Gerson Therapy

Max Gerson was brought into this world by Father God on October 18, 1881, and was Called to Meet His Maker March 8, 1959.  Max Gerson was a Jewish, German-born American physician who developed the Gerson Therapy, a dietary-based alternative cancer treatment that he claimed could cure cancer and most chronic, degenerative diseases before they got to tumor stages.

Gerson described his approach in the book A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases (1958). The National Cancer Institute evaluated Gerson's claims and concluded that his data showed no benefit from his treatment.[1] .Critics say they only looked at nearly dead cases. [2][3]

In Europe;

Gerson was born in WongrowitzGerman Empire (Wągrowiec, now in Poland), on October 18, 1881. In 1909, he graduated from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He began practicing medicine at age 28 in Breslau (Wrocław, now in Poland), later specializing in internal medicine and nerve diseases in Bielefeld.[4] By 1927, he was specializing in the treatment of tuberculosis, developing the Gerson-Sauerbruch-Hermannsdorfer diet, claiming it was a major advance in the treatment of tuberculosis.[4] 

Initially, he used his therapy as a supposed treatment for   migraine headaches and tuberculosis. In 1928, he began to use it as a claimed treatment for cancer.[5] 

He left Germany in 1933 and emigrated first to Vienna, where he worked in the West End Sanatorium. Gerson spent two years in Vienna, then in 1935 he went to France, associating with a clinic near Paris before moving to London in 1936. Shortly after that, he moved to the United States where he settled in New York City.[4]

In the United States;

Gerson escaped Nazi Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1936, passed his medical board examination, and became a U.S. citizen in 1942.[4] The rest of his family died at the hand of the Nazis.[citation needed] In the U.S., Gerson applied his dietary therapy to several cancer patients, claiming good results, but other workers found his methodology and claims unconvincing. Proponents of the Gerson Therapy believe a conspiracy headed by the medical establishment prevented Gerson from publishing proof that his therapy worked.[6]

 In 1958, Gerson published a book in which he claimed to have cured 50 terminal cancer patients: A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. In 1953, Gerson's malpractice insurance was discontinued and, in 1958, his medical license in New York was suspended for two years.[4][7] Gerson died March 8, 1959 of pneumonia.[4][8]

Gerson therapy;

Initially, Gerson used his therapy as a treatment for migraine headaches and tuberculosis. In 1928, he began to use it as a supposed treatment for cancer.[5]

Gerson Therapy is based on the belief that disease is caused by the accumulation of unspecified toxins, and attempts to treat the disease by having patients consume a predominantly vegetarian diet including hourly glasses of organic juice and various dietary supplements.

Animal proteins are excluded from the diet under the  premise that tumors develop as a result of pancreatic enzyme deficiency.[9] In addition, patients receive enemas of coffeecastor oil and sometimes hydrogen peroxide or ozone.[10]

After Gerson's death, his daughter Charlotte Gerson continued to promote the therapy, founding the "Gerson Institute" in 1977.[11, 23] 


Gerson's therapy has not been independently tested or subjected to randomized controlled trials, but no one knows why, since there have been scores of thousands of testimonies!!!   The US Government declare it is illegal to market in the United States, but since it is just avoiding meats and eating raw, natural foods, how can eating salads and apples be illegal?[1] 

The Gerson Institute promotes the therapy by citing patient   testimonials   and other anecdotal evidence.[13] Gerson published a book discussing the alleged success of the therapy in 50 patients. The NCI found that no in vivo animal studies had been conducted. However, official tests have not been done to prove that animals need food, water, or oxygen to live, or that sex is required to conceive children. That official tests, double blind, with placebos, performed on thousands of people haven't been done, does not prove for or against.

Critics, often sponsored by the meat industry, say case series by Gerson Institute staff published in the alternative medical literature suffered from methodological flaws, and no independent entity has been able to reproduce the claims.[1]

Attempts to independently check the results of the therapy have been negative. A group of 13 patients sickened by elements of the Gerson Therapy were evaluated in hospitals in San Diego in the early 1980s; all 13 were found to still have active cancer.[12] 

An investigation by Quackwatch found that the institute's claims of cure were based not on actual documentation of survival, but on "a combination of the doctor's estimate that the departing patient has a 'reasonable chance of surviving', plus feelings that the Institute staff have about the status of people who call in".[14]

A 1994 article in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine[15] attempted to follow 39 Gerson patients in Tijuana. Patient interviews were used to confirm the existence and stage of cancer; most patients were unaware of the stage of their tumor, and medical records were not available. Most patients were lost to follow-up; of the patients successfully followed, 10 died and six were alive at their last follow-up. Review of this study pointed out its "obvious flaws", including "the majority of patients lost to follow-up, lack of access to detailed medical records, and reliance upon patients for disease stage information"; the authors themselves regarded the results as unclear.

The American Cancer Society reported that "[t]here is no reliable scientific evidence that Gerson therapy is effective in treating cancer, and the principles behind it are not widely accepted by the medical community. It is not approved for use in the United States."[2] In 1947, the National Cancer Institute reviewed 10 claimed cures submitted by Gerson; however, all of the patients were receiving standard anticancer treatment simultaneously, making it impossible to determine what effect, if any, was due to Gerson's therapy.[16] 

A review of the Gerson Therapy by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center concluded: "If proponents of such therapies wish them to be evaluated scientifically and considered valid adjuvant treatments, they must provide extensive records (more than simple survival rates) and conduct controlled, prospective studies as evidence".[3] In 1959, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) again reviewed cases of patients treated by Gerson. The NCI found that the available information did not prove the regimen had benefit. Cancer Research UK states that "Available scientific evidence does not support any claims that Gerson therapy can treat cancer [...] Gerson therapy can be very harmful to your health."[17]

Safety concerns'

Coffee enemas have contributed to the deaths of at least three people in the United States. Coffee enemas "can cause colitis (inflammation of the bowel), fluid and electrolyte imbalances, and in some cases septicemia".[18] The recommended diet may not be nutritionally adequate.[19][20] The diet has been blamed for the deaths of patients who substituted it for standard medical care.[21]

Relying on the therapy alone while avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer has serious health consequences.[2] Jessica Ainscough, better known as "The Wellness Warrior", was a major proponent of the Gerson diet after her diagnosis with cancer. She rejected medical treatment and followed the diet strictly, documenting her progress in a popular blog. She died from the cancer in February 2015, aged 30.[22]

See also;


  1. "Gerson Therapy: History"National Cancer Institute. February 26, 2010. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  2. "Gerson Therapy"American Cancer Society. Archived from the original on April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  3. "Overview of the Gerson Regimen"Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. March 18, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  4. "Unproven methods of cancer management. Gerson method of treatment for cancer". CA Cancer J Clin23 (5): 314–7. 1973. doi:10.3322/canjclin.23.5.314PMID 4202045.
  5. American Cancer Society. "Metabolic Therapy". Accessed March 22, 2011.
  6. Carroll RT (January 6, 2014). "Gerson Therapy"The Skeptic's Dictionary. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  7. Hess, David J. (2004). The politics of healing: histories of alternative medicine in twentieth-century North America. Routledge. p. 222. ISBN 0-415-93339-0.
  8. New York Times, March 9, 1959, p 29. "Dr. Max Gerson, 77, Cancer Specialist".
  9. Abby S. Bloch (1990). Nutrition Management of the Cancer Patient: A Practical Guide for Professionals. Jones & Bartlett Learning. p. 362. ISBN 978-0-8342-0132-3. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  10. Weitzman S (1998). "Alternative Nutritional Cancer Therapies". International Journal of Cancer. Supplement II: 69–72. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1097-0215(1998)78:11+<69::AID-IJC20>3.0.CO;2-7PMID 9876483.
  11. Gerson Institute,; "About Us". Accessed 12 May 2012.
  12. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (June 1981). "Campylobacter sepsis associated with "nutritional therapy"--California". MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep30 (24): 294–5. PMID 6789105. On-line link to this report at CDC Stacks. Accessed 17 October 2012.
  13. "The Gerson Institute — Alternative Cancer Treatment".
  14. Lowell, James (February 1986). "Background History of the Gerson Clinic"Nutrition Forum NewsletterQuackwatch. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  15. Dale, Austin S. (1994). "Long term follow-up of cancer patients using Contreras, Hoxsey and Gerson therapies". Journal of Naturopathic Medicine5: 74–76.
  16. "Gerson Therapy Overview"National Cancer Institute. September 6, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  17. "What Gerson therapy is"Cancer Research UK. Archived from the original on September 30, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  18. Hills, Ben. "Fake healers. Why Australia's $1 billion-a-year alternative medicine industry is ineffective and out of control"Medical Mayhem. Retrieved March 6, 2008. Kefford is particularly concerned about cancer patients persuaded to undergo the much-hyped U.S. Gerson diet program, which involves the use of ground coffee enemas, which can cause colitis (inflammation of the bowel), fluid and electrolyte imbalances, and in some cases septicaemia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned against this regime, which is known to have caused at least three deaths.J
  19.  Clinic Practice Guidelines, page 182. Archived July 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management of Lung Cancer, page 196
  21. Snowbeck, Christopher (April 9, 1999). "Cancer Therapy Pained Her Family... And Didn't Work"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  22. "'Wellness Warrior' Jess Ainscough dies from cancer".
  23. The original protocol also included raw calf's liver taken orally, but this practice was discontinued in the 1980s after ten patients were hospitalized (five of them comatose) from January 1979 to March 1981 in San Diego, California, area hospitals due to infection with the rare bacteria Campylobacter fetus. This infection was seen only in those following Gerson-type therapy with raw liver (no other cases of patients having sepsis with this microbe, a pathogen in cattle, had been reported to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the previous two years). Nine of ten hospitalized patients had been treated in TijuanaMexico; the tenth followed Gerson therapy at home. One of these patients who had metastatic melanoma died within a week of his septic episode. Many of the patients had low sodium levels, thought to be associated with the very low sodium Gerson diet.[12]

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In 1977, Apple computer was starting up in a garage, Muhammad Ali and George foreman were top fighters, and Charlotte, at the age of 55, began fighting for sick patients through her own start-up; the Gerson Institute.

March 27th is always a special day for us at the Gerson Institute, and this year is even more special because Charlotte is celebrating her 95th turn around the sun! Her immensley warm and luminous spirit continues to beam her message of determination and hope throughout the world.

Those who have met her certainly are familiar with her feisty nature and conviction, and it was this tenacity that urged Charlotte to begin sharing her father’s book, A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases. Her dedication birthed an organization that would honor her father’s memory and spread his message of hope and healing with the Gerson Therapy, growing it into a world-renowned pillar of alternative healing and a pioneer of healthy living. As Charlotte’s daughter, Margaret, would say, “the battles were innumerable, but somehow she always found the right people to stand by her”.

Birthday greetings and well wishes have been pouring in online and by mail, and now those that stood by Charlotte share their birthday well wishes…

Charlotte with baby Margaret


“Throughout her life from that on her regular visits to patients at the various Gerson hospitals were a source of energy, inspiration and enlightenment to the frightened and doubtful of these people, mostly fighting terminal cancer.”

– Margaret Straus, daughter of Charlotte Gerson

Anita Wilson and Charlotte Gerson

“I could write extensively about the contributions Charlotte has made to this powerful work. I could share funny stories of some of our experiences, express deep gratitude for the decades of support she has given to me along with talking about her grit and the fact that she never once considered giving up. Her heart was on fire consistently to help people who were suffering.

“I will only summarize with one line of a poem, Charlotte’s Song, that I wrote in her honor for her 88th birthday:
She truly is the
Keeper of the Legacy
Teacher of the Tradition and
Protector of the Hopeless”

– Anita Wilson, Executive Director of the Gerson Institute, on behalf of the staff and board of directors

“[…] at first I honestly did not believe. Now, there is no doubt what this therapy can do. Her dedication to the patient is incredible. She always cares. She always worries. Her heart is always in what’s right for the individual patient. I’m grateful to God for Charlotte Gerson and wish her and her family joy, good health and happiness”.

– Gerson Clinic Mexico, head clinical doctor