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thrilled to know that such confirmation would later be made of their natural, but restricted, diets for patients.
In his initial protein experiment, Dr. Good fed a no-protein diet to one group of guinea pigs and normal chow to another. According to the tradi- tional view, the no-protein group should lose their immunity;—but, instead, he found that their im- munity levels remain stable while the crucial T- lymphocyte levels became extremely active. Those thymus lymphocytes became like angry dogs in a house, searching for something to devour. Dr. Good found that this non-specific, aggressive behavior continued for quite some time after the diet was relaxed.
Good had actually stimulated overall immu- nity by restricting protein intake! This led to a lengthy series of research projects, not only in his laboratory but elsewhere.
Dr. Good repeatedly found that test animals, genetically predetermined to various diseases, could better resist those diseases on a low-pro- tein diet. Some of those diseases had direct ana- logs to human diseases.
So fa , our formula is reduced sodium, in- creased potassium, increased iodine, and re- duced protein.
But there was yet another way to reduce so- dium levels in the body: calorie restriction.
At first thought, one would imagine that pa- tients on the required Gerson diet would have a high-calory intake—since they drank 13 cups of juice a day, plus three meals, and sometimes more at night. But they are not.
The key here is fat restriction. The only ap- preciable fat intake of a typical Gerson patient is the 1.5% fat in his oatmeal, the two tablespoons of daily flaxseed oil, and a rather small amount in the fruits, vegetables, and a few white potatoes and a little yeast. (The strict level of the Gerson diet totals about 90 calories a day; whereas U.S. sol- diers sitting around awaiting action during the Gulf War were being given up to 9,000 calories a day. That provided an excellent foundation upon which sickness could be built. And, for many, other cir- cumstances caused that to occur.)
Eliminating the fats from the diet greatly re- duces the calorie intake. This is because, while a tablespoon of carbohydrate and a tablespoon of protein yield approximately the same number of calories, a tablespoon of fat provides more than double that number of calories. To reduce the calo- ries, you reduce the fat intake—and, in the pro- cess, you greatly help your heart and blood ves- sels.
Thus we find that a modified, ongoing Gerson diet not only helps prevent cancer from getting started, it also helps prevent the various forms of cardiovascular disease.
It is unfortunate that salt and fat are every- where in the Western diet, and there is lots of pro- tein in it also. So a more healthful diet requires careful thought and planning.
It should be mentioned that, after six to eight weeks on a heavy protein restricted diet, Gerson patients are given some protein foods.
Before continuing, the reader might be inter- ested in knowing what that later added protein is. Because it has to be a low sodium, low fat protein, the Gerson Institute found that non-fat cow (not goat) yogurt was the best. But, of course, vegans might substitute something else. Those on the Gerson diet lose about 40 grams of protein each day in stool evacuations. That is normal and can- not be avoided. When the yogurt is added, those patients receive a total of about 30-40 grams a day, which is the correct amount, agreeing with the Chittendon standard, and a “positive nitro- gen balance.” (The Voit theory that you need 70- 80 grams a day is a recipe for an early, painful death from disease.)
In one research report, we find this statement: “Thus the animal’s immune resistance could be either increased or depressed, depending on the timing and the severity of the nutritional deprivation. Similar inhibitory effects upon the incidence and growth of malignant tumors have been reported in animals fed diets imbalanced or deficient in the essential amino acids.”—Rob- ert Good, M.D., and David Jose, M.D., Journal of Experimental Medicine, 137, 1973.
Unfortunately, Dr. Good lost favor at Sloan- Kettering in the 1970s, when he suggested in print that high protein diets might cause cancer and heart disease. So he went to the University of South Florida, in Tampa, to continue his research.
In a book written in German, published in the 1930s, Gerson first reported on the same kind of changes that Good found 40 year later. Gerson had found that his protein-restricted patients showed increased white cell counts, plus increased lymphocyte activity and nonspecific immune ac- tivity.
At this juncture, our formula for health and healing is up to five points: reduced sodium, increased potassium, increased iodine, re- duced calories, and reduced protein.
On a high potassium, low sodium diet, all the cells in your better do better, and damaged ones are greatly helped. Cellular water quantity and