Some people may be interested in additional information about what exactly the Gerson Therapy involves and the steps and practices it takes for
terminal illness recovery.
For advanced cancer patients the Gerson Therapy involves a regimented schedule that requires the patient to devote their entire day’s effort towards
recovery. For this reason a caretaker or assistant is helpful for a more rested recovery period.
Here’s some very brief and non-detailed reference information about the scheduled chart items –
– Acidol pepsin is the most important of the three gastric enzymes. Acidol capsules (betaine HCl and pepsin) are part
of the Gerson Therapy for aiding digestion of foods and juices. Taken before each meal is two capsules, three times a day.
Potassium salt compounds
– These are made up of a mixture of potassium acetate, potassium monophosphate, and potassium gluconate and
are of major importance to the therapy for cell reparation and enzyme production.
– Consists of the mineral iodine and potassium iodide dissolved in purified water. Lugol acts together with potassium
to increase cellular energy, reduce cellular edema, restore normal cell functions, and elevate cellular potassium levels.
- An enzymatic secretion of the pancreas. It contains three specific groups of enzymes for the digestion and absorption of
food. Supplementation is used to treat impaired digestion, malabsorbtion, nutrient deficiencies, and other digestive disturbances.
Flax seed oil
– The richest edible source of omega-3 fatty acid (a-LNA), mandatory for physical health.
– The Gerson institute recommends a natural thyroid supplement made by Jones Medical Laboratories. The use of
synthetic thyroid is not recommended because only natural based material relieves symptoms of hypothyroidism on a permanent basis.
- Also known as vitamin B3 it acts as a coenzyme in several important biochemical functions and among other benefits opens the
blood vessels promoting increased circulation. It also reduces cholesterol and raises HDL.
Liver extract capsules are used as well as 3 cc of crude live extract is used in the same syringe as vitamin B12 (100 mcg) and administered via
intramuscular injection. Such liver therapies where found to bring about the restoration of new red blood corpuscles and help the body make the
correct use of amino acids. Decades ago Dr. Gerson used another form of crude liver extract juice which is no longer available.
Other supplements are used as well such as vitamin C, Amygdalin/Laetrile/vitamin B17, bee pollen, etc.
Most notably however, is the use of vast amounts of fresh juices, especially carrot, carrot/apple combination and juices made from various greens.
These juices would amount to approximately 20 pounds of fresh produce
being reduced to 13 glasses (8 oz.) of juice per day
hourly by the patient. Dr. Gerson found that this juice administration together with the other daily supplements caused quick and sudden detoxifying
effects experienced by the patient.
This is the reason coffee enemas were introduced.
The Gerson Therapy works to dissolve tumours, malignancies and toxic lymph very quickly by removing them from the body. In order for this to happen,
they must enter the bloodstream and move to the liver for filtration and elimination. Dr. Gerson found that the burden placed on the liver from this
eliminated toxicity was too overbearing and severe for the patient. He discovered a way to open the bile ducts and help the liver to release the
body's accumulated poisons by means of coffee enemas
. The coffee would work to stimulate the liver to automatically release its contents and act
as a detoxifier to the liver. The importance of the coffee enema is impossible to ignore for patient recovery and is a pivotal part of the therapy. As
can be seen from the chart above, for advanced cancer patients, at least five coffee enemas are required per day.
The patient also consumes three meals per day, (a combination of cooked and non-cooked foods) prepared according to dietary restrictions of the
The Gerson Therapy is a serious commitment to health and a huge lifestyle change overall. Typical treatment times for advanced cancer patients extent
for up to two years, reducing in intensity over that period. However the majority of former patients continue to employ a milder form of the therapy
thereafter out of a desire to maintain the level energy and vitality they now enjoy.
Based on orthomolecular principals, the Gerson Therapy involves introducing very large quantities of nutrients to the body, in the easiest absorbable
way, while adding supplements to assist in digestion and enzyme production whenever possible. The other important side of the therapy is
detoxification and subsequent elimination. When employed together this approach has been overwhelmingly successful in restoring the body's defensive
capabilities to fight off and recover from what was once considered irreversible, chronic disease.
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