON BOOKS
Where would a researcher—or anyone else—go to find further information on the Gerson therapy?
So much information is available in the Gerson