Gerson Therapy, Part 4

A. That depends on how far the liver can be restored. If it can be restored entirely, after say 1 year, we tell the patients only to avoid fats and salt. Otherwise they are free. Many of them lead normal lives. But I’d like to say that about 75% like to stay more or less on the diet, and some even convince the other members of their families to stay on it with them. For instance, we have a photograph here in Escondido of Mr. Walter Wagg. He had a 100% incurable disease, progressive muscular dystrophy. He had been in the best clinics and could get no help. I cured him. Then his wife wanted to have another baby and they were able to have one. Later he came to where I was spending my vacation and showed me his wife and the baby. He told me that the whole family sticks to the diet and said he would stay with it as long as he lived since he is in such fine condition.

Q. What can be done for impaired lymph circulation following surgery in one arm for what was diagnosed as cancer?

A. It is very difficult to absorb these scars so that the lymph circulation can be restored, a very difficult task. It takes years.

Q. What is your conception of a prolonged fast or periodical three-day fast?

A. You can’t let the cancer patient fast. In the cancer patient the body is so depleted, if you let them fast they go downhill terribly.

Q. What would you consider more important, diet or balanced emotions?

A. The balanced emotional condition is very important but without the diet and the detoxification you cannot heal.

Q. Would Parkinson’s disease respond to a treatment similar as that for cancer?

A. What is destroyed in the central nervous system – and Parkinson’s disease is a disease of the basal centers – is destroyed forever. But you are able to help the arteries in the brain with the treatment, and you can stop the progression, and you can restore what is not yet entirely destroyed.

Q. Does anemia contribute to cancer?

A. Sometimes it is a pre-condition to cancer, especially a certain type of anemia, not the so-called secondary anemia.

Q. Can too much vegetable juice cause alkalinity?

A. No.

Q. Dr. Otto Warburg advises increased intake of oxygen.

A. Oxygen would not go into the system so easily. You must have oxidizing enzymes, you must have more potassium, you must have the conditions under which oxygen can function.

Q. What vitamins are OK to take with your treatment?

A. With the vitamins we have a similar situation as we saw with the hormones. I damaged patients with vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B and B6. Patients get really damaged. Vitamin A and D is picked up by the cancer cells immediately. Niacin we can use, that is B-3. (Editor’s Note: the Gerson Diet is extremely high in natural vitamins. Cancer patients are probably very sensitive to overdosage with synthetic vitamin preparations.)

Q. What do you think of deep manipulation?

A. Cancer patients should not be massaged. Rubbing of the skin to open the capillaries and to help the body to stimulate the circulation is very valuable. We give the patient a rub two or three times a day before meals with a solution of glass water with two tablespoons rubbing alcohol and two tablespoons of wine vinegar. To rub the whole body is very refreshing and helps the circulation.

Q. Can a person with a colostomy take the same type of coffee enema as a regular patient?

A. Yes.

Q. What are the principles of the coffee enema?

A. It opens the bile ducts. This is the principle.

Q. How can we prevent cancer?

A. Cancer must be prevented by preventing damage to the liver. The basic measure of prevention is not to eat the damaged, dead, poisoned food which we bring into our bodies. Every day, day by day, we poison our bodies. The older people still have a better liver and resistance from the food they had when they were young. The younger people get worse and the babies, now the second generation on canned baby foods, are still worse. They get leukemias. First of all, eat as much as you can of raw food, keep the potassium level up, and take some iodine.


1. F. Sauerbruch, A. Herrmannsdorfer and M. Gerson, “Ueber Versuche, schwere Formen der Tuberkulose durch dietetische Behandlungen zu becinflussen,” Muench. Med. Wochenschr., 2, 1(1926).

2. M. Gerson, ibid, 77, 967 (1930).

3. M. Gerson, “Phosphorlebertran und die Gerson-Herrrnannsdorfersche Diat zur Heilung der Tuberkulose,” Dtsch. Med. Wochenschr., 12, 1(1930).

4. F. Sauerbruch, A. Herrmannsdorfer and M. Gerson, Muench. Med. Wochenschr, 23 (1930).

5. M. Gerson, “Wiederherstellung der verschiedenen Gefuchiqualitaeten bei der Lupushei. lung,” Verli. Disch. Ge:. Inn. Med., 43, 77 (1931).

6. M. Gerson, Diattherapie der Lungentuberkulose, Deuticke, Vienne, 1934.

7. M. Gerson, “Einiges ucher die kochsalzarme Diat,” Hyppokokrates Z. Einheitsbestr. Gegenwarismed., 12, 627 (1931).

8. F. Sauerbruch, Das War Mein Leben, Kindler und Schiermeyer Verlag, Bad Woerischofen, 1951, pp 363-371. This contains an account of how the author learned of Gerson’s work by an accidental conversation on the train with one of Gerson’s cured TB patients, which led to a large scale successful trial of the Gerson TB therapy at the Sauerbruch clinic.

9. E. Urbach and E. B. Le Winn, Skin Diseases, Nutrition, and Metabolism. Grune and Stratton, New York, 1946, pp 4, 65-67, 530-537. This contains a comprehensive review (in English) of the successful use of the Gerson therapy to cure tuberculosis of the skin.

10. M. Gerson, “Dietary considerations in malignant neoplastic disease. A preliminary report,” Rev. GastroenteroL, 12, 419 (1945).

11. “Effects of a combined dietary regime on patients with malignant tumors,” Exp. Med. Surg., 7, 299 (1949).

12. F. W. Cope, “A medical application of the Ling association-induction hypothesis: The high potassium, low sodium diet of the Gerson cancer therapy,” Physiol. Chem. Phys., 10, 465 (1978).

13. M. Gerson, “Diattherapie boesartiger Erkrankungen (Krebs),” in Handbuch der Diatetik. Scala, Ed., Deuticke, Vienna, 1954, pp 123-169.

14. M. Gerson, A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases, Third Ed., Totality Books, Box 1035, Del Mar, California, 1977. This is comprehensive description of the Gerson method of cancer treatment written both for the physician and for the layman.


by Tony Jackson

Diagnosed with advanced cancer in February 2002, I was told that I would probably not have as long as five weeks to live unless I followed the orthodox methods. I did not altogether reject conventional treatment, eventually having surgery for which I was extremely grateful. The biopsy was Dukes C3 staging meant the tumour had burst the colon and had been found extensively in my lymph. My situation was further complicated when blood tests showed I was also Hepatitis B & C positive. The devastating effects of chemotherapy on friends as well as my sister’s suffering as she was subjected to one session after another of experimental chemotherapy to no avail following spread of breast cancer, was instrumental in me choosing against all the pressure, to take an holistic approach combining Gerson treatment with high dose supplementation designed to boost the immune system and create an internal bio-environment detrimental to cancer. Treatment included detoxification procedures such as three coffee enemas a day.

This was an informed choice based on well-documented developments in nutrition and Orthomolecular Oncology, which provides ample evidence and clinical records of people being cured of even late stage cancers by alternative, if controversial methods. I have lost, as I am sure we all have, only too many good friends and family to cancer to realize that conventional answers are not forthcoming. Tumours may be shrunk but Metastasis is the killer. If conventional treatment were so successful why on earth should I and others like me seek elsewhere? In response to some of the comments made by the medical profession, I would like to set the record straight. The American Cancer Society tells us that there is no reason for coffee enemas to work, that they are dangerous and in extreme circumstances can cause death. Does that mean that cancer is less dangerous and that chemotherapy is a benign treatment, which is always 100% efficacious? As for why they work; coffee contains choleretics, substances that increase the flow of toxin-rich bile from the gall bladder.

The coffee enema is among the only pharmaceutically effective cholorectics noted in medical literature that can be safely used many times without toxic effects. Coffee enemas are no less bizarre that mustard gas, which is the origination of chemotherapy. Costs of the Gerson treatment, we are told, can be high. How much does conventional treatment cost the taxpayer and groaning NHS per patient per annum? According to the Wall St. Journal, 16 October, 2002, over $2 trillion has been spent on cancer research and treatments. Numbers dying from the disease are soaring to plague proportions with one in two projected within the next twenty years. In the developed world it is already one in three. Yet we are constantly being informed that ‘the magic bullet is just around the corner.’ “Rather than narrow the research spectrum we have a duty to humanity to throw the door open and explore every single avenue yet alternative treatments are continuously vilified without any honest research into their efficacy. Moves are afoot through current EU and Codex Alimentarius directives and,

Eventually intended for global implementation, to ban every nutrient that I and others take to deal with cancer as well as many other degenerative conditions on the basis of being ‘unproven,’ even though these same supplements have papers published in respectable scientific journals for peer review showing much to recommend them. It is a scandal that this choice is to be removed from mature adults by legislation. Good nutrition is our Common Wealth but modern, chemically saturated, farming techniques, has stripped the soil of essential nutrients, which can only be replaced by nutritional supplementation. Cancer kills its host and the plundering of the earth’s resources by the few will do the same. Dr. Max Gerson was, as Albert Schweitzer said, a genius. As a fellow human being Prince Charles has every right to state an opinion as much as the next man. If his detractors have the answer, then where is it?”

(Doctor Yourself editor’s note: Another article by Mr. Jackson on the benefits of the Gerson therapy appeared in the UK newspaper The Guardian, and is posted at,6903,1115514,00.html His email is A search for “Gerson” at will bring you much more information on this important therapy.

Gerson Therapy

Max Gerson, M.D., was a refugee from Nazi Germany who immigrated to the U.S. in 1936 where he practiced the dietary and detoxification therapies he had developed during his distinguished medical career in Germany. He came under severe persecution for his methods by the New York State Medical Society. His methods still are listed under the “Unproven Therapies” blacklist of the ACS, even though his diet for cancer has an uncanny resemblance to the ACS diet, adopted in 1984, which is recommended to prevent cancer – 48 years after Gerson first applied these principles to the treatment of cancer in the U.S. Gerson Therapy emphasizes fresh, organically grown, raw vegetables and fresh juices made from same. The primary detoxification method is the coffee enema, which allows the liver to relax its drainage system and discharge accumulated toxins. All types of cancers are said to respond and, during his lifetime, Gerson reported a thirty-percent, five-year survival rate for the “incurable” cancers in advanced stages.

Gerson Therapy is most effective in lymphoma and melanoma and least effective with leukemia. I have been researching alternative healing for cancer for two years now. I’ve learned about great books, and great websites. My email is and you can email me any time. As never before, there is a wealth of information at our fingertips on the Internet and in books. In my search for a natural cure to my own illness, lupus, I have come across a common theme, which is go back to nature. The body doesn’t want to be sick. It has wonderful mechanisms to heal itself. Dr. Max Gerson is a hero to me. In the early 1900’s, he suffered from migraines. He tried dietary changes, which successfully treated these migraines. Later he applied his dietary regimen to lupus patients in his practice, with great results. Dr. Gerson reasoned that a high intake of potassium-rich foods allowed toxins to pass out of cells much easier.

Consequently, a diet high in salt would keep those toxins in. When toxins are in the cell, healing enzymes have trouble getting in. Soon, he was treating cancer patients with his diet, often with remarkable results. This occurred in the 1950s when today’s current technology was not available to him. To have achieved what he did at that time makes him brilliant and a true visionary. My first recommendation is that you start consuming pure organic juices, especially carrot, spinach, and apple, as well as barley juice (green) powder (barley grass), and wheat grass juice. These are the things that heal. They flood the body with potassium. They boost the immune system. They send healing enzymes where cells need them most. Cancer cannot survive in a well-oxygenated environment and an alkaline body means that it is well-oxygenated. Foods that produce acid in the body are meats, dairy products, grains, processed and cooked foods, and refined sugar.

You alkalize your body by eating raw or only slightly cooked vegetables and fruits. A cancer specialist here told me that vitamin A (like in spinach and carrot juice) can reverse the mutations that lead to cancer (p53 gene), so it would seem that antioxidants might be able to actually “right” your cells. This info correlates to the Gerson therapy and other raw veggie and fruit juice regimen successes. One would be Rev. Malkmus of Hallelujah acres. He had a big tumor in his colon. He began drinking nothing but carrot juice and barley grass powder drinks and it reversed itself. The tumor was absorbed by the body. I have learned that once people stop putting so much nutrient depleted foods in their bodies with excess hormones and protein, the body starts to digest what is most foreign to it (cancer).

Read books by Max Gerson MD or his daughter Charlotte, they are a must.

A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases and the Cure of Advanced Cancer by Dr. Gerson. These are 50 cases of cancer which were reversed by diet. This book was written some fifty years ago, but details well how the body must receive more potassium than salt to detoxify and heal. Doctor Gerson, who wrote the book in the 50’s, used raw calf liver as his only animal food, while today it may be prudent to take fresh flax seed oil supplements or cod liver oil supplements instead. Though it was written 50 years ago it could be the most valuable book you ever buy. Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer lists doctors who have been successful using diet and supplements, some intravenous. It lists their actual protocol and results and tells you how to get in touch with their clinics. The people who wrote and took part in this book believe that cancer is a reversible condition.

A Cancer Battle Plan: Six Strategies for Beating Cancer, from a Recovered “Hopeless Case” and A Cancer Battle Plan Sourcebook: A Step-by-Step Health Program to Give Your Body a Fighting Chance, and The Gerson Therapy, by Carlotte Gerson published in 2000. A Cancer Battle Plan is a great beginning book, because it is explains in layman’s terms why you need to do all these things, so it is a great companion to Dr. Gerson’s book. To facilitate detoxification and cleansing, most naturopaths would recommend water or coffee enemas given at least twice a day to open up the bile ducts and stimulate the liver. This prevents the contents of the colon from being reabsorbed into the blood stream, with more toxins for the liver to try to eliminate.

While doing these things mentioned above, you can look into these:

  • Pancreatic enzymes (digestive enzymes like lipase, protease, and amylase)
  • Ellagic acid (Raspberry seed)
  • Graviola powder
  • Pau d’Arco tea
  • Shark cartilage (Tamahi Calcium is better)
  • Selenium
  • Essiac tea
  • The Johanna Budwig diet
  • Vitamin B17 (nitrilosides)

Vitamin B17, also called nitrilosides, have not really been consumed regularly in America for a long while. In areas where they are consumed year round, the cancer rates are extremely low. Nitrilosides are found in:

High: wild blackberry, choke cherry, wild crabapple, cranberry, apple seeds, apricot seeds, cherry seed, nectarine seed, peach seed, plum seed, prune seed, bitter almond, broad beans, cassava, alfalfa

Medium to high: elderberry, gooseberry, macadamia nuts, mung beans

Medium: boysenberry, currant, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, buckwheat, linseed, millet, squash seeds, lentils, Burma butter (lima) beans, alfalfa sprouts, broad bean sprouts, chick pea sprouts, mung bean sprouts

Low to medium: black-eyed beans, chick peas, kidney beans

Low: domestic blackberry, market crabapple, black beans, green peas, U.S. butter beans (lima), shell beans, cashews, beet tops, spinach, watercress, sweet potato, yams and they are found in other foods too… like grapeseeds.

People just don’t eat like they used to, seeds and things like that. I recommend that you juice apples and leave the seeds in them. (I am doing this. I have lupus and have a familial predisposition to cancer. Already I have noticed less arthritis when I drink fresh juices and avoid wheat and meat). Vitamin B17 “eats the shield” around cancer cells exposing them to other enzymes that kill these cells. These enzymes are produced in the pancreas. They digest protein that we eat. If we eat excessive animal protein these valuable digestive enzymes are used for those, but if you eat veggie proteins and fast a bit, there will be more pancreatic enzymes in the blood stream to eat up foreign proteins like cancer cells.

You can start taking supplements with your food. After the age of 35, people’s enzyme production goes down, but you can also get these types of enzymes naturally from raw fruits and vegetables. There is an ingredient in Essiac tea that is said to cause the cancer cell to commit apoptosis or suicide. Essiac tea can be taken during chemotherapy to make you stronger. Graviola tree powder and ellagic acidfrom raspberries are said to have this property of causing cancer cell death as well while sparing normal cells. I haven’t done much research on Pau d’Arco but I have heard wonderful things about it.

It may be even more potent against cancer than Essiac tea. The Johanna Budwig diet. She was nominated for Nobel Prize 7 times for her discoveries about fats and healing. She has been very successful with cancer. It is also called the flax seed oil – cottage cheese diet. The sulphur compounds in the cottage cheese (or yogurt) bind with the Omega 3 fatty acids and send them all over the body, spreading healing oxygen. These Omega 3 fatty acids are necessary for basic living, hormone production, etc. The American diet is highly deficient in them. Make sure you buy a flax oil product that is bottled under the best conditions.

Six Must Dos, from a speech given by Dr. William D. Kelley. The examples are mine (not a part of Dr. Kelley’s speech).

  1. Detoxification (juice fasting, enemas, antioxidants, barley juice powder, much more)
  2. Nutrition and Oxygenation (flax seed oil, cod liver oil, juice fasting, veggies, fruits, barley juice (green) powder, much more)
  3. Immune system building (Essiac tea, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, shark cartilage, maitake, reishi, shitake mushrooms, juice fasting, much more)
  4. Enzymatic Therapy (barley juice powder, greens, more)
  5. Mental healing, meditation, prayer
  6. Non-toxic natural chemotherapy (ellagic acid, graviola tree powder, Pau d’Arco tea, Essiac tea, more)

I will condense here my suggestions for what is most necessary:

  • freshly made juices, vegetable and fruit, throughout the day
  • no meat, no dairy products (except cottage cheese or yogurt), no processed foods, no refined sugar
  • supplementation with pancreatic enzymes
  • raw foods that contain vitamin B17
  • enemas
  • Pau d’ Arco tea
  • flax seed oil

I hope I have helped you with this information. There are cancer survivors who have followed the above protocols and are cancer free. In the most recent book “The Gerson Therapy” there are pictures of actual people, their names and their advice for people who are suffering from cancer. It is not a money-making tool, to teach people how to eat to heal. It is a sad sad thing that has happened to the medical industry in America. There is a Gerson clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. Most of these clinics have been forced out of the U.S. but there are complementary physicians, some possibly in your area who believe wholeheartedly in the natural treatment of cancer coinciding with some traditional treatments. These doctors are found in the Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide to Cancer , across the U.S., the book gives their locations and phone numbers.

Here are websites with information related to what I have written above. I wish you all the best. Please email me if you have any questions. Thank you, Kelly in PA.

Author: Life Enthusiast