freely. Thus, under normal conditions, all the wa- ter in the cell is controlled. It cannot leave the cell and no other water can enter without permission.
Yet this organizing function only occurs when potassium is in the cell. When potassium leaves the damaged cell, this water structure is lost and the cell begins swelling with water as sodium en- ters.
Many of the findings in this article were deter- mined by Freeman W. Cope, M.D., a biophysicist physician who, working with Raymond Damadian, M.D., invented the magnetic imager (which can take the equivalent of X-rays, yet without harmful radiation).
Gilbert Ning Ling, Ph.D., another biophysicist researcher, discovered that every molecule of ATP in the cell will have 20 “association sites” for po- tassium to attach to. Ling’s research led Dr. Cope to search for some medical therapy, somewhere in the world, which might be already using high potassium, low sodium diets to correct cell im- balances and restore health. He found it in the Gerson therapy.
Let us look again inside those cell batteries. The mitochondria take sugar given them by other cellular components, and burn it. In a marvelous way, doing so produces ATP, the body’s energy mol- ecules. The ATP helps the potassium to bind to those association sites, and the potassium struc- tures the water and controls how much of it is in the cell.
All this means that, when you have been in- jured, are sick, or have degenerate problems of any kind, you need to expel the excess sodium (by heavy salt and sodium product restriction) and greatly increase your intake of potassium foods.
And if you want to remain in good health, you ought to remain on, very nearly, that same diet.
Now, when you permit your body to become damaged, the cell no longer operates properly. The potassium leaves and sodium and excess water begins entering. Several things immediately begin happening: Not enough oxygen reaches the cell. The protein and lipid structures within the cell become disorganized. ATP is no longer adequately made, and normal cellular operations break down. What ATP sites remain now accept either potas- sium or sodium (both have the same chemical valence), and trouble is ahead.
But actually, the cell prefers potassium. So when you eat a low sodium and high potassium diet, the damaged conditions in your body begin correcting themselves more quickly.
Ling made the intriguing discovery that when potassium begins binding again at one ATP site—
the other sites are triggered to begin accepting po- tassium again also! This greatly speeds up the res- toration process—if the potassium-sodium ratio is fairly good, and there is enough potassium in the system.
When the cell flips back to a high potassium load, interactive cellular activity returns to nor- mal, the water content normalizes, and everything begins working right again.
At this point, we have found the formula for good health and healing to be low sodium, high potassium, and high iodine.
It is an intriguing fact that, when a person is placed on a high potassium, low sodium diet for the first time, large amounts of sodium begin to be excreted into the urine. —This is because he had been storing up sodium for years while all the time losing essential potassium! Whatever might be his condition (asthma, arthritis, etc.), he be- gins making improvements as sodium leaves the damaged cells.
Gerson wanted to increase this effect, and he found that, by heavily restricting protein intake for a time,—even more of the sodium was excreted!
So we need to restrict sodium (a person al- ways obtains enough in natural food) and increase potassium intake. Yet the protein foods need to be reduced also.
Gerson would severely restrict his patients’ protein intake for about the first six to eight weeks, in order to help the sodium leave the cells. He found that, for some reason, the sodium seemed to be trapped in the body with the protein. Some- how the two were hooked together. Ling’s later work verified that fact.
However, there is a problem with protein. On one hand, extreme protein restriction can only be continued for a rather short time. This is because a certain intake is needed to help the immunity system function properly. Science has long known that protein is necessary for good immunity, but has not known how much.
Unfortunately, several earlier researchers, such as Voit, declared that high-protein diets were the best. For decades since then, the 20th century diet of the Western World has been geared to that er- ror. But an excess of protein increases disease and reduces lifespan.
Robert Good, M.D., director of Sloan Kettering Institute for a number of years, did extensive work into protein and human needs. He found that a heavily protein-restricted diet for a short time— actually stimulates cellular immunity! Dr. Alice Chase and Dr. L.D. Bulkley would have been