The Gerson Therapy
Gerson Therapy is named after Dr. Max Gerson, German physician. The essence of the Therapy is the body’s health-restoring function, which affects the whole body with holistic way.
Dr. Max Gerson – Physician, developer of Gerson Therapy
He began to prescribe his “migraine diet” to fellow sufferers among his patients, all of whom reported great improvements. His views on the nature and cure of degenerative diseases changed dramatically when one of his patients, who followed Dr. Gerson’s diet told him that not only had his migraines ceased, but his lupus vulgaris – skin tuberculosis – was also beginning to heal. “Impossible,” Dr. Gerson replied, “lupus is incurable.” Yet, clearly, the patient’s lesions were healing. The young physician was baffled: how could a diet specifically designed as a cure for migraine also affect a totally different disease? This contradicted all that he had been taught by his eminentteachers. Eventually, he was forced to acknowledge that what his diet was curing was not a specific condition but the entire organism, which then became able to get rid of all its ills. He published his results in a dozen of the world’s leading medical journals and, and this insight was the foundation on which Dr. Gerson eventually built his nutrition-based therapy.
About the Therapy
The basic principle of the Therapy is to nourish and detoxify the body. The principle of the therapy is based on the important recognition that individuals suffering from chronic degenerative disease are always in a state of deficiency; therefore, on the one hand this needs to be helped and on the other hand, – precisely because of the insufficient energy supply – the detoxification process it is adequate either and the accumulated toxins must be eliminated from the body.
Because of the toxic self-generating processes, the organism is not able to properly utilize the nutrients, so consecutive deficiency states occur until the equilibrium of the body is completely upset.
The Gerson Therapy is able to restore this disrupted balances by intervening on four different but closely connected levels:
- Special diet
- Fresh juices
- Medicines and medicinal preparations
Our special diet and
medicinal juices nourish the organism and replenish it with optimal enzymes, vitamins and trace elements.
Every hour, patients receive fresh organic juices (mainly carrot, apple,
lettuce, green pepper etc.) in a specific composition to be consumed
immediately. Solid foods including plenty of fresh salads, oatmeal, special
Hippocrates soup, jacket potatoes and fresh fruits are also an important part
of the diet.
The main rules of the diet
Medicinal preparations & nutritional supplement
In order for the sick body to be able to properly utilize this abundant, nutrient-rich food, certain medicines and other medicinal and nutritional supplements must be used. On the one hand, these help the digestive processes (gastric acid, various pancreatic enzymes); on the other hand, they increase metabolism (thyroid extract). Some of them help the energy supply of the liver or help in capillary circulation (coenzyme Q10, niacin). Alsoincluded is the liver extract injection used in lieu of the previously used fresh, raw calf liver juice, with minimal B12, as well as capsules containing dried liver extract. One of the most important pillars of the therapy is the restoration of the cells’ Na-K balance. In order to achieve this, a large amount of potassium solution is added to the juices while the intake of Na, other than what vegetables and fruits originally contain, is completely prohibited. This, as well as the activation of the thyroid gland, is enhanced by the use of Lugol’s solution.