THE GERSON THERAPY
The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This a powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and, most famously, cancer.
The Gerson Therapy‘s all-encompassing nature sets it apart from most other treatment methods. The Gerson Therapy effectively treats a wide range of different ailments because it restores the body’s incredible ability to heal itself. Rather than treating only the symptoms of a particular disease, the Gerson Therapy treats the causes of most degenerative diseases: toxicity and nutritional deficiency.
An abundance of nutrients from copious amounts of fresh, organic juices are consumed every day, providing your body with a super-dose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. These substances then break down diseased tissue in the body, while coffee enemas aid in eliminating toxins from the liver.
Throughout our lives our bodies are being filled with a variety of carcinogens and toxic pollutants. These toxins reach us through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medicines we take and the water we drink. The Gerson Therapy’s intensive detoxification regimen eliminates these toxins from the body, so that true healing can begin.
How the Gerson Therapy Works
The Gerson Therapy regenerates the body to health, supporting each important metabolic requirement by flooding the body with nutrients from about 15- 20 pounds of organically grown fruits and vegetables daily. Most is used to make fresh raw juice, up to one glass every hour, up to 13 times per day. Raw and cooked solid foods are generously consumed. Oxygenation is usually more than doubled, as oxygen deficiency in the blood contributes to many degenerative diseases. The metabolism is also stimulated through the addition of thyroid, potassium and other supplements, and by avoiding heavy animal fats, excess protein, sodium and other toxins.
Degenerative diseases render the body increasingly unable to excrete waste materials adequately, commonly resulting in liver and kidney failure. The Gerson Therapy uses intensive detoxification to eliminate wastes, regenerate the liver, reactivate the immune system and restore the body’s essential defenses – enzyme, mineral and hormone systems.
With generous, high-quality nutrition, increased oxygen availability, detoxification, and improved metabolism, the cells and the body can regenerate, become healthy and prevent future illness.
The Gerson diet is entirely organic and vegetarian. The diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins.
The Gerson Therapy is an extremely complex and comprehensive treatment, and taking it all in at once can be a little overwhelming! If you break it down to the very basics, there are 5 primary components of the Gerson Therapy: the diet, juicing, detoxification, supplementation and rest.
Many chronic degenerative diseases have two underlying causes: toxicity and nutritional deficiency. Eliminating these underlying problems returns the body’s immune system to proper functionality, allowing the body to heal itself. As you will see, each of the following 4 components of the therapy works towards correcting these problems.
#1: The Diet
The Gerson diet is largely plant-based, and patients are encouraged to eat a variety of organic vegetables, both raw and cooked. The diet is low in fat, and restricts foods that are too high in protein, as a patient gets a sufficient amount from the plant-based sources. Between the food and the juices, a Gerson patient consumes up to 20 pounds of organic produce per day!
#2: The Juices
A patient on the full Gerson Therapy for cancer will drink up to 13 juices per day, a juice every hour. Juicing floods the body with easily-digestible and easily-assimilated nutrients. As the bulk and pulp of the produce is removed by the juicing process, this allows the body to take in a far higher concentration of raw nutrients and enzymes than would be possible if one was to attempt to digest all of those vegetables whole.
While the first two aspects help correct the issue of nutritional deficiency, coffee enemas tackle toxicity. In most people with cancer and other degenerative diseases, the liver is impaired. Coffee enemas aid the liver, boosting its ability to remove toxins from the bloodstream. During one 15-minute coffee enema, the entire body’s blood supply filters through the liver 5 times. This allows the body to expel harmful toxins and substances more rapidly.
The Gerson Therapy also includes a number of supplements, such as niacin, vitamin B-12, digestive enzymes, pancreatic enzymes, potassium compound salts, Lugol’s solution and more. Dr. Max Gerson experimented for years to determine which supplements worked best to enhance the therapy. Some supplements, like the B-12 and niacin, provide additional nutrients otherwise lacking from the diet. Others, like the Lugol’s solution and thyroid medication, boost the thyroid gland to enhance the body’s metabolic processes.
Each supplement is specifically included (unless contraindicated for specific medical complications or diagnoses) and is an essential and integral part of the Gerson Therapy. Since Dr. Gerson’s time, a few other supplements—e.g., milk thistle, COQ10 and selenium–have been found to be compatible with the Gerson Therapy, and can be added to the therapy as needed. Approved as optional adjuncts.
There is an extra 5th component of healing on the Gerson Therapy. It’s one that doesn’t require one to do anything: rest! Healing requires a great amount of energy, so as much as possible, a Gerson patient needs to make rest and relaxation a priority. An exhausted, depleted body will lack the energy and resources to allow for true healing. In fact, Dr. Max Gerson used to prescribe bed rest for some of his patients for up to 3 months after a strong healing reaction!
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