Dr. Max Gerson’s Therapy Protocol

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Gerson Therapy Protocol:
• The treatments consist of salt and water management which holds down
the intake of Na+ [sodium] and increases the intake of K+ [potassium].
• A sick person’s metabolism and cell energy production are stimulated by
supplementing with natural thyroid hormone.
• Maximum digestibility of nutrients is achieved by hourly drinking fresh,
raw vegetable and fruit juices and eating a basically vegetarian diet.
• Fat is restricted in order, to lower intake of disease promoters of all kinds.
• The restriction of protein tends to uplift a patient’s immune response.
• Coffee enemas stimulate the bowel and liver enzymes to eliminate toxins
across the bowel wall. It is a kind of intestinal dialysis.

Conditions treated by Dr. Gerson’s Therapy:

  • cure migraine headaches
  • cutaneous tuberculosis (lupus vulgaris)
  • pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and bone tuberculoses
  • cardiorenal insufficiency;
  • skin conditions including
    • eczema
    • lichen planus
    • systemic lupus
    • erythematosus (SLE)
    • psoriasis
    • pruritus
  • bronchitis and bronchiectasis
  • nearly every liver and gallbladder condition.
  • cancer
  • rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • multiple sclerosis
  • tuberculosis
  • migraine headaches
  • *additional conditions not listed in The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses, p. 50

Gerson Therapy Protocol (Long Version)
Three-quarters of the foods [for illness-prevention] which should be consumed include the following:

  • All kinds of fruits, mostly fresh and some prepared in different ways; freshly prepared fruit juices (orange, grapefruit, grape, etc.); fruit salads; cold fruit soups; mashed bananas, raw grated apples, applesauce, etc.
  • All vegetables freshly prepared, some stewed in their own juices and others either raw or finely grated, such as carrots, cauliflower or celery; vegetable salads, soups, etc.; some dried fruits and vegetables are permitted but no frozen ones.
  • Potatoes are best when baked; the contents may be mashed with nonfat yogurt or salt-free soup; they should never be fried and preferably boiled in their jackets.
  • Salads of green leaves or mixed with tomatoes, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Bread should contain whole rye or some (up to 20 percent) whole wheat flour, or these may be mixed; it should be refined as little as possible.
  • Oatmeal should be used freely.
  • Buckwheat cakes and potato pancakes are optional, as are brown sugar, honey, maple sugar and maple candy.
  • (No baking powder or baking soda may be used, even in cooking.)
  • Milk and milk products, such as pot cheese and other kinds of cheese which are not salted or spiced, buttermilk, nonfat yoghurt and butter.
  • Cream and ice cream should be reduced to a minimum or restricted to holidays (ice cream is “poison” for children).

The remaining one-fourth of the dietary regimen, which allows for personal choice, may consist of:

  • Meat, fish, eggs, nuts, candies, cakes, or whatever one likes best. Nicotine should be avoided; liquors, wine and beer should be reduced to a minimum in favor of fresh fruit juices; coffee and tea should be cut to a minimum with the exception of the following herb teas: peppermint, chamomile, linden flower, orange flower, and a few others.
  • Salt, bicarbonate of soda, smoked fish and sausage should be avoided as much as possible, as should sharp condiments such as pepper and ginger, but fresh garden herbs should be used-onions, parsley leaves, chives, celery and even some horseradish.
  • As for vegetables and fruits, they should, I repeat, be stewed in their own juices to avoid the loss of minerals easily dissolved in water during cooking. It seems that these valuable minerals are not so well absorbed when they are out of their colloidal state.
  • All vegetables (except mushrooms and cucumbers) may be used.
  • Especially recommended for their mineral content are carrots, peas, tomatoes, Swiss chard, spinach, string beans, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, beets cooked with apples, cauliflower with tomatoes, red cabbage with apples, raisins, etc.

Preparing Vegetables:
The best way to prepare vegetables is to cook them slowly for one and one-half to two hours, without water. To prevent burning, place a heat distributing metal plate (asbestos mats have been replaced) under the saucepan. You may also use some stock of [special Hippocrates] soup or ‘else onions or sliced tomatoes may be added to the vegetables. This also will improve the taste. Spinach water is too bitter for use; it generally is not liked and should be drained off. Onions, leeks and tomatoes have enough liquid of their own to keep them moist while cooking. (Beets should be cooked like potatoes, in their jackets and with water.) Wash and scrub vegetables thoroughly, but do not peel or scrape them. Saucepans must be tightly covered to prevent steam from escaping. Covers must be heavy or close fitting. (Use no pressure cookers.) Cooked vegetables may be kept in the refrigerator overnight. To warm them, heat slowly with a little soup or fresh tomato juice.​

Parallel quotes between Dr. Max Gerson and Dr. Raymond Peat:

Charlotte Gerson, Morton Walker, Max Gerson. The Gerson Therapy: The Proven Nutritional Program for Cancer and Other Illnesses, p. 49-52






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