Increasing the iodine intake (and do not try to get it from iodized salt!) increases ATP produc- tion, so you have more energy. Thyroxin from the thyroid signals the cell batteries (the mitochon- dria) to make more ATP and get it to working harder. In addition, some of the idodine goes di- rectly to the cells and stimulates them.
Restricting the protein intake causes large numbers of T-lymphocytes to be made. These then wander around the body searching for bad things to gobble up—including cancer cells. T-lympho- cytes have the capability of penetrating tumors and, if there is enough of them, destroying the tumors. They do this by ingesting them. Then resultant waste is carried to the liver where these toxic par- ticles must be sent out in the bile through the gall- bladder, into bowel for evacuation.
The cancer tumor needs lots of sugar and pro- tein, but it does not know how to handle protein properly. In the morass of water around the tu- mor, the waste protein builds up and produces toxic results on nearby cells. As they weaken, can- cer extends into them.
A sphere of damaged tissue (called a “sodium ring”) several times the volume of the tumor, will surround a typical melanoma. That entire tissue area is in poor shape: It is waterlogged, clogged with metabolic waste from the tumor, has poor immunity, lacks electrical resistance, has poor blood circulation, and inadequate drainage. It is remarkably like a clogged sewer.
It is for such reasons that cancer patients, in the very late stages, emit such strong odors. Tu- mors have poor waste disposal facilities, and the body keeps filling with waste products.
Depending on the extent of the tumors, when the Gerson therapy is applied, that sodium ring will disappear within weeks. This is because of the intense tumor attack, waste removal, and re- building nutrition the patient is given.
At this juncture, it would be well to men- tion the problem of waste removal.
Max Gerson had a problem when it came to waste disposal. His nutritional program produced such excellent effects in rebuilding cells and de- stroying tumors—that an immense amount of waste material was being sent over to the liver for disposal.
But Gerson found that the liver could not handle the load. The body was trying to cast off a great deal of toxic waste, and the liver was on the verge of collapsing under the load. We will let Dr. Gerson explain the problem and the only efficient way he was able to solve it. Today, the Gerson In-
stitute still has not found a better way: “These ripe [cancer] cells take it up so fast and they perhaps grow a little faster but they soak in more with great greed—as much as they can—together with a little bit of sodium, prob- ably. But then there isn’t much sodium left [in the cell, as a result of the Gerson program]. So then these cells pick up potassium and oxidiz- ing enzymes and die by themselves. You have to realize that cancer cells live essentially on fermentation but potassium and oxidizing en- zymes introduce oxidation. And that is the point at which we can kill cancer cells, because we take away the conditions which they need to continue to live.
“But now we have to deal with a mass of dead cells in the body, in the blood stream—and they have to be eliminated wherever they may be. And that is not so easy! The ripe [cancer] cells, the mature cells are very abnormal. These are much more easily killed than the other cells which are unripe, not yet mature, and not so well developed. And there are other cancer cells in lymph vessels. These are clogged at both ends by cancer cells. No blood and no lymph can reach them. There are cancer cells in the glands. They are hidden there, protected from regular circulation. So it isn’t easy to reach these. At first it is only the big mass which is killed. But this dead mass now has to be absorbed wher- ever it is—perhaps in the uterus, perhaps in the kidney, or in the lung, or in the brain—this has to be absorbed. This absorption is only possible through the blood stream. I call this ‘parenteral digestion.’ Enteral digestion is in the intestinal tract. Parenteral digestion takes place outside of the digestive tract, through the blood stream. It becomes important then to con- tinually carry on detoxification day and night in order to bring the parenteral digestion to the highest point, even to a ‘hyperfunction.’ How can this [expelling of waste by the body] be done? . .
“First, we gave some different enemas. I found out that the best enema is the coffee en- ema, as it was first used by Prof. O.A. Meyer in Goettingen. This idea occurred to him when . . he observed that the bile ducts were opened and more bile could flow. I felt that this was very important and I worked out coffee enemas. We took three heaping tablespoons of ground cof- fee for one quart of water, let boil for three min- utes, then simmer 10 to 20 minutes, and then gave it at body temperature.
“The patients reported that this was doing them good. The pain disappeared even though in order to carry through the detoxification, we had to take away all sedation. [!] I realized that